It’s prerelease time as Chewie, Mike, and Brian head over to Top Deck Games in Kernersville NC to take on the ten guilds of Ravnica! Brian’s law-school buddy John was there too (as he tends to be when there’s a prerelease), as was our old pal Robert Waycaster. We’ve got the handy-dandy ditital recorder and we’re recording what happens just after it happens so you can get the full story without the passage of time to blur anything. Follow the dorks (the ones that survive, anyway) as they run through each round. Sometimes you’ll hear from opponents, bystanders, store owners, crazy people, and assorted dorks too, which only makes things that much more fun! There’s really not much else to tell here, so we hope you enjoy!
So here it is, the long-awaited Grand Prix Charlotte episode! Chewie is there with the digital recorder, capturing everything just after it happens! Mike, Brian, Bill (@SqueeGoblnNabob) and JT (@NerdPop140) are basically always nearby, and Jonathan Harvell, Kevin Baldwin (@TaureanMauler) & his lovely wife Angie, and Lyall Alfred (@NewSpectrum) make guest appearances whenever they’re nearby. We talk about our records, the decks we’re playing, the people we’ve met, the Goldrush, funny stuff, stupid stuff, how hungry we are, how tired we are, and how AWESOME the whole thing is!
There are also a few special cameos, most notably Mike Flores (@fivewithflores), Adam Styborski (@the_Stybs), and…you know what? It’s really late and I can’t remember who was on this show and who was just on the MTGCast part. So you’ll just have to listen to find out all this stuff. HA!
Yes you read that correctly! The dorks venture forth into the long dark of Lucky’s Card Shop in Greensboro NC to bring you field reports straight from the Prerelease! Actually it’s quite well-lit in there, but that wouldn’t have sounded anywhere near as cool. But yes, Chewie brought his Tascam DR-08 recorder with him to catalogue everything we did while we were there. Well, maybe not everything. I mean, he didn’t take it to the bathroom or to McDonald’s with him. Okay he did, but he didn’t use it at those two places.
Anyway, Prerelease. With a Simic, an Orzhov, and two Boros players in our crew, somebody was probably going to do well. And they did, but you’ll have to listen to find out who and how good. Or just, you know, pay attention to the forums and Twitter and stuff. Whatever. We discussed how rounds went, talked to other players, got a few good stories, and had an all-around good time. So give it a listen and let us know what you think, since this is the first time we’ve done this.
Lots of people have asked about the decks I played at Grand Prix Charleston. So I decided to put them all up here
so everyone will leave me the hell alone for all to see. Since I was going to be there representing MTGCast, I decided that I wanted to play some decks provided by the various and sundry podcasters on the network! So I poked around and begged for things, and came up with a handful of lists I liked. I ended up with three decks for Standard, three decks for Commander, and two Pauper decks.
Might as well get this over with. These decks were not inspired by anyone else, I just picked three of my favorites and played them. I had the Spirit of the Night deck, the Johan deck, and of course my Kaervek the Merciless deck. Those have all been discussed elsewhere, thus the links. Click on them and be amazed! That was easy, now let’s check out the poor man’s cards!
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.