Hello everyone and welcome to my newest video series. Last time you saw me play five sweet matches of Vintage. Today we have some 1v1 Commander action on our hands with Lazav, the MultifariousLazav, the Multifarious!

 

What in Urza’s name is 1v1 Commander?

1v1 Commander is a Magic Online only format where each player chooses a legendary creature as their Commander. This creature is visible and playable from your Command Zone throughout the game. Every time it dies, gets countered or exiled, it returns to your Command Zone. It now costs two more generic mana to cast.  You then have to build a 99 card deck with lands, artifacts and spells in the Commander‘s color identity. In this format each player starts the game with 30 life points. This means that aggressive strategies are harder to pull off. Usually you want to play strong individual cards and cards that synergize well with your Commander.

Lazav, the Multifarious

In this League I chose to play Lazav, the MultifariousLazav, the Multifarious because I felt like doing something broken. As I mention in the video, this was my first experience with the deck because I felt like learning while recording would be a lot of fun.

 

Lazav’s Best Buddies

Phyrexian Dreadnought

Mox Amber

Because of Lazav’s activated ability, Phyrexian DreadnoughtPhyrexian Dreadnought becomes a powerhouse and its’ cheap casting cost means Mox AmberMox Amber is premium mana acceleration. I also added a small Trinket MageTrinket Mage package to help find the ‘Nought in desperate times.

 

Combo Cards

Buried Alive

Necrotic Ooze

Phyrexian Devourer

Walking Ballista

Entomb

Griselbrand

 

Aside from 12/12 beatdown this deck plans to win either by reanimating a GriselbrandGriselbrand or resolving a Buried AliveBuried Alive putting the three best friends Phyrexian DevourerPhyrexian Devourer, Walking BallistaWalking Ballista and Necrotic OozeNecrotic Ooze into the graveyard and then reanimating the Ooze. Necrotic Ooze now has the activated abilities of both creatures and you can ping down your opponent.

 

Consistency Cards

Preordain

Ponder

Brainstorm

Mystical Tutor

Vampiric Tutor

Imperial Seal

Demonic Tutor

Intuition

 

In a singleton format you need these cards to provide the consistency needed to pull off your combos. EntombEntomb and Buried AliveBuried Alive are the most frequent tutor targets while Snapcaster MageSnapcaster Mage and Mission BriefingMission Briefing allow IntuitionIntuition to function as a tutor as well.

 

Protection Cards

Flusterstorm

Dispel

Misdirection

 

Aside from the interaction you would expect out of a Blue-Black combo deck, one-mana discard spells and the absolute best counter magic like Mana DrainMana Drain and Force of WillForce of Will, this deck is packing cheap backup cards that the other blue decks in the format aren’t running to optimize your changes of forcing through the win. You want to use your lifetotal as a ressource, resolve Buried AliveBuried Alive and reanimate your Ooze. FlusterstormFlusterstorm, DispelDispel, MisdirectionMisdirection and the similar cards help you achieve that.

 

No matter if you play Commander in real life, 1v1 Commander on Magic Online or have never shuffled a 99-card deck before. Either way, I can guarantee that this format is super exciting and that the videos show that. I have another Commander video ready in the near future. There you get to see a more controlling deck in action.

Let the games begin and don’t forget to check out the decklist below!

 

*I once again apologize for the sudden change of audio at various points in the videos. I have bought a new microphone and changed some settings to make sure it will not happen in the future.

Lazav, the Multifarious by Andreas 'ecobaronen' Petersen

Commander (1)
Lazav, the MultifariousLazav, the Multifarious

Creatures (9)
Dark ConfidantDark Confidant
GriselbrandGriselbrand
Jace, Vryn’s ProdigyJace, Vryn’s Prodigy
Necrotic OozeNecrotic Ooze
Phyrexian DevourerPhyrexian Devourer
Phyrexian DreadnoughtPhyrexian Dreadnought
Snapcaster MageSnapcaster Mage
Trinket MageTrinket Mage
Walking BallistaWalking Ballista

Spells (53)
Buried AliveBuried Alive
Collective BrutalityCollective Brutality
Demonic TutorDemonic Tutor
DuressDuress
ExhumeExhume
Gitaxian ProbeGitaxian Probe
Hymn to TourachHymn to Tourach
Imperial SealImperial Seal
Inquisition of KozilekInquisition of Kozilek
Night’s WhisperNight’s Whisper
PonderPonder
PortentPortent
PreordainPreordain
ReanimateReanimate
Serum VisionsSerum Visions
Sleight of HandSleight of Hand
ThoughtseizeThoughtseize
Toxic DelugeToxic Deluge
Treasure CruiseTreasure Cruise
BrainstormBrainstorm
CounterspellCounterspell
Dark RitualDark Ritual
DazeDaze
Dig Through TimeDig Through Time
DispelDispel
EntombEntomb
Fatal PushFatal Push
FlusterstormFlusterstorm
Force of WillForce of Will
Force SpikeForce Spike
IntuitionIntuition
Mana DrainMana Drain
Mana LeakMana Leak
Mental MisstepMental Misstep
MiscalculationMiscalculation
MisdirectionMisdirection
Mission BriefingMission Briefing
Mystical TutorMystical Tutor
RemandRemand
Spell PierceSpell Pierce
Spell SnareSpell Snare
Vampiric TutorVampiric Tutor
Chrome MoxChrome Mox
Lotus PetalLotus Petal
Mana CryptMana Crypt
Mox AmberMox Amber
Nihil SpellbombNihil Spellbomb
Sol RingSol Ring
Animate DeadAnimate Dead
Dance of the DeadDance of the Dead
NecromancyNecromancy
Phyrexian ArenaPhyrexian Arena
Search for AzcantaSearch for Azcanta
Lands (35)
Ancient TombAncient Tomb
Bloodstained MireBloodstained Mire
City of BrassCity of Brass
Command TowerCommand Tower
Creeping Tar PitCreeping Tar Pit
Darkslick ShoresDarkslick Shores
Drowned CatacombDrowned Catacomb
Fetid PoolsFetid Pools
Flooded StrandFlooded Strand
IslandIsland
Mana ConfluenceMana Confluence
Marsh FlatsMarsh Flats
Minamo, School at Water’s EdgeMinamo, School at Water’s Edge
Misty RainforestMisty Rainforest
Polluted DeltaPolluted Delta
River of TearsRiver of Tears
Scalding TarnScalding Tarn
Sunken RuinsSunken Ruins
SwampSwamp
Temple of DeceitTemple of Deceit
Underground RiverUnderground River
Underground SeaUnderground Sea
Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothUrborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Verdant CatacombsVerdant Catacombs
WastelandWasteland
Watery GraveWatery Grave

 

This article and video were created by Andreas Petersen in a media collaboration with mtgmintcard.com

Andreas Petersen

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Andreas is probably better known as "ecobaronen" on MTGO. After 2nd place of Team Trios #GPMadrid playing Modern he's heading to his second Pro Tour in Minneapolis this year. Andreas has an opinion about every constructed format except Standard.

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