The dorks are back with a big episode all about Commander! First off we have to discuss all the Commander products that were announced for 2020. We’ll also address the potential for supplemental product fatigue that might come from these products, but it’s not as bad as you might think at first blush. Plus, find out who finally has a suggestion of legs after all these years…
From there, we’re turning our attention to The Mana Pool Story Circles. Turns out it’s been over a year since we did one! We’ll spend a good while discussing how the changing design of legendary creatures over recent years has affected the Story Circle.
But then it’s time to do the thing! I found a perfect candidate for a Commander to build around, not too narrow but not too wide open – Kykar, Wind’s Fury! Twitch chat even got in on the action and helped us flesh out more cards for the deck!Continue reading
Pioneer was announced as a brand new competitive format, which is something that hasn’t happened on this scale since Modern was announced 8 years ago. We thought it would be cool to go back and look at the history of competitive Magic formats since the beginning. We’re talking Type I, Type II, Type 1.5, and even Type 1.x. Remember Extended? Poor Extended.
To clarify, we’re only talking about Constructed formats that were sanctioned for paper to play at premier events. No online-only formats (though we will mention a couple standouts) and no casual formats (though Commander and Brawl do get honorable mentions for being officially-sanctioned casual formats).
And go easy on Dirk, who is 100% kitchen table and didn’t even know what Pioneer was until we got to that part of the episode. We forgot he doesn’t pay any attention whatsoever to Magic news.
And we finish this episode up with two quick Magic Mad Libs from Magnor Criol!Continue reading
Back in June, I got a mystery package in the mail from longtime listener Magnor Criol. Inside was an amazing thing that took an insane amount of time, effort, and dedication to create. We’ve decided to call it the Magnor Stack. It was a collection of cards, real and custom, that represented a new way for us dorks to play Magic whenever we get together. The custom cards were all in-jokes of some sort, and a lot of the real cards had new flavor text that were references to our silliness.
We finally got together to play this weekend, and 2/3 of our games were played with the Magnor Stack. And IT. WAS. AWESOME! On this episode we’re just going to show off a bunch of the cards from the Stack that we played and what was going on when we played them.
Huge huge HUGE thanks to Magnor Criol for the amazing gift! We love it and we’re totally gonna keep playing with it whenever possible!Continue reading
First up the dorks are taking a look at the brand new reveal of Modern Horizons! Two of them hadn’t seen it yet, so we get actual first impressions!
Then it’s time for the main topic of this week’s episode, suggested by the TMP Discord server – deckbuilding! We’ll explain why some old deckbuilding rules we learned aren’t great and offer up plenty of actual tips. And we’ll even go further than that and discuss building for different environments and playgroups with plenty of personal experiences thrown in for good measure.
Let us know what we missed!
Professor Beard is back! In his first lecture he taught us all about the evolution of the Graveyard (Episode 509), where we were amazed at just how much of the Graveyard’s flavor and function came early in Magic’s life. This time the Prof is teaching us all about RFG, which is Removed From Game. Also Set Aside. Also Hovering 8 Inches Above the Table. Eventually, it became the Exile we know and love today. And again, you might be as surprised as we were at how much of its flavor and functionality came from the early days of Magic.