Episode 44 – Prerelease and the Banhammer

As someone who doesn’t really get into any other winter holidays, my vote is for Winter Set Prerelease as the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  There are new cards, new strategies, new archetypes, special little prerelease boxes, monkeys with really festive goggles, basically everything I could ever ask for.  Did you go?  Were you excited to get your first taste of what we’ll be drafting and opening for the next 3 months?

Or were you, perhaps, reeling from the Banhammer striking your Standard deck for the first time since Jace The Mind Sculptor and Stoneforge Mystic?  Evidently enough people were touched by the noodly appendage of the Emrakul, The Promised End, run over by errant Smuggler’s Copters and… er… reflected? by Reflector Mages that all three of those cards needed to be sent to a nice farm upstate where they can play together with Skullclamp and BloodBraid Elf and Deathrite Shaman (please, someone, draw me this farm).  Amie and I have a chat about both of these things and start to get ourselves excited for some upcoming GPs on this weeks show.  Enjoy!


There’s also some stuff in this episode about our homework and crazy combos and strange brews and how excited we are for a pair of upcoming GPs.  And that’s all great, but really, you’re here for the monkey:

He has goggles!  And he’s a pirate!  What more could you ask for!

Well, if you do ask for more, maybe you’d want to see Ragavan and all of his friends over on the Aether Revolt spoiler.  Or maybe you want to see the inspiration for Amie’s new Modern deck, Double Moon Walkers over on MTG Goldfish.  Either way, you can listen to our voices as you look at all of these things and remember that, no matter how you feel about any of it, Magic now has a Legendary Pirate Monkey and so we can all rest a little bit easier at night.  Enjoy!