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EDH to Duel deck conversion / beginner tips & advice
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Author:  Urmomsanoob [ 2014-Aug-27 12:47 pm ]
Post subject:  EDH to Duel deck conversion / beginner tips & advice

Okay so I'm new to Duel Commander specifically. I've played plenty of regular EDH, especially with my Rafiq of the Many Exalted Aggro deck, and I found that Duels would be an awesome variant to explore. I just need help with how or if this deck can be converted to be effective 1v1.

*Updated List*


Darksteel Colossus
Colossus of Akros
Silent Arbiter
Summoner's Egg
Burnished Hart
Chromatic Lantern
Quicksilver Amulet
Elixir of Immortality
Gilded Lotus
Coalition Relic
Commander's Sphere
Darksteel Plate
Lightning Greaves
Swiftfoot Boots
Hedron Matrix
Whispersilk Cloak
Champion's Helm
Loxodon Warhammer


Roon of the Hidden Realm
Rubinia Soulsinger
Empyrial Archangel
Stoic Angel
Giltspire Avenger
Bant Charm
Finest Hour


Garruk Wildspeaker
Wolfir Silverheart
Noble Hierarch
Elvish Piper
Spoils of Victory
Hunter’s Prowess
Realms Uncharted
Beast Within


Jace, Architect of Thought
Amphin Pathmage
Frontline Sage
Sphinx Ambassador
Whelming Wave
Distortion Strike
Weave Fate


Elspeth, Knight-Errant
Stonehewer Giant
Sublime Archangel
Archon of Justice
Battlegrace Angel
Day of Judgment
Akroma's Vengeance
Mine Excavation
Faith’s Reward
Path to Exile


Hallowed Fountain
Breeding Pool
Temple Garden
Simic Growth Chamber
Selesnya Sanctuary
Azorius Chancery
Glacial Fortress
Sunpetal Grove
Hinterland Harbor
Blossoming Sands
Thornwood Falls
Tranquil Cove
Forbidding Watchtower
Treetop Village
Faerie Conclave
Bant Panorama
Thespian's Stage
Homeward Path
Reflecting Pool
Command Tower
Opal Palace
Exotic Orchard
Reliquary Tower
Seaside Citadel
Cathedral of War
Terramorphic Expanse
Evolving Wilds
Forests (x4)
Islands (x4)
Plains (x4)

And also because I am new, I was wondering what kind of tips or advice you may have for a n00b duelist.

Author:  Inkeyes22 [ 2014-Nov-28 9:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: EDH to Duel deck conversion / beginner tips & advice

So not a lot of 1v1 action here but if you go to you will find more info. Just as a way to help are you wanting to be cutthroat or a more casual experience? Rafiq can just win out of no where so he is generally thought of as cutthroat, especially as a voltron general... but he doesn't have to be.

Author:  Urmomsanoob [ 2014-Dec-10 5:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: EDH to Duel deck conversion / beginner tips & advice

Yeah I posted this in the "Decklists" forums before and people were commenting a lot about how he doesn't fit a funtime deck. Initially it was meant for a funtime multiplayer casual, (with things like Join Forces cards and whatnot) but slowly it ended up transforming into being more cutthroat because I did start winning out of nowhere even with a heavy funtime theme. So yeah, that's why I thought it would be flavourful and beneficial to make it into a duel commander.

I actually enjoy not using Rafiq as a Voltron Commander, he's more of a Support/Tank maker. I like making even a Phantom Warrior a game ender. Out of no where I guess eh? :D So yeah cutthroat but not Voltron. I only lean on that for a desperation win con.

EDIT: Updated decklist to current.

Author:  Unassigned [ 2016-Jan-28 11:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: EDH to Duel deck conversion / beginner tips & advice

Check out MTGTop8 for Rafiq lists. They post Duel Commander lists from around the world, mainly from Europe, and it pretty much sets the metagame as I do not know of any other site that posts DC lists so frequently.

Here are the most recent two lists from their site:

Keep in mind that the DC format is pretty aggressive and a much different animal from the US version.

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