The Commander Sphere
Commander Sphere is a weekly podcast about Magic: The Gathering's commander format hosted by Rachel Weeks and Dan Sheehan.
info_outline Sizzle & Steak: A Very Special Episode 06/24/2021
Sizzle & Steak: A Very Special Episode Once again everyone is fighting and once again nobody seems to understand why. We've released next week's episode early to talk about some of the recent issues in the EDH Twittersphere and to present our own model for Rule Zero conversations.
info_outline Identity Crisis: Gruul 06/20/2021
Identity Crisis: Gruul Identity Crisis, The Commander Sphere's in-depth examination of Magic's color pie, is BACK and getting into color pairs! First up is Gruul! Red and Green put their heads together and the results are...not particularly bright! But they're tough as hell.
info_outline Casual Fridays: Yennett and Ghen 06/18/2021
Casual Fridays: Yennett and Ghen The inaugural episode of Casual Fridays features decklists for Ghen, Arcanum Weaver and Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign! These decks come from patrons Joe and Fitz! To become eligible for a future episode of Casual Friday, just pledge at our $10 level!
info_outline Identity Crisis: Blue 04/04/2021
Identity Crisis: Blue Before our Strixhaven and Commander 2021 set review episodes hit, the Sphere has squeezed in one more installment of Identity Crisis! This week: BLUE. Blue seeks perfection through knowledge and that means it's for NERDS. Also, we talk about types of comedy's alignment within the color pie and the mystifying nature of Chicago dive bars.
info_outline Identity Crisis: Black 03/28/2021
Identity Crisis: Black Join Rachel and Dan as they continue the Identity Crisis series by taking a dive into the swamp! MaRo has described black as the most Machiavellian of Magic's five colors, referring to the color's ultimate goal as "power through ruthlessness." The hosts discuss what that means in a fantasy context and then how it applies to the world at large. Hint: Capitalism!
info_outline Identity Crisis: RED 03/21/2021
Identity Crisis: RED In the first installment of a new (hopefully) 32 part series, Rachel and Dan try to break down what color identity means in relation to the real world. Sure, we all know what card mechanics are Red but what about hot dog toppings? Hairstyles? Historical figures? Your hosts get to the bottom of what makes Red Red.
info_outline 85 Minutes Of Goofs With Gavin Verhey 03/08/2021
85 Minutes Of Goofs With Gavin Verhey Rachel and Dan were lucky enough to sit down with Senior Designer Gavin Verhey to talk about Gavin's history with the game, what it's like to design it, and how Commander brings people together. Rachel and Dan also help Gavin design some brand new sets for 2022. They may not be real but they ARE terrifying.
info_outline The Mulligan Episode 01/31/2021
The Mulligan Episode An episode that is ostensibly about the many different types of mulligans gets off the rails almost immediately and becomes a discussion of neg-centric midwestern restaurant chains and whether or not the dog from Air Bud is dead (He is)
info_outline Our Top Kaldheim Top 10! 01/25/2021
Our Top Kaldheim Top 10! It's new set season which means it's time for Rachel and Dan's top cards they're looking forward to. This week the hosts break down the good, the goofy, and the bad-but-interesting. Also: they try to piece together the lore situation! It's still confusing!
info_outline Lasagna Tier EDH: Explained 01/11/2021
Lasagna Tier EDH: Explained Rachel and Dan have joked a lot about power level on the podcast, but what does it truly mean to play at Lasagna Tier? This is the episode where you can finally find out. Open your mind and perfect the art of playing in concert with the table.
info_outline GOOD VIBES ONLY: Episode Four 01/06/2021
GOOD VIBES ONLY: Episode Four UNLOCKED! After being a patron exclusive, Good Vibes Only is being released as our holiday gift to you! Two installments of this D&D adventure will be dropping every week for the next two weeks in lieu of the show's normal episodes. Enjoy a comedic trip to Theros while Dan and Rachel take a couple weeks off! Regular episodes will resume on January 11th!
info_outline GOOD VIBES ONLY: Episode Three 01/04/2021
GOOD VIBES ONLY: Episode Three UNLOCKED! After being a patron exclusive, Good Vibes Only is being released as our holiday gift to you! Two installments of this D&D adventure will be dropping every week for the next two weeks in lieu of the show's normal episodes. Enjoy a comedic trip to Theros while Dan and Rachel take a couple weeks off! Regular episodes will resume on January 11th!