E103 -- Vhal's Azorius Untap Combo Primer
June 7, 2023
It's tournament season again, and this week, we're taking a look at a deck people have been asking about since John took it to a top-16 finish at M...
E102 -- Lessons from cEDH -- Crowd Control with Orzhov Voltron
May 10, 2023
One of the fundamentals of Commander gameplay is that cards which say "each opponent" or "on each player's upkeep" or other cards which scale to mu...
E101 -- Lessons from cEDH -- Building a Better Manabase (feat. Catnap from Sad Naus!)
April 27, 2023
Believe it or not, we're back from our unexpected hiatus with a special episode! John interviews David (aka "Catnap") from the Sad Naus team! David...
E100 -- Building an Engine
March 15, 2023
Scrap Trawler is John's favorite Magic card, because it's the heart of a *lot* of different engines that he's built over the years. From mono-white...
E099 -- Lessons from cEDH -- Evaluating Setup Costs
February 24, 2023
Sometimes a new card is spoiled and the internet just breaks. Calls for pre-bannings, that a card is going to "destroy the format", a demand to "se...
E098 -- Multifaceted -- Is Poison Too Strong?
February 8, 2023
Should Commander require 10 poison counters to eliminate a player? The argument has been around almost as long as the format has, and John has been...
E097 -- The Commander Curve
January 18, 2023
A common pitfall in deckbuilding is to try to make the conventional wisdom with ramp fit into every deck you build. I mean, isn't 2-mana ramp good ...
E096 -- Lessons from cEDH -- Mastering the Stack
January 11, 2023
Priority. The Stack. Active Player / Nonactive Player. When you hear the judges at your local events throwing around these words, they sound big, i...
E095 -- Laelia, the Blade Reforged -- Polishing Gems
January 4, 2023
There can be a lot to learn from how different players with different perspectives build their decks. Someone else's preferences for a Commander yo...
E093 -- Lessons from cEDH -- Anatomy of a cEDH Deck
December 21, 2022
It's time for the big question, one that a lot of curious players find themselves asking: what makes a deck into a cEDH deck? Is it the dual lands?...
E092 -- Lessons from cEDH -- Responsible Removal
December 21, 2022
A common mistake that less-experienced players make is to spend their removal on the first target which presents itself, firing off a counterspell ...
E091 -- Okotoberfest 2022 Tournament Report
November 30, 2022
What happens when you bring a fringe deck 2-color deck with a Commander-centric combo to the largest in-person paper cEDH tournament in US history?...
E090 -- Tutors & Card Access Pt. 3 -- Lessons from cEDH
November 23, 2022
Closing out our series on Tutors and Card Access, we finally get to the higher-color decks: shards, wedges, four-color and five-color! There are so...
E089 -- Tutors & Card Access (part 2) -- Lessons from cEDH
November 16, 2022
Now we get to the fun stuff: how multicolored decks in Commander can make use of tutors! Each color's suite of tutors plays into other colors' tuto...
E088 -- Tutors & Card Access (part 1) -- Lessons from cEDH
November 9, 2022
They always have it. How do they always have it? How come *you* never get to have it? Certain colors and color-identities in Commander gel better w...