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Episode 16 - Timmy, Johnny, and Spike

What are all these people doing in my apartment?  In this episode, we, your host dorks, are discussing the three player psycographies that Magic R&D uses to design cards for certain types of players.  Those psycographies are Timmy, Johnny, and Spike.  Or, the Power Gamer, the Combo Player, and the Tournament Winner, to use their stereotyped and slightly misleading epithets.  After running Timmy, Johnny, and Spike out of my place of residence, we discuss their various attributes, as well as try to figure out where we all fall in the spectrum.  Also, the new month (since the last episode, that is) means you get to hear the Cardshark Member Promotions for March.  Check out the deals!


Listeners, help us figure out where Squanto falls (after he drinks your milkshake, that is).  He's unsure of his player type, so he's going to post some random cards instead of the usual Notable Cards so you guys can help him figure it out.


Mark Rosewater's articles about Timmy, Johnny, and Spike


Out of the Deck Box (Possibly Soon to be Renamed) this week is Brian's Korlash deck, as requested in the forums.  Here it is in all its glory.

23: Swamp
1: Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4: Korlash, Heir to Blackblade
2: Nightmare
2: Fleshwrither
4: Twisted Abomination
2: Lord of the Undead
2: Mournwhelk
1: Kagemaro, First to Suffer
4: Grim Harvest
4: Tendrils of Corruption
3: Nameless Inversion
1: Makeshift Mannequin
2: Consume Spirit
1: Revive the Fallen
3: Loxodon Warhammer
1: Mirror Gallery


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March is also Classical Music Month here at The Mana Pool!
Opening music: Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Closing music: A Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky

Direct download: Episode_16_-_Timmy_Johnny_and_Spike.mp3
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