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Episode 219 – Commander Month: The (First?) One with Bennie Smith

Quickdraw Bennie SmithYeah, you read it right – we got Bennie Smith! He writes for Star City Games now, he used to write for DailyMTG, and he’s here with us to close out Commander Month!  I’m pretty sure this is what’s known as “doing it right”.  We spent a while picking his brain and asking all about his Magic history – all you’ve ever wanted to know about Bennie Smith? Aw yeah.

We got Bennie to help us answer some excellent listener questions, like how to deal with mass removal when you’re playing a heavily creature-centric deck.  Tosus asked if he should use EDH to teach new players the game or if that risked scaring them away forever.  And there was the obligatory most over- and under-rated generals question, which we kinda sorta answered mostly.

Then we moved from there into a Story Circle, with everyone’s favorite not-vigilance-giving (Johangilence?) general, Johan!  You can find the complete list for that right below this paragraph so you can follow along at home.  Holy crap I loved the deck we came up with.  As soon as this is done uploading, I’m gonna trade Mike for his.  No really, he’s sitting right here behind me!

Oh, and if you’re in or around London or you just enjoy tabletop, role-playing, or war games (or Magic of course) you should go visit Roll of the Dice Online Games (yes, it spells ROTDOG) – ROTDOG.co.uk/blog.


Follow Bennie on Twitter: @blairwitchgreen

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music – The Geeks Will Inherit the Earth by I Fight Dragons – http://ifightdragons.com

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  1. Myke Okuhara
    March 6, 2012 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Chewie: I cannot recommend World War Z highly enough. The audio book has an amazing cast as well, though it’s unfortunately abridged.

    Why am I always leaving comments on non-Magic related topics here? So… how ’bout that EDH? And, uh, Caw-Blade?

  2. Joseph A.
    March 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Hey guys, love the show. Keep up the great work!

    Early on in the episode you mentioned something about a charity event in Ohio. Do you have any more information about this event?

    • March 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

      Dammit I forgot to put the link in the show notes. It’s http://www.castaspellonms.org

      • Joseph A.
        March 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

        No problem man. I actually live in southeastern Wisconsin so going to Ohio for such a sweet sounding event might not be unreasonable.

        Thanks a bunch!

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