Man, this episode is all over the place. We have a Cardshark promotion to tell you about, first and foremost. If you want a shot at winning the five best planeswalkers in Standard, you should definitely pay attention. Here’s the link, in case you can’t pay attention:
Then, we hear from a Russian listener. We’ve been at this a long time (over 5 years now in fact) and that might be a first. How cool is that?
Then we have another Magic Mad Lib. If you thought last week’s was funny, then you’ve got to hear this one. Featuring 100% less singing (thank goodness), this Mad Lib might be Chewie’s favorite ever. No kidding. The follow-up discussion was also some top-notch stuff.
“What are the monkey people called?” – Dirk
On this episode, we end up talking a lot about Star Wars. Yeah, Disney bought LucasArts, or LucasFilm, or whatever the big thing is named and that’s what kicked it all off, but we just went on about it for way too long. We’re dorks, we can’t help it. We also did another Magic Mad Lib, because they’re entirely too much fun and we can’t help ourselves.
Then we got into the meat of the episode. We each ranked the guild mechanics of Return to Ravnica in terms of multiplayer usefulness. Of course, as always happens when all 4 of us do something like this, we got VASTLY different results. I love it. So of course we have to discuss (argue) about each mechanic and why this one is better than that one. It’s a good one as usual.
Hey look, we’re finally gonna talk about the Prerelease! Oh shut up, it was worth the wait to have Squanto on episode 250 and you know it. As you may know, ALL FOUR of the host dorks were at the Return to Ravnica prerelease! Dirk (of all people) even did TWO! We had Azorius, Rakdos, and Golgari represented at the one we all did together at Lucky’s Card Shop in Greensboro, NC. How’d we all do? Well you’re gonna have to listen for that one, aren’t you? And that’s the majority of the episode, of course.
That’s not all though! We also took a look at the new Standard now that RTR is available. Of course this isn’t anything in-depth or even useful, we just wanted to poke at it and see what’s changed. My old favorite Kamikaze deck is still alive and kicking, in three different major variations!
We also have major problems with time dilation, time slipping slipping slipping, into the future, and Time Reversal being more than just a card.
Yup, it’s more Return to Ravnica previews! You know it, you love it. Or maybe you just tolerate it. I know we do! Here’s the link:
We also talked about these expensive guild shirts:
And this No Shyfts comic:
And we talked at length about the Escapist Expo tournament, which is pretty cool. Chewie and Bill finished in the top 16, and Mike had a serious, SERIOUS problem. No, I mean it. I’m not even playing, this was really bad. But you’ll have to wait until the end of the episode to hear all about that! HA! That’s called a teaser.
Look, it’s really late. You’re getting this episode really early because I’m going to be at the Escapist Expo all weekend. Mike and I were up way too late getting our respective decks for the big Saturday tournament up and running, then I had to go ask the hot nurse upstairs if she had a needle to help me get this MASSIVE splinter out of my hand. Seriously, you guys should have seen it, it was crazy. So now it’s 3am and I still haven’t finished posting this. But you don’t care about any of that, you just wanna know what we talked about don’t you?
First off, Mike and Brian told us all about their experiences at the Magic Celebration, which was pretty awesome. Then we had to…let’s say discuss. We had to discuss the fact that the Prerelease cards are the same as the Intro Pack rares. See?