Monthly Archives: July 2014

Episode 064 – More Ways to Play

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This time around, Rich and Cluze take a look at some alternative ways to play, particularly when you have an awkward number of people. Like 2, but you don’t just want to play normal Magic.

Some links you might find useful:
Winston Draft
Winchester Draft
Wizard’s Tower

Your hosts:
Aaron LaCluyze (Cluze) @lacluyze
Rich McCann @MindM4ge

Show website: http://www.cardadvantagecast.com
Show email: mtgcardadvantage@gmail.com
Show Twitter feed: @cardadvantage
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Episode 063 – Incorporating M15

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We have seen the cards of M15 in action, so what’s going to make an impact? What will actually get played in decks in the various formats?

We don’t know either, but that doesn’t stop us from baseless speculation.

Your hosts:
Aaron LaCluyze (Cluze) @lacluyze
Rich McCann @MindM4ge

Show website: http://www.cardadvantagecast.com
Show email: mtgcardadvantage@gmail.com
Show Twitter feed: @cardadvantage
Our decklists: http://tappedout.net/users/mtgcardadvantage/
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Open Letter From A Magic Player

A listener named Evan sent us this. It is an open letter, and he asked us to share it if we could. We are happy to oblige, and couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

(Note: These are all Evan’s words. I have only edited the paragraph breaks, as Gmail decided it was for the best to just eliminate them.)

Let me tell you a story. It’s not a big story, or long and involved, but it’s mine and I ask your indulgence.

I had a long break from Magic: the Gathering, like most players have. I never played consistently, but I definitely put it all on pause around 2000. The last packs I bought were on my honeymoon, teaching my wife how to play.

After that, life got in the way, as it is wont to do. Years passed. We had two kids. We moved to a town with a game store. And the game sucked me back in, forever altering the way I mark the passage of time. I picked it back up somewhere during Rise of the Eldrazi, and I played my first Friday Night Magic with someone else’s deck. I was terrible, but the deck was good enough to win a couple games. Now, for the first time, I wanted to try to get good at playing Magic. I did this by playing more. Simple.

Around that time, I started listening to podcasts because my job was long and boring and didn’t require access to my brain. It finally dawned on me one day to look for a podcast about Magic: the Gathering. I ran a search for “Magic Gathering podcast” and looked over the results. The first one on the list was The Mana Pool, so I gave it a try. What I heard was familiarity. The guys on the show reminded me of me and three of my longtime friends. It’s not like there’s a one-to-one comparison that works here; it’s more like the amalgamation of the guys on The Mana Pool approximates the amalgamation of me and my friends, and my group includes a guy that has never played Magic.

The show itself is very casual, both in nature and format. I know the show has made a difference in how I approach Magic, even though I can’t point to specifics about why that is. The guys – Chewie, Mike, Brian and Dirk – know their stuff and they don’t take it as seriously as I’ve discovered some Magic players do.

Oh, and the first episode I listened to introduced me to I Fight Dragons. Chewie had played a very brief bit of their song “Save World, Get Girl” and I was hooked. Seriously, they’re great; you should take a listen to them.

Anyway, after listening to several episodes, I felt encouraged to look for other shows, particularly on the MTGcast network. I was quickly disappointed with many of them. It’s not that they didn’t have good information about the game. It’s more in the way the information was presented. I felt that I was perhaps spoiled by The Mana Pool. Ultimately, I did follow – and still follow – a few Magic podcasts. But my go-to is definitely The Mana Pool.

And now, the man who started the show is trying to turn this passion of his into a viable career. His name is Jason, but everyone calls him Chewie. And he has already done a great deal for the Magic podcasting community. He runs two long-running podcasts (after taking the helm of Monday Night Magic a few years ago), and has contributed to many others. He volunteered much time and effort into the MTGcast network itself, helping many other podcast hopefuls find a voice in the community. Add to that the fact that he’s the content editor for the articles at CardShark.com and you’ve got a guy who has put his heart deeply into the Magic community.

His Kickstarter campaign is nearing the end of its cycle. I personally have pledged as much as I feasibly can, though it isn’t much. I urge anyone who has any interest in Magic content to look over the campaign and consider donating to it.

Do something for Chewie. Do something for yourself. Do something for the Magic community.

The Man Pool Kickstarter

Episode 062 – Mainly Core Set

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Two shows in one week? How did that happen?!

Well, this one is on time, and the last one was really late. It was Cluze’s fault, we are sure.

With special guest, Shawn Main @shawnmain
From WotC R&D!

 

We corner Shawn to ask him about the design and development of the most exciting Core set these two podcasters have ever seen.

Then we ramble about some cards in the set after he had to go to another meeting. 🙂

 

Your hosts:
Aaron LaCluyze (Cluze) @lacluyze
Rich McCann @MindM4ge

Show website: http://www.cardadvantagecast.com
Show email: mtgcardadvantage@gmail.com
Show Twitter feed: @cardadvantage
Our decklists: http://tappedout.net/users/mtgcardadvantage/
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Legacy Corner (Introduction)

Legacy is my favorite format in Magic. We recently started a reoccurring series on Monday Night Magic where I get to ramble about a Legacy deck for a while. The idea is to give a quick, basic introduction to some of the deck archetypes of Legacy. It will (hopefully) give a bit of context for some of the tournament results we discuss on the show.

I love to talk about Legacy, but I don’t think that the Legacy crowd is MNM’s core demographic. This being the case, I don’t want to ramble too long about it on the show. Then I remembered that I have a website.

My plan is to write a post here each week to accompany the segment on Monday Night Magic. I will talk about the key cards of the deck and some of the important interactions, as well as provide a link to the episode of the podcast that mentioned the deck.

I will get things wrong, I promise. I do research the decks, but I don’t actually play all of them. These discussions are not meant to be huge, in-depth how-to-play guides, just an introduction to the basic concepts. They will be in the “Legacy Corner” category, and I will try to tag them with “Legacy” as well. They should happen about once a week, although I have two to catch up on before that schedule starts.

Although we have comments disabled on the site, you can always give me feedback via twitter or at the show’s mtgcardadvantage gmail account.

 

Episode 061 – Wake the World

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With special guest: CJ Shrader from Judgecast!

@cjshrader
www.judgecast.com

It is the return of Flavor Cast! This time around, we discuss Nissa, Sorin, the Eldrazi, and a bunch of other crazy nonsense. If you didn’t play back in Zendikar and want to know what’s the deal with this green planeswalker, this is the episode for you.

Once again, these are handy resources:
MTG Salvation Wiki
Magic Webcomics

Your hosts:
Aaron LaCluyze (Cluze) @lacluyze
Rich McCann @MindM4ge

Show website: http://www.cardadvantagecast.com
Show email: mtgcardadvantage@gmail.com
Show Twitter feed: @cardadvantage
Our decklists: http://tappedout.net/users/mtgcardadvantage/
Show RSS feed: http://mtgcast.com/topics/mtgcast-podcast-shows/active-podcast-shows/card-advantage/feed
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