Planeswalker Jousting

Introducing my new “Super Casual” format, combining the leadership focus of Commander with the thematic fun of the Duel Decks series: Planeswalker Jousting. Here are the rules in a nutshell:

1) Each deck is associated with a specific Planeswalker (based on a specific planeswalker sub-type: Jace, Chandra, etc.). All planeswalkers reside in the command zone until cast (like a commander). When in play, if  their loyalty becomes 0 or they are otherwise sent to the graveyard, the player may choose to return the planeswalker to the command zone instead. A planeswalker may be cast from the command zone for its original casting cost, plus 1 for each time it has already been cast in the game (basically like commanders, only cheaper).

A) A player may have any or all versions of a planeswalker in the command zone during the game, but all planeswalker rules still apply to planeswalkers on the battlefield (i.e. no more than one copy of a particular planeswalker sub-type can be in play at any one time. If another planeswalker of the same name would come into play, all planeswalkers with that sub-type are put into the graveyard (or command zone). The casting cost for the planeswalker always increases by one no matter which version of a planeswalker is played (i.e. even if you have never cast Chandra Nalaar in this game, if Chandra Ablaze was already cast twice, then casting Chandra Nalaar will now cost 2 mana extra).

2) A planeswalker jousting deck consists of a minimum 80 cards, including land. No more than 4 copies of a card may be included in a deck (as per usual). Only cards of the same color as the planeswalkers in your command zone may be included in the deck (i.e. the color identity of the planeswalker, as in Commander).

A) A planeswalker jousting deck must include at least 1 copy of each planeswalker-named card (i.e. a card with a planeswalker’s name in it; see the list below).

B) Any cards that refer to “commanders” or “color identities” may be interpreted as referring to your planeswalker instead of a commander.

3) Players start the game with life totals of 20 plus the highest loyalty among their available planeswalkers. So, if you are playing a Gideon Jura deck, you would start with 20+6= 26 life.

4) I’m designing this format for dueling (i.e. two-player games), but  you can certainly try it with more. Try a Pentagram game with a planeswalker of each color!

Planeswalker-named cards

Ajani’s Mantra
Ajani’s Pridemate
Ajani’s Sunstriker

Chandra’s Fury
Chandra’s Outrage
Chandra’s Phoenix
Chandra’s Spitfire
[Flames of the Firebrand]

Garruk’s Companion
Garruk’s Horde
Garruk’s Packleader

Gideon’s Avenger
Gideon’s Lawkeeper

Jace’s Archivist
Jace’s Erasure
Jace’s Ingenuity
Jace’s Phantasm

Karn’s Touch

Koth’s Courier

Liliana’s Caress
Liliana’s Shade
Liliana’s Specter

Augur of Bolas
Disciple of Bolas
Slave of Bolas

Sorin’s Thirst
Sorin’s Vengeance

Tezzeret’s Gambit

Venser’s Diffusion
Venser’s Journal
Venser’s Sliver


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