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Expert analysis of the Commander format of Magic: the Gathering

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Expert analysis of the Commander format of Magic: the Gathering

    ALL WILL BE ONE (Creature Type)

    ALL WILL BE ONE (Creature Type)

    Recently, and unexpectedly Magic: the Gathering Online got a creature type update. That update? PHYREXIA. That's right, the phyrexian creature type was retroactively added to over 200 magic cards! What does this mean for decks that already exist? What commanders get retrofitted into this new tribe? Is there any mechanical space these random cards from over 20 years have in common? Nick and Zak discuss all that and so much more on this episode!

    DECK LISTS:
    Ezuri, Claw of Progress
    Skithiryx, The Blight Dragon
    Volrath, The Shape Stealer

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    • 50 min
    Over and Onward With Modern Horizons 2 - Final Spoiler Episode

    Over and Onward With Modern Horizons 2 - Final Spoiler Episode

    This week Nick and Zak had a smattering of cards for Modern Horizons 2 to go over. You can also see how we did guessing what cards would be popular from Strixhaven, and our guesses with what people will play most from MH2 itself! Spoiler, this is the worst we've done in... a while... But we're able to see some patterns... So listen in and tell us what you think! 

    ANYWAY We forgot to put decklists for the last few episodes so we're just gonna post them all here:
    Thrasta, Tempests' Roar
    Chatterfang, Squirrel General
    Lonis, Cryptozoologist
    General Ferrous Rokiric
    Sythis, Harvest's Hand
    Golos Gonna Blow Up Your Lands

    Thank you all for listening!

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    • 1 hr 53 min
    What Lies Beyond The Modern Horizons...2!

    What Lies Beyond The Modern Horizons...2!

    GET READY. In this episode, Nick and Zak discuss all the spoils from last week, and WOW is it a LOT! An accelerated preview season means we get cards faster, which is great! But in the modern age (pun intended) and in this straight to modern set, almost every card has some interaction with a deck that already exists. And that's not even getting into the dozens of new Commanders! So join us for this wild ride! There's a lot we're excited about and we can't wait for you to all be excited with us! 

    Next week we'll be discussing the final spoils from MH2 and some takes and predictions, then we'll be back to original content for you all. We MOST DEFINITELY miss some stuff this episode, so if there's special tech for a commander you like, a card you think is great, or a deck you've tried out, let us know with the links down below! We love hearing from you all! 

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    • 2 hrs 58 min
    Ascension and You: How To Tie The Game In Commander

    Ascension and You: How To Tie The Game In Commander

    Most people, no matter how casual, like winning games. In games of Magic that's usually the goal: defeat your opponents and claim victory. Games of Commander are a little different though. You have multiple opponents, and your chance of victory - all things being equal - is only 25% in a 4 player game vs. the normal 50% in 1v1! But what if there was another way? What if you could all hold hands, sing, and fly into the sunset together? What if you could tie the game on purpose? In this episode, Nick and Zak dive into why you might want to, and ways you might not have known to tie the game using cards you probably are already playing! It might not be for everyone, but knowing these interactions exist broadens your horizons and could give you outs when there didn't seem to be any at first glance.  So listen in and see what path you might choose for yourself.

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    The opening theme is Lincoln Continental by Entrophy (now Nic Cage on Soundcloud)


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    • 41 min
    Modern Horizons... 2! A First Look

    Modern Horizons... 2! A First Look

    BONUS EPISODE!!

    Nick and Zak got the first taste of MH2 and couldn't wait to share some early thoughts. There will be a regular episode tomorrow not related to MH2, and next week we'll begin diving into the nitty-gritty of Modern Horizons, and HOOBOY is it a lot! Legends and main-deck cards GALORE.  So lets dive in, shall we?   

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    • 36 min
    Can cEDH move past the Reserved List?

    Can cEDH move past the Reserved List?

    On our last episode, Nick and Zak looked into what a world with no access to the reserved list looks like for casual Commander and discovered some interesting tidbits about the format. Thing is, there's one format that can't help but play with only the most efficient cards regardless of price, and they too have their own solutions for what to do about the reserved list. Enter Addison, our link to the cEDH community for this episode who's been playing since re-entering the Magic community some year back.  Addison joins us to talk about what cards are most ubiquitous, what cards would be sad to see gone, and what would happen to the format overall? All this and a lot more on this deep dive into our second hypothetical look at what no reserved list would mean for the world of Commander. 

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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

3 Ratings

feral_turtle ,

Great Podcast for all levels of EDH players

I play commander from Jank to cEDH and I love this podcast. If your heart lies somewhere in the 75% style of play, this is a great podcast for you.

Binged about 15 episodes in a weekend, and enjoyed it immensely. Thoughtful commentary around deck building, play culture, and the health of the format.

Really appreciate you taking the time to put out this content, keep up the great work!

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