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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!

The decklists for Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters have been revealed, and with them two of the mechanics from Theros along with a small handful of cards.  The dorks go over all of this new stuff and and decks themselves.  Spoiler alert: They look like fun.

After that, we did another Old vs. New, this time focusing on the horrific antics of the Rakdos guild.  Two versions of Rakdos himself, a pair of Blood Witches, and of course the guildmages face off to determine whether the old guard or the new hotness are superior.  You know, once we remembered what we were doing.

We finished it off by reading a pair of very inspiring and wonderful listener emails.  This led to us being exceptionally mushy and giving out some of our patented life-enriching advice.  Well, patent-pending.  It's good stuff though, so do enjoy.

By the way, here's where you can find the list for the Duel Decks: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/261And here's the link to the first reveal of Rakdos Augermage that we discussed: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/bd223



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - The Munsters' Theme by Jack Marshall

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Hey look, another live episode!  The dorks gathered at Dirk's house to hang out, play some Magic, and try to remember what each of us actually look like.  Oddly enough we look just like our cartoons on the website, only slightly less cartoony.  Hey, I said slightly!

We played a rousing game of Commander right off the bat, with some happenings that happened that were seriously awesome.  Okay, so I either don't want to spoil anything or I don't actually remember anything that happened.  I'll leave that up to your imagination.   Either way is fine.  It was a pretty good game though.

Then we took a short break and played a game of Horde Magic with the deck sent to us by a listener, Lou.  Of course, he built it for other more intricate reasons, but my incredibly well-prepared self had neglected to bring the rules he made up for the alternate format.  So we played a simple game of Horde Magic, treating all the */* Minion tokens as 2/2 zombies.  Then we played another one, treating them as having power and toughness equal to the number of them on the battlefield.  Both were fun games, and we hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed playing them!


Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music 1 – Rickroll/Mario Mix by I Fight Dragons - http://ifightdragons.com
Break Music 2 – Under the Sea by Samuel E. Wright (as Sebastian the Crab) from Disney's The Little Mermaid

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:07pm EST

On this episode, the dorks take a nice long look at From the Vault: Twenty.  We're taking a long look at each card in it and explaining (to the best of our ability anyway) why it deserves to be there.  Of course, with an in-depth discussion of each card, this topic went on longer than we thought it would.  So after that we did some quickfire news, taking a look at the Hall of Fame, Worlds, and the new Holiday Gift Box before calling it an episode.  Hope everyone enjoys!

From the Vault: Twenty - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/rc/259

Worlds coverage - http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/eventcoverage/wc13/welcome

Hall of Fame inductees - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/twtw/258

Holiday Gift Box - http://wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1290

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – nope, not this week

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Direct download: Episode_289_-_Vault_Boy_Turns_Twenty.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:17am EST

So by now you've heard all about this from any number of other sources, but you still haven't heard it from us!  At the San Diego Comic Con and Pax Australia, Wizards decided to announce a lot of nonsense about the future of Magic.  So of course, we decided to give our two cents about all of that.  There's plenty of talk about some upcoming Helvault-style silliness for Theros, From the Vault: Twenty reveals, Commander previews, and probably some other stuff. 

Then we went with a listener idea! Our old buddy Beach (no longer Beach, but it's how everyone knows him) asked us to hit the Commander Banned List and give our opinions on the cards there.  So we went through all of them, rattling off reasons why we think each card should or should not be on the list.  Then we threw out a few cards that we think probably should be on there that currently aren't.  It was a fun discussion, we hope you guys enjoy it!

The Deck Brian liked
http://admin.starcitygames.com//deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=57494

SCG's SDCC roundup
http://www.starcitygames.com/news/177_Theros+Information+and+more!

GM's SDCC roundup
http://www.gatheringmagic.com/greg-haenig-news-07202013-san-diego-comiccon-panel-roundup/

Commander preview cards
http://mtgcommander.net/rules.php

New Commander product
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1281

Extended is dead
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/other/07222013

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Break Music – Not Afraid by Eminrm - http://www.eminem.com

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Direct download: Episode_288_-_All_That_Old_News_And_Then_Some.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17pm EST