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Episode 585 – Just Chatting

This episode is going be a bit different. With all the coronavirus stuff going on across the world and tensions running high everywhere, the dorks couldn’t just ignore it all and talk about Magic. While escapism is great, sometimes you’ve got to face the facts. So the first part of this episode is all about how COVID-19 is affecting us and why we need to embrace social distancing. This is genuinely important. Please stay home unless you HAVE to leave.

But after that, we decided to do something different. We’re doing an entire episode of final thoughts! We’re touching on the big Year of the Phoenix update from Hearthstone that introduces an ENTIRE NEW CLASS (!) and sends a lot of heavily-played cards to the Hall of Fame. Then there’s the Castlevania anime, Designing Women, random bits of racism in public, working from home, DoorDashing during these troubling times, ManaStrike, and how movie theaters actually work. Then we’re doing a new Mad Lib, sent to us by Infinious, and it turned out REALLY well. 

Oh by the way, Mike’s getting married.

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Episode 584 – The Original Gold Set

The dorks are back! We’re doing a Mythic Conscription for the original Gold set, Invasion! This was before they really figured out how to do a set focused on multicolored well, so there’s some bizarre stuff in here. The gold cards are, by and large, REALLY good. The monocolored stuff is…well it’s definitely monocolored. And yes, we did talk about Fact or Fiction. A couple times.

There was an excellent Sam Quiz at the beginning too, don’t forget that! She’s getting much better at describing card art.

Seriously though, everyone be safe out there in the midst of this global pandemic. Wash your hands.

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Episode 583 – Just Talking Dragons

You like dragons, right? Of course you like dragons! Who doesn’t like dragons? Dragons are quite possibly the biggest and most well known…thing to come out of fantasy. Ever. They’re all over the place these days, from video games to a mega popular HBO series.

And we love dragons too! And since this is a Magic podcast, we’re actually just going to talk about dragons in Magic. Like, the cards. Not a history lesson, not a biology lesson, none of that. We’re just looking back at some of our favorite dragon cards, our least favorite dragon cards, dragon art that spoke to us, disappointing dragons, anything we can think of really. Feel free to let us know what are your favorite Magic dragons and let us know if there are any other creature types we should just talk about!

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Episode 582 – Everything Changed When the Kami Nation Attacked

The dorks are back, now that Chewie is no longer a walking corpse! And what are we doing for our triumphant return? We’re doing another installment of There’s No Plane Like Home, where we take a look at one of the planes of Magic to determine if it would be a good place to live. We’ll take a look at the different locations of Kamigawa, the different groups and races that live in those locations, and of course the constant threat of getting murdered by random Kami.

But hey, there are Ninja! That means nowhere else is nearly as cool as Kamigawa, right?

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Episode 581 – Urza’s Salad

The dorks are finishing up their Mythic Conscription of the Urza block with the final set, Urza’s Destiny! As is usually the case with older sets, some colors have plenty of possible mythics, and some just…don’t. Old sets are kind of inconsistent like that.

Also, Chewie blows his own mind with a pair of clever ways to remember the order of the Urza block sets. Oh, and there’s a brief discussion of hippos. And the horrible weather we were having. And probably a few other things.

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