Episode 27: M15 Initial Impressions

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*Short show today, as we are bumping up against our upload limit for the month of July. We’ll be back next week with a normal length episode (60+ minutes).
*We discuss some news events including GP Worcester, M15 release dates for both MTGO and paper, and MTGO news regarding the Beta (now current) client. Also we forgot to mention that August’s MTGO promo card is Show and Tell!
*We go over some of our initial impressions on M15. Was it fun? How fast or slow were the games?
*We take a deeper dive discussing archetypes that worked well and individual cards that over performed.

Episode 26: M15 Set Review

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White

Blue

Black

Red

Green, Artifacts, Gold, Land

*M15 is finally here! We’ll be releasing the set review show in installments throughout the next few days. The schedule for that is shown above.

*We mentioned an excel spreadsheet in the “White” episode. You can download that here

*In the “Cards” tab you can click each card name in column “B” to see a picture of each card. This is helpful if you’d like a visual representation of the card while you listen. Our grades are in the final columns “Q-T”.

*The “Pivots” tab gives you an easy way to slice the data for all creature cards. You can splice it any way you’d like. For example, you can look at the average power / toughness of blue, common and uncommon, three drop flyers. You can go more broad, and just get a count of creatures with power 3 or greater. All you have to do is shift around the field list to your liking!

*The “Random Pack Generator” tab does just that. By pressing the “f9″ key, you can calculate the spreadsheet. Every time you press “f9″, a new pack will be regenerated. If there are copies of cards, the card name is highlighted in red, indicating you should calculate again until you get a legitimate pack. In a normal magic pack, the only way to get a duplicate card is through a foil version of it, which my spreadsheet doesn’t take into account.

*In the “GPA” tab, you can see how the grades look in total. Both Hien and I ended up giving an average rating slightly higher than C. For the most part, our grades represent a normal curve. We grade each individual card on its own merits without any thought of how it will look in total at the end. The fact that we get a bell shaped curve gives us further confidence that we didn’t make any fundamental mistakes in grading.

*Hien mentioned the “Layers” rule in the “Blue” episode. You can find a link to those rules here. Knowing how these interact with cards like “turn to frog” is very beneficial.

*We had a new setup for the show. It reminded us of an outdoor setup, so we snapped a few pics for you guys to check out.

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Episode 24: The Final Journey into Nyx

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*Hien is back! We shoot the shit for a few minutes and talk about our thoughts on Conspiracy and a recent Theros block draft.
*Jim plays Shawn Massak, a local celebrity who writes for Hipsters of the Coast. You can read the article he wrote about our draft here.
*Our main topic has us look back at our Journey into Nyx grades with a critical eye. What cards did we underrate and overrate?
*Next week we discuss M15; returning mechanics, general core set draft experiences, and cards to keep an eye on.

Episode 23: Origins with Jim Mapes

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*After an unintended week off, we are back! I’m sorry we didn’t get this episode out as promised last week, but we are back on schedule now.
*Guest host Jim Mapes joins us for a second time as we shoot the shit, then discuss Origins.
*Our main topic is a recount of our 2HG experience at origins. PJSalt ensues for all of you twitch users.
*I quickly sum up my experience with Vintage Masters so far.
*The show concludes with a quick discussion on mono-colored decks in THS block.

Episode 22: Sideboarding

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*The main topic of the show is sideboarding. We talk about how to draft with sideboarding in mind, situations to look out for when making your sideboarding decisions, and the nuances between draft and sealed sideboarding.
*Jim will be at Origins in Columbus, Ohio next week. I’ll be in the Magic area probably drafting. I’ll try to hand out some business cards too! You can find origins info here, and Starcity Games info here.
*It’s been awhile since we cracked a pack, so we crack one!

Episode 19: Carving Out with Jim Mapes

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*Hien is on vacation in Magical Christmas Land this episode. My buddy Jim Mapes from Columbus, Ohio fills in!
*When speculation goes wrong. Entertaining stories involving me losing money.
*For the main topic, we discuss a handful of spoiled Vintage Masters cards. You can see the full spoiler here
*I talk about a recent full block draft where I was black/green on the self mill plan.
*We “crack” a JOU pack.

Episode 18: The Amazing Race – Part 1

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*A bunch of news relating to MTGO and other events
*Racing is the topic for today’s show. We go into the nitty gritty on how to build a deck well suited for a sprint. Hien is playing the role of the villain, and gives advice on how to beat a hyper aggressive deck.
*Look for advice on how to play an aggressive deck in the follow-up episode. Reducing your opponents clock is the name of the game!