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Commander Clash S3 Episode 8: Viewer Submitted Decks


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. We're back with another Viewer Submitted Decks week, which is by far our most requested theme in the series! We asked you guys two weeks ago to submit your lists for us to play, and as usual the response was overwhelmingly awesome. Here are the decks that we ended up choosing:

  • Tom kicks combat into overdrive by forcing everyone to attack and deal more damage while sitting behind Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs (submitted by Hafglop)
  • Jennifer plays an Enchantress deck, which we somehow never got around to ever doing in Commander Clash up until now, led by Karametra, God of Harvests (submitted by CodenameJD)
  • Seth durdles all game long tapping, untapping, and copying things for incremental value with a Mono Red Artifact deck championed by Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient (submitted by jarrusatula)
  • Tomer plays a halloween deck filled with curses, witches, and other spooooky cards with King Macar, the Gold-Cursed (submitted by Orthesius)

Of the dozens of deck submissions, these four were chosen! Did we make the right call? Will these decks end up producing a sweet game? 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 (Kazuul)

 

Jennifer's Deck (Karametra)

 

Seth's Deck (Kurkesh)

 

Tomer's Deck (Macar)

 

Post-Game Thoughts

Thanks again for everyone who submitted decks! There were a lot of sweet ideas to choose from, and even if we didn't pick yours, your submission might be the inspiration for a future video. These games are always a ton of fun so expect us to do another soon!

Since I write Budget Commander articles, I can't help but offer some constructive criticism on the deck I ran: first off, I think the deck is sweet-- obviously, since I picked it! I liked the Curse / Witch theme, even though it's not a strong theme, and most of the curses end up just getting you hated out; it's a cute idea that I've wanted to play for a while and I'm glad I got a chance to! I also love King Macar, the Gold-Cursed as a commander that you can build around by abusing his untap trigger. The deck runs a couple ways to tap him without needing to attack, with some cards I like (Paradise Mantle) and some cards I don't like (Siren Song Lyre). I think two of the best cards that aren't in the deck that should be are Smuggler's Copter and Mobile Garrison, both having huge synergy with King Macar. I ended up adding the Copter myself because Temporal Extortion is bugged on Magic Online.

There are also some subthemes that don't actually do anything in the deck. There's pieces of a Sacrifice theme with Flesh Carver, Magus of the Abyss, and Ghoulcaller Gisa, but almost no creatures that actually want to be sacrificed. If you want to do this, you need staples like Reassembling Skeleton, Nether Traitor, and Ophiomancer. There are also a few random big vanilla creatures like Nightmare, Korlash, Heir to Blackblade, and (most puzzling) Lodestone Myr, but very little to take advantage of their big size; maybe hope to have Gisa around to sacrifice them for zombies? I dunno. I'd just cut them. Next are the witches: most are terrible, which is forgivable since they're flavorful and super thematic for the deck. What's unforgivable is you missed a halway decent witch, Kindly Stranger! I'd much rather draw her than I would Bog Witch. Finally, the deck is very slow, mostly because your ramp is heavily skewed to top end. At the very least, I would cut Altar of Shadows, which not only is terribly overcosted (14 mana before it does anything!) but it's targeted creature removal in a deck already overflowing with it. Replace it with Jet Medallion, or even Mind Stone.

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Next Week: White Elephant!

Each of us will be building a deck for someone else in the group to play! The goal here is to make something that is fun and interesting to watch, but also outside of the pilot's usual comfort zone. So a durdly player might end up playing an aggressive deck in colors that he/she usually doesn't play, for example! 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 or tweet me @BudgetCommander.


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