Last episode we went into great detail about the Mythic rarity, so it only seems right that we put that discussion to good use this week. We’re doing a Mythic Conscription of Betrayers of Kamigawa! You know as the set that had Ninjas and the Fork of Doom (Umezawa’s Jitte) and…well that’s probably it to be honest. But there’s definitely some crazy stuff going on, as you’ll hear. And we’re totally using the stuff we learned (?) in 404, so that’s good.
Of course we can’t start until I finish embarrassing Mike. He took his Hedron Alignment deck to FNM last week, and I was there to hang out. That means I was there to see a massive failure on his part, which was so awesome in its badness that I just had to share with everyone!
Mike’s Hedron Alignment: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/ktk-bfz-ori-hedron-alignment/
This week we’re taking it back to a topic that we wanted to do almost two months ago, but we couldn’t fit it in. It’s all about what does or does not constitute the mythic rarity. Our last Mythic Conscription (Episode 398) caused a lot of consternation among our fan base. A significant number of you out there disagreed with how we assessed some of the mythics in Champions of Kamigawa, with the major schism coming from the mythic-ness of the Myojin and/or the Dragons. There was so much feedback about it that we decided to do this discussion!
We’re taking it all the way back to the original definition of mythic as described by Mark Rosewater. There was another article on MTGGoldfish written in December of last year discussing how the mythic rarity has changed in the intervening 8 years. We’re going to take a look at those, talk about them until we’re all blue in the face, and then relate it all back to that fateful Champions of Kamigawa Mythic Conscription. We hope you guys enjoy, and do give us more feedback to let us know what you think!
There’s only one thing going on in this episode, but there is seriously a lot of it! We’re doing another Mythic Conscription, this time for a more recent example of the pendulum swinging back after a period of overpowered cards ruling Standard. So get to experience the lower power level but without the archaic design choices of the extremely old sets. Champions of Kamigawa was around the time when Wizards was starting towards the modern design philosophies that we currently know and love.
But because Kamigawa was printed during a time when we dorks were all playing together, we’ve got a LOT more to say about these rares. We’ve all got nostalgia goggles to see around, and some of them are just generally better than some stuff from older sets anyway. Let us know what you think would or wouldn’t be mythic!
It’s time for another Mythic Conscription! This week we’re finishing off the Mercadian Masques block by hitting up Prophecy. There are THREE big cycles that run through the rares in this set, so we’ve got a lot to talk about. This is a really strange one you guys. Like seriously.
Also, Brian tells us about a Grand Prix Trial he went to. And he robots a lot. Sorry about that. He did well though! Yay!
Announcing the Odds & Ends! These are the recordings that are made before and after the podcast proper, both The Mana Pool and Monday Night Magic! They’re going to be completely uncensored and unedited except for personal information and the like, and they’ll be exclusively for Patreon patrons. The first TMP Odds & Ends which comes from this very episode, is going to be public so everyone can see what they’ll be getting (or missing). Let me know what you think! You can find it here:
It’s time to do another Mythic Conscription! We’re continuing on with Masques Block, so the next set is Nemesis. And yes, this set was our nemesis. There just…isn’t much going on here. But we had a lot of fun discussing it as usual!
But before that we’re catching up on some of the news we’ve missed since our last non-live recording. The new Sealed Pool procedure for BFZ block, the Banned & Restricted List updates, news about Magic Duels, and the new eBooks of Magic fiction. Lots of stuff going on!