The dorks are back with a big episode all about Commander! First off we have to discuss all the Commander products that were announced for 2020. We’ll also address the potential for supplemental product fatigue that might come from these products, but it’s not as bad as you might think at first blush. Plus, find out who finally has a suggestion of legs after all these years…
From there, we’re turning our attention to The Mana Pool Story Circles. Turns out it’s been over a year since we did one! We’ll spend a good while discussing how the changing design of legendary creatures over recent years has affected the Story Circle.
But then it’s time to do the thing! I found a perfect candidate for a Commander to build around, not too narrow but not too wide open – Kykar, Wind’s Fury! Twitch chat even got in on the action and helped us flesh out more cards for the deck!Continue reading
A few weeks ago the dorks all gathered at Brian’s house to play some Magic! And since we weren’t able to record this week for various reasons, you get to hear it now. Yay!
On this episode we began with a game of Commander Planechase. It went for just about an hour and was a fun and (relatively) fast game! After that, we decided to just say screw it and do another one. But this time Brian had the idea that we should each pick a deck built by someone else! So Brian & Chewie swapped decks, Mike & Dirk traded, and we went at it with an unfamiliar deck. This game was slightly more epic in length (about 2 hours) but I don’t remember it dragging or anything like that.
So strap in and enjoy a bunch of dorks playing Magic, picking on each other, giggling incessantly, and just having a good time. This is our first live episode with the new microphone, and I really think it turned out well. Let us know what you think!
This week’s Story Circles are interesting things. We began with the intention of creating two decks with complementary themes…sort of. We ended up making two decks that highlight how the different colors work with similar themes – in this case, that of token creation. The Omnath deck has plenty of Landfall and Elemental synergy alongside a handful of ways to sacrifice our Elementals to go with the commander’s bolting ability. This episode just went up and I’ve already heard multiple people claim that they’re going to build a version of this deck!
Endrek Sahr, on the other hand, creates a constant stream of smaller Thrull tokens. To manage his thrull amount limitation, we have plenty of sacrifice outlets along with plenty of ways to create new ones when we’ve depleted them. This deck, while possibly less overtly powerful than Omnath, has plenty of small synergies that are intriguing.
Also, discerning listeners will notice that the lifegain in both decks came from the same person. The Story Circles not only create decks, it gives a fascinating insight into how each person builds decks. Pretty cool huh?
It’s that time again! Due to scheduling and technological problems we weren’t able to record a normal episode this week, but thankfully we had a canned episode ready! A couple weekends ago the dorks gathered for some good old Magic-playing fun!
Dirk is playing Damia, Sage of Stone. Mike is playing Dakkon Blackblade. Brian is playing Maelstrom Wanderer. And Chewie is debuting his new Marath, Will of the Wild deck that you heard about last episode! This game goes on for the entirety of the episode, with all sorts of ridiculous goings-on going on.
And this wasn’t one of the long, grindy, miserable, please-just-let-it-end long games. It was a long game with plenty of absolutely insane plays where everyone got a chance to shine. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Before our most recent gathering to actually play some Magic together, I felt the urge to do something I hadn’t done in well over TWO YEARS! What was that urge telling me to do? Build a new EDH deck!
I converted one of my favorite and most long-lived 60-card casual decks, the Beast Deck, into a brand new Commander deck! This is a deck I’ve had since I started playing again in college when Onslaught came out. Beasts were a supported tribe in that block, and they caught my eye then and have been much-beloved ever since.
A good chunk of this deck comes straight from the Naya-colored Commander 2013 deck. I had lots of space left when I got done adding in all the cards I wanted from the various versions of the Beast Deck and I didn’t have massive amounts of time to go digging for more cards to add. So if some of it looks familiar, that’s probably because it is. Likewise the mana base is not highly tuned or anything, I just did some rudimentary math and threw in a bunch of cool stuff.
This deck was featured in an Out of the Deck Box segment in Episode 385 – What Exactly Does Squad Mean?