This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFedWeapon

Political power grows out the barrel of a gun.
– Mao Tse Tung

 

When I play Mono-Black in EDH, it is almost invariably a control strategy – MBC (mono-black control).  As such, I take the political leanings of Chairman Mao to heart when helming the deck.  I’ve said it in this series before – Mono-Black decks should take what I have coined the ‘boots on neck’ style of politics; once you make your move you use absolute brute force to subdue your opponents.  The politics is less about dividing and conquering or hanging back until you can take the lead, but rather fueling out threat after threat until your opponents cannot answer them anymore and the game spirals out of control for them.  This typically means ramping and taking your lumps early, but then stabilizing with a board wipe or some other control piece and growing a position of dominance from there based upon what your deck and commander does.  One of Black’s main strengths is ramp, so it almost always entails getting ahead on mana to power out your board presence.  You never take your boot off of your opponent’s neck once you put it there.

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This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series No-Show Monday

 

An appropriate metaphor in my opinion.

 

Lord, what a week this was.  In every sense it’s possible to mean this: I’m glad it’s over. (I also solemnly swear to never say another bad word about Pennsylvania as long as I live).

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This entry is part 18 of 19 in the series No-Show Monday

 

Me, in the wake of Double Masters spoilers (and also vacation)

 

Hey y’all, there’s no show this week because I was very busy lounging around on vacation and that left me no time to record.  You know, it takes a long time to blow through all this crazy podcast money I’m making over here and let’s be honest: all that bling isn’t going to spend itself, right?

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This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Power of the Dark Side

By Phil, AKA BeltFedWeapon

True power is achieved through blood and sweat. But mostly blood. -Vampiric Tutor

Part X: Paying Life

 

One of the best indicators to separate out novice magic players from those that have more experience is to gauge a player’s reaction when a Black card requires its caster to pay life.  Newer players tend to value their life as sacrosanct – something that should not be lost and is a measure of if you are winning or not.  More experienced players have realized that your life total is a resource to be used, just like the cards in your hand, graveyard, and in play.  True connoisseurs of Black think: “I’m at 3 life?  No problem, I can still cast my Sign in Blood to draw two cards.”

 

While Black’s strength in having the best tutors is obvious, its strength in being the best color at exploiting your life as a resource is far less so.  With the recent printing of so many very good Black cards that revolve around paying life, it behooves me to give the topic the full treatment.

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Off-Week/The Big 4-0-0 PSA

February 11, 2020

This entry is part 17 of 19 in the series No-Show Monday

Hey everyone and welcome to what is definitely not your regular, weekly CommanderCast episode! 

 

Adam was out of town this week, and as you’ve probably guessed by lateness of this post, I’m a little under the weather, so unfortunately you’ll have to wait another week for more Community, Strategy, and Technology.

 

But, as long as I’ve got you here, I do have two quick announcements for you:

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This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series No-Show Monday

Spoiler season, why aren’t you more exciting?

 

I’m actually more excited about spoiler season than her Majesty’s scowl might suggest, but I’m not over the moon about this new set yet.  By way of explanation, let us consider some of the new commanders we’re getting this spoiler season:

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