Good Morning Magic Teaches How To Build A Commander Deck

Gavin Verhey goes over five simple steps to making your first Commander deck.

Rielle, the Everwise by Yongjae Choi

With CommandFest Online coming June 6, Gavin Verhey uses today’s edition of Good Morning Magic to teach you how he builds a Commander deck.

Verhey goes over the five main steps to building a Commander deck and gives examples of cards for each step based off a new deck he builds based around Rielle, the Everwise from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths.

Step 1: Choose a Commander. This is your heart and soul of the deck and shows you what roads to go down while building the deck.

Rielle, the Everwise

Step 2: Find your synergy cards. This is where you get to find niche cards that you don’t normally play in other formats that work with your Commander.

Tolarian Winds Firestorm

Faithless Looting Burning Inquiry

Step 3: Find what’s missing. After finding your synergy cards, make sure you have some amount of cards to fulfill these five effects: card draw, mana ramp, targeted removal, sweepers, and threats.

Magus of the Bazaar Izzet Signet Forbid

Cyclonic Rift Grave Titan

Step 4: Build your mana base. Like always, you want plenty of lands and Verhey recommends at least 39-40 so that you can play a land every turn.

Lonely Sandbar Forgotten Cave Ash Barrens

Step 5: Re-evaluate everything. This is where you look at all the cards and make tough choices of narrowing down your deck. Verhey goes over some helpful ratios for making sure your deck has all of its bases covered.

Rapid Hybridization Wayfarer's Bauble Starstorm

Verhey wraps things up with a link to the final decklist for the Rielle deck.