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Episode 241 – (Not Even) Quick-Fire Discussions

Juzam Djinn

It’s time once again for us to dig into our mailbag and come up with something to talk about!  This time we hit on an email about podcasting hardware and software because we seem to have gotten a lot of those lately.  How many of you are starting a podcast anyway?

Then we hit an email that asks about our card preference.  When building a deck, which version of any given card do we like to use?  A certain art, foil, promotional, non-English language, white or black border…what do we prefer?  We spent a good amount of time discussing the various ins and outs of how we pick cards to put in a deck.

From there we get to an email about power creep.  Sorta.  Basically it’s the “creatures today are so good and spells are not compared to back in the day – discuss”.  And we did.  For a long time.  We threw out lots and lots of points.  We’re pretty sure it’s worth listening to, so there’s that.

Of course, expect the usual tangents, sidetracks, and random nonsense that you’ve come to know and love from our show.  Hopefully I didn’t forget anything…

Chewie’s stand-up video (NSFW): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycdcevIHG6A&feature=g-up


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Break Music – Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride (From Disney’s ”Lilo & Stitch”) by Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu & North Shore Children’s Choir & Key Cygnetures

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  1. August 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    i haven’t listen to the episode yet, but you stand up was awesome. keep up the good work.

  2. Mike O'Shogay
    August 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    Love the podcast guys. You guys were talking about the Star Wars game being unbalanced. Did you know after Decipher lost the rights to Star Wars a player’s committee took over and has since tried to fix the problems Decipher left the game in. http://www.Starwarsccg.org is their website.

    I played from Ice Age to Apocalypse and then picked the game back up around Mirrodin Beseiged. After I saw Thrun the last Troll I about died. Autumn Willow rocked and now she was just a pile of steaming crap compared to him.

  3. August 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    I feel what you guys are saying about how creatures are better now. I remember how awsome mist dragon was when I cracked it back in the day, but now I can have a consecrated sphinx. Then again, thats an extreme example. I feel spells have gotte alot better than back in the day too. Yea force of will, demonic tutor, ect are still completely awsome. But, alot of older spells are complete crap. I recently cracked a pack of antiquities, and opening things like artifact ward, reverse polarity, and urza’s chalice made me glad to be cracking packs of M13 later.

    • August 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, Antiquities was a harcore themed set. Except for 1-2 cards (that of course I can’t remember right now), every card said “artifact” on it somewhere, either in the type line, the rules text, or the flavor text. There was bound to be some narrow stuff in there.

      But yes, pretty much everything is designed much better nowadays.

  4. Myke Okuhara
    August 8, 2012 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    2/4s for Zero aren’t hard to pull off at all. First you play an Imagecrafter, Scale of Chiss-Goria and a Final Fortune. On the next turn, play Enchanted Evening, then an Opalescence, which will turn all your lands into 0/0s, but that’s okay, because you had a Leyline of Vitality in your opening hand. You got the Leyline in your opening hand, didn’t you? No? Well, activate Karn Liberated’s ultimate ability and try again. Okay, so then play a Bonds of Faith on one of your 0/1 lands, and use the Imagecrafter to turn it into a Human and tap the Scale of Chiss-Goria to give it that last point of toughness. Voila, 2/4 for Zero… converted mana cost, anyway. That wasn’t hard at all, was it? What do you mean you just lost the game? Yes, the Final Fortune is absolutely essential for the combo. Well it’s not my fault you didn’t play the Platinum Angel like I asked you. Yes, I did. I am almost certain I told you to play a Platinum Angel. Don’t look at me like that.

  5. Evan
    August 8, 2012 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    You mentioned that MaRo said something about a creature power pendulum. That phrasing bounced around in my head for a while and it occurred to me that, looking at the Eldrazi as the top of the high-end swing on this pendulum, the creatures are indeed scaling back down (albeit slowly and with some very strong side effects). I just now had the thought that it’s probably not easy being part of the team to create new creatures, knowing you need to tamp down the natural tendency to make creatures bigger and badder than what was in the previous set.

  6. August 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    hey! thanks for answering my question bout podcasting! 🙂 great cast guys..miss your live games though. hope one’s coming soon. and how bout m13 creature awards? too boring? 😐 cheers dorks!

  7. John A.
    August 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    the better players would rather win via a spell rather than a creature attack, just sayin’

    • August 9, 2012 at 8:30 am | Permalink

      Is that why only goons and noobs play Delver, Pod, and Wolf Run Ramp?

    • August 9, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      Sorry, that was kind of a jackass response on my part. Seriously though, please elaborate. You can’t just throw out something like that with no explanation and not expect a fair amount of “WTF”-ing from the readers.

      • John A.
        August 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

        well, that’s just what I’ve experienced from my locals/play group/ visual interpertation, I myself would rather cast vamp. tutor at eot for consume spirit, untap, draw my card, have threshhold active, cast cabal ritual for five black, tap 5 swamps and cast consume sprit for 8. Also, it seems more fun to win by casting tinker for blightsteel colossus, or cast tendrils of agony with 9 other copies of storm

        • August 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

          Okay, I think I see what you were actually going for. If you had said all that in the first place, instead of what essentially reads as “anyone who doesn’t prefer winning with spells is an idiot”, it would have made more sense.

  8. August 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who wins by attacking with creatures is a toolbox…Mike

  9. KimHo
    August 19, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    About foreign languages, two notable “weird” translations:

    Delay (look for the French name)
    Circle of Flames (check the Spanish name)

  10. Bruce
    September 12, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the shoutout guys! Always happy to keep the Planechase fun rolling for the Mana Pool!

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