Hey look, it’s another CMDR Decks video! I haven’t done one of these in forever! Maybe even two forevers! But Uriah (@CMDRDecks) was good enough to let me do this one to plug the Kickstarter as well as show off one of my favorite EDH decks! It was originally conceived WAY back in Episode 219 during a Story Circle with guest host Bennie Smith (@blairwitchgreen), and I LOVED it! I loved it SO MUCH that I tracked down a copy of Johan and set to work putting the deck together.
As usually happens when building a deck, new ideas came to mind and new cards popped into my head, so the version you see here isn’t straight from the Story Circle. Given my inability to procure new cards for the last little while, there are cards from the last couple blocks that would fit beautifully, but I haven’t managed to snag any of them just yet. Feel free to throw any suggestions you want at me!
Here’s the Story Circle we did on Episode 325! We were going to do something completely different this episode (which you can still hear on episode 326 once it goes up!), but we spent entirely too much time on Conspiracy card discussions. Since we didn’t have time to give our intended topic the treatment it deserves, we hurriedly decided to pick one of the new legends from Conspiracy and do a Story Circle! This one looks like a lot of fun to play. That could be because it bears a small resemblance to some other Commander decks we’ve played or created in the past. Either way, hope everyone enjoys!
Remember Commander Shenanigans 2? It was episode 303. Later that day, we recorded another episode. This is it. For some reason, when we record one live episode it records through the USB mic, which is why CS2 sounded good. When we record a second one, it defaults to the built-in laptop mic. That happened here, and we didn’t catch it. This episode is a few days late because I decided to try to make it sound better, because it really sounded like crap. Sorry about that, but hopefully you’ll think it was worth the wait.
Since there were five of us (the usual four dorks and Brian’s buddy Jon Raymer), we decided to play a game of Assassin, since it is easily one of Chewie’s favorite game types ever. This episode is actually a really good way to learn that everyone plays the game differently, as evidenced by some of our reactions to the way Jon started the game (really Chewie was just irritiable at having his Titan killed).
After the Assassin game, Dirk had to leave. The rest of us took advantage of having time left at the end of the first game to play a “lightning round”. We all grabbed EDH decks that would lead to relatively quick games and played. It turns out it wasn’t quite a “lightning” fast game, but it was still quicker than our usual games. Hope you guys enjoy!
Since we didn’t want to skip another week, we looked around and dug up an old episode we had in the can. Originally recorded back in August (probably), this live episode is…a little weird. For some reason, Audacity decided to ignore the usual desktop mic and listen to the crappy built-in mic on the laptop. So because of that…it sorta sounds like we recorded it in a bathroom. Sorry about that. I’m pretty sure it’s still perfectly serviceable, it’s just not the usual glorious sound quality that you’re used to.
As far as what’s actually going on in this one, it’s a live episode. That means we’re all sitting around playing some Magic! We begin with a Commander Planechase game, and those are usually a blast. Since it’s been SO long since we recorded this, I couldn’t tell you one way or the other. After a quick musical break, we play a really quick and really filthy 60-card Archenemy game. I mean it, it was awful. Even Mike, who was the villain, felt bad about it afterwards. So to make up for it we did another one. This time Chewie was the bad guy, and it went a lot longer than the first one. Not in a bad way, it was just a lot more fair.
You knew it was coming. Deep down, you knew. Once they announced the new Commander product, you even started asking for it. As the decks were revealed, you even demanded it.
Well who are we to ignore the pleas of our beloved fans? So here we go. The four of us gathered at Brian’s house along with John, The Fifth One. You might recognize him from some of our Prerelease Field Recordings, he’s been there for a couple of them. But we each grabbed an unedited Commander 2013 deck and commenced beating the holy living crap out of each other. In an epic three hour game (and that’s not counting the break for lunch in the middle) we traded haymakers, board wipes, and verbal barbs until only one dork stood victorious!
Which of the green decks did Dirk play? Which of the dorks almost lost their temper and all interest in the game? Who ended up winning the whole shebang? Which of those was a trick question? For answers to all of these and more, tune in to listen. Don’t worry, after the editing the game wasn’t the full three hours.