This entry is part 81 of 538 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS
As the CommanderCast staff roll grows uncontrollably, I like to try and get everyone on that list to pop onto the show at some point. It gives you an idea of who’s talking to you in articles, videos, or even some perspective on the brother editing your show and such. This week, we have the podcast debut of my man Mightily_Oats aka Mike. Known as an all-around moneymaker, Photoshop boss, and the author of the now-infamous Cooking With Oats series of articles, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Mike’s voice is way better than my own for radio purposes. I’m sure you guys remember that homeless dude everyone was making a big deal out of for his voice. Imagine that, but instead of being homeless he’s a millionaire in a sweet-ass mansion/compound with a golf course held up by helicopters and you’ve got Mike.

I also have William (you know, Mr. Savor That Commander Flavor) providing the voice of the flavour nerds, Sean giving us the alcohol nerd perspective, and myself holding things down for all the nerds with nothing better to do than talk into a microphone and distribute it out there. The four of us internet fist-bump before delving further into the audioscape adventure of CommanderCast to discuss the value of EDH as a hobby, being the influential lame duck in a game, and then some matching pairs of generals and non-Legend cards.

Show notes and pertinent links below. Enjoy.


00:00 to 03:52: Introduction: HOLY SHIT PODCAST


04:03 to 24:33: Financial Analysis: Hobbies are expensive. Some more that others. Where does Commander sit on that sort of ‘value’ spectrum? In this segment we compare the worth of investing money into Commander versus other recreational activities, such as watching movies, crack, videogames, and so on. Each host discusses one of the hobbies they enjoy and how it stacks up to EDH monetarily.


24:48 to 34:40: The Megazord Principle: Will has proposed the ‘Megazord Principle’, where you try to have a couple of sort of ‘sub-Commanders’ to help back up the primary general when they fall down. For example, your main lady Kemba, Kha Regent gets tucked into your deck. All your cats are like “oh noes”. Then, from your hand: “Don’t worry son, I got this!” shouts Raksha Golden Cub as he leaps onto the battlefield. In this topic we all discuss the idea behind providing backup Commanders–sort of a ‘plan A2’ instead of a ‘plan B’ if something goes wrong with the original Commander.

34:53 to 47:30: The Spoiler: When the chips are down, sometimes you’re really backed into a corner and you might not win. But, because of the design of Magic, a player who has little if any chance of winning a game can have an enormous influence on who WILL win. What do you do? How do you handle this surprising responsibility? What are the ways you can try to turn the tide, and even if you can’t, what’s an appropriate way to behave in a meta-strategy perspective?


47:41 to 1:09:01: Matching Pairs: My man Andrew emailed me and he was like “hey mang y’all need to talk bout some Commanders that got like a main bro card a la Godo, Bandit Warlord and Argentum Armor.” I was like “yo deffo playboy” so here’s the segment. Sometimes it feels like Commanders have cards that are just meant for them, either by design or coincidence. This week we each bring up a Commander, and then we provide extra cards that pair up especially nicely with that Legend.

Mike says Grimgrin, Corpse-Born is paired up with Umbral Mantle, Sean suggesting Grave Titan and William with a bonus in Gravecrawler.

Andy says Vela the Night-Clad is all about Tombstone Stairwell, and Mike adds Deadeye Navigator to the mix.

Sean says Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker matches up with Thornbite Staff, and Will puts Zealous Conscripts in the same category.

Will matched Olivia Voldaren up with Fists of the Demigod, and Andy says she’d love Scythe of the Wretched. Sean adds Kulrath Knight as a bonus.


1:09:14 to closing: Outtro: Thanks for listening!


  • Andy: E-Mail: CommanderCast(at)gmail(dot)com // Twitter: (at)CommanderCast
  • William: E-Mail: wiehernandez(at)gmail(dot)com // Twitter: (at)blueram1409
  • Sean: E-Mail: swordstoplow(at)gmail(dot)com // Twitter: (at)swordstoplow
  • Mike: E-Mail: mike.r.workman(at)gmail(dot)com
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