Remember the planeswalkers that the dorks made for each other a couple episodes ago? Yeah? Well this episode we’re doing Story Circles to craft a deck around each of those dorky planeswalkers! Pretty awesome huh?
Of course, that’s not all we’re up to. Oh no. Brian rambles on about Modern just a bit before we get going (weird I know). We talk for a couple more minutes about the newest You Make the Card vote (at the time it was a runoff between land and enchantment).
At the end, we have another amazing rush of gratitude for a listener who, for reasons that continue to baffle us, sent us some stuff. And I’m talking good stuff too. Like damn. Check out the altered Nether Shadow that he sent to Chewie and tell us that’s not awesome:
Hey look, we’re doing another Commander episode! Told you we weren’t done with these, what now haters? Or whatever. Gimme a break, I never know how to start off these episode write-ups. But we are focusing on Commander again this week, and of course we’ve got a guest host. We managed to snag none other than Tom of the now-defunct MTG Radio podcast. That show is the main reason Chewie decided to give EDH a try back in the day!
We begin with a discussion of competitive EDH that came from a listener email, then move over to the Commander’s Arse(nal). Everyone has their opinion on the product thus far. Except for Mike, since we were apparently not listening to what he said. He said stuff though, he assures us!
Then we decided to bring back the old Story Circle. Aw yeah, you know you love it! Our random general this time around was…Cromat. Yeah, but we made the best out of it. If you want to follow along or at least see what these cards are as we rattle them off, you can check out the post here:
Tom is @MTGRadio on Twitter by the way – you know what to do.
So…yeah. In case you couldn’t tell, this is the Story Circle list from Episode 243. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you probably should. We got Tom, formerly of the MTG Radio podcast, to join us for this one. He’s on Twitter, oddly enough, as @MTGRadio. MTG Radio is also the reason Chewie started playing EDH in the first place, so much love to those guys.
Our randomly-chosen general today, as you can probably tell from the big-ass picture directly to the right, is Cromat. First off, there’s a problem with Cromat. The problem with Cromat is that he’s five colors and does nothing terribly specific. He’s just wide open. Sure he has five abilities, but none of those abilities really DO anything that you’d want to build around. When it comes to doing a Story Circle with nothing but a general to go off of, that’s a very big problem.
Luckily, we had Tom around to point out that Cromat does have one thing going for him. He’s got FIVE ABILITIES! Whatever are we going to do with all those ABILITIES? Gee, I don’t know, how about some stuff that deals with ABILITIES! Oh, just go ahead and check out the list. Warning: This deck ended up all over the place. The order we started with lasts until the final group, where Mike and Brian had to switch it up because Brian’s brain sorta hung up for a minute.
Yeah, 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!
Holy crap, this is quite possibly my most favoritest Story Circle we’ve ever done! No really! We did this on Episode 219, that we recorded with Bennie Smith. He was a blast to talk to, and if you haven’t listened to the episode yet you need to get on that! Why are you even looking at this if you haven’t listened yet? Hoping for spoilers? That’s silly.
But we went back to Legends again for our random general this week, after skipping over two creatures that we already have leading decks. We didn’t want to be biased, after all. So we settled on our buddy Johan, as you can see to the right. He’s awesome. He gives your guys vigilance without actually giving them an ability. And you don’t jump through hoops, have a card that does nothing else, or live in utter fear of a Goblin Grenade. Also, it sidesteps all the various methods of destroying tapped creatures.
Also, this is the first instance (that we remember, I’m sure someone will remind us if I’m wrong) of cheating on the Story Circle! Mike threw out a Shard cycle of three guys for one pick! Then later he tried to name off two similar creatures and we overruled him. Be sure to torture him, since I doubt he’ll actually read this.
But no really, this is my favorite of the Commander Month Story Circles. Mike opened a Johan in the 3-man Winchester Draft with Chronicles that we did with Scott, so I’m totally gonna trade that from him. Then I’ma build a variation of this deck with a bit of a Chewie twist, of course. Keep an eye out for that, I’m sure I’ll do it eventually.