Monday, July 11, 2011

CommanderCast S3E7: Like A Hurricane

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS
Monocoloured madness continues! The mono-green episode uppercut my computer and is now available to uppercut you in the ears, if you think this sounds good. Even if you don't like getting hit by regular uppercuts, this is the sweetest type, so download it anyway. It's not only mono-green we're spouting off about, though; we're also looking at scalable strategies and even sneaking in a set review of Mirrodin Besieged!

As we venture into the verdant abyss of mono-green's possibilities, we're joined by Cassidy Silver, who runs You Can't Handle the 'Nath and now can be found writing for As reinforcements, I bring my two mightiest mono-green warriors, Byron and Justin, to support my bumbling ass though this perilous journey of land ramp, bad removal and trampling mans.

Show notes and related links below. Enjoy.

00:00 to 03:33: Intro: Introducing the podcast, your hosts, and a brief rundown of podcast news for the week.


03:41 to 15:31: Free-For-All Roundtable: Colour Identity Rules: Mark Rosewater wrote an article, a lot of people e-mailed me, and many others spoke on it at length. Now that we've burned through the prerecorded material, we can speak on this subject. It's about as close to discussing current events as CommanderCast gets.

15:39 to 34:27: Scalable Strategies: Cassidy proposed discussing the possibility of building and playing a deck that nicely scales to the power level, skill ceiling, and so on. Can it be done, and what would the value in this exercise be? What kind of strategies can scale, and why should you worry about it anyway?


34:38 to 56:16: Mono-Green: We peer into the the savage, beast-mode-engaged world of mono-green decks. Why bother playing one? What makes them good enough to bother? Any outside-the-box strategies in green you might not have considered?


56:26 to 1:11:42: Mono-Green Technology: Following up the mono-green strategy, we're putting some solid mono-black cards in the scope for your pleasure.

Cassidy's Picks:
Andy's Picks:
Justin's Picks:
Byron's Picks:

1:11:53 to 1:40:14: Hands-On Set Review: Mirrodin Besieged: Back with the latest of our fasionably-late set reviews! We're changing up the format a bit in a suggestion from a listener. Instead of the usual "good card/flop/hidden gem" format we've been following, this time we're giving a list of new staples and briefly discussing them before giving a card we each individually liked or disliked.

Personal Picks:
1:40:27 to closing: Outtro.

  • General show contact/Andy: E-mail CommanderCast(at)gmail(dot)com / Twitter @CommanderCast
  • To Contact Byron: E-mail surgingchaos19(at)gmail(dot)com / Twitter @surgingchaos
  • To Contact Justin: E-Mail jagteq(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To Contact Cassidy: E-Mail csilver85(at)gmail(dot)com / Twitter @writerofwrong


  1. Great cast Andy, Cassidy, Justin and Byron! The last two mono-color themed casts have been outstanding. Specific comments:

    1) Andy, your listeners appreciate you going out of your way to get relevant and informed guests. Cassidy was a great addition to the mono-green discourse, and "You Can't Handle the 'Nath" list gave me a couple great ideas for my own mono green build. I intend to read Cassidy's TCG Player items.

    2) After consideration I prefer the new format for your set review. The comments on Mirrodin Besieged were spot on. The new format allows for more in depth card-by-card review, and seems less rigid in structure than your previous format.

    3) I dig the Curve Out segment and would like to see the segment expanded for your mono-color themed episodes. I need more of this style of deck building analysis.

    4) The research and effort you put into each cast shows. Great job on the detailed show notes, contact links, and networking with related sites. CommanderCast does a great job connecting the various internet Commander communities.


    Brian D.

  2. Hi Brian,

    Thanks for the incredibly flattering comments. I always wonder if anybody bothered actually reading these show notes, ahaha.

    I will keep the new set review format, people seem to like it. Curving Out will return in the near future.

    Hope I can keep up with your standards. Next season there will be some changes, especially to the website.