This week Aaron and Dave discuss various methods of storing Magic: The Gathering cards. They also talk about boxes, binders and Aaron’s triumphant draft!
This post has two purposes. First, to introduce the new Board Games Weekly YouTube channel, and second, to introduce Magic Mondays. Here’s how this works. Every Monday, Intern William and I will spin the wheel…
Well, here’s what a one-dollar pack of Magic cards looks like. Last weekend I was poking around the toy aisle in my local Dollar Store when I found these “genuine collectible trading cards.” “What is this?” I wondered. I…
- Aaron and Dave discuss the new Dual Decks Anthology that’s gone on sale, and if it’s a good value. Tolarian Community College thinks so, for the right player.
- Wizards has given special holiday cards to employees and some partners since 2006. They’re pretty cute, and you can see all of them here.
- The guys then gush about Tolarian Community College on YouTube, including his review of deck boxes and his review of sleeves.
- Finally, they discuss the problem with Magic: The Gathering Online.
Cards mentioned this week:
It’s Friday, so it’s time for a little Magic: The Gathering. Aaron and Dave discuss the trails and tribulations of drafting Kahnks, as well as…
How Hearthstone is succeeding where Magic: The Gathering Online failed, an interesting article from The Verge. TL;DL*: well-established incumbent vs. young and perky new guy.
A handy strategy for drafting Khans of Tarkir. TL;DL: Ferocious.
Decked Builder is an app for iOS, Mac, Android and Windows that we both like. TL;DL: It’s useful but ugly.
Cards mentioned this week:
*Too Long, Didn’t Listen.
The conversation starts with the guys’ recent experience at their respective game stores, and Dave plans to adjust his Standard deck a bit. Then the discuss why any parent ought to be thrilled that their kid were playing Magic. Dave has been playing with his son, and Aaron looks forward to introducing his girls to the game in a few years.
Dave’s deck adjustment
After playing his Abzan Reanimator Standard deck a bit, Dave is going to move his two Reclamation Sages to the sideboard, and replace them with a pair of Banishing Lights. The thought being that the Sage is best against a deck that’s heavy on enchantments and artifacts, while Banishing Light can give his deck a bit of time to kick off.
Kids and Magic
The guys talk about Magic and kids. There’s math, planning and thoughtful turn-taking. A great video from Tolarian Community College about this very topic got their attention, and Dave and Aaron liked it quite a bit.
- Aaron mentioned Little Dungeon, a kickstarter game that would be perfect for little ones.
- South Park showed Magic a little love.
- A nice look at the 2014 Commander decks.
- Watch the World Magic Cup on Twitch.
Magic has reputation of being a very expensive game. It definitely can be. However, you needn’t offload a mountain of money to have fun playing. This week, Aaron and Dave look at inexpensive ways to play Magic. One of Dave’s favorite decks cost him all of $17!
*Note, in the episode, Dave says that he’s got a pauper deck that he loves. Actually, it’s a peasant deck. Dave is an idiot. Here’s the deck list:
- Raging Goblin x3
- Incinerate x4
- Death Spark x4
- Mogg Flunkies x4
- Lightning Bolt x4
- Goblin Grenade x4
- Mogg Fanatic x4
- Mogg Raider x4
- Goblin Patrol x2
- Fire Whip x4
- Goblin Cadets x1
- Mountains x22
This week, Aaron and Dave share everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Plainswalkers. From your role as a Plainswalker player, to “the spark,” the origin of Plainswalker cards and how their use has evolved. If you’ve ever had a question about Plainswalkers in Magic: The Gathering, Aaron and Dave answer it in this episode.
- Mark Rosewater’s Drive to Work podcast (Mark is the lead designer on Magic: The Gathering). In episode three, he discusses the origins of the Plainswalker cards.
- Wizards’ overview of Plainswalkers.
- The rules for using Plainswalker cards in Magic: The Gathering.
- The Plainswalker entry on Gamepedia.
This week Aaron and Dave talk about the upcoming Magic: The Gathering Dual Decks, Commander 2014 and putting together a Standard deck with the current block.
- Wizards of the Coast has announced a new Dual Deck set, Elspeth vs. Kiora. It’s due February 2015. The guys discuss why the love Dual Decks.
- Commander 2014 debuts this weekend. You can find spoilers here.
- Dave’s Abzan Reanimator deck that he’s in LOVE with.
Oh I love Magic: The Gathering dual decks. They’re often a good deal, if cost vs. card value is your thing, and a lot of fun to play. The two decks are designed to play…