This entry is part 143 of 475 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by William & Calvin

Hey there Commandercast staples! Let me get this out of the way: I love snow, but getting stuck in it sucks. The cold sucks. Being in the middle west when the temperature is topping out at 10 degrees Fahrenheit sucks. You know what doesn’t suck? Grabbing a hot cup of tea and podcasting with my staff members Nole and Brian while we talk about Orzhov!

All this life drain is making me feel tired and lifeless I’ll admit, but I love Orzhov. They’ve got a few different archetypes that we’ll talk about, as well as a “quick” spotlight on some of our favorite Orzhov cards.

Now is it just me, or do I hear something in the background now that I’m listening to this episode again?

Shownotes after the Ib!

 

 

Ib Download

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 142 of 475 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by William & Calvin

Hello Commandercast staple listeners! If you’re like being tricky, sneaky, and stabbing your foes while their back is turned, then you’ll just love today’s Dimir episode!

Wait….I could’ve sworn it said Dimir on the schedule. How’d we switch to Gruul? ANYWAYS, it was a fun episode to record all the same!

Subtlety, thy name is not Gruul

Rival’s Duel host Eric Bonvie joins us, as does rookie staff writer Jonathan Marshall.

Truth be told, I’m not that big an expert on running wild and smashing everything in site so I’m going to hit these tribal elders up for some wisdom that I hope helps you guys out too. We’ll look at Bloodthirst and bloodrush, general Gruul stratedgies (surprisingly more complex than just SMASH), and share some of our favorite Gruul tech.

It’s a new guild format right after the Ib!

 

Ib Download

Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 140 of 475 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by William & Calvin

Howdy, Commandercast faithful! Today, things are gonna be a tad odd. By that, I mean Nole was our sole expert on the Judge Breaker deck but life interrupted, punched us in the gut, and stole him before departing for parts unknown.

Fortunately for us, there are tons of Born of the Gods spoilers that came out! You can see the entire selection over on Wizards home site at the image card gallery for yourself, but what do we think about some of these new cards? Well Xenagos is the crazy awesome for one.

So come on in and watch our minds melt as we trudge through the swampy depths of THE JUDGE BREAKER.

 

 

Ib Download

Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 139 of 475 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by William & Calvin

Howdy, Commandercast faithful! Calvin and I are back for the second part to our Gatecrash review! I actually liked how our first parter went, so it’s a shame that this one was recorded first. But don’t worry! Eric and Chris join us to tell me why I’m delusional about some of these cards and tag team to give me a horrible swirly.

Today, we discuss the most aggressive guilds of Ravnica, Boros and Gruul! Plenty of these cards are exactly the kind of thing that get Calvin and I going when it comes to playing dudes and smashing. But which ones make the cut and which ones just disappeared over the past year?

Remember that this week also kicks off the second half of our rotating schedule of column content! Be sure to check back Tues-Fri for more articles and other awesome postings!

 

As always, shownotes are after the Ib!

 

Ib Download

 

Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 137 of 475 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by William & Calvin

Show notes here that I will add later….like right now.

We’re here at the season finale! The show’s have been going great, and Gift’s Given 2013 is over. You had your chance to donate, and now someone who isn’t you has a chance to win some serious merch. Unless you DID donate, in which case we congratulate you and hopefully you’ll be receiving some sweet merch soon!

Until then, you’ve got one last episode of Commandercast, and this one’s a doozy! We’ve got a very special guest with us today, and he’s one of the best known characters in the EDH/MTG community: Sheldon Menery.

“You sure you wanna appeal that ruling?”

Sheldon is the man who is single handily responsible for the planting and budding of EDH as a format, having played and demoed it across the country at various high profile tournaments. He’s also a member of the Commander Rules Committee, that not-so-mysterious group of ascetics who drop the ban hammer every three months or so when something starts to seriously warp the format.

We’ll grill him on the ins and outs of certain bannings with questions straight from you listeners!

Oh and in case you didn’t notice, Calvin’s “ramped up” the transitions for this particular show. Let us know what you think!

(Improved) show notes after the Ib!

 

 

Shownotes after the Ib

Ib Download

 

Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 136 of 475 in the series CommanderCast

Posted by William & Calvin

He did it…that son of a gun actually went and got Adam Island-Punching  Styborski of DailyMTG’s “Command Tower”. Well slap me with a Mystic Remora, Calvin did it!

If you’ve never heard of him before, then I highly recommend you check out his vast array of articles covering Commander. This guy is part of the reason I was able to get into Commander as well as I did by providing great content for readers like me. In fact, he was the only guy I knew about way back when.

It was real great to have him on, talking about rival players (those guys you just HAVE to beat), using underplayed or obscure generals, and wrapping it all up with probably one of our most challenging entourages yet: Anthousa, Setessan Hero!

Anthousa, Setessan Hero

 

All this and more, after the Ib!

 

 

Ib Download

 

 

Read the rest of this entry »