Monday, August 1, 2011

S3E10: Broke-Ass Cast

Posted by ANDY aka GHoooSTS
When Donovan e-mailed me about Pauper Commander, I was like, "isn't this a format for poor people and losers who associate with poor people?" As a rap-video-rich baller, I didn't imagine anybody would care about this little corner of the Commander world. After all, commons only? Even the most broke Magic players can afford uncommons. I was sitting there contemplating the worthlessness of Pauper Commander, warming myself with the glow of burning $100 bills and nodding off to the sound of my stock ticker. I suddenly awoke from this dream to find myself needing to replace the bags on my feet. I fought the raccoons away from my bag-holding bag and decided, "maybe this Pauper idea isn't so bad."

So then we did this podcast. Adam Styborski appeared (kind of like social services), cleaned me up and made sure I was in podcasting form by bringing his knowledge of the format, as well as his facial hair. Throughout this hour-and-something long cast, you can join me on an introductory journey to the world of Pauper Commander with my guides, Donovan, Carlos (podcasting by messenger pigeon this week) and Adam.

00:00 to 05:24: Intro: Your hosts, our subjects, and whatnot.


05:33 to 22:50: Pauper Commander: WHAT IS THIS MADNESS? Donovan, Carlos and Adam provide a brief rundown on the actual structure of Pauper, an introduction to it's virtues, and generally explain why you should try it.

23:02 to 34:07: Free-For-All Roundtable: Money Generals: Some people think Pauper should maintain the purity of identity that it's 60x4 bretheren format maintains and only permit commons; other think that for Commander, Pauper is better served by allowing Legendary creatures of any rarity as generals. We debate this topic on the Roundtable this week.


034:17 to 48:50: Alt. Format Strategy: Pauper: When you lose a huge range of card types when Uncommons and Rares suddenly disappear from the available range of cards, how does strategy change? What kind of archetypes are good, and which lose value? How do you need to change your mindset to succeed in a Pauper environment?


49:02 to 65:09: Pauper Tech: In a broke-ass format with no real monies, the barrier to entry is so low that you can't really impress opponents by spending money anymore, so how about impressing them with some unique or obscure-ish card choices? Here we run down some good cards for Pauper Commander.

Donovan's Picks:
General: Niv-Mizzet
Other: Mind Extraction, Ulamog's Crusher

Adam's Picks:
General: Rhys the Redeemed
Other: Neurok Stealthsuit, Guardian of the Guildpact

Andy's Picks:

General: Thrun, the Last Troll
Other: Gaea's Touch, Swirling Sandstorm

Carlos' Picks:
General: Rameriz DiPietro in common, Child of Alara otherwise (what a shock)
Other: Pestilence, Tortured Existence

65:22 to closing: Outtro.

  • General show contact/E-Mail Andy: CommanderCast(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To E-Mail Carlos: cag5383(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To E-Mail Donovan: donokun(at)gmail(dot)com
  • To Tweet Adam: (at)the_stybs on Twitter
  • To Tweet Andy: (at)CommanderCast on Twitter


  1. My only criticism is there isn't enough Byron! ^_^

    In all seriousness, the canned shows are appreciated just because there is always a steady stream of content available.

  2. Great show gentlemen! Adam: Neurok Stealthsuit is amazing! I am going to run thsi card in my regular Commander deck. Great pick and I thank you. Andy: What would you put forth as the top five equipment cards in Commander format?

  3. Who's copying who? WotC just ran an article on Pauper Commander... Highly suspicious. You posted your podcast a week ago. Adam Styborski's article wan't turned in for editing until Thursday. He had plenty of time to steal the idea to cover this format from you. Look:

    Lol. Just kidding. Maybe. You are on the cutting edge of Magic, though. As evidenced by you beating WotC to the punch on this one. Not that its their first article on it. I think you even link to it in the show notes. Oh, right, this is a follow up article on that one. Well, maybe he was inspired to write a follow up because of you. You should ask.

    Anyways, keep it up. I love it.