Hey look, we actually did the follow-up to last week’s episode! Because this was a topic suggested by our friend JT (@NerdPop140), we brought him on this week to help us tell you all about it. But first, we have news! Anyone under 18 planning to attend Grand Prix Vienna needs to have written parental permission, so click the link below for all that information. WotC also released the full decklists for the upcoming Jace vs. Vraska Duel Decks, so we’re gonna tell you all about that. They’re mostly singleton decks, and we think that’s pretty good.
But on to the main topic at hand! Last week we told you all about the mental preparation for you to make the move from the kitchen table to the FNM or some other tournament scene. This time we’re focusing on the deck itself. How do you come up with an idea for your first tournament deck? How do you go about acquiring the cards for said deck? And how do you tweak the deck to make sure it’ll do the best it can? We’ll discuss all of that and more on this episode! As always, if you guys have any other ideas for any of this, let us know!
On this episode, the dorks cover a few more bits of news. Last week we missed that some of the Conspiracy cards are going to not be legal in Vintage and Legacy, which sparks some discussion about why that could be. Hasbro is loving the Magic, because it’s making them lots of money. Not only that, but they’re gonna be making some Pop! vinyl figures and actual action figures of your favorite planeswalkers…and Nissa. For links to all of this, just look down a bit.
But the meat of the episode comes from an idea from our old buddy JT. A very old idea. We’re going to prepare you to move from the kitchen table to the tournament scene. We’re not talking about cards or formats (at least not much), we’re primarily talking about mental preparations. Because we’re trying to cover everything it might sound a little intimidating, but it’s really not. It’s really hard to sum up all the different aspects we talked about on this episode, so you’re just going to have to listen.
It comes down to this: if you’ve been thinking about going to any sort of tournament, be it a prerelease, FNM, or a GP…then GO! Give it a shot, it’ll be fine. Just listen to us first.
Warning: Chewie is sick. So he sounds a little different than usual, and he’s muted a lot.
The dorks bring lots of news this week! Since the last episode was a live one, we’ve got two weeks’ worth of stuff to talk about! They revealed an Event Deck, announced a new From the Vault, and teased us with a bizarre coded webpage. Luckily, people much more motivated than us went ahead and decoded it, so we told you all about it. Of course by now the official decoded page is up, but that’s to be expected, right?
So once we finished up the news, the discussion on Vigenère ciphers, and a new Penny Arcade comic, we actually had stuff to talk about! Mike attended a Sealed tournament last weekend, so he’s gotta tell you how he did there. Brian’s working on a Standard Jund deck to take to an SCG Invitational Qualifier, so he’s gonna tell us all about that. It sounds pretty sweet though, I must say. Links for all that stuff are below!
On this episode, the dorks take on all the news and the first round of Born of the Gods spoilers! There’s a serious amount of bizarre news, from coins to a movie to a high-priced Modern Event Deck announcement. News you can use? Probably not, but there’s plenty enough news here! All the links are down below, so follow along if you want!
After that, we have a super secret special guest! So secret that we didn’t actually know about him until he was on the show! But out of nowhere we invited JT to join us for previews! You know him from our GP Charlotte episode and I’m pretty sure he was on another episode at some point. You’ve got a search bar on the site, if you wanna hear him again I’m sure you can find him. He’s pretty awesome, and so are the new mechanics and some of the new cards from Born of the Gods!
Everyone enjoy, then go follow JT on Twitter, he’s @NerdPop140!
We had lots of news to cover since we hadn’t recorded in two weeks. We took the holiday weeks off don’t you know. There’s the new planeswalker, the new card frame, and some other less impressive stuff. We’ll give you our take on all of it, no matter how lame and/or insignificant.
After that we’re off to our wrap up of the Old vs. New series. Since we covered all the guilds, we decided to take a look at the other aspects of the two blocks. Mana rocks, lands, overall block structure, that sort of thing. It’s actually a pretty good discussion, we hope you guys enjoy. That’s about it for the wrap up, we’re just shooting for a nice short episode to ease back into the podcasting gig.
You know, to be a short episode, the file sure is pretty big. Huh.
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