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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!

Look everyone, Bill joined us this week! After the Duel Decks and From the Vault announcements, we hit up another pre-mythic rarity set so we can pick out the rares we think would be Mythics if it had existed back then. After going over the many many name ideas we got, we decided to go with Mythic Conscription! Thanks a lot for all the suggestions! The set we're tackling this time is Scourge, the last set that was all about the Dragons! For the record, this one is REALLY weird. What would your mythics be?

There are rumors of Netflix planning to create a series based on The Legend of Zelda. We started there and tried to imagine what kind of show you could get out of the various stories and settings of Magic. From police procedurals to an Animatrix-style anthology, we kick around lots of totally brilliant ideas for episodic shows about Magic, and Wizards should TOTALLY hire us. Like seriously. What do you think would work?

 

FtV: Angels - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/announcing-vault-angels-2015-02-16
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/duels-decks-elspeth-vs-kiora-2015-02-16
Duels 2015 free expansion - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/master-monsters-pack-2015-02-11
Arena of the Planeswalkers - http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/02/11/magic-the-gathering-board-game-summons-title-box-art

 

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Direct download: Episode_360_-_Full_Circle.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

After some massive pre-show technical difficulties on Brian's part that ultimately resulted in him falling off the call for the duration of the episode, we got a nice fast start this week. One of our listeners (Turner!) gave us an idea for a new recurring segment! We're going back to old sets that existed before the Mythic rarity and picking out which rares would be Mythics now. We don't have a name for it just yet, so feel free to send us any ideas. We're kicking it off with a look back at Legions, the first small set that came out once we all started playing together. Let us know what you think!

After that, we move on to another first appearance of a recurring segment! Dirk's Creature Corner makes its debut here! Since Dirk's background is in Biology, he's going to be leading us in a discussion about various creatures in Magic and how they just can't exist in the real world. We're kicking it off with everyone's favorite pop-culture horror icon, the Zombie!

Let us know what you think of our two new segments! We'll be coming back to them periodically in the future, so any suggestions are welcome!

 

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Direct download: Episode_359_-_Dual_Segment_Genesis.mp3
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Welcome to our second Kickstarter backer episode! This week we have on Greg, the MadStork, who has been listening to us for far, far too long. And we love him for it! He brings with him an episode idea that really appeals to us. Greg has us combining two things we love - Duel Decks and Commander!

The discussion begins with a brief recap of what Duel Decks in Magic actually are. We then roam around our brains trying to track down other conflicts that would be great as Duel Decks, no matter how ridiculous. Cats are apparently jerks, because we came up with a lot of different conflicts involving cats. It's pretty ridiculous.

So ridiculous in fact that we picked one of these cat conflicts to do a pair of Story Circles! One is a Cat Commander Duel Deck, because cats are jerks, and the opponent is...you know what? I'm gonna keep that a secret. Just listen and find out!

Commander Duel Decks from this episode: http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle358edh/

 

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Direct download: Episode_358_-_Gregs_Fifteen_Minutes_of_Fame_Ask_Your_Parents.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00 AM

This is our first episode featuring the Kickstarter backers who chose the "come on the show" reward tier! The inaugural guest is Bosco from Washington, who brings with him a nice wide-open topic. So wide-open in fact that we could easily do several episodes just on this sort of thing.

DECKBUILDING! We're taking a look at the various methods that we all use to build casual decks. There are many many ways to build a deck, whether it's a 60-card casual deck, a Commander deck, or a tournament deck. Building around a specific card, a mechanic, a tribe, flavor, tweaking something that's already been built, and more. We're taking a very quick look at them all, because taking a long look at each one would take several hours. I'm pretty sure we'll end up coming back to some of this in the future.

We hope you guys enjoy! Big thanks to Bosco for backing us and coming onto the show with an excellent topic! Keep an ear out for more Fifteen Minutes of Fame! episodes (Bosco's great idea for a title) in the next few weeks! Hopefully anyway.

 

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Direct download: Episode_357_-_Boscos_Fifteen_Minutes_of_Fame.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00 AM

This week the dorks are going over the two big things that happened in the last few days.  First up is the Banned & Restricted List update. I know, I know, we're a casual podcast and this shouldn't really matter to us, but it does. Chewie doesn't even play tournament Magic and he has very strong opinions on the matter, probably because he holds the DCI to a higher standard than they hold themselves. But there's plenty of good discussion about the big news since Modern, Legacy, and Vintage all had big changes.

Then we have to talk about the Fate Reforged Prerelease! Three of us each went to one prerelease apiece. We played Temur, Abzan, and Sultai! Some of us did better than others, of course. But we'll tell you all about it, then we'll go over some cards that were great, or better than we thought, or whatever. Hopefully our technical difficulties this week don't bleed over into the episode too much!

 

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Direct download: Episode_356_-_Banned_in_Sealed.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00 AM

Fate Reforged has been revealed in its entirety. So as per usual, we spend this episode poking around the Card Image Gallery pointing out all the cool stuff from the rest of the set. Of course we have to figure out what we're going to play at the prerelease too while we're at it. Oddly enough, we're all leaning towards one clan. Can you guess which one?

We also spend some time at the beginning rambling pointlessly about some potential upcoming bannings or unbannings, but what do we know?

Fate Reforged Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/frf-cig-en
Prerelease Primer (Ugin's Fate Packs): http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/fate-reforged-prerelease-primer-2015-01-12

 

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Direct download: Episode_355_-_Zigzag_Muttdraggers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00 AM

It's preview season! That means we brought Bill (Squee) on, as is tradition. We start with a look at the newly-revealed Clash Packs, which are full of nifty rares and new art. And from there we move directly to the previews. There are dragon cycles, ridiculous cards, proto-Khans, non-legendary mythics, a spider-elephant, broken windows, and butt-fighting. Hope everyone enjoys!

Fate Reforged Clash Packs: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/fate-reforged-clash-pack-2015-01-06
Fate Reforged Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/frf-cig-en
Click here when you get to Grim Contest: http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140929040830/donbluth/images/c/c3/Kinggator.jpg
Check out Squire Cast, another casual podcast! - http://mtgcast.com/topics/mtgcast-podcast-shows/active-podcast-shows/squirecast

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Direct download: Episode_354_-_Turtle_Moose_Human_I_Win.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00 AM

It's the first week of Fate Reforged previews, and none of us are completely with it. Seriously, we can't seem to get our words working properly. We're bad at this game.

As we usually do during the first week, we begin with the mechanics of the new set! So of course we spent a nice long time on Manifest, which is easily one of the most interesting Magic mechanics in recent memory, possibly ever. From the mechanics we move on to the rest of the Card Image Gallery and hit up every card that was listed there at the time!

Be prepared for lots of Back to the Future references this episode. Seriously, we refer to Khans as the beginning of the film's version of 1985, Fate Reforged as 1955, and Dragons as end of the film's 1985. If you haven't seen the first movie, I HIGHLY recommend you look it up. Not because of this episode, but because it's FREAKIN' AWESOME!

 

Fate Reforged Mechanics: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/mechanics-fate-reforged-2014-12-29
Fate Reforged Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/frf-cig-en

 

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Direct download: Episode_353_-_We_Totally_Showed_Up_This_Week.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00 AM

This week we're finishing up our series about the clans of Tarkir with a look at the Mardu and the Temur. Again, we're looking at what each clan is trying to do mechanically and examining how the colors and guilds that make up each clan help or hinder that goal. If you haven't, I recommend you listen to the last two episodes to hear how we handled the other three clans.

That's only part of the episode though! The final thoughts this time took on a life of their own. The discussions range from the new Ninja Turtles and Hobbit movies to Final Fantasy games throughout the years to some Hearthstone (of course), we covered a lot of ground in nerd culture.

Happy winter-holiday-of-your-choice to all of you listening! We appreciate you guys being with us!

 

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Direct download: Episode_352_-_The_Last_Two_Clans.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00 AM

We begin this episode with another insanely adorable Sam Quiz. After that there's a bit of discussion about the recent tournament rules change regarding revealing Morph creatures.

Then we return to last week's topic, taking on the Jeskai and Sultai clans. We're looking at how each clan's constituent colors/guilds and their abilities work towards the overall goal of the clan. And since the Jeskai and Sultai are so incredibly different, this episode was a lot of fun!

 

Morph tournament rule change: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2014/12/12/changing-morph-handling-in-the-ipg/
Star Wars: Episode VII Trailer - George Lucas' Special Edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v93Jh6JNBng

 

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Direct download: Episode_351_-_Not_A_Single_Ruth_Was_Given.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00 AM