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In a startling turn of events, GOLOS HAS BEEN BANNED IN COMMANDER and Worldfire has been unbanned in commander! (Also rule 11 is rule 10 now) This caught Nick and Zak by surprise, as well as many in the community, so friend of the show Charlotte Sable came on to help explain the thoughts and discussions the RC and CAG had to highlight the goals beh…
 
Jumpstart Historic Horizons hit MTG Arena and it brought with it dozens of new to the format cards and commanders! Even digital-only cards! What does this mean for historic brawl moving forawrd, especially now that we're in the age of 100 cards? What have we Nick and Zak liked, and what do they think could make it better? Could there be... trouble …
 
We had some record-breaking years for Magic in 2019, 2020, and 2021 which is almost over (!!!) And now we get to see what's on the horizon for 2022! The Magic showcase was set to announce most of what 2022 has in store, so Nick and Zak invited a friend and friend of the show Charlotte Sable (of the CAG and writer for Commander's Herald) to come and…
 
Today is the release of Jumpstart Historic Horisons! Which honestly doesn't mean too much to commander players, but Nick and Zak liked some of the cards and thought you would too! The thing is, even after a rule zero discussion where everyone says you can play with proxied digital cards, how can you? Is it possible to play with these cards made to …
 
Almost every Magic: The Gathering set has a cycle of rare lands to help you cast your spells, and most have at least one utility land that does something either the set wants, or the standard environment wanted. Over the years this has really added up! Every deck wants to cast spells, but what decks want a lot of utility lands? Are there any decks …
 
Part 2 of this series has Nick and Zak looking even further into cards they look out for in each release. Weird ramp? Enchantments dying? What about things that combo with... Allies? It's all here in this episode of cards that don't quite have enough members to... just work every game. So listen in and let us know what you think! Our YouTube has vi…
 
A little while ago Hullbreacher was banned for crimes against the table when combined with "Wheel" effects, or cards that make each player discard their hand and draw 7 new cards. The ban was abrupt, to say the least. Putting aside if the card was too good or too bad, that the card is gone is the topic we were more interested in. What were the thou…
 
You win some, you lose some. In this episode, Nick and Zak look back at old reviews to see what cards they got wrong from long ago. What cards did we undervalue? What cards were we really down on? What did we hype up that turned out to be a clunker? And very importantly, what cards are the WORLD wrong about, and not us! It's all here in this episod…
 
There are so many Magic: The Gathering cards, and so many strategies that are supported across the thousands of options you have available to you. Every set adds a little more, and if you're lucky maybe a card for your specific archetype! So on this episode, Nick and Zak take a good, hard look at groups of cards that are very close to having a thre…
 
Grab your friends! Grab a deck! And venture into the dungeon with Nick and Zak on this very special (and extra-long) episode where they delve into the nitty-gritty of the new Adventures in the Forgotten Realms MtG Commander decks! What commanders look awesome? What commanders look lame? Are there any accidental oops I'm too powerful staples? Listen…
 
This week, Nick and Zak dive into the ENTIRE Adventures in the Forgotten Realms set: the legends we hadn't seen, planeswalkers, maindeck cards, and we made sure to have a little Class... That was a bad joke, but there's so much stuff! So jump in and tell us what you think too! DECK LISTS: Oswald Fiddlebender Grazilaxx Barrowin Volo, Guide to Monste…
 
Our story begins with a modest showing of new cards! In this episode, Nick and Zak look over the first few cards from Adventures In The Forgotten Realms. What are the themes? How's the power level? anything standing out as of right now? What's this about dungeons? Listen and find out! Our YouTube has videos for even more Commander content! If you l…
 
In this episode, Nick and Zak get to dive into what makes 100 card Historic Brawl FEEL like Commander, and what the format actually looks like once you put everything together. Did some decks get better? Worse? Is this a change they should make permanent? Listen and find out! And let us know what you all played for the event too! Our YouTube has vi…
 
Recently, and unexpectedly Magic: the Gathering Online got a creature type update. That update? PHYREXIA. That's right, the phyrexian creature type was retroactively added to over 200 magic cards! What does this mean for decks that already exist? What commanders get retrofitted into this new tribe? Is there any mechanical space these random cards f…
 
This week Nick and Zak had a smattering of cards for Modern Horizons 2 to go over. You can also see how we did guessing what cards would be popular from Strixhaven, and our guesses with what people will play most from MH2 itself! Spoiler, this is the worst we've done in... a while... But we're able to see some patterns... So listen in and tell us w…
 
GET READY. In this episode, Nick and Zak discuss all the spoils from last week, and WOW is it a LOT! An accelerated preview season means we get cards faster, which is great! But in the modern age (pun intended) and in this straight to modern set, almost every card has some interaction with a deck that already exists. And that's not even getting int…
 
Most people, no matter how casual, like winning games. In games of Magic that's usually the goal: defeat your opponents and claim victory. Games of Commander are a little different though. You have multiple opponents, and your chance of victory - all things being equal - is only 25% in a 4 player game vs. the normal 50% in 1v1! But what if there wa…
 
BONUS EPISODE!! Nick and Zak got the first taste of MH2 and couldn't wait to share some early thoughts. There will be a regular episode tomorrow not related to MH2, and next week we'll begin diving into the nitty-gritty of Modern Horizons, and HOOBOY is it a lot! Legends and main-deck cards GALORE. So lets dive in, shall we? Our YouTube has videos …
 
On our last episode, Nick and Zak looked into what a world with no access to the reserved list looks like for casual Commander and discovered some interesting tidbits about the format. Thing is, there's one format that can't help but play with only the most efficient cards regardless of price, and they too have their own solutions for what to do ab…
 
Lately, as many people have noted, the landscape of Magic has changed. There are more players than ever, and the MTG markets in the USA have been growing at an unimaginable rate. One of these effects has been that it's simply more difficult than ever for most players to acquire Reserved List cards. So Nick and Zak got to thinking: What would Comman…
 
Preconstructed decks are one of the main ways Commander gets new cards and staples injected into the format. A lot of decisions are made about how the new cards are designed, what old cards get reprints, and how they play together, but is there more? There's always going to be a debate about the value for the player and reprint equity, but how do c…
 
You might notice that this episode is pretty short. Well, you're right! and you should head over to the Wizard Staff podcast to listen to their C21 review episode Nick and Zak did with them! It's a ton of fun and we can't wait for you to listen! That said, this little episode is mostly telling you to go there, and also looking at the predictions Ni…
 
The maindeck cards overfloweth. On this episode Nick and Zak finish up the Strixhaven review with help from Blake and Guy from The Wizard Staff Podcast. What cards are we excited about? Is there any new tech for existing decks? What does this set mean for design moving forward? Listen to this behemoth of an episode and find out!! BIG, huge, giganti…
 
It is time to pick up your quills and begin your notes, because this episode has Nick and Zak joined by Blake and Guy of the Wizard's Staff podcast to look at the legendary creatures of Strixhaven. Who do we like, what do they do, what cards work well with them? Listen and find out! This is the first of 3 episodes we'll be doing with the Wizard's S…
 
Ken Nagle has made his mark on Magic: The Gathering whether you were aware or not. As Co-lead and Lead on over a dozen sets to date (and some of Nick and Zak's favorite sets too), Ken has a lot of experience under his belt when it comes to design. And that can only help him now as he has donned yet another robe within wizards as the Green Guru on t…
 
Often times in press releases Wizards of the Coast will diminish the value of the data on sites like mtgGoldfish and EDHREC. Nick and Zak asked the question: WHY? So they did some digging, asked their friend Charlotte Sable of the CAG and Magic Judge Tumblr (and recently a writer for commander's herald) to come on, and talked about "Who" WoTC knows…
 
Kaldheim brought a lot of stuff with it when those longboats landed on the shore. Standard was shaken up and very importantly Brawl and Historic Brawl were rocked pretty hard. What decks are you gonna see the most in this new world? What are some key cards and strategies for success? Nick and Zak dive into their experiences and favorite decks so fa…
 
On the 25th of February, we got a pretty large announcement, and a lot of the Magic community was up in arms over it. Crossover IP's? In Magic: The Gathering? But what does Universe's Beyond really mean for the future of Magic. Nick and Zak take a deep look now that the dust has settled. Follow Commander Theory on Tumblr, Twitter. Our YouTube has v…
 
What if I told you that tutor commanders might have a place in this world? What if I told you that the gameplay doesn't have to be repetitive and tiring? Well do we have some news for you! The phenomenon of "Secret Commanders" ie a card inside of your deck that you build around instead of the commander you picked, has many opponents and fans. But w…
 
Faster than the flick of a wand! Quicker than uttering a true name! Strixhaven is already showing off some of what makes it tick! In this episode, Nick and Zak get into the lore, style, possible mechanics, pretty much everything there is so far released about Strixhaven and what it could mean for Magic moving forward. Oh, and there are some new pre…
 
If there's one thing people have been led to believe it's that the Magic: The Gathering color pie is confusing. In this episode, Nick gets down into the weeds about Blue and Magic design in general with Ethan Fleischer: Blue Mana Guru on the Council of Colors, winner of the Great Designer Search 2, and all-around great guy! What blue cards shouldn'…
 
Feeling like Kaldheim left you out in the cold in regards to some tribal rewards? Well some creative friends and listeners try to remedy that on this episode! Nick and Zak look at some tribal designs that could have been left on the cutting room floor for Kaldheim propper, and go into other designs that were just too cool not to talk about as well!…
 
Tribal is a big component of design in Magic. Good tribal mechanics can make or break limited environments, and tribal legends almost always facilitate new decks in Commander. But what happens when your tribe gets pushed aside? Replaced by little green babies and grape jelly men? In this episode, Nick and Zak talk about how and why changelings can …
 
We made it everyone! Made it through this turbulent spoiler season that is! In this episode Nick and Zak get into the final commanders and main deck cards before going deep on what this set and its design means for the future of Commander. There are also predictions for what will see the most play, and a look into how we did with Commander Legends …
 
Another week, another MASSIVE amount of spoilers! Kaldheim is here, and so is snow, some boasting, and a whole mess of other commanders. In this episode, Nick and Zak really get into the legends and dive straight through the maindeck cards and the various possibilities they might have. If you have any cool ideas let us know in the links down below!…
 
IT'S TIME The first week of spoilers has come (and gone) and Nick and Zak had to process A LOT of information. This episode is what was thought based on what the community knew this weekend, before more spoilers have been revealed. So enjoy our speculation and musings on some topics that have since been revealed. And enjoy the builds and discussion…
 
The top 20 Commanders over the last two years is one of the most interesting features on EDHREC. It's interesting to see it change over time and to see what commanders have the go-get-'em attitude needed to break into the top spots, but what can it teach us about design? In this episode, Nick and Zak look at the top 20 commanders on EDHREC and try …
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! On this very special episode, Nick and Zak have the red mana guru -Jules Robins - on to talk about, what else, but the color red in Commander! Jules was lead set designer for Commander Legends amongst so many other things and enlightens us: what red can and can't do, where might red go mechanically, what experiments has WotC tried…
 
Happy Holidays! Nick and Zak's gift to you all is this nice little (maybe not so little) episode talking about what we know about Kaldheim! Wizards was kind enough to spoil cards from their Set and Theme boosters, as well as the face commanders for the two Commander preconstructed decks the will release as part of Kaldheim. There's a lot to take in…
 
Life and the holidays might have gotten in the way of finishing some new stuff, but Nick and Zak have been talking about this episode a lot lately and figured it was worth a relisten! Zak for sure gets the episode number wrong in the intro so don't mind that. But we hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane as we continue to work on other content f…
 
On this very special episode, Nick and Zak have a special guest, Ari Nieh! Great Designer Search 3 winner and the current White Mana Guru on the Council of Colors within Wizards R&D. He discusses what it means to be on the Council of Colors, what it means to be the White Mana Guru, and what's going on with White's slice of the color pie, in command…
 
Sometimes a deck is just not quite in the right spot for a fun gameplay experience. Sometimes another color exists that might handle it better. On this episode, Nick and Zak get into what a world would look like if some popular (and not popular) commanders were shifted into a different color identity, much as commander legends did with Blim. How co…
 
On this episode Nick and Zak get into some tech that's so secret, EDHREC doesn't even list them on the commander's page! They discuss the cards themselves, why they're uniquely good, and what this means about how people are building their decks. Thank you to Alex Whiteclay, Mark Churchwell, and Kevin Kelley, for dusting some of these bad boys off a…
 
RE-REUN We apologize for the "heat" of the recording here. This was recorded a while ago with older equipment. The gain is pretty high(spicy even), but the conversation is relevant to what Nick and Zak, and the community at large have been having in the last few weeks due to CMR and the topic of white in general. Buckle up, enjoy, and we'll be back…
 
The second half! Nick and Zak finish off the legends and some notable main-deck cards. But stay tuned, because there's set and color analysis as well as a look at what the two of them think this set's design means for Commander at the end! (Honestly, it's pretty interesting and it starts around 2:14:30 !!) There's also a look at what Nick and Zak g…
 
Get ready to hit that times 1.5 speed, this episode is a doozy! Nick and Zak get through the first batch of spoils for Commander Legends, talking about tech, color pairs for partners, cards that maybe shouldn't exist, and more! Also, there are decklists! Keleth and Reyhan Malcolm and Vial Smasher Jeska and Dargo Krark and Tymna Kodama and Thrasios …
 
The zeitgeist in the Commander sphere of the internet has been alight with cries of "power-creep" and "acceleration" and "arms-races," but is this forever? Commander is a non-rotating, eternal format for Magic: The Gathering players, but can we reverse course? In this episode Nick and Zak get into the nitty-gritty of why the format is faster, and w…
 
Nick and Zak were hard at work on SECRET FUTURE PROJECTS and couldn't finish an episode this week. So please, enjoy this fun re-run and next week there'll be more new content!! Follow Commander Theory on Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube for more Commander content! If you like our podcast, please support us on Patreon! If you're planning on shopping wit…
 
You all have been busy cooking up some really spicy custom commanders and sending them in, and Nick and Zak finally get to talk about them! We get to look at gaps in the format, what makes a commander "good" or "fun", and of course, talk about cool tech for these custom cards. We highly recommend giving these cards a try if you hear one you like. T…
 
In this episode, Nick and Zak talk 'em dead with guest and friend of the show, Charlotte Sable (CAG, Magic Judge Tumblr). We go over what the Rules Committee decided to do about the Secret Lair Drop: The Walking Dead, and what that means moving forward. The discussions we have are part of a greater effort to heal and move forward, and we hope you l…
 
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