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Your weekly source for all things Commander (aka EDH), a multiplayer Magic: The Gathering format, with hosts Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai. Focused on all aspects of gameplay and strategy from table politics, budget builds, to deck building and more!

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    Things Commander Players Need To STOP Doing l #242

    This episode is a PSA to all Commander players. If you’re doing something on this list – you need to STOP. It might be costing you games, it might be costing you fun, it might be costing you friends.

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    Are There Cards You Shouldn’t Play? l #241

    On this episode we’re discussing a recent article by Commander Rules Committee member Sheldon Menery and asking the question: Are there cards you shouldn’t play?

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    Braids Deck Tech l DJ’s Favorite Deck! l #240

    On this episode we’re breaking down DJ’s favorite deck: Braids, Conjurer Adept. It’s a goofy deck that packs a huge punch. If you like politics, bluffing, making deals and playing BIG creatures, you won’t want to miss this episode.

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    Which Color is the Strongest? Gameplay STATS (pt2) l #239

    It’s time for part 2 of our STATS SERIES! We’re going over the results of our data analysis from over 300 games of Commander.

    What effect does budget and the monetary value of your deck have on your win percentage? Which color is the strongest? What cards appear most in winning decks? Tune in and find out!

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    Exactly How Good is Sol Ring? Gameplay STATS (pt1) l #238

    It’s finally here! The STATS episode (part 1 of 2). We’ve compiled data from over 300 games of Commander, analyzed the findings and now it’s time to go over the results. What do the statistics say about the power of Sol Ring? What role, if any, does turn order play in determining a game winner? What deck types have an advantage over the others?

    Some of the findings are going to shock you! Do not miss this episode.

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    Top Budget Blue Cards l #237

    We’re starting a new subseries discussing the top budget cards in each color. On today’s episode DJ and Josh list their top 5 best blue cards that are each under $2 dollars. Tune in and discover a bunch of ways to make your decks better for cheap!

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    Emmara Deck Tech l #236

    Today we’re breaking down JLK’s Emarra, Soul of the Accord deck that he built and played in the most recent Game Knights. If you liked the look of the deck on the show, just wait until you see all the other spicy cards that didn’t happen to get camera time. If you like tapping and untapping shenanigans, this one is for you!

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    Izoni Deck Tech w/ Adam Savidan of LRR l #235

    Do you like to make tokens and play with your own graveyard? Who doesn’t?!?

    Adam Savidan from LoadingReadyRun joins the show to talk about the Izoni, Thousand-Eyed deck he built and piloted on the new episode of Game Knights. That show, featuring the all-new commanders from Guilds of Ravnica, releases tomorrow (Sept 26). But you can get the inside-scoop on Adam’s deck before you watch it, and then predict if he’s going to win.

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    Guilds of Ravnica Set Review l #324

    We’re returning to the return to Ravnica! Josh and DJ break down the new cards from the latest set, Guilds of Ravnica, and which ones they believe will make an impact on the Commander format. Whether you’re Izzet, Golgari, Selesnya, Boros or Dimir, there’s something here for everyone.

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    Guilds of Ravnica Preview Card – Etrata, the Silencer l #233

    On this special episode we’re unveiling our exclusive GUILDS OF RAVNICA PREVIEW CARD! It’s a new legendary creature named Etrata, the Silencer.

    To talk about this super unique card, we’re joined by MTG cosplayer Olivia Gobert-Hicks, who built a Commander deck around Etrata for upcoming episode of Game Knights, which releases on September 26th.

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    Jimmy’s Surprise Visit l Commander Q & A l #232

    Jimmy’s taking a quick break from filming in New Zealand and stopped by the studio in LA for a special episode. We’re catching up on listener questions, including: What to do if your playgroup likes the old mulligan rules? How do you deal with an overabundance of board wipes in your local meta? And what are some budget substitutes for a few expensive cards?

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    Selvala, Heart of the Wilds Deck Tech l #231

    On this episode, DJ is breaking down one of his strongest decks: Selvala, Heart of the Wilds. The creature “power matters” archetype has become more prevalent in recent sets so it seems like the perfect time to explore this potent Commander.

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    Commander Format Wish List l #230

    In this episode, Josh and DJ are putting on their game design hats and asking the questions: What does the Commander format need? What is it missing? What tools are we lacking? What current cards and strategies are too powerful or well-positioned and could use some additional checks and balances? In short, what is our wish list for the format?

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    Is C18 a Failure? | #229

    Lack of reprints. Unfocused deck design. Low power level. These are some of the criticisms that have been aimed at Commander 2018. On this episode of the podcast, Josh and DJ take an in-depth look at this year’s precon decks and break down whether they think C18 is a success or failure.

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    Varina, Lich Queen – C18 Deck Tech | #228

    Jimmy is back! And he’s breaking down an Esper Zombie build focused around Varina, Lich Queen. How does having access to white change/update this strategy for this popular tribe? Watch and find out!

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    Xantcha, Sleeper Agent – C18 Deck Tech | #227

    On today’s episode, Josh and DJ brew up a deck for one of the most unique new Commanders from all of C18: Xantcha, Sleeper Agent. Find out all of the cool interactions, synergies and combos that will allow you to infiltrate your way to victory.

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    Brewing Brudiclad – C18 Deck Tech | #226

    We're kicking off a series of deck techs centered around the new legendary creatures from Commander 2018. Today we begin with one of the most interesting: Brudiclad (BREWdiclad?) Telchor Engineer. It’s a new take on your typical token based strategy. Come see how Josh and DJ would tackle this deck building challenge!

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    C18: Best New Cards l #225

    We're continuing our coverage of the Commander 2018 product with a look at the BEST NEW CARDS from the set. Before we examined each deck and how to quickly tune it up and get it onto the battlefield as quickly as possible. Today we're taking an overall look at the C18 cards in the context of the greater world of Commander.

    What's the best new legendary? The best new card for inside the 99 of your current decks? Listen and find out!

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    Aminatou - Subjective Reality - C18 Deck Review | #224

    Our complete coverage of the Commander 2018 product continues, with a review of the Esper "Subjective Reality" pre-con deck! Aminatou's text box can be perplexing. What's the best way to take advantage of her, seemingly, unrelated abilites? First we break it down and then we tune it up.

    Learn about the new cards, the reprints, how the deck plays, what to add, and what to take out so you can get this deck up-and-running and ready to do battle in your playgroup asap.

    Only one may stand! Make sure it's you.

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    Estrid - Adaptive Enchantment - C18 Deck Review | #223

    Our complete coverage of the Commander 2018 product continues, with a review of the Bant "Adaptive Enchantment" pre-con deck! Estrid combines a lot of abilites we've all been asking for. But is she as powerful as she seems? We're breaking down all the deck stats and then tuning it up.

    Learn about the new cards, the reprints, how the deck plays, what to add, and what to take out so you can get this deck up-and-running and ready to do battle in your playgroup asap.

    Only one may stand! Make sure it's you.

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    Windgrace Lands Matter - Nature's Vengeance - C18 Deck Review | #222

    We're continuing our in-depth coverage of the Commander 2018 product with a review of the "Nature's Vengeance" pre-con deck! Lord Windgrace finally brings together the colors we've all wanted in a Lands Matter deck. But what's the best way to build around him? Join us, as we break it down and then tune it up.

    Learn about the new cards, the reprints, how the deck plays, what to add, and what to take out so you can get this deck up-and-running and ready to take down your playgroup.

    Only one may stand! Make sure it's you.

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    Saheeli Artifacts - Exquisite Invention - C18 Deck Review | #221

    We're starting our in-depth coverage of the Commander 2018 product with a review of the Saheeli / Artifacts "Exquisite Invention" pre-con deck! Is this the Izzet artifacts Commander we've all been dreaming of? First we break it down and then we tune it up.

    Learn about the new cards, the reprints, how the deck plays, what to add, and what to take out so you can get this deck up-and-running and ready to do battle in your playgroup asap.

    Only one may stand! Make sure it's you.

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    Commander 2018 Preview Card - Gyrus, Waker of Corpses | #220

    It's that time of year, Commander Xmas! Which means we're unwrapping our exclusive COMMANDER 2018 PREVIEW CARD! Meet the newest JUND legendary creature: Gyrus, Waker of Corpses. Come find out what this big bad hydra can do.

    Note: This is a short episode just for our C18 preview card but don't worry! We have a ton of awesome BONUS CONTENT coming out very soon. This is the best time of year for Commander players and we're going to be taking an in-depth look at all the new stuff from every angle. We only have to wait until more of the set is revealed.

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    Chromium and the Voltron Debate l #219

    Today we're talking about a Voltron build of the new Elder Dragon: Chromium, the Mutable. PLUS we're also delving into a contentious topic, is Voltron actually any good? Enjoy the show and then participate in the discussion in the comments!

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    Underrated Favorites | #218

    We all have cards we think are awesome but that never seem to show up on the opponent's side of the table. Why is no one else playing this stuff? On today's episode, Josh and DJ make the case for some of their favorite underrated cards in Commander.

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    How to Power-up Your Decks l #217

    With the release of new cards/sets and shifts in the local meta, Commander players are constantly tuning-up their decks. But how can you tell if you’re improving a strategy or making it worse? On today’s episode we discuss how to power-up your decks.

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    M19 Set Review l #216

    The core sets are back! Josh is joined by substitute co-host DJ (Jumbo Commander on YouTube) to break down the new cards in M19 that we think will make a splash in Commander. From the return of Elder Dragons to all new planeswalkers, find out which cards you're gonna need for your next EDH night.

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    MTG Arena +M19 Preview Card w/ Ashlen Rose | #215

    We've got cosplayer and Game Knights alum Ashlen Rose as a guest on this episode to talk about our experiences so far with the new digital form of Magic: the MTG Arena Closed Beta. Plus, we're unveiling our M19 preview card! It's one of the the original Elder Dragons, Arcades, the Strategist. What does it do? Watch and find out!

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    Should ALL Planeswalkers Be Legal As Commanders? | The Command Zone #214

    It's debate time! This week we're bringing on special guest Alex Kessler (@kesswylie) from the Masters of Modern podcast to discuss one of the most controversial and contentious EDH topics: Should ALL planeswalkers be legal as Commanders?

    Watch the episode and then weigh-in afterward with your own opinion in the comments!

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    Is the Brawl Format Good? +Dominaria Preview | The Command Zone #204 | Magic: the Gathering Commander/EDH

    We're unveiling a new legendary creature from Dominaria PLUS having an in-depth discussion on the new Brawl format (recently announced by WotC) based on our experience from trying it out. Will Brawl be awesome? Lame? Will it encroach on Commander or instead help shepherd new players into our favorite format? Will it even last long enough to be anything but a splash-in-the-pan? Tune in and find out!

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    Episode 200 Extravaganza with Over 30 Special Guests | #200

    It's our 200th episode! We're celebrating all things Commander and talking EDH with over 30 community members including The Professor, Gaby Spartz, Marshall Sutcliffe, LoadyingReadyRun, Cassius Marsh and many more

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    Must Have Cards and Format Staples | #199

    There are certain cards that any Commander player worth their salt needs in their collection. On this episode, we run down the list of must-haves and format staples while discussing which offer the most "bang for the buck". Do you have all the essentials covered? In what order should you acquire the stuff you don't have? Take a listen and find out.

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    The Most Underrated Cards in Commander | #198

    It's time to discover some hidden gems! We're going down the list of the most underrated cards in all of Commander. The enchantments, artifacts, etc that would take your deck to the next level - if you'd ever heard of them before.

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    How Useful is the Banlist? | #197

    How do I lower the power level of my decks? How do I handle oppressive players? How useful is the ban list? This week, Josh and Jimmy tackle some more listener-submitted questions.

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    10 Biggest Mistakes Commander Players Make | #196

    Nobody plays perfectly all the time. The problem comes when we keep making the same missteps over and over. On this episode, Jimmy and Josh talk about the 10 biggest mistakes that Commander players make and how to avoid them.

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    Kumena - Best Merfolk Commander Ever? | #195

    Is Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca the best merfolk commander ever made? Find out, as we take and in-depth look at the deck Jimmy built for the most recent episode of Game Knights.

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    Elenda, the Dusk Rose – Deck Tech | #194

    We're breaking down Josh's Elenda, the Dusk Rose deck from the latest episode of Game Knights. Come see what makes this unique brew tick and just how explosive a Commander she can be!

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    Rivals of Ixalan – Set Review | #193

    It’s our Rivals of Ixalan Set Review! This set has some crazy cards for Commander / EDH. Find out which we think will turn out to be powerhouses in the format and which will be overrated duds. ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kingdom! Make sure to us our affiliate...

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    Rivals of Ixalan Spoiler – Zacama, Primal Calamity | #192

      We’re unveiling our Rivals of Ixalan preview card! It’s a brand new legendary elder dinosaur: ZACAMA, PRIMAL CALAMITY. Plus, we’ve got Craig Blanchette in studio, going over a full deck tech for this extremely powerful Commander. ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kingdom! Make sure to us our affiliate link the next...

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    Best of 2017 – Year in Review | #191

      This was a huge year for both The Command Zone and Game Knights! Jimmy and Josh are wrapping-up 2017 by taking a look back at all of our favorite episodes, events and moments PLUS a quick glance ahead to 2018. Big thanks to all of the listeners, subscribers and fans who’ve supported us on this amazing journey. Happy New Year! ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community,...

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    Lessons from The Great War | #190

      World War 1 (often called The Great War) is one of the most devastating struggles in all of human history. Similar to our Art of War and Machiavelli episodes, we’re examining the lead-up to the conflict, dissecting the complex web of alliances and discussing the parallels and lessons that can be applied to your games of Commander. ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone...

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    Building Around Unstable Legends | #189

      Let’s take a look at three great new legendaries from Unstable (Baron Von Count, Grusilda and X) and consider all the deck-building possibilities! ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kingdom! Make sure to us our affiliate link the next time you purchase Magic cards or products: http://www.cardkingdom.com/commandzone Huge thanks to...

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    Is Unstable OK in Commander? | #188

      The newest silver-bordered set, Unstable, is about to be released! But the cards are not officially legal in EDH! Jimmy and Josh discuss which of the new stuff seems ok to play in Commander and which should be kept out of the format. ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kingdom! Make...

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    The Most Powerful Commander Decks | #187

      This week, Jimmy and Josh take a look at the most powerful decks in the entire Commander format and explain what makes them tick. ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kingdom! Make sure to us our affiliate link the next time you purchase Magic cards or products: http://www.cardkingdom.com/commandzone Huge thanks...

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    Words of Wizdom | #186

      It’s time to up your game. Jimmy and Josh are coming at you with a bunch random bite-sized Commander advice and EDH level-ups. ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kingdom! Make sure to us our affiliate link the next time you purchase Magic cards or products: http://www.cardkingdom.com/commandzone Huge thanks to...

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    My Playgroup Always Targets Me First | #185

      How do you get your playgroup to stop targeting you first? How do you know when to mulligan? Is Temple of the False God a bad card? Find out all of this and more as Jimmy and Josh tackle listener submitted questions. ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kingdom! Make...

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    Inside the Mind of Magic Artist Jesper Ejsing | #184

    Renowned Magic artist Jesper Ejsing joins the show to discuss his process when creating art for Magic: the Gathering as well as his love for the Commander format. ———- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kingdom! Make sure to us our affiliate link the next time you purchase Magic cards or products:...

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    Threat Assessment Case Studies | #183

    Follow along as Jimmy and Josh break down some of the more interesting and complicated board states from Game Knights and discuss their process of threat assessment and how to make better in-game decisions. ———- The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kingdom! Make sure to us our affiliate link the next time you purchase Magic cards or products: http://www.cardkingdom.com/commandzoneHuge thanks to UltraPro (http://www.ultrapro.com – @UltraProIntl) for sponsoring this episode and providing...

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    Politics with the Professor – What Kind of Player are YOU? | #182

    The Professor from Tolarian Community College is in town and ready to talk POLITICS! We dive into what it means to play against each of us, how we’ve changed over time, and our favorite reasons to play Commander. What We Mentioned on the End Step: The Professor! Check him out: YouTube.com/TolarianCommunity Twitter.com/TolarianCollege Patreon.com/TolarianCommunityCollege We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to...

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    The Right Way to NETDECK | #181

    We’ve gotten a lot of questions about netdecking, so here are 5 helpful tips to get you on the road to building the best decks AND keeping your original flavor intact. Deck Brewer’s Worksheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1T-0phvLKtUViJjSnUF_tk3tYOWrr9FZcB5ePIOXx2OA/edit?usp=sharing What We Mentioned on the End Step: Giveaways! Follow @DXPOfficial on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook to enter 🙂 We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to...

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    Most Annoying Cards in EDH | #180

    You heard us right – these cards are annoying, a nuisance, and Josh and Jimmy have OPINIONS on them! Hear our picks for our top 5 most annoying cards in EDH. JOSH 5) Torpor Orb 4) Expropriate 3) Gaddock Teeg 2) Triumph of the Hordes 1) Blood Moon Honorable Mentions: Winter Orb Rhystic Study Perplexing Chimera/Glen Elendra Iona, Shield of Emeria JIMMY 5) Rhystic Study 4) Perplexing Chimera 3) Grave Pact / Dictate of Erebos...

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    Ixalan SET REVIEW for Commander | #179

    Our Ixalan Set Review is here and it’s time to get Tribal with it! From Dinosaurs to Merfolk to Pirates and Vampires, there’s plenty to dig into here. What will make the cut in your next Commander deck? What We Mentioned on the End Step: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to us. Click Here. Huge thanks to...

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    IXALAN MYTHIC: Axis of Mortality | Ramos, Dragon Engine Deck Tech | #178

    Our Ixalan Preview is here and it’s got a very powerful effect – but the real question is, does the card actually work well in EDH? Afterwards we break down Jimmy’s deck brew for Ramos, Dragon Engine. Axis of Mortality: Ramos Decklist: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/ramos-dragon-engine-jimmy/ What We Mentioned on the End Step: Stranger Things Season 2 We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing...

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    Mairsil, The Pretender DECK TECH | #177

    Josh has been brewing around one of the new Commanders Mairsil, The Pretender. Can he steal ALL the activated abilites? Make sure to check out the decklist below. Decklist: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/mairsil-the-pretender-l-jlk/ What We Mentioned on the End Step: Improv Games! We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to us. Click Here. Huge thanks to Geoffrey Palmer for providing some of his amazing...

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    Is Kess, Dissident Mage better than Snapcaster? Deck Tech | #176

    Alex Kessler joins the show to discuss his namesake card and a deck he might brew with it. Decklist: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kess-dissident-mage-alex-kessler/ KEY CARDS: Dark Ritual (Mana Geyser) Ancient Excavation Time Warp Metallurgic Summonings Increasing Ambition/Increasing Vengeance /(no Increasing Confusion?) Secrets of the Dead Mizzix’s Mastery Docent of Perfections Cruel Ultimatum CARDS WE MIGHT THINK ABOUT THAT AREN’T ON THE LIST: Pyromancer’s Goggles Epic Experiment Signets? Or more Rituals? Brainstorm, etc More self mill? Cycling Deck What...

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    How Would a Spike Build Edgar Markov? | #175

    Josh Kim joins the show and brings a Spike’s perspective to taking Edgar Markov and how he might build the deck optimally. Decklist: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/01-08-17-mardu-v/ Want to see the pre-cons in action? Make sure to watch Game Knights Episode 9 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2vla4I0jCc Where to Find Josh Online: http://www.twitter.com/xelltweets NEW CARDS FROM THE PRE-CON YOU WOULD KEEP Path of Ancestry Kindred Boon New Blood Patron of the Vein CARDS WE MIGHT THINK ABOUT THAT AREN’T ON THE...

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    The Best 5 Color Dragon EVER? CMDR 2017 Dragon Deck Review | #174

    Dragon Tribal is one of Magic’s oldest ongoing tribes, and they’ve just received a game changing update with Commander 2017! Find out what’s new and what needs changing in this review of the preconstructed deck. Want to see the pre-cons in action? Make sure to watch Game Knights Episode 9 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2vla4I0jCc CARDS TO ADD: (Cylconic Rift/Snapcaster Mage – duh) Also – the best Dragons are expensive. It’s just a popular tribe so…sorry. GIVE ME...

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    Can Cat Tribal be Competitive? CMDR 2017 Cat Deck Review | #173

    Show Notes: It’s time to break down the Cat Tribal deck from Commander 2017 and tell you which 10-12 cards you can add to make it that much better! Do you think Cat Tribal can be a competitive Commander deck? Want to see the pre-cons in action? Make sure to watch Game Knights Episode 9 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2vla4I0jCc CARDS TO ADD: Value/Tutor Birthing Pod Sun Titan Fauna Shaman Protection: Asceticism Teferi’s Protection More Card Draw: Smuggler’s...

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    Are Wizards Underpowered? C17 Arcane Wizardry Review | #172

    Show Notes: Commander 2017 is here, so let’s take a first look and overview of each of the decks so you can determine which one is best for your needs! Want to see the pre-cons in action? Make sure to watch Game Knights Episode 9 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2vla4I0jCc Show Notes: We’re tuning up the Arcane Wizardry deck featuring Inalla with just 10-12 easy replacements. Do you think the Wizards deck is underpowered? CARDS TO ADD: (Cyclonic...

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    Which Commander 2017 Deck is the BEST? | #171

    Show Notes: Commander 2017 is here, so let’s take a first look and overview of each of the decks so you can determine which one is best for your needs! Want to see the pre-cons in action? Make sure to watch Game Knights Episode 9 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2vla4I0jCc What We Mentioned on the End Step: Basketball! We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by...

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    C17 Previews – Boneyard Scourge & Fortunate Few | #170

    Josh and Jimmy breathe some fire into their Commander 2017 preview cards, Boneyard Scourge & Fortunate Few! ================ Fortunate Few 3WW Sorcery Choose a nonland permanent you don’t control, then each other player chooses a nonland permanent he or she doesn’t control that hasn’t been chosen this way. Destroy all other nonland permanents. “… Is it over?” ================ Boneyard Scourge 2BB Creature – Zombie Dragon – 4/3 Flying Whenever a Dragon you control dies while...

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    How Many Infinite Combos Is TOO Many? | #169

    We’re answering some mailbag questions and addressing some controversial topics – how many infinite combos is too many? How do you handle take backs? What We Mentioned on the End Step: The Evolution of Trust: http://ncase.me/trust/ ================= We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to us. Click Here. Huge thanks to Geoffrey Palmer for providing some of his amazing Living Cards...

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    Evaluating New Mechanics: Amonkhet / Hour of Devastation | #168

    With another block under our belt, it’s time to take a look back on the new and returning mechanics of Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation and see how they line up with Magic’s history and how usable they are in Commander. What We Mentioned on the End Step: San Diego Comic-Con ================= We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to us....

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    Brewing with the New Gods (Locust, Scarab, Scorpion) | #167

    Hour of Devastation brought some really awesome Legendary Gods to the table, so Josh is bringing them all together and seeing how one might brew a deck with ALL of them in it! What We Mentioned on the End Step: Polaris Primetime on DXP: https://www.youtube.com/dxpofficial ================= We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to us. Click Here. Huge thanks to Geoffrey...

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    Adjusting to New Metas LIVE at GP Vegas | #166

    We take our show to the convention halls of GP Vegas with special guests Cassius Marsh and Mel Li to discuss the intricacies of adjusting to new metas AND answer tons of audience questions! Where to find our Guests: Cassius Marsh: @KingCash_7191 Mel Li: @smelissali What We Mentioned on the End Step: Up and Vanished Podcast ================= We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new...

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    Hour of Devastation Commander Set Review | #165

    Nicol Bolas is BACK and the Hour of Devastation is upon us! Josh and Jimmy break down the new mechanics, best Legendaries, Planeswalkers, and review each color for Commander. What We Mentioned on the End Step: MXM – Master X Master ================= We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to us. Click Here. Huge thanks to Geoffrey Palmer for providing some...

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    The Magic Grand Prix Guide l How GPs Work | #164

    We’re walking through Grand Prix literally and figuratively today! Learn how to survive your first GP and see tons of awesome footage Grand Prix Vegas 2017! What We Mentioned on the End Step: Crime Town ================= We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to us. Click Here. Huge thanks to Geoffrey Palmer for providing some of his amazing Living Cards animations...

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    Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign – HOUR OF DEVASTATION preview | #163

    It’s the HOUR OF DEVASTATION and we’ve got a huge Sphinx coming at you from the sky – it’s Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign! UNESH, CRIOSPHINX SOVEREIGN 4UU Legendary Creature – Sphinx – 4/4 Flying Sphinx Spells cost (2) less to cast. Whenever Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign or another Sphinx enters the battlefield under your control, reveal the top four cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand...

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    Saving Money in Commander with Jason Alt | #162

    Jason Alt joins the show to discuss financial preparation ahead of tribal decks in Commander 2017, Iconic Masters, and anything else special coming our way in Magic’s 25th year. Where to find Jason Alt: @JasonEAlt: http://www.twitter.com/JasonEAlt Editor for Articles on EDHREC: http://articles.edhrec.com/ Brainstorm Brewery Podcast: http://brainstormbrewery.com/category/podcasts/ Money Draught Podcast: http://brainstormbrewery.com/author/money-draught/ The 75% Theory: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/jasonalt-021314-building-a-75-commander-deck/ What We Mentioned on The End Step: Patriot (find it on Amazon Prime) The Wire We’re On YouTube and Facebook! Find...

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    Top 5 OVERRATED Cards in Commander | #161

    Hyperbole is a huge part of Magic: the Gathering culture. We love to proclaim that “X is the best card ever!” or that “If you play Y, you can’t lose”. While it’s fun to make these kind of bold statements, it also means we’re probably doing a disservice to just how good a card ACTUALLY is. Today we’re going to address 5 cards each that we think players have overrated in Commander. JOSH: 5. Birds...

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    The Netdecking Dilemma with Stybs | #160

    We welcome Adam Styborski (Stybs) to the show to discuss a range of topics, including a lively back and forth on whether or not websites like EDHREC and Netdecking are good for the Commander format. Where to Find Stybs: http://www.twitter.com/the_stybs Articles on TCGPlayer: http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article_search_result.asp?author=Adam%20Styborski GatheringMagic Archive: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/author/adamstyborski/ What We Mentioned on The End Step: World of Warcraft: Legion We’re On YouTube and Facebook! Find our FULL Video Podcasts on YouTube and subscribe by clicking Here....

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    Top 10 Black and Green Cards in EDH – Revisited | #159

    It’s been a while since our original top 10 reviews for Black and Green in EDH – we’re going back to revisit our picks and NOT look at our original lists – let’s see what’s changed. GREEN: OLD LISTS: JOSH 10 – Awakening Zone 9 – Acidic Slime 8 – Krosan Grip 7 – Genesis Wave 6 – Craterhoof Behemoth 5 – Doubling Season 4 – Greater Good 3 – Eternal Witness 2 – Oracle...

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    Breaking Boros | Winning with Red/White in EDH | #158

    It is well known that Boros (red/white) is the hardest color pair to have success with in Commander. On this episode, we discuss ways to make it viable and up that win percentage. What We Mentioned on The End Step: Magic: the Gathering Puzzle Quest http://m.onelink.me/5318602 Use this code and receive a free rare card: 1e2ct What We Mentioned on the Show: Alex Kessler’s Archangel Avacyn Decklist: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/archangel-avacyn-alex-kessler/ Boros Card List: High Priority: Hedron Archive...

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    Magic Community Spotlight! | #157

    There’s a ton of awesome magic content out there but sometimes it can be hard to find. We’re hoping we can introduce you to some of our favorite stuff! Before we get into it – we are not trying to insult, marginalize, or make any statement about any creator that hasn’t made the list today! We certainly don’t know every piece of content out there, so please let us know if we’ve missed one of...

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    The Importance of Mana Curve | #156

    In this level up episode, Josh brings the idea of the Mana Curve to the table, and why it’s more important in Commander now than ever. “Aftermath” Playmat ON SALE for one month only: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1171224254/aftermath-limited-edition-playmat-from-the-command Game Knights #6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqalJabqJsA&index=1&list=PLyLzs6vB3Xk75kjIm45DQLrR8oT63_OvD What We Mentioned on the End Step: The Magic Castle in Los Angeles We’re On YouTube and Facebook! Find our FULL Video Podcasts on YouTube and subscribe by clicking Here. Follow us for updates on our...

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    LEOVOLD BANNED! Amonkhet Set Review for Commander | #155

    Amonkhet and a new cycle of brand new Gods are here for Commander consumption! Let’s break down our favorite cards for EDH in each color. We’ll also discuss the Leovold banning and Protean Hulk unbanning at the beginning. “Aftermath” Playmat ON SALE for one month only: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1171224254/aftermath-limited-edition-playmat-from-the-command Game Knights #6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqalJabqJsA&index=1&list=PLyLzs6vB3Xk75kjIm45DQLrR8oT63_OvD What We Mentioned on the End Step: Nier Automata Giveaway! We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when...

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    Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons Deck Tech (from Game Knights #6) | #154

    We promise no more snake puns! Josh’s build of Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons utilizes her snake creation potential to the max in this deck tech – and then don’t forget to check it out in action on Game Knights #6! “Aftermath” Playmat ON SALE for one month only: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1171224254/aftermath-limited-edition-playmat-from-the-command Game Knights #6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqalJabqJsA&index=1&list=PLyLzs6vB3Xk75kjIm45DQLrR8oT63_OvD Decklist: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/hapatra-vizier-of-poisons-jlk-game-knights-6/ What We Mentioned on the End Step: S-Town Podcast (from the creators of Serial): https://stownpodcast.org/ We’re On YouTube! All of...

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    Amonkhet Preview: Neheb, the Worthy & Deck Tech | #153

    We’re diving into our NEW PREVIEW card: Neheb, the Worthy and discussing how Jimmy built a deck around the idea of discard. NEHEB, THE WORTHY 1BR – Legendary Creature – Minotaur Warrior – 2/2 First Strike Other Minotaurs you control have first strike. As long as you have one or fewer cards in hand, Minotaurs you control get +2/+0 Whenever Neheb, the Worthy deals combat damage to a player, each player discards a card. Decklist:...

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    Spice up your Commander Night! / Modern Masters 2017 Draft | #152

    This week we’re breaking down a bunch of different ways to play Commander/EDH so you can keep things fresh in a playgroup! Try out some of these variants and let us know your favorites. We also go over our experiences with the Modern Masters 2017 draft format so far. What We Mentioned on the Show: Two Headed Giant: http://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/two-headed-giant Planechase: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/rules-revealed-2009-08-10 Vanguard: http://magic.wizards.com/en/vanguard Archenemy: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/archenemy-rules-revealed-2010-05-17 Star: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/serious-fun/star-power-2008-08-05 Kingdoms: https://www.reddit.com/r/EDH/comments/3x0zvs/kingdom_magic_simplified_xpost_from_magictcg/ What We Mentioned on the End...

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    The Commander Deck Building Template | #151

    Deck building in EDH can be a daunting task, especially early in your Commander career! Today we’re tackling how to approach each EDH deck with a basic template when brewing. What We Mentioned on the Show: EDH Essential Cards: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/commander-edh-starter-deck-the-essentials/ Card Advantage and Card Draw episode: https://collected.company/2016/10/18/card-draw-card-advantage-127/ Mana Base episodes: https://collected.company/2015/04/07/mana-bases-part-12-39/ and https://collected.company/2015/04/09/mana-bases-part-22-40/ Prof’s Mana Base Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DSddyFCqPk Quadrant Theory episode: https://collected.company/2014/09/02/card-evaluation-animar-with-marshall-sutcliffe-9/ What We Mentioned on the End Step: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of...

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    Tasigur, the Golden Fang with Jeremy Noell | #150

    We welcome Jeremy Noell from StarCityGames to the show to discuss his projects and his awesome Tasigur, the Golden Fang brew, which aims to cast Villainous Wealth as many times as possible. Tasigur Decklist: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/tasigur-villainous-wealth-jeremy-noell/ Where to Find Jeremy: http://www.twitter.com/jeremynoell www.youtube.com/starcitygames Commander Vs Split Second Mini Masters Vs What We Mentioned on the End Step: Xenoshyft 7 Wonders Sushi Go Epic Card Game We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get...

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    The Creative Process w/ Rob Prior (Live Painting!) | #149

    Artist Rob Prior joins the show to join Josh and Jimmy as they discuss the Creative Process and how it has pertained to them in their lives and their time in Los Angeles. Rob also live paints an awesome portrait behind the hosts so make sure to check out the video version to see the magic happen in real time! Links: Rob Prior: @prior2art www.robprior.com Rob’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaMptLWp_oBloRIzA0uEOlQ Game Knights Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfMQdoaiujE&list=PLyLzs6vB3Xk7u8L3xGBsM5wo8Ms5jUIxh&index=1 Video...

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    MODERN MASTERS 2017 PREVIEW, Rishkar & Sram Game Knights Deck Tech | #148

    We’re showing off our Modern Masters 2017 preview card (Zur, the Enchanter) and doing a quick double deck tech on the mono colored Rishkar and Sram decks we played in Game Knights #4! Modern Masters 2017 Preview: ZUR THE ENCHANTER Links: Game Knights Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfMQdoaiujE&list=PLyLzs6vB3Xk7u8L3xGBsM5wo8Ms5jUIxh&index=1 Sram’s Deckbuilder: Wesley Ruttle – @SmashGizmo Decklists: Wesley’s Sram, Senior Edificer: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/sram-senior-edificer-wes-game-knights-4/ Vinny’s Yahenni, Undying Partisan: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/yahenni-undying-partisan-vinny-game-knights-4/ Josh Lee Kwai’s Rishkar, Peema Renegade: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/rishkar-peema-renegade-jlk-l-game-knights-4/ Jimmy’s Kari Zev, Skyship Raider:...

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    Commander Summit 2016 with Commanderin’ & Commander’s Brew | #147

    Please welcome Phil DeLuca and Andy Hull from the Commanderin’ and Commander’s Brew podcasts as we sit to discuss the state of the format and look back on the past year for Commander players. Links: The Commanderin’ Podcast: http://www.commanderinmtg.com/ Commanderin’ on YouTube @commanderinmtg @ketjak The Commander’s Brew Podcast: http://www.commandersbrew.com/ Commander’s Brew on YouTube @CommandersBrew @andyhullbone Game Knights Episode 3: http://collected.company/2017/02/07/yidris-silas-renn-sidar-kondo-titania-oona-game-knights-03/ What We Mentioned on The End Step: Phil: League of Legends Moana Microscope RPG Andy:...

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    Straying From Staples with TheMagicManSam | #146

    TheMagicManSam joins the show with an interesting perspective: how does one not let their Commander games become monotonous? How can you approach the game to keep things fresh and exciting? Links: TheMagicManSam on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/themagicmansam33 TheMagicManSam on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RhysticStudies Game Knights Episode 3: http://collected.company/2017/02/07/yidris-silas-renn-sidar-kondo-titania-oona-game-knights-03/ What We Mentioned on The End Step: Marathon running! Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here: http://www.patreon.com/commandzone We’re On YouTube! All of...

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    Silas Renn + Sidar Kondo Deck Tech | #145

    Jimmy and Josh break down his Silas Renn & Sidar Kondo brew from Game Knights Episode 3! Decklists: Jimmy’s Silas Renn & Sidar Kondo: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/silas-renn-sidar-kondo-jimmy-game-knights-3/ Josh Kim’s Yidris Infect: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/yidris-infect-josh-game-knights-3/ Josh Kim’s Alesha: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/alesha-josh-kim-game-knights-3/ Craig’s Rhys: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/rhys-the-redeemed-craig-game-knights-3/ Craig’s Oona: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/oona-queen-of-the-fae-craig-game-knights-3/ JLK’s Titania: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/titania-lands-jlk-l-game-knights-3/ Game Knights Episode 3: http://collected.company/2017/02/07/yidris-silas-renn-sidar-kondo-titania-oona-game-knights-03/ What We Mentioned on The End Step: Hardcore History Podcast: http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/ Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here:...

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    Blatant Favoritism? No-Counter EDH? Mailbag Q&A | #144

    Mailbag Q&A time! This week we’re answering questions on deck refinement, how to make a successful LGS Commander Night, some blatant favoritism, and getting into MTG content creation! Links: Building a Mana Base, Episode #39 & #40 Building Around Story, Episode #106 Patreon Rewards Post How to Stream by Gaby Spartz What We Mentioned on The End Step: Star Wars: Destiny – a new CCG from Fantasy Flight Games Support us on Patreon! Become a...

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    Evaluating New Mechanics – Kaladesh Block | #143

    Welcome to a new series where we take the mechanics introduced in new sets and evaluate them against Magic’s history as well as how they’re pertinent to Commander. Let us know what you think about the series in the comments or on Twitter! What We Mentioned on The End Step: Oysters Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here: http://www.patreon.com/commandzone We’re On YouTube! All of our video...

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    Aether Revolt Set Review | #142

    Aether Revolt is here and with it comes a ton of interesting cards for EDH – let’s review our favorite picks and combos from the new set! What We Mentioned on The End Step: Gremlins 2 Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here: http://www.patreon.com/commandzone We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to...

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    Machiavellian Machinations | #141

    ‘The Prince’ by Niccolo Machiavelli is one of the most famous political philosophy manuscripts of all time. It is similar to Sun Tzu’s Art of War in that, while printed in 1532, it is still read and studied today by politicians, Fortune 500 CEO’s and the like. We cover some of his most well known quotes and break down how it applies to Commander! Links: Game Knights #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l8sXRvwdT0&list=PLyLzs6vB3Xk75kjIm45DQLrR8oT63_OvD&index=1 Politics & Negotiations / Roon of...

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    RISHKAR’S EXPERTISE + Vial Smasher & Thrasios Deck Tech | #140

    We discuss our preview card for Aether Revolt: Rishkar’s Expertise, and then break down Josh’s Vial Smasher & Thrasios deck that he played in Game Knights #2. Rishkar’s Expertise – 4GG Sorcery Draw cards equal to the greatest power among creatures you control. You may cast a card with converted mana cost 5 or less from your hand without paying its mana cost. “Control the Great Conduit? You might as well try to divert a...

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    What Would You Change in 2017? New Year’s Resolutions! | #139

    What do YOU resolve to change about yourself and how your Magic: the Gathering habits in 2017? Jimmy and Josh walk through their resolutions for the new year. What We Mentioned on the End Step: Rogue One Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here: http://www.patreon.com/commandzone We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing...

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    The BEST of 2016 – Year In Review | #138

    2016 has almost come to a close, so let’s take a look back on the year that the podcast had and our picks for our overall BEST OFs! What We Mentioned: A LOT. If you’d like to check out all of our episodes, check out the full list and backlog here: http://collected.company/category/the-command-zone/ Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here: http://www.patreon.com/commandzone What We Mentioned on the End...

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    Controversy! Combos and Concessions | #137

    We’ve got Controversy a-brewin this week! Jimmy and Josh discuss the ethics and workarounds for combo-heavy metas, and if it’s ever ok to “concede” as a strategic response to an opponent. What We Mentioned: Interview of Jimmy and Josh at GeneralDamageControl.com Commander’s Brew Episodes featuring Jimmy and Josh InResponse with The Professor and Josh New Gameplay Videos: Game Knights #01 Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode...

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    Commander at WotC and Atraxa Alterations with Trick Jarrett | #136

    The awesome Trick Jarrett from Wizards of the Coast joins the show to discuss what the Commander community is like at the mothership and the direction he’s taking his Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice decklist. Where to Find Trick: @trickmtg Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here: http://www.patreon.com/commandzone What We Mentioned on the End Step: The Seattle Sounders Cards Removed: 1 Migratory Route 1 Manifold Insights 1 Disdainful...

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    Commander 2016 Deck Testing – Kydele & Breya | #135

    We got to brew decks around the Commander 2016 Legendaries and test them out against each other! Jimmy and Josh talk about their ideas for Breya, Etherium Shaper and Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix (+Bruse Tarl). Decklists: Breya, Etherium Shaper by Jimmy: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/breya-etherium-shaper-jimmy-135/ Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix + Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder by Josh: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kydele-bruse-tarl-josh-135/ Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here: http://www.patreon.com/commandzone What We Mentioned on...

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    Saskia the Unyielding – Open Hostility C16 Deck Tech | #134

    We’re breaking down each of the Commander 2016 Preconstructed decks, reviewing what cards to add and take out, and how you can modify these decks quickly and easily for play! This episode focuses on the Open Hostility deck with Saskia the Unyielding. Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here: http://www.patreon.com/commandzone What We Mentioned on the End Step: Thank you Joel Hammitt for the incredible list of...

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    Breya, Etherium Shaper – Invent Superiority C16 Deck Tech | #133

    We’re breaking down each of the Commander 2016 Preconstructed decks, reviewing what cards to add and take out, and how you can modify these decks quickly and easily for play! This episode focuses on the Invent Superiority deck with Breya, Etherium Shaper. Support us on Patreon! Become a Patron today for as little as $1 an episode here: http://www.patreon.com/commandzone What We Mentioned on the End Step: Planet Earth 2 Baby Iguana Chase CARDS TO ADD...

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    Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis – Stalwart Unity C16 Deck Tech | #132

    We’re breaking down each of the Commander 2016 Preconstructed decks, reviewing what cards to add and take out, and how you can modify these decks quickly and easily for play! This episode focuses on the Stalwart Unity deck with Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis. What We Mentioned on the End Step: Extra-Life – http://www.extra-life.org CARDS TO ADD IN: Bribery Gahiji, Honored One Forced Fruition Divine Intervention Perplexing Chimera Wrath of God Supreme Verdict Austere Command...

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    Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder – Entropic Uprising C16 Deck Tech | #131

    We’re breaking down each of the Commander 2016 Preconstructed decks, reviewing what cards to add and take out, and how you can modify these decks quickly and easily for play! This episode focuses on the Entropic Uprising deck with Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder. What We Mentioned on the End Step: Blizzcon CARDS TO ADD IN: Wheel of Fortune Dark Deal Tolarian Winds Arjun, the Shifting Flame Forgotten Creation Teferi’s Puzzle Box Umbral Mantle Thousand Year Elixir...

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    Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice – Breed Lethality C16 Deck Tech | #130

    We’re breaking down each of the Commander 2016 Preconstructed decks, reviewing what cards to add and take out, and how you can modify these decks quickly and easily for play! This episode focuses on the Breed Lethality deck with Atraxa, Praetor’s Voice. What We Mentioned on the End Step: Junk Art CARDS TO ADD IN: Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord Triumph of the Hordes Akroma’s Memorial / Eldrazi Monument Cyclonic Rift Momir Vig, Simic Visionary Prime...

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    First Look at Commander 2016 | #129

    Commander 2016 looks to be an incredible set of Pre-Constructed decks for EDH player, so let’s dive in and take a look at all of the new mechanics and 4-Color Commanders! What We Mentioned on the End Step: Battlerite Civilization 6 Hardcore History Podcast We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by subscribing to us. Click Here. Huge thanks to Geoffrey Palmer for...

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    Cruel Entertainment + 2 more COMMANDER 2016 Preview Cards! | #128

    We’ve got THREE exclusive Previews from Commander 2016! Introducing CRUEL ENTERTAINMENT, and our two reprints Iroas, God of Victory and Hanna, Ship’s Navigator! We weren’t 100% correct with our predictions for Commander 2016, but we’re super stoked to discuss all of the awesome possibilities and Partner combinations! What We Mentioned on the End Step: Westworld We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when we post a new video by...

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    Card Draw & Card Advantage | #127

    Card Draw and Card Advantage are two terms often mentioned on the show; Josh and Jimmy dive deeper into the specifics of each and how they effect your deckbuilding and in-game decisions. What We Mentioned on The End Step: Escape Rooms! We’re On YouTube! All of our video podcasts are now online. Get notifications when...

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    The Meta and You | #126

    This week we're going deep on the idea of the "meta" and how it applies to you as a Magic: the Gathering player.

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    Talrand, Sky Summoner Deck Tech | #125

    Craig Blanchette joins the show to discuss his Talrand, Sky Summoner build and Josh and Jimmy deck tech it to make some improvements.

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    Conspiracy 2 Set Review | #124

    We've gotten our hands on Conspiracy 2 and had a couple of chances to draft it! Here's our EDH set review for what we think might make it into your next Commander deck.

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    Kaladesh Set Review | #123

    Kaladesh is here and we couldn't be more excited about the inclusion of the Masterpiece Inventions! Well, Jimmy is at least. Here's our set review on what's what for EDH players.

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    How Would You Change the Color Pie? Q&A | #120

    We're back at it again with more of your Listener Questions. We've got some great ones on the docket today! ALSO if you hear your voice, you've won a draft set of CONSPIRACY 2 so go ahead and send us an email with your mailing address.

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    Blue – The Color Wheel Series (& CONSPIRACY 2 PREVIEW) | #118

    We're talking about Blue this week in our Color Wheel series. It's the last color we haven't covered yet! We'll be breaking down each of the 5 colors in Magic by learning its history, examining its base "wants and needs", and understanding how it functions with each other color. Most importantly, how YOU can use it most effectively and have the most FUN when playing.

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    Building On A Budget | #117

    This week we discuss the basics of building a deck on a budget - how to prioritize, organize, and correctly identify what your deck needs before purchasing its parts.

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    Deck Doctors: Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim | #116

    Deck Doctors has RETURNED! Josh and Jimmy revisit Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim to give her a proper rebuild and go deep on some deckbuilding strategy and theory.

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    Listener Questions! | #115

    Josh and Jimmy asked you to send in some audio questions for our final giveaway with Card Kingdom - and you provided! We had so many entered that we could only take a few this time, so don't worry, we'll get back to them soon. Anyone who entered also won some ELDRITCH MOON packs so go ahead and send us an email with your mailing address if you hear your lovely voice.

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    Superfriends – EDH Archetypes | #114

    In honor of the Gatewatch being in full force on Innistrad now, we're breaking down the Superfriends EDH archetype and how you can build your own!

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    Eldritch Moon Set Review | #113

    The Eldritch Moon is just over the horizon and we're here to bring you our full set review for Commander! Lots of very interesting cards and mechanics in this set to break down.

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    Fostering a Healthy Playgroup | #112

    This week we break down some of our thoughts and opinions on how to foster a healthy playgroup and make sure you're getting the most out of your Commander experience!

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    Brewin Brisela + EMN Preview Card! | #111

    We're back and ready to preview our exclusive Eldritch Moon card as well as discuss the awesome new Meld mechanic and how to brew around Brisela, Voice of Nightmares.

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    How to Play Faster | #110

    Commander games can be long. They can last all night. Here are Josh and Jimmy's tips on how you can learn to play faster, get more games in, and hopefully have more fun on your Commander nights!

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    Eternal Masters Set Review | #109

    Eternal Masters is filled with Commander staples and we couldn't be more excited! Josh and Jimmy break down their favorite cards of the set.

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    4-Color Commanders & Organization 101 | #107

    4-Color Commanders are on the way! We discuss some of the possibilities of what to potentially look forward to as well as top tips for organizing your collection.

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    Building Around Story with Alison Luhrs | #106

    The awesome Alison Luhrs joins the show to discuss some of her favorite Magic stories and characters and Josh and Jimmy talk through some initial steps to build a deck around it!

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    Shadows Over Innistrad Set Review | #102

    Shadows Over Innistrad is right over the horizon! Josh and Jimmy take you through their top picks for Commander/EDH and what you can look forward to in this incredibly flavorful new set.

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    The Correct Answers | #101

    What makes a player strong or weak? Josh and Jimmy dive into the tactics of having the right answers at the right time in Commander.

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    Building a Commander Deck LIVE | #100

    The 100th episode has arrived! Josh and Jimmy invite a live Twitch audience to help build a Commander deck together. We give away tons of product with special guest appearances from Brian David-Marshall, Marshall Sutcliffe, Jason Alt, and The Professor! For the full experience, make sure to watch the YouTube video or check out the Twitch Livestream VOD.

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    The Commander Summit | #99

    We welcome Phil DeLuca and Andy Hull to the show to tackle some issues of the day with these esteemed members of the Commander podcast community. We'll discuss rules changes, Eternal Masters, Conspiracy 2, and look ahead to discuss the state of the format and what we'd do if we were on the Rules Committee.

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    Eternal Masters / The Reserved List | #98

    We're giddy with excitement over the Eternal Masters announcement. Let's talk about the implications for Commander, what we hope to see reprinted, and discuss The Reserved List in its entirety.

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    Tall Tales | #97

    We talk a lot about synergies, politics, and level up philosophies but we rarely get to talk about our own Commander games and the events that happen within. Til now! Josh and Jimmy recount some silly/fun/powerful plays of their own.

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    Deck Improvement: Meren of Clan Nel Toth with Alex Kessler | #96

    You’ve built a new deck. You’ve played it a few times. Now, how do you identify problem areas and issues to make that leap from version 1.0 to version 2.0? Alex Kessler joins the show to discuss his build of Meren of Clan Nel Toth.

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    Pet Cards | #95

    We all have them. Those cards that we love. We put them in all of our decks. But then one day we realize: Wait a minute – why am I the only one I ever see playing this card? Doesn’t my playgroup understand how AWESOME it is?? These are our hidden gems, our secret tech, our Pet Cards. With special guest Craig Blanchette.

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    Most Banworthy Cards in Commander | #94

    With the recent Prophet of Kruphix banning, we turn to discuss what other cards may sit at the top of the "banworthy" list and whether or not we think they deserve the banhammer.

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    Prophet of Kruphix Banned, Proxies, Counterfeits, and More | #93

    We've got a lot to cover in today's episode! We'll start off by discussing the new rules changes to Commander from the Rules Committee - a standardized mulligan, removal of a specific type of color restriction / generation, and the banning of the Prophet of Kruphix. Next, we'll dive into what we missed in our Oath of the Gatewatch review followed by discussing the controversies surrounding the game and then discuss proxies and counterfeits in Magic and Commander.

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    Oath of the Gatewatch Set Review | #92

    Oath of the Gatewatch is here and it's time to review the cards we think will make the biggest impact on Commander! We're trying out our reviews a week earlier so you can be ready for pre-release - let us know what you think in the comments below.

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    Commander 2015 Review – Red/White | #89

    The Commander 2015 Preconstructed decks have arrived and Josh and Jimmy are here to help break down their statistics, the best and worst cards, and what upgrades you can immediately make! This week we cover the final deck: White/Red (Boros).

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    Commander 2015 Review – Green/Black & Green/Blue | #88

    The Commander 2015 Preconstructed decks have arrived and Josh and Jimmy are here to help break down their statistics, the best and worst cards, and what upgrades you can immediately make! This week we cover the Green/Black (Golgari) and Green/Blue (Simic) decks.

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    Commander 2015 Review – Black/White & Blue/Red | #87

    The Commander 2015 Preconstructed decks have arrived and Josh and Jimmy are here to help break down their statistics, the best and worst cards, and what upgrades you can immediately make! This week we cover the Black/White (Orzhov) and Blue/Red (Izzet) decks.

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    Commander 2015 First Look | #86

    Josh and Jimmy take an in-depth first look at the new Commander 2015 spoilers and discuss new keywords and sweet synergy options for each new Legendary creature.

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    Battle for Zendikar Draft – The Sideboard | #01

    Jimmy and Josh are trying something new out on this special Thursday episode. Welcome to The Sideboard! Today's side-discussion takes our hosts into discussing the Battle for Zendikar Limited format and the hurdles that a lot of players are facing.

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    Catching Up with The Professor | #83

    The Professor joins Josh and Jimmy to discuss the current going-ons in the Magic Community. Lots of controversy to debate, from BFZ Fat Pack scarcity to an overpriced Jace, Vryn's Prodigy.

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    Situation Awareness | #80

    This week we're discussing what it means to have "situation awareness" (not to be confused with situational awareness). We'll be addressing how to take note and adapt to your meta and the types of situations you're facing.

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    Black – The Color Wheel Series | #79

    We're talking about Black this week in our Color Wheel series. We'll be breaking down each of the 5 colors in Magic by learning its history, examining its base "wants and needs", and understanding how it functions with each other color.

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    Unpacking & SANCTUM OF UGIN! Battle For Zendikar Spoiler | #78

    Josh is back from his 3 week trip to Asia and it's time to unpack all of the things that happened while he was gone! We talk about PAX, Worlds, the Community Cup, and reveal our EXCLUSIVE Battle for Zendikar Spoiler - SANCTUM OF UGIN.

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    Voltron – EDH Archetypes | #76

    We're covering all aspects of VOLTRON decks in EDH in our new archetype series. We'll be breaking down the archetype's versatility, uses, potential commanders, and more!

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    White – The Color Wheel Series | #75

    We're talking about White this week in our Color Wheel series. We'll be breaking down each of the 5 colors in Magic by learning its history, examining its base "wants and needs", and understanding how it functions with each other color. Most importantly, how you can use it most effectively and have the most FUN when playing.

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    Magic Jargon | #73

    We're looking at Magic lingo today and discussing the crazy 'secret' language of Magic players. What's a 187 creature? What about a hate bear? Find out!

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    Sandbagging | #71

    Jimmy and Josh bring an important topic to the table - Sandbagging! Err actually, they hold the topic in their hands until it's the right time to play it.

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    Keeping it Current | #70

    Josh and Jimmy discuss some of the happenings in and around Magic: the Gathering. We're having a conversation on the hot topics the community has been engaging on over Twitter and Reddit. Not all of it will be EDH/Commander related. Deal with it ;)

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    Deck Doctors: Rith, the Awakener | #69

    The Deck Doctors are back! This week we cover a user submitted list for Rith, the Awakener and what cuts/adds to make to improve it.

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    Token Talk – EDH Archetypes | #68

    We're covering all aspects of tokens in EDH in our new archetype series. We'll be breaking down the archetype's versatility, uses, potential commanders, and more!

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    Deck Doctors: Karona, False God | #67

    It's time for another Deck Doctor! This week we cover a user submitted list for Karona, False God and what cuts/adds to make to improve it.

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    Red – The Color Wheel Series | #66

    We're talking about Red this week in our Color Wheel series. We'll be breaking down each of the 5 colors in Magic by learning its history, examining its base "wants and needs", and understanding how it functions with each other color. Most importantly, how you can use it most effectively and have the most FUN when playing.

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    Commander Stats with EDHRec | #61

    We're joined by Donald Miner, creator of EDHRec.com, to discuss Commander statistics. Who's the most popular general? What color is played the most? The least? Find out!

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    High Rolla$ Part 2 | #60

    We're back with High Rolla$ part 2! Josh and Jimmy break down 10 more expensive Magic cards and whether they're worth their price tag.

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    Magic: Origins Spoiler & Planeswalker Review | #59

    Jimmy and Josh reveal an exclusive Magic: Origins preview card: The Great Aurora! We also discuss each of the new dual-faced planeswalkers and their potential viability in Commander/EDH.

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    Deck Doctors: Alesha, Who Smiles at Death | #57

    Josh and Jimmy embark on their first official Deck Doctor! We cover a user submitted list for Alesha, Who Smiles at Death and what cuts/adds to make to improve it.

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    Deck Doctoring with Meghan & Maria from MtACast! | #56

    We're joined by the hilarious Meghan & Maria from the Magic: the Amateuring podcast to discuss their history with the format and then deck doctor their two EDH Pre-Constructed decks for under $50! The two decks we upgraded are Nahiri, the Lithomancer and Derevi, Empyrial Tactician.

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    Storytime with Wedge & The Professor | #54

    Wedge from The Mana Source and The Professor from Tolarian College join us to recap some hilarious stories from GP Vegas and discuss #GoyfGate (or #TarmoGate, whatever you like better!)

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    High Rolla$ | #53

    The time has come to talk of many things... many dolla bills! We take a look at 10 cards from Magic's history that command a hefty price tag, whether they're worth it for EDH, and affordable alternatives.

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    GP Vegas with CSprankleRun, Brainstorm Brewery, & More! | #52

    Josh and Jimmy report in on just exactly how exhausted they are from GP Vegas with fun interviews with some friends at the event - Jason Alt & Corbin Hosler from Brainstorm Brewery, Sean Gibbons from Wizards of the Coast, Magic's greatest cosplayer Christine Sprankle, and flavor expert AEMarling.

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    Deck Tech: Jhoira of the Ghitu | #51

    We're covering one of the meaner decks in EDH - ever hear of Jhoira of the Gitu? You'll know her name by the time the game is over, that's for sure...

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    Deck Tech: Marchesa Revisited | #50

    For our 50th episode we're revisiting our very first deck tech - Marchesa, the Black Rose! Josh and Jimmy have taken their Marchesa deck lists in two different directions since its first iteration - find out what's changed.

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    The Banned List | #49

    This week we break down the official ban list for EDH, whether we agree with each of the cards on it, and what might be possible bans in the future.

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    Deck Tech: Shadowborn Apostle / Athreos | #48

    Who says you can't have more than one of the same card in an EDH deck? We deck tech Josh's new brew focused on the one and only (or in this case, one of many) Shadowborn Apostle!

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    EDH vs Modern | #47

    Josh and Jimmy breakdown some key points to correctly evaluating cards and what to pay attention to when figuring out what's good in EDH vs. Modern. We also talk about some of the new Modern Masters 2015 spoilers!

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    EDHiquette | #46

    Etiquette - The customary code of polite behavior in society or among a particular profession or group. This is one of the more talked about and controversial aspects of EDH and is pointed to often as a source of frustration among players. In today's episode we talk about what causes confusion/disagreement around the table.

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    Green – The Color Wheel Series| #45

    We're talking about Green in a brand new series on The Color Wheel. We'll be breaking down each of the 5 colors in Magic by learning its history, examining its base "wants and needs", and understanding how it functions with each other color. Most importantly, how you can use it most effectively and have the most FUN when playing.

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    Poli-Tips & Poli-Tricks | #43

    You're accustomed to the politics around the table. You've worked out some good deals in your tenure as an EDH player... now it's time for some advanced techniques. In this episode, Josh shares some of his best tips and Jedi-mind tricks to help navigate and manipulate your way to victory. Jimmy happily writes it all down for future games.

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    Deck Tech: the Tim Deck| #42

    Today we visit one of Josh's favorite EDH builds - the Pinger deck. In typical Josh fashion, the deck's Commander is actually hiding inside the 99 - this time it's Tim! The Prodigal Sorcerer.

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    Trading Up | #41

    Today's topic is all about the idea of Trading Up, both in game and out. This episode is a guide to help you acquire cards, trade correctly, and find value in cards that made their way out of your deck.

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    Mana Bases (part 2/2) | #40

    Now that we've covered the basics of mana bases in EDH, we're moving on to talk about fixing and ramp in our 2-part series! This episode covers the difference between the two and the different kinds of fixing and ramp available in the format.

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    Mana Bases (part 1/2) | #39

    We cover the basics of mana bases in this two part episode. In this first episode we discuss your deck's color spread, different types of lands, and the math to drawing well. Then we wrap up with our Dragon Week 2015 winners!

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    Scion of the Ur-Dragon – Dragon Week 2015 | #37

    It's DRAGON WEEK! In the first of two episodes for this week, Josh and Jimmy talk about their Dragons of Tarkir pre-release experience and breakdown Josh's first draft of his Scion of the Ur-Dragon EDH deck.

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    The Tuck Rule Debate with Sheldon Menery | #36

    Special guest Sheldon Menery joins us to discuss the Rules Committee's side in the controversial tuck ruling. We engage the four main points of the original post and get to the bottom of the issue.

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    Tuck Rule discussion / Dragons of Tarkir EDH Review | #35

    A brief discussion on the new rules change for Tucking Commanders... then Dragons of Tarkir time! Do we welcome our new Elder Dragon overlords? We break down the new Legendaries and Commander-worthy playables, Josh has some pointed words towards one Elder Dragon in particular, and you contributed some fun combos for us to break down!

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    Question Quest (Pt 2) | #33

    Jimmy, Josh, and special guest Craig Blanchette take to the airwaves to answer YOUR user submitted questions in the second of two episodes. What are the most unique decks you've encountered? How do you feel about EDH FNMs?

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    Question Quest (Pt 1) | #32

    Jimmy, Josh, and special guest Craig Blanchette take to the airwaves to answer YOUR user submitted questions in the first of two episodes. Who should be banned? What's your favorite pet decks? Tons of great questions - and all of our question-askers win prizes!

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    EDH Accessories with Tolarian Community College | #31

    Jimmy and Josh are joined by special guest The Professor from Tolarian Community College to talk about new projects, the Magic community on YouTube, and most importantly... how to organize your EDH collection! We address what products are best, what's the best deal, and more in this all-encompassing episode.

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    How to Tutor / Mitigating Aggro | #30

    Jimmy and Josh address two important user questions today - how to constructively think about Tutoring and how to mitigate aggressive players that seek to team up and take you (and your problematic Commander) out of the game first!

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    A Burning Wish / Anafenza, the Foremost | #27

    Jimmy and Josh go in depth on a question about Burning Wish and how to sideboard in Commander. Then we deck tech Jimmy's newest brew: Anafenza, the Foremost.

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    Fate Reforged Commander/EDH Review | #25

    Jimmy and Josh sit down to discuss their favorite Commander/EDH prospects from Fate Reforged and say goodbye to Khans of Tarkir. Also, PRIZES!

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    Power Level Etiquette with BDM / Sidisi Spider Spawning | #24

    The one and only Brian David-Marshall joins the show to discuss the ever important topic of power level etiquette - how to manage your deck's power level in a multiplayer format. Then we breakdown BDM's Sidisi, Brood Tyrant build around Spider Spawning.

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    Overperformers in Commander / EDH | #22

    We're joined by Wedge from TheManaSource to discuss our lists for our top OVERPERFORMERS in Commander/EDH. Which cards slip under the radar but make a huge impact on the board? Find out and listen in!

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    Titania, Protector of Argoth | #21

    Josh presents his brew for a new Commander: Titania, Protector of Argoth. Learn what cards work and which ones don’t to ramp to a game win with land recursion and destruction.

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    Commander 2014 Review: Blue | #20

    We review the mono Blue Commander 2014 decks with Craig Blanchette and discuss which cards we would cut and add to make them better on a budget!

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    Commander 2014 Review: Red & White | #19

    We review the mono Red and White Commander 2014 decks and discuss which cards we would cut and add to make them better on a budget!

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    Politics Revisited / Prossh, Skyraider of Kher | #15

    We sit down with Matt Arnold, creator and co-director of VGHS, and dive into greater detail about the politics and negotiations of multiplayer formats. Then a Deck Tech on Prossh, Skyraider of Kher.

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    Top 10 Artifacts / 5-Color Nekusar | #13

    Josh and Jimmy discuss their picks for the TOP 10 must-have artifacts in Commander/EDH. Then we check out Josh's creative brew on Nekusar, transformed into a 5-color deck with Cromat as its Commander.

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    Khans of Tarkir EDH Review | #12

    Craig Blanchette joins us to talk Khans of Tarkir and which creatures could be your new Commander and which cards might have an impact on your Commander/EDH decks.

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    Teaching Magic / Rafiq | #10

    Josh and Jimmy breakdown the best strategies for teaching Magic to new players and then they go in depth with Rafiq of the Many.

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    Mastering Your Meta / Jeleva | #6

    Alex Kessler (co-creator of "Top Decking") comes on to talk about dominating your metagame. Plus we put a spotlight on Jeleva, one helluva good commander.

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    Magic 2015 Core Set / EDH Review | #5

    Special guest Craig Blanchette joins us to discuss select cards from Magic 2015 and the possible ramifications on your EDH game.

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    Politics & Negotiation / Roon | #2

    In episode two, we discuss politics & negotiations in Magic: the Gathering with a little help from Sun Tzu and The Art of War.

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    Deckbuilding 101 / Marchesa | #1

    In the first episode of RocketJump's new Magic: The Gathering podcast, we cover EDH deckbuilding 101 and highlight Marchesa, the Black Rose.

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