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 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!

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    Episode 22 – Cookouts and Camaraderie, with Ryan Peneff

    December 15th, 2020  |  2 hrs 21 mins
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    Super special guest this week joining us from the great prairies of Saskatchewan, host of Commander Cookout and Commander Ad Populum, it's the joyous Ryan Peneff! We crack a beer and get right in to talks on Canada and Australia in the world Magic scene, Living with nature and the meaning of community and how it relates to playing Commander, pet decks, plus so much more. Enjoy! Also, bit of a language warning on this one - we go a little off the rails...

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    Episode 21 – Games are supposed to be fun, with Enthralimund

    December 8th, 2020  |  2 hrs 34 mins
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    We continue our explorations of the essence of EDH this week with some awesome discussions and valuable perspective from Enthralimund, co-host of the Hearthstone podcast Squelch!, Commander community member, art-teacher, and just all round amazing human.

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    Episode 20 – Spicy Brewing with Brandon from MTG Lexicon

    November 30th, 2020  |  2 hrs 1 min
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    We're joined this week by Brandon, producer of MTG Lexicon to discuss his creative process to brew unique lists, plus one of the best fun guest profile sessions we've had including chats on Eve Online, Macguyver, Alice Cooper, anime and a wave of other goodness. Enjoy!

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    Episode 19 – EDH is aboutenjoyment, with Coach Davie

    November 23rd, 2020  |  2 hrs 27 mins
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    We're joined this morning by Dave Kosin, CoolStuff Inc writer, EDH voice and Personal Trainer to the MTG community - to discuss some pretty lofty topics including playing EDH for the joy of it, the state of Commander, the difference between card issues and people issues, product release fatigue, some of the decks he's known for (Hot Daxos and Horseyman) and some awesome talk about Stevie Nicks... Enjoy!

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    Episode 18 – Commander Legends Prerelease Impressions

    November 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 37 mins
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    WHAT A SET. We run through our experiences getting our first delicious taste of Commander Legends at prerelease weekend, dissecting how the set performs for draft and sealed with stories of each, plus some early blueprints for Chesh's gleefully taxing brew of Liesa, Shroud of Dusk. Enjoy!