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Jan

20

Demonic Tournament Commander #6 03/13

By Tournament announcement

The “Demonic Tournament Commander” tents to beat its own world record established during its last edition of june (181 players). Come to help us by participating in this 6th edition there or support by looking us at the live video coverage !

    Main event :

Format : Duel Commander.
French rules and french ban-list : http://duelcommander.com/fr/banlist/

    Date :

Main-event : March 13, 2016
Format : Duel Commander
Registration : 08:00 – 08:45
Start : 09:00

Last Chance Trial : March 12, 2016
Format : Duel Commander
Registration : 09:00 – 09:45
Start : 10:00
Swiss tournament and top 8 for single elimination

    Venue :

MJC ROUEN rive gauche, place des Faïenciers, ROUEN, NORMANDIE, FRANCE.

Keep in mind the Demonic Tournament Commander will be capped at 200 players so as to welcome you comfortably.

    Main event registration :

Entry Fee : 15€ check or cash, 16.50€ online, 20€ on site or online on saturday, 25€ on site on sunday morning.

Online registration. Register before Friday, March 11th 2016.

Check registration :
Payment by check payable to order of “IDCARTES” at this adress :
Association IDCartes, BL07, maison des association, 11 avenue pasteur, 76000 ROUEN, FRANCE.

Thank you don’t forget to specify your LAST NAME/FIRST NAME/DCI NUMBER
Please note that check registration is possible if the letter arrived before Friday March 12.

Cash registration :
Payment by cash at this adresse :
QG des Avenjoueurs, 18 rue des fossés Louis VIII, ROUEN
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 – 00:00

Please note that all registrations are non-modifiable and non-refundable.

Last Chance trial registration :
10€ check ou cash on site saturday morning.
Prizes based on the number of players.

    Prizes :

Last Chance Trial winner and players in TOP8 earns also a DTC’s Playmat.

Main event prizes :
1st – German Underground Sea, Limited edition black border
2nd – French Volcanic Island, Limited edition black vorder
3-4 – Polluted Delta, Expedition Battle for Zendikar
5-8 – Gaea’s Cradle, Urza’s Saga

Players with X-2 : 20€ voucher for « card painters » or for the shop on site.
For all others : a random card of commander from 1 to 15€ and a deckbox and goodies at random.

    Useful info :

A catering will serve you all 2 days long.
A shop will be present all Sunday long : Biverboat.

A live video coverage with comments in English will be realized during the Swiss rounds and the TOP8 by Tolski of Ogaming.tv !

A photo coverage will be realized during all the tournament in our Facebook : Demonic Tournament Commander – EDH à ROUEN and our Twitter : @IDCartes

More informations in our forum.
Or send me an e-mail

    Parking and hotels near the room :

The biggest parking lots near the room is that of Mall Saint-Sever, at 5 minutes’ walk to the room. This parking lots is free on sunday.

The Underground connects you directly from Rouen’s train station. Get off at “Saint-Sever” (Direction “Georges Braque” or “Technopole”) and the room is in front of you after passing under the arc.

The nearest hotel is this one :
Ibis Hotel Rouen centre ville rive gauche
44 rue Amiral Cecille
ROUEN SAINT SEVER
76100 ROUEN
FRANCE

Jan

18

OATH OF THE GATEWATCH / JANUARY 2016 RULES / BANLIST UPDATE

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Duel Commander gets played more and more in the world, and regional coordinators have joined the committee to help us take the worldwide community into account.
We want to thank the coordinators for their help and we also want to thank all of you who participate in the expansion of Duel Commander.

Changes:

Reminders:

  • The Orange List is made for the dangerous cards that could end up being banned.
  • The Red List is for the most threatening cards, that are very likely to end up being banned in the upcoming months.
  • Before this update, no cards were on the Red List.
  • Gaea’s cradle and Dig through time remain on the Orange List.

About the Oath of The Gatewatch additions and mechanics:

New cards from the latest edition and their new symbol for colorless mana.
The commander rules indicate that adding mana of any color to your mana pool that is not part of your Commander’s color identity gives colorless mana instead. Colorless mana obtained this way can be used to cast spells and use abilities that require “true colorless” mana (the new “◇” symbol replacing the ① for costs). Cards which generate mana of any color (for example: City of Brass, Coalition Relic, Birds of paradise, …) allow their controllers to use cards that require “true colorless” mana if your commander doesn’t have a 5-color identity, for example.
These changes apply on January 22, 2016. Of course, you can still contact us via our email or Facebook page. The next announcements will be published on April 4, 2016 (applying on April 8, 2016).
Until then, we wish you all many good games!

Further indivudual explanations:

Cataclysm: Cataclysm is a card with a very high power level and that requires a specific setup to really shine. That was relatively easy to set up when Mystical Tutor was legal, since it allowed players to either find a necessary piece of disruption or a perfectly-timed Cataclysm. Now that Mystical Tutor is banned, the card should be less regularly backbreaking than it used to be. Besides, the decks that will benefit the most from that unban aren’t the best positionned in the format (Abzan Disrupt / Geist of Saint Traft / Grand Arbiter Augustin IV).
Tasigur, the Golden Fang: When considered as a commander, Tasigur, the Golden Fang exploits all of its characteristics. First, the Delve ability will interact with the “commander tax“. If the Delve capacity was originally designed to apply to a fixed proportion of the mana cost of a spell (eg. 75% for Dig through time and 83% for Tasigur, the Golden Fang), the interaction between the Delve capacity and the “commander tax” breaks this balance (defined by the design of the card). Thus, with the first two commander taxes additional costs payments, the Delve capacity stretches from 83% to 87.5% of the final cost. This percentage increases with each and every new time one will pay the commander casting cost. The effect goes against the spirit of the “commander tax” rule. Another special feature of this very problematic card that Tasigur, the Golden Fang is, is the set of commander qualities that allow games based on this card to occupy a dominant position in Duel Commander. The commander’s color identity rule assigns one of the most possible versatile color combinations with blue, black and green. Its power / toughness design is very impacting for the games. It allows offering a strong and quick defense against the most aggressive decks while being a very good striker. Finally, Tasigur, the Golden Fang‘s activated ability brings additional critical resources on the long sides. Tasigur, the Golden Fang is a versatile Commander that can act on four zones of the game: the battlefield, the library, the graveyard and the hand, thanks to the extremely steady Delve ability and gives access to three dominant colors. Fate Reforged appeared a year ago, during which the card was temporarily placed in orange list (March-July 2015), the first tests demonstrated an enormous potential as a commander card and therefore a big pressure on other game formats. The superiority of Tasigur, the Golden Fang gets confirmed when it comes to driving a control strategy (which is traditionally powerful in singleton formats) and the results pulled from recent tournaments actually betray alarming performance as well as a threat for the balance of the format. This is the only commander which representativeness in top 8’s exceeded 10% since the adoption of the Vancouver mulligan, and several important tournaments resulted in Tasigur, the Golden Fang decks finals. Players from different communities have expressed their difficulties to stop such a progress and their fears regarding the diversity of the Duel commander format. This now leads us to add Tasigur, the Golden Fang (when considered as a commander) on the red list. This indicates, with very high probability, that it will end up being banned from Duel Commander as a commander for the next “Shadows over Innistrad” update, on April 2016.
Necrotic Ooze: Necrotic Ooze is the key element of a combo that is available to many great decks in the format (Sidisi, Undead Vizier and GBx decks). The fact that this particular combo can’t be disrupted by a removal spell makes it quite oppressive.
Yisan, the Wanderer Bard : Yisan, the Wanderer Bard is a commander that has the ability to search for a specific kind of card each turn, which places him in the same group as Zur, the Enchanter (currently banned from Duel Commander). Having access to cards like Quirion Ranger or Wirewood Symbiote turns it into a massive source of card advantage, a repetitive toolbox that is able to deal with almost any kind of permanent, and at a fast pace, without even having to play any other card from one’s hand.
Dig through time: Control/blue remains one of the major archetype generators in the metagame. Dig through time is one of the weapons that allow to make cheap card advantage while continuing to control the middle game state and the late game state. Digging seven cards also allows it to regularly be a sort of “tutor” as well as a source of card advantage at a lower cost. Since the latest announcement, this card gave no reason to be moved further towards being banned, but we continue to keep an eye on it.
Gaea’s cradle: Gaea’s cradle very quickly adds large amounts of mana in the game and is quite complicated to handle, since it’s a land card. This mana benefit is only effectively handled by playing mass creature-removal cards (or many spot-removal cards) and leaves almost no chances to aggressive strategies, which can be problematic for the balance of the format.

Sep

28

Battle For Zendikar / September 2015 banlist / update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

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During the last three months, the format kept growing. We have been in contact with more and more communities, and we hope this will continue in the future.

The card was creating a lot of fuss because of its power and its impact on the games’ durations. During those 6 months without restrictions, Top didn’t seem to have any positive impact on the format, powering up decks that were already dominant. That’s why Sensei’s divining top is now banned.

  • The Vancouver mulligan (the same as for sanctionned tournaments) is now the legal mulligan in Dual Commander.

103.4. Each player draws a number of cards equal to his or her starting hand size, which is normally seven. (Some effects can modify a player’s starting hand size.) A player who is dissatisfied with his or her initial hand may take a mulligan. First, the starting player declares whether or not he or she will take a mulligan. Then each other player in turn order does the same. Once each player has made a declaration, all players who decided to take mulligans do so at the same time. To take a mulligan, a player shuffles his or her hand back into his or her library, then draws a new hand of one fewer cards than he or she had before. If a player kept his or her hand of cards, those cards become the player’s opening hand, and that player may not take any further mulligans. This process is then repeated until no player takes a mulligan. (Note that if a player’s hand size reaches zero cards, that player must keep that hand.) Then, beginning with the starting player and proceeding in turn order, any player whose opening hand has fewer cards than his or her starting hand size may scry 1.

Over the years, the partial mulligan has switched from a tool used to have less games lost on the starting hand to a powerful engine used in some strategies to take an early lead. During the last 3 months, we decided to test the Vancouver mulligan. It appears it still allows players to play real magic games while not threatening the balance between decks and strategies. It seemed like the optimal solution for the Dual Commander.

These changes take effect on October 2nd, 2015

Your feedback is welcome, as usual. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE.

The next announcement is expected to be on January 18th, 2016 (effective January 22nd, 2016).

 

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Jul

13

Magic Origins banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

 

Over the last three months, Duel Commander events have been more numerous and more populated. The player activity on all media was also very intensive. Such dynamics are very positive for the format and we hope that it will keep on going.

Apart from Mystical Tutor, we are currently keeping a strong eye on several other cards. In order to bring you the most and clearer information we can, we created a public “watchlist”, that is divided into two categories, in which you’ll find all the cards that we think endanger the format stability. The Red List will be made of cards which ban is to be soon or very probable, and the Orange List will be made of less dangerous cards, still within acceptable bounds.

The command zone rule has been modified. A commander will now be able to be put back to the Command Zone instead of going to its owner’s hand. This recent rules change has been added to multiplayer Commander recently. We chose to also have it apply to Duel Commander. This rule (named “Tuck Rule”) becomes now:

Tuck rule :
The commander can now be put back to the command zone any time it should go the the graveyard, to exile, to the library, or in its owner’s hand.

These changes take effect on July 17th, 2015

Your feedback is welcome, as usual. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE.

The next announcement is expected to be on September 28th, 2015.

 

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Mar

23

Dragons Of Tarkir banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

The format keeps growing, thanks to players’ involvement and thanks to new sets being released, especially the ones that are dedicated to Commander. Choices among new legendary creatures with a strong identity allow players to play a wide range of efficient strategies. We would like to promote such a diversity as much as possible. Having considered the current context, we do think players need a maximum number of possibilities to properly explore the current metagame. Nevertheless, we still have to restrict the overly fast pace of some unbalanced strategies.

These changes take effect on March 23rd, 2015.
More explanations can be found HERE.

Your feedback is welcome, as usual. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE.

The next announcement is expected to be on July 13th, 2015.

 

The Duel Commander rules committee.

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Jan

19

Fate Reforged banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

No changes.

The metagame is still shifting and hasn’t stabilized. At the moment the format looks healthy so no changes appear necessary.

We’ve added a one-page rules summary to the Resources page for easy distribution on tournaments.

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on March 23rd, 2015.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Nov

3

Commander 2014 banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

No changes.

Commander 2014 looks like an exciting set with some never before seen mechanics. The set looks balanced overall and while there is of course a plethora of multiplayer-oriented cards, nothing immediately stands out as unfair for Duel Commander. So please enjoy the new release and keep innovating!

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on January 19th, 2015.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Sep

22

Khans of Tarkir banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

No changes.

The metagame has evolved quite a bit since we’ve removed the three most unfair commanders this year. Blue is no longer the color most frequently seen in top 8 decks. While it’s not a goal in itself, and we’re certainly not trying to prevent people from playing blue, it’s a welcome change that gives opportunities to new strategies.

A few words about Commander 2014. As it’s been revealed, each of the five decks is going to be led by a planeswalker that can be played as a commander. Contrary to what we’ve read in several places, this does not mean that any planeswalker can be used – only those with the ability “[this] can be your commander”. So it’s not as big a change as some predicted, but it should still introduce some interesting gameplay and we certainly are very excited about that.

As for every special product, we’re going to make a small announcement as it comes out, but just in case something devastating comes out – no bannings outside the new product are to be expected, and we won’t ban any commanders on this first announcement (we can still do so in the annoucements tied with the regular Magic sets).

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on November 3rd, 2014.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Jul

14

Magic 2015 banlist update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

The scrutiny of Commander 2013 continues. With a few more months of observation and several large events confirming a trend we were suspecting, we’ve come to the conclusion it was time to axe yet another unfair commander.

These changes take effect on July 18th, 2014.

More explanations can be found HERE.

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE. The next announcement is expected to be on September 22nd, 2014.

The Duel Commander rules committee.

Jun

9

Conspiracy update

By The Duel Commander rules committee

Hello everybody,

No changes.

Conspiracy is out, several cards are quite interesting to play in Duel Commander, but nothing prompted us to pull any emergency ban.

As a reminder, the cards with type “Conspiracy” are not legal cards in Constructed formats, that includes Duel Commander.

See you all on July 14th, 2014 for the Magic 2015 announcement!

As usual we welcome your feedback. While we read most of the forums out there, the best way to make yourself heard is by writing us HERE.

The Duel Commander rules committee.