This entry is part 36 of 79 in the series Rival's Duel

erdnHello everyone and welcome to another episode of Rival’s Duel. This week, Eric and Nole take on something different. Commander players often talk about the social contract as a list of ideals for the perfect EDH experience. However, rarely do people talk about how to actually effect change in their group. Eric and Nole try to give tools to the listeners on how to be the agent of positive change for their playgroups. They also take a look at the first few DTK spoilers and put out a call for listener help to build an EDH deck. As always, full shownotes after the break.







Intro and DTK hype

The new set spoilers have already started and we already have 2 of the new legendary creatures. Eric and Nole talk about what we think about Dragonlord Silumgar and Sidisi, Undead Vizier.


Listener E-mail

Eric and Nole had lots of listener e-mail this week. First off, Nole needs your help finding pictures of shirtless men. He’s joked about it for long enough and now he wants your help to build it. If you have good cards for Tasigar that feature men (or male figures) without shirts, send them our way. They also help a player find the least blue feeling blue commander.


Building a better playgroup

At a base level, we as commander players want nothing more than our games to be feel good, whatever that definition of good is. Conflicts arise in playgroups when people have different definitions of good and those definitions come into conflict. Rather than just talk about what the ideal playgroup looks like, Eric and Nole talk about how to shape your playgroup using both social pressure and the cards in your deck.



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5 Responses to “Rival’s Duel 36- Enforcers of the Social Contract”

  1. Aaron Kloppel said

    Shirtless Men Non Common Creature suggestions:
    Balduvian Conjurer
    Bloodsoaked Champion
    Cairn Wanderer
    Clone Shell
    Corrupting Licid
    Crashing Centaur
    Craw Giant
    Descendant of Masumaro
    Drowsing Shaman
    Experiment One
    Farbog Boneflinger
    Fell Shepherd
    Frost Titan
    Gaea’s Avenger
    Gangrenous Goliath
    Garruk’s Packleader
    Gatekeeper of Malakir
    Gluttonous Zombie
    Gluetius Maximus
    Guardian Beast
    Guul Draz Assassin
    Hua Tuo, Honored Physician
    Ichneumon Druid
    Iwamori of the Open Fist
    Jedit Ojanen of Efrava
    King Macar, the Gold-Cursed
    Kiora’s Follower
    Marang River Prowler
    Master of the Hunt
    Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker
    Nameless Race
    Ob Nixilis, Unshackled
    Ogre Marauder
    Old Man of the Sea
    Phantom Warrior
    Priest of Gix
    Reverent Hunter
    Rishadan Footpad
    River Merfolk
    Riverwheel Aerialists
    Scarwood Bandits
    Scion of the Wild
    Slith Strider
    Spellbane Centaur
    Stronghold Assassin
    Talrand, Sky Summoner
    Tempting Licid
    Willow Satyr

  2. Aaron Kloppel said

    Shirtless Men Non Common, Non Creature, Non Land Suggestions:
    Altar of Shadows
    Collective Restraint
    Dawn of the Dead
    Dead Drop
    Fated Infatuation
    Fated Return
    Force of Will
    Govern the Guildless
    Grafted Wargear
    Gruesome Encore
    Icy Prison
    Imp’s Taunt
    Infernal Tutor
    Jumbo Imp
    Krovikan Plague
    Leonin Bladetrap
    Living End
    Living Wish
    Mark of Sakiko
    Mark of Eviction
    Mark of the Oni
    Natural Order
    Null Profusion
    Pain’s Reward
    Phyrexian Vault
    Plunge into Darkness
    Razor Pendulum
    Sadistic Sacrament
    Shifting Loyalties
    Shoving Match
    Shriveling Rot
    Soul Feast
    Still Life
    Survival of the Fittest
    Tainted Pact
    Thrull Retainer
    Urza’s Hot Tub
    War Dance
    Warped Physique
    Water Gun Balloon Games
    Wave of Terror
    Wicked Pact

  3. George Williams said

    Shirtless men, all shirtless (Or near enough) human creatures.

    Alley Grifters

    Beastbreaker of Bala Ged

    Bloodsoaked Champion

    Circu, Dimir Lobotomist


    Descendant of Masumaro


    Flesh Carver

    Heidar, Rimewind Master

    Hermit Druid

    Hua Tuo, Honored Physician

    Iwamori of the Open Fist

    Kamahl, Fist of Krosa

    Kazandu Tuskcaller

    King Macar, the Gold-Cursed

    Magus of the Mirror

    Marang River Prowler


    Onyx Mage

    Priest of Gix

    Qarsi High Priest

    Reverent Hunter

    Sage of Hours

    Sphinx’s Disciple

  4. George Williams said

    Cabal surgeon is a great fit for the deck, well… sort of.

  5. Jiisuri said

    Shirtless men cards that I happened upon and with plenty having stuff to do with graveyard shenenigans.


    Force of Will (Alliances art only of course)
    Fatestitcher (Do zombies count?)
    Geralf’s Mindcrusher (It’s… made of men without shirts kinda)


    Dictate of Erebos (Those men in his eyes are shirtless)
    Grave Pact (Stronghold art only!)
    Fell Shepherd
    Flesh Carver
    King Macar, the Gold-Cursed
    Living Death (FTV art, if a burly zombie counts)
    Malevolent Awakening
    Ob Nixilis, both versions (if demons count)
    Shadowborn Demon (Once again, only if demons count)
    Stronghold Assassin (if zombies count)
    Tyrant’s Choice
    Bloodsoaked Champion
    Empty the Pits(if zombies count)
    Fated Return
    Gruesome Encore
    Palace Seige
    Sutured Ghoul (only blah zombie blah)
    Tasigur’s Cruelty


    Hermit Druid(infamous, but hey he’s shirtless! Besides it’s not like you’re playing lab maniac)
    Loaming Shaman (Centaurs are man horses sooooooo….)
    Strength from the Fallen


    Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker
    Necrogenesis (They’re kinda dead but…yeah)
    Psychic Intrusion


    Junkyo Bell

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