This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

by Judson AKA GUDoug

GUDoug

Hi my name is Judson, AKA GUDoug, and I am a “Wildly Successful” token master.  Any deck can make a token or two without blowing out an o-ring, especially when using perennial candidate for “greens best finisher” Avenger of Zendikar.  So does playing that card make a deck a token deck?  I don’t think anyone would jump to that conclusion…unless you are a registered token offender, then any token made suddenly classifies your deck a token deck.  As a registered token offender you have to go door to door visiting each local game store in your area and let them know you abuse non-card permanents in-game.  Unofficially I have assumed the mantle of CommanderCast’s token “Token Guy” (S7E13) and I have a statement that I would like everyone to know, “I don’t always play tokens but when I do you will know it.”  Tokens often get the stink eye from other players, and are not viewed as a difficult strategy to play.  Playing tokens isn’t just attacking, it can be just as planning and manipulating as most strategies. Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Journey to Nowhere

by Judson AKA GUDoug

GUDougDisclaimer:  At the end of May 2012 CommanderCast was blitzkrieged by an all out assault that everyone involved in the podcast and website had never seen before.  Within the span of three days on one especially burned out week the website was attacked in a dual strike by one Mike AKA ‘Mightily Oats,’ leaving a smoldering crater filled with market fresh entertainment, choice cuts of meaty cards, and Photoshopped delicacies, all steeped in two mind boggling articles good enough to steam your grandma’s undies.  It was for all intents and purposes an unheralded double tap to the head the likes of which we will never see again.  The series ‘Cooking With Oats’ showcased a new great talent to the CommanderCast lineup and punched everyone in the yambags with a innovative new spin on writing EDH articles (Click this to read the ‘Cooking With Oats’ back catalog).  I remember reading the first ‘Cooking With Oats’ and basically realizing that this guy, whoever he was, was putting everything into his articles that I wanted to but had never found a way to do so.  Mike’s articles were full of humor, bizarre non-EDH stories that tied into EDH decks at the end, and were all impeccably well written.  Having done a fair amount of comedy writing in my college days, I had always wished for a way to include that more into articles but struggled to do, and this Mightily Oats just seemed to ooze everything that I wanted in my writing.  Every other week I looked forward to seeing what unpredictably insane situation Oats would be in and how it would all tie up nicely with a big bow at the end.  So with Mike’s permission and blessing I wrote an Oats-esque article and had a blast doing so.  The experience was very liberating and actually one of the most effortless articles I have written.  While I would never want to steal Mike’s style I really wanted to give his article archetype a try, so be prepared as this isn’t going to be anything close to your usual Judson AKA GUDoug article.  I know that this probably won’t appeal to everyone but I encourage you to sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. Read the rest of this entry »