This entry is part 55 of 79 in the series Rival's Duel

erdnHello and welcome to another episode of Rival’s Duel. It’s time to send off 2015 with the final part of our Great Commander Draft Debate. We are here with our final 9 debates. We also spend some time looking at the Oath of the Gatewatch leaks and talking about games journalism. Give us a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below. As always, full shownotes after the break.






(Pre-Podcast note: This was recorded on 12/16. At that point, the Oath Leak was fairly new, with the spoilers themselves and the article “Why Leaks Hurt” being the only response from WotC at the time. Since this recording, WotC has banned several prominent members of the Magic Judge community over the leaks. While what we said about the leaks is still true (primarily that leaks like these ruin the story WotC is trying to tell) we at Rival’s Duel are not interested in diving into to politics of this banning and hope that all parties involved can come to a peaceful resolution as soon as possible. I humbly submit this picture of a silver-inlaid dagger in hope that this lays the issue to rest.)









-The part where we talk about game journalism ethics like we are real games journalists (and Oath of the Gatewatch Spoilers).

“Why Leaks Hurt” by Trick Jarrett-


-The Great Commander Draft Debate: Part Duex


Round 7- “I’m the Prettiest Princess”: Best art

Basandra, Battle Seraph (Eric) Vs. Tariel, Reckoner of Souls (Nole)


Round 8- “The Pieces are coming together.”: The card that opened up the best new archetypes/decks, or made an old deck finally click.

Nekusar, the Mindrazer (Nole) Vs. Zedruu the Greathearted (Eric)


Round 9- “Simpsons did it”: This card opened no new design space.

Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest (Eric) Vs. Freyalise, Llanowar’s Fury (Nole)


Round 10- “Well, at least I’ll be surprised.”: Commander that is the most wide open to build with.

Shattergang Brothers (Nole) Vs. Ruhan of the Fomori (Eric)


Round 11- “Quick, kill it with fire”: Commander most likely to eat spot removal spells.

Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas (Eric) Vs. Meren of Clan Nel Toth (Nole)


Round 12- “Aged like fine wine.”: Commander most likely to still be played in 10+ years.

Daretti, Scrap Savant (Nole) Vs. Kaalia of the Vast (Eric)


Round 13- “We’re all going behind the shop and taking turns hurting you.”: Most likely to make the table gang up and kill you.

Prossh, Skyraider of Kher (Eric) Vs. Oloro, Ageless Ascetic (Nole)


Round 14- “I do my own dirty work.”: General most likely to be on the battlefield when the game ends.

Animar, Soul of Elements (Nole) Vs. Ghave, Guru of Spores (Eric)


Round 15- “I’m on the campaign trail.” : Most likely to lead to politics.

Edric, Spymaster of Trest (Eric) vs. Jeleva, Nephalia’s Scourge (Nole)





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