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Episode 224 – Plants and Other Things

Utopia Tree

We begin this episode with a discussion of Avacyn, the first reveal from Avacyn Restored, and boy is she something!  From there we move into the double-faced tokens that were given away at FNM (sorry about the delay) and the fansite toolkit available from Wizards, featuring some nifty images for you to use whether you have a site or not.  Also, a big shoutout to Jeffrey Lombaro, who is @MuttZippy on Twitter, for buying us all lunch the last time we all got together to play Magic!  He’s a sweetheart of a guy and he’s doing giveaways and stuff on Twitter, so go follow him!

And since it’s Springtime, Brian thought we should talk about those things that make people absolutely miserable and unable to see or breathe, plants!  Yes there are plenty of plants in Magic, we by the end of the show we’ll have talked about almost all of them!  We even asked Twitter for some favorite plant creatures, which we promptly made fun of.  Okay, not all of them, just the ones that deserved it.  But if you’ve ever wanted to know about the Plant creature type in Magic, look no further!  Be sure to pack Benadryl and some tissues!

Decked Builder Giveaway!
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Avacyn Revealed:

Double-faced Tokens:

Fansite Toolkits:

Ralph McQuarrie’s Website: http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/


Orbitars: A Kid Icarus Uprising Competitive Community
Blog: http://orbitars.wordpress.com/
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Twitter: @orbitars


Intro by Tosus!
Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music – Requiem of the Gods from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by Michiru Yamane

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  1. Elliott
    April 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    My favorite plant is Singing Tree, because look at that art.
    (I don’t have an iphone)

  2. Jonnie
    April 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    I love Mike for knowing what an Oddish is

  3. TonyRoomZ
    April 10, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    As always another good episode that made me laugh. you should have made Dirk drive the whole show on plants, just cause of his green fetish. 🙂

  4. April 10, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I have an iPod Touch & the Decked Builder apps and they’re great because they’re some of the few Magic apps that you can play/use without a wi-fi connection. I often do a couple drafts on my lunch break and its great!!

    Lol. Chewie: “I hate all the listeners except my own.”

  5. April 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Along with Tony, I expected a Dirk driven episode here. It was still great as always. I’m glad you guys brought up Decked Builder, I haven’t downloaded it for my iPhone (wink, wink) because I’d heard WOTC pretty much killed other MTG apps. Glad to hear it’s not true!

  6. Andy
    April 11, 2012 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    iPhone owner here, also I want to participate in the give-away.

    I think the SCIENCE-d spell isn’t that bad.

    Let’s take Mind’s Desire, it may not be as cost intensive as Dragon Storm, but it’s Mind’s Desire.
    Okay, so let’s say you hit the Ripple paydirt and get 3 more Mind’s Desire after you cast the first copy.
    4 copies go on the stack, with the original one being the last one to be resolved.
    Resolve the first Mind’s Desire.
    -Ripple won’t do anything.
    -Cacade into your free spell, cast it
    -Resolve your first Mind’s Desire 2 times.
    Storm count of 5 (2MDs+their free spell+the cascade spell?)
    Second MDx5
    -Cascade 5 times
    -Resolve your second MD x10, 11, 12, 13, 14, times
    -Succesfully deck yourself, win the game, be a horrible person.

    I think I messed up the stack order, oracle wording, everything, damn.

    Well, let’s just hope that I was intelligent enough.

  7. April 11, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Have you guys seen vexing devil? It is super silly. Also I would love a free app.

    • April 11, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I saw the preview article on tcgplayer earlier today. The #1 reason I don’t like Furnace Scamp and won’t play with it is all the BS jumping through hoops that has to be done to make it work properly, so I’m glad Vexing Devil has the good sense to avoid all that.

    • April 21, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      And because I had too many codes, I picked two. You won as well!

  8. Daniel Beach
    April 11, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I think Mike got the Storm/Cascade/Ripple question wrong. He’s right that you can order the triggers however one wants, but the number of copies from the storm trigger is locked in once the storm spell is cast because it looks for spells cast before the storm spell is cast, not spells cast before the storm trigger resolves.

    Also, Ripple-ing a Mind’s Desire just sounds dirty.

    • April 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      You’re right. I misremembered the Storm rules as “each other spell cast this turn” instead of “each other spell cast before it this turn”. The difference usually wouldn’t matter, except in the case of more spells getting cast while the Storm trigger is on the stack, which unfortunately is exactly what’s happening here. I’ll try to remember to say something on the air next time we record.

  9. Mark R
    April 12, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Awe Jam!

    It’s peanut butter jelly time!

    Glad to hear your back to your normal sense.

    I haven’t tried the deckbuilder app. I did however buy the deck drafter app for my iPad, which is awesome for practicing drafts.

    • April 18, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      Are ther anymore chances to win? I would really like the chance to get the app for my iPad. Also has a winner been announced for this episode contest? Thanks for everything btw love the show and all your contributions that your podcasts have given back to the magic community. Kudos sir, Kudos

      • April 21, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

        Well I hope you didn’t buy it yet, because you won!

        • Mark R
          April 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

          Oh snap! I won? And i almost did get it too! How do I get a hold of ya for the deckbuilder app? I’m on an IPad btw

          Thank you guys so much for the awesome opportunity.

          Mark R

  10. Terry Hall
    April 12, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    I believe you are wrong on Avacyn being destroyed by tragic slip, she would just become a -5/-5 until the end of the turn If morbid was on as she is indestructible as well, also I would like the decked builder code.

    • April 12, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      The state based action of putting a creature with 0 or less toughness into the graveyard isn’t a “destroy” effect, so indestructible doesn’t protect against it. -X/-X effects are one of the handful of reliable ways to deal with indestructible creatures.

      • Terry Hall
        April 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

        Good to know, especially since I am building a deck with tragic slip in it. I just started playing 6 weeks ago so I am still learning all the ways to get around indestructible and other win condition effects. Great podcast by the way, even though you guys don’t talk much about standard cards.

  11. Lee
    April 12, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Carnivorous Plant will always have a special place in my heart, because, back in the day, Animate Wall was a thing.

    Deckbuilder seems like a thing worth having.

    Avacyn is OK, though relatively unkind to green. Sigarda is the one I am not happy with., and will likely stay that way unless the last angel (the one with WWB in the cost) is especially egregius.On the opther hand, I really want to play Tamiyo with Zombie Infestation.

  12. Myke Okuhara
    April 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    “Mike does not have a final thought” Streak currently at: 0

    “Mike does not have an interesting final thought” Streak currently at: 224. I kid, I kid.

    This message not sent from my iPhone… because I do not have one. No free thing for me, please. With all my dissing, I expect Mike wouldn’t want me winning anyway.

  13. April 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    i do have an iphone and i would like to enter.avacyn is ridiculous especially in angel decks and i also want to say i enjoyed this episodes disccusion on plant sub types gave me good ideas for my edh.

  14. Onas
    April 13, 2012 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Guys, I love the show. There really aren’t any other shows that so broadly celebrate the game. You’ve got competent analysis and discussion without the deck-centricism, disdain for bad cards, and awful “celebrity” talk of other podcasts. Please keep it up.

    I don’t have an ipad or iphone.
    Downside: No Decked Builder
    Upside: Apple isn’t tracking my every movement and the preserved brain of Steve Jobs cannot penetrate my thoughts.

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