This entry is part 31 of 538 in the series CommanderCast
Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS
The most sinister of mono-coloured strategies is on the horizon, blotting out the sun and with it, the other colours. This week CommanderCast is examining mono-Black strategies in EDH in strategy with a heaping helping of mono-black Technology to follow it up. I have Donovan and Adam (returning from an adventure, and having gained SEVERAL levels) joining me in welcoming our guest Don, who is in Japan and plays pretty much only mono-B decks. It seemed sensible to have him contribute to the show.

If you are reading this, then you are no longer entitled to enter the Season 3 Contest. Put your sharpies down. We’ll be doing a Circle of Judgment soon and should be announcing the winner in Episode 9 of the season. I would like to thank everyone who contributed as I personally received many larfs looking over these cards. The winner will be getting the hookup from my man Derfington, with the runner-ups getting a Stoneforge Mystic apiece.

Show notes and pertinent links below. Enjoy.



00:00 to 03:22: Intro: Introducing the podcast, your hosts, and a brief rundown of podcast news for the week.


03:30 to 14:17: Free-For-All Roundtable: Diversity vs Power: Some cards almost single-handed enable an entire archetype, and as a result becomes obnoxiously ubiquitous. Would you rather see some of these cards removed from the format to promote diversity, or do you think the damage they do to the archetypes losing them wouldn’t be worth it?

14:28 to 35:17: Leaning on Your Group: If a group is established and comfortable, playing along certain lines or using some cards can be pretty abrasive, but can also promote change. Poison, land destruction, colour hosers, and other cards or deck types can warp metagames in new directions. Is this good or bad? How do you draw the line between trying to invoke change, and griefing for the sake of it? How can you approach this tastefully?


35:30 to 1:02:55: Mono-Black: The most evil, and definitely one of the most powerful colours in Commander is being examined. Mono-black decks have a lot of strengths some easily identifiable weaknesses, and maybe some angles you have never considered. Join us as we look to the darkness to satisfy our LUST FOR POWAR.


1:03:06 to 1:17:40: Mono-Black Technology: Following up the mono-black strategy, we’re putting some solid mono-black cards in the scope for your pleasure.

Donovan’s Picks:
Replay in Kind, Doomsday
Don’s Picks:
Dark Ritual, Xaihou-Dun, the One-Eyed
Andy’s Picks:
Nightmare Incursion, Words of Waste
Adam’s Picks:
Void Maw, Mire’s Toll

1:17:52 to 1:38:11: Secret Tech: Don Edition: Continuing up the mana curve, we find ourselves needing some two-mana favourites. Like the one-drops, these two-mana spells need to be pretty strong to be bothered with in EDH… but we’ve got some solid suggestions here.

Common: Befoul, Brainspoil, Grim Discovery
Uncommon: Withering Boon, Shrouded Lore, Fleshwrither
Rare: Imp’s Mischief, Sudden Spoiling, Phage the Untouchable

1:38:22 to closing: Outtro.
  • General show contact/Andy: E-mail CommanderCast(at)gmail(dot)com / Twitter @CommanderCast
  • To Contact Donovan: E-mail donokun(at)gmail(dot)com / Twitter @d0su
  • To Contact Adam: E-Mail adnelso(at)gmail(dot)com / Twitter @magicfugu
  • To Contact Don: E-Mail the.don.kimball(at)gmail(dot)com
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