This entry is part 368 of 542 in the series CommanderCast

Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 344! This week Mark and Adam are back and eat to talk about some topics sent in by a fan of the show. Starting with their view on what a good win rate would be in Commander, followed by some fun to play against commanders, and ended with a discussion on what cards are so good you don’t play them.

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CommanderCast Episode 344

Posted: January 21, 2018








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What win rate is a reasonable target in multiplayer Commander?


  • How does it affect a playgroup when one player is seriously dedicated to maximizing their winrate?
  • How important is it to assemble a playgroup with a common approach to the game and how valuable is it to bring in players with different approaches to the game?
  • Is there ever a situation where you throw a game and if so – what might prompt you to do so?
  • Is there a way to play in a competitive manner, dominating play and having a win rate that is higher than average but also be the kind of player that folks really enjoy having at the table?
  • Are there ways to be able to have your cake and eat it too, by which I mean have and play a cEDH deck in a meta that might not really be up to that level of play, and yet still have a healthy playgroup with folks who enjoy playing with you and look forward to your play sessions?




Most fun commanders to play against?  What constitutes a “fun” play experience for your opponents but still gives you a fighting chance to win?


  • What role does “fun” play in relation to how you approach maintaining a competitive balance in your playgroup?
  • Why would you ever tone down a deck and make it less competitive if the goal of the game is to win?
  • Is the goal of the game actually to win, is it really something else or can it be something different for different players?


Examples of fun commanders to play against: (And what makes these commanders “fun” to play against?)








Are there cards you simply won’t play because the competitive advantage they might give you is too great?



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