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Episode 437 – The Magic of History

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After taking a week off for the Prerelease episode, we had to come back with something big and awesome. And Brian came up with the perfect idea! We’ve done episodes like this before, making Magic cards out of our favorite video games, TV shows, movies, and books (links below). So rather than going for a different kind of media, we’re going to tackle historical figures!

Each dork did some homework, coming up with a variety of ideas for cards based on historical figures. Brian made fully fleshed-out cards, Mike & Chewie made skeletons of some cards, with the basic idea figured out but that’s about it. And Dirk came at it from the other direction, matching up historical figures with the mechanics of Magic!

Plus Chewie just had to make some historical villains. Sigh.

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10 Comments

  1. Milo Hobo
    October 11, 2016 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Rasputin? Rasputin anyone?

    • October 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      Oh crap. I’m surprised none of us hit that one. Since we’re here, do you have any cool ideas for him?

  2. Milo Hobo
    October 11, 2016 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Well, he was notoriously difficult to kill and did a good job of manipulating people and an inability to die. As such:

    Rasputin 3RB
    At the beginning of your upkeep create a 0/1 human.
    Tap: gain control of target creature if its CMC is less than the number of creatures you control.
    Sacrifice a creature: regenerate Rasputin.
    3/1

  3. Nathan Smith
    October 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    -Nicola Tesla
    red and blue (not sure about exact mana cost)

    if you would gain an energy counter, gain twice that instead (he improved our electricity system with AC current, near the end of his life he sought a way to get people free energy)

    artifacts in your hand have 0:suspend X, where X is the artifact’s converted mana cost (he was a brilliant inventor who came up with inventions that wouldn’t exist until well after his time)

    pay 3 energy: remove a time counter from target suspended artifact (the only thing limiting his inventive mind was his access to the energy need to do his experiments.)

    -Tsung Tsu (the guy who literally wrote the book on military strategy)
    white(again, not sure about CMC)

    at the end of your turn, if you attacked with a creature this turn gain a knowledge token. (to learn about combat, you need to observe your army… in combat)

    at the beginning of each combat creatures you control have Bushido X, where X is equal to the number of knowledge tokens on Tsung Tsu. (his knowledge benefits his army… and him)

    remove a knowledge token: creatures your opponents control must block if able, or must attack if able (he knew how to out maneuver his opponents)

    remove a knowledge token: draw a card (he wrote. the book. on military strategy)

  4. Greg (MadStorkMSU)
    October 17, 2016 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    I haven’t finished the episode yet, but I have a few thoughts.

    1. I freaking love these episodes!

    2. For Napoleon, you could use Suspend to exile him temporarily. You could use a template similar to the recurring spells from Future Sight, like Arc Blade and Reality Strobe.

    “If Napoleon of Questionable Stature would die, exile him instead with 2 time counters on him.”

    3. Due to his proclivity for procreation, Genghis Khan should really have Populate.

    Genghis Khan, Promiscuous Warlord
    2UW

    When Genghis Khan enters the battlefield, create three 1/1 white Bastard Child creature tokens.

    At the beginning of each upkeep, Populate.
    At the beginning of combat, Populate.
    Whenever you feel like it, Populate.

    “Do you know what child support for 1,000 kids costs? I’ll need an empire worth of tribute to pay! …That gives me an idea.”

  5. Az
    October 18, 2016 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    The Jane Austen one was the best “No, They’re Sleeping”

  6. Greg (MadStorkMSU)
    October 19, 2016 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    I love the Jack, the Ripper ideas you guys came up with, though I think he should have Skulk instead of Shroud. Maybe do a Swamp Mosquito-type effect.

    Jack, the Ripper
    1UB

    Skulk

    If Jack, the Ripper attacks and isn’t blocked, you may destroy target creature defending player controls. If you do, prevent all combat damage Jack, the Ripper would deal this turn.

    1/3

  7. Bosco
    October 20, 2016 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Chewie “Oh god I’m a hipster starving artist” Slate.

  8. Paul D.
    March 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised no one said for Freud as long as Sigmund Freud is on the battlefield Delerium does not trigger.

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