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!
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/