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With 15 unique partner commanders, not all blend seamlessly together for a perfect build. With a little ingenuity and a little bit of leeway, Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa and Kraum, Ludevic’s Opus can pair together and find some path to victory. Sidar Kondo shifts the desire of wanting big, hefty, creatures in combat to focusing on the undersized, underdog utility granting creature. Kraum may be a little on the large end of the scale for Sidar Kondo, but Kraum does grant possible endless card draw as a utility based creature. With the pair being matched up, each brings something unique to the deck.

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After playing the Entropic Uprising deck for an evening, playing decks built around partnered commanders is intriguing. The partners that come in the deck offer 3 different styles of decks to build around and exploring each one is a wonderful brewing exercise. The Entropic Uprising deck also comes with a nice variety of good spells to select from that can create a nice core to begin the deck brewing process.

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Hopefully everyone enjoyed their holiday season and merrily celebrated. Apparently, the aftershock of returning to work in the new year has been coupled with rocketing prices in the modern format. Each day seems to witness another modern playable card price jump drastically while I am left wondering if I am able to stretch my paycheck any further.

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Last week, I spent some time researching the dreaded and despised Eggs deck. I am intrigued in running the rogue deck. At this point, the deck looks budget and comboesque, both qualities that I like to consider while researching decks. However, I found that with only one effective replacement for Second Sunrise, the deck might lack the ability to recover from a turn one Thoughtseize. Then while watching Gaby Spartz stream about the “#TronLife” I found myself thinking about how Tron also plays similar pieces of Eggs. Why not combine the two decks together?

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Recently, Frantic presented some ideas for synergy with the claw that alien squeaky toys from Disney movies point to, Ezuri, Claw of Progress. The claw certainly benefits from selectively small creatures entering the battlefield and here at FranticTalks we enjoy the durdlely cards that fit the category of “this could possibly create advantage for me overtime”. Today’s gemstone find combines incremental advantage and Ezuri like searching for ingredients in a grocery store. Introducing cumulative upkeep powerhouse: Hibernation’s End.

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No Ban Modern is a format that is gaining recognition across the community. Local stores are beginning to host No Ban Modern tournaments and hall of famer and Magic commentator Randy Buehler is featuring a No Ban Modern tournament on his “Gauntlet of Greatness” challenge. Even I once mentioned the idea of a format that I labeled “the Vintage Modern” to our president and chief Frantic a while back.  What is No Ban Modern? Why is it relevant to this article?

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