Counters in Commander

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The letter E!ver since seeing evolve, I've wished I could play with it and graft together, just for more fun with counters. Unfortunately, most of the creatures with graft aren't very good by today's standard, so I can't really build around that in Modern. Fortunately, this is why casual formats exist.

Building casual decks is hard for me. I tend to make them too "Spikey" and they become less fun. A trick I've learned to avoid this is to give myself serious restrictions in deck building, so that even the Spikiest deck I can build will still be weak enough to let everyone have fun. Another tool I've developed is to heavily push a theme, so I can still have a goal or focus in deck building, without focusing on building the strongest possible deck. It's necessary for me to have a target in mind when building a deck, otherwise I don't know how to make any choices.

This deck is a product of both of these methods. I've restricted myself to only lands, creatures, and the card Doubling Season, and I've built a deck with the goal of playing with +1/+1 counters as much as possible.

I'm confident the result would be a blast to play if you own a lot of dice and have a group of Commander players with have less powerful decks—and if you need to need to make it a little more powerful, it's easy to just throw in a Sol Ring, Sylvan Library, or any other Commander staples you happen to have and like playing with.

Sam Black's Experiment Kraj
Commander – Experiment Kraj

Main Deck

99 cards

Breeding Pool
Command Tower
Dryad Arbor
Flooded Grove
Flooded Strand
14  Forest
Gaea's Cradle
Hinterland Harbor
Llanowar Reborn
Minamo, School at Water's Edge
Misty Rainforest
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood
Polluted Delta
Scalding Tarn
Tropical Island
Verdant Catacombs
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Yavimaya Coast

41 lands

Aquastrand Spider
Arbor Elf
Avenger of Zendikar
Champion of Lambholt
Cloudfin Raptor
Cytoplast Manipulator
Cytoplast Root-Kin
Devoted Druid
Draining Whelk
Elusive Krasis
Experiment One
Fangren Firstborn
Fathom Mage
Forgotten Ancient
Fungal Behemoth
Fyndhorn Elves
Glen Elendra Archmage
Gyre Sage
Joraga Treespeaker
Llanowar Elves
Master Biomancer
Mindless Automaton
Novijen Sages
Plaxcaster Frogling
Predator Ooze
Priest of Titania
Prime Speaker Zegana
Primordial Hydra
Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
Sage of Fables
Scavenging Ooze
Scute Mob
Simic Fluxmage
Simic Guildmage
Simic Manipulator
Somberwald Sage
Spike Feeder
Spike Weaver
Sporeback Troll
Strangleroot Geist
Titania's Chosen
Vigean Graftmage
Vinelasher Kudzu
Wickerbough Elder
Wirewood Channeler
Woodfall Primus
Zameck Guildmage

57 creatures

Doubling Season

1 other spell

Experiment Kraj

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Sam Black is a Platinum Pro Player and longtime writer for StarCityGames.com. He is a respected deck builder and took over Daily Decks for the first half of 2013. If you have an original deck you'd like to see featured, email him with the link above.

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