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Hey everyone!  During the holidays, what better way to celebrate the season than by doing the last of the Old vs. New discussions!  And how appropriate that we did the "organized religion" guild for the holidays?  Actually, that's probably not terribly appropriate.  But either way, it's time for the Orzhov!  Sure the guild leader and the lieutenant are the same character for both discussions, but that's part of the fun!  Right?  Yeah, we'll call it fun.  Yeah black and white fun times!  What's black and white and...something...all over?  Yeah, I couldn't come up with anything when we recorded the episode either.  Anyway, enjoy it!

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - nope, all business this week

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

It's been a long time since the four of us actually recorded an episode, so we've got a lot of ground to cover on this one.  First off, we have to apologize for the sound quality of the last episode.  And we know we screwed up how Vorel of the Hull Clade works.  Our bad.  We're allowed one major screw up every couple years, right?  Then Mike tells us about some drafting he's been doing.  After that there's a mess of news type stuff (the links are down there a little further of course).  Then we sorta screw around a bit, sharing some random non-Magic nonsense until the musical break.

After that, it's time for the good stuff.  As if you didn't know from the ridiculous title, this episode continues the Old vs. New: Ravnica Guilds with the Gruul Clans!  The discussions here were really good, and this might be our all-around closest Guild OVN yet.  Holy crap. 

No really, this was a great one.  Hope you guys enjoy!

Links!

Battle the Horde: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1372

This year's Holiday Card: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1380

MTG Merch: http://www.mtgmerch.com/

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Break Music - Hope Rides Again by The Protomen - http://www.protomen.com

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Direct download: Episode_305_-_A_Seriously_Gruuling_Show.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:09pm EDT

Since we didn't want to skip another week, we looked around and dug up an old episode we had in the can.  Originally recorded back in August (probably), this live episode is...a little weird.  For some reason, Audacity decided to ignore the usual desktop mic and listen to the crappy built-in mic on the laptop.  So because of that...it sorta sounds like we recorded it in a bathroom.  Sorry about that.  I'm pretty sure it's still perfectly serviceable, it's just not the usual glorious sound quality that you're used to.

As far as what's actually going on in this one, it's a live episode.  That means we're all sitting around playing some Magic!  We begin with a Commander Planechase game, and those are usually a blast.  Since it's been SO long since we recorded this, I couldn't tell you one way or the other.  After a quick musical break, we play a really quick and really filthy 60-card Archenemy game.  I mean it, it was awful.  Even Mike, who was the villain, felt bad about it afterwards.  So to make up for it we did another one.  This time Chewie was the bad guy, and it went a lot longer than the first one.  Not in a bad way, it was just a lot more fair.

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Break Music - Golbez, Clad in Darkness from Final Fantasy IV by Nobuo Uematsu - http://www.nobuouematsu.com

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Direct download: Episode_304_-_From_the_Arcane_Lavatory_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:32pm EDT

You knew it was coming.  Deep down, you knew.  Once they announced the new Commander product, you even started asking for it.  As the decks were revealed, you even demanded it. 

Well who are we to ignore the pleas of our beloved fans?  So here we go.  The four of us gathered at Brian's house along with John, The Fifth One.  You might recognize him from some of our Prerelease Field Recordings, he's been there for a couple of them.  But we each grabbed an unedited Commander 2013 deck and commenced beating the holy living crap out of each other.  In an epic three hour game (and that's not counting the break for lunch in the middle) we traded haymakers, board wipes, and verbal barbs until only one dork stood victorious!

Which of the green decks did Dirk play?  Which of the dorks almost lost their temper and all interest in the game?  Who ended up winning the whole shebang?  Which of those was a trick question?  For answers to all of these and more, tune in to listen.  Don't worry, after the editing the game wasn't the full three hours. 

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Direct download: Episode_303_-_Commander_Shenanigans_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT