War of the Spark on the Horizon – Ep 90



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  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Ep 90 Community Spotlight:
    1. @kreugan – 1:48
    2. @MothershipGames – 4:46
    3. @CommanderReplay – 5:12
    4. @blakepr, @MatthewLNass, @KingCash_7191  – 8:56
    5. @BrandSanderson – 33:41
    6. @TheTokenOtaku – 35:01
    7. @Tequila_Nebula – 35:01
    8. @wizards_magic – 48:54
  3. Games at our LGS
    1. Played with PJ and Lin.
      1. PJ’s channel on YouTube is “Commander Replay” – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrudMyVbtvyVyadYddhousA
    2. Actually won a game with MR. OPC Grenzo.
    3. Was a really fun moment when I thought I was going to win with Yuriko, by flipping Draco off the top of my library, and PJ unequipped Sunforger to get Teferi’s Protection, and Lin also cast Teferi’s Protection. Man that card is good!
  4. Main Topic – Modern Horizons and War of the Spark
    1. Modern Horizons
      1. Explain what Modern Horizons is: A set direct to modern with brand new cards and reprints (that are not currently legal)
        1. Sweet intro video with Cassius Marsh, and Matt Nass
          1. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/388229057
          2. Two cards from that video
            1. Cabal Therapist
              1. http://www.magicspoiler.com/mtg-spoiler/cabal-therapist/
            2. Serra the Benevolent
              1. http://www.magicspoiler.com/mtg-spoiler/serra-the-benevolent/
        2. Modern Horizons is probably going to be PRETTY sweet for Commander players
        3. What are some awesome Reprints that could be included in MH, that we each want to see?
          1. Ryan
            1. Expropriate
            2. Riptide Laboratory
            3. Council’s Judgement
          2. Zack
            1. Thought Vessel
            2. Teferi’s Protection
            3. Cabal Coffers
        4. Would be really cool to see some sweet new legendary creatures in Modern Horizons
    2. War of the Spark
      1. HYPE! This set is SO CRAZY!!!!!
        1. Planeswalkers are one of the coolest card types in the game!
      2. Teaser video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn_0ZjpjntE
      3. Stained glass article here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/closer-look-stained-glass-planeswalkers-2019-03-08
        1. Link to a reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/ayufiu/all_36_war_planeswalkers_in_one_image_with_names/
        2. Notable PW NOT making an appearance:
      4. So what does all of this mean for EDH?
        1. People have been speculating Planeswalkers will universally be allowed to be commanders.
        2. Depending on how good all the PWs are, we could see a lot of super friends decks showing up, especially in Brawl!
        3. That being said, I think WotC will be trying to get planeswalkers out in color combinations not already represented by commanders in Brawl
      5. What Planeswalkers are we most excited to see?
        1. Ryan
          1. Jaya
          2. Chandra
          3. Sorrin Markov
        2. Zack
          1. Jace.. duh
          2. Saheeli
          3. Davriel Cane (Skeletor)
          4. Bonus: Ugin
      6. A Planeswalker in every pack. What do we think this means?
        1. Probably some common/uncommon PW, at the very least rare
        2. Every Pre-release kit has a FOIL stamped PW AND another foil stamped card
        3. Maybe some PW with no Ultimates, or maybe only minuses or only pluses
    3. Summary – We are beyond hyped for both of these products.
    4. And, as if the hype weren’t enough, we got a FREE preview card from WAR, given to us by Wizards of the Coast! If you want to make sure you get to see the preview card as soon as we can show you, the Subscribe button is waiting 🙂
  5. Contact Info
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    2. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/BrothersWarPodcast
    3. Facebook –
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      3. Official Page:
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    4. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    5. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
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    7. Zack individually @z4ck38

The Talk – Ep 89



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The Talk – Ep 89

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Ep 89 Community Spotlight:
    1. @MothershipGames – 09:15, 26:28, 44:05
    2. @commandcast – 32:27
    3. @edhrec – 34:51
    4. @JoshLeeKwai – 36:07
    5. @dpkrausejr – 37:28
  3. Main Topic – The Talk (The Decks and the Dice)
    1. Why have the talk?
      1. To make sure everyone is on the same page regarding what kind of game is being played.
      2. To ensure everyone has fun. I think if you ask most people, they would say they have a better time playing Magic when the games are close/even
      3. Anecdotes about the talk.
      4. Questions you can ask:
        1. What do you think the power level of your deck is from 1-10?
        2. Are you running combos?
        3. How fast do you usually win? How many turns do your games usually last?
        4. Are you playing mass land destruction
      5. The more you have the talk, the easier it will be to bring up in the future.
        1. People will also see you as someone who strives to play balanced/Fun games.
    2. Why might it be hard to have the talk
      1. Anxiety
      2. New people
    3. Pubstomping
      1. Definition: When an organized team of friends/clan members plays against a team of “pubs” – random people who join a public server.
      2. Does this happen? Probably, but not nearly as much as one might think.
      3. I think sometimes CEDH players can get a bad wrap in this regard. I don’t think there are CEDH Boogey men out there, trolling events, trying to ruin folks days.
      4. We should all remember: “Magic is a game for everyone”, there are all kinds of ways to play and just because one playstyle doesn’t fit you, doesn’t invalidate it or mean others don’t enjoy Magic in that way.
    4. Evaluating your decks
      1. On average most people I’ve played say their decks are between six and seven on the power scale.
      2. I’ve often found not all decks people play feel as powerful as they say, sometimes they are lower or higher.
        1. This happens because there really is not standardized scale by which to measure your deck. This is a very hard problem to solve, because there are so many nuances in the power level of a deck
        2. I don’t think people are intentionally dishonest about the power of their decks.
        3. Maybe in their playgroup their deck does amazing and they think it’s higher
        4. Perhaps it is the opposite and they do not as well in their playgroup despite their deck being very powerful. Maybe because the rest of their playgroup has super ultra mega powerful decks
        5. Ryan and Zack talk about how they would rate their decks
          1. Ryan – Grenzo, 6-6.5
            1. Deck link: https://www.topdecked.me/decks/9b3fdf2b-82ca-4f6a-b859-9e7feae1e5ef
            2. Has a theme, but plays some cards that are kinda bad, like Dark-Dweller Oracle
            3. Has some powerful cards, like Mindslaver, but no way to recur it.
            4. Also has Gauntlet of Might, which can get out of hand pretty quickly
            5. Also, playing cards like Indomitable Creativity, which has high variance
            6. But can also just draw Insurrection and win a game
          2. Zack – Saheeli 7.5 – 8
            1. Deck link: https://www.topdecked.me/decks/d5fbf9d2-2a66-4d44-afc2-904954f16ea5
    5. How to prepare for playing with people you don’t know at your LGS or big event
      1. Bring decks of varying power levels.
        1. Often times I let the other players know about 3-4 decks I have with me, and I see if they are interested in playing against any of them.
      2. Be prepared to have the talk. I’d even go so far as to say that YOU dear viewer should try and initiate the talk.
      3. (Ryan and Zack roleplay a talk)
        1. Ryan will initiate the talk
        2. Zack will introduce himself
        3. Ryan asks Zack questions (Zack is playing Muldrotha) Ryan will eventually suggest he plays his Gonti deck
    6. Mothership Games, our LGS, now has a two days set aside for EDH one more competitive / combo and one for newer more casual players
      1. Trying to make an inviting event that caters to newer/more casual players is GOOD for our format. It will bring new players to our community, and that is a win for everyone.
    7. Summary. We all want to play GOOD games of Magic. Even though it may be a little outside your comfort zone, having the talk can lead to a better overall experience, and even opens up lines of communication after the game, to discuss how it went. The more we all take measures such as having the talk, the better the game gets for everyone involved, it’s a win-win.
  4. Contact Info
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
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    4. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    5. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
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    7. Zack individually @z4ck38
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MF’in in Los Angeles! – Ep 88



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  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Ep 88 Community Spotlight:
    1. @ketjak – 3:06, 9:04, 29:38, 32:41, 34:48, 51:31
    2. @ghirapurigears – 9:04, 29:35, 35:55
    3. @commanderinmtg – 3:06
    4. Mark Poole – 4:45
    5. @postrk – 4:56
    6. @PeteVenters – 5:24
    7. @BaxaArt – 5:37
    8. Mark Tedin – 6:03
    9. @howardlyonart – 7:39
    10. Dragon and Meeple – 9:04, 20:18
    11. @CommandersBrew – 9:37, 29:58, 48:19
    12. Jeremy Ferrell – 11:24
    13. @djbooba – 16:04
    14. @GavinVerhey – 23:50
    15. @snoobic – 26:30, 30:45, 34:54, 41:46
    16. @JoshLeeKwai – 30:04, 39:00
    17. @MTGVincent – 30:27, 34:54, 43:30
    18. @Pattapit – 30:45, 34:54, 35:55, 41:46, 42:35
    19. @BentzMr – 31:03, 51:41
    20. @goberthicks – 31:21, 35:55
    21. @theMMcast, @Kesswylie, @benbatemanmedia – 35:12
    22. @SwordsToPlow – 35:56
    23. @SeanTabares – 37:50, 51:41, 54:49
    24. @andyhullbone – 51:41, 54:49
    25. @KingCash_7191 – 41:54, 44:07
    26. @CraigBlanchette – 43:26
    27. @trbrtsn – 43:26
    28. @DanaFischerMTG – 44:07
    29. @Orelav31 – 46:54
    30. @CFBEvents – 55:38
    31. @jumbocommander – 56:38
  3. Main Topic – Magic Fest Los Angeles Wrap Up
    1. Best Things
      1. Friday
        1. Burritos by Phil’s house (Juanito’s)
        2. Having cards signed
        3. Dinner at Poke Bowl place.
        4. Dragon and Meeple
          1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGzOk4wwk1Q
          2. Interviews
            1. Jeremy (Ferrell)
            2. Jimmy (Kovacs) (@djbooba)
            3. Chris (Buskirk) Proprietor of Dragon and Meeple (https://www.facebook.com/dragonandmeeple/)
            4. Gavin Verhey (@GavinVerhey)
          3. Ryan and Zack played a game with the Commander’s Brew Crew and Ryan won with a dirty deck…
          4. Zack played with Kenji and some other dudes, was about to combo out, when someone used Soul Conduit to switch his life total and Kenj flashed in Bogardan Hellkite
            1. Ryan watched the end of this game and it was awesome to watch the 3 underdogs go crazy and high five each other
        5. Meeting other content creators
          1. Commanderin’
          2. The Commander’s Brew
          3. Josh Lee Kwai
        6. Meeting awesome new people
          1. Vinny
          2. Nic and Kenji
          3. Andy Bentley
          4. Olivia Golbert Hicks (@goberthicks) (Who also makes awesome metal stuff, including a SWEET Vial Smasher that JLK showed us)
      2. Saturday
        1. Burritos by Phil’s house
        2. Frank & Sons
          1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQsjRlz9S1g

          2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8ZmUznPLVc
        3. Went to a party hosted by Masters of Modern (Alex Kessler and Ben Bateman)
        4. Played an awesome DnD type Commander game where Nick played a Zedru Deck that has “Dungeons” and “Boss Monsters” that was designed by Sean (@SwordsToPlow)
          1. https://deckstats.net/deck-18500263-ce1f60cf478fb3f8dc23e611fe368a90.html
      3. Sunday
        1. Burritos by Phil’s house
        2. Ryan and Zack play a game of EDH with Josh Lee Kwai, and Ian and Levi
        3. Meeting and having Cassius Marsh tweet out a picture with Zack
          1. https://twitter.com/KingCash_7191/status/1102420026584260609
        4. Ryan got to play a game with Craig Blanchette, Vinny T, and Terry Robertson
        5. Cassius talking to Dana Fischer (@DanaFischerMTG), who is the youngest person to make day two of a GP
        6. Ryan and Zack look at vendors
        7. Phillip (#mtgdad)
        8. ZOMG Zack found a highly desirable playmat!
        9. Denny’s
          1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg5xSZ9qL1E

  1. Worst Things
    1. Wearing flip flops on Saturday
    2. Falling asleep while playing games
    3. The Commander’s Brew guys didn’t bring rejected chocolates from Butler’s Wife…
    4. No play space on Saturday
      1. https://twitter.com/CommandersBrew/status/1102051644706078721?s=20
  2. Summary
    1. MF LA was awesome!
  3. Contact Info
    1. You can check us out at brotherswarcast.com
    2. YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/BrothersWarPodcast
    3. Facebook –
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    4. You can email us directly at mail@brotherswarcast.com
    5. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
      1. twitch.tv/greenegeek
    7. CJ individually @Sudge1
      1. http://www.imdb.me/cjwostal
    8. Zack individually @z4ck38
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Magic Fest LA Prep – Ep 87



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Magic Fest LA Prep – Ep 87

  1. Thanks
    1. Mike Condon for the music and editing
    2. Vanessa
    3. Tiffany for the logo/icon
  2. Ep 87 Community Spotlight:
    1. @MothershipGames – 6:37
    2. @UltimateGuard – 6:37
    3. @commanderinmtg – 10:24
    4. @ketjak – 10:24, 16:01, 16:51, 21:56, 22:15
    5. @ghirapurigears – 10:24, 16:01, 22:15
    6. @CommandersBrew – 10:24,
    7. @SeanTabares – 10:24, 16:01, 16:51, 22:15
    8. @andyhullbone – 10:24, 16:01, 16:51, 22:15
    9. @PeteVenters – 11:27
    10. @postrk – 11:27
    11. @BaxaArt – 13:07
    12. Mark Poole – 13:29
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    5. On twitter @brotherswarcast
    6. Ryan individually @greenegeek
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    7. CJ individually @Sudge1
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    8. Zack individually @z4ck38