Hey guys Jordan here, it has been a minute but I am back to bring you something I have been working on for a few months now. In the spirit of my love of crossovers and the exciting new possibilities with Universes Beyond I decided to make a commander deck based on Avengers Infinity War and Avengers Endgame. I went a little deeper and tried to make every card a reference to something from the movie.
The deck is not by any means good. It is fun, don't get me wrong. Building the deck reminded me of building a Yu-Gi-Oh! Deck when I was a kid. Putting cards in because they looked cool or were fun, or just fit with the theme so well. I spent hours digging through Scryfall to find cards that truly matched the person or place I was trying to represent.
So, the rules I set for myself were simple. I had to Include all the main avengers, the black order, the stones and the gauntlet. What I ended up with was an ability to tell the entire story of the movies in a 100 card deck.
Let us start with the commander.
No wait, that’s not right …
I made this nice Proxy of Thanos to set the stage for the movie. Credit for the art goes to theknott14.
I chose Kenrith for multiple reasons. He is the RETURNED king and Thanos returns in Endgame. He has multiple activated abilities which can represent the different powers of the Infinity Stones, and… well let's be honest the deck wouldn't work if it wasn’t 5 colors. Let us start with a breakdown of the core cards that really tell the story of the end of Phase three.
Infinity Gauntlet and Stones
Gauntlet of Power (the Kaladesh Inventions art) - The Infinity Gauntlet
Mind Stone- DUH
Sol Ring - Soul Stone
Worn Powerstone - Power Stone
Planar Bridge - Space Stone
Aether Vial - Reality Stone
Perpetual Timepiece - Time Stone
Sanctuary II - Parhelion II
The Black Order
Nightshade Harvester - Corvis Glaive
Sheoldred, Whispering One - Proxima Midnight
Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire- Cul Obsidian
Dovin, Grand Arbiter - Ebony Maw
Acquire ( IDW art) - End Credit Scene of Avengers 2 Thanos putting on the Gauntlet
Fatal Push - Thanos Throwing Gamora off the cliff to get the Soul Stone.
Caged Sun - Nidavellir
Kodama’s Reach - Groot reaching for Stormbreaker to make the handle
Triumphant Reckoning - Thor, Rocket, and Groot arriving in Wakanda
Snap - DUH
All Is Dust - Tony’s snap
Extinction Event - Gets rid of half the board
Extinguish All Hope - The Snap that destroys the Stones
The Original Avengers
Urza, Lord High Artificer - Tony Stark
Crosis's Attendant - Ironman
Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero - Captain America
Kelsien, the Plague - Hawkeye
Toralf, God of Fury - Thor
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow - Black Widow
Civilized Scholar - Bruce Banner
The New Avengers
Platinum Emperion - HulkBuster
Aspiring Aeronaut - Falcon
Silas Renn, Seeker Adept - War Machine
Karn, the Great Creator- The Vision
Rowan, Scholar of Sparks - The Scarlet Witch
Civil War Avengers
Akiri, Fearless Voyager - Spider-man
Kalemne's Captain - Ant-Man
Lord Windgrace - Black Panther
Dack Fayden - The Winter Soldier
Wydwen, the Biting Gale - The Wasp
Platinum Angel - Rescue
Jodah, Archmage Eternal - Doctor Strange
Akroma, Angel of Fury - Captain Marvel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Anowon, the Ruin Thief - Star-Lord
Deathbonnet Sprout - Groot
Munda, Ambush Leader - Drax
Ruthless Ripper - Gamora
Soratami Mindsweeper - Mantis
Squirrel Dealer - Rocket
Evil Twin - Both Nebulas
Archon of Sun's Grace - Valkyrie
Fain, the Broker - Loki ( Yes I know Valki is a card but this one is all on art)
Tectonic Giant - Korg
Michonne, Ruthless Survivor - Okoye
Saheeli Rai - Princess Shuri
Ihsan's Shade - Red Skull
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest - Wong
Estrid, the Masked- The Ancient One
Fist of Suns- The Nano Gauntlet
Robe of Stars- The Cloak of Levitation
Illusionist's Bracers- Captain America’s “Shield” from infinity war
Shield of the Avatar- Captain America's Shield
I have had a lot of fun playing this deck. I took it to Magic Fest Las Vegas and got to play a few games with it. Everyone I played really enjoyed it and a few people were inspired to create their own theme deck. This is one of the many reasons I love the game of Magic the Gathering, there are so many different ways to build and play the game.
Having played more card games than I can count, Magic is the best by far in my opinion. They clearly take care in the thought process behind their sets. Personally, I would love a Marvel or DC product to be released in the Universes Beyond Product line. I have introduced many new customers in the store to Magic with the crossovers like Godzilla, The Walking Dead, and Street Fighter. Just the idea that someone who is not really into high fantasy worlds like Magic or the Forgotten Realms can find a set of cards that appeals to them and we can both sit down and play a great game.
Alright guys that is all for now. Until next time, take it easy.