Project: CAL (Commander Apprentice Lexicon) is a goal-oriented to create a semi-static list of “budget, but competitive” deck lists for the EDH/Commander Format. The goals are as follows:
1. A collection of decks across various colors and archetypes set into two budget tiers - $50 and $100; with no single card costing over $5 (TCG Mid price or 1-month recent Ebay Sold Listing average) A third budget tier at $250 is under consideration. 1A - Generals may cost up to $20. 1B - cards considered to be “bulk” commons and uncommons will not have their costs added to the total. “Bulk Rares” will cost $0.50 - $1.00 for purposes of deck cost calculation based on “shipping” fees, standard gaming store prices ($0.50 - $1.00 per bulk rare.)
2. Use of semi-static card lists - meaning that over the course of the next several sets, core (expensive) cards in the list will remain unchanging, but allowing less costly cards to rotate in and out based on new card vs. old card obtainable and obsolescence.
3. Semi-Casual/Competitive deck lists required to ensure that new adventurer’s into the format aren’t steamrolled. Decks will be multiplier oriented (3-5 players.)
4. Somewhat reliable testing of deck lists to ensure quality and performance (this is the hard part - theory crafting the deck is easy, testing it in real world games is much harder.)
5. Project: CAL is to be released as a supplement to the EDHandbook project - or as a completely stand-alone release.
6. A few “quirky” decks should be included.in the list.
The reason for this project is over the last several months I’ve witnessed a large number of individuals claiming that “EDH” is an expensive format or hard to get into based on older card availability. This project aims to correct that view as well as help nurture strong EDH/Commander deck building ideas and practices.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, deck-list submissions and anything else to say, please leave a comment below.
Thank you for your support, help, and yes, even criticisms - as long as they are in good intent..
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