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Date: October 2, 2014

Category: Friday Nights

Appearing: Kathleen De Vere, Cameron Lauder, Paul Saunders, Graham Stark, Alex Steacy, James Turner

Writing: Kathleen De Vere, Graham Stark with Alex Steacy

Camera: Graham Stark

Boom: Brendan "Beej" Dery

Music: Bradley Rains

Editing: Kathleen De Vere, Graham Stark

Thanks To: Trick Jarrett, Andrew Ferguson


The return of orcs in Khans of Tarkir prompts James to dig out his childhood card collection in attempt to revive his orc deck. However, orcs have historically been a fairly weak tribe, especially in the formats in which James' old cards are legal.

Alex wants to build a commander deck with one of the five Khans, but he can't decide which one. He holds "job interviews" with each of them, having himself and other crew members voice the cards.

  • Anafenza (Abzan), voiced by Alex himself in a high-pitched warble, begins the conversation promisingly enough but reacts angrily to Alex' questions about her weaknesses and eventually insults him as a "scrub".
  • Sidisi (Sultai), voiced by Kathleen in a breathy, "witchy" voice, promises incredible value but fails to deliver when Alex begins asking her for specific examples.
  • Narset (Jeskai), voiced by Cam in a gravelly rumble, begins describing a promising spell-focused deck, but before she can finish, Cam himself gets too excited about the idea himself and takes her away to build his own deck.
  • Surrak (Temur), voiced gruffly by Graham, is excited about punching bears, but proves capable of little else.

Based on these interviews, Alex settles on Zurgo (Mardu), but James swipes him on the grounds that he's an orc.


  • In real life, though Alex is partial to eternal formats, he does not play Commander, preferring another 100-card singleton format named Highlander.
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Friday Nights
Season 1 Untap · Constructed · In Command · Friday
Season 2 The Return · Grinding · Guild Fight · The Masters · Prereleasing · GP Bound · Grand Prix Calgary · Rotation · Packs on Packs · Politics · A Very Friday Night
Season 3 It Resolves · The Road · Darkness · Time Walking · Speechless · Seven in the Queue · Clanmanders · Jeskai Mysteries
Season 4 White Loxodon Exchange · Mono-Decent · Here Be Dragons · A Fine Rotisserie · Six Sides · Archfrenemies · The Long Road · Throwback · Zendikar Murder Mystery · 'Tis the Season
Season 5 Two Heads are Better · Nonstandard Rotation · Strange Brew · Monarch · Inventors' Unfair · Brewmaster Showdown
Season 6 Amon-Cats · Leagues Ahead · Spoils of War · Fantasy Pro Tour · Dino Time · Two in the Queue · Unusual · A Cameron Carol
Season 7 Merfolk Surprise · Commandeered · Battle of Wit · Brawl · Assortment · Core Values · Hold Priority · The Card · Quizmasters · The Exile Zone · Lockdown
Season 8 Allegiances · Getting in your Head · Race to Mythic · War of the Lore · The Modern Horizon · Day in the YJ · Taking a Mulligan · The Next Day · Tooth Fairy Tales
Hero's Path The Calling · The Threshold · The Trial · The Barrier · The Ordeal · The Apotheosis · The Refusal · The Mastery