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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 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
Jun 26, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Intern TH Elliot Brainstorming lunch. Out of the corner for vorinclex
    1. @Pattapit - 2:02
    2. @snoobic - 6:25
    3. @jumbocommander - 7:02
    4. @TolarianCollege - 7:02
    5. @edhrec - 8:45
    6. @MTG_Arena, @blakepr - 17:39
    7. @goberthicks - 30:23
    8. @CommandersBrew - 39:04
    9. @Marshall_LR, @lsv - 51:13
    10. @BWWings - 52:05
  2. Ep 3 Community Spotlight:
    1. Oathbreaker
      1. Ryan - Ashiok / Entomb
      2. Zack - Wren and Six / Crop Rotation
      3. Game one - Ryan got Sire of Stagnation and Sheoldred out. Zack killed with Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. Ryan tried to mill Zack out. Zack won with Valicut
      4. Game Two - Ryan got Sire of Stagnation and black praetor out and made Zack taste it.
      5. Zack - I’m going to pivot to Lord Windgrace / Crop Rotation for access to black.
  3. Games We Played
    1. 709.2
  4. Commander Rules!
    1.  Jay Parker, Arena’s new Game Director,  was on MtG Weekly with Blake.
      1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8UFFFKO8-g
      1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8UFFFKO8-g&t=1149s
      2. Fall Rotation at the release of set codename “Archery”
      3. Sets rotating out Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, Core 2019 
    2. New format on Arena at Standard rotation
  5. MtG News
    1. Signature Spellbook Secret Lists
  6. Main Topic - Signature Spellbooks
    1. Listened to Limited Resources episode on WAR draft archetypes and discussed the blue / red spell deck with ryan.
    2. Drafted last night and went 6/3.
    3. Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UKTguQeKBU
  7. Zack Gets It Together
  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/
      Draft Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UKTguQeKBU&list=PLOb1mh4ZlCFb4Md2uPeYmCm2sKOI8LwKm&index=4
  9. 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
  10. Contact Info
Jun 19, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. @royalglavor, @MTG_Lexicon - 1:04, 6:19
    2. @MothershipGames - 1:22, 6:19
    3. @andyhullbone - 2:01
    4. @mtgcommander - 5:12
    5. @JasonEAlt - 41:50
    6. @PVDDR - 46:33
  2. Ep 2 Community Spotlight:
    1. London Mulligan starts with Core 2020.
      1. Rules Committee Tweet: https://twitter.com/mtgcommander/status/1135695111864573952?s=20
  3. MtG News
    1. Game 1
      1. Ryan - Gonti
      2. Zack - Ayli
      3. TH - Tatyova
        1. Elliot won with Baloth triggers for days, and cast Vorinclex like 3 times, with Sword of Feast and Famine as well as Sword of Fire and Ice
      4. Nick - Derevi
      1. Ryan - Vial Smasher + Thrasios
      2. Zack - Sharuum
      3. TH - The Scarab God
        1. Elliot countered Ryan’s Expropriate, and then Zack comboed out the table with Sharuum, Phyrexian Metamorph, and Disciple of the Vault
      4. Nick - Adeliz
    2. Game 2
  4. Games we played
    1. 811.5
  5. Commander Rules!
    1. Secret Lists
      1. Urza is easily one of the best cards in the set and would have made both of our lists, so we chose not to include him.
  6. Main Topic - Modern Horizon’s Secret Lists
    1. Spikesacademy.com
      1. Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
    2. Envision a scenario in which you win and try to achieve it
    3. It's hard to make decisions if you don't know what I'm trying to accomplish
      1. Are you trying to get the city's blessing?
      2. Do you have an overrun effect?
      3. Are you trying to get to late game?
    4. Should you block with a 2/2
      1. Playing a Dragon Lord Ojutai
        1. Counter the ramp so that you can get your dragon out faster and the opponent can't punish you with an Ugin
        1. Don't counter ramp. Counter their big spells.
      2. Playing
    5. Examples:
  7. Zack Gets It Together
  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. 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
  10. Contact Info
  1. © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC
Jun 11, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. Richard Garfield - 17:57
    2. @danaroach - 32:38
    3. @MothershipGames - 45:46
    4. @scryfall - 47:27
  2. Ep 1 Community Spotlight:
    1. 309.2
      1. Read 901.3
  3. Commander Rules!
    1. Magic Hero origin stories
      1. Ryan - Bitten by a radioactive Magic Card, and gained the ability to sense what my opponents were thinking, as well as block creatures with Flying
        1. Tell the story of when I first started playing
        2. 1994, at the age of 15. Taught to play by Jonathan
        3. My dad learned how to play, to make sure that the game wasn’t “demonic” as there was a Dungeons and Dragons panic back then
        4. Played all the time at a local book store named Book Source
        5. Played all through high school and dipped off a bit during college
        1. My Dad would give me $10 and let me go into the mall to buy Revised Starters and Legends and The Dark boosters from Waldenbooks on the promise I wouldn’t tell my mom he let me get them.
        2. Taught myself to play and played alone for a long time until a card shop opened up.
        3. We played in a card shop housed in a small stucco building that was attached to the bus station.
        4. Eventually my mom found out as i started to get better and winning local events.
        5. I took a break after Urza’s Destiny as I moved to a new town and didn’t know anyone who played.
      2. Zack - I was recruited by the CIA at a young age and taught the skills to play cards as part of my cover to fit in at a high school in a rural East Texas Town.
      3. Trudy’s story
      4. DMF Houston
        1. Ryan - I played up until Time Spiral (around 2006). Then kept playing somewhat irregularly very casually Kitchen Table magic with friends a few times a year
          1. Made my first Commander deck in August of 2013
          2. Came back to collecting cards again during Khans of Tarkir (2014)
        2. Zack - Brandon and I played a bunch of card games trying to ignore the allure and obsession we knew playing magic could become. Finally broke down in, bought two planeswalker decks, and realized what we had been missing.
        3. I went on spring break in 2013 to playrest Star Wars LCG with a friend who used to play competitively and sell MtG cards. He told me about a format called EDH. I was talking to Ryan and he mentioned he played that format too.
        4. Ryan and I both went to a Pre-Release for Theros with some friends.
      5. Story of how we came back to Magic
        1. Zack tells the story
      6. Our first game of Commander together
        1. Ryan - Glissa the traitor
          1. Bought cards on August 9th, 2013
          1. Zack funded this deck by selling a foil sword of fire and ice
          2. Ryan has the original Ertai, the Corrupted I bought after I gave it to him when he gave me a signed one from GP Houston last year.
          3. https://archidekt.com/decks/95862#Ertai,_the_Corrupted
        2. Zack - Ertai, the Corrupted
      7. We each talk about our first Commander decks we ever built:
      8. Discuss that we were both free during the day and spent a lot of time playing magic and hanging out.
    2. Thanks for watching! Please remember to Like and Subscribe, and you can follow us on Twitter, @commandersocial, @greenegeek, @z4ck38. Keep it social!
  4. Main Topic - Commander Social Begins
  5. Intro and outro music
    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. 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
  6. Contact Info
Jun 6, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music, editing, life coaching and mixed nutz
    2. Intern TH Elliott for getting all the party decorations.
    1. @edhrec - 13:49, 37:32
    2. @JasonEAlt - 15:26, 19:35, 53:38
    3. @danaroach - 45:49
    4. @Starbucks - 54:05
    5. @GavinVerhey - 1:04:33
  2. Ep 100 Community Spotlight:
    1. 720.3
  3. Commander Rules!
    1. Price is Right
      1. Guess the Price of a staple EDH card
      1. Ryan and Zack answer questions from a Judge Quiz
      2. http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz139563ffc130.html
    2. Judge Questions
      1. Guess the percentage of decks a card shows up in for a particular commander.
    3. Bitter Feud
  4. Main Topic - All the Games!
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    2. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrothersWarPodcast
      1. Group
      2. https://www.facebook.com/groups/brotherswarcast/
      3. Official Page:
      4. https://www.facebook.com/brotherswarcast/
    3. Facebook -
    4. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    5. On twitter @brotherswarcast
      1. twitch.tv/greenegeek
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    7. Zack individually @z4ck38
  5. Contact Info
May 28, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Thanks to our Intern, TH Elliot
    1. @MTG_Arena - 10:28
    2. @MothershipGames - 10:28
    3. @JasonEAlt - 22:18
    4. @snoobic - 22:45
    5. @edhrec - 29:19
    6. @dpkrausejr - 55:45
    7. @queervidual - 55:45
  2. Ep 99 Community Spotlight:
    1. 602.5a (Read main rule first, 602.5)
  3. Commander Rules!
    1. Define: Saltiness
    2. Let’s be honest: Everyone gets Salty sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to avoid. But maybe by investigating the way we feel, we can get salty less often, and perhaps handle the times when we do get salty, a little better?
      1. Saltiness might be different for different people
    3. What makes Ryan and Zack Salty?
    4. If you think about, with a base 25% chance to win a game, cards that are making you lose the game, shouldn’t produce as much salt as they do
      1. Remind ourselves that we are playing a GAME and that it’s supposed to be fun!
      2. Take a moment to think about your mood. Is there something going on in your life that is making you more prone to getting salty? Maybe now is not the time to get into a competitive situation
      3. Run more answers
      4. Not take things personally.
      5. Realize if someone is acting different than they normally do, and if so, some of your normal behaviors might be perceived differently, so dial it back a bit?
      6. Have the talk to prevent saltiness
        1. Ryan - Often times I like to play a mono-red (or more of my just-for-fun decks). I go into the game not planning to win. I still play to win, but I don’t have the expectation of winning, so I usually don’t get salty
      7. Focus on  having fun as much as winning
    5. What can we do about getting Salty? Are we getting salty more often than we should?
      1. Do you win more than 25% of the games?
      2. Do you often times find people groaning when you play specific cards?
      3. Are people not wanting to play with you?
      4. Are you a sore winner or loser?
    6. We like to turn the focus inwards, so we want to ask “Do we sometimes behave in a way that could contribute to other’s Salinity levels?
      1. Disclaimer: We don’t play against much MLD in our meta, so none of that made our lists
        1. https://edhrec.com/top/salt
      2. Also, EDHRec has a list of Salty cards, check it out here:
        1. secret
      3. Zack
        1. secret
      4. Ryan
    7. Ryan and Zack’s Top 8 Cards that make them want to be salty.
    8. Summary. This is a great game, with an amazing community, let’s all try to make it a little better, and get Salty less often, and try to be more understanding when people we play with get Salty.
  4. Main Topic - Salt in Commander
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    2. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrothersWarPodcast
      1. Group
      2. https://www.facebook.com/groups/brotherswarcast/
      3. Official Page:
      4. https://www.facebook.com/brotherswarcast/
    3. Facebook -
    4. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    5. On twitter @brotherswarcast
      1. twitch.tv/greenegeek
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    7. Zack individually @z4ck38
  5. Contact Info
May 21, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. @Marshall_LR, @lsv - 6:42, 21:34, 33:23
    2. @ChannelFireball - 21:34,33:23
    3. @karsten_frank - 21:34
    4. @MothershipGames - 33:19
    5. @MTG_Arena - 58:32
  2. Ep 98 Community Spotlight:
    1. Talk about Big Jon winning, narrowly
  3. League Update:
    1. Explain what draft is
      1. Get 3 sealed boosters booster
      2. Pack 1, Open pack, select a card, pass the remaining cards to your left
      3. Pack 2 same, but pass to the right
      4. Pack 3, same, pass to the left again
    2. Crack-a-pack
      1. It’s a great way to get new cards (Value!)
      2. It’s a way to get entertainment value out of opening booster packs
        1. It’s hard to keep in mind all of the cards you have drafted so far
        2. Have to keep in mind curve considerations
        3. Have to remember which color cards you have already drafted
        4. Figuring out which colors/color pairs are open
        5. You can actually feel pretty mentally drained after doing an entire draft
      3. Drafting feels very skill intensive
        1. Go into detail here, about puzzle solving
        2. How this is similar to Commander (No two games are the same)
      4. Novel gameplay situations happen
    3. Explain why we like draft
      1. Mention that in the past, you would draft more than 1 set at a time
        1. Morph! (Even 3 color morphs)
        2. Outlast
        3. Good Mana fixing (oh the joy of opening a fetch land!)
        4. Really powerful cards (because they were 3 color)
        5. Prowess
      2. Triple Khans of Tarkir
        1. Easily forced u/b or b/w
        2. Ingest mill
        3. Awaken - lands into creatures
      3. Triple Battle for Zendikar
        1. Investigate (Clues!)
          1. Ulvenwald Mysteries (2G - Enchantment when a non-token creature dies, investigate, when you sac a clue, make a 1/1 human token)
        2. Madness
        3. Flip cards (Werewolves)
        4. Delirium (And self mill to go along with it)
      4. Shadows Over Innistrad
        1. Was so awesome because it encouraged bluffing, and made for this excellent tension. Example:
          1. Tap: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X is the number of Goblins on the battlefield.
        2. Sparksmith - 1R - 1/1
        3. Battering Craghorn - Morph: 1RR - 3/1 First Strike
          1. Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.
        4. Skirk Commando - Morph: 2R - 2/1
      5. Onslaught
    4. Favorite draft formats of the past
      1. Ryan is definitely guilty of this some, and it feels kinda good when you are able to “Get Away with it” and still win the draft (Free value)
      2. Zack does it...
    5. How do we feel about rare drafting?
      1. In General
        1. Drafted at Mothership on Wednesday
          1. War of the Spark draft is really Fun!
            1. U/B
            2. Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage was really good
            3. Bond of Insight (3U sorc, each player mills 4, return up to 2 instant/sorcery)
            4. Angrath
            5. Blast Zone
            6. Opponent cast Honor the God-Pharaoh (2R, sorc, discard a card, draw two cards. Amass 1)
          2. Ryan drafted this:
            1. Fblthp Story Narset’s reversal
            2. Neoform
            3. Ashiok’s Skulker
            4. Kiora
            5. Mowu + teferi’s time twist
          3. Zack drafted this:
      2. In Person
        1. MTGA is really great.
        2. It’s super convenient
        3. You don’t have to dedicate a full night, all at once
        4. Drafting against bots feels kinda bad, but it does tie in to that convenience factor
      3. Online
    6. Drafting online vs in person
    7. Summary: Drafting is super fun! And, if you have a local game store, and have never tried it, you totally should!
  4. Contact Info
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    2. YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/BrothersWarPodcast
      1. Group
      2. https://www.facebook.com/groups/brotherswarcast/
      3. Official Page:
      4. https://www.facebook.com/brotherswarcast/
    3. Facebook -
    4. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    5. On twitter @brotherswarcast
      1. twitch.tv/greenegeek
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    7. Zack individually @z4ck38
May 14, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. @Greg_Weisman - 10:50
    2. @Marshall_LR - 16:25
    3. @CMDRCentral_Max - 27:50
    4. @BrainstormBrew - 29:53
  2. Ep 97 Community Spotlight:
    1. Link to Forum Post: http://mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19104
    2. New rule 0
  3. Sub-topic: Update to the Commander Rules

 

  • Rule 0: These are the official rules of Commander. Local groups are welcome to modify them as they see fit. If you’d like an exception to these rules, especially in an unfamiliar environment, please get the approval of the other players before the game begins.

 

  1. Rule 13 reworded

 

  • Abilities which bring card(s) you own from outside the game into the game (such as Wishes; Spawnsire of Ulamog; Karn, the Great Creator) do not function in Commander.

 

  1. COMMANDER RULES!
    1. Explain how the segment works
      1. 301.5b
    2. We generated a random rule, and here it is:
  2. Sub-topic: The book
    1. Getting in a ton of drafts, and it’s a really fun Draft format
    2. Limited Resources Common and Uncommon set review: http://lrcast.com/limited-resources-488-war-of-the-spark-set-review-common-and-uncomon/
  3. Sub-topic: Playing #MTGWAR on #MTGA
    1. Explain how it’s gonna work.
    2. http://quizland.com/f2quiz.mv?f161+NOMUSIC
    3. Pause to grade
    4. How did we do? Go over correct answers
  4. Main Topic - Quiz Time
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May 7, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. @CMDRCentral_Max - 51:17
  2. Ep 96 Community Spotlight:
    1. Ryan played in 2 sealed leagues
    2. Overall thoughts on the sealed format.
  3. Sub-Topic: #MTGWAR on Arena
    1. Deck thesis:
      1. All the Tezzerets! (well, most of them) Lots of artifacts. Hidden commander: Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge
      2. Actual Commander: Sharuum, the Hegemon
        1. https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Tezzeret
      3. Vorthos stuff here
      4. Because Tezzeret is evil, we are gonna make this evil combo-y
      5. Full Deck List: https://archidekt.com/decks/69903#Tezzeret_Tribal
        1. Lands: 38
          1. Karn’s Bastion
          2. Inventor’s Fair
          3. Artifact Lands x4
          1. Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge
          2. 5 Colorless Planeswalkers
            1. Tezzeret the Seeker
            2. Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
            3. Tezzeret, Artifice Master
            4. Tezzeret, Cruel Machinist
            5. Tezzeret, Master of Metal
          3. Other Tezzeret’s
        2. Planeswalkers: 11
          1. Contagion Engine
          2. Paradox Engine
          3. Planar Bridge
          4. The Chain Veil
        3. Artifacts: 22 (28 total, with creatures, lands and Commander)
          1. Swords to Plowshares
          2. Path to Exile
          3. Utter End
          4. Anguished Unmaking
        4. Removal: 6
          1. General statement: We want these because they don’t kill Planeswalkers
        5. Board Wipes: 4
          1. Pact of Negation
        6. Countermagic: 3
          1. Call the Gatewatch
          2. Arena Rector
          3. Djeru, with Eyes Open
          4. Ignite the Beacon
          5. Demonic Tutor
        7. Ways to find Tez: 5
          1. Deepglow Skate
          2. Smothering Tithe
          3. Revel in Riches
          4. Inexorable Tithe
          5. Flux Channeler
        8. Flex: 10
      6. Slot break down:
      1. Infinite Mana combos:
        1. Rings of Brighthearth + Basalt Monolith + 2 mana,
        2. Thopter Foundry + Ashnod's Altar + Sword of the Meek + 1 mana
        3. Thopter Foundry + Krark-Clan Ironworks + Sword of the Meek + any artifact to sac for mana.
        1. Sensei's Divining Top + Rings of Brighthearth + any infinite mana combo
      2. Infinite card draw:
        1. Sharuum the Hegemon + Phyrexian Metamorph + Disciple of the Vault
        2. Sharuum the Hegemon + Sculpting Steel + Disciple of the Vault
        3. Sharuum the Hegemon + Phyrexian Metamorph + Bitter Ordeal
        4. Sharuum the Hegemon + Sculpting Steel + Bitter Ordeal
      3. Win Combos:
        1. Time Sieve + Thopter Foundry + Sword of the Meek + 4 mana
      4. Infinite Turns
        1. Karn, the Great Creator + Mycosynth Lattice
        2. Mycosynth Lattice + Darksteel Forge + Nevinyrral’s Disk
      5. Stax
    2. C-C-C-Combos
  4. Main Topic - Tezzeret Tribal
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Apr 30, 2019

Top 10 War of the Spark Cards - Ep 95

 

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. @CraigBlanchette - 4:04
      1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wcKYNvmtAM
    2. @jumbocommander - 8:23
    3. @CMDRCentral_Max - 8:23
    4. @commandcast - 19:38
    5. @JoshLeeKwai - 20:29
    6. @blakepr - 45:22
    7. @wizards_magic - 45:22
  2. Ep 95 Community Spotlight:
    1. Disclaimer: This is a secret list
      1. secret
    2. Ryan
      1. secret
    3. Zack
  3. Main Topic - Top 10 Cards for Commander from War of the Spark
  4. Thank everyone for listening. You can always leave us a review in the iTunes store.
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Apr 23, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. @commandcast - 17:53
    2. @commanderinmtg - 26:22
    3. @indusconcept - 30:28
    4. @deschampsart - 49:03
    5. Raymond Swanland - 50:38
    6. Jaime Jones - 55:51
  2. Ep 94 Community Spotlight:
  3. Main Topic -  War of the Spark Previews (Week 2)

 

  • Friday - April 5th

 

  1. Evolution Sage
  2. Mobilized District
  3. Massacre Girl
  4. Tomik, Distinguished Advokist

 

  • Monday - April 8th

 

  1. Ral, Storm Condit
  2. Parhelion II
  3. Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor
    1. Command Zone video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgMsOeJd_VA
  4. Feather, the Redeemed
  5. Solar Blaze
  6. Roalesk, Apex Hybrid

 

  • Tuesday - April 9th

 

  1. Karn, the Great Creator
  2. Jaya, Venerated Firemage
  3. Dovin, Hand of Control
    1. Commanderin video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcIFcAPFAnE
  4. Saheeli, Sublime Artificer
  5. Chandra, Fire Artisan

 

  • Wednesday - April 10th

 

  1. Ilharg, the Raze-Boar
  2. Nissa, Who Shakes the World
  3. Domri, Anarch of Bolas
  4. Awakening of Vitu-Ghazi

 

  • Thursday - April 11th

 

  1. God-Eternal Kefnet
  2. God-Eternal Rhonas
  3. Gideon, the Oathsworn
  4. Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
  5. God-Eternal Bontu
  6. Spark Double

 

  • Friday - April 12th

 

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Apr 16, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. @jumbocommander - 5:39, 40:13
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    3. @quailancer - 15:35
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    5. @CommandersBrew - 41:48
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    10. @TheManaSource - 41:00
    11. @CraigBlanchette - 43:27
    12. @ghirapurigears - 43:52
  2. Ep 93 Community Spotlight:
    1. Played at Mothership last night, and met up with a Listener, Ben, who drove all the way in from San Marcos
    2. Also got to play with Alden, who Ryan had played with before
      1. Game 1
        1. Zack playing Ayli
        2. Ryan playing Gonti
        3. Ben playing Rona. Disciple of Gix
        4. Alden playing Meren of Clan Nel Toth
        5. Zack did something SILLY this game (wrathing with 22 creatures in play while Ryan had Revel in Riches
        6. Ryan ended up winning after doing some Erratic Portal shenanigans with Gonti and Panharmonicon, then using Alden’s Overwhelming Stampede and Eldrazi Monument for the win
        1. Zack playing Niv-Mizzet Parun
        2. Ryan playing Mr. OPC Grenzo
        3. Ben playing Jodah
        4. Alden playing Edgar Markov
        5. Ryan ended up winning when Alden had a crazy Damnable Pact on the stack by sacking a bunch of goblins to Siege Gang Commander and Goblin Sharpshooter
      2. Game 2
        1. Zack playing Saheeli
        2. Ryan playing Alden’s Edgar Markov deck
        3. Ben playing Jodah
        4. Alden playing Lord Windgrace
        5. Ben ended up winning this game with a hefty amount of planeswalkers, including Ultimating Ral, Izzet Viceroy
      3. Game 3
    3. We played 3 games
  3. LGS Fun!
    1. A lot of new players have trouble knowing how to make their decks better.
      1. How often are you playing the deck?
      2. How often do you find yourself with dead cards in hand?
    2. How do you know when it’s time to upgrade your decks?
      1. Decide if you’re completely scrapping the deck, or just adding a few cards
      2. Is there a new Commander that you want to helm the deck? That’s closer to an overhaul
    3. Decide what your Goal is going to be: entire deck overhaul vs. small upgrade
      1. Maybe you save up for big upgrade, but there are plenty of good cards that are cheap AND good!
      2. Trade in old cards that you may not want anymore. A lot of stores give you a bonus if you take store credit over cash.
    4. Updating your deck doesn’t have to cost a TON of money.
      1. Give the deck several plays with the new cards before you decide if you like them or not.
      2. Ask playgroup if you can start a game with a couple of new cards in your opening hand.
      3. Ryan -  I keep the last 20 or so cards originally cut from the deck, WITH the deck, so that I can always try out something new, when I find something that isn’t working.
    5. Play it
      1. Focus on where you deck is weak. Do this by asking yourself some questions
        1. What decks have been problematic / have I been losing to?
          1. How have those decks been winning?
          1. Mana troubles?
          2. Never having enough cards in hand?
          3. Losing to problematic Artifacts/Enchantments?
        2. How has my deck been losing?
        3. Do you often find yourself with a bunch of high casting cost cards in your hand. Maybe it’s time to lower your curve
        4. Are there times when your deck isn’t doing what it’s supposed to - why is that?
        1. If built with slot theory and deck is doing okay - swap slot for slot (Ie. Removal for Removal)
        2. If you switch cards 1 for 1 from slots write down what you swapped and when you draw new card think if you’d rather have new card or old card.
        3. If you’re getting decimated - reevaluate which slots you have, and how many cards you assign to each slot type
      2. Slot Theory
      3. When a new set comes out if you see a card you like add a note in your phone.
        1. EDHRec new cards feature
        2. YouTube Videos
        3. Podcasts
        4. Scryfall - look for similar cards
        5. Lastly...your friends! - Consult friends and playgroup for advice. All of us Magic players LOVE talking about Magic
      4. What are some resources for inspiration on upgrading your deck.
        1. Counter magic heavy?
        2. Combo heavy?
        3. Infect?
        4. Token based decks
      5. Consider your meta
    6. How can you maximize upgrading your deck?
      1. Changing the way your deck functions by removing too many cards that make your deck an <X> deck (tokens, discard, control,
      2. Sometimes upgrading a deck turns into me brewing a new deck.
    7. Potential Pitfalls
      1. I consider this one of the first successful EDH decks I’ve ever built
        1. It was originally a budget brew for Season Two of the EDH League.
        2. I’ve put a few new cards into the deck, but I’m starting to see cards that feel not great when I draw them.
        1. Lands - 38
        2. Creatures - 23
        3. Instants - 9
        4. Sorceries - 9
        5. Enchantments - 10
        6. Artifacts - 11
      2. Deck Stats
        1. Exquisite Blood
        2. Ethereal Absolution
        3. Approach of the Second Sun
        4. Hour of Revelation
        5. Kaya's Wrath (We’ll talk about why this is not so great)
        6. Fumigate
      3. Cards I want to add
    8. Upgrading Zack’s Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
  4. Main Topic - Updating your decks (Inspired by Quincy Quail @quailancer on Twitter)
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Apr 9, 2019
  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. @MothershipGames - 1:17
      1. Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipuYNE4yn6I
    2. @CommandersBrew - 4:19
    3. @GavinVerhey - 9:03, 20:57
    4. @SebMcKinnon - 11:08
    5. @Cathaoir1 - 31:50
    6. @jfwong - 41:16
  2. Ep 92 Community Spotlight:
    1. Disclaimer: We are filming this on April 4th, so we can only talk about cards that have been released so far (Including our own!)
    2. Note: Individual card links not available on Gatherer yet, so check out the full list so far here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/warofthespark/cards
      1. War Screecher
      2. Role Reversal
        1. Our preview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX42Pw5jc2k
      3. Banehound
      4. Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves
    3. Thursday
      1. Deathsprout
      2. Single Combat
      3. Sorrin, Vengeful Bloodlord
      4. Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
      5. Lazotep Plating
      6. Storrev, Devkarin Lich
    4. Wednesday
      1. Gleaming Overseer
      2. Fblthp, the Lost
      3. Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion
    5. Tuesday
      1. Mowu, Loyal Companion
      2. Vivien, Champion of the Wilds
      3. Teyo, the Shieldmage
      4. Vivien’s Arkbow
      5. The Wanderer
      6. Teferi, Time Raveler
      7. Karn’s Bastion
    6. Monday
      1. Jace, Wielder of Mysteries
      2. Time Wipe
      3. Bolas’s Citadel
      4. Liliana, Dreadhorde General
      5. Dreadhorde Invasion
      6. Flux Channeler
      7. Emergence Zone
      8. Ajani, the Greathearted
      9. Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge
      10. Ignite the Beacon
    7. Sunday
  3. Main Topic - War of the Spark Previews: Week 1
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Apr 2, 2019
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    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    1. @CommandersBrew - 2:25
    2. @MothershipGames - 6:06, 41:38
    3. @jumbocommander - 18:16
    4. @DreamtimeDrinne - 35:25
    5. @RealRagavan - 42:43
    6. @JDofCommander - 42:43
    7. @Pattapit - 42:43
  2. Ep 91 Community Spotlight:
    1. Introduction: These are cards that we haven’t played with, and really want to
    2. Zack - Secret
    3. Ryan - Secret
    4. @jumbocommander “What’s in My Shopping Cart” video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxUtYeg6ZfE
    5. Audience: What cards are on the list of cards YOU should be playing with? Let us know in the YouTube comments, or on Twitter
  3. Main Topic - Top 8 cards we should be playing
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Mar 26, 2019

War of the Spark on the Horizon - Ep 90

 

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
    1. @kreugan - 1:48
    2. @MothershipGames - 4:46
    3. @CommanderReplay - 5:12
    4. @blakepr, @MatthewLNass, @KingCash_7191  - 8:56
    5. @BrandSanderson - 33:41
    6. @TheTokenOtaku - 35:01
    7. @Tequila_Nebula - 35:01
    8. @wizards_magic - 48:54
  2. Ep 90 Community Spotlight:
    1. Played with PJ and Lin.
      1. PJ’s channel on YouTube is “Commander Replay” - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrudMyVbtvyVyadYddhousA
    2. Actually won a game with MR. OPC Grenzo.
    3. Was a really fun moment when I thought I was going to win with Yuriko, by flipping Draco off the top of my library, and PJ unequipped Sunforger to get Teferi’s Protection, and Lin also cast Teferi’s Protection. Man that card is good!
  3. Games at our LGS
    1. Modern Horizons
      1. Explain what Modern Horizons is: A set direct to modern with brand new cards and reprints (that are not currently legal)
        1. Sweet intro video with Cassius Marsh, and Matt Nass
          1. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/388229057
            1. Cabal Therapist
              1. http://www.magicspoiler.com/mtg-spoiler/cabal-therapist/
              1. http://www.magicspoiler.com/mtg-spoiler/serra-the-benevolent/
            2. Serra the Benevolent
          2. Two cards from that video
        2. Modern Horizons is probably going to be PRETTY sweet for Commander players
          1. Ryan
            1. Expropriate
            2. Riptide Laboratory
            3. Council’s Judgement
            1. Thought Vessel
            2. Teferi’s Protection
            3. Cabal Coffers
          2. Zack
        3. What are some awesome Reprints that could be included in MH, that we each want to see?
        4. Would be really cool to see some sweet new legendary creatures in Modern Horizons
      1. HYPE! This set is SO CRAZY!!!!!
        1. Planeswalkers are one of the coolest card types in the game!
      2. Teaser video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn_0ZjpjntE
        1. Link to a reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/ayufiu/all_36_war_planeswalkers_in_one_image_with_names/
        2. Notable PW NOT making an appearance:
      3. Stained glass article here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/closer-look-stained-glass-planeswalkers-2019-03-08
        1. People have been speculating Planeswalkers will universally be allowed to be commanders.
        2. Depending on how good all the PWs are, we could see a lot of super friends decks showing up, especially in Brawl!
        3. That being said, I think WotC will be trying to get planeswalkers out in color combinations not already represented by commanders in Brawl
      4. So what does all of this mean for EDH?
        1. Ryan
          1. Jaya
          2. Chandra
          3. Sorrin Markov
          1. Jace.. duh
          2. Saheeli
          3. Davriel Cane (Skeletor)
          4. Bonus: Ugin
        2. Zack
      5. What Planeswalkers are we most excited to see?
        1. Probably some common/uncommon PW, at the very least rare
        2. Every Pre-release kit has a FOIL stamped PW AND another foil stamped card
        3. Maybe some PW with no Ultimates, or maybe only minuses or only pluses
      6. A Planeswalker in every pack. What do we think this means?
    2. War of the Spark
    3. Summary - We are beyond hyped for both of these products.
    4. And, as if the hype weren’t enough, we got a FREE preview card from WAR, given to us by Wizards of the Coast! If you want to make sure you get to see the preview card as soon as we can show you, the Subscribe button is waiting :)
  4. Main Topic - Modern Horizons and War of the Spark
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