About Author: Carlos Gutierrez

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I'm a Commander and Cube enthusiast who occasionally delves into more competitive formats. My focus is on keeping things fun over anything else! I'm glad to talk about just about any format, so get in touch via Twitter or email!

Posts by Carlos Gutierrez

  • Carlos builds a rebel Commander deck from the ground up, headed by --who else?-- Lin Sivvi. Read on to see his unique take on a classic archetype from years past.

    Rebels — The Never-ending Stream of Conscripts

    Carlos builds a rebel Commander deck from the ground up, headed by --who else?-- Lin Sivvi. Read on to see his unique take on a classic archetype from years past.
  • Carlos develops another Second Sunrise deck, this time with Vish Kal at the helm. Find out how profitable sacrificing your own creatures can be.

    Vampire Sunrise — Comboing with Vish Kal

    Carlos develops another Second Sunrise deck, this time with Vish Kal at the helm. Find out how profitable sacrificing your own creatures can be.
  • Carlos develops a mono-white angels deck with Linvala at the helm. Read on to find out about Commander from a more casual bent than usual.

    Entreat the Angels

    Carlos develops a mono-white angels deck with Linvala at the helm. Read on to find out about Commander from a more casual bent than usual.
  • Back to form, Carlos discusses a combo deck that animates lands and puts them on the chopping block. How does one win after 'geddoning oneself into oblivion? Read on to find out.

    Living Lands (And How to Slay Them)

    Back to form, Carlos discusses a combo deck that animates lands and puts them on the chopping block. How does one win after 'geddoning oneself into oblivion? Read on to find out.
  • Carlos wraps up his monocolored budget series with the color everyone loves to hate. Read on to see how monoblue can be built in Commander without griefing the entire universe.

    Anticipating Talrand

    Carlos wraps up his monocolored budget series with the color everyone loves to hate. Read on to see how monoblue can be built in Commander without griefing the entire universe.
  • Carlos ports the classic budget contender, mono-red burn, to the world of ninety-nine cards and proves firebreathing can be cheap and effective in Commander too.

    Inner Calm, Outer Strength

    Carlos ports the classic budget contender, mono-red burn, to the world of ninety-nine cards and proves firebreathing can be cheap and effective in Commander too.
  • In the third episode of his mono-colored budget series, Carlos tackles green, the least budget-friendly color of them all.

    Sasaya’s Mean Green Machine

    In the third episode of his mono-colored budget series, Carlos tackles green, the least budget-friendly color of them all.
  • Carlos continues his series on budget Commander decks with a mono-white legend of regal provenance. Read on to learn how Commander can be built on the cheap.

    Dear Darien…

    Carlos continues his series on budget Commander decks with a mono-white legend of regal provenance. Read on to learn how Commander can be built on the cheap.
  • Back to form, Carlos builds another Commander deck right in front of our eyes. This time its a rather enchanting affair that showcases the power of Bruna, Light of Alabaster.

    Battling with Bruna

    Back to form, Carlos builds another Commander deck right in front of our eyes. This time its a rather enchanting affair that showcases the power of Bruna, Light of Alabaster.
  • Carlos finally shares his all-time favorite Commander deck: Kemba, Kha Regent. Read on to see how this idiosyncratic and time-tested deck functions.

    A Boy and His Cats

    Carlos finally shares his all-time favorite Commander deck: Kemba, Kha Regent. Read on to see how this idiosyncratic and time-tested deck functions.
  • Carlos tackles one of the most difficult questions facing the Commander community today: How can we reconcile different expectations of competitiveness while ensuring everyone is having fun?

    Elephant in the Room: The Casual-Competitive Schism

    Carlos tackles one of the most difficult questions facing the Commander community today: How can we reconcile different expectations of competitiveness while ensuring everyone is having fun?
  • Avacyn Restored offers many new tools for the enterprising Commander brewer. Carlos begins by matching up Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded with an old favorite: Squee!

    The Immortal Squee

    Avacyn Restored offers many new tools for the enterprising Commander brewer. Carlos begins by matching up Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded with an old favorite: Squee!
  • Carlos breaks from business as usual to tackle a Commander deck built for one vs. one. Read on to find out how Edric can dominate in this popular Commander variant.

    Tempoing Opponents with Edric

    Carlos breaks from business as usual to tackle a Commander deck built for one vs. one. Read on to find out how Edric can dominate in this popular Commander variant.
  • Carlos continues the theme of expanding on other people's Commander decks, this time bringing us some flashback action with Dralnu, Lich Lord.

    Dralnu’s Forbidden Alchemy

    Carlos continues the theme of expanding on other people's Commander decks, this time bringing us some flashback action with Dralnu, Lich Lord.
  • Uriah of CMDRDecks has a submitted a sweet Goblins Wort deck for suggestions. Can Carlos find some ways to push the themes and make the deck go bigger?

    Conspiring with Wort

    Uriah of CMDRDecks has a submitted a sweet Goblins Wort deck for suggestions. Can Carlos find some ways to push the themes and make the deck go bigger?
  • Carlos leads us through his trademark commander deck-building process yet again, this time with Damia, Sage of Stone at the helm and capped off by a maddening finish!

    Damia, Sage of Mirrors

    Carlos leads us through his trademark commander deck-building process yet again, this time with Damia, Sage of Stone at the helm and capped off by a maddening finish!
  • As a rule Carlos isn't a fan of countermagic, but this weeks he goes off the deep end with a deck that tries to counter all the spells! Check out Ertai, the Corrupted and his horde of Merfolk minions!

    Ertai’s Trickery

    As a rule Carlos isn't a fan of countermagic, but this weeks he goes off the deep end with a deck that tries to counter all the spells! Check out Ertai, the Corrupted and his horde of Merfolk minions!
  • This week Carlos Gutierrez takes a turn toward the macabre. Dead creatures are everywhere, and Kresh and Company are right in the middle of the Morbid mess!

    That Morbid Feeling

    This week Carlos Gutierrez takes a turn toward the macabre. Dead creatures are everywhere, and Kresh and Company are right in the middle of the Morbid mess!
  • Planeswalkers have always been a popular theme for EDH decks. This week Carlos gives his take on a five-color Planeswalker-themed monstrosity!

    Planeswalking Your Way to Victory

    Planeswalkers have always been a popular theme for EDH decks. This week Carlos gives his take on a five-color Planeswalker-themed monstrosity!
  • Everyone gets Deckbuilder's Block sometimes, regardless of what formats you play.  In this article, we discuss some ways to force yourself to start thinking laterally, look at things differently, and, hopefully, figure out where you want your deck to go.

    Hitting the Wall: How to Renew Deckbuilding Inspiration

    Everyone gets Deckbuilder's Block sometimes, regardless of what formats you play. In this article, we discuss some ways to force yourself to start thinking laterally, look at things differently, and, hopefully, figure out where you want your deck to go.
  • This week Carlos delves into some of the more obscure or "unplayable" Commanders in the format in order to see what they have to offer!  What kind of tricksy things can Yomiji do?  Let's find out!

    Breaking Yomiji, Who Bars the Way

    This week Carlos delves into some of the more obscure or "unplayable" Commanders in the format in order to see what they have to offer! What kind of tricksy things can Yomiji do? Let's find out!
  • The Zombie tribe has gotten a ton of new tools so far in Innistrad Block.  After the release weekend, Carlos has some Gravecrawlers and a Grimgrin and can't resist taking them for a spin!

    Win-Grin, Corpse-Born

    The Zombie tribe has gotten a ton of new tools so far in Innistrad Block. After the release weekend, Carlos has some Gravecrawlers and a Grimgrin and can't resist taking them for a spin!
  • In the last segment of his artifact extravaganza, Carlos is looking at Dark Ascension and Kataki, War's Wage.  This guy has typically been considered unplayable for Commander; but when you build around his effect, he can be pretty nasty.

    Dark Ascension and Wars Waged

    In the last segment of his artifact extravaganza, Carlos is looking at Dark Ascension and Kataki, War's Wage. This guy has typically been considered unplayable for Commander; but when you build around his effect, he can be pretty nasty.
  • The second installment of artifact theme decks!  This time Carlos is looking at a mono-red deck with Slobad at the helm and with his favorite combo in the 99.

    Slobad, So Bad

    The second installment of artifact theme decks! This time Carlos is looking at a mono-red deck with Slobad at the helm and with his favorite combo in the 99.