High Chancellor of CommanderCast.com
Tactical Podcasting Squad Leader
Favorite Commander: Kaalia of the Vast
Other Games He Plays: Yu-Gi-Oh!, Card Fight: Vanguard, Pokemon
Cockatrice ID: BlueRam1409
Favorite Blocks: Ravnica, Alara, Innistrad
Forum Handle: BlueRam
TappedOut Handle: blueram1409
E-Mail: Wiehernandez(at)gmail(dot)com; CommanderCast(at)gmail(dot)com
Andy asked publicly if people would be interested in writing on the website and Will answered by sending him what amounted to an actual resume. That unto itself was pretty impressive. You have to understand–and you probably can if you read this page–that normally, people kind of fumble into this enterprise. Will was probably the most deliberate setup so far, where things were actually planned out instead of just happening. He also volunteered to do things weekly, which at the time was a first.
When it was time for our former High Chancellor and Tactical Podcasting Team Squad Leader, Andy, to step down Will picked up where he left off. Now with full control, and a pretty huge pair of snowshoes to fill, Will marches forward leading the band miscreants of CommanderCast.com.
Will use to write about the ‘flavor’ element of Commander a lot, as in at least 700% more than anybody else on CommanderCast was doing at the time. If you like to know what kind of breakfast cereal Ghave, Guru of Spores enjoys or like to see decklists built from an approach other than ‘PUT IN GOOD CARDS’ then Will probably has what you want with Savor That Commander Flavor.
Tactical Podcasting Team Co-Host
Facebook Page Impresario
Favorite Commander: Ashling the Pilgrim and Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Other Games I Play: Risk, Left 4 Dead, Battleship
MTGO ID: CaptainRedZone
Favorite Blocks: Lorwyn-Shadowmoor, Time Spiral, Ravnica
Other Enterprises: 1/3 of the Off Color Cast
Forum Handle: CaptainRedZone
Calvin is a long time listener of the show who turned blogger. He was in command over at Three To The Face!!! Running a tight ship based around Commander theme decks, fixed some awesome decklist, some sick custom card images (such as P. Diddy’s Cristal Ball), and a pleasant helping of humour. He turned from blogger to podcaster when he joined the crew of the Off Color Cast and later joined William as a co-host of CommanderCast. Usually known for his love of Red decks, playing Aggro, and his love of battle tactics.
Tactical Podcasting Team Co-Host
Chief Language Manipulator
Favorite Commander: Karn, Silver Golem, Rafiq of the Many
Other Games I Play: Lord of the Rings LCG, A Game of Thrones LCG, and way too many videogames.
MTGO ID/Steam ID: MrMetonymy
Favorite Blocks: Arabian Nights, Tenth Edition, both Mirrordin blocks (the more artifacts, the better).
Other Enterprises: Instructing the youth of our great nation in the finer points of classic literature and comic book movies.
Social Medias: NOOOOOOO!!
Mark is unbelievably old. Probably too old to still be spending a good chunk of his disposable income on small bits of cardboard, and definitely too old to admit it in public. He started playing when he was in junior high during Revised and up through Homelands and Fallen Empires, when WotC crushed his spirit entirely. Seriously, though, cracking packs of FE back in the day was as close as he’ll ever come to adopting Nihilism as a worldview; those cards were so awful that they made you think everything in life was as pointless and devoid of meaning as Homarids and +0/+1 counters.
He jumped back on the Magic train during Scars of Mirrodin, after–of all things–playing a ton of the original Duels of the Planeswalkers on Xbox Live with my pals. That makes him the guy who swallowed Wizards’ marketing strategy hook, line, and sinker. Shortly after contracting the Magic virus again, he searched out his local game store and proceeded to get the everlovin’ snot pounded out of him in Standard until he stumbled onto EDH. Now he plays Commander almost exclusively, but still dabbles in Limited every once in a while when he gets the urge to play in a format where you can still respectably run Grizzly Bears (or, rather, Runeclaw Bears now. Did they really need to add f@*#ing runes to their claws, by the way? A damn grizzly bear is pretty much deathtouch on legs, as-is. To say nothing of the steroids they’ve been feeding them to juice them up over on Tarkir. Old man rant over.)
As far as his playstyle goes, he’s a Timmy through and through. He really enjoys building decks, but at the end of the day the sole mission of those decks is always to beat his opponents in the face until they cry for mercy like small children. Preferably with big dumb creatures. Bonus points if they’re big, dumb, artifact creatures. Yup, he was the guy who was excited that they reprinted Juggernaut in M15. He’s not proud of it, but it did put a smile on his face.
Mark’s been a huge fan of CommanderCast since season 3, so it’s kind of like a dream come true that he gets to contribute to the site now (corny, but true nonetheless). He’s always on the lookout for cool tech, niche decks, and new writers, so if you’ve got a line on any of the preceding feel free to drop him a line.
Tactical Podcasting Team C0-Host
Resident Red Panda Mascot
Favorite Commander: Kurkesh, Onakke Ancient, Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
Other Games I Play: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Fantasy Life, Pokemon
Cockatrice ID: Remillo
Favorite Blocks: Lorwyn-Shadowmoor, Theros
Forum Handle: Remillo/EDHPanda
TappedOut Handle: EDHPanda
Clay is a college-age Red Panda Judge that plays way too much EDH and wishes he could play more Tiny Leaders. When he’s not focusing on school work (which is most of the time), he’s perusing forums and the internet and thinking about Magic. It’s almost not healthy. But he’s just a Panda, so he doesn’t really care!
When it comes to Magic, Clay plays mostly EDH, Tiny Leaders and a little bit of Modern. He prides himself on being a player that doesn’t care what colors he plays, as long as it suits what he wants to play! He’s played everything from Vela U/B Control/Combo to Mono-White Rebels with Lin Sivvi. Whatever he wants to play, he’ll play, doesn’t understand why some players don’t like certain colors, and is always open to try to give deck advice!
Tactical Podcasting Co-Host, Rivals’ Duel
Favorite Commander: Karona, False God
Other Games He Plays: Cube, Limited, and pretty much anything with anyone. (Oh and I play Left 4 Dead 2 in lieu of therapy)
MTGO ID: Tiny356
Favorite Blocks: Ravnica (1st and 2nd generation), Alara, Innistrad
Other Enterprises: Wish I had some. Anybody hiring?
Nole started out by sending an article to CommanderCast and mentioning that he liked to complain about competitive Commander events, while the decklist article has been lost to the sands of time (Thank God!), the idea about writing about the fine print of the social contract struck a chord and
Nole joined the writing team at the beginning of Season Nine, writing (Social) Contract from Below, and other articles with long titles and lots of parenthetical asides. He also serves as one of CommanderCasts’ judges (meaning he is the most likely to be up at 4am trying to figure out how Dominating Licid, Opalescence, and Humility work. Hint: Really poorly).
These days, Nole is the co-host of Rivals’ Duel, a podcast where he and Eric embrace debate in anything and everything from card choices to the definition of “interesting.” In his free time, he tries really hard to be one of those cool people in the black shirts at Grand Prixs, mostly to hide the fact that he is actually terrible at competitive magic.
Tactical Podcasting Co-Host, Rivals’ Duel
Favorite Commander: Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
Other Games He Plays: Hearthstone, Borderlands 2, Hide the Pickle
MTGO ID: N/A (For Now…)
Favorite Blocks: Lorwyn-Shadowmoor, Zendikar, and Ravnica (Both of them)
Other Enterprises: Stand-Up Comedy
Forum Handle: CommanderCastEric
Eric is an aspiring stand up comic who was only allowed on CommanderCast because William decided that the Canadian player quota needed to be filled in Andy’s absence. Eric runs very competitive decks in a very competitive meta and is used to finding creative ways of making his fun decks more resilient. His meta has made him a more cutthroat player, and he has no problem with Mind Twisting your hand away, thank you very much. In his spare time he also likes to kick endangered species (but only the cute ones) and feed on the souls of young orphans. They taste great with mint or cinnamon, but he recommends cinnamon.
Strategic Content Manager
Favorite Commander: Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
Other Games you Play: TF2, DnD, Dominion, Hearthstone
Cockatrice/MtGO ID: Hiadel
Favorite Blocks: Shards of Alara
Other Enterprises: N/A
For Hayes, Magic started during 10th Edition, where he attempted to play Standard on a kid-sized allowance. This changed quickly however, and after moving from Standard to Limited, he found a nice home where all of his cards could be cast- Commander. Hayes builds decks with three goals in mind: Creating decks with multiple paths to victory and high interactivtiy, while also not dedicating itself to singular combos, short games, and very little fun. His main mission is stop all infinite turns and 1-2 card combos, as well as dispel the notion that the opening hand is what decides the game.
“Dusters” Comic Genius
Facebook Page Impresario
Favorite Commanders: Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice,
Vela the Night-Clad, and Wrexial, the Risen Deep
Other Games He Plays: Catan, Dominion
MtGO ID: GUDoug
Favorite Blocks: Tempest, Invasion, Mirage
Other Enterprises: http://gudoug.deviantart.com/
Forum Handle: GUDoug/ GU Doug
The man offering you dice in the photo is Jud. He was basically on the CommanderCast staff for a long time without being credited, or really having a job, but he was heavily involved though the critical avenue of feedback. A lot of the changes to older segments and the like on the podcast have been shaped by Jud’s feedback. I’m sure most of the longer-running writers also have similar things to say. During our Audience Appreciation event Jud ended up writing an article and it was more than good enough to offer him a formal position on the team.To check out Jud’s heavily themed decklists mixed with artistic endeavours, check out his column Journey to Nowhere.
Site Aesthetic Engineer
Favorite Commanders: Barrin, Master Wizard
Other Games He Plays: Pokemon (Hardcore EV/IV Battling), Legend of Zelda, Starfox- everything that was made for an N64, and most things in the Nintendo Family.
Favorite Blocks: Kamigawa, Time Spiral, Lorwyn-Shadowmoor
Other Enterprises: The General Zone
TappedOut Handle: UncleLanddrops
Aaron found Commander salvation early in his Magic playing days after Vampire Nocturnus rotated out of Mono-Black Vamps, leaving him helpless against the already tough matchups of Jund, Jace, and Stoneforge Mystic. With his friends switching to EDH, looking to test their planeswalker mettle, and Aaron, looking to be the non-Lego equivalent of a Master Builder, or the Magic equivalent of Pokemon’s “The very best, like no one ever was,” he followed suit. It’s here that Aaron went from a clueless noob blaming a Starfox-inspired omnipotent being named Uncle Landdrops for burying his basics, to a seasoned, disciplined deckbuilder and student of the format with a blog called The General Zone, taking the name of the made-up character who’d been blamed for all his frustrations, and turning it into a place where he could help others develop their skills by creating better ways to understand his favorite Kitchen Table Sandbox format at every level, from the individual card, to the big picture theory.
Here on CommanderCast, Aaron is working mostly behind the scenes, knees-deep in HTML updating the site, and publishing articles for the weekly Strategy segment, where he can be seen constantly balancing his schizophrenic psychographic in long-winded sentences that begin in one paragraph and end in another. Though he mostly enjoys mono-colored decks, Aaron continues to push himself to innovate, to be better at every strategy, with every card, in any color, and loves Commander because it gives him the opportunity to not just play an intricate, tactical game, but also an excellent sandbox to create memorable and invaluable skills and experiences that transcend the cardboard, trading card game medium.
Eric AKA Grandpa Growth
Favorite Commander: Maelstrom Wanderer
Other Games I Play: Starcraft, Pokemon, Mario Kart
Steam ID: Ehg08
MTGO ID: Ehg08
Favorite Sets: Kamigawa Block, Rise of the Eldrazi
Other Enterprises: The General Zone, the cutthroat world of business
Eric came to Magic early on, just after the release of Ice Age. At times he was a competitive tournament player, and at others he stepped away from the game entirely, but he has been involved with the game in some form or another for most of his life. In 2008, he came back to the game for good, and after meeting Aaron (aka Uncle Landdrops) in college the two became fast friends. As the EDH craze swept the nation and eventually gave birth to Commander, Grandpa got swept up right along with it, first as a player, then later as a blogger and video producer.
As a weekly columnist for The General Zone, Grandpa has written hundreds of articles across the full spectrum of Magic topics: strategy, deck construction, social play, formats, testing, design, development, psychology, education, finance, and of course top secret tech.
These days he enjoys Magic at a mostly casual level, but his skills are still razor sharp. He enjoys Cube, Pauper, and of course Commander. He is excited to join the team here at CommanderCast and looks forward to continuing his various article series here on the site.