Top 10 Commander Cards from 2017 – Ep31


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Top 10 Commander Cards from 2017

 

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Ep 31 Community Spotlight:
    1. @lsv – 00:13:17
    2. @CommandZone – 00:29:09
    3. @CommandersBrew – 00:47:46
    4. @SeanTabares – 00:47:46
  3. Main Topic – Top 10 Cards for Commander from 2017
    1. NOTE: We excluded UN-cards, although a few would have made Ryan’s list.
    2. Ryan
      1. Primal Amulet
      2. Mirage Mirror
      3. Revel in Riches
      4. Kess, Dissident Mage
      5. Sunbird’s Invocation
      6. Spell Swindle
      7. Teferi’s Protection
      8. Yahenni, Undying Partisan
      9. Oracle’s Vault
      10. As Foretold
    3. AJ
      1. Disrupt Decorum
      2. Kess, Dissident Mage
      3. Mirage Mirror
      4. Rishkar’s Expertise
      5. Torment of Hailfire
      6. Sunbird’s Invocation
      7. Lifecrafter’s Bestiary
      8. Axis of Mortality
      9. Harsh Mentor
      10. Driven to Despair
    4. CJ
      1. Mairsil, The Pretender
      2. Wasitora, Nekoru Queen
      3. Teferi’s Protection
      4. Patron of the Vein
      5. Kindred Dominance
      6. Galecaster Colossus
      7. Territorial Hellkite
      8. Kindred Discovery
      9. Vindictive Lich
      10. Bloodline Necromancer
  4. Signoff
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    2. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    3. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    4. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    5. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    6. AJ individually @ajbwcast
    7. CJ individually @Sudge1
      1. http://www.imdb.me/cjwostal

 

30 – Ixalan Preview Cards


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Ixalan Preview Cards

 

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
    3. Special Congratulations to Joshua Swope (@TheTokenOtaku) and his new daughter Kaya
    4. Thanks to Commander’s Brew (@CommandersBrew) and Commanderin’ (@commanderinmtg) for the epic Cross-over Unmander episodes!
      1. Commanderin’ Episode 120 – http://www.commanderinmtg.com/2017/12/12/e120-unmander-part-1.html
      2. Commander’s Brew Episode 124 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn9J0eyD2wo
    5. Jeff Marshall(@jrm5778 ) and him sending in some cards to be signed 🙂
  2. Ep 30 Community Spotlight:
    1. @TheTokenOtaku – 00:09:25
    2. @commanderinmtg – 00:10:38
    3. @CommandersBrew – 00:10:38
    4. @jrm5778 – 00:12:12
    5. @copain26 – 00:13:06
    6. @TolarianCollege – 00:46:49
    7. @Cathaoir1 – 01:00:27
    8. @ChrisRahnArt – 01:03:38
    9. @indusconcept – 00:58:43
    10. @ChrisRallis_Art – 01:02:31
    11. @jacobsontyler – 01:04:32
  3. Main Topic – Rivals of Ixalan Preview Cards
    1. Note: Cards are not in Gatherer yet, find them here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/rivals-of-ixalan
    2. White
      1. Zetalpa, Primal Dawn
    3. Blue
      1. NONE
    4. Black
      1. Tetzimoc, Primal Death
      2. Vona’s Hunger
    5. Red
      1. Brass’s Bounty
      2. Form of the Dinosaur
    6. Green
      1. Ghalta, Primal Hunger
      2. Tendershoot Dryad
    7. Gold
      1. Journey to Eternity
      2. Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca
      3. Storm the Vault (Makes me think of Borderlands)
    8. Artifact
      1. Awakened Amalgam
      2. Captain’s Hook
      3. The Immortal Sun
  4. Sub-Topic – Dominaria Art
    1. 4 pieces of art from PAX Unplugged
      1. http://mtg-realm.blogspot.com/2017/11/dominaria-art-preview.html
    2. Gather Legends
      1. https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/945324008056279041
  5. Signoff
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    2. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    3. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    4. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    5. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    6. AJ individually @ajbwcast

Episode 29 – Welcome (Back) to the Fold


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Welcome (Back) to the Fold

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Ep 29 Community Spotlight:
    1. @blakepr, @wizards_magic – 00:01:58
    2. @maro254 – 00:05:12
      1. Video where Mark Rosewater got to announce Unstable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygs0kHhczXo
    3. @commandcast – 00:11:18, 00:56:32
    4. @edhrec – 00:38:11, 00:50:09
    5. @commanderinmtg – 00:56:32
    6. @CommandersBrew – 00:56:32
    7. @PVDDR – 01:02:24
      1. https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/tiny-edges-dont-choose-to-draw/
    8. @ChannelFireball – 01:02:24
    9. @lsv – 01:03:04
    10. @drafthouse – 01:09:07
  3. Main Topic – Returning to the Fold
    1. Nearly every Magic player, if they play long enough, takes a break. Sometimes it can feel hard/overwhelming to return.
  4. Signoff
    1. CJ – http://www.imdb.me/cjwostal
      1. @sudge1
    2. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    3. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    4. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    5. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    7. AJ individually @ajbwcast

Episode 28 – Possibility Storm (Modern, Commander Play Style, 1DH)


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Possibility Storm (Modern, Commander Play Style, 1DH)

 

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Community Spotlight
    1. @MothershipGames – 00:15:59
    2. Nerdstock – 00:16:08
    3. Pat’s – 00:16:08  
    4. @CommandersBrew – 00:46:34, 00:50:17
      1. Ep 115 – Rashmi
      2. Ep 116 – Jarad
    5. @maro254 – 48:20
    6. @scryfall – 50:17
  3. Main Topic 1 – Modern Zack
    1. http://mtgtop8.com/event?e=17018&f=MO
    2. Grixis Death’s Shadow – http://mtgtop8.com/event?e=17018&d=305271&f=MO&show_pts=Y
    3. Eldrazitron – http://mtgtop8.com/event?e=17018&f=MO
    4. UW Control – http://mtgtop8.com/event?e=17018&d=305274&f=MO&show_pts=Y
  4. Main Topic 2 – Play Style
    1. Zack – No touching!
    2. CJ – “Going off”
    3. Ryan – Durdle and reactive
  5. Main Topic 3 – 1DH
    1. Thanks to @andyhullbone and @SeanTabares over at @Commandersbrew (they did two episodes on this, 115 and 116)
    2. Scryfall (@scryfall) is a good way to find cards (https://scryfall.com/search?as=&order=&q=t%3Alegendary+usd%3C%3D1.00)
    3. Pretty darn cheap on MtGO
  6. Signoff
    1. CJ – http://www.imdb.me/cjwostal
      1. @Sudge1
    2. Zack – @z4ck38
    3. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    4. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    5. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    6. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    7. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    8. AJ individually @ajbwcast

Episode 27 – Olivia Voldaren Commander Deck Tech


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Olivia Voldaren Deck Tech

 

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Ep 27 Community Spotlight:
    1. @edhrec – 00:14:01
    2. @MtgKaylesh– 00:40:35
    3. @CommandersBrew – 01:04:07
  3. Main Topic – Olivia Voldaren Deck Tech
    1. https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/cj-olivia-voldaren-season-2/
    2. Deck statement: This is an 80$ budget deck designed for league. The idea is to control the board while developing a strong mana-base, and then let Olivia take over.
    3. Deck Snapshot
      1. Average CMC – 3.43
      2. 75% Black, 25% Red
      3. Creatures – 17
        1. Lots of ETB creatures
      4. Artifact (18)
        1. Mostly Mana Rocks and Protection
      5. Categories
        1. Commander Protection (4)
          1. Lightning Greaves
          2. Swiftfoot Boots
          3. Mask of Avacyn
          4. Darksteel Plate
        2. Board Wipes (8)
          1. Volcanic Vision
        3. Targeted Removal (10)
          1. Chaos Warp
          2. Attrition
        4. Card Draw (3)
          1. Syphon Mind
        5. Mana Ramp (8)
          1. Black Market
          2. Burnished Hart
          3. Solemn Simulacrum
        6. Fun!
          1. Chaos Warp
          2. Mindclaw Shaman
          3. Gonti, Lord of Luxury
          4. Steel Hellkite
          5. Nim Deathmantle
          6. Basilisk Collar
    4. What was it like to update the deck during the course of the league?
      1. Budget version (80$), so not able to use all the cards
      2. Additions:
        1. 1st round
          1. Darksteel Plate
          2. Gonti, Lord of Luxury
          3. Go for the Throat
        2. 2nd round
          1. Cabal Coffers
          2. Expedition Map
        3. 3rd round
          1. Liliana of the Dark Realms
          2. Exsanguinate
          3. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
    5. Ryan
      1. General Thoughts
        1. I want more card draw!
          1. Underworld Connections
      2. Cards I like
        1. Mindclaw Shaman
        2. Attrition
        3. Yahenni, Undying Partisan
      3. Cards I would cut
        1. Perilous Predicament
        2. In Garruk’s Wake
        3. Fleshbag Marauder
  4. Signoff
    1. CJ – http://www.imdb.me/cjwostal
      1. @sudge1
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    1. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    1. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    2. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    3. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    4. AJ individually @ajbwcast

 

Episode 26 – How to Build a Commander Deck


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How to Build a Commander Deck

 

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing ()
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Community Spotlight:
    1. @edhrec – 00:09:34, 00:33:18
    2. @CommandZone – 00:50:42
    3. @TolarianCollege – 00:50:42
    4. @tappedout – 00:53:20, 01:02:15
  3. Main Topic – Building a Commander Deck
    1. Choosing a Commander
      1. Find something that speaks to you
      2. Edhrec is a great resource for this
    2. Have a plan!
      1. Be open minded to your plan changing during the deck building process
      2. The Gitrog Monster
      3. Mizzix of the Izmagnus
      4. Sen Triplets (this is Ryan going overboard on the plan)
    3. Our deck building processes
      1. Edhrec
      2. Piles of cards vs Ryan’s cache
    4. Commander-centricity
      1. It’s a sliding scale, Goodstuff (Oloro, Ageless Ascetic / Cromat) all the way to Commander Dependant (Skithiryx)
      2. It’s OK to have a card that works well with ONLY your commander, because you always have your commander as an “8th card” in your hand
    5. Mana base
      1. Differences with number of colors and average cmc of your deck
      2. How many utility lands can you afford to run?
      3. CJ talk about cheating on land
      4. Command Zone videos
        1. Commandzone video 1
        2. Commandzone video 2
      5. Tolarian Community College Videos:
        1. TCC2
        2. TCC3
        3. TCC4
        4. TCC5
    6. Win conditions
      1. These should complement your deck’s PLAN
      2. Go wide strategy with Craterhoof Behemoth
      3. Combo wins
      4. Voltron
  4. Signoff
    1. CJ – http://www.imdb.me/cjwostal
    2. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    3. YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    4. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    5. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    7. AJ individually @ajbwcast

Episode 25 – The Cult of Rakdos (B/R)


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The Cult of Rakdos

 

  1. Thanks to all of the folks we’ve had writing in this past week. Shout out to fellow #MtgDad, Jeff Marshall @jrm5778!
  2. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  3. Community Spotlight
    1. @jrm5778 – 00:05:13
    2. @maro254  – 00:06:56
    3. @MisterPlorg, @CommandTime, @commanderinmtg– 00:20:49
  4. Main Topic – The Cult of Rakdos
    1. Color Pair Philosophy
      1. Black is about a quest for power. Black wants it all – total control. Why? Because black is driven by selfishness, Red is about freedom. Red wants to do what it wants to do. It doesn’t like anything that tells it can’t.
        1. https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/hedonism-attitude-2006-08-14-0 Mark Rosewater article on Rakdos
        2. The overlap between black and red is pretty clear. They want things their way. And both are willing to take the action necessary to make it happen. True, red tends to be more physical than black, but black is more than happy to take action, you know as long as it knows it’s going to win.” – Mark Rosewater
    2. Mechanics
      1. Hellbent
      2. Unleash
      3. Flying/Trample
    3. Tribes
      1. Demons
      2. Vampires
      3. Not really a third (Mention Goblins and Minotaurs as close)
    4. Planeswalkers/Notable Characters
      1. Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast
      2. Sarkhan the Mad
      3. Rakdos, Lord of Riots / Rakdos the Defiler
      4. Olivia Voldaren
        1. Stories:
          1. Innistrad’s Last Hope
          2. Campaign of Vengeance
      5. Neheb, the Worthy
      6. Tsabo Tavoc
      7. Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
    5. Strengths
      1. Single Target Removal
      2. Access to any play style (black does anything for a price)
      3. Boardwide damage (asymmetrical nastiness).
      4. Tutors  
    6. Weaknesses
      1. No enchantment removal
      2. Often times have to deal with drawbacks on powerful creatures (Abyssal Persecutor isn’t too bad, but check out Phyrexian Negator)
    7. Notable Rakdos Cards
      1. Terminate
      2. Dreadbore
      3. Kolaghan’s Command
      4. Sire of Insanity
      5. Master of Cruelties
      6. Havoc Festival
    8. Top 5 Commanders on EDHRec
      1. Rakdos, Lord of Riots
      2. Olivia Voldaren
      3. Mogis, God of Slaughter
      4. Grenzo, Dungeon Warden
      5. Olivia, Mobilized for War
  5. Signoff
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    2. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    3. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    4. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    5. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    6. AJ individually @ajbwcast

Episode 24 – Art of the Group Game


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Art of the Group Game

 

  1. Today we’re going to talk about how to bring your A-game for the group game.  Group games in MTG can range from silly and casual to cutthroat and political.  The Commander format lends itself to a more casual atmosphere since the decks are usually slower off the block, but getting knocked out first always sucks so we’re going to talk about what it takes to thrive and survive in a multi-hour game against your closest geeks.  But before we get to the Art of the Group Game
  2. Community Spotlight:
    1. Mad Hatter – 00:04:40
    2. @z4ck38 – 00:13:54
  3. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
    3. Special Thanks to Dylan Hicks for the use of their Thunder Clap sound in the episode: http://www.flashkit.com/soundfx/Nature/Storm/Lightnin-Dylan_Hi-8584/index.php
  4. Main Topic – Art of the Group Game
    1. Overview of what a group game is
      1. Touch on some of the group game types
        1. Kitchen Table Magic
        2. Emperor / Two Headed Giant
        3. Arch-Enemy
        4. Commander
      2. Talk about finding the right number of players per table
        1. I like 4. Lee made a table
      3. Review the specifics of the Commander group rules
        1. Command Zone
        2. 21 points to kill with commander
    2. Powerful  Mechanics
      1. Talk about what types of card mechanics are powerful in group games
        1. Targeting all opponents
          1. Extort – Blind Obedience
        2. Targeting all players
          1. Pestilence / Pyrohemia
        3. Abilities that scale with opponents
          1. Syphon Mind
          2. Syphon Soul
          3. Syphon Flesh
    3. Un-fun Mechanics
      1. Things that make the game too slow
        1. Staxy cards – Winter Orb
        2. Meekstone
      2. Things that kill the pace of the game
        1. Wipes
        2. Mass LD (Armageddon)
      3. Things that make players feel left out or bored or lose control
        1. Long combos
        2. Shared Fate
        3. Possibility Storm
    4. Fun Cards
      1. Talk about our favorite group cards
        1. Ryan
          1. Spike Weaver
          2. Boundless Realms
          3. Supplant Form
        2. Lee
          1. Pestilence
          2. Crown of Doom
          3. Syphon cards (see links above)
    5. Politics
      1. Tricks for manipulating the table
        1. Fake Favors
        2. Threat naming
        3. Round Table Beats
      2. Grudges
        1. Linger threats
      3. Sequential game strategies
        1. When you are going to lose you can set up some good karma for the next match
        2. Make joke alliances before games, and then do something beneficial to the partner… the implications are binding.
  5. Signoff
    1. Lee, where can people find you online? Please don’t
    2. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    1. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    1. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    2. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    3. Ryan individually @greenegeek

 

Episode 23 – Magic Slang


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Magic Slang

 

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Community mentions
    1. @Copain26, @commanderinmtg – 00:12:07
    2. @BluestManInMtg – 00:16:02
    3. @CommandersBrew – 00:21:52
    4. Instagram calitexfilmgirl – 00:23:02
    5. @bmkibler – 00:49:12
    6. @loadingreadyrun – 00:55:39
  3. Main Topic – MtG Slang
    1. Magic is a complex game, made even more so by having a language of it’s own
      1. Link to a page with many more slang words: https://mtg.gamepedia.com/List_of_Magic_slang
    2. Listener submitted requests:
      1. @BluestManInMtg (Igor Farkas)
        1. EOTFOFIW (A.K.A. EOTFOFYL)
      2. Elliot
        1. Punt
        2. DOBs (Dead on board)
        3. Deece+
      3. Lee
        1. Graveyard hate
        2. Plus the shard/wedges, that we’ll talk about later
    3. Commander Slang (pertains greatly to Commander)
      1. Super Friends
      2. Voltron
      3. Group Hug/Slug
      4. Ramp
      5. Mana Rock
    4. Recent Slang
      1. Deece (and Deece plus)
      2. Kappa (video that explains the origin of Kappa)
      3. Durdle
      4. Hellbent
      5. ETB (187 is the old school)
      6. CMC (2-Drop, 3-Drop, etc)
      7. Gas
      8. Pip
      9. Snap-X (Block, Keep, mulligan, etc)
    5. Old School Slang
      1. The grumper
      2. Topdeck
      3. Evasion
      4. Jank/Janky
      5. Lucksack( mise* )
      6. Dome (Can be a verb) aka “To the face”
      7. The grip, as in “How many cards in your grip?”
      8. Bin (can be a verb), aka the yard
      9. Chump block
      10. Swing
      11. Bear or Grizzly Bear
      12. Vanilla
      13. French Vanilla
      14. Clock
      15. WUBRG (pronounced woo-berg)
    6. CJ name that wedge!
      1. 2 color correct:
        1. Boros
        2. Dimir
        3. Orzhov
        4. Izzet
        5. Golgari
        6. Simic
      2. 2 color incorrect
        1. Azorius
        2. Rakdos
        3. Gruul
        4. Selesnya
      3. Shard Correct
        1. Esper
        2. Grixis
        3. Naya
        4. Bant
      4. Shard Incorrect
        1. Jund
      5. Wedge Incorrect
        1. Abzan
        2. Jeskai
        3. Sultai
        4. Mardu
        5. Temur
    7. Diagram for shards/wedges
      1. Thanks to Mtg Salvation forum member: guimas_pt
  4. Signoff
    1. CJ – http://www.imdb.me/cjwostal
    2. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    1. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    1. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    2. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    3. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    4. AJ individually @ajbwcast

Episode 22 – Creating a Commander League


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Creating a Commander League

 

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Community Spotlight
  1. @TolarianCollege – 00:17:39
  2. @ketjak – 00:18:14
  3. @SheldonMenery – 00:18:14, 00:46:52
  4. @z4ck38 – 00:39:00
  5. @Google – 00:49:06
  6. @discordapp – 00:51:08
  7. @SlackHQ – 00:51:08
  8. @MTGGoldfish – 00:59:30
  1. Main Topic – Commander League
    1. We have a league!
    2. Rules
      1. Season 1 rules summary
        1. Season 1 Rules
        2. Tolarian Community College video “Achievement Unlocked
          1. Google Docs link from the TCC video above (pdf of all the achievements)
      2. Season 2 rules changes from season 1
        1. Each player received a two-color combination
        2. 80$ budget
        3. No Black achievements
        4. No Red achievements
        5. No points for kills
        6. 1 point for participation, 1 point for 2nd place, 2 points for winning
      3. Season 3 rules summary
        1. Same as season 2, but no budget, and deck can change each game.
        2. No Upgrades each week
    3. Tips for running your own league
      1. Have the list of dates ready up front! (And try REALLY hard not to change them)
      2. Have a Commissioner (and don’t be afraid to rotate it)
      3. Be transparent!
      4. Try to go light on the rules (if you can)
      5. Have a place for people to communicate online (sites.google.com) a Discord Chat, or a Slack Channel
  2. Sub-Topic
    1. AJ’s Top 5 cards to pick up from Iconic Masters when it goes live on November 17th
      1. Thran Dynamo
      2. Cryptic Command
      3. Archangel of Thune
      4. Sheoldred, Whispering One
      5. Lightning Helix
    2. Ryan’s list
      1. Urabrask the Hidden
      2. Sheoldred, Whispering One
      3. Consecrated Sphinx
      4. Oblivion Stone
      5. Knight of the Reliquary
  3. How to inspire more communication? Foster more discussion?
  4. For the folks at home: Do you have a league? If so, TELL US ABOUT IT! Are you thinking of starting a league?
  5. Signoff
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    2. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDqS_bKvsjalCoDFozWiK_w
    3. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    4. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    5. Ryan individually @greenegeek
    6. AJ individually @ajbwcast