This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Commanding on a Budget

 Posted by ‘BRIONNE’ aka ‘FORK OF DOOM’

Today’s episode of Commanding on a Budget features Karston’s Stonebrow, Krosan Hero deck. It was in a game play on the channel and since then we’ve received a lot of requests to do a deck tech for it.

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This entry is part 100 of 313 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS
Welcome to CommanderCast’s 100th episode!

Two years after some humble beginnings, we’ve reached this point. The audioscape adventure across the once-wild frontier of EDH has rumbled through all kinds of strange and exotic territories now, picking up and dropping off co-hosts, guests, and contributors as it’s moved. I’d like to think in it’s wake, the virtual caravan has left everyone changed in some way for the positive–more enlightened, more social, better at the game, but above all else entertained and informed.

For this special episode, I’ve assembled CommanderCast’s Centurions: a legion of guests and co-hosts from across the history of the show who have answered the call specifically for this feature. Together, twenty different voices will attack a broad range of subjects. There’s something for everyone in these nine topics, with as many viewpoints as I could squeeze in recording them over almost three months. I hope to take EDH players everywhere into 2013 with a really unique experience. It’s a long one, and there’s a lot in the show notes, so you might want to just sit back and enjoy this one to the fullest with this page at the ready for links and such. Also, there’s lots of ways to get in touch with the various people you’re hearing here. Don’t hesitate to do so to further the discussion.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the recording and production of the show! I know some of the times were a bit of a hassle so I appreciate all the Centurions putting in a little extra effort to be true Gs and make it to the recordings.

Show notes and pertinent links below. Enjoy.

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This entry is part 99 of 313 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS
Remember this?

this banner is still awesome

I sure do!

This week, we do a sort of throwback episode–a retrospective and whatnot. I am joined by Byron for this episode as the two of us went back to the origin of this whole audioscape adventure. I looked over the notes of S1E1 and transformed them into the show you see today, where we take a look back on many of the same topics as we discussed two years ago with the benefit of hindsight, talk about the future, and shout out some of our brothers in content production too.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a very special edition of CommanderCast, the biggest episode ever to kick off 2013!

Show notes and pertinent links below. Enjoy.

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This entry is part 98 of 313 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS
This is a podcast full of life lessons, emotional moments, dick jokes, and stirring discussion. It’s almost the most distilled form of Community, Strategy and Technology you can imagine: CommanderCast boiled down to it’s essence. I am pleased to be joined by four of CommanderCast’s longest-running staff members, Donovan, Carlos and Brionne for another round of podcasting goodness. This week, we delve into the usual mixed bag of topics and I am reminded what an excellent team I am lucky to be surrounded by (digitally, at least) on this project. This was a particularly fun show to produce as I felt if these guys had been sitting across the table from me in the real, it would have been exactly the same. Both in real life and in my online communities, this is a great time of year to be surrounded by your truest homies, even for somebody like myself who practices nothing and recognizes no dates on the calendar save Remembrance Day.

Results for the Season Eight Contest will be coming tomorrow, so be sure to keep CommanderCast in the scope even on Christmas day. With the help of PolishTamales, Brionne and the Circle of Judgment, we’re giving one of the best holiday gifts of all–a swagnificent proxy made up with super slick original art.

Show notes and pertinent links below. Enjoy.

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This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Wild Research

By PAT aka IRPOTENTIAL

Horde Magic is a spectacular variant of Magic. I might even say that it is my favorite format, if I can call it a format, to play. You can find the rules and article that kicked Horde Magic off here. The beauty of Horde Magic is that there are almost no deck construction limits or rules. There are suggestions like all Horde spells cannot be countered, but if your buddy only has a legacy deck and you only have a standard deck there is no reason you cannot team up to vanquish the Horde. I have also found there are almost never games where the players get mad or complain about how the game played out. When you lose to a player-less stack of cardboard, all of a sudden people seem to be alright with the idea of losing. In fact, I have frequently witnessed a desire to play again because they are sure they know how to beat the Horde next time. Any format that drives people to play it more when they lose is great!

Building a Horde is a similarly unique and interesting project. Most Horde decks revolve around tokens that share a theme. The origin of the format was a zombie Horde though you could equally build a Horde for any other tribe or theme. You could extend the idea of zombies to include all undead. This is more or less how my friends built the first tiered Horde deck. We thought the idea of a zombie Horde would be fun, so everyone grabbed all of their 2/2 zombie tokens. It turned out that between all of us we had 20-30 tokens, no where near the target 60 we were looking for. So we branched out and looked at what black creature tokens we had a lot of. We ended up deciding to use 1/1 regenerating skeletons, 2/2 zombies, and 5/5 flying demons. Between the three groups we had nearly 60 tokens with which to build the Horde. Originally we may have tried a game or two with all of the tokens shuffled together randomly, but quickly realized that a pair of demons on the Horde’s first turn was almost unbearable. Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 36 of 37 in the series Generally Speaking

By Imshan AKA Sinis

For the most part, I’ve left my personal life out of my articles; I like to write about groups that I’ve played with, decks I’ve tried and seen others play, and about individual cards more abstractly.  Today, we’ll shift off course a bit.  For the readers who don’t know me personally, I’m a father of two girls, ages four and one at the time of this writing.  My older daughter, Maggie, can read (though, not very quickly), likes games, dinosaurs and space (especially space travel, and celestial bodies).

After a few times watching myself, my wife and friends play Magic, Maggie decided that she wanted a Magic deck of her own, and it was only natural for me to want to build her a Commander deck, themed around dinosaurs.  Young children, of course, only have the vaguest of notions concerning formats, creature subtypes and the like, so the project was as much my own desire to see her happy with one of my hobbies as it was for Maggie to have a deck she could play with.  Of course, the problems with creating a dinosaur-themed deck for a child are numerous, and we didn’t quite reach the finish line as a result. Read the rest of this entry »