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Episode 323 – What If It Cost 2 Less?

Brainstorm - UU

On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at old cards.  Not just because Vintage Masters is coming up soon on Magic Online, and not just because it’s preview time YET AGAIN, but because a demon told us to.  A listener known only to Chewie as Shadow Demon asked a simple, innocuous question a while back, and ever since then it’s been on the table as a possible show idea.

The question was (nearly) “What would Brainstorm have to cost to be printed now?”  So we started there and went on to some of the other great old cards that are in Vintage Masters and those that aren’t.  We tried to put ourselves in R&D’s shoes and figure out how to make these old cards fair by changing nothing but the casting cost.  From there, we went on to some…less than powerful cards.  In fact, we turned our attentions to some of the worst cards we could come up with.

After all of that, it’s time for some final thoughts.  Network television, band-aid ripping, interruptions, and non-drunk expressions of affection are the key features, and we hope you all enjoy!


Modern Event Deck List – http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/299a
Vintage Masters Card Image Gallery – http://wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/vintagemasters/cig


Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – We sorta forgot to stop for music

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  1. Myke Okuhara
    May 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    I saw the image for this episode and thought nothing of it until, a day later, I noticed that the blue mana symbols on Brainstorm didn’t quite match each other. I was surprised that WotC would ever let such an error get past them until if finally hit me that Brainstorm is, duh, Brainstorm, and it doesn’t actually COST that… which was kind of the point… and now I feel incredibly dumb… so thanks for that.

  2. WeirdStonk
    May 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I actually cast a Wood Elemental once, and it promptly died to a Sorrow’s Path.

    No, REALLY.

    • May 21, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Cool story… or best story?

    • zzzzsman
      May 22, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

      Now this is a story which I NEED to hear!

  3. Onas
    May 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Your Wood Elemental discussion defines a terrible card: “Unplayable at any mana cost.”

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