This entry is part 473 of 542 in the series CommanderCast

Hello everyone and welcome to CommanderCast Episode 435! This week Mark and Adam stuck in study hall and they go over some of new mechanics in Strixhaven! Time to learn up and get a grasp on what Ward and Magecraft do before the big test! While they’re at it, they also have to work a essay for or against the rule about how sideboards are treated in Commander. Then they have a to write a paper on the non-legendary cards in the new set they feel well be good to see in their next games.


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


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CommanderCast Episode 435

Posted: April 5, 2021








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Should we get to play with Wishes/sideboards in EDH?


Per Commander’s rules (Play rule #11): 

“Parts of abilities which bring other card(s) you own from outside the game into the game (such as Living Wish; Spawnsire of Ulamog; Karn, the Great Creator, [and, as Adam added, companion and learn]) do not function in Commander.”


Mark: Nay!


Adam: Yay!


Interstitial fodder: 

  • The Terror (AMC series on Hulu); see also The White Darkness about Henry Woolsey
  • Adam finally watched Fury Road
  • The Only Good Indians, by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Carter & Lovecraft, by Johnathan L. Howard




Strixhaven mechanics


Lessons (see our Community segment)



“Magecraft is an ability word that highlights triggered abilities that give you some sort of benefit whenever you cast—or copy—an instant or sorcery spell.”


“Ward is a triggered ability. Whenever a permanent with ward becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter that spell or ability unless that opponent pays whatever cost is after the word “ward.” That cost can be mana, life, or pretty much anything else that can be a cost. It’s important to note that any spell or ability controlled by an opponent can be affected by ward. This includes Aura spells, triggered abilities, and anything else that targets a permanent with ward. Spells and abilities that don’t target won’t cause ward to trigger, though.”


(Oh yeah, and more MDF cards.  Can I get a clear sleeve up in this spot?)




Strixhaven non-Legendary creatures that we think are O-K.





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