This entry is part 105 of 538 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by William aka BlueRam

 Another week, another podcast about cardboard wizards, legendary dragons, and the futuristic voodoo that we do so well. This week, we’re introducing the next generation of Commandercast volunteers by having Chris and Nole join me for initiation to the world of podcasting.

Both of these boys have done me proud so far, and I’m real proud of how they’ve contributed to the website so far. Check out their columns “Massive Art Attack” and “The Contract from Below” I'm not ashamed of this at all.

As always, shownotes, links, and download link are below.







….and no, I’m not ashamed of this picture at all.
















00:00 to 05:01: Introductions:

Recorded on: Feb. 13, 2013

Favorite Commanders:

Link to the Season 9 Contest
Link to our ‘Help Wanted’ post


05:24 to 17:12: The Future of Commander – Chris’s topic has us looking five years down the road as we predict and speculate on what the future of Commander holds. Will the people who got in with the precons filter out, or will the new decks keep people coming in? Will the format be taken over by try hards and legacy drop outs, or are casuals going to keep the format going strong?


17:42 to 34:35: The Ripple Effect – Recently, Wizards has been pushing the power on Auras to help them see play in formats like limited and standard. This has had an interesting effect in Commander by giving players some new (and inexpensive) tools to use. In what other ways can you think of other formats affecting Commander and vica versa?


35:17 to 47:51: One Way or the Hightway – Recently, I got into a debate with my friend Ronnie about the “proper” way to build my Ruhan deck. He argued that the only way to make Ruhan good was to play voltron. I argued that you can play a strong control deck and use him as a finisher. He was pretty skeptical and we went back and forth. We had similar issues when discussing how to build Maelstrom Wanderer. We’ve already talked about an “optimal commander”, but what about an optimal build for a specific commander? Does such a thing exist?
48:23 to 1:14:44: Retro Cycle Review: Invasion Dragon – Each of the Invasion dragons came during an age where there wasn’t much in terms of playable tri-colored legends. Each one is still iconic in their own way (I still see Rith decks for example). We’re going to discuss each card individually before ranking them (and I will shiv EVERYONE who forgets that Rith and Treva are GIRL dragons, I swear).

1:15:13 to 1:37:11: Origin Secret Tech – One of the things we strive to do here at Commandercast is to connect with the audience by letting them get to know us through our work. We’re going to stretch waaay back by sharing cards from the first set of Magic we played (I started buying Magic cards and playing with Ravnica: City of Guilds, stopped playing for a few years, and got back in during Scars of Mirrodin, but Ravnica is still my ‘first’ magic set). We each share our opinion on the set and bring a common, uncommon, and a rare from that set to share with the audience.


William – Ravnica: City of Guilds – Leave No Trace, Congregation at Dawn, Helldozer


Chris – Tempest – Skyshroud Elf, Dauthi Embrace, Winds of Rath


Nole – Portal (poor guy) – Breath of Life, Mystic Denial (also Wood Elves was a thing), Winds of Change

1:27:26 to END: Outtro: Thanks for listening!


William: E-Mail: CommanderCast(at)gmail(dot)com // Twitter: (at)CommanderCast
Chris: E-Mail: olwhiskeyboots(at)gmail(dot)com
Nole: E-Mail: noleclauson(at)gmail(dot)com // Twitter: (at)mtgnole

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