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Episode 201 – Armchair Art Critic

Armchair Art CriticThis episode is packed!  We start off with our traditional post-rotation discussion.  I’m not sure why we do this, not being Standard players for the most part and being a casual podcast, but we always do and we’ve always gotten positive feedback about it.  So here it is again!  Did you realize that something besides Squadron Hawk rotated out?  I didn’t either!

Keeping with this Standard-centric topic, we then move to a quick discussion about the first couple of SCG Open with the new Standard.  It’s amazing what these people are doing nowadays! Oh, and there are new Innistrad Event Decks to discuss.

That sounds like a full show right there, but we’re not even close to done yet!  There’s a new format that’s been making the rounds lately, Horde Magic.  It was introduced to me by SkeetWo, a listener named Justin, when I met him at Curio Cavern in Springfield VA. It was a blast when I played the Horde with him, so I wanted to introduce it to my cohosts. Of course, since we recorded this it’s been all over the place, including an article by Stybs on the mothership (where he also mentioned another favorite of the show, Respawn Magic).  Links for those are right here:


Peter Knudson: http://www.quietspeculation.com/2011/09/horde-magic-a-new-way-to-play-magic-and-survive-zombie-invasions/

Adam Styborski: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/sf/165


And that’s not even the whole show!  Dirk had the brilliant (no really, no sarcasm at all) idea to talk about art.  Good art, bad art, creepy art, whatever.  And this led to the most fun discussion we’ve had in a while.  We picked out some stuff that was great, some stuff that was ridiculous, and we finally solved the long-standing mystery of what happened to Baron Sengir’s legs.  Hope you guys enjoy it!



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  1. Elliott
    October 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    I originally wrote longer comment but the CAPTCHA didnt work out and I lost it, apparently. I just wanted to say the I just saw the goblin on Goblin Arsonist for the first time too! Also. 7th edition has maybe the worst art as a whole in the history of magic.

    • October 25, 2011 at 4:27 am | Permalink

      I agree completely with the sentiment that Seventh has the worst art in all of Magic. The art from that set fell into some weird pseudo-realistic uncanny valley where it seems like Wizards was too afraid to make Magic, well, magical.

      Just looking through the cards, there’s so many spells where magic is shown on the card as a blob or glow of colored light. Master Healer and Samite Healer seem to show that healing is done by shooting colored blobs at people, and and Serra apparently Embraces someone by giving them wings that… glow slightly. There are at least THREE blue cards that demonstrate mental power by having someone shoot blue lightning from their forehead.

      There are some excellent individual pieces, but on the whole, the art direction seems so… uninspired. It’s not helped by being the last set to use the old card frame/white border combo, which was really showing its age by then.

      • Mike
        October 25, 2011 at 9:03 am | Permalink

        The big reason behind 7th Edition’s lameness was because Wizards decided to build a Core Set that actually had a “story” behind it. Unfortunately, the story about the war between the Eastern/Western Paladins on one side and the Northern/Southern Paladins on the other was pretty stupid, and that stupidity ended up influencing almost every other aspect of the set. It sure didn’t help that the visually boring paladins were crammed into art all over the set, regardless of whether or not there was actually a good reason for them to be depicted on the cards.

  2. Skeetwo
    October 22, 2011 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    HAHA the Giant in “FLING” was passing more than just that goblin. Nice.

  3. Myke Okuhara
    October 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Questing Phelddagrif will eat your face off for failing to recognize its awesome art.

  4. October 25, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    AWESOME episode. I’m pretty sure I chuckled nonstop through the entire last half while you guys were doing the art thing. Goblin Arsonist was one of the first magic cards I ever beheld, and I had no clue what to make of it at first. I noticed the goblin just recently myself, and finally put it together: “Oooh, that’s a goblin dude with a weird had and a fiery stick!”

    I think the main problem with is is that the focus of the art isn’t the goblin…it’s that hat-thing.

  5. Andy
    November 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I was kinds sad that you didn’t take either Tina’s/Terra’s or Celes’ Theme, but the opera is also good, like cats.

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