This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series The Other 99

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Hello CommanderCast!

As a lot of you already know, I’m Karston, producer of the YouTube channel Top And Go Productions and administrator for the CommanderCast Youtube Portal.  I have been producing videos for quite some time now and have a lot of credit to give to CommanderCast and Andy for getting me to this point.  Therefore, it only seems right that I start posting my videos here on the site alongside YouTube.  Cool thing is, I’ll be dropping some extra stuff here on the site that you can’t see on YouTube.

The majority of the vids that we do for The Other 99 are deck techs and Commander gameplays, but today we have something a little different and special: a short documentary-style vid on Commander at the recent Grand Prix in San Antonio.  Hope you enjoy.

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series The Other 99

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Happy Tuesday everybody!  Looking to play RUG in Commander but don’t want to be “that Animar player”?  Intet the Dreamer may be just the guy you’re looking for, and viewer submitted Drew’s Intet is certainly a great specimen of the Bling-Dragon’s power.

The deck’s direction may seem obvious: put good stuff on top of your library and bash face with Intet to get it all at a cheap cost.  However, Drew’s build is still elegant and offers a wide variety of options other than Intet bargain casting.  With some awesome card interactions, including ones involving other legendary favorites as Riku of Two Reflections and Maelstrom Wanderer, this deck leaves room for flexibility and is a great addition to The Other 99.

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series The Other 99

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Today we have a third Extra featuring three more combos for Commander.  These combos may seem pretty simple, and a couple are well known and popular, but I think that talking about combos in the realm of video is fairly important.  Warning: this may be a tangent that has little to do with EDH.

YouTube, and video in general, is a great equalizer.  How long does it take for someone to be amused by a couple of videos before work?  How often do people look up how-to vids on YouTube instead of reading forums about the subject online?

I am a very visual person.  I’m one of those people who would rather wait and watch the movie than read the book.  When it comes to learning new things, having a visual representation of them really ignites my imagination and helps me learn.  This is the primary reason Top and Go Productions and The Other 99 exist.  This is why I do videos on the nitty gritty details of strategy and combos in Commander.  I know that a lot of viewers have never even played EDH, much less know any of the combos or strategies involved.  Therefore, through the medium of video, I can bring EDH to people in a visual way so that they can digest it easily.  However, I also try to keep things fresh for experienced Commander players through my videos.

So, I guess my point is, if you have already seen or heard of the combos in this video, that’s fantastic.  I hope the video is still entertaining and works as a means to educate lesser experienced players on some of the intricacies of this awesome format.  Thanks for watching!

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series The Other 99

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Hey everybody and thanks for watching another episode of The Other 99.  Today we tackle some mono-black goodness in the form of a Seizan, Perverter of Truth deck.  Now most mono-black decks that I have seen and played against have been pretty boring, featuring some variation of an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Cabal Coffers ramp plan into a massive “X mana” spell, such as Exsanguinate.

This deck actually does run all three of the aforementioned cards, bu this deck’s strategy is completely different.  This deck plays with an archetype that I think may be a little bit underestimated in Commander: Pressure.  Ever have games that just seem to drag on forever, or have playgroups filled with control decks that stall the game?  Well pressure decks exist to speed up games by putting every player at the table on a clock that they either have to outrace or lose.  Sometimes this means that the pilot of the pressure deck ends up losing to his own clock, but the deck is usually built to try to bolster the its defenses against itself.

I personally think that this archetype deserves a little bit more love.  I personally have built a Zo-Zu, the Punisher pressure deck that I feel is a ton of fun to play.  Have you built a pressure deck of your own?


This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The Other 99

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Its Wednesday again, and that means its time to tackle another deck on The Other 99.  Today we take a look at a deck submitted by a viewer named Chris Hawkins and featuring a green and white vanilla creature from Legends — Jasmine Boreal.  Ms. Boreal doesn’t even break even with her converted mana cost of 5 as a 4/5, so what the heck is this deck about?  Well the deck is certainly not a combo deck disguised with a vanilla general.  No, it is actually a theme deck.

What is that theme?  As Chris put it, imagine Jasmine as the princess in a castle, and you, the pilot of this deck, are the people trying to keep her from being rescued by Prince Charming… or Mario.  Therefore this deck plays a heavy turtle and life gain strategy in order to weather out a game until you are able to find a card and win with it.  This opens the deck up to some pretty interesting card choices, including getting to play a fairly underplayed creature type in Commander: Walls.

Another great thing about this deck is that unlike a lot of theme decks, this deck really does a great job of being both a theme deck and a good deck.  Most theme decks that I have seen have compromised playing strong cards with cards that are flavorful and fit the theme.  When building these decks, it can be very hard to strike that balance, but I think that Chris did a pretty good job doing so when he built this deck.


This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Other 99

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Hey everyone!

Its been a little while since I have put The Other 99 vids here on CommanderCast, and I apologize for that.  It has recently been difficult getting the vids out on time.  However, we are pretty much back on schedule now with these week’s video featuring a Geist of Saint Traft deck built by viewer Winters.

This was actually one of two Geist decks we received fairly close to one another and figured we would do a “double feature” week, featuring a budget and a non-budget version of the deck.  Brionne’s budget version can be seen here.

This deck is fairly unique to most control decks as it doesn’t play any real sort of combo or many counterspells.  Instead, the deck likes to sit back, interact, and passively watch the game go by until it is the right time to swoop in and take the victory.  I really like this more casual approach to the deck as it kind of debunks the preconceptions of most Blue/White decks as being relentless control decks.