This entry is part 471 of 542 in the series CommanderCast

Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 433! This week Mark and Adam bending the rules of Magic into a new shape with Spellshapers! Spellshapers are creature cards that have abilities that are mirror images of other well-known spells that you know. We’re talking creatures with effects that are like Wrath of God and wheel effects. But first the guys are going to discuss a recent video from The Professor about deck power levels. In this modern day of Magic, do Commander decks actually have a power level anymore or are they just different versions of play styles? Can a commander dick now be more powerful just because it plays away the other people are not used to or don’t want to play against? Also in Strategy, the guys want to see if they can make self discard work in Commander?


All that, plus our usual interstitial fodder, and all you have to do is Click the IB!!!


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CommanderCast Episode 433

Posted: March 22, 2021








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We discuss the Prof’s “It’s Time To Move On From Commander Power Levels


Discussion points:

  • It’s about the game, not the decks
  • “How long do we want to play?”
  • “Are we playing to win or to socialize?”
  • “What don’t we like to play against?”
  • Pick a deck for the table, not just the game
  • Have a post-game debrief


Interstitial fodder: 

  • Ex-Heroes series, by Peter Clines
  • Dazed and Confused rewatch
  • New Mutants Special Edition #1
  • Fun with air fryers!




Making self-discard work




“Discard a card” activated abilities:


Hellbent cards




Recursion – the real way to win here






Known quantities:


Corner-case, niche stuff:


Personal faves:




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And a big thanks to everyone here at the CommanderCast Network. We’ll see you next week with more community, strategy, and technology. Until then, LET’S GET IT!

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