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Your question:

"Why don’t you ban all the cards that have the “partner” keyword, or take similar decisions, such as restricting the cards in the command zone to one?"


Date: (10/03/2021)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/mtgduelcommander (direct messages)
#partner #sharedtax #onecardincommandzone #keyword

Our answer:


First, we try not to modify rules that could contradict those that come from the comprehensive Wizards Of The Coast rules. Life totals, commander damage, etc. can differ. That’s our limit, so far. Using the regular way would mean adding 79 cards today to the B&R, which is not really appropriate either. Our approach is the same: focus on results and imbalance, then act on specific cards.

Your question:

"Why is Mox Amber still legal when most of the permanent fast mana is already on the B&R?"


Date: (17/02/2021)
Source: https://www.facebook.com/mtgduelcommander (direct messages)
#b&R #banned #restricted #mox #moxamber

Our answer:


Over the past years, permanent-based fast mana got more and more problematic, and though the power 9 ones (as well as other absolutely impossible cards like Sol Ring) got removed a long time ago, all the “mox” cards were added to the B&R year after year. Though Mox Amber’s fate is not sealed yet, the card requires too much of a special setup to become effective, especially during the precious first turns, which is why it is still considered fair. Moreover, to be really efficient, it has to be paired with low cost commander and we think it’s restrictive enough for now.

Your question:

"How can one join the Duel Commander Rules Committee?"


Date: (08/12/2020)
Source: https://discord.com/channels/755192626864586752/755192626864586756
#committee #recruiting #members

Our answer:


Though we don’t have a precise detection process, we have internal recruitment processes and tools. Which means everyone would join under the same conditions, but who could join is not a predetermined process. We currently have distinct roles that you can find under the “About us” section. Anyone could apply, but also many times did the Committee find its members by itself, too. The core qualities are: being able to work in a team, understanding the plurality of voices, a solid general knowledge of Magic The Gathering, having a decent English level, and sometimes a few other qualities.

Your question:

"How does the ''Learn'' ability introduced in Strixhaven cards work?"


Date: (28/03/2021)
Source: Twitter (like https://twitter.com/cedhcast/status/1376165399620911104)
#mechanics #outsidethegame #sideboard #keyword

Our answer:


In Commander, in general, whatever refers to “outside the game” works but has no effect. You can read the abilities and resolve them, but they refer to a non-existent pool.

For the record, this pool comes from the sanctioned constructed formats (Standard, Pioneer, Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and back then Extended, etc.), where an additional game mechanic (namely: sideboard) becomes part of this pool. There are about 30 cards which refer to this pool (“wishes”, and more recently Legion Angel or Granted), and none of these cards do anything in Commander, with only 2020 exception of companion cards, which work as intended. Only the part of the text that does not refer to this card pool works (like you may discard and draw a card when resolving a card with the Learn ability).

As Wizards of The Coast said and from what we know: those cards don’t have a special treatment from previous rules.