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Potential Commanders from Core Set 2021

A little insight about which cards from Core Set 21 can be potential commanders.

Even in quarantine times, Wizards of the Coast production does not stop and therefore neither do our articles. M21 brought new legendary creatures, so let's see if they will get into the format, whether they head in or trip over the entrance. Unlike other expansions, the legends do not follow a cycle, so we will follow in order of colors. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/mangara-the-diplomat-27.jpeg?9283) In another of his trips, [[Mangara, the Diplomat]] or [link](https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NSMDDi_if3g/TDySDcYMgnI/AAAAAAAAAUI/Q4DxsFKmZjA/s1600/ronaldinho-gaucho-no-flamengo.jpg)(Ronaldinho Gaúcho) appears in Magic the Gathering doing something that we can hardly see in white: draw cards constantly and without the need to pay mana. With defensive abilities and status, Mangara manages to enter into several white decks, from the Stax lock-street to offensive Equipment, every deck needs a gas and Mangara is there to get it (as long as his opponents don't cooperate). [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/pm21-core-set-2021-promos/barrin-tolarian-archmage-45s.jpeg?4883) And we arrived in blue, a color so feared for its ability to say "no". [[Barrin, Tolarian Archmage]] is a card that leads to interesting play patterns, allowing you to solve both problematic cards and take advantage if your opponents don't have something very threatening. I will be surprised if a self-bounce deck appears, but if it does Barrin will certainly be there. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/vito-thorn-of-the-dusk-rose-127.jpeg?3042) The Twilight Legion appears again, returning to its schemes of abusing life theft as well as doing direct damage to its opponents. [[Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose]] enters into several strategies, not only in vampire tribes for their versatility. Token decks can earn bonuses with the lifelink (making these tokens pseudo-unblockable) while combo and control decks can take advantage of this direct damage effect while gaining life. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/kaervek-the-spiteful-106.jpeg?7728) Do you like your opponents to have creatures? No? So, I have a card for you. [[Kaervek, the Spiteful]] alone is able to hinder various creature-based strategies, from aggro to token. If you don't use creatures often, Kaervek can be used very well. I believe it is more of a 99 card than a card in the command zone, but in both ways, it will still bully your friends. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/gadrak-the-crown-scourge-146.jpeg?1263) Kill things, earn treasure. [[Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge]] is simple and, by far, its least important ability is not being able to attack with less than 4 artifacts on the battlefield. Gaining an advantage for every creature you kill is always scary and Gadrak is there to do so. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/subira-tulzidi-caravanner-162.jpeg?8260) Ah, the red commander who wants to hit, hit and hit. [[Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner]] reminds me a lot [[Kari Zev, Skyship Raider]] and [[Zurgo Bellstriker]] merged with [[Edric, Spymaster of Trest]]. The problem with this fusion is that the deck ends up becoming a fifty-fifty and no bigger than the sum of its parts. First because of the lack of red unblockable creatures, but also because of the massive cost of discarding your own hand to be able to draw the cards again. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/jolrael-mwonvuli-recluse-191.jpeg?6627) Green is a great color today and a creature that abuses green's ability to draw cards and make its creatures giant is great. [[Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse]] is a great 99 on decks that already draws a lot of cards like [[Edric, Spymaster of Trest]], [[Chulane, Teller of Tales]] and [[Tatyova, Benthic Druid]], but not as good as the commander itself. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/niambi-esteemed-speaker-222.jpeg?6763) [[Niambi, Esteemed Speaker]] is doing her job as a firefighter on duty, taking her other creatures out of the way of something dangerous while they bring your life in the process. Niambi itself doesn't do anything extreme. Even with the flash, the drawing ability is costly and its best use is as an emergency to save a more important creature. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/radha-heart-of-keld-224.jpeg?9983) Abilities that allow you to see the top of your own deck (especially if you don't give that information to your opponent) are always interesting to say the least, especially when they allow you to use what's in it (even if only partially. The problem with [[Radha , Heart of Keld]] as a commander is the existence of cards that do what she wants to do better than her. But she is still a great inclusion on the 99. [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/m21-core-set-2021/rin-and-seri-inseparable-278.jpeg?1111) A very cute couple. [[Rin and Seri, Inseparable]] comes to play with two theoretically opposing tribes, dogs and cats working together for a common good. Rin and Seri are in good colors, but they have a big problem with being the card that wants to do more than one thing and ends up doing none. If you decide to play only by mixing dogs and cats, you end up losing important pieces from one or another tribe. Play for flavor, not necessarily for strength. And with that we have all the new legends brought on M21. Did you like it? Are you interested in using the new cards or even creating a completely new deck based on these new cards? Feel free to comment below about your impressions for this new set.

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Got excited about Pauper and want to get into it! Where should I start?


Hello my friends, I am Betão and I wrote this article to help players who want to start playing Pauper. Born in 2008 on Magic On-line, and officialized as a format in "paper magic" in 2019, Pauper always had its fan base who always played on-line, at a local store or even in the kitchen tables around the world when they had the oportunity. Nowadays, Pauper is growing and getting new players every day. Because it is one of the cheapest formats in Magic? Of course! To start in this format the player does not need to pay a large amount of money and Pauper still allows you to play with historical cards like [card](Counterspell) and [card](Lightning Bolt). But that's not the only reason. The unity and hospitality of the Pauper community is also a strong reason to play it, and we will keep spreading the good aspects of the format in order to keep it alive! * But after all, what is Pauper? * Technically, Pauper is a format built with a minimum of 60 cards in its main deck and 15 reserve cards, the so-called sideboard. Only cards that have, at least once, been released in the common rarity, printed or online, are allowed. * How to build the main deck? * The main deck is built within a pre-defined game plan that exploits your strategies to the fullest. The deck can be interactive or non-interactive, which means that it can interact or not directly with your opponent's cards. Also, they can be active, which imposes their pace of the game and try to dominate the battlefield early, or they can be reactive, which approaches the game in a different way, trying to eliminate threats when they appear, seeking to exhaust the opposing resources and after that dominate the field to achieve the victory. * What about the sideboard? What is it for? * All decks have strengths and weaknesses. This is what makes the game healthy and balanced. There will always be good and bad match-ups against your deck. In order to try to overcome the weaknesses of your deck, the sideboard assumes the function of containing cards that improve the development of your strategy against the adversary. So, we have a maximum of 15 cards that are designed to cover these weaknesses against the decks that hurt you the most. It would not be nice if some strategies are stronger than all, this is a problematic situation that can lead to bans. * Wait, bans? * That's right! With the number of cards created since 1993, there is a huge collection of common cards available. So, it is possible that the interaction between some cards becomes problematic and unhealthy for the format, and interventions might be needed to attend this issue. There interventions are the banning of specific cards that WotC believes to be the key points of problematic strategies or gameplays. [link](https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper)(Click here to access the updated banlist.) * I already understood what Pauper is, and now I want to play. Which deck should I start with? * There are a few tips that can help you choose your starting deck. On YouTube, you can find videos from different content creator talking about decklists and showing how they work. You can also visit the metagame page in the menu on this site, and watch some of the most played decks in the biggest tournaments around the world. So to speak, this is the metagame, the name and list of the decks in a tournament, with their presence and performance percentages. However, some decks have two or more colors, and this can hinder the development of your game when making decisions about sequencing your land drops onto the battlefield, as a wrong decision can forbid you to generate the right colors when you need it. Based on this fact, choosing to start with a deck of only one color seems to be a good idea, as you will always have the right lands available and generate the necessary mana and you can concentrate on learning the strategy and playing sequences of your deck, as these are fundamental to have a better performance at the game. Later, when you've already developed your gameplay skills and learned more about the metagame, you can gradually venture into decks with more than one color. Assuming that at this initial moment the safest option is to choose a one-color deck, I will list below five one color decklists that have done good results in some championships. [center]{Red - BURN} Burn is a non-interactive deck that seeks to assign direct damage to your opponent's life points as quickly as possible, with cards like [card](Lightning Bolt). But also keep in mind that sometimes it is useful to use some burn spell as removals for threats that your opponent may present during the game. Red does not have a lot of cards that allows you to draw in abundance, so the deck tends to lose its breath when the game extends for many turns. [deck](47263) [center]{Green - STOMPY} This is an aggressive deck, meaning your strategy is to win by quickly dealing enough combat damage to your opponent. This is done by putting small creatures on the battlefield and trying to increase their power. Green does not draw beyond what is possible and, therefore, is a deck that needs to be fast. [deck](47262) [center]{Black - Mono Black Control (MBC)} This one is a favorite among Brazilian players! As the name says, it is a control deck. It seeks to eliminate the opponent's threats and is efficient in that, as it has many options for removals. It is consistent, summoning creatures on the early turns and having ways to draw cards, which is important in the late game. It is good at gaining time delaying your opponent's game while evolving yours. [deck](47266) [center]{White - Mono White Heroic} The heroic ability allows you to place a +1/+1 counter whenever the creature with that ability is targeted by a spell. This makes your creatures very strong in a very short time, because in addition to these creatures the deck has enchantments that add other abilities that are of great value your creatures, such as vigilance, lifelink and first strike. This deck doesn't draw a lot of cards either, so it needs to be fast too. [deck](47265) Finally, it is important to note that it is not a rule to start with decks of only one color, however it seems to be a safe way to know more about the format. That's it for today. I hope you found this reading informative and also pleasant. Welcome to Pauper and until next time!

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Betão, professor de Física, entusiasta de todos os formatos, se dedica única e exclusivamente ao Pauper desde 2019 e recentemente ao PDH.

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