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Hello everyone and welcome to the real CommanderCast Episode 282! We’re your weekly source for Community, Strategy, and Technology, hosted on and our homesite:! This week Mark and Adam are going old school. Prepare for some grumpy old man talk and get ready to get off some grass as they go over such classic tells from a time long ago about when you could play for cards, worlds could be enchanted, and you had to watch your flanks. You know, the good old days when Magic players had to work for the win.

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CommanderCast Episode 282

Posted: May 8, 2017








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Follow up from last week’s bitching about the ban list:




What’s your favorite aspect of Magic’s history?


Worth listening: Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, ep. 252: The History of Magic: The Gathering, where author Titus Chalk discusses his new book Generation Decks: The Unofficial History of Gaming Phenomenon Magic: The Gathering.


Not our favorite part: parents thought the cards were going to steal our souls.

Guard your souls! WotC’s coming to take ’em away kids!


Have to mention playing for ante


Had to learn cards from back then were outclassed


Rediscovering old, weird cards in a modern context (ex: Wood Elemental in Titania decks, Eater of the Dead in Phenax)


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  • Large deck boxes
  • Bags of beads

League play

  • Arena league

New formats

  • Emperor
  • Star
  • EDH
  • Vanguard






Old school mechanics that are still somewhat useful in Commander

  • Color hate
  • Landwalk
  • Shadow (so O.P. they printed a Circle of Protection for it).
  • Enchant world
  • Phasing




Favorite old-school tech

Adam’s – All hallow’s eve, apprentice wizard, bazaar of baghdad, blood moon, candelabra of tawnos, darkness, demonic hordes, desert twister, dust to dust, fissure, force field, goblin wizard, gravity sphere, guardian beast, halfdane[/card], [card]homarid spawning bed, illusory mask, in the eye of chaos, jabari’s influence, koskun falls, land equilibrium, nether void, null chamber, oubliette, psychic blast, reset, rukh egg, sengir autocrat, serpent generator, stasis, tawnos’s coffin, timetwister, titania’s song, vesuvan doppelganger, willow satyr, worms of the earth


Mark’s –  Rasputin Dreamweaver, Hell’s Caretaker, Greed/Book of Rass




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