This entry is part 397 of 542 in the series CommanderCast

Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 373! This week Mark and Adam are are populating like rabbits with a discussion on playing with Populate in Commander! but first, the guys have a quick community talk about MTG finance . Plus some twisted talk about M. Night.

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CommanderCast Episode 373

Posted: Sept 2, 2019








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Should you sell off your old cards?

  • In a word: NO


  • Unless you’re taking advantage of a ridiculous spike in the market of non-reserved list cards, ala Godsire right now.


**Not worth reading: “Should You Sell Your Old Magic Cards? – 5 Pros and 5 Cons


Also ran: I think we could start a Patreon to get Adam into a pair of these.




Populate strategies (aka Godsire, VINDICATED!!)


701.29. Populate

  • 701.29a To populate means to choose a creature token you control and create a token that’s a copy of that creature token.


  • 701.29b If you control no creature tokens when instructed to populate, you won’t create a token.



  • You can choose any creature token you control. If a spell or ability puts a token onto the battlefield under your control and then instructs you to populate (as Coursers’ Accord does), you may choose to copy the token you just created, or you may choose to copy another creature token you control.
  • If you choose to copy a creature token that’s a copy of another creature, the new creature token will copy the characteristics of whatever the original token is copying.
  • The new creature token copies the characteristics of the original token as stated by the effect that put the original token onto the battlefield.
  • The new token doesn’t copy whether the original token is tapped or untapped, whether it has any counters on it or Auras and Equipment attached to it, or any noncopy effects that have changed its power, toughness, color, and so on.
  • Any “as [this creature] enters the battlefield” or “[this creature] enters the battlefield with” abilities of the new token will work.
  • If you control no creature tokens when you populate, nothing will happen.



  • Tacked on mechanic can add to board presence while doing other things
  • More tokens = better



  • Need something to populate, useless on a dead board
  • Needs additional support to be viable
  • Not worth a card on its own 🙁




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