This entry is part 452 of 542 in the series CommanderCast

Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 418! This week Mark and Adam are getting ready for the new cards from Commander Legends! Spoilers are back and we’re going deep with a ton of new cards! Legendary creatures, with and without Partner, new cards, reprints, and a whole lot more! But first, has WotC lost it in the creativity department? Find out if the guys think the WotC tab have finally jumped the shark.


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CommanderCast Episode 418

Posted: November 2, 2020








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Has WotC Officially Jumped the Shark?



*The Professor & Pleasant Kenobi’s hot takes on Commander Legends.

*Worth reading: “Tracing the Spark of Creative Problem-Solving,” by Benedict Carey


    • The solution to a puzzle is only one part of the allure of puzzles. Brain imagery shows that the mental state of preparing to tackle a puzzle is “strongly correlated with positive moods.” 
  • My note: sounds like the allure of deckbuilding to me.
    • Likewise, being in a good mood can widen your attention and lead to more success and leaps of sudden insight that can help you solve a puzzle.
    • “The very idea of doing a… puzzle typically shifts the brain into an open, playful state that is itself a pleasing escape… And that escape is all the more tantalizing for being incomplete.”
  • My note: this is the problem with “obvious” design in Magic.
  • “Unlike the cryptic social and professional mazes of real life, puzzles are reassuringly soluble; but like any serious problem, they require more than mere intellect to crack.”
  • “‘It’s all about you, using your own mind, without any method or schema, to restore order from chaos,’ Dr. Danesi said. ‘And once you have, you can sit back and say, ‘Hey, the rest of my life may be a disaster, but at least I have a solution.’”


Interstitial fodder: 

  • Mr. Holland from Mr. Holland’s Opus was a creeper.
  • Unintentional horror comedies
    • It, Chapter 2 was funnier than it was scary.
  • Age of Calamity
  • Halloween music is lacking




A smattering of new commanders (so far) in Commander Legends






Other cards we’re hyped about from Commander Legends 








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