This entry is part 19 of 537 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS

Andy, Adam, Jeremiah and Carlos charge into your ears this week in another very special episode of CommanderCast. We’ve got a diverse range of subjects this week so I hope you like variety (or at least as much as a super narrowly-focused podcast can muster up). This week Adam moves from a logical continuation of discussing his theory on overhyped value engines to a new Pressure Decks archetype discussion; Carlos is starting a NEW deckbuilding challenge akin to the $30 Wrexial Challenge from last season; and Jeremiah is getting us all rich with his league setups. We’ve got a new listener-suggested segment premiering featuring the one and only Ib Halfheart. Even I am bringing something to the table in a rare twist of fate championing Treasure Mage (SCIENCE!) over Trinket Mage.

Our episode this week continues the trend of being pre-recorded from a while ago, so I hope nobody is offended by this.

Show notes and pertinent links below. Enjoy.


00:00 to 02:01: Intro: Meet the goon squad.

02:19 to 21:00: League Setups: In a frequently requested segment, Andy and Jeremiah both discuss their Leagues. Jeremiah uses an achievement-based system to provide players with points, and Andy’s system is just a big old filthy brawl with the last man standing getting the most points. How do you run it? How do you set them up? What kind of consideration should prizes receive? All this and more in this segment.

21:19 to 22:51: Deckbuilding Challenge: Carlos is known for beating any given deckbuilding suggestion into submission, then training it into a nightmarish beast of biblical proportions that he uses to make tables cry. He’s basically the Beastbreaker of Bala Ged of EDH deckbuilding (he might wear a shirt more often, I don’t know… frankly, I don’t want to know). But he’s bored of conquering the shit out of everything else so he needs a new challenge.

This involves multiple stages of voting on restrictions to give Carlos a challenging template to build a deck over. See the upper-left hand corner of the CommanderCast site to vote on the first phase of restriction! In two weeks, a new poll and set of restrictions will appear. After three rounds of voting, Carlos will unleash the deck upon the world in the season finale.

23:11 to 42:20: Strategy: Archetype Rundown: Pressure Decks: Adam is continuing to hit played-out value-engine decks with Van Damme spin kicks, and this week he shows you how to do your own sweet spin kick without pulling your groin. Pressure Decks are an archetype him and I have both been working on to combat these rampant “play Magic forever” types of decks. This week he tells you how to play them, and why. Card advantage whores need not apply.42:38 to 49:58: Strategy: Legendary Plays: This week, Adam’s mono-black deck gets control of a Palinchron and a guy gives Carlos a Niv-Mizzet deck for some incomprehensible reason. Guess how these stories end?50:03 to 62:05: Technology: Entourage: Ib Halfheart: A new listener-suggested segment (first from Levi, then Tide Spout Elliot), in Entourages we take suggestions for less-played Legendary creatures and construct something of a skeleton around them to serve as the foundation of a deck. We each provide suggestions on cards that you can use as a starting point. For our test flight of the segment, we’re doing Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician. This segment goes from being kind of a joke into some pretty serious business.Andy’s Picks: Invasion Plans, Repercussion
Adam’s Picks: Shivan Harvest, Mana Echoes
Jeremiah’s Picks: Confusion In the Ranks, Vicious Shadows
Carlos’ Picks: Furnace Celebration, Shared Animosity

62:20 to 70:44: Technology: Trinket Mage vs Treasure Mage: Twins, separated at birth, both drawn to (or adept at finding) artifacts, Trinket Mage was raised and cuddled by EDH players everywhere as a virtual second copy of SDT and Sol Ring. But a new challenger approaches riding a dragon OF SCIENCE. Treasure Mage is Trinket Mage’s bad-ass brother who just got out of jail, and now it’s HIS TIME TO SHINE. We try to tell you why you should give this new guy a chance, compare him to Trinket Mage, and some other stuff.

71:01 to closing: Outtro.

  • General show contact/E-Mail Andy: CommanderCast(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To E-Mail Carlos: cag5358(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To E-Mail Jeremiah: jeremiah(at)s1group(dot)com
  • To E-Mail Adam: adnelso(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To Tweet Andy: (at)CommanderCast on Twitter
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