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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.

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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.

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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!

  1. Pauper format
  2. Peasant format
  3. Cube format
  4. Mark Rosewater’s podcast, Drive to Work

*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.

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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.

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