Historic Reclamation banhammer incoming!

Field of the Dead rocked the Standard of old hard enough to get a banning. Nowadays people are combining the raw power of mana acceleration, Field of the Dead, Wilderness Reclamation, and Expansion/Explosion. It’s led to a new S-Tier deck in the Historic format that has become “The Deck to Beat”.

After testing it a bunch I was quickly discovering how Field of the Dead wasn’t actually doing much in most matchups. It was however messing up my mana base with Uro being so color restrictive. When I removed that separate element and focused more on the core of the best deck currently in Standard. I found the results came pouring in.

As cool as Magmaquake seems on paper, I’m quickly finding it to be just a mediocre card in the deck. Sure, it’s good for beating up your basic Goblins opponents, but I think the format will evolve to the point that this card becomes played in fewer numbers and maybe even relegated to the Sideboard over time. I would love to be wrong because that means we will have a resurgence of aggro decks in a format, which tends to be rare nowadays.

The mana base was an important area that we see improvement from the Standard version of Reclamation decks as well. Sulfur Falls and Hinterland Harbor provide a lot of value to a deck trying to produce multiples of three different colors while not harming our life total. There are a soft 17/ hard 16 lands to keep these lands coming into play untapped. The reason for distinguishing soft and hard is Mountain doesn’t allow Hinterland Harbor to come into play untapped, but it does Sulfur Falls.

Because we now have Explore on top of Growth Spiral, we also have upped the land count from the Traditional 28-29 in Standard lists to an even 30. That’s right, we want a 50% chance to draw a land with each draw step. The utility Blast Zone provides makes the additional mana source also not a flooding liability.

Even though the rest of the deck is Standard legal the metagame consists of a vastly different field. So our sideboard is constructed in a slightly different way to prepare for a much more diverse metagame. Fry is the main card that jumps to mind as a card that doesn’t quite make the cut in most Standard lists, but in Historic provides a pivotal edge against both Mono Blue and Mono White strategies currently in the format.

Decklist: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3261708

If you’re going to pilot this deck on Arena and haven’t had many reps with the deck there’s a few things you should prepare for. Arena will skip right through a Reclamation trigger unless you set a stop on your own end step. You can do this by clicking to further right button on the bottom middle of your screen. You should see it light up Red and indicate that it will stop on your end step.

Next, you’re going to want to float all your mana and in a deck that plays a lot of dual mana. This can get quite time consuming. To shortcut on Arena, simply press QQ on your keypad to have the program float your mana for you. Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t float your mana precisely as you would like. If there’s a specific combination you need to ensure, manually add those colors of mana and then use the QQ function.

Just like in live magic there are bluffs and tells on Arena. For those unfamiliar with the terminology. A bluff is similar to a feint. A move in which one lures into a situation through misinformation. Meanwhile a tell is the leaking of relevant information. Often mistakenly done as is basic human nature. Now on a program devoid of human expression a tell comes from familiarity with the program. For instance, if you play a spell and it immediately resolves, this often indicates that your opponent does not have anything in hand with which they could have responded.

To ensure you do not give away information on Arena you’ll often need to prompt your settings to gain full control. This can be done by hitting the Ctrl button. The unfortunate part of this feature is you then have to click one million times to make it through a turn which can again be time consuming. It’s important to learn how you can both protect your tells and also bluff when you begin to become proficient with the full control aspect of Arena.

One last tip, there’s often benefit to entering into combat but producing a Petty Theft effect before attackers are declared. This can be tricky with the programming, but to do this you’ll need to again use the Ctrl function to retain full control. Then on their first main phase when it asks to go to combat, you select okay (using the spacebar) once. Then if you are in full control mode, you’ll be able to make plays at the ideal time. This comes up a lot due to haste creatures and really needs to be practiced to ensure it doesn’t cost you games.

Some final thoughts going back to the decklist itself. There will be weird situations where its better to Explosion your opponent for five damage when they are at 20 life, rather then the threat that has you clocked in two more turns. The reason for this being that you’ll often draw into another Explosion and Reclamation if you do not already have them in hand. From there you’ll be able to produce a KO with the next Explosion rather than continue to worry about the opponent producing more and more threats. This is a corner case however and certainly don’t make it your go to move.

Casting Shark Typhoon is another favorite of mine but often works best if you already have a reclamation in play. This allows you to immediately start reaping the benefits and not fall too far behind. Thanks to the Expansion/Explosion value of X, you can also create some rather large sharks at instant speed. Sometimes you’ll even want to use Mystical Dispute or Aether Gust on your own permanents to survive or achieve value. Using Mystical Dispute on your own Mystical Dispute is an easy way to create 3/3 flying creatures at instant speed for one mana.

Expansion serves a lot of functions as being a counterspell deterrent, but also comes up in very strange plays across Historic. Be prepared to think intuitively to utilize this half to its fullest. It may not be the intended card for this deck, but it can also save you games if you’re clever enough.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading as always. Hopefully you found this enlightening and it helps you bring home the bacon from home. Don’t forget to join our Team BCW Patreon to stay on top of all the latest and greatest hits from one of the best teams on the circuit!

Double Master Round 1… FIGHT!

Hello and welcome to another very special episode of Commander Cookout Podcast!    

Today on CCOPodcast, the boys give their thoughts on Double Masters. The good, the bad and all the criticisms one can handle!  

You can listen to CCOPodcast anywhere better podcasts are found as well as on CommanderCookout.com.      

Patreon.com/CCOPodcast. There are a lot of fun and unique benefits to pledging. Like the CCO Discord or getting your deck featured on the show.       

Huge thank you to our sponsors, Face to Face Games! They are Canada’s biggest Magic store. You can check them out here: FacetoFaceGames.com         

Now, Hit our Theme Song!          

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Xyris, Snakes with Abs and Guns

Hello and welcome to another very special episode of Commander Cookout Podcast!    

Today on CCOPodcast, the boys continue The Arc of Good Vibes! We take a look at a listener submitted list that has everything we have come to love in a Commander deck!

Peep the abomination here:  https://archidekt.com/decks/592712#Xyris,_Snakes_on_Steroids

We’re dedicating a whole Arc of episodes to making everyone in CCONation feel good about their lack of Magic and social interaction.
– Patron/Listener submitted decks.
– Highlighting things in the Magic community to feel good about.
– Other supplemental YouTube content to get you through your isolation.      

For more good vibes, check out some Solo content by the boys at CCO:   

Ryan’s solo podcast, Commander ad Populum:  https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/commander-ad-populum/id1462182009 https://cadpopcast.podomatic.com/
@CadPopCast on Twitter     

Brando’s new YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TraumaX36
@CCOBrando on Twitter     

You can listen to CCO Podcast anywhere better podcasts are found as well as on CommanderCookout.com.      

Patreon.com/CCOPodcast. There are a lot of fun and unique benefits to pledging. Like the CCO Discord or getting your deck featured on the show.       

Huge thank you to our sponsors, Face to Face Games! They are Canada’s biggest Magic store. You can check them out here: FacetoFaceGames.com         

Social media:
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Youtube.com/c/commandercookoutpodcast
CommanderCookout.com

COVID-19 Update | July 2020

Dear valued customers,

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We would like to report that our shipping department is now back to normal processing times. It is a privilege to have customers as patient and understanding as yourselves. The positive messages of support that we have received, both on social media and in order comments, have been amazing. We made a decision during the pandemic to redesign our warehouse in order to keep our staff safe, while still doing our best to serve the gaming community. Our warehouse will continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, as we continue to fight through this pandemic.

Product Delays

Please note that while we are back to our normal processing times there are external factors, beyond our control, that can lead to delays. Wizards of the Coast has announced product shortages, delays and postponements. 

Current Magic products being affected:

Core 2021 Bundles: supply shortage.

Jumpstart: supply shortage (small availability at launch). Restock delayed until July 31st. 

Orders containing these items are being fulfilled as the product arrives. Please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team if you have ordered these products and would like more information.

Furthermore, the increase in online shopping has caused Canada Post and other carriers to experience processing delays, as well as longer delivery times.

Downtime

In order to better serve the Canadian gaming community we will be taking some time to recount and restock our inventory. As a result we expect several days of maintenance downtime in the near future. We will keep you updated on the latest developments.

Sales and Giveaway

Many customers have been asking us when our awesome sales will be back. I can tell you that we are planning big things during the month of August to reward all our customers for their continued support. Stay tuned for further announcements, and we promise to return with our regularly scheduled weekly sales in September.

We will continue to be as transparent about our situation as possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any concerns.

Thanks,

Mathew Schmaltz

Très chères clientes, très chers clients,

Nous souhaitions vous informer que notre département d’expédition est de nouveau capable de fournir des délais de traitement normaux. Cela aura été un privilège que d’avoir à traiter avec des clients aussi patients et compréhensifs que vous. Les messages positifs et de soutien que nous avons reçus, aussi bien sur les réseaux sociaux qu’en commentaire dans vos commandes, ont tous été incroyables ! Nous avions en effet pris la décision, en raison de la pandémie, de restructurer notre entrepôt afin de garantir la sécurité de tout notre personnel, tout en continuant de servir au mieux la communauté des joueurs. Les protocoles de sécurité liés à la COVID-19 continueront d’ailleurs d’être appliqués, tant que le combat contre la pandémie ne sera pas terminé.

Produits retardés

Bien que nous soyons à nouveau capables de proposer, de notre côté, des délais de traitements normaux, des retards subsistent néanmoins en raison de plusieurs facteurs externes. Wizards of the Coast a ainsi annoncé une pénurie de certains produits, des retards ainsi que des reports.

Produits Magic the Gathering actuellement affectés :

Bundles Core 2021 : approvisionnement interrompu.

Jumpstart : approvisionnement interrompu (+ faible disponibilité dès le lancement). Réapprovisionnement reporté au 31 juillet.

Toutes les commandes contenant ces articles seront traitées dès réception des produits en question. N’hésitez pas à contacter notre service client si vous avez commandé ces articles et que vous souhaitez obtenir plus d’informations.

Enfin, notez que la hausse massive du magasinage en ligne a entraîné des retards de livraison du côté de Postes Canada et des autres transporteurs.

Interruption temporaire

Afin de servir au mieux la communauté des joueurs canadiens, nous allons bientôt prendre le temps de refaire l’inventaire de tout notre stock. Nous nous attendons donc à quelques jours de fermeture, pour maintenance, dans un avenir proche. Nous vous tiendrons informés.

Soldes et promotions

Beaucoup de clients nous ont demandé quand est-ce que nos superbes soldes seront de retour. Eh bien je peux vous annoncer que nous prévoyons une grosse surprise durant le mois d’août, afin de récompenser toutes nos clientes et nos clients pour leurs encouragements continus. Ne manquez donc pas nos futures annonces ! Nous vous promettons par ailleurs le retour de nos soldes hebdomadaires dès le mois de septembre.

Nous continuerons d’être aussi transparents que possible à propos de notre situation. N’hésitez pas à nous contacter si vous avez la moindre question.

Merci,

Mathew Schmaltz

CCO Brando’s Mono Mutate Deck

Hello and welcome to another very special episode of Commander Cookout Podcast!    

Today on CCOPodcast, the boys continue The Arc of Good Vibes! We take a look at a listener submition that we asked for several weeks ago. A tribal deck that plays all the cards that you can play any number of!

Peep the abomination here:  https://archidekt.com/decks/669877#Maximum_Mutate
We’re dedicating a whole Arc of episodes to making everyone in CCONation feel good about their lack of Magic and social interaction.
– Patron/Listener submitted decks.
– Highlighting things in the Magic community to feel good about.
– Other supplemental YouTube content to get you through your isolation.      

For more good vibes, check out some Solo content by the boys at CCO:
Ryan’s solo podcast, Commander ad Populum:  https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/commander-ad-populum/id1462182009 https://cadpopcast.podomatic.com/
@CadPopCast on Twitter     

Brando’s new YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TraumaX36
@CCOBrando on Twitter     

You can listen to CCO Podcast anywhere better podcasts are found as well as on CommanderCookout.com.      

Patreon.com/CCOPodcast. There are a lot of fun and unique benefits to pledging. Like the CCO Discord or getting your deck featured on the show.       

Huge thank you to our sponsors, Face to Face Games! They are Canada’s biggest Magic store. You can check them out here: FacetoFaceGames.com  

Social media:
Facebook.com/CCOPodcast
@CCOPodcast and @CCOBrando on Twitter
Patreon.com/CCOPodcast
Youtube.com/c/commandercookoutpodcast
CommanderCookout.com

The Slums of CCONation, Tribal

Hello and welcome to another very special episode of Commander Cookout Podcast!    

Today on CCOPodcast, the boys continue The Arc of Good Vibes! We take a look at a listener submition that we asked for several weeks ago. A tribal deck that plays all the cards that you can play any number of!

 Peep the abomination here: https://archidekt.com/decks/615357#1_of_as_many
We’re dedicating a whole Arc of episodes to making everyone in CCONation feel good about their lack of Magic and social interaction.   

 – Patron/Listener submitted decks.   

 – Highlighting things in the Magic community to feel good about.   

 – Other supplemental YouTube content to get you through your isolation.      

For more good vibes, check out some Solo content by the boys at CCO:   

Ryan’s solo podcast, Commander ad Populum:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/commander-ad-populum/id1462182009 https://cadpopcast.podomatic.com/
@CadPopCast on Twitter     

Brando’s new YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TraumaX36
@CCOBrando on Twitter     

You can listen to CCO Podcast anywhere better podcasts are found as well as on CommanderCookout.com.      

Patreon.com/CCOPodcast. There are a lot of fun and unique benefits to pledging. Like the CCO Discord or getting your deck featured on the show.       

Huge thank you to our sponsors, Face to Face Games! They are Canada’s biggest Magic store. You can check them out here: FacetoFaceGames.com         

Social media:
Facebook.com/CCOPodcast
@CCOPodcast and @CCOBrando on Twitter
Patreon.com/CCOPodcast
Youtube.com/c/commandercookoutpodcast
CommanderCookout.com