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Syndication

Chris tries to convince you not to get better at Magic using a hair-brained theory called "gains induced from time". Brian Kibler is used as an example for everything. GCB faces a challenge from a 12-year-old. Chris get's confused about the mailbag. GCB brags about his good fortune. The boys go back in time to play Masters limited. GCB tells another tail from the early days of competitive Magic. GP Champion David Stroud helps GCB identify one of the worst cards in Magic history.

This episode is fun. It's also long. The audio is also kind of cavernous. We're workin' on it!


GCB really wants to talk about a PTQ that he did ok in. Chris shares his conspiracy theories about Magic Online. Sealed deck is discussed, but only partly played. Chris talks a lot of trash about 12-year-olds. GCB doesn't know what legends are. All that, and healthy dose of "pickle" jokes, from the world's classiest and most thought-provoking Magic: The Gathering Podcast.

Direct download: 13_Episode_13__Snake_em_Brah.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26am PST

Chris & GCB, tacetly admitting that their standard decks have been pretty embarrassing so far, move on to Return to Ravnica Limited! Chris makes outlandish claims and asks GCB to justify them. GCB gives outlandish draft advice and flounders to prove its truth. This week introduces, and hopefully concludes, the Chris & GCB advice for ladies series.

Here's how the draft went down:

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We wanted Cackler here, but got disconnected and goof-grabbed the eyes.

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This was a 3-second snap-pick. The Rhino or the Skywatch is better.

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Chris & GCB podcast after an evening at the bar. GCB's rants about how bad Pack Rats is, mis-describes a long series of cards, and then the boys take the Battle to Magic Online.

Direct download: 11_Episode_11__Does_it_rot_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50pm PST

Chris & GCB play a different twist on Delver as the format moves towards irrelevance. Chris makes a painful discovery about himself, and then confesses it publically. GCB is unable to repeat things he was just told like 2 seconds ago. The boys gush about a new Planeswalker for a bit, too. This week's special guest: Battle of Wits!


Chris finally talk GCB into playing some mediocre midrange control deck. GCB makes unfounded assertions about Return to Ravnica & reminisces about old magic cards. We play our first game with our audience & our first game with Chris as the contestant, and none of it works out the way we're hoping.

Chris also continues to broadcast his phone number on the podcast, which is just baffling. So enjoy that.


GCB is finally onboard with the Zombie Apocalypse, much to Chris' confusion. Chris invents yet another game, but his PC screws up the recording so you don't get to hear it. In our first episode recorded in the Chris Murray Home Studio, you get to hear hungry babies, yapping dogs, and creative swears. And we lose all of Gatherer to audio issues.

Here's the deck we played. You can see the version GCB Top 8'ed with here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Digital/MagicOnlineTourn.aspx?x=mtg/digital/magiconline/tourn/4182443

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4 Gravecrawler
3 Butcher Ghoul
4 Blood Artist
4 Bloodthrone Vampire
4 Phantasmal Image
2 Diregraf Captain
4 Geralf's Messenger
3 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Disciple of Bolas
1 Mortarpod
3 Gut Shot
3 Birthing Pod

1 Woodland Cemetery
4 Darkslick Shores
4 Drowned Catacomb
4 Cavern of Souls
11 Swamp

Sideboard
3 Vampire Nighthawk
3 Duress
1 Birthing Pod
1 Gut Shot
1 Surgical Extraction
1 Spellskite
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Skinrender
3 Dismember

Direct download: 08_Alpha_Instants_Beta_Games_and_Revised_BRAAAAINNZZ.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13pm PST

GCB goes on and on about his PTQ failure, Chris explains what it is to be a gentleman, Chris asks the worst rules question yet, and the boys can't think of a value 4-drop in standard to add to Bant Pod, even though every other Bant Pod list has Solemn Simulacrum in it. Chris demonstrates emotional denial about an upcoming life-changing experience (which has now taken place.)

Here's what we ran. I recommend getting the Deadeye into the maindeck (perhaps over Sun Titan), and a Simulacrum. Maybe you can cut a Borderland Ranger. A second Acidic Slime somewhere would suit my style but your mileage may vary.

4 Birthing Pod
1 Phyrexian Metamorph
1 Acidic Slime
4 Avacyn's Pilgrim
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Blade Splicer
2 Borderland Ranger
1 Deceiver Exarch
3 Elvish Visionary
1 Frost Titan
1 Geist-Honored Monk
1 Mist Raven
2 Phantasmal Image
4 Restoration Angel
1 Sun Titan
2 Thragtusk

Lands
7 Forest
2 Island
2 Plains
2 Gavony Township
4 Hinterland Harbor
4 Razorverge Thicket
3 Seachrome Coast

Sideboard:
1 Deadeye Navigator
1 Slayer of the Wicked
1 Stingerfling Spider
1 Stonehorn Dignitary
1 Thragtusk
1 Viridian Corrupter
3 Celestial Purge
2 Crushing Vines
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
2 Gut Shot 

Direct download: Episode_7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm PST

We (accidentally) welcome our first guest, prompting Chris to (self-consciously?) insult our listeners.

GCB tells tales from the 90's wild west of competitive Magic. Chris obsesses about whether or not PTQ's are fun. Chris leans into the microphone and talks loud while GCB leans away from the microphone and mumbles. GCB talks about how being wrong doesn't bother him, then gets so bitter about being wrong that he accuses Chris of cheating. Chris & GCB try out a deck for new standard by playing a deck from old standard.

This is approximately what we played (credit to Travis Woo, with the original new-standard version, here)

15 Forest
4 Razorverge Thicket
2 Gavony Township
4 Gitaxion Probe/Mental Misstep (Should be Arbor Elf)
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Avacyn's Pilgrim
4 Palladium Myr
4 Elvish Archdruid
4 Somberwald Sage
4 Soul of the Harvest
1 Primeval Titan
2 Craterhoof Behemoth
4 Green Sun's Zenith

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(Should have 3 Thragtusk)
2 Gavony Township
1 Plummet
1 Acidic Slime
3 Gutter Grime
1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast
1 Stingerfling Spider
4 Gut Shot
2 Sword of War and Peace

Direct download: TALT_Episode_6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32am PST

GCB & Chris eat pizza IN YOUR EAR. Chris freaks about the shifting face of counterspells in standard. GCB deceives himself into thinking that the new M13 mythics aren't that good. The only card that is accurately described is Battle of Wits, so that's useful.

Then Chris convinces GCB to play with Humans again. We apologize to our listeners: we promise we will learn something about podcasting someday.

Decklist (not recommended):

Champion of the Parish x 4
Doomed Traveler x 3
Gideon's Lawkeeper x 1
Geist of St. Traft x 3
Restoration Angel x 3
Silverblade Paladin x 3
Blade Splicer x 4
Grand Abolisher x 3
Nearhearth Pilgrim x 1
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben x 3
Honor of the Pure x 4
Mana Leak x 2
Sword of War and Peace x 2

Glacial Fortress x 4
Seachrome Coast x 4
Cavern of Souls x 4
Moorland Haunt x 3
Island x 1
Plains x 8

SB
Angelic Destiny x 1
Dismember x 1
Fiend Hunter x 2
Gut Shot x 2
Leonin Relic-Warder x 1
Mana Leak x 2
Mental Misstep x 1
Mirran Crusader x 2
Oblivion Ring x 1
Sword of Feast and Famine x 1
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben x 1

Direct download: TALTEpisode5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm PST