EDH (Elder Dragon Highlander, or
Commander) is a
multiplayer format for Magic: The Gathering. Usually played with 4 players, each player chooses a legendary creature as their commander,
whom they can always cast, and which determines the colors of mana they are allowed to play with. Click the links above for more details.
Variant EDH Formats
Pauper Commander is a variant format where,
rather than using a legendary creature, decks are constructed with any Uncommon creature as the commander, and the
rest of the deck must be of Common rarity.
What is this tool?
This tool generates a random deck within specified parameters and outputs it in Cockatrice
(.cod) deck format, or the Magic Workstation (.mwdeck) plain text format.
The commander will be in the sideboard, with the remaining 99 cards in the mainboard.
It's a lot of fun to have an online group all generate decks and use them. You may be introduced to cards you never would have heard of otherwise
that would go well in a constructed EDH deck. It is, perhaps, not recommended to use one of these decks against real constructed decks.
Then again, it would certainly be in the spirit of Ultimate Bravery.
How does it work?
"Surprise Me" will not reveal your commander to you until the deck is generated.
The Random Commander button will select a commander that you can preview before generating.
The commander is chosen based on the selected colors and selection for Color Options:
When "Any Selected" is chosen you can get a commander that matches any color or combination of those selected
(i.e. Red/Green selected will return a commander that is Red, Green, Red and Green, or colorless).
When "Match Combination" is chosen, you will only get a commander that is exactly those colors
(i.e. Red/Green selected will only choose a commander that is Red and Green, nothing more).
NOTE: There are no commanders with 4 colors.
The Variant drop down determines whether you are using Standard or Pauper EDH deck construction rules.
The numbers in the left categories are how many of that card type will appear in the deck. They must add up to no more than 99.
If you specify less, the remainder will be picked completely at random from among legal cards.
The number of basic lands is an exact number; they will be split between your commander's color identity
(For example, 25 basic lands with a 5 color commander would yield 5 of each basic land).
All other values are considered "At Least this many." With 20 spells available and 10 Instants selected,
you will end up with at least 10 instants, but you could end up with more unless you also specify 10 Sorceries.
If it is not possible to fill out your deck with the selected options (for instance, trying to have 99 creatures
that share a type with Reaper King), random legal cards will be added as filler.
You will see a warning if this occurs.
UPDATE February 2014: Version 3.0! Now with Pauper! Additionally, backend redesigned to use
MtG JSON since Woogerworks changed the formatting of the Cockatrice XML. Frontend redesigned too, while I was at it.