This episode is a weird one. Dirk is on vacation, unbeknownst to us. We thought it was next week. The big Shadows countdown reveal was lame, so that didn’t take up much of the show. We didn’t have terribly much planned for this episode other than a few loose ideas and taking Mike’s Hedron Alignment deck Out of the Deck Box.
Luckily, we turned complaining about the Wizards website into a pretty good conversation. Out of the Deck Box led organically into several good discussions about how and why we play Magic. The Eternal Masters announcement led to a rambling rant/talk about the Reserved List and its implications. And then the final thoughts were rambling and out there as usual. So let us know what you think about…just any of that!
Shadows Over Innistrad page – http://magic.wizards.com/en/content/shadows-over-innistrad
Werewolf Planeswalker – http://magic.wizards.com/en/story/planeswalkers/arlinn-kord
Mike’s Hedron Alignment Deck – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/ktk-bfz-ori-hedron-alignment/
Reserved List – http://mtgsalvation.gamepedia.com/Reserved_List
FTV: Lore – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-vault-lore-2016-02-29
We begin this episode with a first-impressions review of the Arena of the Planeswalkers miniatures board game! Three of us took the time to figure out how to play (sort of) and successfully completed a game! We’re coming at it from the perspective of Magic players trying it out, since most of us have no experience with miniatures games.
After that Brian’s got another Magic Mad Lib, which is more hilarious than usual when all is said and done!
And after that it’s time for a long-forgotten segment of the show – Out of the Deck Box! Because Chewie actually built a new Commander deck for the first time in some number of years, he’s gonna tell you all about it this episode!
Chewie’s Marath EDH Deck – http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/chewie-marath-edh
Chewie’s Mom Opens Packs: Chronicles Edition – http://themanapool.com/videos/chewies-mom-opens-packs-chronicles-edition/
Before our most recent gathering to actually play some Magic together, I felt the urge to do something I hadn’t done in well over TWO YEARS! What was that urge telling me to do? Build a new EDH deck!
I converted one of my favorite and most long-lived 60-card casual decks, the Beast Deck, into a brand new Commander deck! This is a deck I’ve had since I started playing again in college when Onslaught came out. Beasts were a supported tribe in that block, and they caught my eye then and have been much-beloved ever since.
A good chunk of this deck comes straight from the Naya-colored Commander 2013 deck. I had lots of space left when I got done adding in all the cards I wanted from the various versions of the Beast Deck and I didn’t have massive amounts of time to go digging for more cards to add. So if some of it looks familiar, that’s probably because it is. Likewise the mana base is not highly tuned or anything, I just did some rudimentary math and threw in a bunch of cool stuff.
This deck was featured in an Out of the Deck Box segment in Episode 385 – What Exactly Does Squad Mean?
This video doesn’t fit into any of my existing shows, I just really wanted to show off this deck. It’s the only combo deck I’ve ever had any success or enjoyment with in Hearthstone thus far, my Malygos Burn Shaman deck! The game I played with it was extremely close and really shows off exactly what the deck is supposed to do! I hope you all enjoy, and let me know if you want to see any more videos like this in the future!
This is the deck that longtime listener Corvin Powell was playing at Grand Prix Richmond. He put Death Cloud in more of a Rock-type build, which is more interactive and disruptive than Mike’s Death Tron deck. Since his deck is also a Death Cloud deck but a completely different take than Mike’s, we brought him on the show to talk about it! He was on Episode 315 – The GP Richmond Episode (for obvious reasons) to talk about his deck, the GP itself, and everything else, so go give it a listen!