I decided to fly out to California because Phil Deluca (I’ll post all of the twitter handles at the end) of the Commanderin’ MTG podcast invited me to stay with him. I jumped at the opportunity because I don’t get to do anything like this very often. Shivam Bhatt, another host of the podcast, was also staying with Phil for the GP. It really is great to see this normally hidden side of the podcast. (I also want to add that these are two of the nicest people I have ever met and I’m humbled.) We got to the GP and it seemed really low on people, but we split up, giving me the opportunity to wander and people watch. Once we regrouped, we naturally ended up playing a 4 Vs 4 commander game that we have named hydra. This is in no way an official format, but, it was a ton of fun.
Although maybe not the best picture, the above photo was taken in what was about the best game I have played in months. Pictured on the left side of the table: Silas McComb, Olivia (Cosplaying as Teysa, Orzhov Scion), Phil Deluca, and me. On the right we have: Reuben Bresler, A. E. Marling, Charles, and Shivam Bhatt.
We had no clue what we were doing and it was glorious. Each “team” takes their turns at the same time has their own life(30), and can’t block for each other. We did this mainly to make a 4 hour game go a bit faster, and faster it went. I believe that the game was over after about 40 minutes. Then we played again, and again the game was over quickly. More people showed up and we broke into smaller groups. I ended up in a 5 player brawl game with Shivam, Reuben, Charles, and new to the table Adam Victor Klesh. I was on a Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy, Shivam was on Elenda, the Dusk Rose (which is a lifegain deck built around Crested Sunmare), Reuben was on Etali, Primal Storm, Charles had Garna, the Bloodflame, and Adam had Niambi, Faithful Healer. This game ended up going for almost 5 hours (!!), I ended up scooping and joining another commander game before it finished. It was crazy – Shivam got up to 96 life at his highest and it made the difference in the end as he was able to pull out the win ending with 45 life. It was an amazing game and it really made brawl seem more viable.
All of this leads to one central point: people are awesome. Community is a big part of commander and the 800 notifications I had on twitter yesterday really drives this home. This may be a short article and not quite what normally do but I thought it was important.
Where you can find everyone on twitter:
- Phil Deluca https://twitter.com/ketjak
- Shivam Bhatt https://twitter.com/ghirapurigears
- Commanderin’ podcast https://twitter.com/commanderinmtg
- Silas McComb https://twitter.com/SilasMccomb
- Olivia https://twitter.com/goberthicks
- Reuben Bresler https://twitter.com/MoxReuby
- A. E. Marling https://twitter.com/AEMarling
- Charles https://twitter.com/Elevarius
- Adam Victor Klesh https://twitter.com/madolaf