Commander Crunch

Celebrating the Commander format of Magic the Gathering and Entertainment.

About the show

Commander Crunch is the project of Sam (@passthejamsam) & Al (@CheshirePlays), celebrating and discussing everything about the most creative and wild format of Magic the Gathering, Commander. Join us weekly for deep dives into EDH culture, news, deck techs and reviews, plus a side serving of discussion into our latest tastes in entertainment and pop-culture.

Episodes

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    Episode 38 – Modern Horizons 2 and maple syrup with Fitz

    June 8th, 2021  |  2 hrs 46 mins
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    Our favourite Canadian woodsman/EDH savant Fitzy Fitz joins us this week to discuss Modern Horizons 2, Fitz's EDH philosophies, and all the nonsense you can expect from us including Canadian Bacon, Mega Man and technical death metal. Enjoy!

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    Episode 37 – Pricing EDH with DJ from Brainstorm Brewery

    May 19th, 2021  |  2 hrs 1 min
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    We're joined this week by Brainstorm Brewery Co-Host and Magic financier Douglas (DJ) Johnson to share some stories from selling Magic cards for a living, his unique style of EDH, and everything from parkour, Soul Calibur and New York pizza - enjoy!

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    Episode 36 – Hot Soup & Empathy, with Ginger Joe

    May 14th, 2021  |  3 hrs 44 mins
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    Conduit of the Magic community Ginger Joe Hofmann joins the breakfast table today for an epic chat spanning latest set previews, how kindness and compassion go a long way in the community, great EDH community stories and personal play philosophies, plus a million other things. Enjoy!

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    Episode 35 – Finding Balance, with Nick S from MTG Lexicon

    May 3rd, 2021  |  2 hrs 32 mins
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    This week we hang out with Nick S from MTG Lexicon, the dive bar of EDH, as we discuss establishing balance in life and magic, both in playing and content creation, plus some Lexicon history and lore, latest EDH goings on and plenty of nonsense. Enjoy!

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    Episode 34 – Dana Roach drops by for breakfast

    April 12th, 2021  |  2 hrs 35 mins
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    This week the Dana Roach drops by the breakfast table to chat about the evolving commander landscape, Strixhaven commander decks, plus we take a left down tangent lane to chat record collecting, life and interesting dinner guests. Enjoy!

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    Episode 33 – EDH is Esoteric with G3 from MTG Lexicon

    April 2nd, 2021  |  3 hrs 10 mins
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    The legendary Nick G aka G3 from the dive bar of EDH, MTG Lexicon, drops by the breakfast table this week to discuss his detailed deck building process, managing a community and what that has meant for us, plus a deep dive into the esoteric concepts of cognitive science and how these themes relate right back to magic. Enjoy!

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    Episode 32 – An Audience with Erin Campbell, Dredge Queen

    March 22nd, 2021  |  2 hrs 38 mins
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    This week we welcome the one, the only, Monarch of Dredge, Erin Campbell to the show to chat about finding creativity in both competitive and casual formats, the impact of being a community influence and embracing self-confidence, plus some great stories from Erin's illustrious history in Magic. Enjoy!

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    Episode 31 – Hanging out with Joshua Grant, CEO of BinderPOS & CFB Group

    March 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 59 mins
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    It's an absolute honour this week to welcome Joshua Grant to the breakfast table to discuss the merger of BinderPOS and Channel Fireball including Josh's history with BinderPOS, plus the vision of placing power back in the hands of the heart of the game, the LGS.

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    Episode 30 – Sam & Max Crandell hit the road

    March 9th, 2021  |  3 hrs 18 mins
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    For something special on our 30th episode, we enlist the presence of the great Max Crandell from CMDR Central for a MEGA episode discussing everything from the idea of Power Rangers as Magic cards, Max's personal EDH approach, and some epic stories from the history of CMDR Central as it nears 250 episodes. It's a wild ride, join us as we hit the road.

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    Episode 29 – Let's talk about Mental Health (and Strixhaven)

    February 23rd, 2021  |  2 hrs 22 mins
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    This week on the Crunch we take a moment to discuss all the magical school themed offerings Strixhaven has shown us thus far, including incredible card treatments and some flavour tropes Chesh drills into with some concern. We also open up for a big conversation on Mental Health, and how it connects with us and Magic, including hw this game has and can be a support network, and our experiences. Enjoy.

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    Episode 28 – Curiosity and appreciation with MonoWhiteBorder

    February 10th, 2021  |  2 hrs 26 mins
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    Get comfy for an epic chat this week with Peter, aka MonoWhiteBorder on everything from brewing Mono White to be fun and playable, the finding delight in Magic's forgotten cards, appreciating the company of our table, and a generous serving of NBA chat... Enjoy!

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    Episode 27 – Let's talk about the social contract

    February 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 16 mins
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    This week we get together for a lofty chat on the Social contract in commander, what it means and how we navigate playing magic to prioritise the enjoyment of the table, plus the importance of setting expectations and opening discussions with your table early. Enjoy!

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    Episode 26 – Budget decks & creativity, with Scrap Trawlers

    January 26th, 2021  |  1 hr 58 mins
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    This week we welcome Andy & Nick from the Scrap Trawlers to chat about their budget deck brewing challenges, cultivating positivity and creativity in games, plus some amazing unexpected tales about theme parks. Enjoy!

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    Episode 25 – Winning is Secondary, with Lenny Wooley

    January 19th, 2021  |  2 hrs 3 mins
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    We're joined this week by Lenny Wooley, aka Ajani's Gay Pridemate, to talk through some of his reputable creative commander deck brews, game philosophies, plus board games and their relationship to edh. Enjoy!

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    Episode 24 – Crackin' Packs with Mr Bevers

    January 11th, 2021  |  2 hrs 1 min
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    We're back for the first episode of the year to hang out with Mr Bevers, creator of great youtube content around the fine art of opening fresh packs, to discuss interesting perspectives on game and product philosophy including the balance of value, addiction and enjoyment in Magic. Enjoy!

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    Episode 23 – Time for reflection, with Colin o'clock

    December 22nd, 2020  |  2 hrs 14 mins
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    For the final episode of 2020 we're joined by the ever positive and smiling figure of the commander streaming community Colin o'clock! We navigate through some thoughts on the first looks at previews from Kaldheim, our ongoing Commander Legends Sealed league, and also reflecting on the year of 2020 in terms of lessons learnt, community and also the decks we all built as a roadmap of what exactly happened in this wild time. Enjoy!