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Commander Social is a podcast about the Magic: the Gathering variant, Commander! Your hosts Ryan, and Zack attempt to entertain you with interesting anecdotes about the game of Magic, including their experience running a Commander league.

Check Us Out on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/commandersocial

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial/

Contact us on Twitter @commandersocial
Ryan - @greenegeek
Zack - @z4ck38

Email: cast@commandersocial.com

Jul 31, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Intern TH Elliot
    1. @BentzMr - 1:27
    2. @GingerJ0E - 2:30
    3. @chrisvondoom1 - 4:28
    4. @danaroach - 4:56
    5. @OrzhovDunn - 4:56
    6. @CCOPodcast - 9:38
    7. @MothershipGames - 41:14
    8. @commandcast - 43:24
    9. @lsv - 43:55
    10. @edhrec - 45:46
    11. @CMDRCentral_Max - 47:49
    12. @earthdyedred - 50:13
  2. Ep 8 Community Spotlight:
    1. What it’s all about - Ryan 
      1. Check out the Draft live here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10oHVjnokpsGH1_PIrvSQv6Ikm6PdOXre?usp=sharing
      2. Consider donating to the cause for Dell Children’s Hospital here: https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.teamParticipants&teamID=47038
      3. The hashtag - #VegasRotisserie
      1. Dana and Max from CMDR Central
      2. Dan Krause prominent community member
      3. Joe Hofmann generous contest donor
      4. Ryan and Brando from Commander Cookout
      5. Your hometown heroes Ryan and Zack
    2. Who’s in it:
  3. Rotisserie 
    1. 504.1-2
  4. Commander Rules!
    1. Disclaimer: This is a framework of skills that we think ALL Commander players can practice to get better at the game. We aren’t necessarily going to go into HOW to get better at these skills this episode, but we thought it was important to recognize WHAT the skills are. Maybe we’ll go into each of these skills, and how to get better at them in future episodes. To the Audience, let us know if that is something you would like!
      1. Read and understand a Magic card
      2. Mentally maintain board state
      3. Threat Assessment (If you can't understand the board state, little chance for you to accurately assess threat)
      4. Ability to Read the Table (ex. Karen is upset with Steve for blowing up her Blind Obedience, therefore I'll attack Charlie)
      5. Think Ahead and have a plan
      6. Politics 
      7. Comprehensive Rules Knowledge
      8. Technical Play
      9. Comprehensive Card Knowledge
        1. The Meta Clock by https://twitter.com/earthdyedred
          1. https://www.coolstuffinc.com/a/brandonisleib-102312-the-metaclock/
      10.  Empathy - Playing quickly/courteously (Metaclock article example), friendliness.
    2. Commander skillz that pay the billz
      1. These are the skills that create a framework for people to get better at playing Commander. 
      2. What do you think about these skills? Did we miss any? If we were to do a deep dive on one of these skills, which one would you want us to do first? Let us know
    3. Summary
  5. Main Topic - Top 10 Commander Skills
    1. Raindrop by Declan DP https://soundcloud.com/declandp Licensing Agreement 2.0 http://www.declandp.info/music-licensing
      Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/LbIb9_5_qNE
  6. Commander Social Intro and Outro Theme
    1. Komiku - Battle of Pogs
    2. https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
  7. Zack Gets it Together Theme
    1. Consider becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial
    2. You can check us out at commandersocial.com
    3. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial
    4. You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com
    5. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial
    6. On twitter @commandersocial
      1. twitch.tv/greenegeek
    7. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    8. Zack individually @z4ck38
  8. Contact Info
  9. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC 
Jul 24, 2019
  1. Thank audience
    1. Please remember to like and subscribe and tell a friend
    2. Please check us out on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial
    3. Our special patron of the week is Phil Delcuca of Commanderin’ Fame!
    4. This month we are doing a Patron only contest for a Core 2020 bundle brought to you by Mothership Books and Games (www.mothershipatx.com/‎ and https://www.instagram.com/mothershipatx/). To be entered become a patron by July 31st!
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
  2. Thanks
    1. @ketjak - 1:25
    2. @MTG_Arena - 2:01
    3. @GavinVerhey - 2:01, 20:30, 30:00, 35:50, 40:30
    4. @MothershipGames - 5:28, 9:56
    5. @RoosterTeeth - 9:56
    6. @ChannelFireball - 17:00, 22:48
    7. @TheProxyGuy - 18:15
    8. @jfwong - 22:48 
    9. @JoshLeeKwai - 22:48, 49:56
    10. @HeinzKetchup_US - 23:12
    11. @GingerJ0E - 26:40
    12. @BentzMr - 27:27, 38:52
    13. @CMDRCentral_Max - 51:08
    14. @JasonEAlt - 1:01:12
  3. Ep 7 Community Spotlight:
  4. Up N Smoke BBQ: https://www.yelp.com/biz/up-n-smoke-bbq-austin
    1. 717.2
  5. Commander Rules!
    1. Command Zone Pass - $79.99
      1. 4-Day access to the Command Zone: Premium Casual Play Area with comfortable seating & table space, access to special guests & fellow Commander fans
      2. 4 On-Demand Commander Events
      3. FOIL Sol Ring Promo!
      4. CFB Deckbox
      1. A random Commander 2019 Deck
      2. Comfortable tables with snacks and a cash bar
      3. Live Q&A with Gavin Verhey
      4. Tons of special guests
      5. Door Prizes
      6. A non-foil Sol Ring promo
      7. CFB sleeves, deck box and drawstring bag
    2. Friday Commander Party - $59.99
    3. What do you think about these packages? Will you be joining in?
  6. MF Vegas

 

  1. Main Topic - A1 Bold Predictions for Commander 2019
    1. What do we know for really real
      1. Releasing August 23rd (Same weekend of MF Vegas)
        1. A special Sol Ring Commander promo (foil and non-foil) with new art by Mark Tedin will be released at Grand Prix Las Vegas, just before the release of Commander 2019.[2] It will be available through Commander events at MagicFests throughout the year, and at select conventions in 2020.
      2. Promo Sol Ring will not be the art in Commander 2019
      1. Four decks rather than five. 
      2. Multiple viable commanders in each the deck
      3. Planeswalkers will not be the main commanders. 
    2. Reasonable Assumptions
      1. TH, the Intern - Mono colored decks
      2. Joe Hoffman - Each deck will be themed by plane
      3. Andy Bently - Each deck will be one of the following themes, Tribal, Hard Control, Vehicles, and 7 Piece Combo)
        1. Example: Deck is UBRW, Partner 1 is UBW, Partner 2 is RBW
      4. Zack - 4 Color decks, with 3 color partner Commanders
        1. Enemy-colored Crowd Lands (these are the ones from Battlebond, Sea of Clouds, etc)
        2. A 5 card cycle of Mono-colored “Partners”, (1-1-1-2 in each deck), not designed to be commanders of the deck
          1. A 5 color Elemental themed deck (because Elementals feature prominently in standard right now)
          2. A Colorless Deck, with 3 new colorless legendaries
          3. A R/G Werewolf deck, with an awesome Werewolves matter Commander
          4. An Esper Control Deck
        3.  The 4 decks will be:
      5. Ryan:
    3. @HeinzKetchup_US A1 Bold Predictions
      1. Disclaimer: This is Commander Social Secret list style, so we don’t know what is on each other’s list
      2. Ryan -
      3. Zack - 
    4. Top 8 reprints we want for Commander 2019
    1. I beat Ryan in a game in the M20 Pre-release. I should have won game two, but I didn’t go all in on an attack i should have that lost me the game. 
    2. I’ve def been doing some late night streaming, so if you want to tune in, you can tell me what you think I'm doing right or wrong! 
  2. Zack Gets It Together
  3. Commander Social Intro and Outro Theme
    Raindrop by Declan DP https://soundcloud.com/declandp Licensing Agreement 2.0 http://www.declandp.info/music-licensing
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/LbIb9_5_qNE
    1. Komiku - Battle of Pogs
    2. https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
  4. Zack Gets it Together Theme
  5. Contact Info
  1. Consider becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial
    1. You can check us out at commandersocial.com
    2. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial
    3. You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com
    4. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial
    5. On twitter @commandersocial
      1. twitch.tv/greenegeek
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    7. Zack individually @z4ck38
  1. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC
Jul 17, 2019
  1. Patreon page: patreon.com/commandersocial
    1. Thank you!!!!!!
    2. We will be giving away a Core 2020 Bundle to lucky patreon member. At the end of July, any patron will be eligible to be entered into this drawing.
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
  2. Thanks
    1. @commandcast - 1:56
    2. @MondoNews - 4:25
    3. @danaroach - 5:15
    4. @edhrec - 20:21, 35:18
    5. @archidekt - 35:37
    6. @CMDRCentral_Max - 45:50
  3. Ep 6 Community Spotlight:
    1. 406.3
  4. Commander Rules!
    1. Define: Lands that have an effect other than generating mana.
    2. We love these cards because they can act like spells, and can add power to your deck without taking up a spell slot.
    3. Caution: You should use these sparingly, as they often come with downsides, like coming into play tapped, or only adding colorless mana.
    4. Some Utility Lands, such as Maze of Ith, or Glacial Chasm, don’t add mana. When I build a deck I tend not to include these in my land slots (I think of them as zero cost permanent that makes me skip my land drop for the turn)
      1. 0 colors: ALL the Utility Lands!!!!
      2. 1 color: 8ish
      3. 2 color: 6ish
      4. 3 color: 4ish
      5. 4&5 color: 3ish
      6. Obviously this changes depending on how early you need certain colors of mana, or how color cost intensive your cards are (Cryptic Command, etc)
      7. You can run more of these the more solid the rest of your land base is (fetches, shocks, duals, oh my. But mention some good budget options here. Ravnica bounce lands, 5 color lands, Evolving wilds etc
    5. Also, the more colors your deck is, the less of these you can afford to run. A rule of thumb (and by no means perfect):
      1. Zero Utility Lands in the EDHRec top 100 for the past week, 2 weeks, or year.
        1. 31 - Reliquary Tower
        2. 40 - Bojuka Bog
        3. 79 - Kessig Wolf Run
        4. 83 -  Rogue's Passage
        5. 95 -  Alchemist's Refuge
      2. The following cards are the Utility Lands on the top 100 Lands for the last two years:
    6. Utility lands on EDHRec Top 100
      1. Maybe your commander is super important to your strategy, and your meta is counterspell heavy: Cavern of souls. 
      2. Maybe you need a certain spell to resolve: Boseiju
      3. Sometimes you want to recur some junk: Hall of Heliod’s Generosity / Academy Ruins
      4. Maybe you want to destroy your opponent’s oppressive land: Strip Mine / Wasteland / Ghost Protocol
    7. You can use these kinds of lands to shore up a deck’s weakness:
      1. Expedition map
      2. Trinket Mage
      3. Sylvan scrying
      4. Weathered Wayfarer
      5. Any all purpose tutor
    8. How to find these lands
      1. Hall of Heliod's Generosity
      2. Karn's Bastion
      3. Cavern of Souls / Boseiju, Who Shelters All
      4. Kjeldoran Outpost
      5. Tolaria west
      6. Kor Haven
      7. Winding Canyons
      8. Dark Depths / Arixmethes / Creeping Tar Pit / Mutavault / Inkmoth Nexus
      9. Thespian Stage
      10. Vesuva
      11. Academy Ruins
      12. Emergence Zone
      13. Inventor's Fair
      14. Strip Mine / Wasteland / Ghost Quarter
      15. Hall of the Bandit Lord
      16. Scavenger Grounds
      17. Prahv, Spires of Order
      18. Kher Keep
    9. Some of our favorites
      1. Utility lands rock and if you aren’t using them #GetItInYourDeck
    10. Summary
  5. Main Topic - Utility Lands
  6. Commander Social Intro and Outro Theme
    Raindrop by Declan DP https://soundcloud.com/declandp Licensing Agreement 2.0 http://www.declandp.info/music-licensing
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/LbIb9_5_qNE
  7. Contact Info
  1. Consider becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial
    1. You can check us out at commandersocial.com
    2. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial
    3. You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com
    4. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial
    5. On twitter @commandersocial
      1. twitch.tv/greenegeek
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    7. Zack individually @z4ck38
  1. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC
Jul 10, 2019
  1. We have a Patreon!
    1. Patreon.com/commandersocial
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
  2. Thanks
    1. Special thanks to Joe Hoffman (@GingerJoseph17)
    2. We will be giving these cards away via twitter, so make sure to follow us to find out more details.
  3. Mail day!
    1. @danaroach - 3:23
    2. @royalglavor, @MTG_Lexicon  - 4:23
    3. @CMDRCentral - 4:35
    4. @EDHRECast - 4:35, 56:05
    5. @GingerJoseph17 - 6::29
    6. @CMDRCentral_Max - 26:24
    7. @MothershipGames - 1:05:49
  4. Ep 5 Community Spotlight:
    1. Disclaimer: We are reviewing these cards in the context of Commander
      1. Angel of Vitality
      2. Cavalier of Dawn
      3. Loxodan Lifechanter
      4. Sephara, Sky’s Blade
      5. Starfield Mystic
    2. White (5)
      1. Agent of Treachery
      2. Artemsis, All-Seeing
      3. Cavalier of Gales
      4. Flood of Tears
      5. Masterful Replication
      6. Mu Yanling,  Sky Dancer
      7. Portal of Sanctuary
      8. Tale’s End
    3. Blue (8)
      1. Cavalier of Night
      2. Rotting Regisaur
      3. Scheming Symmetry
      4. Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
      5. Vilis, Broker of Blood
    4. Black (5)
      1. Cavalier of Flame
      2. Chandra, Acolyte of Flame
      3. Chandra, Awakened Inferno
      4. Chandra’s Regulator
      5. Drakuseth, Maw of Flames
      6. Glint-Horn Buccaneer
      7. Marauding Raptor
      8. Repeated Reverberation
    5. Red (8)
      1. Cavalier of Thorns
      2. Elvish Reclaimer
      3. Gargos, Vicious Watcher
      4. Nightpack Ambusher
      5. Shared Summons
      6. Voracious Hydra
    6. Green (6)
      1. Kaalia, Zenith Seeker
      2. Kethis, the Hidden Hand
      3. Kykar, Wind’s Fury
      4. Omnath, Locus of the Roil
      5. Yarok, the Desecrated
      6. Rienne, Angel of Rebirth
    7. Gold (6)
      1. Bag of Holding
      2. Golos, Tireless Pilgrim
      3. Mystic Forge
    8. Artifact (3)
      1. Cryptic Caves
      2. Field of the Dead
      3. Lotus Field
    9. Land (3)
  5. Main Topic - Core 2020 set review (for Commander)
    1. Core 2020 looks pretty sweet for Commander!
  6. Summary
    1. Raindrop by Declan DP https://soundcloud.com/declandp Licensing Agreement 2.0 http://www.declandp.info/music-licensing
      Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/LbIb9_5_qNE
  7. Commander Social Intro and Outro Theme
    1. Komiku - Battle of Pogs 
  8. Zack Gets it Together Theme

https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

  1. Contact Info
    1. You can check us out at commandersocial.com
    2. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial
      1. Group
        1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/commandersocial
        1. https://www.facebook.com/commandersocial/
      2. Official Page:
    3. Facebook 
    4. You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com
    5. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial
    6. On twitter @commandersocial
      1. twitch.tv/greenegeek
    7. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    8. Zack individually @z4ck38
  2. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC
Jul 4, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Intern TH Elliot - Helping with the deck we’re talking about this episode
    1. @jumbocommander - 0:59, 28:29
    2. @danaroach - 2:15
    3. @alyankovic - 2:49
    4. @MothershipGames - 6:43, 23:56
    5. @CommandersBrew - 8:32
    6. @archidekt - 26:29
    7. @PVDDR - 52:04
    8. @fivewithflores - 52:23
    9. @StarCityGames - 52:31
  2. Ep 4 Community Spotlight:
    1. Zack 
      1. Game one - a player kept recurring wasteland and strip mine to destroy most of my lands. Lost to another player’s voltron’ed up commander, who also went on to win the game.
      2. Game two - Was able to get an infect counter on every player at the table. Got out Seedborn Muse and Karn’s bastion. The player on my right won with a combo where he had infinite mana and card draw, cast Enter the Infinite, put season’s past on top of his library, used beast within on all of our permanents, then uses reality shift to mill out libraries. 
      1. Game 1 Urza comboed off on Turn 4
      2. Game 2 Urza comboed off on Turn 5
        1. Edgar Markov played by Ivan
        2. The Ur0Dragon played by Simon
          1. Michael Rite of Replicationed a Woodfall Primus and left Ivan (playing Edgar with a single plains). However, Ivan had Azor’s Gateway, and eventually flipped it, adding 40ish mana each turn
          2. Simon (Ur-Dragon) took out Michael 
          3. Ivan (Edgar) used Forerunner of the Legion to find Mirror Entity. I had Raff in play and a Contagion Engine, and I politiced Ivan to attack Simon (otherwise I’d wipe his team of 1/1s)
          4. On my turn, I cast Karn Liberated, and exiled the flipped Azor’s gateway.
        3. Riku of Two Reflections played by Michael
      3. Game 3 Everyone played lower powered decks
    2. Ryan
  3. Games We Played
    1. 408.2 -> 113.3
  4. Commander Rules!
    1. Helmed by Raff Capashen, Ship’s Mage
      1. The idea here is that I can flash in Planeswalkers on the person to my right’s endstep, and then untap and wrath away all the creatures
      2. https://archidekt.com/decks/117406#Azorius_Super_Friends
      1. Planeswalkers - 23 (This might be too many)
        1. Tell the story of how TH does Hypergeometric Distribution
          1. In probability theory and statistics, the hypergeometric distribution is a discrete probability distribution that describes the probability of successes (random draws for which the object drawn has a specified feature) in draws, without replacement, from a finite population of size
          2. With 20 PW it’s roughly 80% chance to draw one on Turn 1, and it goes up from there
        2. 2 Gideons, 4 Jaces, 2 Karns, 2 Narsets, 3 Teferis, 2 Tezzerets, 2 Ugins
        3. Could have Ultimated Karn Liberated the turn I played him (but that’s not super fun).
        4. Almost ultimated Narset, Transcendant (Emblem, opponent’s can’t cast non-creature spells) 
        1. Board Wipes! 6 (and don’t forget about Humility)
      2. Interaction - 10
        1. The Chain Veil
        2. Deepglow Skate
        3. Arena and Academy Rector (Omniscience, Inexorable Tide, Meishin, the Mind Cage, Mystic Barrier, Sphere of Safety
      3. Synergy - 9
        1. All mana based ramp, the usual suspects, Sol Ring, Signet, Thought Vessel, Mana Vault
      4. Ramp - 9
        1. Karn’s Bastion
        2. Kor Haven
        3. Kjeldoran Outpost
        4. Winding Canyons (This is greedy with only 5 creatures, but explain WHY)
      5. Lands - 38
        1. Many of the cards I’ve talked about previously fit into this category, so I’ll just go over a few of the others here:
          1. Teferi’s Protection (How Appropriate!)
          2. Ignite the Beacon
          3. Contagion Engine
      6. Flex - 10
      7. Summary: The deck played OK, but it feels like it needs more card draw. I was planning on all of my card draw coming from Planeswalker loyalty abilities, but that’s not super reliable.
    2. Slots
  5. Main Topic - Ryan’s Azorius Superfriends Deck
    1. Who’s the Beatdown
      1. Republishing of original article. http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/fundamentals/3692_Whos_The_Beatdown.html
  6. Zack Gets It Together
  7. Commander Social Intro and Outro Theme
    Raindrop by Declan DP https://soundcloud.com/declandp Licensing Agreement 2.0 http://www.declandp.info/music-licensing
    Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/LbIb9_5_qNE
    1. Komiku - Battle of Pogs
    2. https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
  8. Zack Gets it Together Theme
    1. You can check us out at commandersocial.com
    2. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial
      1. Group
        1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/commandersocial
        1. https://www.facebook.com/commandersocial/
      2. Official Page:
    3. Facebook 
    4. You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com
    5. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial
    6. On twitter @commandersocial
      1. twitch.tv/greenegeek
    7. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    8. Zack individually @z4ck38
  9. Contact Info
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