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Hello everyone and welcome to Commandercast Episode 189! We’re your weekly source for Community, Strategy, and Technology, hosted on and our homesite:! We’re recording this on February 26th, 2015. This week the gang is joined by two members of the long running Magic based podcast, The Mana Pool! We have Brian and Mike on to discuss… well things and stuff. Stuff Like Deck building methods, favorite cards that seem to always make it into our decks, and we even go over ideas for a listener’s deck based around a five color God theme.


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Commandercast Episode 189


Feb 26, 2015




Brian and Mike! ~ManaPool Co-hosts



Favorite Commanders This Week:


Brian – Alesha, Who Smiles at Death


Mike – Fumiko the Lowblood


Calvin – Brimaz, King of Oreskos


Clay – Brago, King Eternal


Mark – Daghatar the Adamant


William – Wydwen, the Biting Gale




Community Ban Poll


GP Cleveland March 14-15





Community: Listener deck help


Cory sent us a deck that he wants some feedback on! Since this is an episode about deck building, we figured we should use it as a segment!


The Deck




Mike: LANDS! Forty of ‘em – at least – in order to make your land drops. Also, drop those Borderposts.


Calvin: Replace the Borderposts with Signets, add some life gain to offset some of the costs. +1 Figure of Destiny.


Brian: LANDS! (round two): Add more, as well as more of the “any color” lands, such as City of Brass, Mirrodin’s Core, Transguild Promenade, etc. Maybe swap out the commander for Child of Alara? Quicksilver Amulet, Elvish Piper, Yisan, the Wandering Bard.


William: Maze’s End as an alternate win-con and some mana fixin’. Cut some of the Wrath, drill down on the Enchantress theme.


Mark: Opalescence, colorless mana ramp (Robo Elk, etc.).


Clay: Maybe ditch Karona, the False God?



Strategy:  General Deck Building Discussion


We’re going to have a conversation with Mike and Brian about deck building philosophies!


Brian: Inspiration comes from the Commander first. Commander’s theme is important, not just the colors it gives you access to. Commanders set the tone for the deck. “I’m always trying to find a good use for Possibility Storm that won’t make every at the table hate me.” “Big thing for me: every game is different.”


Tutors vs. Redundancy vs. Variance



Mana rocks vs. Mana dorks vs. Mana ramp spells


Uniformity in game play or Uniformity in deck building


Mike: The Commander itself always has something to do with the deck, but some moreso (Scion, Mimeoplasm, Kaalia) than others (Fumiko, Dakkon, Volrath).  I’m trying to either do powerful things every turn or find a “web” of synergies among different cards that make huge numbers start flying around. Prefer to ramp with lands first, then rocks, then dudes.




Calvin: Find a deck from a different format and convert it into a Commander deck. Or find a particular theme or a particular mechanic or keyword that I like to build around. Or ThunderCats.





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Clay: Start with a mechanical theme (for example: Kurkesh: artifact synergies, Brago: manifest). Power level? Competitive vs. Durdle-y. “I like things that are just as much fun to watch go off as they are to play.”



Technology:  Pet Cards


We’ll each pick 2-3 of our favorite pet cards


William – Sun Forger, Thada Adel, Acquisitor


Calvin – Basilisk Collar, Siege Gang Commander and friends


Mark – Steel Overseer, Champion of Lambholt


Clay – Mastery of the Unseen, Torpor Orb


Brian – Unexpected Results, Jace, Architect of Thought


Mike – Worn Powerstone, Urborg Uprising







Brian / Mike – Website: themanapool(dot)com // Email: dorks(at)themanapool(dot)com // twitter: (at)themanapool (99.9% of the time this is just Chewie) // Forums: cardshark(dot)freeforums(dot)org


William – Email: Commandercast(at)gmail(dot)com // twitter: (at)Commandercast


Calvin – Email: captainredzone(at)gmail(dot)com  // twitter: (at)CaptainRedZone


Clay – Twitter: (at)edhpanda // Reddit: /u/EDHPanda // Cockatrice: Remillo


Mark – Email: mahlerma(at)gmail(dot)com



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