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Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 411! This week Mark and Adam are getting down and dirty with the stickiest of the icky creatures in the game. This week’s episode is going to ooze all over you… But first, Mark Rosewater has dropped a few hints as to what’s to come in Zendikar Rising! So you know the guys had to take a crack at the codes Maro is laying down.

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CommanderCast Episode 411

Posted: August 31, 2020








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MaRo’s Blogatog Zendikar teaser:


  • “A white creature that can make an opponent lose the game simply by attacking them no matter how much life they have
  • A multicolor creature that lets you repeatedly reanimate permanents out of your opponent’s graveyard for no mana
  • Three creatures with five creature types
  • An artifact granting +2/+2 to a subset of creatures that first appeared in Alpha
  • X being used for a variable it’s never been used for before
  • a 6/6 artifact creature that costs 3 and a 7/5 artifact creature that can cost 3
  • The return of four mana symbols that have each only ever been used on two cards before
  • Lands that come with a choice you’ve never had before
  • Targeted enchantment removal in black
  • A red/white creature with a line of rules text that starts with “Whenever” and ends with “draw a card”
  • A card with three different activated abilities that all copy something


Here are snippets of rules text, you’ll see:


  • “three plus”
  • “different converted mana cost X or less”
  • “equal to 20 minus”
  • “Cowards can’t block Warriors”
  • “don’t lose unspent red mana”
  • “twice the number of equipment”
  • “If it’s the third time”


And finally, here are some creature type lines you’ll see:


  • Mouse

  • Leviathan Crab

  • Shapeshifter Rogue

  • Demon Cleric

  • Wurm Horror

  • Hydra Horror

  • Cat Horror

  • Angel Wizard”


Interstitial fodder: 

  • Forty years later, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is still an ungodly mess of a film.
  • Marvel Dark Ages
  • Best Final Fantasy game to start on for young people
  • Zendikar Rising spoilers



Much like this film, Ooze tribal sounds better in theory than it is in reality.


Ooze tribal = viable?





  • Go wide tokens


  • Reanimator




All the hot Ooze tech you never knew you wanted (must…not…make…obvious…joke…)





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


Adam – (at)squire9999


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