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By: Leviathan, Mike Morales
Jan 04 2011 5:10am
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So I have been noticing quite a few games recently where people have taken the available Commander precon decks and going straight to battle.  Sometimes these decks have a few changes, but many times they are just the stock lists.  This made me think that I should take a closer look at them, and see if I can improve them cheaply.  Here comes the Deck Doctor to the rescue!

The Doctor will see you now!

I figured I could start off by playing a few games with the stock list, seeing what I like and I don't like about it.  Then, start making some changes.  As I think most people using the precons probably don't have tons of money to sink into the format, I am going to try and keep my changes budget minded.  Let's see what I can do.


Let's just jump right into it and take a look at the precon, and what we get:


There is obviously a bit of an enchantment theme here, with some control type cards and defensive stuff as well.  You also have a commander who can use your opponents' creatures against them. Unfortunately, just looking at the deck it appears that it lacks bombs.  There is no single card in the deck that would make an opponent fear it, or worry about having an answer.

After playing a few games with the deck I found that not only were my initial suspicions correct, but the problems with the deck were worse than I thought. First, there was a distinct lack of card draw.  I had more than one game where I ran out of cards in hand, and was dying for a refill.  In addition, the deck lacked threats.  People ignored me most of the time because I just wasn't doing anything.  Finally, the deck lacked a re-set button.  Ghostly Prison is good at slowing people down, but it doesn't stop them completely.  Sometimes you just need to wipe the board.  With all that said, I never came close to winning a game with this deck.  I got the occasional second place finish just because I was such a small threat that people would leave me alone until I was the last person in their way.  But I never had control.

So I decided I needed to include more threats.  I also needed at least one board re-set.  I was also going to push the enchantment theme a little further with the deck.  By doing so, I should also be able to help with the card draw issues.  Let's start making changes!

Out - Jungle Lion, Elvish Visionary, Court Hussar, Jungle Barrier, Looter il-Kor, Man-o'-War, Merfolk Looter, Mistmeadow Witch, Raven Familiar, Questing Phelddagrif
In - Dowsing Shaman (.04), Mesa Enchantress (.10), Verduran Enchantress (.12):  As I was going to be pushing the enchantments, I had to cut some creatures.  Some of the creatures didn't make a whole lot of sense in the deck, like Jungle Lion.  I realize that Mistmeadow Witch works with some of the other creatures, but it just wasn't doing enough for me.  However, I did include a creature that could help with recursion in Dowsing Shaman, and additional card draw with the Enchantresses.

dowsing shaman mesa enchantress verduran enchantress

Out - Illusionary Mask, Relic of Progenitus.
In - None:  That's right, I'm not adding any artifacts.  Again, the Mask was just not doing enough for me.  Relic is good, but I would rather have an enchantment that can hurt people's graveyards.  I thought of adding Skull of Orm as another way to recur enchantments, but the activation cost was just too high for my liking.

Out - Concordant Crossroads, Empyrial Armor
In - Sigil of the Empty Throne (.60), Mystic Remora (.04), Sacred Mesa (.08), Mobilization (.60), Mana Reflection (1.00), Web of Inertia (.04), Aura of Silence (.05), Enchantress's Presence (2.75), Followed Footsteps (.50), Future Sight (.25), Hoofprints of the Stag (.15), Karmic Justice (3.00), Land Tax (3.50), Legacy's Allure (.25), Luminarch Ascension (1.75), Runed Halo (2.50):  First of all, Concordant Crossroads screwed me more often than it helped me.  People would often play big scary creatures and just stomp all over me, so it had to go.  Instead, I included several token producers in Mobilization, Luminarch Ascension, Sacred Mesa, Sigil of the Empty ThroneFollowed Footsteps and Hoofprints of the Stag.  These are your main win conditions, so use them wisely.  In addition there is some defense and draw in here as well.

mystic remora mobilization future sight land tax  

Out - Momentary Blink, Overwhelming Intellect
In - None:  Momentary Blink wasn't going to work with most of my creatures now.  I liked Overwhelming Intellect in concept, but there were lots of times that I had it in hand and wanted a threat.  Or I just wanted to counter something that wasn't a creature.  It was never the right card, so it got the axe.

Out - Decree of Justice, Temporal Spring, Rampant Growth, Compulsive Research, Resurrection
In - Austere Command (1.40), Idyllic Tutor (3.25), Wrath of God (2.00):  I liked Decree, but it just didn't seem to fit the deck.  The rest of the cards weren't needed as well.  However, Austere Command can wipe the board while keeping your enchantments around, and Wrath of God is old reliable.  In addition, another tutor never hurts.

austere command idyllic tutor wrath of god

Finally, I had to mess around with the basic lands a little bit.  I had added a few more white cards with activated abilities, so I upped the amount of Plains.  I ended up adding a little less than 24 tickets to the deck.  If you combine that with the amount you paid for the precon, that's still pretty cheap for a competitive deck.  At least the way I'm used to building them.  So let's take a look at our new deck


It's not that bad, if I do say so myself.  I tried to keep the feel of the original deck.  Let's break it down a little.

Token Production  
sigil of the empty throne Followed FootstepsHoofprints of the StagLuminarch AscensionMobilizationSacred MesaSigil of the Empty Throne
Followed Footsteps, Hoofprints of the Stag, Luminarch Ascension, Mobilization, Sacred Mesa, Sigil of the Empty Throne:  I have increased the number of threats in the deck.  Each of the token makers are nuts with Mana Reflection or Mirari's WakeFollowed Footsteps is slow, but when you can copy the biggest critter on the board, it is worth it.  I have had Sigil of the Empty Throne make me a mess of tokens in the past as well.  Probably the one that has made the least is Hoofprints of the Stag, but it still isn't bad.  
aura of silence

Kami of Ancient LawFaith's FettersAura of SilenceOblivion RingPrison TermSeal of CleansingCondemnDismantling BlowSwords to Plowshares
Kami of Ancient Law, Faith's Fetters, Aura of Silence, Oblivion Ring, Prison Term, Seal of Cleansing, Condemn, Dismantling Blow, Swords to Plowshares:  We have a couple of different forms of removal here, with the majority being creature based.  But Dismantling Blow provides some card draw, and Seal of Cleansing is versatile.  The Kami is somewhat limited, and I always seem to want to be able to destroy an artifact when I draw it.  I guess it could be replaced with Acidic Slime or Mold Shambler.

I also thought of adding Seal of Primordium.  It is definitely worth considering.

Card Draw  
enchantress's presence Mesa EnchantressVerduran EnchantressEnchantress's PresenceMystic RemoraMulldrifterFuture SightFact or FictionRhystic study
Mesa Enchantress, Verduran Enchantress, Enchantress's Presence, Mystic Remora, Mulldrifter, Future Sight, Fact or Fiction, Rhystic Study:  I tried to improve the card draw by going the enchantress route.  If you have the cash or the card on hand, you could also add Argothian Enchantress.  Even having just one enchantress effect means seeing a bunch more of your deck.  Future Sight isn't technically card draw, but it essentially acts as such. 
runed halo Web of InertiaRuned HaloCapsizeGhostly PrisonKarmic JusticeMoment's PeaceWrath of GodAustere Command 
Web of Inertia, Runed Halo, Capsize, Ghostly Prison, Karmic Justice, Moment's Peace, Wrath of God, Austere Command:  I added to the defense that was already in the deck with Wrath of God and Austere CommandWeb of Inertia acts as graveyard hate, although it isn't targeted.  Runed Halo is great for dealing with decks that are very focused around their commander, like Rafiq or Uril.  Finally, Karmic Justice is a beast.  Most times it comes in handy when someone wipes the board and turns into land destruction.  Usually this occurs when an opponent sacrifices himself for the team.  Just keep in mind that it is a "may" ability, so you don't have to use it. 

There are also a few theft cards in the form of Confiscate and Legacy's Allure, as well as Rubinia herself.  I have to admit that Legacy's Allure never worked out that great for me, and should probably be replaced with something like Dance of Many or even the upcoming Control Magic from MED4.  Copy Enchantment is pretty sweet as well, and works great in conjunction with something like Sigil of the Empty Throne.

Mana help comes in the form of Borderland Ranger, Krosan Tusker, Land Tax, Sakura-tribe Elder, Coiling Oracle and each of the landcycling creatures.  However, if anything I have found that the deck tends to get land flooded.  A lot.  I'm not really sure what to do about that problem, though, as it seems to be just a product of random luck.

There are 3 tutors in the deck in Enlightened Tutor, Sterling Grove and Idyllic Tutor.  You should be able to get what you need with these, whether it is card draw or destruction.  Additionally, I have been hit by Acquire and Bribery a couple times while playing this deck.  Those people are severely disappointed.

Like I noted before, the game plan is typically to lay low and play defense until you get out a token producer.  Once you start making tokens, you are going to have a bulls-eye on your head, so watch out.  Let's see how the deck does in practice.


Here are my opponents for this game: 

Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief Kataki, War's Wage Sliver Overlord
Drana is typically mono-Black control, capable of making large amounts of mana and killing with commander damage.  Kataki is interesting, and a legend I've never seen used as a commander before.  I guess there are enough artifacts played that he is useful?  All I know is that I am glad that I am not using my Karn deck right now.  Finally, Sliver Overlord is pretty self explanatory.  What I really need to worry about from him is Harmonic Sliver.  This means that I somehow need to make sure that he cannot use the Overlord's activated ability.  That may be tough. 
The Drana player wins the roll.  Here is my opening hand:
ForestLuminarch AscensionSacred MesaElfhame PalaceNoble TemplarPlainsOblivion Ring
This hand has two token makers and land.  Although it is an aggressive hand, that's a definite keep right there.  S mulls to 6.  As usual, D = Drana, K = Kataki and S = Sliver Overlord.  Let's get to the action! 
Round 1
D: Swamp.
K: Ruins of Trokair.
S: Forest.
Me: Draw Seaside Citadel and play it.
Round 2
D: Swamp.
K: Drifting Meadow.
S: Swamp.
Me: Draw Plains. Play Plains, then Luminarch Ascension.  I know that some people think that a turn 2 Ascension is cheesy, but I have found that I can never make more than 4 angels off of it before it is dealt with.  So I don't think it is that out of control.
Round 3
D: Nothing. Has to discard Heartstabber Mosquito to get to 7 cards in hand at the end of the turn.  That's too bad.
K: Plains, then Serenity. No worries about the Ascension now, as that is a perfectly acceptable way to deal with it.  Plus it fits his anti-artifact theme.
Don't forget that it does not hit creatures.
S: Mountain, then Darksteel Ingot, which obviously doesn't care about Serenity.
Me: Draw Enchantress's Presence, play Elfhame Palace.
Round 4
D: Swamp, then Bloodrite Invoker. This makes me scratch my head because I believe the Invoker will die next turn to Serenity.  It pays to RTFC.  My Ascension gets its 4th counter.
K: Serenity triggers. I don't make an angel token before my Ascension blows up.  Someone points out that I should have.  Oh well. K plays a Plains.
S: Island, then Sliver Overlord. I plainscycle my Noble Templar.
Me: Draw Coastal Tower and play it. Then play Enchantress's Presence.
Round 5
D: Swamp, Phyrexian Totem. Attacks me with the Invoker (37).
K: Nothing. At the end of turn, D targets S with Diabolic Edict, forcing a sacrifice of the Overlord.  That's a good way of getting rid of him.
S: Plains, Two-Headed Sliver and Reflex Sliver. Attacks D with both (37) as obvious payback for the Overlord's death.
Me: Draw Mesa Enchantress. Play a Plains, then the Enchantress. I want to maximize my rewards for playing an enchantment next turn.
Round 6
D: Moriok Replica, then Lake of the Dead
K: Tariff.
Never seen this one played before.
S sacrifices Reflex Sliver, I lose my Enchantress, and D sacs his Bloodrite Invoker. Then K plays Kataki.
S: Pays to keep his Ingot. Then plays a Mountain.
Me: Draw Wirewood Guardian. I play Sacred Mesa, drawing Mana Reflection. That is great with the Mesa, obviously.  Then play a Plains.
Round 7
D: During her upkeep, sacrifices Moriok Replica (35) to draw 2 cards and pays to keep the Totem around. Then plays Smallpox. That clears the board of creatures, and everyone loses a land. I discard Oblivion Ring, which is a tough choice, but I wanted to keep my land cards in hand to help with token production. And everyone loses 1 life.
K: Nothing.
S: Crucible of Worlds, then plays a Mountain out of his graveyard. At the end of his turn I make a Pegasus token.
Me: Sac my Pegasus to the Mesa and draw Swords to Plowshares. Play a Forest then cast Mana Reflection, drawing Faith's Fetters
Round 8
D: Seal of Doom.  That won't hurt me too much right now.
K: Mistveil Plains.
S: Plains, then Sliver Overlord again. Luckily I have an answer in hand.
Me: During my upkeep I make a Pegasus to sac to Sacred Mesa. I draw Phantom Centaur. I cast Faith's Fetters targeting the Overlord, going up to (40) and drawing an Island, which I play. 
Round 9
D: Urza's Factory, then Disturbed Burial with buyback targeting the Leaden Myr in her graveyard. 
K: Weathered Wayfarer.  I can't think of anything too dangerous that he may have other than The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale to continue with his taxing theme.  I'm hoping he doesn't have that.
S: Forest, then Gemstone Array, to which he adds a couple counters. At the end of his turn I make 3 Pegasus tokens and forestcycle Wirewood Guardian
Me: Sac a Pegasus, draw an Island and play a Forest. I attack K with a Pegasus (38) and S with one also (38).
Round 10
D: Leaden Myr.
K: Plains.
S: Island, then Essence Sliver. Adds a few more counters to Gemstone Array. At the end of his turn I make 8 more Pegasus tokens.
Me: Sac a Pegasus, draw Simic Signet and play an Island. I attack K with 4 tokens (34), D with a token (33) and S with 4 tokens (34).
Round 11
D: Disturbed Burial with buyback getting Moriok Replica back to her hand. At the end of the turn K uses Weathered Wayfarer to search up Mystifying Maze.
K: Plays Mystifying Maze and Archon of Redemption (37). K may become my main target if he shows he is playing a bunch of flyers. 
S: Memnarch
Crazy good with enough mana.
Holy cow, I wasn’t expecting that one from a sliver deck. He then turns my Mana Reflection into an artifact in order to steal it, but I target Memnarch with Swords to Plowshares in response (38) so he can’t take it. I’m glad that I had that answer in hand. I make 8 more tokens at the end of my turn.
Me: Sac a token, and draw Capsize. I attack K with 9 tokens, and he blocks and kills a token but drops to (29). I attack S with 5 tokens (33) and D with 2 tokens (31) as well. 
Round 12
D: Quicksand, then Drana. At the end of the turn, K searches up Reliquary Tower with the Wayfarer.
K: Plays the Reliquary Tower then Linvala, Keeper of Silence (32). This is awesome as it shuts down Drana and Sliver Overlord if he ever gets rid of the Fetters. K then plays Runed Halo. Unfortunately, you can only name cards with Runed Halo.  Although there is Mesa Pegasus online, there is currently no card titled Pegasus available, so it won’t protect him from my horde. He ends up naming Sacred Mesa in frustration, and we point out the error afterward.
S: Plains, then puts a mess of counters on his Gemstone Array. Attacks me with Essence Sliver. I make a bunch of Pegasus tokens to block and kill it, but he still goes up to (36). I then make 6 tokens
Me: Sac a token and draw a Plains, which I play. I attack K with my team. This may be a bad move, since his Linvala keeps the other two commanders in check, but I'm worried that he may be packing additional enchantment removal.  He blocks and kills 2 tokens, but drops to (14)
Round 13
D: Moriok Replica.
K: Plains, then Pristine Angel (18). 
S: Forest. At the end of the turn, I make 11 more tokens.
Me: Sac a token and draw Armadillo Cloak. I attack K with everything but 4 tokens, taking him out
The remaining 4 tokens go in S’s direction (32). At the end of my turn D sacs Moriok Replica to draw 2 cards (29).
Round 14
D: Swamp, then Platinum Emperion. Discards Reassembling Skeleton to get to 7 cards in hand at the end of turn.
S: Nothing. At the end of his turn, I make 11 more tokens.
Me: Sac a token and draw Auramancer. I attack S with my team, killing him. 
Round 15
D: Swamp, then Diabolic Tutor. Then plays Pestilence, which puts a big damper on my plans. 
Still useful.
At the end of her turn I Capsize (with buyback) the Pestilence, but she kills all my tokens in response. I then Capsize (with buyback) her Emperion and make 5 tokens. D has to discard Doom Blade to get to 7 cards in hand at the end of the turn.
Me: Sac a token, and draw a Forest, which I play. I then Capsize (with buyback) Drana and attack with 4 tokens (25). I play Phantom Centaur (which should be good against a mono-Black deck) and put Armadillo Cloak on it, drawing Land Tax. I then play Auramancer, getting Faith's Fetters back to my hand for when she re-casts Pestilence.
Round 16
D: Swamp, then Platinum Emperion again. I go to Capsize the Emperion at the end of turn, but D Seal of Doom’s it in response, countering my Capsize, which is a smart play. I then make one more token.
Me: I sac a token and draw an Island, which I play. I attack with my team, dropping D to (12) while I go up to (46). I then play Land Tax just for the draw since I have more land than D, drawing a Plains, which I play.
Round 17
D: Animate Dead, targeting her Platinum Emperion. That's not great, but I can always steal it with Rubinia if necessary.  Then Pestilence,
Me: During my upkeep, she uses Pestilence a couple times to make me expend resources to feed Sacred Mesa, knocking me down to (44) and wiping out my team except for the Centaur. But I manage to keep the Mesa fed. I draw Fertile Ground. First, I Fetters Pestilence, drawing Willbender. Then, I play Fertile Ground, drawing Idyllic Tutor. I use the Tutor to search up Seal of Cleansing, which I play drawing Legacy's Allure, which is probably the weakest enchantment in the deck. I use the Seal to destroy the Emperion.   I then attack with the Centaur, knocking D down to (5) while I go up to (53). I then play Willbender face down and Legacy's Allure, drawing Dowsing Shaman, and finally play my Plains.
Round 18
D: Swamp, then Cadaver Imp, returning the Emperion to her hand. I can't seem to get rid of that guy.  I guess I could have used Willbender here to make the Imp target another creature in D's graveyard, but I didn’t for some reason. Then plays the Emperion again. 
At the end of the turn I make a few tokens.
Me: Sac a token, then draw Condemn. Play Rubinia so I can steal the Emperion, and Dowsing Shaman.
Round 19
D: Doesn’t draw an answer and concedes.

Most games where I won were similar to this:  Get out a token producer and have it unmolested, then swarm people.  Of course, I got lucky here in that both my Mana Reflection and Sacred Mesa went the entire game without being touched.  The deck doesn't really make tokens quickly, so you have to keep on your toes for a while and keep pumping them out while you can.  It is pretty slow and reactive, so if you like that kind of play style, this deck may be for you.

However, although I improved the deck, it still isn't as good as the decks that I typically show you guys.  I did manage to win a few games, and in those that I didn't I usually came in second.  I don't think that I had a game where I wasn't a major threat at some point during play, so at least I was able to meet my goal in that respect.

The one thing that was the most frustrating for me was the land flood.  I always seemed to draw a ton of land, especially at the most inopportune times.  I even had a game where I pulled all my basics with Land Tax, yet I continued to draw my few non-basics.  Scroll Rack may be worth considering just for this purpose.  If I were to change the deck more, I would probably push the enchantment theme even further, and get rid of some more of the creatures.  There are plenty of powerful enchantments out there, such as Dovescape, Archmage Ascension and Solitary Confinement that are worthy of consideration.  Heck, you could even push this deck into an Enduring Ideal deck by adding Mystical Tutor, Personal Tutor and then cards like Paradox Haze and Wheel of Sun and Moon.  I considered going this route, but thought it might be a little more expensive than I wanted to go.  As it is right now, this deck will cost you around 44 tickets (20 for the theme deck, then 24 for my additions).  Of course, feel free to make your own changes and ignore my suggestions if you want.

On a side note, has anyone else out there played the stock Rubinia deck and done well with it?  I'm curious about whether my experience is abnormal with it.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed the deck.  In my next article, I'm going to be taking a look at the Xira Arien precon.  After that I am pretty open, so I am asking you, the reader, about what you want to see in the future.  Do you want me to build around a specific legend?  Does your deck need some doctoring?  I'm always up for helping people improve their decks.  Is there a specific topic you would like for me to discuss?  Feel free to say something in the comments, or send me an email at the address below.  I figured that now would be a good time to hear what you guys want.  Otherwise I am just going to keep doing what I have been doing!

Until next time!

Leviathan, aka Tarasco on MTGO
mrmorale32 at yahoo dot com



I have not played the Rubinia by Paul Leicht at Tue, 01/04/2011 - 06:08
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I have not played the Rubinia deck (I got the Xira Arien deck instead when I had the tix.) I did however build a Rubinia deck that did fairly well, winning a few games and coming in 2nd in a few others but not a really impressive deck. More dangerous than good.

Your article has given me some tangentially interesting ideas to try out and I will have to play some more commander to test them out. Sadly I have somewhat lost the zeal for cas cas magic so I may show up play a game and then ditch the effort.

Hope your holidays were happy.

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Most of the Rubina decks I've seen, and the one I briefly knocked around, maximized the number of lands that could sacrifice creatures and ways to search for those lands.
Obviously that sort of build leans more on the commander but those kinds of lands are also useful for countering various effects or setting up recursion and usually are worth the slots.

Night Soil would be a nice in theme way of dealing with creature recursion while bolstering token generators.
There are a lot of games that it will act as a fireball.

I found using Pheldagriff as the commander to be more enjoyable in those colors.
Bant's colors having the best tuck and exile cards as well as great land fetch fills in most of the deck fairly quickly though.

I'm mildly amused that I've yet to catch one of these games in action, since I'm usually stalking the commander tables or playing at them when I'm on.

What about Mark of Asylum for by Rerepete at Tue, 01/04/2011 - 14:48
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What about Mark of Asylum for that Rubinia deck??

Suggestions by Lythand at Tue, 01/04/2011 - 19:33
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Some suggestions for the deck.

Rhys the Redeemed for doubling tokens.
Doubling season for doubling tokens
Elspeth Tyrel, life gain, token gen, and non token wrath.
Hour of Reckoning, Nontoken wrath.

Great article, I'd often by themonkey at Tue, 01/04/2011 - 20:10
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Great article, I'd often wondered how the preconstructed decks would play.

I like your choices, although I would make a couple of substitutions for new players who might want to keep costs down a bit more.

Enchantress Presence ($2.75) replace with Mind's Eye (.70)
Land Tax (3.00) replace with Journeyer's Kite (.35)
Runed Halo (2.50) replace with Mystifying Maze (.15)
Idyllic Tutor (3.25) replace with Crystal Ball (.20)
Wrath of God (2.00) replace with Martial Coup (.60)
Karmic Justice (3.00) replace with Sunblast Angel (.30)

Doing this will save you a little over $14. Plus, the eye, kite, maze, and ball are almost auto-includes for any commander deck so they will get a lot of use. Wrath is cheap enough now that you could keep it in or replace it with any cheaper destroy all creature effects (I chose Martial Coup because it fits the token creature theme). Karmic Justice would be the hardest to replace, I don't know of any other card that does what it does (which is why I'll have to pick one up for myself). I'd probably replace it with another wrath type spell or targeted removal. I chose the Sunblast Angel because she's cheap and can often take out opponent's creatures while leaving yours safe.

Id rather use Top over ball by Paul Leicht at Tue, 01/04/2011 - 21:59
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Id rather use Top over ball but a more budget version would be Temple Bell which is a political item as people love drawing extra cards. The downside of course is it gives away pure advantage. The rest of your picks I totally concur with. They make a huge difference in $$ and allow a budget deck more oomph.

Top and ball work even better by Elbinac at Wed, 01/05/2011 - 00:18
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Top and ball work even better as a pair, but isn't SDT getting the axe soon?

Not that I know of by Lythand at Wed, 01/05/2011 - 18:38
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Right now there isn't any talk from the Commander rules committee on banning SDT in Commander.

Ah good to know. by Elbinac at Sat, 01/08/2011 - 10:31
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I was under the impression commander followed the regular singleton banned list heh, bad assumption I guess.

Had taken it out of all my decks to get used to playing that way xD
Ah well at least my Trinket Mage will be less bored.

Lots of good suggestions by Leviathan at Thu, 01/06/2011 - 03:33
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Lots of good suggestions guys. Just make sure to keep your enchantment numbers high to help with your card draw.

Elbinac, I've seen you around, but I haven't really been on the past couple of weeks due to the holidays. I think I played this game about 3 weeks ago. I've seen Rubinia decks like the ones you are talking about, but I didn't really want the focus to be about her. Looking back I probably should have pushed the enchantment theme further, actually. Ah well.