Card Talk: The World's Greatest Magic: the Gathering Podcast


Magic: The Gathering







March 2018
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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

(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 PDT

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

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 PDT

I promise, this isn't a re-posting of an earlier episode even though Chris immediately contrives a reason to bitch about EDH & complain about forum-trolls as if they were the most important of commentators in Magic.

Chris teases GCB about his Magic collection. GCB teases Chris about his "work" obligations. GCB teases GCB about this one embarrassing Magic game he once played. Chris teases Chris about his sex life. Chris & GCB try out a new podcast game, then try out a completely irrelevant standard deck. Listed. Do not play this deck if you want to win.

Champion of the Parish x 4
Doomed Traveler x 3
Grand Abolisher x 2
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben x 4
Lightning Mauler x 4
Kessig Malcontents x 4
Fiend Hunter x 2
Silverblade Paladin x 4
Hero of Bladehold x 4
Gather the Townsfolk x 2
Cloudshift x 1
Sword of War and Peace x 2
Cavern of Souls x 4
CLifftop Retreat x 4
Plains x 12
Mountain x 4
Mirran Crusader x 3
Grand Abolisher x 2
Celestial Purge x 3
Zealous Conscripts x 1
Hero of Oxid Ridge x 4
Gut Shot x 1
Sword of Feast and Famine x 1
Direct download: EPisode4a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18pm PDT

Chris complains about selling cards to demonstrate his poor understanding of economics. We accidentally have our first "reader hate mail" section. GCB mumbles through the whole episode, and both Chris & GCB never learned to read. Also, even though we talked about Food Chain earlier in the podcast, we missed it's application with Misthollow Griffin when specifically trying to figure out what to do with Misthollow Griffin.


Here's what we played.  You should cut a Snapcaster & a Mentor (or two) and add 4 flashfreezes to the sideboard.  Put the Mortarpod & dispatch maindeck.
Puresteel x 4
Snapcaster Mage x 3
Gather the Townsfolk x 4
Mentor of the Meek x 2
Trinket Mage x 3
Flayer Husk x 4
Hex Parasite x 1
Memnite x 1
Mortarpod x 3
Sylvok Lifestaff x 1
Avacyn's Collar x 4
Sword of War and Peace x 2
Dispatch x 2
Ponder x 4
Faith's Shield x 1
Mox Opal x 3
Glacial Fortress x 4
Seachrome Coast x 4
Moorland Haunt x 2
Plains x 5
Island x 4
Timely Reinforcements x 3
Mentor of the Meek x 1
Celestial Purge x 3
Dispatch x 2
Sword of Feast and Famine x 1
Sword of Body and Mind x 1
Mortarpod x 1
Sylvok Lifestaff x 2
Nihil Spellbomb x 1
Direct download: TALTepisode3full.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55pm PDT

Chris manages to avoid getting asked about the homework he obviously didn't do.  GCB babbles about how good players play more lands, then insists on playing a deck with too few lands.  Louis Scott Vargas is predictable.

4  Delver of Secrets
2  Dungeon Geists
4  Geist of Saint Traft
2  Invisible Stalker
4  Snapcaster Mage
4  Thought Scour
4  Gitaxian Probe
4  Ponder
2  Gut Shot
4  Mana Leak
3  Runechanter's Pike
4  Vapor Snag
1  Faith's Shield

4  Glacial Fortress
7  Island
3  Moorland Haunt
4  Seachrome Coast
2  Celestial Purge
2  Dissipate
2  Dungeon Geists
1  Negate
2  Phantasmal Image
1  Revoke Existence
1  Steel Sabotage
1  Surgical Extraction
1  Sword of Feast & Famine (Should be War & Peace: we didn't have one)
2  Timely Reinforcements

Direct download: 02_Episode_2__Video_games_arent_hard_enough_mana_bases_are_too_hard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm PDT

(click the funny icon next to the title to listen)

In our inaugural podcast, Chris & GCB introduce themselves, talk about Lingering Souls in control decks, & speak over each other. Chris rants mindlessly about some annoying people he once met. GCB half-answers some questions that you already know the answer to. Reading is assigned, stupid games are played. Please let us know what you think: what to try again, what to give up, etc.

Chris played with some robot-reader software from the 80's to create an intermission in which the decklist we tested is "read". We apologize in advance for being too lazy to edit it out, now that we can include the decklist in a useful format. 

GCB says: "Realized after that our decklist is probably missing Evolving Wilds."

2 Sun Titan
3 Gideon Jura
1 Karn Liberated.

3 Day of Judgement
2 Oblivion Ring
4 Lingering Souls
3 Dissipate
2 Forbidden Alchemy
4 Mana Leak
3 Think Twice

2 Phantasmal Image
1 Snapcaster Mage

2 Ratchet Bomb
3 Pristine Talisman

4 Glacial Fortress
4 Seachrome Coast
1 Haunted Fengraf
3 Darkslick Shores
2 Ghost Quarter
1 Drowned Catacombs
1 Isolated Chapel
5 Island
4 Plains

1 Day of Judgement
1 White Sun's Zenith
2 Timely Reinforcements
1 Oblivion ring
1 Revoke Existance
1 Blue Sun's Zenith
1 Negate
1 Druidic Satchel
1 Ratchet Bomb
2 Nihil Spellbomb

Chris's homework, if you want to read along:

Direct download: 01_Episode_1__Lingering_Souls_Lingering_coherence.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:07pm PDT