This entry is part 97 of 538 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS
You want a set review? Well, it’s going down rightwise in this episode. Charging into the fray of an hour-plus set review of a really mammoth set for EDH, Avacyn Restored, I’ve assembled a crack team of ballers to help me analyze the poop out of this set from many angles. On my side, I’ve got two staff members–Justin and Max–and backing us up is the Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion of Commander Streaming, Beardy of BeardyPlays. It’s an elite group to help me hold things down since, as usual, I have no clue what I’m talking about.

However, it’s not that the set review is the only thing on the show–far from it. We put on our thinking caps and engage in gentlemanly discourse over a variety of topics in the first hour of the show, including a truly stirring debate on that defines the format’s greatest decks and a lively discussion on the merits of recreating the Enchantress archetype in Commander.

Show notes and pertinent links below. Enjoy.


00:00 to 04:30: Introduction: We talk Commander, for real


04:41 to 29:11: What Makes A Deck Great?: In this segment, we sit back and talk real pretentious-like about what we feel defines the ‘great’ decks of EDH. It’s some Masterpiece Theatre shit with Magic cards! What do we think makes a deck a prototypical Commander build, exemplary of what makes this format awesome? What type of attributes do we aspire to have reflected in our own decks? In a format where greatness and winning aren’t totally intertwined, this question is a lot more open than other types of Magic, where greatness is largely defined by win percentage.

  • Defined Purpose: All the best EDH decks have a goal and go for it, without trampling on the other principles. Durdling goodstuff decks are hard to consider great examples of what Commander is about.
  • Strategy Is Unique To EDH: Playing the parallel of a really good Legacy or even Vintage deck might work well in Commander, but honestly, nobody cares about that. The best decks show off what’s unique about EDH.
  • Interacts Well With General: Why play Commander and have a Commander that is unimportant? While a deck shouldn’t collapse without it’s figurehead, it should also strive to make the general a meaningful piece of the deck.
  • Fun to Play With and Against: Probably the most important rule of allf or a social format.
  • Hall of Fame Decks:

29:23 to 36:56: Community Spotlight: Beardy Plays: My guest gives me an introduction to the world of Magic streaming. Check out his channel, he gives stuff away!


37:11 to 52:49: Archetype Rundown: Enchantress: Importing strategies from one format to another can be a difficult endeavour, and the Enchantress deck is no different. For a deck dependent on consistency, it’s a pretty rough go for the enchanted ladies’ home deck in EDH. In this segment we discuss how this classic archetype stacks up in the strange singleton world of Commander.


53:08 to 2:07:24: Hands-On Review: Avacyn Restored: A fan favourite set capping the mediocre-until-now Innistrad block, Acavyn Restored bombed in limited but scored big with the Commander crowd. Whether you’re a Primal Surge-in’ combo playin’ tryhard or the type of homie who likes to roll with a big ol’ Cadillac like Avacyn, Angel of Hope as your commander, there’s something for everyone in this set. Here, we review the segment for a few angles, broken down thusly:


Soulbond: Lots of low-powered, limited-oriented creatures, but a very cool mechanics that would be great with future expansion.
Miracle: Annoying in almost every other format, but in EDH it’s not such a big deal.
Lone Wolves: Junk.
Human Tribal: Kind of cool, but annoying because of all the old cards that are now humans.
Flicker: These decks are skirting the edges of non-interactivity already and this set provided them with tons of new tools.

Cards by Colour:

White: Cathar’s Crusade, Restoration Angel, Terminus
Blue: Deadeye Navigator, Tamiyo, the Moon Sage, Temporal Mastery
Black: Blood Artist, Dark Imposter, Harvester of Souls, Exquisite Blood
Red: Bonfire of the Damned, Dual Casting, Hound of Griselbrand, Mad Prophet, Reforge the Soul, Zealous Conscripts
Green: Champion of Lambholt, Craterhoof Behemoth, Primal Surge, Rain of Thorns, Soul of the Harvest, Ulvenwald Tracker
Lands: All the crazy lands

New Commanders: Griselbrand, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Sigarda, Host of Herons, Bruna, Light of Alabaster, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight


2:07:40 to END: Dat Outtro: Thanks for listening!

Contact Information:

Andy: E-Mail: commandercast(at)gmail(dot)com // Twitter: (at)commandercast
Alex: Twitter: (at)beardyplays
Justin: Twitter: (at)jmayash
Max: E-Mail: maxwellian2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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