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Commander Clash S8 E1: Commander Classic w/ The Professor from Tolarian Community College | Brigid vs. Kethis vs. Radha vs. Rielle

Hey friends, it's been a while, but I'm excited to finally announce the beginning of Commander Clash Season 8! The long wait is worth it because this season is going to be very special: instead of having one guest join us for an entire season, every single episode of season 8 will feature a new guest! Many of my favorite Commander content creators have graciously agreed to join us for an episode and I'm so excited to share with you what we've recorded!

We're kicking off the new season with a bang by trying out an exciting variant of Commander called Commander Classic, where the only legal cards are ones that have been printed in a Standard set. Cards that have never been printed in a Standard set, like Command Tower, aren't allowed! Our guest to teach us this new variant is none other than its founder, The Professor! 

Here's what we've got:

  • The Professor plays a tweaked version of his paper deck, Elfball Aggro, led by Grand Warlord Radha
  • Richard thinks he can finally score a win with Kithkin Tribal, this time under the command of Brigid, Hero of Kinsbaile
  • Seth tests one of the new commanders from Ikoria, looking to draw as many cards as possible with Rielle, the Everwise
  • Tomer plays his $50 Legendary Tribal Control deck, looking to grind out the table with Kethis, the Hidden Hand

Many Magic: the Gathering players ask the question: can The Professor snowball to victory, or will his Elfball be stopped by the mighty Kithkin? Let's find out! But first, a quick reminder: if you like Commander Clash and other video content here on MTGGoldfish, make sure to subscribe to the MTGGoldfish Youtube Channel to keep up with the latest and greatest.

The Professor's Deck (Radha)

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Richard's Deck (Brigid)

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Seth's Deck (Rielle)

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Tomer's Deck (Kethis)

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Post-Game Thoughts

While this season is full of guests whose work I greatly admire, this episode was the only one where I was truly nervous about doing. The Professor was one of the very first MTG content creators that I followed when getting back into the game. His product reviews have helped me make informed purchase decisions, which was especially valuable back when I didn't have much money to spend. His skits and deck techs, his passion for Pauper, they all are a delight to follow. I've also admired his integrity, honesty, and consistency when talking about the game, and how he never shies away from making constructive criticism when he disagrees with one of WOTC's decisions. He's been a vocal advocate for lowering the price barrier for players to play the game and I respect him a ton for it.

So yeah, I was super nervous about talking to him. First time in my life that I've been nervous talking to someone from the MTG community. But the nervousness quickly washed away when we started talking. The Professor is friendly, professional, but also (surprise!) a regular dude that's easy to relax and play a game of Commander with. It was a special experience for me and I'm thankful to The Professor for doing this with us.

Okay I'm done fanboying. This was a great start to the season and I'm excited to show you who else we've got coming in future episodes!

Where To Find The Professor!

You can find more content from The Professor over at:

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