Elder Dragon Highlander is a type of “Magic: the gathering” card game rule set that was invented by the players. Players of Elder Dragon Highlander, or EDH play with one hundred card decks, these decks are constructed using only one of each card with the same name, and has recently been renamed commander by “Magic the Gathering” in order to sell pre-constructed commander decks.
The spirit of Elder Dragon Highlander decks is to allow people without a lot of money to compete with their friends who have a lot. This way a player will not have to buy new and expensive cards, beyond the commander, as they will most likely have the rest of the cards stashed away in drawers and boxes under beds that they can pull out and construct the rest of the deck.
Most people in today’s magic already call Elder Dragon Highlander decks Commander decks, but the simple use of that word denounces the home spun fun and inexpensive crafty spirit for which Elder Dragon Highlander was created. More then that, by producing Commander pre-constructed decks. Magic the gathering is trying to commercialize on a tradition fans have created to keep things simple and fun. Luckily however the commander decks seem to have dropped off in popularity, meaning that magic the gathering will probably not produce any more cards for commander decks, Which is very good news for those of us who play magic for the fun of it, but are not able to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to build new decks.
Another fear that has come up about the commercialization of Commander, is rule changes. Magic the gathering has changed several rules, I started playing during seventh edition. At that time mana, which is produced by lands, and specific spells and creatures, emptied from the mana pool at the end of the turn, and burned the person who had it in their mana pool, meaning they lost one life for every mana still in their mana pool. Now, the rules have changed, there is a second main phase after an attack, and mana empties after every phase without producing mana burn. This of course has already effected EDH, but the rules for the game have not yet changed. If the makers of the magic card game start taking an interest in EDH they may change the rules of the game, which could benefit those who can afford better cards even more.
Using the name EDH shortens the name, but keeps the fun and the spirit, and is a better choice then commander for those who feel pressed for time.