This episode is going be a bit different. With all the coronavirus stuff going on across the world and tensions running high everywhere, the dorks couldn’t just ignore it all and talk about Magic. While escapism is great, sometimes you’ve got to face the facts. So the first part of this episode is all about how COVID-19 is affecting us and why we need to embrace social distancing. This is genuinely important. Please stay home unless you HAVE to leave.
But after that, we decided to do something different. We’re doing an entire episode of final thoughts! We’re touching on the big Year of the Phoenix update from Hearthstone that introduces an ENTIRE NEW CLASS (!) and sends a lot of heavily-played cards to the Hall of Fame. Then there’s the Castlevania anime, Designing Women, random bits of racism in public, working from home, DoorDashing during these troubling times, ManaStrike, and how movie theaters actually work. Then we’re doing a new Mad Lib, sent to us by Infinious, and it turned out REALLY well.
Oh by the way, Mike’s getting married.Continue reading
You like dragons, right? Of course you like dragons! Who doesn’t like dragons? Dragons are quite possibly the biggest and most well known…thing to come out of fantasy. Ever. They’re all over the place these days, from video games to a mega popular HBO series.
And we love dragons too! And since this is a Magic podcast, we’re actually just going to talk about dragons in Magic. Like, the cards. Not a history lesson, not a biology lesson, none of that. We’re just looking back at some of our favorite dragon cards, our least favorite dragon cards, dragon art that spoke to us, disappointing dragons, anything we can think of really. Feel free to let us know what are your favorite Magic dragons and let us know if there are any other creature types we should just talk about!Continue reading
The dorks are back with more timely content! First up we have to comment on the recent massive B&R update, because it was pretty big. But then we’re shifting to the Historic Anthology announcement for Magic Arena! They’re adding 20 cards from the pre-Historic era (can’t believe we missed that joke on the show!) to Arena for use in the new format and Chewie thought we could totally do that too!
Each of the four dorks picked out five cards of our own to add to Historic! We each came at this from a different angle, so we ended up with a pretty sweet Historic Anthology: TMP Edition. Let us know what you’d put into Historic!Continue reading
The dorks are back with a big episode all about Commander! First off we have to discuss all the Commander products that were announced for 2020. We’ll also address the potential for supplemental product fatigue that might come from these products, but it’s not as bad as you might think at first blush. Plus, find out who finally has a suggestion of legs after all these years…
From there, we’re turning our attention to The Mana Pool Story Circles. Turns out it’s been over a year since we did one! We’ll spend a good while discussing how the changing design of legendary creatures over recent years has affected the Story Circle.
But then it’s time to do the thing! I found a perfect candidate for a Commander to build around, not too narrow but not too wide open – Kykar, Wind’s Fury! Twitch chat even got in on the action and helped us flesh out more cards for the deck!Continue reading
Pioneer was announced as a brand new competitive format, which is something that hasn’t happened on this scale since Modern was announced 8 years ago. We thought it would be cool to go back and look at the history of competitive Magic formats since the beginning. We’re talking Type I, Type II, Type 1.5, and even Type 1.x. Remember Extended? Poor Extended.
To clarify, we’re only talking about Constructed formats that were sanctioned for paper to play at premier events. No online-only formats (though we will mention a couple standouts) and no casual formats (though Commander and Brawl do get honorable mentions for being officially-sanctioned casual formats).
And go easy on Dirk, who is 100% kitchen table and didn’t even know what Pioneer was until we got to that part of the episode. We forgot he doesn’t pay any attention whatsoever to Magic news.
And we finish this episode up with two quick Magic Mad Libs from Magnor Criol!Continue reading