New format:settlers

by Alfred on 15 September 2020

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Submit a list of cards below to bulk import them all into your sideboard. Post one card per line using a format like "4x Birds of Paradise" or "1 Blaze", you can even enter just the card name by itself like "Wrath of God" for single cards.

Deck Description

Settlers - A new way of playing Magic!

**Note**: This is not an announcement, it is a discussion regarding a possible commander/brawl variant and an attempt to share this idea with others and find people to play with. The Rules are up for discussion and everyone is welcome to share their ideas regarding possible flaws and improvements. **Tell me what you think!** Hit me up if you want to try the format on **Cockatrice.**


**1. The Story**

**God** knows, I love Magic.

**I** love the deck-building and trying out my strategies against other players. I spend many of my sunday's afternoon making decks and testing them, and most fridays I go to my LGS to play commander. I've been playing the game since 2004.

**R**ecently, I watched a video from Tolarian Community College on Youtube where the Professor complained about Ikoria's commander precons;

"*Commander is supposed to be about widely different decks crashing into each other, not just decks all from the same plane*" is basically what he said. I think so too.

**I**n my opinion, player-made commander decks in general are so saturated with staples it loses flavor. Commander **is** a staple-based format after all. Brawl kind-of solves that problem by making you play cards from standard sets, but just like standard, it doesn't fully capture the spirit of the planes.

**So** what if there was a variant that allowed you to make decks from all across Magic's history while bringing out the flavor of each plane? What if a land is such a key element of the story of the set you want to play it as your commander?


**2. The format**

Introducing - **SETTLERS -**, a variant that allows expansion sets from Legends forward with a very limited ban list. The deck must have a Commander, 60 cards total, the singleton rule and the standard commander rules such as the tax applies. Only cards from the **exact set** that your commander has been printed in can be used. If a card been reprinted in other sets, it is legal in **each of the sets** it has been printed in. If you have a reprint of a card that was printed in your set, you can absolutely use it. Each players have 30 life total, and is multiplayer up to 4 players.

**Anything** Legendary can be your commander. A land? An artifact? Is it legendary? Then yes you can play it as your commander. You only have to pay 2 more mana for each time you played your land from the command zone if you want to bring it back to the battlefield once it’s been sent in the command zone from anywhere. You can have a **sideboard** with any card from your set;

1. Each player gets a 15-card sideboard that they can use "wish" cards on.
2. The cards in your sideboard cannot be cards that are already in the main deck and they have to be in the same color identity as your commander.

**3. Why is the variant this way**

· The **NAME:** I want a name different than "set or plane commander/brawl, also called Vorthos" because is it different from Vorthos. I also think that Pioneer is a cool name for a format and wanted a synonym that has a connection to what we're trying to do: make a commander variant that takes place in sets. The variant being different from the rest also brings out a new age of exploration! Hence the name: **Settlers**.

· The **RULES:** Why not make it so the deck has to be on the whole plane the commander has been printed on? Because ***Dominaria***. Also, it doesn't really make sense to play the set of *Zendikar Rising* with all the *Eldrazi* in the deck. Then, since we can only use cards from a single set, it need to be reduced to 60 cards (compared to commander) to avoid having to throw in a bunch of 1/1's and 2/2's and other janky cards with no effects just to reach the 100 cards limit. It also speed up games, and the 30 life total is aiming for that too.

What is **LEGAL:**

Any expansion sets from **Legends** forward.

The **BAN-LIST:**

* Cards with the **Conspiracy** type
* **Biorythm**
* **Braids, Cabal Minion**
* **Erayo, Soratami Ascendant**
* **Falling Star**
* **Gifts Ungiven**
* **Iona, Shield of Emeria**
* **Leovold, Emissary of Trest**
* **Limited Resources**
* **Panoptic Mirror**
* **Prophet of Kruphix**
* **Yawgmot’s Bargain**

**Things** I've witnessed in the small amount of games I've been playing:

·When I brought a few decks with me, players from the LGS in my area were generally willing to play.

· The ban list will need to be expanded as players discover new broken strategies.
This was made by u/Minamo academy on reddit

How to Play

The commander is forsaken monument

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  • Settlers

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Card Legality

  • Not Legal in Standard
  • Not Legal in Modern
  • Not Legal in Vintage
  • Not Legal in Legacy

Deck discussion for New format:settlers

Looks like fun.
If it spreads out in here I might make an nfo frontpage for it :)

Oh yeah, and dibs on archive trap as the commander.
Muahahaaa !!!

Posted 15 September 2020 at 22:06


It’s not legendary sadly

Posted 16 September 2020 at 00:12


Then it would have to be that blue white dude that's 1/4 and functions close to a fraying sanity :)

My back hurts a bit this evening. I've scavenged for "large garbage".
in my area of Denmark, large garbage is removed from the streets by a special unit.
It includes all kind of furniture, and there are zones where you can place it to get it removed.
I hunt for the best furniture to sell it cheap to people who don't mind used furniture, and I found something in the 2000$ class. It was a 2 meter and forty centimeter long floor furniture (usually meant for extremely large TVs) and I had to trolley it and disassemble it in front of my apartment. I might sell it for 1500$ as it was in near mint condition. Heh :)
It was extremely heavy and took two hours to dismantle without damage
Resting now with two beers.

Posted 16 September 2020 at 02:46


That’s close to what I did in Highschool

Posted 16 September 2020 at 02:48


I have a part time job, but prefer to get money from other stuff. I'm pretty rich in magic cards but a lousy trader so I wait on selling cards to I go on pension. I used to buy 12 booster boxes of each release until I quit a job at a bad time.

Now I usually take a trolley for a two hour walk past a villa area where they put out great stuff on the streets if you are willing to pick it up. Weirdly enough people with cars haven't picked up on this so I trolley at night to avoid people with a car getting the same idea.

I'm 49 years, so it's a trip :)

Posted 16 September 2020 at 03:00


You’re more then double my age, but yeah seems annoying, although I wouldn’t rely on mtg cards as your pension

Posted 16 September 2020 at 03:02


I get ordinary pension by the state and from work.
The cards I intent to start selling when I am no longer working (in about 20 years time)
I expect to have the time to become a trader by then :)
My collection dates back to unlimited to just before return to ravnica.
It's why I tend to build rather expensive decks ;)

Posted 16 September 2020 at 03:08


I actually don’t have a full job yet I’m still in college, but I have a lot of very handy skills that help me get money, and I work part time a psychology lab for part of my class

Posted 16 September 2020 at 03:11


From experience, the safe money making is on people skills. Psychology, medicine, childcare, government, scholars, stuff like that. Handyman skills are also quite good, but suffers from seasoning.

Posted 16 September 2020 at 04:27


I have no experience with the people skills that‘s what I‘m in school for, but I do know about the seasoning

Posted 16 September 2020 at 12:40


When I became a prepper I learned how to shop a lot cheaper, and shopping longterm fixed my economy. Having a large stack of food made me endure 7 months with no income and lots of Bill's for housing, water, electricity and warmth. If you end up with seasoning jobs you will need to be prepared for the downtime. And when you get to the age of 45, society regards you as a bother and you get surpassed and out selected by youth, because all your skills are considered obsolete because of new technology. If you then try to reschool it you lose 10 more years because that's how outdated the school material will be. Technology moves too fast these days. You have to be in it 100% to compete there and then someone invents something smarter and you are out again. Save up half your money for the last half of your life.

Morals delivered you can compare it to formats.
They are spreading like wildfires these days, and it's a symptom of some kind.
I think like decks, it's a good thing not to have too many.
No matter what format you choose you wont get much better, and being out of touch with a format is catastrophic.
If your favourite format seems to be dying, cling on to the end, because if it survives you will have gotten out of touch. Your second format is just the backup.

In many ways this behaves like the job market ;)

Posted 16 September 2020 at 15:00


I make decks for all formats as backup, but mainly modern pioneer and standard every 3 months or so

Posted 16 September 2020 at 17:18


Must be time robbing :)
My own time is robbed by the damn long time it takes to abuse evolution.
Speaking of it, I just reached generation 9. Will post it in about an half hour.

Posted 16 September 2020 at 22:34