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.
We are joined this episode by Uriah Oxford, the progenitor of the CMDR Decks video series! Why? Because he’s awesome! And because we have the entirety of the Commander 2013 decks to talk about! But first, there’s a bit of other news to discuss. Mike and Brian have to tell us about their latest foray into FNM, or Standard, or drafting, or whatever. It was all of the above mixed together. Then there’s a new Duel Decks and Magic Online Vintage Masters.
After that, we’re off into Commander previews! We’re taking a hard look at each of the decks, checking out both the new awesome cards and the old awesome cards in each one. And there are some seriously awesome cards here. I mean holy crap. But that’s pretty much it for the rest of the episode, so we hope you enjoy!
As if you couldn’t tell from the title, we’re joined this episode by former Muse, former Gathering Magic writer, former Star City Games writer, current DailyMTG writer and longtime Mana Pool listener Bruce Richard! Be sure you pronounce that all French-like, it turns out he’s Canadian. But don’t hold that against him, he’s still completely awesome! You can follow him on Twitter @manaburned
We begin the episode by getting Bruce to give us some background. Who he is, where he came from, that sort of thing. From there we dive right into Commander previews, because heaven forbid we have any freakin’ time at all between preview seasons. But at least these cards are pretty cool, if not a little wordy at times.
After an appropriate enough musical break, we’ve got a really fun Magic Mad Lib, followed by a brand new Story Circle! We’ve gotta do a Commander-style Story Circle with one of these new legendary dudes, and if you were listening closely to the previews I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to figure out which one. If you want to see the full list we came up with, just click here: http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle298edh/
Here’s the Story Circle we did for Episode 298 with our very special guest host Bruce Richard. When we previewed this card, we all seemed to REALLY like it, so we wanted to use it for a nice EDH/Commander deck. As usual when we have a guest host doing a Story Circle, this one turned out to be pretty freakin’ awesome. So awesome in fact that you might see it again somewhere else. Somewhere not on this site. Just sayin’. No I don’t know where, shut up.
Okay, yes I do know where, but I’m not going tell you. HA! How you like them apples?
I do hope you guys enjoy though, this one was a lot of fun. Bruce got all into it, which got all of us into it even more, and I really think that made it a good one.
Sadly this episode we are one Dirk short of a full cast due to grad school holding him down and beating him. But to replace him, we brought along two guest hosts! We have a half-Dirk veteran, our old buddy Bill Bloodworth (@SqueeGoblnNabob) joining us again! And the other half of Dirk is our buddy from GP Charlotte and GP Pittsburgh, JT Kohnen (@NerdPop140)! You know and love him as CyberPunkOtaku01 on the forums.
So what were we actually talking about this episode? Well of course the Prerelease results were the first thing. Everyone but Chewie is here to tell you all about how they did and what they played. Chewie missed his first Prerelease in no one knows how long, but at least Brian’s sealed pool still thinks it’s a Ravnica block.
After that, we had to talk about all the cards that are rotating out of Standard. It’s not something that we usually talk about, but it’s a tradition here on The Mana Pool! Every rotation we rant and rave about all the crap we don’t have to hear about any more, and it’s great! Since Bill and JT pay attention to Standard, and Mike and Brian do too, it’s a really good discussion.
A moment of silence please for JT’s Deadeye Navigator deck. It will be missed.
JT’s NerdPop blog: http://nerdpopularity.blogspot.com/