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Episode 53 – Savoring Shards: Exploring the Flavor of Alara

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Chewie here. First off, I’d like to apologize for the lateness of this episode. We recorded it almost a week ago, but I’ve been bouncing back and forth between really busy and seriously exhausted, so it’s all my fault. You can spread around the blame with the other dorks if you want though, I’m not going to stop you.

In this episode, Mike thought we should take a closer look at the Shards. Of Alara. Since this is a block just oozing with flavor, everyone seems to be talking more about the flavor and philosophy and whatnot of this one than they have in previous sets. Not ones to stand idly by while the bandwagon trundles along without us, we hopped on. And what a buffet it is! We looked at the flavor of the shards in various ways, including but not limited to:

– The colors that comprise each shard

– The colors that are missing from each shard

– The mechanical identity of each shard

– Citing examples from flavor text

– General setting and feel of each shard

In other news, there’s also news in this episode. Wizards recently revealed the name and whatnot for the final set in the Alara block. You can find it, if you are so inclined, here:


Wizards also FINALLY gave us some information about the next iteration of Duel Decks. Jace vs. Chandra is coming Nov. 7, and it looks to be seriously awesome. Two 60-card decks, each with 4 rares, which includes the foil alternate art versions of Jace Beleren and Chandra Nalaar. Six cards get new artwork featuring the planeswalkers in action. Control vs. Burn, baby! I can’t wait. Check out the announcement showing some of the art the product information pages in the links below.



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  1. March 20, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    I love these flavor-full episodes. It’s always so nice to hear the dorks’ opinions on Magic flavor and their ideas and concepts of how stuff works in these worlds.

    Also, speaking of Jace vs. Chandra, whatever happened to the modification and combat of Duel Decks? That was a really cool segment. Although there’s quite a backlog now and I’m sure Brian and Chewie don’t see each other quite as much anymore. Oh well.

  2. Magnor Criol
    June 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    This was a good episode. I love Alara’s flavor.

    Brian has trouble with Deft Duelist’s flavor, and I kind of agree. I think the way it plays out is that those “willing to pay for the honor rather than earn it” are finding the “best” way to get the honor (blue) and/or wielding their power and earned wealth to acquire prestige, as is their right as a ruling class (White/blue). This also helps explain similar Bant creatures later like Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer.

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