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Episode 14 – Casual Etiquette and We Has a Flava

HAL 9000What is okay to play in a casual setting? Can you break out your hardcore land destruction deck around the kitchen table? Is it okay to play a 20-counterspell deck in the Casual room on MTGO? Do your friends hate you when you whip out your mono-black heavy discard deck? Brian leads us in a discussion of deck-type etiquette when playing in a non-tournament environment. Give us your opinions on the forums!

Have you ever read a Magic novel? Do you check out the flavor text and wonder what is going on? Or is it all just a card game to you? We discuss some of the flavor of the game, from stories and characters to the evolution of Magic art since Alpha. Let us know what you think about the flava of the game!

Out of the Deck Box!
This week Mike shows off a deck that has come to be known simply as “The 5-Color Deck”. Here it is in all its unsleeved glory!

Land (20)
7: Forest
2: City of Brass
2: Island
2: Mountain
2: Plains
2: Reflecting Pool
2: Swamp
1: Crystal Quarry

3: Lotus Petal
2: Etched Oracle
1: Lotus Bloom
1: Platinum Angel

Multicolor (12)
4: Guided Passage
1: Cromat
1: Dune-Brood Nephilim
1: Genju of the Realm
1: Glint-Eye Nephilim
1: Nicol Bolas
1: Palladia-Mors
1: Vaevictis Asmadi
1: Witch-Maw Nephilim

White (1)
1: Honden of Cleansing Fire

Blue (1)
1: Honden of Seeing Winds

Black (1)
1: Honden of Night’s Reach

Red (1)
1: Honden of Infinite Rage

Green (17)
4: Kodama’s Reach
4: Utopia Tree
4: Wall of Blossoms
2: Forgotten Ancient
1: Constant Mists
1: Honden of Life’s Web
1: Regrowth

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Opening music: Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss
Closing music: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

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  1. Magnor Criol
    May 30, 2017 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    It’s a little bit saddening, now, hearing y’all be excited about the novels and stories, based on how they’ve handled the story lately and how terrible some of the later novels were (Teeth of Akoum, Scars of Mirrodin…)

    • May 30, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      Holy crap. That is an absolutely ancient version of The 5-Color Deck.

      • Magnor Criol
        June 7, 2017 at 6:40 am | Permalink

        I know, right? It’s fun hearing these old versions of y’all’s decks. It’s particularly interesting listening to it now, with the benefit of 9 years of additional history, and knowing what’s coming – for instance, knowing the color-based Shadowmoor/Eventide are just around the corner, and the Alara block after that, and thinking about what cards probably saw and got excited about adding to your 5-Color Deck.

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