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Episode 265 – Gatecrash Prerelease Live


Yes you read that correctly!  The dorks venture forth into the long dark of Lucky’s Card Shop in Greensboro NC to bring you field reports straight from the Prerelease!  Actually it’s quite well-lit in there, but that wouldn’t have sounded anywhere near as cool.  But yes, Chewie brought his Tascam DR-08 recorder with him to catalogue everything we did while we were there.  Well, maybe not everything.  I mean, he didn’t take it to the bathroom or to McDonald’s with him.  Okay he did, but he didn’t use it at those two places.

Anyway, Prerelease.  With a Simic, an Orzhov, and two Boros players in our crew, somebody was probably going to do well.  And they did, but you’ll have to listen to find out who and how good.  Or just, you know, pay attention to the forums and Twitter and stuff.  Whatever.  We discussed how rounds went, talked to other players, got a few good stories, and had an all-around good time.  So give it a listen and let us know what you think, since this is the first time we’ve done this.

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – various NES soundbites courtesy of The Videogame Music Preservation Foundation – http://vgmpf.com

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  1. February 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Great episode. It was nice hearing the other sides point of view.

  2. ChuChuJelly
    February 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    A successful experiment indeed, I agree with Mike. Not only is it great fun to hear the hosts in a different environment and the natural banter that occurs much like the live episodes, you actually get to hear their on-the-spot reactions to match outcomes. The sound quality was great too so that’s not even a problem.

    I’d like more of this for sure.

    (also, why does 80 people attending result in a 7 round tournament? The TO for my local prerelease caps prereleases at 6 rounds even when we are with 100 players,)

    • February 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Awesome, I’m glad you liked it.

      The number of rounds is completely up to the TO and it essentially depends on how he wants to structure the prize payout. The only requirement is that a sanctioned event has to have at least 3 rounds for individual play or at least 2 rounds for team play. 7 rounds for 80 people means there will be no more than 1 undefeated player (unless the two that meet in the finals decide to draw) and gives a structure of final standings that doesn’t leave as much up to tiebreakers for determining whether a player gets into one prize tier versus the other (Lucky bases his prize tiers on standings, rather than fixed W-L ratio payouts).

    • Myke Okuhara
      February 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      Agreed on the sound quality. Actually all the background chatter made for a neat ambiance, like a perfect, canned sound effect… almost, too perfect, actually. How do we even know you all really were recording this at a pre-release? The American people deserve the truth! We demand to see The Mana Pool’s long-form proof of registration.

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