Of course this episode, the dorks that attended Prereleases are going to tell you how they did. That’s a given at this point, don’t you think?
But we’re throwing a curve at you this episode with the addition of an old friend. Squanto is back this episode! One of the founding members of The Mana Pool, Squanto has returned so you guys can get reacquainted with him before the livestream this weekend. More on that later.
The real point of this episode is Black! We’re talking all about the flavor, mechanics, and general awesomeness of Black as a color in Magic. Did you know that Black can justify almost anything in you either make them sacrifice some resource or make it a zombie? Apparently you can! You can learn all this and more this episode!
In other news, WE DID IT! We broke the first goal of $10,000 on the Kickstarter! Not only did we break it, but we broke it WHILE RECORDING! So you guys get to hear me lose my mind in the middle of the show. So now that we’re good, let’s shoot for stretch goals! We’re no longer pushing so that you’ll get stuff, you’re guaranteed stuff now! We’re pushing to get everyone BETTER stuff! The more people pledge, the better everything gets for everyone!
It’s Magic 2015! The full set! We’ve got lots of discussion about the nifty looking cards we haven’t previously talked about. There are also some rules clarifications from last episode. We had a nice discussion about complexity or lack thereof, made fun of each other, and whatever else happens on preview episodes.
Oh yeah, we brought Bill on too. You know, like we usually do for previews. He’s @SqueeGoblnNabob on Twitter, and you should follow him.
Hey look, it’s another CMDR Decks video! I haven’t done one of these in forever! Maybe even two forevers! But Uriah (@CMDRDecks) was good enough to let me do this one to plug the Kickstarter as well as show off one of my favorite EDH decks! It was originally conceived WAY back in Episode 219 during a Story Circle with guest host Bennie Smith (@blairwitchgreen), and I LOVED it! I loved it SO MUCH that I tracked down a copy of Johan and set to work putting the deck together.
As usually happens when building a deck, new ideas came to mind and new cards popped into my head, so the version you see here isn’t straight from the Story Circle. Given my inability to procure new cards for the last little while, there are cards from the last couple blocks that would fit beautifully, but I haven’t managed to snag any of them just yet. Feel free to throw any suggestions you want at me!
We grabbed Bill, or Squee, or whatever (@SqueeGoblnNabob) to join us for the full run-through of Journey Into Nyx now that it’s all out there for all to see. There was a bit of news too, the PAX East Magic Panel, some Conspiracy news, some Duels news, and lotsa other stuff. So…enjoy!
Journey Into Nyx Card Image Gallery – http://www.wizards.com/Magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/journeyintonyx/cig
M14 Gold Bundle on Steam – http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1476
PAX East Magic Panel – http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1478
Dack Fayden! – http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/promotional/a84rgerig9u8/jkaskjldamnwsd9sdk2d_EN.jpg
Remember Commander Shenanigans 2? It was episode 303. Later that day, we recorded another episode. This is it. For some reason, when we record one live episode it records through the USB mic, which is why CS2 sounded good. When we record a second one, it defaults to the built-in laptop mic. That happened here, and we didn’t catch it. This episode is a few days late because I decided to try to make it sound better, because it really sounded like crap. Sorry about that, but hopefully you’ll think it was worth the wait.
Since there were five of us (the usual four dorks and Brian’s buddy Jon Raymer), we decided to play a game of Assassin, since it is easily one of Chewie’s favorite game types ever. This episode is actually a really good way to learn that everyone plays the game differently, as evidenced by some of our reactions to the way Jon started the game (really Chewie was just irritiable at having his Titan killed).
After the Assassin game, Dirk had to leave. The rest of us took advantage of having time left at the end of the first game to play a “lightning round”. We all grabbed EDH decks that would lead to relatively quick games and played. It turns out it wasn’t quite a “lightning” fast game, but it was still quicker than our usual games. Hope you guys enjoy!