We’re back after Chewie’s vacation! We begin with a Sam Quiz, like you do after a week off. We’ve got surreal Unstable variants to talk about. Like a lot of them. Holy crap these are insane. Then there’s a tiny bit of Rivals of Ixalan. Then we have a long but well worth it listener submitted Magic Mad Lib, sent to us by Mike XIV. Thanks man!
We end the episode with some final thoughts as always. We have thoughts of bad news, of hope, of thanks, and of winning with your chin on the table. We love you all, and we’re glad to have you with us!
After another adorable Sam Quiz, we’ve got our work cut out for us. We have decided, perhaps foolishly, to do a Mythic Conscription for Magic’s first full size expansion. If you know your history, you know that means Ice Age – the home of cumulative upkeep, massive text boxes, and commons sitting in the rare slot. This set was created in the dark days of Magic design, when no one really knew what they were doing.
Mike & Chewie were actually playing back when Ice Age was around so some of their picks are colored by their younger selves’ experiences. Other picks are, as the title spells out, colored by experiences we’ve all had since then with some of these cards, not to mention the historical significance of a few.
Also, hiccups. Lots of hiccups.
The dorks have returned! It’s been two weeks since we recorded a show, and we’re dying to get back into it. We begin with a short Sam Quiz, then a long Mad Lib!
After that it’s off to discuss our Prerelease experiences. Chewie & Brian did a Two-Headed Giant prerelease, Brian did a solo one, and Mike did some drafting the following week. Do you like pirates? How about dinosaurs?
Yarrr, it be a Sam Quiz, then story time! After that it’s time to talk Ixalan! There are feathered dinosaurs, pirates with their treasure, beautifully colored merfolk, and religious fanatic vampires. This set is gonna be AWESOME! We also get to look at the new Jace and the new (lack of) Planeswalker Uniqueness Rule. After that we dive into a bunch of the revealed cards and marvel at how much fun all the lady pirates seem to be having. Yarrr!
Ixalan Mechanics – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ixalan-mechanics
Ixalan Leak Response & Cards – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/behind-scenes-alleged-ixalan-card-theft-2017-08-28
We begin with another Sam Quiz, which was a little tricksy. Then, after a brief story of personal injury and public surgery from Chewie we get right into it! We’re doing a Mythic Conscription for Dissension, finishing out the original Ravnica block. This set, much like some of the other Ravnica sets, was a little hard to do. Or maybe easy. We’re not sure. There’s a bizarre switch with the leadership of the Azorius guild. Dirk actually leans towards a red rare enchantment as mythic. And then, at the very end, there’s the big discussion about Simic Sky Swallower.