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Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 375! This week Mark and Adam are bringing discussions with a discussion on playing with Flashback in Commander! but first, the guys have a quick community talk about some of the new cards showing up in the next set, Throne of Eldraine! Plus some talk about how funny it is to see a CGI guy do flips in Titanic.

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CommanderCast Episode 375

Posted: Sept 16, 2019








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More Throne of Eldraine spoilerz


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  • Why do we need trailers for Magic sets?
  • Do we care that there won’t be rare dual lands in this set?




Flashback strategies 


702.33. Flashback

  • 702.33a Flashback appears on some instants and sorceries. It represents two static abilities: one that functions while the card is in a player’s graveyard and another that functions while the card is on the stack. “Flashback [cost]” means “You may cast this card from your graveyard by paying [cost] rather than paying its mana cost” and “If the flashback cost was paid, exile this card instead of putting it anywhere else any time it would leave the stack.” Casting a spell using its flashback ability follows the rules for paying alternative costs in rules 601.2b and 601.2f–h.


  • You must still follow any timing restrictions, including those based on the card’s type. You can only cast a sorcery using flashback when you could normally cast a sorcery. Likewise, when an instant (with flashback) is sent to the graveyard, that player may cast it from the graveyard once more during their opponent’s turn.
  • Casting a spell using flashback doesn’t change the mana cost (or converted mana cost) of the spell. You just pay the flashback cost instead.
  • Effects that cause you to pay more or less when casting a spell will also affect what you pay when casting the spell using flashback.
  • A spell cast using flashback will always be exiled afterward, whether it resolves, it’s countered, or it leaves the stack in some other way.



  • Value!!
  • Occasionally cheaper Flashback costs 


  • Flashback cost is usually higher
  • Gets exiled after being flashed back
  • Small number of cards that grant Flashback
  • Other players don’t appreciate it when you do the Wayne’s World “diddly-do, diddly-do” dream sequence sounds whenever you cast a spell with flashback.





Flashback-friendly Commanders





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