Episode 48 – What exactly is good anyway?

Amie and I have talked a lot this year about what it’s like for us to work on becoming good Magic players.  This week, we take some time to look at what exactly being ‘good’ might mean.  For us, it certainly goes beyond tournament results and competitive play and reaches into the heart of a kind of mastery of a craft that we both have experienced in other areas of our life.  We talk a fair bit about martial arts, cooking, and philosophy this week, but it all manages to circle back to this question; what does it mean to us to get good at something?  Have a listen and find out!

Episode 47 – Amie and AJ and Brad and Jose

No, it isn’t the title of a Woody Allen movie (…or is it…  No.  No it’s not).  Brad and Jose join Amie and I on this week’s show to get an update from them on learning Magic and getting involved while still playing casually.  It’s easy for competitive players to forget, but most people simply aren’t into the tournament scene, but they’re a huge part of our community and being able to draw more people in is good for everyone.  Hear us talk about learning to play, Magical Taco Tuesdays, and why Battle Decks are just so awesome.

Episode 46 – Tuning up Double Moon Walkers

So yeah there was a Pro Tour this weekend and making infinite cats is less of a thing than many people thought it would be and it turns out that disintegrating things (with or without a license) is actually far more effective than some people thought it would be and seriously people do you really need to be told that?  I’ll happily take the role of the disintegration hipster, vaporizing things long before it was cool and not letting The Man stop me with licensing fees and excessive mana requirements.

But since the Pro Tour failed to capture our attention, we’re chatting tonight about deck tuning with Amie’s latest Modern deck, as well as talking about her play experience with it so far.  She’ll be posting the deck lists soon, but you can hear her commentary RIGHT NOW by clicking here:

As mentioned, hypergeometric calculation is both an incredibly nerdy thing to say and also super useful.  You can use the internet to avoid learning math by clicking here:


Finally, Gavin Verhey’s excellent articles over on the mothership are here too, along with a brief summary of the points he discusses:


  1. The card creates inevitability
  2. The card is a tutor target
  3. The card is an occasionally unwieldy, occasionally high-impact draw
  4. You’re splitting or supplementing
  5. The card is a surprise that can turn the game


  1. The card is extremely situational
  2. The card is uncharastically expensive to cast in your deck
  3. Your deck has the time to find it
  4. You’re splitting or supplementing
  5. You don’t have enough information


  1. You don’t want to draw this card in multiples
  2. The card is expensive to cast for your deck
  3. The card requires setup
  4. The card is best against certain kinds of decks
  5. You’re splitting or supplementing


  1. You need to draw the card early on
  2. The card is good at all stages of the game
  3. The card is inherently very powerful
  4. The card is a combo piece
  5. The card is even better in multiples

Episode 45 – Live (kinda) from GP San Jose

While Amie and I take great joy in bringing you this podcast ourselves, sometimes we need a little help to bring you the very best.  This week, we got that help from YOU (for 25 distinct values of you) at GP San Jose as Amie took a few minutes to ask everyone a few questions about Magic and their place in it.

Personally, this might be my favorite show (and not just because I barely had to talk!) because it really does showcase the community of people that we belong to.  We both encourage people to not just learn to play the game, but to participate in the whole Magic ecosystem and it’s great to hear from everyone who is already doing so and encouraging others to do the same.  Give it a listen!

Hannah mentioned the group Play It Forward, a non-profit group providing assistance and incentive for more women to join the pro Magic community.  You can find their website here:  http://www.playitforward-magic.org/#/