Budget MtG Blog Seeking Budget Combos/Synergy from Community

Hey Folks! Shawn here.

For over two years (coming up on 3 this February), CommanDollar has been a blog about budget-as well as talking about some controversial issues. At the center of that idea is the means to play Magic: the Gathering while not being necessarily terrible at it. To that end, we constantly seek budget combos/synergy-and where better to get them than our followers?

If you have a budget combo-and I use the term budget loosely here, as each person’s idea of a budget can be different, submit it to us! Here are the easy steps to a 10/10 presentation of a budget combo/synergy:

1) Go to our main page, click on the menu (upper right hand corner), choose “Share your Story!”, and make it a photo submission
2) Find a budget combo/synergy that you like
3) Find pictures of the cards and slap them together into a single photo (I prefer using this site because it’s free and very user-friendly)
4) Look up the prices of the cards (using your favorite website like starcitygames, mtggoldfish, etc works, maybe use pucatrade as well)
5) Follow the format! Make sure we know the price (and the date you looked the price up), the cards and how they work together. You can even share a story of you using the cards together, what deck(s) it would work best in, etc.

Now, why do this? Simply put, the blog is in a transition period. We’re seeking new members, and a time to conduct interviews for them all, and we are also a blog about a community experience. We want you to save the $$, and we want you to have fun. This community has a lot of potential, and this is just the first of many steps I hope to take in a positive, new direction. 

If you choose to submit to us a budget combo, we will share a new one every Friday, so be on the lookout for yours to appear! Until then, commanders, game on!

Pokémon TCG: Zygarde Complete Forme Pin Collection

Launch Date: February 03, 2017

Zygarde is now Complete and ready for battle in the Pokémon TCG: Zygarde Complete Forme Pin Collection. You get Zygarde Complete Forme both as a stunning collector’s pin and as a glorious foil promo card. Take the ultimate Forme of Zygarde into battle, and unleash the fighting power of a Pokémon that is definitely worth the wait.

The Pokémon TCG: Zygarde Complete Forme Pin Collection includes:

- A foil promo card featuring Zygarde Complete Forme

- A collector’s pin featuring Zygarde Complete Forme

- 3 Pokémon TCG booster packs

- A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online

Look for the Pokémon TCG: Zygarde Complete Forme Pin Collection in the Pokémon Center and where Pokémon TCG products are sold beginning February 3, 2017.

Ivysaur lv. 20

Obtained From: Evolution, Bulbasaur & Friends Deck, Psychic Battle
Used By: Kristin, Nikki
+ Vine Whip
+ Auto-Poisoning attack
- Fire weakness
Combos With:
• Pokémon Breeder
• Venusaur
• Double Colorless Energy
Other Notes:
• An underrated Stage 1. Good attacks with manageable costs, and Poison Powder makes Mr. Mime sweat. Just be wary of his HP.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 (Average/Very Useful)

Pokemon Card of the Day #839: Energy Removal 2 (Power Keepers)

Energy Removal 2 was a Trainer that gave a risk to the original, quite broken Energy Removal. The original had you choose an Energy card attached to 1 of your opponent’s Pokemon and discard it. Energy Removal 2 made you flip a coin to do that, meaning that it would fail half the time. Trainers that failed on a tails flip were typically looked down upon, but Energy Removal 2 got some use despite that.

Removing an Energy card from a Pokemon of your choice was powerful. It could set an opponent back at least a turn in most cases, and it wasn’t rare to get a bigger impact. Decks that liked to set up quickly and overwhelm the opponent before they could even set up could get great use of this. Banette ex
decks were well known for disruption, and Energy Removal 2 was one of its tools. Pairing it with Vaporeon ex for hand manipulation made it even better. While a bad string of luck could prevent it from doing anything, Energy Removal 2 had a good enough effect to make it worth using for certain decks.