Enter the Dragon
Old School Elder Dragon Highlander (or “OS-EDH”) is an Eternal MTG format favored by a small cadre of Lords of the Pit. We typically play OS-EDH as a multiplayer Gathering of four mages. The Lords utilize standard Commander rules (100-card Singleton, 40 lives, Command Zone, mana restricted to Commander’s colors, Commander Damage, etc.) and employ the following banlist:
- Ancestral Recall
- Time Walk
- Off-color Moxen (Moxen tied to the Commander’s colors are allowed)
- Black Lotus
Meanwhile, the following cards are watch-listed (don’t play these, ya dingus):
- City in a Bottle
Commanders mustn’t necessarily be an Elder Dragon (Bolas, Chromium, Arcades, Palladia, Asmadi) but could be any Old School Legend a wizard desires, from Angus MacKenzie to Hazezon Tamar.
Recently, Lords Etters & Moss collaborated to create the “missing shard” Elder Dragon Legends, filling a gap left by WotC in the early 1990s. We now have Elder Dragons representing BUG, RUG, Jeskai, Junk and Mardu! We took inspiration from the dragons of Skyrim and sought to adapt character-dragons from that classic game to the realm of Dominaria. See the gallery below for more detail. Playtesting of these new Elder Dragons is ongoing, and we may yet choose to revise them, but if you would like to try our Mk. I roster with your own playgroup, downloadable cards are available at the link following this article.
Our OS-EDH games can be quite long & grindy, sometimes taking up to three hours, but the ethos of these meetups is to have an MTG hangout inspired equally by Dungeons & Dragons, Risk and Settlers of Catan. Only the hardiest wizard can outlast his three opponents (or their CTA schedules).
The Lords have also experimented with adding Ice Age and Homelands to the card pool (“OS95-EDH”) and have an eye toward trying Alliances in the near future as we continually seek out the siq-nastiest board states and combos.
Our goal, as always, remains to push the boundaries of Old School Magic in a way that tests one’s cunning and explores the Shores of Imagination. So clear an evening, find some friends, grab snacks & beverages, and belly up to a heaping helping of OS-EDH!