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Commander Clash S3 Episode 24: Block Battle


Hello and welcome to Commander Clash, a video series where several MTGGoldfish contributors battle in a four player Commander game for fun and bragging rights. This week is Block Battle, where each of us chose a plane that has had two Magic: the Gathering blocks based on it and then built decks using only cards from those two blocks. So for example, I picked Zendikar, so my deck will be composed entirely of cards from Zendikar and Battle for Zendikar blocks.Here's what we've got:

  • Tom out-values the rest of the table with an Innistrad Goodstuff list led by Olivia Voldaren
  • Jennifer summons an ever-growing army of Ravnica Tokens championed by Emmara Tandris
  • Seth puts weird counters on everything with a durdly Mirrodin Control deck supported by Memnarch
  • Tomer unleashes the Eldrazi with a 5C Colorless deck ironically led by General Tazri

Which plane can produce the most powerful deck? Let's find out!! But first, a quick reminder: if you like Commander Clash and other video content here on MTGGoldfish, make sure to subscribe to the MTGGoldfish Youtube Channel to keep up with the latest and greatest.

Tom's Deck (Innistrad)

 

Jennifer's Deck (Ravnica)

 

Seth's Deck (Mirrodin)

 

Tomer's Deck (Zendikar)

 

Post-Game Thoughts

My favorite Commander Clash weeks are ones where we're restricted to specific sets to play from because it forces us to play with alternatives to staple cards that show up in most decks; I like having to find a single target removal spell in White that isn't Swords to Plowshares, or a ramp card that isn't Sol Ring, or a board wipe that isn't Wrath of God, and so on. It keeps things fresh and often shows us that the alternatives to some staples aren't that much worse in terms of sheer power. I personally found this week to be enjoyable for this reason!

I'm happy that Twitter ended up choosing Colorless Tribal over Allies Tribal for me this week. I've done Allies before on Commander Clash and wasn't impressed with it; there's only ~10 good-to-decent Allies that you really want to see, and the rest of the tribe relies heavily on Clone'ing the best Allies and abusing their ETB triggers with cards like Panharmonicon and Brago, King Eternal, or going for a Combo route, both of which are unavailable in Block Battle. A Zendikar block Allies deck would have been terrible. 5C Colorless Tribal, however, was incredibly powerful with this week's restriction: pretty much all the Colorless support cards ever printed are found in Battle for Zendikar block, with a smattering of extra support in Zendikar block with powerhouse cards like Eye of Ugin. Eldrazi are also naturally suited for Commander, as its a slow tribe but have a lot of powerful creatures once you reach 10+ mana. 

In hindsight, my deck ended up being too strong. If I had the chance to do it again I'd have just replaced all the Ulamogs and Kozileks with pretty much anything else, since I was already drowning in powerful finishers like World Breaker and Void Winnower. Ulamogs and Kozileks were just overkill.

Next Week: TBA!

We're coming close to the end of Season 3 and want to make the last episodes of this season be special. We haven't decided what exactly will be next week, but we'll probably announce on Twitter when we've settled on something. As always, we love to hear from you guys! Tell us what you like to see, what you don't like, any ideas that we can put forward for future videos, or anything else you'd like to tell us! You can reach us in the comments section below, email me at tomer@mtggoldfish.com, or tweet me @BudgetCommander.


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