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Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!

We're joined by another Kickstarter backer this week! Aaron comes on to talk about being That Guy. No no, not THAT That Guy. Not one of the bad ones. But the guy that's been playing forever and has lots of cards and lots of decks and actually has some money to spend on the game. Some casual players frown on That Guy, which gives That Guy some kind of stigma. Aaron wants to address that stigma and help change the opinion of That Guy. That Guy might not be all bad. You might even be able to learn something from That Guy's experiences! So don't dump on That Guy!

Of course it's also Magic Origins preview season! And today the last of the five double-faced Planeswalkers were revealed, so we're going to take the last bit of the show to cover them. And the new mechanics that we haven't talked about yet, Renown and Spell Mastery!

SCG Regionals that Brian was talking about: http://www.starcitygames.com/pages/scgop/regionalchampionships
Magic Origins Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/magicorigins
Bruce Richard's Serious Fun from this week: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/serious-fun/if-only-it-cost-less-2015-06-23

 

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The real purpose of this show, like most of the stuff I do, is to entertain you – the listener. Rather than asking the same old questions that everyone else does, I’m looking to give you a slightly more off-the-wall look into these Magic players and judges and what-have-you by catching them off guard and putting them on the spot.This episode is the first of four, and covers the first handful of people to answer my questions.

Appearing on this episode are MTGBroDeals writer (and purveyor of fine bacon) Zeki Alikaya, Not Another Magic Podcast host Jack LaCroix, Higher Standards host Renee Hupp, Pitt Imps host Angelo, CommanderCast writer Hayes (the Hayes), Level 3 Judge & former Judgecast host Riki Hayashi, and StarCityGames own Ben Bleiweiss. Of course I also talked to some well-known players! On this episode you'll hear answers from Osyp Lebedowicz, Gerard Fabiano, Gaudenis Vidugiris, and Jacob Wilson.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what your answers would be! And keep an eye out for the next batch of Three Questions from Grand Prix Charlotte coming VERY soon!

Your host: Chewie
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The dorks are loose at Grand Prix Charlotte! Chewie is there with his fancy-schmancy media badge asking people Three Questions and also checking in with the other dorks between rounds. Brian is playing his Jeskai Ascendancy combo deck! Mike is playing his Loam Assault deck! The other guys from our room (#Team230) are also playing in the main event. JT, who you know from previous episodes, is playing Merfolk. Stark Maximum, who you know from a recent Fifteen Minutes of Fame, is playing his GW Tokens deck.

This is a pretty normal Field Recordings episode, with Chewie tracking down the other dorks between rounds as often as possible to find out what's going on, and said other dorks telling you what happened in that round. There's a fairly large gap in the recording due to exhaustion, difficulty finding dorks, having other plans, and more exhaustion. But Mike and Chewie went back and covered everything we missed in the car on the way home!

Of course we can't stay on target completely, it's us! Other tales are contained within this episode. There's the horrible, horrible motel room! And the massive Podcaster Dinner that happened Saturday night! And the cop that flashed his lights and siren behind us while we were recording! We hope everyone enjoys this episode as much as we enjoyed making it! And for those of you we met in Charlotte, it was GREAT to meet you! Hopefully we can meet more of you in the future!

 

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Grand Prix Charlotte happened last weekend, so of course I was there asking Three Questions!

 

The real purpose of this show, like most of the stuff I do, is to entertain you – the listener. Rather than asking the same old questions that everyone else does, I’m looking to give you a slightly more off-the-wall look into these Magic players and judges and what-have-you by catching them off guard and putting them on the spot.

 

 

This episode is the first of four, and covers the first handful of people to answer my questions. Appearing on this episode are SCG commentators Cedric Phillips & Patrick Sullivan, L3 Judge John Alderfer, cosplayer Christine Sprankle, WotC coverage guys Adam Styborski & Corbin Hosler, and L2 Judge & former podcast whore Chris Lansdell! Of course I also talked to a fair share of well-known players! On this episode you'll hear answers from Brad Nelson, Gerry Thompson, Patrick Dickmann, Brian Kibler, Alexander Hayne, Chris VanMeter, Willy Edel, and someone I never thought I'd actually meet in person, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa.

 

 

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what your answers would be! And keep an eye out for the next batch of Three Questions from Grand Prix Charlotte coming VERY soon!

 

 

 

Your host: Chewie
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The dorks are taking a look at everyone's favorite big scary red creatures, Dragons! With a long and storied history dating back to the very beginning of MTG, Dragons are terribly popular. A constant source of wonder and amazement nowadays, you might be surprised to know that dragons weren't always so omnipresent in the early days, and it's really only recently that they've become super ridiculously everywhere.

Oh, and Chewie's final thought may or may not have led to a LONG rant about the Star Wars prequels. Just letting you know. It gets pretty intense.

The Links:
Magic Origins sample decks (previews!) - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/magic-origins-sample-decks-2015-06-08
Evergreen Keywords article by Rosewater - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/evergreen-eggs-ham-2015-06-08

 

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After taking an unintentional week off, we're back with another of our Kickstarter backers! This week Elliot Hunter (@erjhunter) joins us, and he's awesome! We know this is a really long episode, just think of it as a bonus since you didn't get a new episode last week.

First off there is a tiny bit of news involving the planeswalkers in Magic Origins! The ten planes that comprise their original planes and the destination of their first planejump! Then there's the little matter of the draft pick heard 'round the world, Pascal Maynard's pseudo-controversial GP Vegas Top 8 draft pick of a foil Tarmogoyf. To see how it's doing now, click the link a little further down.

Elliot comes to us with an excellent idea that we're totally going to steal from him. Of course, he basically stole it from us in the first place, so we'll call it even. In Dirk's Creature Corner, we like to point out how the various creatures (zombies/merfolk thus far) differ from plane to plane. But what if we did that for creatures that don't really merit a Creature Corner? BRILLIANT! For the first edition of this segment Elliot wanted to cover one of the most iconic creatures that are found across most of the planes - GOBLINS! We're bouncing from plane to plane and discussing how these little green (red?) men look, act, and whatever else in each one!

The Links:
Planeswalker Planes - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/uncharted-realms/magic-origins-new-era-2015-06-03
The Goyf - http://www.ebay.com/itm/MTG-Foil-Tarmogoyf-MM2-Stamped-GP-Vegas-Top-8-Pascal-Maynard-/261911963536
The Goblins wiki - http://mtgsalvation.gamepedia.com/Goblins

 

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After several straight weeks of guest hosts, the dorks have decided to break the streak and go it alone. And what better way to kick it off than with another of our trademark Magic Mad Libs! Brian whipped up a good one this week, leaving us all laughing our various and sundry bits off.

After that we venture into the territory of nostalgia and do a Mythic Conscription for Onslaught! This was the first new set when we all started playing together, and as such it holds a very special place in our hearts. After taking this second look, it turns out there are a lot of really solid and powerful rares in the set, but we had some troubles finding actual mythics. Let us know what you think deserves to be mythic!

 

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The dorks are joined by another Kickstarter backer this week, Stark Maximum! Stark has a thing for the flavor of the game, so he has two very Vorthosy topics for us to discuss! First, he wants to discuss everyone's favorite italicized words, flavor text! He and the dorks talk about some of their favorite flavor texts, touch on a few different kinds (flavors?) of flavor text, and discuss some of the characters who first made their mark on the game of Magic in italics.

From there, Stark steers us into a more general discussion about planeswalkers. But we're chatting about planeswalkers not as cards, but as actual characters. We poke around some of the story that surrounds some of the walkers, discuss the planeswalkers who, as Stark put it, have A story but don't fit into THE story. You know, stuff like that.

This episode was a fun one and we hope everyone enjoys! Let us know about your favorite flavor text and planeswalker as a character not as a card

Follow Stark on Twitter - @StarkMaximum
The Love Song of Night and Day - http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/feature/145#1
Black Labels, a Peculiar Flavor Special Short Story by Myke Okuhara - http://themanapool.com/peculiar-flavor/black-labels-peculiar-flavor-special-short-story/


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On this episode the dorks are joined by another of the Kickstarter backers, Clayton Clemens! Clayton is a pretty cool guy (even though he's one of those Canadians) and doesn't afraid of anything.

He's here to get us to talk about Cube! Waaaaaaaay back in our first year, Brian built a Cube and we played it and talked about it on an episode. That was episode 29, for those keeping track. But Cubing has really taken off since then, and we've fallen WAY behind on it. That's what Clayton is here for though! He tells us all about what a Cube is and how you do it and the different flavors and oh my god so much information!

Don't worry though, there are PLENTY of sidetracks, tangents, rabbit holes, and various other off-topic conversations, just in case you forgot what show you were listening to. Like I said, Clayton's pretty cool!

Follow Clayton on Twitter @Teele87
Clayton's Peasant Cube - http://www.cubetutor.com/viewcube/19284
Brian's Cube from TMP's first year - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-29-to-the-third-power-cubed/
Black Labels, a Peculiar Flavor Special Short Story by Myke Okuhara - http://themanapool.com/peculiar-flavor/black-labels-peculiar-flavor-special-short-story/


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We're joined this week by fellow podcaster and all-around awesome guy, Mr. Jason Roskam! He's one of the hosts of the Higher Standards podcast, which focuses solely on, oddly enough, the Standard format. Imagine that. But we're not here to talk about Standard! Mr. Roskam tells us all about how he plays Magic with his son! It involves keeping him interested in the game while still helping him to improve and learn more, which is a pretty nifty balancing act. From there the discussion turns to some ideas for how to make Magic, competitive and otherwise, a little more welcoming to newer players. Do you have any ideas? Let us know!

After that, we turn to Dirk for another edition of Dirk's Creature Corner! This time (in case you couldn't tell from the title) Dirk is turning his eye towards the fishy existence of Merfolk! Dirk points out all the biological, physiological, evolutionary, and cultural reasons why merfolk just...won't work, whether they are the Leggy or Finny variety. We had a lot of fun discussing fish gills, fish necks, fish hands, fish junk, and of course, fish boobs. There's a lot of talk about the potential origins of these fish people - did they come straight from fish or were they perhaps already on land and backed back into their aquatic homes

This one was a lot of fun, and be sure to let us know what creatures we should dissect in the next episode of Dirk's Creature Corner!

Follow Mr. Roskam on Twitter - @roskam76
Check out Higher Standards on MTGCast - http://mtgcast.com/topics/mtgcast-podcast-shows/active-podcast-shows/higher-standards
The Mana Pool Episode 38 - The Eventide Prerelease Ordeal - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-38-the-eventide-prerelease-ordeal/

 

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Direct download: Episode_370_-_So_Long_and_Thanks_for_All_the_Fish_People.mp3
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