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Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Mark Rosewater shares stories, insights, and more while driving to work. Listen in and learn more about Magic!
 
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The Command Zone
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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!
 
In Think Like a Game Designer, award-winning designer and Stone Blade Entertainment CEO Justin Gary speaks with world class game designers to deconstruct the step-by-step process for creating games and working in the gaming industry. In each episode, we distill the process of creativity into actionable advice that anyone can use all while giving listeners an opportunity to learn more about their favorite games and designers.
 
Feeling down? Is Joy a chore? The Joyspiracy Theory: A theory stating that in spite of corruption, deception, and conspiracy one can still experience chronic joy everyday.
 
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Show Notes: On this episode, Jimmy and Josh discuss mental tricks that you can use to get what you want from the other players in a game of Commander. ---------- Check out our Kickstarter to support Extra Turns and Game Knights and receive some awesome rewards! http://bit.ly/GameKnights2020 The Command Zone podcast is brought to you by Card Kin ...…
 
In this podcast, I talk about what we have to do in design to make sure that the set and story align.By Mark Rosewater.
 
In this podcast, I talk about how Magic design involves a lot of math.By Mark Rosewater.
 
In August, I wrote an article about why diversity matters in game design. This is my podcast version of that topic.By Mark Rosewater.
 
In this podcast, I discuss when, how, and why we make changes to the color pie.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: On today’s episode: Jimmy and Josh are tackling some of the most asked questions we get regarding our content like “Why do you play Brawl on Game Knights?” “What happened to Extra Turns?” and “Are you ever going to attend an East Coast live Magic event?” Plus, we also answer a bunch of Magic related inquiries such as, “How do start ...…
 
Today I speak with Liz Spain from Lone Shark Games. Liz entered the game industry through the unusual path of fashion and costume design. Liz tells the remarkable story of designing, producing, and successfully Kickstarting her first game: Incredible Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis. She explains how she was able to raise money and awareness for ...…
 
This is another of my mailbag podcasts where I answer all your questions. I do these with a carpool guest. Instead of "Mailbag with Matt" or "Replies with Rachel," we get the first-ever "Small Talk with Sarah" where my guest is my youngest daughter, Sarah.By Mark Rosewater.
 
This podcast is another in my "Other People's Lessons" series where I talk top ten lists of lessons for something else and apply them to Magic design. Today is life lessons.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: On this episode we’re taking a different approach to our old “Top 10” color series. We look at Blue cards in a variety of different categories and debate which are the best and why. ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/commandzone The C ...…
 
This is another podcast in my "Lessons Learned" series where I talk about lessons from sets that I led or co-led the design for. This time, I talk about what I learned leading the design for War of the Spark.By Mark Rosewater.
 
In this podcast, I talk about us putting together the themes of three years' worth of sets that cover what we call the "Bolas Arc" (Kaladesh through War of the Spark).By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: Jimmy and Josh examine and evaluate the non-legendary creature cards from Throne of Eldraine that they think will make the biggest splash in Commander. Are there any great new effects that will take your EDH decks to the next level? Listen and find out! ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, rec ...…
 
Show Notes: Throne of Eldraine is fully spoiled! Jimmy and Josh examine and evaluate all of the new legendary creatures from the set and run down the list of cool combos, synergies and interactions for each card. ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.co ...…
 
As is normal, I went to San Diego Comic-Con, but this year, I got to reveal Throne of Eldraine to the world. It was quite fun. In this podcast, I fill you in on my entire trip.By Mark Rosewater.
 
This is part four of a four-part series on all the banned or restricted cards I had a hand in designing.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: It’s time to upgrade the fourth and final Throne of Eldraine Brawl precon: Syr Gwyn “Knights’ Charge”. What 40 cards can you add to get this deck ready for battle in Commander? Tune in and find out! ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/ ...…
 
Show Notes: We’re continuing our Brawl to Commander Upgrade series with the Alela “Faerie Schemes” Throne of Eldraine precon. Jimmy and Josh discuss which 40 cards they would add to turn it into a powerful Commander deck. Don’t miss it! ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and mor ...…
 
Show Notes: It’s another bonus mini-sode! This time we’re breaking down the Korvold “Savage Hunger” Eldraine Brawl precon and discussing which 40 cards we would add to upgrade it into a full-on Commander deck. ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon.com/c ...…
 
Show Notes: In this special mini-sode Jimmy and Josh break down the Chulane Eldraine Brawl precon deck “Wild Bounty” and talk about which 40 cards they would add to quickly and easily turn it into a full-on Commander deck. ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www. ...…
 
This is part three of a four-part series on all the banned or restricted cards I had a hand in designing.By Mark Rosewater.
 
This is part two of a four-part series on all the banned or restricted cards I had a hand in designing.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: On this episode, Jimmy and Josh are unveiling their exclusive Throne of Eldraine preview card, a spicy new legendary creature with a lot of cool interactions. PLUS – we have a special announcement from Wizards of the Coast about some exciting new upcoming live events tailored specifically for Commander players. Don’t miss it! ------ ...…
 
Not that I'm proud of this, but I have the honor of having had a hand in creating more cards that have been banned or restricted than any other designer. In this podcast, I walk through the many cards I've helped design from this list and talk about their designs.By Mark Rosewater.
 
In past podcasts, you've met my dad, my mom, and my eldest daughter, Rachel. Today, you get to meet my youngest daughter, Sarah.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: We’re breaking down Josh’s new Greven, Predator Captain deck. Does this Rakdos/Voltron strategy have enough value to change our minds about Commander damage? Watch and find out! Plus, we’re wrapping-up the episode with a look back at our experiences at MagicFest Vegas and what the successful focus on EDH might mean for the future of ...…
 
Magic has six major zones plus a few others used in various formats. I talk all about them including examining the design space of zone changing.By Mark Rosewater.
 
In this podcast, I talk about the history of full-art lands and talk about all the times we've used them.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: We're discussing and analyzing all of the brand new non-legendary cards from Commander 2019. What new tools do we have to play with? Are there any effects that are powerful enough to open up new strategies or bolster old ones? Let’s find out! ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesom ...…
 
Show Notes: We’re doing the Budget Upgrade on the Naya Populate Commander 2019 precon. Want to find out how the deck plays straight out of the box and what cards we would add and remove to quickly improve it? Then what are you waiting for? Check out this episode and you’ll be smashing your opponent’s in no time! ---------- This episode is spons ...…
 
This podcast is about the history of the Demon creature type.By Mark Rosewater.
 
This is another in my series "Lessons Learned" where I examine the lessons I've learned from sets I led or co-led. Today, I talk about the third Un- set, Unstable.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: It’s time for the Budget Upgrade Guide for the Jeskai Flashback Commander 2019 precon. We’re discussing how the deck plays and which cards would we add (and remove) so you can get it up and running asap! ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesome rewards, and more! http://www.patreon ...…
 
In this podcast, I talk about the history of Magic's oldest alternate-win condition.By Mark Rosewater.
 
This is part four of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Modern Horizons.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: We continue our Commander 2019 Budget Upgrade series with the Rakdos Madness “Merciless Rage” deck. How does this precon play? What cards would we add (and remove) so it can burn down your opponents as quickly as possible? Watch and find out! ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of our community, receive awesom ...…
 
Show Notes: We begin our Commander 2019 precon upgrade meta-series with the Sultai Morph deck. The exercise is simple: We take a $25 budget and suggest 10 cards to add and then 10 cards to take out in order to get these C19 decks up to speed and ready to slug-it-out with “real” decks as quickly and easily as possible. ---------- Support the sho ...…
 
Show Notes: Commander 2019 is just around the corner! Now that the set has been fully revealed, Jimmy and Josh are taking a look at all of the new legendary creatures and breaking down which cool interactions and synergies they see as the best way to build a deck around each of them. ---------- Support the show and become a Patron! Be a part of ...…
 
This is part three of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Modern Horizons.By Mark Rosewater.
 
In this podcast, I talk all about power level. I describe what it is and how it impacts how we make Magic cards.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Show Notes: We’re unveiling the full deck list for the “Merciless Rage” Commander 2019 SULTAI MORPH precon. You may have seen a lot of the new cards as they were previewed but now you get to find out which awesome reprints are also included in the box! Will this deck give you the power to burn down the other players? Let’s find out! Check out t ...…
 
Show Notes: We’re unveiling the full deck list for the “Primal Genesis” Commander 2019 NAYA POPULATE precon. You may have seen a lot of the new cards as they were previewed but now you get to find out which awesome reprints are also included in the box! Does this deck contain all the tools to overrun your opponents? Let’s find out! Check out th ...…
 
Show Notes: We’re unveiling the full deck list for the “Mystic Intellect” Commander 2019 JESKAI FLASHBACK precon. You may have seen a lot of the new cards as they were previewed but now you get to find out which awesome reprints are also included in the box! Does this deck contain enough arcane knowledge to take down your opponents? Let’s find ...…
 
Show Notes: We’re unveiling the full deck list for the “Faceless Menace” Commander 2019 SULTAI MORPH precon. You may have seen a lot of the new cards as they were previewed but now you get to find out which awesome reprints are also included in the box! Does this deck have what it takes to ambush and eliminate your opponents? Let’s find out! Ch ...…
 
This is part two of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Modern Horizons.By Mark Rosewater.
 
This is part one of a four-part series on card-by-card design stories from Modern Horizons.By Mark Rosewater.
 
In this podcast, I talk about the history of split cards—how they came to be and the many different times we've used them.By Mark Rosewater.
 
We have a line we call the innovation products (things like Conspiracy, Unstable, and Battlebond). I'll explain what they are and talk through all the ones we've made thus far.By Mark Rosewater.
 
Today we’re talking about the biggest mistakes new players make, and with two very special guests: Mark Rosewater, whom you all know, and Evan, who came to us as a recipient of the Make a Wish foundation. We’re so honored to grant this wish for Evan and for him to help write up the outline for this episode and record together. Find out more abo ...…
 
This podcast is all about the design of Modern Horizons.By Mark Rosewater.
 
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