Commander Sphere is a weekly podcast about Magic: The Gathering's commander format hosted by Rachel Weeks and Dan Sheehan.
It's been three years and it's time to thank some folks.
We're trying something new here! Dan recently released his second video essay, a discussion about the cathartic process of breaking down and rebuilding your old decks. We're making it available in audio form! This is the first in a new series of digestible 10-15 minute essays tackling topics Magic players might find interesting. We hope it makes a …
It's always hard to choose who should draw your ire first in a commander game. We put together a list of fifteen players that you should be focusing your attention on in the early-game.
We talked about our overall impressions of The Brothers' War and give you ten cards we're excited to see played!
We talked about the ruling bodies behind Commander and the role they play in shaping the format!
Things are getting pretty SpOoOoOoOoOoOOoky around here! We rated a bunch of Magic villains to figure out who the ultimate halloween monsters are!
Unfinity is on the way and we wanted to make a guide explaining how to approach building a Rule Zero deck! We break down the five crucial things to consider when building a deck that doesn't follow Commander's core rule set
It's exactly what the name says! Woah!
One of the most important skills in Commander is threat assessment, but what do you do when the threat is YOU? This week we're talking about the concept of "threat" itself, how to to identify it, and how to best react when the label has been thrust upon you.
Red, Black, and Blue! This one is all about being sneaky and mean! Great cards, great archetypes, maybe not the best friends!
We both put together a list of our five favorite new commanders from Dominaria: United! Old favorites, classic archetypes, and new concepts abound! Take a listen and get some ideas for your next build!
The Random Card Generator is back and this time we're using idioms to design spells and mechanics!
Wizards had their yearly presentation announcing the year's upcoming sets! We talked through each of them and discussed our hopes and predictions for each set!
It's all nature, no nurture on this week's Identity Crisis! We dive into our next shard and it's about as wild as it gets. See how the chaos of red, the community of white, and the natural order of green weave together to make one of the game's stompiest three color pairs!
It's a very special lore episode! Dan wrote the latest entry into the story for Squee, The Immortal! Squee is a fan favorite character and Dan had a blast writing him. Check out a full catchup on where Squee's been and where he goes now that he's back. Spoilers ahead so be sure to check out the story first! To read the story, check out https://magi…
It's impossible to discuss either of the big summer sets without encountering some serious feelings about one or both of them. People were pissed and we listened! We dive into what people expected vs. what they got and discuss what Wizards could do in the future to keep all sides of the player base happy.…
Julia needs a maid of honor and for some reason it's gonna be somebody from Magic!! She looked through twelve characters in hopes of finding the perfect fit!
Who puts the WUB in WUBRG? A lot of rogues, spies, manipulators, and...health insurance executives?
A new season of Commander Sphere begins! Do you guys keep track of the seasons? They start in July and January! Now you know! Anyway, we're kicking this one off with Sam AKA Rhystic Studies and it's a great chat! Sam is one of the most insightful and prolific writers in the Magic community and if you haven't checked out his stuff, you're missing ou…
We're back in the mailbag answering your questions! This episode ends somewhat abruptly because Dan's power went out right as we started answering a question about eliminating the ban list. Coincidence???
What is the best multiversal father's day gift??
If we let a bunch of characters from Dominaria kick our asses, here's who we think would be best at it and why. That's it, that's the episode.
A new, fully Commander-focused, set? In this economy?? We break down all the hits and misses from the new set and talk about what the greater implications of WotC designing specifically for the format can be.
It's shard time! Identity Crisis hits its halfway point with the power hungry JUND colors. What's black and red and green all over? Dragons, mostly!
Our mailbag episode included a ton of questions about the process behind making comedy so we decided to do a whole dang episode about it! We bust 5 myths about making content and give 5 pieces of advice!
What makes a card ban-worthy? Is it power? Is it ubiquity? This week, we're setting out to answer some important questions about the EDH ban list with help from our favorite old friend, the Commander Philosophy Document.
Lots of folks have been waiting for this one and here it is! It's the last of the 2 color pairs: The Boros Legion! The College of Lorehold! What happens when you combine Red's desire for freedom with White's desire for rules and structure? Let's find out! Tangents include: Improv, Bad Dates, Fire Emblem, and of course, Air Bud…
We take a dive headfirst into the Commander Sphere Mail Bag, Scrooge McDuck style! We answer a ton of your questions about EDH and beyond! What's our favorite card ever printed? What other hobbies do we have? What comedy secrets can we unveil? All this and more: revealed!
This episode is all about turning bad advice into good advice and also Dan accidentally threatens everyone's dads within the first 30 seconds so it's a real lively one.
It's the mean blue/green value machine! We're talking about simic today and also the weird hold that mashups had over pop culture in the 2010s.
They say you should make the commander you wish to see in the world and we did just that. Check out our attempts at card design from the pleasantly well-balanced to the accidentally-legacy-breaking. WotC staff beware! Custom cards ahead! Card images will be posted on our Discord for patrons and on Twitter for other listeners, though we highly recom…
It's the chaotic red/black combo of your nightmares!
Here are some tips for deciding which decklists are worth chasing and which ones are better left as hypotheticals!
Identity Crisis is back and this time we talk about the kings of stax and tax: Azorius!
The Madness continues
March is a time for madness...
Few issues have polarized the EDH community quite like proxies. A recent poll Rachel conducted about the subject yielded a whopping 7,000 votes with a 49/50 split, so to say that the community is divided on this one is an understatement. This week we try to get to the bottom of the proxy problem and figure out what such a seemingly innocuous issue …
The point has been made many times: finding a solid playgroup is frustrating in a lot of the same ways that dating is frustrating. So this week, we tried to isolate some fun, easy, questions you can ask that will help you and your table find the perfect game. *Love not guaranteed
After last year's user feedback, we've changed up the way we do set reviews! Instead of listing our favorite cards, we talk through the broad strokes of Kamigawa Neon Dynasty as well as the lore, rollout, and potential effect on EDH. Check it out!
Another Magic artist's bad politics have spilled into the game. What do you do when an artist whose work you love backs a cause you hate? Warning: We talk about some cancelled comedians in this one, namely Bill Cosby and Louis CK. We also discuss the broad strokes of why a handful of high profile artists were removed from Magic's roster…
It's another Identity Crisis episode and this time we're talking about the Goglari combo of green and black!
It's the State of the State of the Format! Rachel and Dan go through the recent RC statement about where Commander stands and where it's headed! Debate gets heated as they talk about how their views on the future differ and what they both want out of the format.
New Year! New Episode! Great Guest! We've got ALK Alters with us so we're making alterations of all our favorite stuff. Ever wondered which US cities would be which shock lands? Ever wondered what Oscar The Grouch's color identity would be? Look no further than this episode. Check out ALK on Twitter at @AltersAlk!…
The prisoner in the crate has been freed and their ready to tell their story! The villain sabotaging the automatons of Strixhaven reveals himself and our heroes have to thrown down to save the day. Can they pull it off?
Our heroes are stuck killing time in the detention bog when the sudden appearance of a mysterious crate shakes up their whole day. The mystery of Strixhaven's malfunctioning automatons continues in this thrilling second chapter of our D&D adventure! Featuring the comedic talents of Casey Malone and Ella Gale in addition to your hosts, Rachel Weeks …
It's time for another winter D&D campaign! Get introduced to this year's heroes at Strixhaven: The School For Mages. Featuring the comedic talents of Ella Gale and Casey Malone!
Rachel and Dan went to their first magic fest! While it's fresh in their minds, they talk about the stuff they wish they knew beforehand, thus creating and immortal and unforgettable piece of entertainment that will likely outlive us all
The Random Keyword Generator returns and this time it's doing spell names. Will you have your creature's stolen by On The Same Page? Or will you be pacified for three turns by the fearsome Boyfriend Movie? Find out!
We meditated on the latest EDH gossip and returned with six truths. This is a big one folks, we make some big statements here. Also we do that thing where we try to convince a bunch of grown adults to be nice to each other and if we have to do it again we're gonna freak out!!
We talked about the Orzhov and talk about our new playmat and how you can get your hands on it!