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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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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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Awesome show

By halifaxlegend - Apr 20 2020
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Great show. I enjoy the knowledge dropped on this show. You will learn a lot.

I love this podcast!

By VIDEEOGAMER - Mar 25 2020
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This is a great way to learn about commander, and I always listen to this while I am deckbuilding.

iTunes Ratings

1604 Ratings
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1541
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14
5
14

Awesome show

By halifaxlegend - Apr 20 2020
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Great show. I enjoy the knowledge dropped on this show. You will learn a lot.

I love this podcast!

By VIDEEOGAMER - Mar 25 2020
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This is a great way to learn about commander, and I always listen to this while I am deckbuilding.
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The Command Zone

Latest release on Jul 08, 2020

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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!

Rank #1: The Commander Deck Building Template | #151

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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.

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Mar 21 2017

1hr 5mins

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Rank #2: RISHKAR’S EXPERTISE + Vial Smasher & Thrasios Deck Tech | #140

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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.

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Jan 03 2017

57mins

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Rank #3: Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder – Entropic Uprising C16 Deck Tech | #131

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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.

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Nov 10 2016

49mins

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Rank #4: Commander 2016 Deck Testing – Kydele & Breya | #135

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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).

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Nov 29 2016

49mins

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Rank #5: Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis – Stalwart Unity C16 Deck Tech | #132

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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.

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Nov 15 2016

47mins

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Rank #6: Pet Cards | #95

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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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Feb 02 2016

59mins

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Rank #7: Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice – Breed Lethality C16 Deck Tech | #130

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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.

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Nov 08 2016

52mins

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Rank #8: Catching Up with The Professor | #83

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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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Oct 13 2015

1hr 32mins

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Rank #9: Overperformers in Commander / EDH | #22

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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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Dec 09 2014

1hr 45mins

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Rank #10: Dominaria Set Review | #206

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Dominaria is here! And it's chalk full of Legendary creatures and other goodies that seem specifically geared towards the Commander format. Tune in and find out which cards we think are going to make a splash in the format.

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Apr 18 2018

1hr 35mins

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Rank #11: EDH Essentials with Craig Blanchette | #105

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We’re handing over the reins of the show to our good friend Craig Blanchette (Twitter: @CraigBlanchette) who has come up with and outlined his own show topic - His top 10 EDH Essentials!

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Apr 26 2016

1hr 21mins

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Rank #12: Building On A Budget | #117

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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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Aug 09 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #13: Cards You Should Be Playing (But Aren’t) | #254

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On today’s episode, we’re talking about a bunch of cards you should be playing, but probably aren’t. We'll help you find some cool new tech that fits into a ton of your existing decks. And the best news is: most of it these cards are super cheap! 

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What we talked about on THE END STEP: 

Fitness: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_fitness

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Feb 06 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #14: The Most Powerful Commander Decks | #187

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 This week, Jimmy and Josh take a look at the most powerful decks in the entire Commander format and explain what makes them tick.

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Nov 20 2017

57mins

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Rank #15: Top 10 Lands in EDH | #104

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Josh and Jimmy break down their top 10 lands in EDH!

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Apr 19 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #16: Blatant Favoritism? No-Counter EDH? Mailbag Q&A | #144

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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!

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Jan 31 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #17: Must Have Cards and Format Staples | #199

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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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Feb 28 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #18: Straying From Staples with TheMagicManSam | #146

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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?

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TheMagicManSam on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/themagicmansam33


TheMagicManSam on Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/RhysticStudies

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Feb 14 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #19: Theros: Beyond Death – New Commander Review I #305

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Theros: Beyond Death has been fully revealed! We’re taking an in-depth look at all of the new legendary creatures and discussing the cool combos, synergies and interactions that we see for each card.

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What we talked about on THE END STEP:


The Witcher (Netflix):

https://www.netflix.com/title/80189685

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Jan 10 2020

1hr 47mins

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Rank #20: C20 - New Card Analysis | #326

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We've talked about the precons. We've talked about the reprints. We've talked about each of the Commanders. But now it's time to do a deep dive and discuss all of the new non-legendary cards from C20. This is a bunch of stuff that was designed deliberately for our format. Which ones are awesome? Which are duds? Let's find out!

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Apr 23 2020

2hr 20mins

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Game Knights: Roundtable – M21 | #04

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We have special guests Ladee Danger and Craig "Mr. Infect" Blanchette in the studio to answer the most asked questions and discuss the most commented-on moments from YOU, the audience, in regards to the M21 episode of Game Knights. What rules and gameplay mistakes did we make? What went on behind the scenes? Did Craig actually cheat? (hint: yes, he did)

Tune in and find out the answers to all of your questions!

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Jul 08 2020

1hr 13mins

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The Best New Commanders from Jumpstart | #339

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We're going through the new Commanders from Jumpstart and discussing all of the coolest synergies, combos and interactions for each and every one of them.

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Jun 29 2020

1hr 44mins

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M21 Set Review - Part Two | #338

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The second half of our M21 set review. We're covering all of the new blue, black, red, multicolored, artifact and land cards from Core 2021 that we think will make the biggest splash in Commander.

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Jun 25 2020

1hr 44mins

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M21 Set Review - Part One | #337

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The first in a two part series discussing all of the new cards from M21 that can go in your 99. Find out which new effects we think will have the biggest impact on the format!

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Jun 23 2020

1hr 38mins

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The Best New Commanders from M21 | #336

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M21 is here! And it brings a bunch of brand new Commanders for us to play with it. Which ones do we think will make for the coolest and most powerful decks? Let's find out!

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Jun 18 2020

1hr 36mins

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Is Roon OP Now? | Bonus Episode

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The new rule change to fix commander death triggers has had an interesting ripple effect on the power of one specific legendary creature: Roon of the Hidden Realm. In this quick bonus episode, we discuss what happened, just how much stronger the flickering rhino now is, and what you need to watch out for when playing against him.

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Jun 12 2020

13mins

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Commander Mythbusters | #335

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A very special episode in the tradition of our classic STATS shows. We've compiled and analyzed data from a bunch of Commander gameplay videos in order to answer some interesting questions like: How long is the average game? How many times, on average, do players cast their Commanders per game? How often do players get into combat? and more.


This is an episode that will challenge your preconceptions and (hopefully) help you look at the format with new eyes.

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Jun 11 2020

1hr 9mins

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Major Rules Change - Commander Dies Triggers | #334

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On this episode, we breakdown the new rules change recently announced by The Rules Committee in regards to commander dies triggers. What cards will be the most impacted? Do we agree/disagree with the change? Tune in and find out!

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Jun 09 2020

33mins

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M21 Preview Card - Chromatic Orrery | #333

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On this episode we're unveiling our exclusive M21 preview card. It's a splashy seven mana mythic-rare artifact called Chromatic Orrery. Wanna know what it does? Tune in and find out!


Plus, we have a quick discussion regarding the companion rule changes and what they mean for the mechanic and it's playability in Commander.

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Jun 05 2020

33mins

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Should WotC Print Problematic Cards? | #332

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On this episode, we're answering a bunch of listener submitted questions like: What to do if your playgroup stops politicking, how to handle playing Commander if you're a younger player, and should WotC print cards that they know will be problematic in certain formats but good in others?

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Jun 02 2020

1hr 15mins

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Pako & Haldan - Budget Deck Tech | #331

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On this episode, Jimmy walks us through his BUDGET build for the partner pairing of Pako, Arcane Retriever and Haldan, Avid Arcanist. If you like playing with your opponent's cards, then this is the deck for you!

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Jimmy's Full Pako + Haldan Deck List:

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/jimmys-budget-pako-haldan-command-zone-331/

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May 26 2020

50mins

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Obosh - Deck Tech | #330

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On this episode, JLK breaks down his build for Obosh, the Preypiercer (as Commander). The goal of this deck is very simple: create fast games. And hopefully to also win some of those games. If you're looking to speed up the pace of your playgroup, this deck is for you!

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JLK's Full Obosh Deck List:

https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/jlks-obosh-command-zone-330/update/

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May 21 2020

1hr 1min

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Game Knights: Roundtable – Commander 2020 | #03

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We're answering the most discussed comments, tweets and messages from YOU, the audience, in regards to the Commander 2020 episode of Game Knights. What rules and gameplay mistakes did we make? What went on behind the scenes? 

Tune in and find out the answers to all of your questions!

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May 19 2020

59mins

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Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths - Set Review | #329

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On this episode we go over all of the new non-legendary cards from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and discuss which ones we think will make the biggest splash in Commander.

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Check out Jimmy's Feast of Fiction Kitchen cook book!

https://www.feastoffiction.com/

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May 11 2020

2hr 22mins

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The Best New Commanders from Ikoria | #328

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Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is here! Jimmy and Josh examine and evaluate all of the new legendary creatures from the set and give you the lowdown on the best combos, synergies and interactions for each of them.

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May 05 2020

2hr 3mins

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The Most Complex New Mechanics EVER?! | #327

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The latest batch of mechanics from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths are possibly the most complicated we have ever seen. On this episode, we'll walk through the new rules, the crazy interactions, and corner cases surrounding them to make sure the next time you sit down for a game, you're prepared for anything.

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Apr 28 2020

1hr 1min

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C20 - New Card Analysis | #326

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We've talked about the precons. We've talked about the reprints. We've talked about each of the Commanders. But now it's time to do a deep dive and discuss all of the new non-legendary cards from C20. This is a bunch of stuff that was designed deliberately for our format. Which ones are awesome? Which are duds? Let's find out!

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Apr 23 2020

2hr 20mins

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More Bannings Announced! RIP Flash | The Command Zone | Bonus Episode

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The Commander Rules Committee has announced another ban. Flash (the card, not the mechanic) is no longer legal in EDH. Is the RC now trying to balance the format for cEDH and tournaments? How will this affect future decisions by the governing body?

Find out JLK's perspective from inside the discussions and get Jimmy's thoughts on if he agrees with the ruling. 

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Rules Committee Official Statement on the Flash Banning (and other changes):

https://mtgcommander.net/index.php/2020/04/20/april-2020-rules-update/

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Apr 21 2020

17mins

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The Best New Commanders from C20 | #325

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C20 has been fully spoiled! This set has 20 new legendary creatures designed specifically for Commander and it's time for us take an in-depth look at each and every one of them. Which ones have the coolest combos, the smoothest synergies and the most interesting interactions?


Tune in and find out!

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Apr 17 2020

2hr 15mins

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Abzan Abilty Counters - Precon Upgrade Guide | C20 | #324

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Our fifth and final budget upgrade guide for C20 is here! On this episode, we look at the ABZAN ABILITY COUNTERS "Symbiotic Swarm" precon. What do the stats look like? How about the reprint value? If we plug in the right 10 cards and remove 10 others, will that ADD up to victory? Watch and find out!

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Apr 15 2020

1hr 4mins

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iTunes Ratings

1604 Ratings
Average Ratings
1541
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14
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14

Awesome show

By halifaxlegend - Apr 20 2020
Read more
Great show. I enjoy the knowledge dropped on this show. You will learn a lot.

I love this podcast!

By VIDEEOGAMER - Mar 25 2020
Read more
This is a great way to learn about commander, and I always listen to this while I am deckbuilding.