This entry is part 22 of 538 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS


This week on CommanderCast Andy is BRINGING THE INFORMATIONS with Adam and Donovan. Providing us with fierce backup we have Bennie Smith, who started writing about Magic like a week before the Big Bang or something. This week he has decided to grace our podcast with his presence. To investigate Bennie’s body of work, one need go no further than, where his long history of authorship is chronicled (they’re still translating some of the stuff he wrote on animal skins with his own blood… this is metal). He is the best advocate for Commander as a format on one of Magic’s biggest websites, and that’s a pretty big deal.
Show notes and pertinent links below. Enjoy.


00:00 to 04:27: Intro: We are introducing ourselves, providing a bit of a preview to the Mid-Week Update, and a reminder about the contest.

04:35 to 14:49: Community: Free-For-All Roundtable: Hermit Druid: Recently there’s been some debate on the bannability of Hermit Druid. As is our up-to-the-second nature at CommanderCast, we’re debating the topic. Carlos will probably strangle me for not putting him on this one but whatever, I don’t need air to live.


15:00 to 30:21:¬†Community: Sideboards: As per Bennie’s recent article, this week we’re looking at the optional Sideboard rule in Commander. The ten-card sideboard has been an optional rule on the books for a long time, but it’s super rare to see in play. So what’s the deal? We’re giving a general discussion on the topic; why use sideboards, what is their purpose, and how do they change your games?

30:34 to 31:53: Deckbuilding Challenge: Phase 3: We’ve got our number of colours and $40 limit. Now, we’re picking our colours. Scope the upper-left corner for our poll. What will Carlos do? The suspense is making me vomit!

32:06 to 33:38: Community Spotlight: BelcherSucks: This is a site run by my man John, who produces some quality material on Commander. He updates about once a month. Topics are generally awesome, and the articles are very high-content. It deserves a look. Please follow the link.


33:51 to 52:23: Alt. Format Strategy: Star: Star is an interesting five-person format that when applied to EDH, has some significant ramifications in terms of what strategies are improved, which become worse, and how you are going to apply politics to the game. If you have any interest following this segment please give Star a try, it might be the format for you. This is just an introduction,

52:30 to 1:12:06: Strategy: ‘That Guy’ Status: We’ve all read complaints about ‘That Guy’ in EDH; the guy who wins too many games, the guy whose decks are all disproportionately expensive, the guy who talks like he’s the greatest thing to happen to Magic since Chaos Orb. When you are ‘That Guy’, what are the strategy ramifications? How can you use it to your advantage? How do you pass on the ‘That Guy’ belt if you need to lose it?

1:12:18 to 1:26:20: Entourage: Chisei, Heart of Oceans: The Ib Halfheart nation was born with our last Technology segment. Given it’s wild success, it only seemed to make sense to do another one. We have a real turd this week with Chisei, Heart of Oceans. Can we build a worthwhile skeleton around this thing? Listen and find out.

Adam’s Picks: Mesmeric Trance, Dreams of the Dead (addendum Glamerdye)
Andy’s Picks: Paradox Haze, Glacial Chasm
Donovan’s Picks: Decree of Silence, Glen Elendra Archmage
Bennie’s Picks: Snowfall, Strata Scythe¬†

If you want more Entourages, please send us in some more sub-par Generals, we’d love to see what else we can pull off!


1:26:34 to 1:49:01: Technology: Bad Cards We Love: Everyone has pet cards. sometimes these are not ideal pets, but we love them despite their flaws, like a dog that refuses to do anything you ask it to do, or a bird that won’t stop pooping on your head (less likely). These cards are the MtG equivalent.

Bennie’s Picks: Ice Cauldron, Hellcarver Demon
Andy’s Picks: Menacing Ogre, Bullwhip
Adam’s Picks: Stone Idol Trap, Overtaker
Donovan’s Picks: Demonic Consultation, Giant Shark

1:49:16 to closing: Outtro.


  • General show contact/E-Mail Andy: CommanderCast(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To E-Mail Adam: adnelso(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To E-Mail Donovan: donokun(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To E-Mail Bennie: starcitygeezer(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To Tweet Andy: (at)CommanderCast on Twitter
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