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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

Oct 30, 2019
  1. Patreon
    1. Patron of the week: Adam Hicks (@Elspethlives)
    2. Patreon Contest - This month’s contest is almost over. Throne of Eldraine Pre-release kit (Provided by @MothershipGames)
    1. Ryan - @greenegeek
    2. Zack - @z4ck38
    3. Together - @commandersocial  
    4. Twitter contest - This month’s contest is almost over. Three Throne of Eldraine booster packs
  2. You can find us on Twitter
    1. Mike Condon for audio engineering
  3. Thanks
    1. @Elspethlives - 1:24
    2. @snoobic - 1:52
    3. @MothershipGames - 2:15
    4. @CMDRCentral_Max - 14:47
    5. @CCOPodcast - 14:47
    6. @JoshLeeKwai - 19:40
    7. @kanyewest - 25:59
    8. @Card_Kingdom - 26:36
  4. Ep 21 Community Spotlight:
    1. For Cole
    2. 117.3c
      1. Creature — Horror
      2. When you cast this spell, any player may discard three cards. If a player does, counter Phantasmagorian.
      3. Discard three cards: Return Phantasmagorian from your graveyard to your hand.
      4. 6/6
    3. Phantasmagorian {5}{B}{B}
    4. Planeswalkers
  5. Commander Rules!
    1. We’re getting a little vulnerable this week and discussing the things that scare us a little in commander. 
    2. Maybe these things don’t bother you. If you have ways to deal with these things hit us up on twitter
    3. Ryan / Zack Things that Scare us in Commander Secret list
    4. What do you think about these things? Do any of them scare you? Are there things that scare you we didn’t list? Hit us up
  6. Main Topic - Things that Scare us in Commander
  7. Thanks for watching! Please remember to Like and Subscribe, and you can follow us on Twitter, @commandersocial, @greenegeek, @z4ck38. Keep it Social!
  8. 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/
  9. 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
  10. Contact Info
  11. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC
Oct 23, 2019

The Stable - Ep 20

 

  1. Patreon
    1. Patron of the week: Dana Roach 
    2. Patreon Contest - Throne of Eldraine Pre-Release Kit
    1. Ryan - @greenegeek
    2. Zack - @z4ck38
    3. Together - @commandersocial  
    4. Twitter contest - Three Packs of Throne of Eldraine
  2. You can find us on Twitter
    1. Mike Condon for audio engineering
    2. Kelly for pork buns and Sending out Phat Loot
  3. Thanks
    1. @danaroach - 1:31, 1:54
    2. @CMDRCentral - 1:31
    3. @EDHRECast - 1:31
    4. @CMDRCentral_Max - 1:54
    5. @wisesquishy1 - 1:54
    6. @MothershipGames - 3:26, 37:18
    7. @rudysbbq - 7:45
    8. @tappedout - 14:22
    9. @scryfall - 14:22
    10. @SheldonMenery - 17:29
    11. @archidekt - 14:22, 25:48
    12. @Top8Games - 32:29
    13. @GavinVerhey - 32:29
    14. @HenryStukenborg - 39:56
    15. @jumbocommander - 43:51
  4. Ep 20 Community Spotlight:
    1. 800.4, 800.4a
  5. Commander Rules!
    1. What is the stable?
      1. It’s a place to keep the decks you play often, up-to-date.
        1. This is not for ALL of your decks (unless you only have a few decks)
        2. I have like 25 decks, and I’m not proposing to keep up with all of them, I’m proposing that you select the true gems, the ones you you always have fun playing, and thinking about
        1. This can be nice if you have decks in many different tools, such as Tappedout, or Archidekt, or the new Scryfall Deck Editor
      2. It’s a single place you can access that has all your decks in one place. 
      3. There’s a social component to the stable as well. I propose that folks can share their Stable with other people, and that it can be a way to let other people (in person and on the internet) get to know them. A business card that you can hand to other folks that says “I’m this kind of Commander player!”
      4. I like the idea of doing this because I am constantly updating decks, but don’t have a way to track those changes and if they are improvements or not. Ryan - Historical Data! 
        1. The chances of getting a deck exactly the way you want it the first time you play it is pretty slim.
        2. This lets you track what’s working for you and not working for you. 
      5. A way to force us to consider upgrading decks 
      6. Summary - This probably isn’t a new idea, and it’s probably something that some of you out in audience land already do. I just wanted to establish this idea, and get some conversation around this topic, maybe also establish some common terms we can use in this discussion. Also, I’m really bad at updating decks, and we’ll see this when I get to my personal Stable later this episode
      1. This is player dependant, but the more decks in your stable, probably the less attention you can give to each deck.
      2. Probably no more than 10 depending on how often you play. 
    2. How many decks should be in a stable?
      1. Spreadsheets Obvs!
    3. How are we going to keep track of this?
      1. discussion
    4. Always brewing new decks (Ryan) vs Constantly seeking new cards to upgrade current decks (Zack)
      1. Available to the public here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uWr1dnkuHoyinfyCGf3A2g1WTcTLi6L5
        1. Created 8/22/2019
        2. Recently Updated! (4 cards in, and 4 cards out)
      2. Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer
        1. Created 2/26/2019
        2. There are some new cards I’m really excited to put in here (Tome of Legends and Robber of the Rich). I also know there are a few cards in here which are underperforming, and me getting all analytical about my Stable is going to help me put in the effort to keep the decks I love shiny and performing well
      3. Grenzo, Havoc Raiser
        1. Created 6/17/2017
        2. This was originally a “found deck”
        3. This is one that I’ve added and removed some cards from, but I can’t tell you what they are, because I haven’t been keeping track of it
      4. Gonti, Lord of Luxury
        1. 11/15/2018
        2. This deck is literally unchanged from when I built it. Granted, I had a great starting point to launch from (Thanks Jumbo Commander). This deck is really fun, and I play it all the time, and it deserves some attention.
      5. Braids, Conjurer Adept
        1. 12/18/2015
        2. Last, and definitely not least. This is probably my oldest deck, that I still consistently play. One of the reasons I’m so hesitant to update this deck is that it is one of my favorites, and it’s really hitting the sweet spot between flavor and function, and I don’t want to mess it up. If I keep the historical data, I can always go back to a previous version of the deck, and I don’t have to be scared of messing it up
      6. Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
    5. Ryan’s Stable
      1. Available to the public here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wkry2pB66Xpj8BR2YfHsKysLMmAq5oV8K58UIYpoVUs
        1. Created when Modern Horizons released
      2. Yawgmoth, Thran Physician
        1. Created when War of the Spark released
      3. Tatyova, Benthic Druid
        1. Created when Guilds of Ravnica released.
      4. Niv Mizzet, Parun
        1. Created originally when Sahili C18 Deck released.
      5. Artifact Deck
        1. Created when M20 released
      6. Yarok
    6. Zack’s Stable
  6. Main Topic - The Stable
    1. This is a great way to track your favorite decks and be able to look back over time at how they’ve changed
  7. Summary
  8. 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/
  9. 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
  10. Contact Info
  11. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC



Oct 16, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for audio engineering and silent partnership
    1. Patron of the week: Joe Hoffman (He also contributed to the predictions in this episode!) (@GingerJ0E)
      1. Being a patron comes with some really sweet perks
        1. We run a monthly contest where we give away awesome stuff!
        2. You get access to our Discord, where you can chat with us and other awesome supporters of the show
        3. You get a chance to directly impact our episodes, like some of the folks you’ll hear mentioned in the clips this episode
    2. Patreon Contest - Throne of Eldrane Pre-release kit Provided by Mothership. 
  2. Patreon
    1. Ryan - @greenegeek
    2. Zack - @z4ck38
    3. Together - @commandersocial  
    4. Twitter contest - Draft set of Throne of Eldraine boosters
  3. You can find us on Twitter
    1. @GingerJ0E - 00:56, 14:16, 21:14
    2. @MothershipGames - 2:21, 4:17
    3. TH (The Intern) - 13:20
    4. @BentzMr - 15:26, 28:26
    5. @archidekt - 17:23
    6. @HellKatMTG - 34:42
    7. @OrzhovDunn - 35:03
  4. Ep 19 Community Spotlight:
    1. 609.5
  5. Commander Rules!
    1. We are honorable podcasters, and we definitely have to hold ourselves to a higher standard. So, you demanded it, and now we are gonna to revisit our A1 Bold predictions for Commander 2019
    2. Here’s where you can find the previous episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoDge2h9ToY
  6. Main Topic - Heinz A1 Bold Review of Commander 2019 Predictions

 

  • We’re going to start of with some of our less bold predictions

 

  1. Four playable commanders per deck
    1. True
    1. True
  2. No planeswalker commanders

 

  • Now for some predictions from our Patrons!

 

  1. Mono Color Decks - TH
    1. False
    2. TH obviously didn’t spend enough time in the corner contemplating his predictions.
    1. False
    2. Well, Joe had a good idea, but clearly he wasn’t as correct as we have been so far (Forshadowing)
  2. Plane themed - Joe Hoffman
    1. False
    2. A 7 piece combo deck is a very interesting idea (and a very tasty one too!). What would a deck like that looks like?
  3. Tribal, Control, Vehicles, Seven Piece Combo - Andy Bentley

 

  • Now for some of OUR predictions

 

  1. Four Color Decks w/ Three Color Partner Commanders - Zack
    1. False
    1. False
  2. Enemy Crowd Lands - Ryan
    1. False
  3. Five Planechase cards per deck to voltron into a full set - Zack
    1. False
  4. Mono color partner commanders - Ryan
    1. False
  5. Triplet Commander in 3 color decks - Zack
    1. False
  6. Themes: Colorless, Five Color Elemental, withHorde of Notions reprint, R/G Werewolf, Esper Hard Control - Ryan
    1. False
  7. Orzhov People holding fence tribal - Zack

 

  • Now onto Reprint guesses

 

    1. Zack's Reprint Guesses
      1. Bird Stuff
      2. I’m into birds
      1. Sneak Attack, Maze of Ith, Parallel Lives, Patriarch's Bidding, Gauntlet of Power, Consecrated Sphinx, Vedalken Orrery, Teferi's Protection, HM: Rhystic Study, Phantasmal Image (Clever Impersonator WAS reprinted)
    2. Ryan's Reprint guesses (We talk about this clip BEFORE we show it)
      1. OK, so we didn’t really get a whole lot of these right. In fact, we didn’t really get ANY of these right, other than the SUPER OBVIOUS ones,  but hey, at least we tried, and hopefully it was entertaining.
    3. Summary
      1. Zack got it right and wins at life. 
    4. Clever Impersonator
  1. Thanks for watching! Please remember to Like and Subscribe, and you can follow us on Twitter, @commandersocial, @greenegeek, @z4ck38. Keep it Social!
  2. 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/
  3. Zack Gets it Together Theme
    1. License: The sound effect is permitted for commercial use under license "Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)”
    2. http://www.orangefreesounds.com/
  4. Womp Womp Sound
    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
  5. Contact Info
  6. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC
Oct 9, 2019
  1. Patron of the week: Michael Woodyard (@Lefblade)
    1. Mike Condon for plastic flatware
    2. Kelly for coordinating all of our giveaway mailouts
  2. Thanks
    1. @MothershipGames - 2:04, 10:24
    2. @Lefblade - 2:14
    3. @CCOPodcast - 3:38
    4. @maro254 - 10:48
    5. @TCGplayer - 10:48
    6. Lee - 21:27
    7. @archidekt - 22:23
  3. Ep 18 Community Spotlight:
    1. 406.5
      1. If an adventurer card ends up in exile for any other reason than by exiling itself while resolving, it won't give you permission to cast it as a creature spell. 2019-10-04, Gatherer Rulings
  4. Commander Rules!
    1. Got this for pre-ordering a box of Throne of Eldraine from our LGS, the Mothership
  5. Sub-Topic: Throne of Eldraine Collector Booster
    1.  Bitterblossom has been one of my favorite cards since I came back to Magic. I saw it in a list on the internet for Ertai, the Corrupted and have been in love with it ever since. I’ve always planned on building a Faerie deck, but felt kind of stuck with Oona as my commander. With the release of the Esper Faerie Commander I felt like lightning struck
  6. Main Topic - Alela, Artful Provocateur Deck Tech
  1. Deck List: https://archidekt.com/decks/217534#Esper_Fae
    1. Slot Theory
      1. Ramp
      2. Tribal
      3. Creatures
      4. Pillowfort
      5. Draw
      6. Tutor
      7. Targeted Removal
      8. Mass Removal
      9. Flex
  1. Thanks for watching! Please remember to Like and Subscribe, and you can follow us on Twitter, @commandersocial, @greenegeek, @z4ck38. Keep it Social!
    1. Raindrop by Declan DP https://soundcloud.com/declandp Licensing Agreement 2.0 http://www.declandp.info/music-licensing 
    2. Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/LbIb9_5_qNE
  2. Commander Social Intro and Outro Theme
    1. Komiku - Battle of Pogs
    2. https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
  3. Zack Gets it Together Theme
    1. Consider becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial
    2. You can check us out at http://www.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
  4. Contact Info
  5. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC
Oct 2, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for audio engineering
    1. @SheldonMenery - 14:36
    2. @MothershipGames - 17:45
    3. @edhrec - 19:41, 21:10, 45:59
    4. @scryfall - 20:43, 36:59, 47:39
    5. @mtgsalvation - 21:30
    6. @archidekt - 21:54, 36:59
    7. @ManabaseCrafter - 34:59
    8. @tappedout - 36:59
    9. @MTG_Arena - 38:27
    10. @commandcast - 45:59, 47:39
    11. @CommandersBrew - 45:59
    12. @commanderinmtg - 45:59
    13. @CMDRCentral - 45:59
    14. @jumbocommander - 47:39
    15. @edhquarters - 47:39
  2. Ep 17 Community Spotlight:
    1. Welcome! You’re discovering the BEST format in Magic: the Gathering (We maaaay be biased, but hey)
    2. Who is this episode for? We assume that you are at least slightly familiar with Magic. Maybe you played a long time ago, maybe you’re brand new to the game, but you at least know the basic rules. Also, we think veteran players might enjoy listening to this episode, and we certainly hope that anyone out there will send this episode in particular to new players they teach, or anyone who is interested in learning about the greatest Magic format.
  3. Main Topic - New to Commander

 

  • What is Commander?

 

  1. Arguably the MOST popular Magic format of all time!
  2. 40 life, multiplayer format, where you have a Legendary creature as your Commander
    1. Example: You choose Meren of Clan Nel Toth
    2. This means you can play Black Cards, Green Cards, Black AND Green cards, and any number of artifacts you want. You cannot play with White, Blue or Red cards. To further clarify you cannot play with Terminate because it’s got Red in it’s color identity
    3. Hybrid mana cards (Ex. Kitchen Finks) are both GREEN and WHITE in terms of color identity. So, Kitchen Finks cannot go in a mono-green deck.
  3. Your Commander’s Color Identity determines what cards you’re allowed to play.
    1. This means that you can only play ONE of each non-basic land card
  4. Commander is a 100 card SINGLETON format
    1. SO MANY! Cards all throughout the history of Magic
    2. There is a Banned list maintained at: http://mtgcommander.net/rules.php
    3. It’s actually a pretty small list, 39 cards at the time of this recording (In ALL the history of Magic)
  5. What cards are you allowed to play with?

 

  • Why is Commander so great?

 

  1. It’s a SOCIAL format! Commander can be a time when you get together with your friends and just have a good time and laugh etc.
    1. I’ve made some life-long friends playing Commander
  2. The community is Amazing! We constantly see newcomers welcomed with open arms, and folks are always happy to help people become part of this community
    1. Ryan likes to play with Other People’s Cards, and built a whole Mono-red deck around it
  3. Personal expression! Commander is a format where players can really express themselves through the decks they build and how they play
  4. It’s the Battlecruiser format of Magic! Folks can play with the biggest, baddest cards, and there is more game space to have crazy things happen that wouldn’t in a normal game of Magic.
  5. Your skill in politics can be just as important as the power level of your deck. This leads to a natural balancing effect, where the power dynamics shift as the game goes on
    1. You can play super casual, all the way up to cEDH (Explain here that the format started off as Elder Dragon Highlander, a.k.a EDH, and that cEDH stands for Competitive EDH)
    2. It’s important to find a playgroup that fits your style, and power level. 
  6. There are different levels of power when it comes to Commander

 

  • How to get started

 

  1. Start with a precon! There’s no better time than now
  2. Find out when Commander Night is at your LGS.
    1. Decide who your commander is going to be. This can be a favorite legendary character from days past or it could just be a commander who has a mechanic you find interesting.
      1. Decide a plan of attack
      2. Look for cards that synergize with your commander or just look fun to play with. 
      3. Use sites like Scryfall to do searches for specific things (ie. Landfall)
      4. If you’re coming up short of a full 100 you can do internet research on sites like edhrec and archidekt for deck lists
      5. Remember this is your deck, so build it in a way that will be fun for you and those you play with. 
    2. How to decide what cards to put in
  3. Zack’s steps to make your first commander deck

 

  • Tips for a new player

 

  1. Tips from Discord and Twitter go here
    1. Ramp and Card draw are the building blocks of Commander
      1. Briefly Define Ramp and Card Draw
      2. With 40 starting life total, you can usually afford to spend the first few turns ramping. This will allow you to cast bigger cards, more quickly, and have a bigger impact on the game
      3. You are usually playing against 3 other opponents. So, for every card you draw, your opponents are collectively drawing 3. Having more card draw can lessen this difference.
      4. There are many reasons to want Ramp and Card Draw. Whole episodes can be devoted to these topics, but this is a good place to start
      1. Especially for new players coming from other formats that is a weird and unintuitive thing but it's important to understand this or there will be some social tensions and feel bads
    2. How the social contract works.
    3. Mana curve matters. 
    4. Build a deck with a game plan and a direction
    5. Threat assessment, or more accurately, how to effectively deal with problem permanents/spells without drawing a ton of hate.
    6. How to build a solid mana base/ramp package.
    7. Settle on a list before buying singles. 
    8. The stack
    9. Priority
  2. Play removal! Especially for artifacts and enchantments
  3. Board Wipes are important, but so is single target removal
  4. It’s OK to take time to READ all the cards! Don’t be intimidated by this, even myself as a veteren player, I have to read a card just about every turn of the game!
  5. There’s a LOT of cards, and this can be kinda scary, but it’s OK to NOT know everything

 

  • Resources for learning more

 

  1. So. You’re interested is peeked, and you want to dive deep into this wonderful format, where can you go to learn more?
    1. Edhrec.com
    2. http://mtgcommander.net/rules.php (pay particular attention to Philosophy of Commander and the social contract: http://mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19170 )
    3. Podcasts: Command Zone, Commanderin, Commander’s Brew, CMDR Central
    4. Youtube - Game Knights, Jumbo Commander, Commander’s Quarters
    5. Scryfall

 

  • Summary

 

    1. Commander is great! And now is a great time to be a Commander player with the new C19 decks just having come out.
    2. It’s a fun, Social format, to share with friends
    3. If you are new to Commander, let us know! We’d love to help you embrace this amazing format
  1. Thanks for watching! Please remember to Like and Subscribe, and you can follow us on Twitter, @commandersocial, @greenegeek, @z4ck38. Keep it Social!
  2. 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/
  3. 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
  4. Contact Info
  5. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC
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