From the Ground Up – Growing Pains

Giant redwoods, skyscrapers, kids, Commander decks: they all grow up. It’s been about eight months since we last checked in with our Commander project, building a sweet deck around Alesha, Who Smiles at Death. In that time, I’ve gotten to jam a lot of games with the latest version of the deck, enough to recognize that a) there is something sweet there and b) we can take it to the next level.

The From the Ground Up project’s been focused on building on a budget, but now we’re going to step it up just a notch. Because the next step, after you’ve built a budget deck that you really care for, is recognizing that the deck is worth sinking a little tender love and care (read: money) into. But how do you figure out where to focus your upgrades? Read on for a tale from the battlefield, and the upgrades that tale has inspired.

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From the Ground Up – Part 3

Hey all, and welcome to part 3 of the From the Ground Up series. We’ve spent parts 1 and 2 zeroing in on exactly what we want our budget Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Commander deck to look like, and now we’re finally going to hit a solid stopping point.

I command you to finish building this deck!

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From the Ground Up – Part 2

This week, we’re upgrading my Alesha, Who Smiles at Death Commander deck from a pile of junk to the beginnings of an actual deck.

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From the Ground Up – Part 1

As I said in my first post on Commander, my new Commander decks begin their lives as piles of extra cards that I battle against my friends’ lower powered decks. Building new decks this way allows me to slot in some underused cards that wouldn’t otherwise see the light of day, some of which end up making a surprising case for themselves.

But, these decks inevitably evolve. Cards filter in and out via trades or cheap pick-ups or looking at bad cards and simply getting tired of wondering “Why can’t you be better?”.

This series, From the Ground Up, is going to chart the evolution of a newly constructed Commander deck as it comes into its own. Continue reading “From the Ground Up – Part 1”