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December 28, 2015

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(Chaotic) Hugs From Another Dimension

Greetings readers! I’m so glad to be back from my holiday and back to serving up some great Commander content. Though Christmas has already passed, I’m going to share a deck that stays in the spirit of giving.

The Russian Group Hug Roulette

Though the archetype tends to be hated by my fellow competitive players, I have a soft spot for group hug/group chaos decks, as the randomness and speed they add to a game can be a fun way to break the monotony that sometimes comes up in a consistent playgroup. For this deck, I’m using Maelstrom Wanderer. I find that this being of interdimensional energy can really encompass the holiday spirit if you really work with it. Sometimes being like Santa Claus and giving everyone all sorts of great gifts and toys or sometimes being more of the murderous madman type.

A Quick Refresher on Group Hug

Basically the way this deck type works, is that you run numerous cards that benefit everyone, including yourself. Cards that fit this type include Mana Flare, Howling Mine or Weird Harvest. The goal is to lull everyone around you into a sense of security so that you’re not made an easy target. After a long enough game of building their resources, Group Hug players tend to win the game in a blowout-esque way.

The Game Plan

The way this deck is going to win, is using the classic “Kiki Mite” combo. But you’re not going to tutor for it. Both cards in the deck look innocent enough, and can be claimed that they are included for the benefit of other players; “Hey you need a blocker? Let me untap your guy with my Pestermite” . Other than that, the deck is going to play like any other group hug deck, playing defensively while helping everyone. Lastly, there will be cards that will be far more painful than helpful if they turn up from Wanderer’s cascades, keeping my opponents on their toes.

The Decklist

Hugs from Another Dimension

Commander (1)
Maelstrom Wanderer

Creatures (18)
Arjun, the Shifting Flame
Bane of Progress
Braids, Conjurer Adept
Deceiver Exarch
Diaochan, Artful Beauty
Heartwood Storyteller
Intet, the Dreamer
Kami of the Crescent Moon
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Magus of the Vineyard
Nin, the Pain Artist
Noble Benefactor
Perplexing Chimera
Pestermite
Skullwinder
Veteran Explorer
Zealous Conscripts
Zhur-Taa Ancient

Spells (22)
Blatant Thievery
Collective Voyage
Death by Dragons
Flux
Guided Passage
Hypergenesis
Jokulhaups
Knowledge Exploitation
Minds Aglow
New Frontiers
Prosperity
Rolling Earthquake
Skyscribing
Tempt with Discovery
Tempt with Reflections
Thieves’ Auction
Wheel of Fortune
Whims of the Fates
Cyclonic Rift
Intellectual Offering
Volcanic Offering
Words of Wisdom

Enchantments (9)
Conjured Currency
Dictate of Kruphix
Eladamri’s Vineyard
Heartbeat of Spring
Mana Flare
Possibility Storm
Rites of Flourishing
Well of Ideas
Wild Evocation

Planeswalker (1)
Jace Beleren

Artifacts (13)
Font of Mythos
Gruul Signet
Helm of Awakening
Horn of Greed
Howling Mine
Izzet Signet
Nevinyrral’s Disk
Simic Signet
Sol Ring
Spectral Searchlight
Static Orb
Teferi’s Puzzle Box
Temple Bell

Lands (36)
Breeding Pool
City of Brass
Command Tower
Deserted Temple
Forbidden Orchard
Forest
Frontier Bivouac
11 Island
Karplusan Forest
Mana Confluence
x Mountain
Shivan Reef
Steam Vents
Stomping Ground
Yavimaya Coast

Thanks everyone for reading, I hope you enjoy this slice of festive giving. Until next time, and have a great New Year’s!