Since we didn’t want to skip another week, we looked around and dug up an old episode we had in the can. Originally recorded back in August (probably), this live episode is…a little weird. For some reason, Audacity decided to ignore the usual desktop mic and listen to the crappy built-in mic on the laptop. So because of that…it sorta sounds like we recorded it in a bathroom. Sorry about that. I’m pretty sure it’s still perfectly serviceable, it’s just not the usual glorious sound quality that you’re used to.
As far as what’s actually going on in this one, it’s a live episode. That means we’re all sitting around playing some Magic! We begin with a Commander Planechase game, and those are usually a blast. Since it’s been SO long since we recorded this, I couldn’t tell you one way or the other. After a quick musical break, we play a really quick and really filthy 60-card Archenemy game. I mean it, it was awful. Even Mike, who was the villain, felt bad about it afterwards. So to make up for it we did another one. This time Chewie was the bad guy, and it went a lot longer than the first one. Not in a bad way, it was just a lot more fair.
You knew it was coming. Deep down, you knew. Once they announced the new Commander product, you even started asking for it. As the decks were revealed, you even demanded it.
Well who are we to ignore the pleas of our beloved fans? So here we go. The four of us gathered at Brian’s house along with John, The Fifth One. You might recognize him from some of our Prerelease Field Recordings, he’s been there for a couple of them. But we each grabbed an unedited Commander 2013 deck and commenced beating the holy living crap out of each other. In an epic three hour game (and that’s not counting the break for lunch in the middle) we traded haymakers, board wipes, and verbal barbs until only one dork stood victorious!
Which of the green decks did Dirk play? Which of the dorks almost lost their temper and all interest in the game? Who ended up winning the whole shebang? Which of those was a trick question? For answers to all of these and more, tune in to listen. Don’t worry, after the editing the game wasn’t the full three hours.
It’s all Simic, all the time in this episode! Well that’s a slight exaggeration. First we had to shoot the breeze, discussing the True-Name Nemesis, Grand Prix DC’s imminent encroachment by Chewie, and the state of MTGCast. But THEN, then it was the whole Simic thing. Yeah, we’ve got another Old vs. New for you. It turns out that Simic is pretty deep, so we spent a long freakin’ time on this one. Dirk even went off for a while. A couple times. No kidding.
But at this point I’m just taking up space so the post on the website doesn’t look funny. So we hope you enjoy all the turquoise glory! Get it? Blue and green? Turquoise? Anybody?
My mom thinks I’m funny :p
Mike and Brian kick off the episode by telling us all about the SCG Classic they went to last weekend. Brian played a green-red deck, while Mike took his Maze’s End construction. After that, Chewie joined them for a couple games of EDH. Then we spend a bit of time discussing the Commander 2013 card that was TEARING UP the top tables at the Legacy AND Vintage Champs. How completely random.
Then, because we are Dirkless, we can’t do an Old vs. New for any of the guilds left that have green in them. Or blue. So we took to Boros! We compare crap with awesome, amazing with fantastic, decent with okay, and pretty good with also pretty good. Who won? We don’t remember, so you’ll have to listen to find out!
Well, here it is. We’ve been at it virtually nonstop for six years. We started 300 (plus) episodes ago in November of 2007 and haven’t looked back.
And that’s the reason for this episode! We’ve actually never looked back, and that’s ridiculous. So this episode is all about the past. It starts with a look back at the various firsts and notable things we’ve done, be it segments or popular episodes or whatever. Then we’ve got to discuss all the various and sundry guests we’ve had on the show over the years (yes, all of them). Almost a full third of our episodes have involved a guest host of some sort after all. We finish it all up with the first actual look at our annual bizarre reality-twisting episodes.
We hope you guys enjoy this. It’s pretty light on Magic content, but it’s loaded with plenty of fan service, nostalgia, and nonsense. Thanks for everything!