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

Commander Social Ryan Greene & Zack Taylor

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

    Learning to Love the Mill - Ep 37

    Learning to Love the Mill - Ep 37

    Patreon Patron of the week: Haribo Weber Patreon Contest - TBD Collector’s Booster Patron Only Brawl Tournament - TBD Collector’s Booster Ryan - @greenegeek Zack - @z4ck38 Together - @commandersocial   Twitter contest - Three packs of TBD You can find us on Twitter Mike Condon for audio engineering and Pure Moods CD Direct from Europe Feat. Enya and Enigma  Thanks Haribo Weber - 1:03 @ladygaga - 13:24 @Marshall_LR - 17:01 @lsv - 17:01 @BentzMr - 32:44 @DougYnerd - 39:06 @dolfo10564 - 39:25 @KithandC - 39:40 @scout_salvage - 40:10 @CadPopCast - 40:26 @DGrinas - 43:13 @yearofedh - 43:25 @wolfystar123 - 43:39 @MonoWhiteBorder - 43:51 @Xenozfan2 - 44:02 @AllHailBolas - 45:18 Ep 37 Community Spotlight: 704.3 Commander Rules! Obligatory disclaimer - We’re not telling you how to feel. We are simply discussing the results of polling on the subject of milling and stating why we feel the way we do.  Millstone An alternate way to win, also a way to fuel your graveyard (ie your second hand) What is Milling? This tends to be especially true for newer players. I know I used to feel this way when I first started playing Magic. I also used to look at the top card of my library after mulliganing, I don’t do this anymore. To the folks out there, do you look after mulliganing? Ryan’s Dad: story about using Millstone I want to possibly convince folks out there that this isn’t that bad, and could even be a good thing. Here’s how I convinced Zack Some players really get upset when they get milled or Cards taken with Gonti/Grenzo Ryan asked these questions  Why are you sad when you get milled? Do you feel sad when you don’t draw a particular card during a game? Would you feel differently if the cards went to the bottom of your library instead of your graveyard? How would you feel if you could start with half of your deck in your graveyard? The mental energy you’re expending on thinking about the cards you could have drawn (or got milled), could be put to better use, like making a plan. Any number of possibilities could have been. Due to variance there is no way to guarantee the cards that would have milled would have been drawn.(Maybe a better way to phrase this is, it kinda just changes where your opponent cut your deck) The more you know what’s in your graveyard, the more you know about the other cards in your deck Zack said in general being milled made him feel slightly sad about the possibilities that could have been.  Cards in hands are actual possibilities  In this same way, cards taken with Gonti aren’t the same as cards taken with Blatant Thievery/Expropriate, cause you didn’t invest any resources like card/mana into the things being stolen Cards in your graveyard are a resource as well. Your opponent could cast Patriarch’s Bidding or Exhume for example Sometimes it does sting if your deck is built on a specific 2 card combo. I try not to rely on specific cards, because there’s no guarantee you’re going to see them during a game, unless you run a LOT of tutors, and that’s something I don’t frequently do. Being milled isn’t the same as discard This conversation started after a game with Zack and Ryan where Ryan played Mesmeric Orb and Zack expressed annoyance about being milled.  How does it make you are milled by an opponent Happy - 25% Indifferent - 47.4% Sad - 20% Responses - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LMNxiqw6fM1_9_x6yz_4x66ukUiJbFj54FD7S3sre00/edit#gid=0 Happy - 24.4% Indifferent - 47.4% Sad - 28.2% Responses - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LMNxiqw6fM1_9_x6yz_4x66ukUiJbFj54FD7S3sre00/edit#gid=898744610 How does it make you feel when an opponent's Gonti, Lord of Luxury targets you.  We polled twitter and the general consensus was… Information about what’s left in your deck Deck thinning? An increasing number of EDH decks

    • 49 min
    Deck Tech: Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded - Ep 36

    Deck Tech: Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded - Ep 36

    Patreon Patron of the week: David Saunders (@Xenozfan2) Patreon Contest - Theros Beyond Death Collectors Booster Patron Brawl Tournament - Theros Beyond Death Collector’s Booster Ryan - @greenegeek Zack - @z4ck38 Together - @commandersocial   Twitter contest - Three packs of Theros Beyond Death You can find us on Twitter Zack - BeardedMTG (@infecthall) Sent us some beard balm https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeardedMTG What’s been going on in your personal life? Mike Condon for audio engineering and Polysorbate 60 Intern TH Elliot for helping make the final cuts in this deck Thanks @Xenozfan2 - 0:46 @infecthall - 3:13 @MothershipGames - 55:42 @scryfall - 56:36 Ep 36 Community Spotlight: 700.5 Commander Rules! Let’s talk about a brand new Commander from Theros Beyond Death Decklist: https://scryfall.com/@greenegeek/decks/a759686f-0f14-492d-9e6f-d495b24e773d Lands 37 Spinerock Knoll Endless Sands - If you really like this, you can run Safe Haven as well We really want a decent amount of Mana Rocks, cause Purph costs 5, and lots of colorless mana will allow us to use his ability more than once/twice a turn Solemn Simulacrum is a sweet 3 mana ramp spell + card draw once your commander is online Dockside Extortionist will probably be very excellent in this deck  Ramp 10 Magus of the Wheel is a 5 Mana Wheel effect with Purph in play Sandstone Oracle Dragon Mage KnollSpine Dragon Korvath’s Fury can draw a lot of cards and punish those Reliquary Tower players, gonna be sweet to cast this after your boy ZT Cyclonic Rifts Card Draw 10 Ancient Stone Idol Angrath’s Marauders Archwing Dragon Bloodfire Colossus is kinda a 4 mana Wrath with your Commander out Hellkite Tyrant Hoarding Dragon Thundermare Worldgorger Dragon does some fun things on Defense, or in response to a wrath Homura, Human Ascendant can flip very easily in this deck Big Bois 17 Feldon of the Third Path Goblin Engineer Stuffy Doll is a Fantastic Surprise Blocker, or sweet to Purph out into a Blasphemous Act or Chandra’s Ignition Other Creatures 4 Cloudstone Curio Sundial of the Infinite Erratic Portal Conjurer’s Closet Lifeline Keep my Stuff 5 Chandra’s Ignition Blasphemous Act Mass Removal 4 Chaos Warp Duplicant Meteor Golem  Single Target Removal 5 Fires of Invention Flameshadow Conjuring Sneak Attack Mimic Vat Final Fortune 4Flex 7 Here’s the Slot breakdown: This deck is pretty sweet. There’s nothing better than having a Sneak Attack in the command zone. What do YOU think of this deck? Did we miss anything, does this sound like something you’d want to play? Hit us up on the twitters Summary Main Topic - Deck Tech: Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded Komiku - Battle of Pogs https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Zack Gets it Together Theme Consider becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial You can check us out at commandersocial.com YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial On twitter @commandersocial twitch.tv/greenegeek Ryan individually @greenegeek Zack individually @z4ck38 Contact Info © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC

    • 58 min
    Commander on a Budget - Ep 35

    Commander on a Budget - Ep 35

    Patreon Patron of the week: Commander’s Brew Patreon Contest - Theros Beyond Death Collector’s Booster and Patron only Brawl tournament (Need to run a new legend from Theros Beyond Death) and another collector’s Booster Ryan - @greenegeek Zack - @z4ck38 Together - @commandersocial   Twitter contest - 3 Theros Beyond Death booster packs You can find us on Twitter Mike Condon for audio engineering and reminding Zack to renew his Quicken subscription Thanks @CommandersBrew - 1:25, 13:22 @dpkrausejr - 2:18 @scryfall - 11:24, 15:30 @edhquarters - 14:18 @edhrec - 15:14 @jumbocommander - 42:05 @OrzhovDunn - 51:04 @themmcast - 51:04 @BashBrosPodcast - 51:04 @ChannelFireball - 53:26 Ep 35 Community Spotlight: 705.1-705.2 Commander Rules! Disclaimer: We’ve both got pretty deep collections, and so we know a lot of times our content isn’t super Budget-Friendly, but we wanted to bring you some Budget Friendly content Start with a Commander Precon Deck You can’t windmill slam a Cyclonic Rift in.  With between $5 to $10 in upgrade money from each session you had to get creative with the cards you put in.  With this restriction you’re forced to find cards you might not have considered otherwise that might end up being really good. This also levels the playing field in terms of expensive cards We’ve often played in Budget Commander Leagues Commander’s Brew - https://www.commandersbrew.com/ Commander’s Quarters - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-w5MNByr4SNy3z2232sj0g Other Budget conscious content creators Looked at the Top 100 cards from EDHRec, and 23 were less than $1 Most of the 23 cards broke down into a few categories: Mana Dorks Llanowar Elves Elvish Mystic Avacyn’s Pilgrim Rampant Growth Farseek Signets: Golgari, Gruul, Selesnya, Simic Ramp Mortify Putrify Terminate Removal https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Gehr29fObCCFCRkDQcEh5lBw86RAhtGo6Ui9bO3_BgM Spreadsheet used in this episode Data from EDHRec Commander is becoming more and more popular, and that is making it more and more expensive to play, but Budget options exist, and they can be quite potent. Additionally, it’s always fun to try and level the playing field, and get your playgroup to make a budget deck or two, or do a league with the precons Listeners: What are some of YOUR favorite budget cards? Let us know via twitter! Summary Main Topic - Budget Commander 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 Komiku - Battle of Pogs https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Zack Gets it Together Theme Consider becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial You can check us out at commandersocial.com YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial On twitter @commandersocial twitch.tv/greenegeek Ryan individually @greenegeek Zack individually @z4ck38 Contact Info © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC

    • 55 min
    Deck Tech: Atris, Oracle of Half-Truths Self Mill - Ep 34

    Deck Tech: Atris, Oracle of Half-Truths Self Mill - Ep 34

    Patreon Patron of the week: Tim Rayburn Patreon Contest - 6 Boosters of Theros Beyond Death Ryan - @greenegeek Zack - @z4ck38 Together - @commandersocial   Twitter contest - 3 Boosters of Theros Beyond Death You can find us on Twitter Mike Condon for audio engineering and wooden clogs Thanks @TRayburn - 0:52, 16:30, 19:55 @mathimus55 - 2:00 @ChannelFireball - 5:25, 6:46, 17:43 @Stranjak - 5:45 @rileyquarytower - 5:45 @boltthebirdmtg - 7:47, 18:16 @officialyoungmc - 8:30 @philliphlavac - 9:16, 18:16, 19:55 @danaroach - 9:16 @SeanTabares - 13:10 @MothershipGames - 13:54, 33:38, 50:39 @CommanderReplay - 16:31, 19:55 @HenryStukenborg - 19:55 @mcgregok - 19:55 @RealJoeyPants - 26:29 @CMDRCentral_Max - 39:23 Ep 34 Community Spotlight: Thanks to Channel Fireball Want to shout out Denis Stranjak (@Stranjak) Podcast called Scry me a River with @rileyquarytower  https://www.channelfireball.com/all-strategy/author/scry-me-a-river/ Tell the story about Zack sending Ryan a podcast link called Scry Me a River Also, want to shout out Brandon (@boltthebirdmtg) for making us feel so welcome Went to dinner with Tim, Brian, Elliot, PJ, Vanessa and had some good tacos and good conversations Also went to dinner with Phillip and Lucas, at a Thai restaurant. We talked about a lot of things, including a deep dive on Pokemon Summary ; MF Austin was a blast! MagicFest Austin https://archidekt.com/decks/355785#Self_Mill Deck idea: The idea was to make the dream of a mill deck in EDH work. Usually with three opponents this is super hard, but then I thought… What if I mill myself? The following is what Ryan and I came up with.  Ashiok, Dream Render - Mill yourself, exile everyone else's graveyard. Prevents others from getting incidental value from Mesmeric Orb.  Traumatize Whispering Madness Fleet Swallower is cool - played in muldrotha and milled myself with it.  Leveler - if you have labman and a way to draw you win Stinkweed Imp - Dredge 5!!!! Mill Package Narcomoeba Vizier of Many Faces Increasing Confusion Kederekt Leviathan Corpse Connoisseur Stinkweed Imp Golgari Thug Dread Return Morgue Theft Deep Analysis Forbidden Alchemy Rags/Riches Cards that function from the graveyard Kederekt Leviathan - Just Dope! flood of tears on a creature, possibly twice. why haven't I been playing this card! Thassa, Deep-Dwelling - bounce Atris The Pile: Thought Scour Laboratory Maniac Deep Analysis Anticipate Reanimate Doomsday Cool Cards corpse connoisseur + golgari thug / stinkweed imp Tunnel vision / demonic consultation + conjurer's bauble / dig through time / anticipate / impulse / narset  Dread Return + Narcomoeba  Conjurer's Closet + Thassa deep dwelling Cool stuff this deck can do Main Topic - Atris, Oracle of Half-Truths Self Mill 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 Komiku - Battle of Pogs https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Zack Gets it Together Theme Consider becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial You can check us out at commandersocial.com YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial On twitter @commandersocial twitch.tv/greenegeek Ryan individually @greenegeek Zack individually @z4ck38 Contact Info © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC

    • 56 min
    Making Magic Better - Ep 33

    Making Magic Better - Ep 33

    Patreon Patron of the week: Jacob Taylor Patreon Contest - 6 Boosters of Theros Beyond Death Ryan - @greenegeek Zack - @z4ck38 Together - @commandersocial   Twitter contest - 3 Boosters of Theros Beyond Death You can find us on Twitter Mike Condon for audio engineering and petri dishes Thanks @CMDRCentral_Max - 19:00 @GingerJ0E - 19:00, 31:50, 49:48 @MothershipGames - 19:30, 47:20 @TolarianCollege - 46:50, 50:40 @loadingreadyrun - 50:40 Ep 33 Community Spotlight: 305.7 Commander Rules! Magic is the greatest game and full of the best people. We should all be ambassadors and work to grow the game and bring in more great people.  We should foster a community of inclusivity Everyone deserves respect Spending time with folks with a different background or perspective, can give you a different perspective, and we think that’s a good thing Zack - Australia mail story Ryan tell a story Speak up when others are doing not cool things A Magic Player is a Magic Player period.  Kids could be present Others might not know you as well, and might not know when you’re joking. Sometimes, even innocent things, said with no ill-intent can be taken out of context Be aware of your surroundings Ryan does this.  Learn other’s stories Invest in those around you Ask if they want advice. It’s better than just offering, as sometimes a player may be salty, and getting advice might be the last thing they want. Maybe give some of your draft chaff to a newer player. Be willing to teach Help newer players Tokens, dice, life counter Knowing your deck Come prepared Crack fetches on not your turn Top responsibly (Cheer’s with a top) Play faster Pay attention Don’t be on your phone Invest in the game Lift people up on twitter Look for opportunities to be positive Be a positive role model in the community Spend money there, if you can Try and make sure the folks you play with have a good time, so they want to come back and play again Support your LGS Donate your bulk to kids clubs Participate in Charity functions, if you can Give back the community There are many ways to enjoy magic and they are all valid.  One should find people who enjoy magic the same way they do to play.  Be honest This will ensure that everyone has the most amount of fun The Talk Be the kind of person you want to play against Use your empathy hat Summary - Magic is the best game, but we can make it better. Be excellent to each other  Main Topic - Making Magic Better Thanks for watching! Please remember to Like and Subscribe, and you can follow us on Twitter, @commandersocial, @greenegeek, @z4ck38. Keep it Social! 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 Komiku - Battle of Pogs https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Zack Gets it Together Theme Consider becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial You can check us out at commandersocial.com YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial On twitter @commandersocial twitch.tv/greenegeek Ryan individually @greenegeek Zack individually @z4ck38 Contact Info © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC

    • 58 min
    The Epic Theros Set Review Crossover - Ep 32

    The Epic Theros Set Review Crossover - Ep 32

    This is part 3 of the 4 part Epic Crossover Monday CMDR Central  https://cmdrcentral.libsyn.com/174-the-epic-theros-set-review-crossover-creatures All non-legendary creatures With Guest Brando from CCO https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/commandercookout/episodes/2020-01-13T22_16_27-08_00 Instants, Sorceries, and Planeswalkers with guest Zack Taylor Tuesday Commander Cookout With Joey Schultz Ryan Peneff Max Crandell Ryan Greene  Be sure to tune in on Friday to EDHRec cast, where the EPIC crossover is happening and we’re gonna talk about all the Legendary Creatures from the set. HYPE! Patron of the week: Carlos Ovalle (@cjovalle) Patreon Contest - 6 Boosters of Theros Beyond Death Patreon Ryan - @greenegeek Zack - @z4ck38 Together - @commandersocial   Twitter contest - 3 Boosters of Theros Beyond Death You can find us on Twitter Mike Condon for audio engineering and Werther’s Original Hard Caramel Candies Thanks @mathimus55 - 0:0:10 @CCOPodcast - 0:0:23, 56:15, 58:30, 1:05:52 @CCOBrando - 56:15 @CMDRCentral - 0:0:23, 1:05:52 @EDHRECast - 0:0:23, 1:05:52 @edhrec - 0:1:14 @cjovalle - 4:47 @joss - 7:41 @scryfall - 17:20 @Artofryanyee - 20:00 @victoradameart - 28:40 @TolarianCollege - 28:40 @CommandersBrew - 48:43 @JosephMSchultz - 0:3:26, 58:00 @BentzMr - 1:01:25 Ep 32 Community Spotlight: Tolarian Community College video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD8dS55veKg Preview Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhBGyhh9ZQQ Odric video (How does this have only 900 views?!?!?!) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52knenkwOoE Commander’s Brew Media Links 611.1, 611.2c Commander Rules! Here’s the search we used: https://scryfall.com/search?as=grid&order=name&q=-type%3Acreature+%28type%3Aartifact+OR+type%3Aenchantment+OR+type%3Aland%29+set%3Athb Elspeth Conquers Death Enigmatic Incarnation Escape Velocity Furious Rise Hydra’s Growth Kiora Bests the Sea God Minion’s Return Omen of the Hunt One with the Stars Setessan Training The Akroan War The First Iroan Games Treacherous Blessing Underworld Breach Enchantments Altar of the Pantheon Nyx Lotus Shadowspear Soul-Guide Lantern Artifacts Friendly Temples, eg. Temple of Enlightenment Labyrinth of Skophos Lands Main Topic - The Epic Theros Set Review Crossover: Artifacts, Enchantments, and Lands Here’s where we each talk about our favorite card from the set (no matter the type!) Matt - Dryad of the Ilysian Grove Zack - Nyxbloom Ancient Ryan - Wavebreak Hippocamp Through-line Thanks for watching! Please remember to Like and Subscribe, and you can follow us on Twitter, @commandersocial, @greenegeek, @z4ck38. Keep it Social! 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 Komiku - Battle of Pogs https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Zack Gets it Together Theme Consider becoming a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/commandersocial You can check us out at commandersocial.com YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/CommanderSocial You can email us directly at cast@commandersocial.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commandersocial On twitter @commandersocial twitch.tv/greenegeek Ryan individually @greenegeek Zack individually @z4ck38 Contact Info © Copyright 2019 Leaky Dinghy, LLC

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