Considering the fact you’re reading about Magic: The Gathering on the internet, you’re probably already aware of a very interesting bit of news about the upcoming M14 Core Set. The storied tribe of Slivers is back in the game with brand new cards, an updated design philosophy, and revamped art and style guidelines. As with any New Thing referencing an Old Thing the news has inspired tons of conversation since first being announced, and it’s easy to find vivid and vocal opinions across the entire spectrum, from “Hooray, Slivers forever!” to “BOOO! LAME!”
The dorks are back! After inadvertantly taking a couple of weeks off, we are back with a vengeance. Of course, there’s plenty of big news that has popped up in our absence. Since Brian loves Maze’s End so much, we had to talk about the Maze’s End deck that did so well at Pro Tour: Dragon’s Maze. There was a big preview of the rules update that is coming up in Magic 2014. Legend rules, playing lands, sideboards…all kinds of stuff. We cover it all.
Since we last recorded, they’ve started previewing cards from Modern Masters. So of course, we’re covering the cards that Wizards has previewed. At this time this was recorded, only 3 days of previews had gone by, so there aren’t terribly many just yet. Just wait for next episode though!
Bill Bloodworth (@SqueeGoblnNabob) joins us again this week, this time in lieu of our usual green man, Dirk. The new baby caught up with him and he wasn’t able to join us. The first part of the show is a look at the entire set of…oh wait, no. It’s the Banned & Restricted list update, followed by a look at the the full Dragon’s… Nope, not yet, then it’s the Commander Banned list update. Sigh. After that, we move right into the Maze…oh. The maze of grief that the passing of Quinton Hoover left us in. That’s really a shame, because his art really helped shape the early look of the game.
But then, after all that and probably some other stuff, we move right into the Dragon’s Maze. The full set is now available, so we’re gonna run through the high points. It turns out the high points are damn near every card we didn’t mention yet…sorry about that. This episode runs a little longer than we meant it to.
We are joined this week by none other than Adam Styborski! He’s @the_stybs on Twitter. For those of you that don’t know…what rock have you been living under? He’s the (former) writer for Serious Fun on DailyMTG, the current writer of the brand new Commander column Command Tower on DailyMTG, he’s on the text coverage team for Wizards, and he’s all about some Pauper Cube. Oh yeah, he’s the Content Manager for GatheringMagic too.
But he joins us this week to tell us all about Command Tower, how it came about, what you can expect, and assorted other things. Really, Stybs just talks on and on about whatever we throw in his direction for a good long time, and it was really awesome. You can REALLY feel how much he loves Commander as a format. He even brought a tear to my eye at one point. That could have been my roommate’s cooking though…
After we had drained Stybs dry of his soul…I mean information…we still had PLENTY of news to talk about. Rather than list it all here and then list it all again down there…we’re just gonna put it down there. Go look at all the nifty stuff we hit on!
Remember the planeswalkers that the dorks made for each other a couple episodes ago? Yeah? Well this episode we’re doing Story Circles to craft a deck around each of those dorky planeswalkers! Pretty awesome huh?
Of course, that’s not all we’re up to. Oh no. Brian rambles on about Modern just a bit before we get going (weird I know). We talk for a couple more minutes about the newest You Make the Card vote (at the time it was a runoff between land and enchantment).
At the end, we have another amazing rush of gratitude for a listener who, for reasons that continue to baffle us, sent us some stuff. And I’m talking good stuff too. Like damn. Check out the altered Nether Shadow that he sent to Chewie and tell us that’s not awesome: