Blame Game Precon – Deck List, Themes & Best Reprints

The next MTG set hitting shelves is a murder/mystery-themed set, Murders at Karlov Manor. It takes place on the fan-favorite plane of Ravnica and has four commander decks coming with it. Today, I’ll be discussing the “Blame Game” precon. Let’s start with some basic info.

Murders at Karlov Manor is set to come out on February 9, 2024, and has four preconstructed commander decks. Blame Game is a Red and White (Boros) deck themed around goading opposing creatures and identifying suspects.

Below, you’ll find the primary and secondary commanders for the deck, a breakdown of the deck’s themes, and the deck list. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Updated: 1/26/24

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Deck Strategy

According to the packaging, this deck wants to goad creatures and identify suspects. The goading is pretty established and straightforward. Nevertheless, I’ll show you how it works here. The other portion, identifying suspects, was a bit cryptic and had no apparent in-game counterpart – Until the release of the commanders.

Primary and Secondary Commanders

nelly borca impulsive accuser
feather radiant arbiter

If you head over to the Scryfall page for Nelly Borca, you can find an Oracle text elaborating on how “suspecting” a create works. It says, “A suspected creature has menace and can’t block.” If you can get Nelly attacking and suspecting a few creatures, adding menace will make other player’s lives hard. And that’s only half the text.

I first guessed that identifying suspects would be one of the “My Will Be Done” (Szarekh, the Silent King) or “Mark of Chaos Ascendant” (Abaddon the Despoiler), like “flavor abilities.” And it would probably penalize your opponents for attacking you, further incentivizing them to attack one another.

While I wasn’t quite right with my guess, the card does reward opponents (and you) with a card when they attack someone other than you. Also, notice that it doesn’t say “goaded” creature. So, anytime Nelly is in play, and your opponents damage one another in combat, you and said player gets to draw. Pretty sweet!

To me, this ups the possible power level of the precon up. Because now you’re dipping into a group hug theme, where you’re fueling opposing strategies and forcing them to use those extra resources against one another instead of you. Now, let’s move on to how the deck might goad things.

Goad Creatures / Force Combat

agitator ant
disrupt decorum
fiendish duo

Goading your opponent’s creatures does two things. First, it forces them to attack when they’d rather not. And secondly, it means that they won’t be able to attack you in most cases. Not only does this keep your life total high, but it also has other players chipping each other down.

There is also a highly disruptive element to the mechanic. For example, players often have difficulty leaving up the blockers and often have utility creatures or commanders die in combat. In other words, it can create a lot of chaos. Cards like Frontier Warmonger, Brash Taunter, and Duelist’s Heritage can create some very unfavorable situations for others.

Put Up The Defences

windborne muse
ghostly prison
darien king of kjeldor

If you’re forcing creatures to turn sideways, pumping them up, and giving them extra abilities, you want to be sure they’re not attacking you. Goad has some built-in protection here, but still. I’m not surprised the precon takes full advantage of the pillow fort-style cards shown above.

Best Reprints

These days commander precons have around $95 worth of reprint value. Most of the time, a select few cards make up a pretty good chunk of that. However, this deck was pretty light in terms of reprint value. Here are the pricer/better reprints.

Blame Game Deck List

Here’s your look at the recently spoiled deck list for the precon.

Related: Deep Clue Sea Precon – Deck List, Card Predictions, & Possible Reprints

Blame Game

Angel of the Ruins
Darien, King of Kjeldor
Keeper of the Accord
Loran of the Third Path
Selfless Squire
Stalking Leonin
Sun Titan
Windborn Muse
Agitator Ant
Brash Taunter
Etali, Primal Storm
Fiendish Duo
Frontier Warmonger
Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs
Vengeful Ancestor
Anya, Merciless Angel
Boros Reckoner
Gisela, Blade of Goldnight
Ancient Stone Idol
Solemn Simulacrum
Steel Hellkite
Orzhov Advokist
Wall of Omens

Deflecting Palm
Gideon’s Sacrifice

Duelist’s Heritage
Ghostly Prison
Martial Impetus
Smuggler’s Share
Seal of Cleansing
Soul Snare
Vow of Duty
Curse of Opulence
Rite of the Raging Storm
Shiny Impetus
Vow of Lightning

Elspeth, Sun’s Champion

Promise of Loyalty
Sevinne’s Reclamation
Winds of Rath
Disrupt Decorum
Spectacular Showdown

Tome of Legends
Arcane Signet
Bloodthirsty Blade
Fellwar Stone
Mind Stone
Sol Ring
Talisman of Conviction
Thought Vessel

LAND (36)
Castle Ardenvale
Exotic Orchard
Furycalm Snarl
Kher Keep
Labyrinth of Skophos
Needle Spires
Scavenger Grounds
Temple of Triumph
Throne of the High City
War Room
Access Tunnel
Ash Barrens
Boros Garrison
Command Tower
Myriad Landscape
Reliquary Tower
Rogue’s Passage
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
Temple of the False God
Slayers’ Stronghold

OTHER (13)
Nelly Borca, Impulsive Accuser
Feather, Radiant Arbiter
Immortal Obligation
Otherworldly Escort
Redemption Arc
Trouble in Pairs
Havoc Eater
Hot Pursuit
Mob Verdict
Prisoner’s Dilemma
Take the Bait
Ransom Note (Accusations)
Escape Tunnel

End Step

New commander precons are always exciting, and these are no different. I’m most excited about the Deadly Disguise deck, but this one is the runner-up. I’m stoked to play a new version of Feather! And I’m a sucker for pillow-fort cards. So, I’ll be picking this one up for sure.

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Geno Doak

I started playing Magic in 2015. I love all formats but I particularly love to play and build decks in modern. Pretty much every part of my life has been influenced by Magic in some way or another. It is something I am very passionate about. RIP Simian Spirit Guide.