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Your weekly source for all things Commander (aka EDH), a multiplayer Magic: The Gathering format, with hosts Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai. Focused on all aspects of gameplay and strategy from table politics, budget builds, to deck building and more! commandzonecast@gmail.com We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/us/terms-and- ...
 
Story Break is a weekly podcast from RocketJump where we (Will Campos, Matt Arnold, and Freddie Wong) sit down in the RocketJump writer's room and attempt to "break" a story for a ridiculous concept, property, or idea that we in NO way have any rights to. Join us every week as we attempt to tackle everything from beloved video games to billion dollar franchises!
 
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Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone ---------- Show Notes: From beginners to experts, every Magic player makes mistakes. But there are some cards out there that trip people up more than others. This episode, Jimmy and JLK go through some of the cards…
 
This episode is sponsored by Wizards of the Coast. Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone ---------- Show Notes: This is the upload of a live episode that we recorded on 05/10/22: Jimmy and JLK are on the front lines of the Battle for Baldur’s Gate as t…
 
Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone ---------- Show Notes: Ready for some rough-and-tumble preconstructed destruction? It’s time for our “Riveteer Rampage” Streets of New Cappena budget precon upgrade guide. Truc Thai joins us to break down the 10 ca…
 
Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone ---------- Show Notes: Come see what the Obscura do in the shadows (and how they could do it better) in our budget upgrade guide for “Obscura Oculus” from the New Capenna Commander precons. This episode, Ashlen Ros…
 
Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone ---------- Show Notes: New Capenna is home to all sorts of shady characters and criminal dealings, but it’s also got hundreds of cards contending for slots in your Commander decks. This episode, we scope out the se…
 
Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone ---------- Show Notes: May it please the court: We present as Exhibit A this official budget upgrade guide for the “Bedecked Brokers” Streets of New Capenna Commander precon. This episode, editor Arthur Meadowcroft…
 
This episode is sponsored by Wizards of the Coast. Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone ---------- Show Notes: This is the upload of a live episode originally recorded on 04/20/22: Jimmy and JLK are joined by special guest POST MALONE to discuss their…
 
Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone ---------- Show Notes: Three colors?! Who needs ‘em! Not these new mono-colored legendaries from The Streets of New Capenna! This episode Craig “Mr. Infect” Blanchette joins Jimmy to go over every new mono-colored …
 
If you wanna make it on the Streets of New Capenna, you gotta know the right people. Luckily, the city is full of multicolored legendary creatures who could be your newest commander. On this episode, we’re breaking them down for you, detailing the sinister synergies and criminal combos each one could bring to your next show-stopping deck. ---------…
 
Make some noise party people! It’s time for our “Cabaretti Cacophony” Streets of New Capenna precon upgrade guide. This episode, editor and cEDH player Shauna Gilles joins JLK to show you what 10 cards to add (for under $30) and what 10 you can kick to the curb in order to make this deck really sing. ---------- COMMAND ZONE LIVE EPISODE #2: Post Ma…
 
Sharpen your blades and clean your brushes! It's time for the budget upgrade of "Maestros Massacre" from the New Capenna Commander decks. This episode, JLK and writer Jamie Block show you the 10 cards to add and 10 cards to remove (for around $30) to make this deck a true work of art. With a little inspiration from us, you’ll be painting the town r…
 
You can’t play Commander without lands; they make up more than a third of your deck! But for such an important resource, lands aren’t discussed nearly as much as the rest of deckbuilding. This episode, JLK is joined by Jordan Pridgen to bring you The Ultimate Guide To Lands! We’ll discuss how many mana sources you should be running, how to evaluate…
 
For many players the joy of deckbuilding comes from finding new, undiscovered card combinations; searching for exploits that open up fresh strategies and interactions. In other words, cracking cards wide open! This episode, Jimmy and Jake go over the cards they’ve tried to crack themselves, discussing the process of taking a regular effect and gett…
 
This is the upload of a live episode that we recorded on 03/29/22: Everyone has holes in their game, mistakes and miscalculations that can really hold you back. The insidious thing about these errors is we often don’t realize we’re making them, so we repeat the same missteps over and over again. On this episode, Jimmy and Josh discuss The Worst Mis…
 
Mana Curve may seem like a simple enough concept, but there’s a lot more to consider than just keeping your CMC low. This episode, Jimmy and JLK are going to tell you how to truly master your mana curve. We’ll discuss play patterns, deck construction considerations, and how to think about the mana value of your cards at every stage of the game. Don…
 
Commander can seem as intimidating to get into as it is fun to play! But don't worry: this episode Jimmy and JLK break down the best first steps you can take to start your Commander journey. From choosing your deck to finding a solid playgroup, we've got the advice and expertise to help you jump in and start experiencing this amazing format for you…
 
Improving your Commander game takes time, but every now and then, something just clicks. After that you never quite look at things the same way again. This episode, The Command Zone Crew comes together to talk about our biggest personal level-up moments, from deck-builing to gameplay to mindset. We hope these discussions will help get you take your…
 
It’s time to jump into our “Tatsunari, Toad Rider” deck tech! This episode, we break down Jimmy’s enchanting deck from the recent Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty episode of Game Knights. We’ll go over the ins and outs of the deck, discussing strategy, card selection, play patterns, and even some possible modifications if you want to make the brew your own. …
 
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty doesn't just bring 1200 years of history, it also brings hundreds of new cards that can go in your Commander decks. This episode, we go through the set to see which new tech deserves the honor of being in your 99, and which you can delete from your memory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Get ready to crew some mechs and accrue some wins, because it's time for the budget upgrade guide for the "Buckle Up" Azorius Vehicles preconstructed deck from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. Strap in as we show you the 10 cards to add and 10 cards to remove (for under $30) in order to give your deck a smooth ride to victory! Learn more about your ad choic…
 
Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty is here and it's time to hack (technology) and slash (people in two) with a host of new monocolored legends! We’re breaking down every single one, so sit back and relax as we upload all the key tips and tricks to make them shine at your Commander table. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Want to upgrade your “Upgrades Unleashed” deck without unleashing too much money? Look no further! It’s time for our budget upgrade guide for the Kamigawa Neon Dynasty Gruul preconstructed deck. We’ll show you how to modify your list with 10 cards in and 10 cards out (for under $30) so you'll be equipped to handle anything! You can rebuild it, we h…
 
START YOUR ENGINES! Today we’re revealing the entire deck list for the “Buckle Up” AZORIUS VEHICLES preconstructed Commander deck from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. It’s gassed up with 3 new unique commanders, 15 brand-new cards, and a strategy that will take you all the way to the finish line! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/a…
 
It’s time to light it up! Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty is almost here, and it’s bringing a future where magic meets technology. On this episode, we’re breaking down all of the new multicolored legends from the set. Find out which ones have the sweetest synergies, the coolest combos, and are primed and ready to shine at the helm of your next deck. Learn m…
 
The Professor from Tolarian Community College joins us for a free-flowing conversation about all of the changes Magic content has gone through over the years. We’re asking each other the hard-hitting questions about our biggest controversies, successes and failures, and how our outlook towards the game and community continues to evolve over time. L…
 
What mechanic do you consider most underrated? How much graveyard hate should you be packing? Is land destruction absolutely taboo? This episode Jimmy and JLK tackle your questions, answering these and many more queries about magic, deckbuilding, and themselves! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
With a rules document almost 200 pages long, it’s not a stretch to say that Magic is the most complicated game ever created. This episode, Jimmy and JLK go over some of the more complex and easily misunderstood interactions in all of MTG. Take it from us, knowledge of these weird and wacky edge cases can often be an in-game advantage! Learn more ab…
 
No two Commander playgroups are the same. They have their own personalities, playstyles, and some have their own rules! This episode, Jimmy asks members of The Command Zone staff to discuss the house rules they use to make their games more fun, silly, and somtimes downright weird. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
For better or worse, Commander has become the primary focus for Wizards of the Coast and their card design team. As a result, the format has begun to change and evolve at a more rapid pace than we've been used to. But are all of these changes good? Is the format headed in the right direction? This episode, Jimmy and Josh lay out what's going right,…
 
Show Notes: 2021 is almost out the door, but what a year it’s been! This episode Jimmy and Josh look back and reflect on a year full of ups, downs, new cards, amazing guest stars, and a ton of fresh content. Plus, we’ll discuss what we hope is in store for 2022! ---------- Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
We're bringing the whole Command Zone team to the table to talk about our favorite Commander cards that came out this year. See how our selections stack up against your own, or maybe discover something new or forgotten to sleeve up for yourself. ---------- What We Talked About on The End Step: SET! (Discovery+) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qb8x…
 
In a game like Commander, you can’t win ‘em all, but it’s no fun to ALWAYS lose! This episode Craig “Mr. Infect” Blanchette joins Jimmy to answer the age-old question, “Why do I keep losing?” We’ll discuss the potential reasons behind low win-rates, and tell you the best ways you can turn some of those Ls into Ws! ---------- What We Talked About on…
 
C-C-C-COMBOS! Like ‘em or not, there’s no denying combos are a huge part of Commander. This episode, JLK is joined by special guest and fellow CAG member Jim LaPage (The Spike Feeders) to talk about everything combo. We’ll discuss how to identify, assess, and stop your opponent’s when they "go off", along with advice on how to assemble your OWN com…
 
Olivia’s Wedding has quite the legendary guest list, but now it’s time for the party favors! This episode we review the new cards for your 99 from Innistrad:Crimson Vow. We’ll tell you which ones we think you will love and cherish till death do you part, and which are more likely to end in divorce! ---------- What We Talked About on The End Step: A…
 
Commanding a legion of vicious vampires doesn’t have to mean breaking the blood bank! This episode, Josh Lee Kwai and editor Manson Leung bring you our 10-card budget upgrade guide for the new “Vampiric Bloodline” Crimson Vow preconstructed deck. We’ll recommend 10 cards to add and 10 to remove (for about $30) to help you really raise the stakes at…
 
Wedding bells are ringing, and Josh and Jimmy are singing. Then we're telling you about the new monocolored legendary creatures from Crimson Vow! This episode, we look through the remaining commander contenders from the new set, giving you some tips and tricks to build them into decks that will make your opponents' blood boil. Learn more about your…
 
The Spirits are willing, but the deck is weak, so it’s time for an upgrade! This episode, Jimmy and Game Knights editor Jake Boss bring you our 10-card budget upgrade recommendation for the new “Spirit Squadron” Crimson Vow precon deck. We’ll tell you which 10 cards to add and which 10 to take out to make sure you have the ghosts with the most(s). …
 
And now, the dramatic revelation of Crimson Vow's "Vampiric Bloodline" precon commander deck! We're going through the entire list, which contains 15 new cards including four new legendary creatures. We'll discuss the big reprints, deck value, stats, and more! Find out if this will be the next deck you use to bleed your opponents' life totals dry. -…
 
It's an event for the ages! Innistrad: Crimson Vow is almost here. Among the invited guests are many multicolored legendary creatures, any of whom could helm your next deck. This episode we break them down for you, discussing synergies, power level, and who you should take to be your lawfully wedded commander. Learn more about your ad choices. Visi…
 
We’ve talked about making proactive political deals before, but what about when an opponent makes YOU an offer? This episode Josh is joined by writer/producer Jordan Pridgen to discuss dealing with dealers. We’ll go over common political exchanges and discuss how you can make sure they come out in your favor! ---------- What We Talked About on The …
 
Continuing from last week we welcome Michael back to the show to discuss the various entry points to modern. Everything from pure budget to semi budget decks with upgrade paths. Ben Bateman is going on tour! Show dates and tickets here: https://benbateman2021tour.bigcartel.com Want to pick up Battle Bosses? Click the link for more details: https://…
 
This week we are thrilled to have Tolarian Community College's own The Professor join us to, hopefully, answer the biggest question new players face. Many Magic the Gathering players ask the question, how do I get into Modern? Ben Bateman is going on tour! Show dates and tickets here: https://benbateman2021tour.bigcartel.com Want to pick up Battle …
 
It's time for you to learn from our mistakes! The Command Zone team joins Jimmy and Josh to talk about the decks we built, but ended up hating. Learn where we went wrong and what we'd do differently now. Best case, you'll learn from our cautionary tales and become better deckbuilders. Worst case, at least we've embarrassed ourselves for your amusem…
 
Rotation has just happened, paper modern events are coming back, and you need cards. This week we take a look at what cards seem like good pickups for those who want to get into modern. Ben Bateman is going on tour! Show dates and tickets here: https://benbateman2021tour.bigcartel.com Want to pick up Battle Bosses? Click the link for more details: …
 
We converge at the Roundtable once again to discuss the thrilling Midnight Hunt episode of Game Knights. Jimmy and Josh, along with guests Xolo Mariduena (Cobra Kai) and Voxy (Twitch), answer your questions, share how they got into Magic, and discuss their takes on the game's most pivotal moments and political plays. Learn more about your ad choice…
 
This week we are joined once again by Zach Allen to talk about all things graveyard in Modern. What kind of splash has Faithful Mending made in the format and what can you do to fight against all the new graveyard strategies? You can follow Zach at: Twitter: @A22en YouTube: https://t.co/m3u1WbrtRu?amp=1 Ben Bateman is going on tour! Show dates and …
 
The Midnight Hunt has officially begun! All sorts of Werewolves, Zombies, Spirits, and horrifying beasts emerge from the shadows. But which should see the light of day in the 99 of your Commander Deck? This episode, we review the non-legendary cards from MID, and tell you which ones could be frighteningly good in your decks! Learn more about your a…
 
This week we finish off the set review for Innistrad Midnight Hunt. Looking specifically at enchantments, walkers, instants, and sorceries. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below! Ben Bateman is going on tour! Show dates and tickets here: https://benbateman2021tour.bigcartel.com Want to pick up Battle Bosses? Click the…
 
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