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!
Sadly this episode we are one Dirk short of a full cast due to grad school holding him down and beating him. But to replace him, we brought along two guest hosts! We have a half-Dirk veteran, our old buddy Bill Bloodworth (@SqueeGoblnNabob) joining us again! And the other half of Dirk is our buddy from GP Charlotte and GP Pittsburgh, JT Kohnen (@NerdPop140)! You know and love him as CyberPunkOtaku01 on the forums.
So what were we actually talking about this episode? Well of course the Prerelease results were the first thing. Everyone but Chewie is here to tell you all about how they did and what they played. Chewie missed his first Prerelease in no one knows how long, but at least Brian’s sealed pool still thinks it’s a Ravnica block.
After that, we had to talk about all the cards that are rotating out of Standard. It’s not something that we usually talk about, but it’s a tradition here on The Mana Pool! Every rotation we rant and rave about all the crap we don’t have to hear about any more, and it’s great! Since Bill and JT pay attention to Standard, and Mike and Brian do too, it’s a really good discussion.
A moment of silence please for JT’s Deadeye Navigator deck. It will be missed.
JT’s NerdPop blog: http://nerdpopularity.blogspot.com/
Hey look, here’s the episode you probably should have gotten last time. But you didn’t, you got it this time. So there.
Chewie, Mike, and Brian set out for Atomic Empire in Durham, North Carolina for the Magic 2014 Core Set Release. While there, we met up with our old buddy AJ, everyone’s favorite bowtie wearing L2 Cluze, and several other assorted listeners, opponents, judges, and what-have-you. As always with these episodes, you’ll be hearing what happens as it happens rather than having to listen to us fumble around for what happened days later. And I especially hope you’ll enjoy the talk with the guy who opened a truly ridiculous sliver deck.
This is the first episode after Chewie got back from his listener-supplied trip to Grand Prix Las Vegas! So of course, he has to talk at great length about GP Vegas. Because it was amazing in so many ways. Like, SO many ways. So I’m gonna go ahead and apologize for how long that took, because apparently no one realized just how long we went on about it.
Then there’s all the other stuff! Here are some handy links for you:
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!