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By: MTGOrzo, Sam Hardin
Dec 14 2015 1:00pm
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So it you're anything like me, and I know I am, you've attempted to bring someone into the wonderful world of EDH / Commander on MTGO. Maybe they're apprehensive; that's understandable. (Maybe you've thought about logging in and firing up a deck, and if that's you, skip this condescending bit until you see the pretty pictures.) Maybe they hit you with the big question: "Why would I play EDH on MTGO? Why would anyone play EDH on MTGO? Where's the sense of camaraderie? Where's the witty banter? I've heard multiplayer is hard to come by; you said you played 1v1, and Sol Ring is legal? Who runs this nonsense? Who are you? Get out of my house!"

Well that was more than one question, but they all encapsulate the general feeling of nausea I've encountered whenever I try and proselytize my old commander buddies into playing on MTGO. After I moved halfway across the world to a place where Magic isn't played commonly, and Magic Online is actually blocked, I can only get my EDH jollies online. And as anyone who plays EDH online knows, it's most commonly played 1v1 without the normal 1v1, French banlist. Multiplayer games exist, but they are slow to fire in my time zone. So what are the real common complaints against MODO:

1.  It's dumb.
2.  It sucks.
3.  Why would I pay money for fake cardboard?
4.  Why would I pay money for fake cardboard when I already own the real cardboard?
5.  Why wouldn't I just play in real life?

Allow me to address these points, and offer my suggestion

  1. You're dumb
  2. You suck
  3. Because it's cheaper than real cardboard!
  4. Because you can't use your real cardboard when you're drunk at 3 in the morning in your underwear!
  5. See number 4!

But I empathize with you. I really do, and I have a solution. 

Elesh Norn, Grand CenobiteOdric, Master TacticianElspeth, Sun's Champion 

So this is a deck. You could play it, and maybe you could even have a good bit of fun with it. I have!



So this deck is a fun, semi competitive mono W token deck that can be built with a twenty dollar bill in your pocket. I dare you to build a fully functioning EDH deck for that amount of money, and don't you dare bring up 99 mountains Ashling, Sidisi Ad Nauseum, or that 20 dollar Mike and Trike build. I will cut you.

Normally these sort of budget challenges hover at around 10 tickets. With 20 tickets we get a lot more goodies, so let's go over some of the more fun cards we get to purchase cheaply and play with on MTGO.

Elspeth, Sun's ChampionElspeth Tirel

These cards are about double as expensive in real life. Providing soldiers to fuel Odric's armies, they are easily out of reach for a ten ticket build, but at 3 and 2 tix respectively, they're an auto include when most of our cards cost pennies.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

While the reprint in Modern Masters 2 lowered the price of everyone's favorite large monk, 2 tickets is a steal and Norn is a boon to any token deck.

Hero of Bladehold

This Mirrodin hero is a necessary mid to early game threat for any white aggro deck, and while it hovers around 9 dollars in paper, 2 tix is very affordable for our list.

Akroma's Memorial

Doesn't everyone want their weenies to be Akromafied weenies? I do. Less than a ticket. Get it.

And that's just a teaser of some of the fun stuff this deck can do. Check out this video deck tech where I put together this deck. If you like what you see, give some of my other videos a look-see; I'm wonderfully mediocre. Also, be sure to look out for a couple game retrospectives on this deck in the next week or so.



Nice job writing this by jay85 at Thu, 12/17/2015 - 05:48
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Nice job writing this article. Your writing didn't feel forced or that you had a thesaurus on your lap. Reading it felt natural, like you and me simply sitting down and shooting the breeze about Commander. I really enjoyed it.
It's just too bad Brimaz is 7 bucks online. Seems like he would make an awesome addition to the list. Anywho, keep it up and I hope you're working on some more articles for us.

I definitely am. It's been so by MTGOrzo at Thu, 12/17/2015 - 07:17
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I definitely am. It's been so long since I've been able to sit down to a real game of Commander and just talk about the game, so doing these feels extremely cathartic. And about Brimaz, absolutely; when I go over the games in my next article, I've got a section on updates to the list planned. You can make the math work by cutting the Planeswalkers and Elesh Norn if I'm not mistaken, but I wanted to bring a list that played as many splashy mythics as possible, really helps getting people over the budget = bad hurdle.