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/#/
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!
We may not have the answers to Life, the Universe and Everything, but what we do have is another episode! Amie and I are both excited about brewing this week and we’ve given ourselves a little homework in honor of that. If you’re looking for a place to start with your own brew, you’re in luck because that’s exactly what we’re talking about this week.
If you’re an abstract thinker, or a lawyer, or you jsut want to know what Amie was talking about at the end of the show, you can check out some of her trial work here:
How will this apply to Magic you ask? It’s all about what isn’t here; boiling things down to their essence and telling a story that everyone can understand. Getting your deck to do just that will be a topic for the next show. In the mean time, enjoy this one and we’ll both post our own brews during the week!
And I saw at least one “So is everyone going to join the Gatewatch now?” complaint. Which seems fair. If we have one of these every set or every block, I could see that getting old and it makes the stable of protagonists a bit large and unwieldy.
But I don’t think that’s going to happen. And, while I’m no Flavor Judge, I ran through a quick checklist of other planeswalkers we know of (with help from @nostrangenames) and whether they’d be interested:
Other Planeswalkers reaction to the Gatewatch:
Venser – Dead
Xenagos – Also Dead
Elspeth – Mostly Dead
Tezzeret – Kinda Evil
Garruk – Probably Evil
Nicol Bolas – Super Evil
Ugin – Was kind of a jerk last time we met him, so probably no.
Kiora – Already bailed once
Tamiyo – Already said no
Narset – Too busy studying
Koth – Too busy pit fighting Phyrexians
Ashiok – Not really into making other people happy
Kaya – “This isn’t ghost murder”
Deretti – Too iconoclastic
Dack Fayden – Not enough phat lewt
Sarkhan – Living the Dragon life, so no
Arlinn – Living the Werewolf life, so also no
Ral Zarek – Maybe?
Vraska – Yeah. This seems like a great idea. Go for it.
Nahiri – Deserves a break and probably wouldn’t be invited anyway.
Sorin – Hahahaha. No.
Tibalt – GO HOME TIBALT. NO ONE LIKES YOU.
So… maybe Sparky, assuming there’s some good story reason for him to show up somewhere that isn’t Ravnica? I would look forward to the Oath of Ral Zarek card which would, based on my experience, be something like, “Whenever you cast a planeswalker spell, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, look sad. If you win the flip, IT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE YOU ARE NEVER WINNING THE FLIP.”
Are you playing in a GP this year? Maybe more than one? If you haven’t thought about it, we both think you should. Big tournaments have kind of become conventions in the last few years and they offer a little something for everyone, from the most hardcore folks looking for pro points to those who just want to get in a draft or two with folks from out of town.
If you are planning on going, we have some things you might want to think about on the show this week, from how to prepare yourself ahead of time to what to expect when you get there. Overall, we think there’s a lot of fun to be had and recommend you getting ready to have as much of it as you can stand. Enjoy!
Due to a combination of factors, I missed a critical notice from our hosting provider and we lost all of the website content last week. All of it. Words can’t express how hard that was for Amie and I both, as we love everything we’ve created and to have so much go missing all at once was devastating. If anyone reading this has anything saved, especially anything before episode 30 (I have backups of everything after that), please let us know. You can reach us both on twitter or email and we’d love to be able to recreate, even just in part, the website that was here before.
But we’re not just here to cry on your shoulders. We also talk a lot about tilt this week (no coincidence!); about how devastating and how personal various things can be and how to start to be aware of it, which is the first step toward beating tilt so it doesn’t beat you.
Neither Amie nor I had time for any serious Magic or serious topics this week, but we did have plenty of time to laugh at ourselvs and, by extension, all of you about the ridiculous things that we say in the Magic community. We talk about some obscure and not so obscure slang this week and then move on to one of the most entertaining ways you can play Magic: Momir Basic. If you haven’t tried it, you really should; nothing beats the sheer randomness of getting a Platinum Angel one turn and then a Denizen of the Deep a few turns later (when you’re already at -10 life…) Listen and then give it a try yourself!