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Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!

Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!
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Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!




Episode 533 - Our Ultimate Masters Preview

We've got a card to reveal for UMA! It's Visions of Beyond! We spend some time wondering what that means for the rest of UMA (like, is there some kind of milling subtheme?) then go over the cards that were revealed via the Ultimate Box Toppers. After that we've got a pretty sweet Mad Lib, sent in to us by listener Magnor Criol. It's a good one, so thanks a lot Andrew! Come join us in the future! The show is live on Thursdays around 8pm(ish) Eastern time on Twitch! Become a Lifeguard on...


Episode 532 - Where Would You Live?

The planes of existence in Magic are plentiful, and each one is loaded with its own flavor and history. Given that, it's only natural that almost every playgroup has had a discussion about which plane would be the best (or worst) one to live on! The dorks are going deep on that conversation on this episode, trying to figure out what it would be like for the average everyman to live on Ravnica and Innistrad. If you'd like to hear more discussions about everyday life on other planes, let us...


Episode 531 - The Tower of Donothir

The dorks are returning to Trivester for the MTG RPG! And it hasn't even been a year this time! Karim, Alaric, and the Angel are heading towards the tower in the distance. As they make their way through the jungle they'll encounter some...interesting wildlife. Once they get to the tower they've got to deal with a crazy mage, a mysterious door, and an adorable dinosaur before a sudden revelation leads to an even more distressing question about one of the party members! Come join us in the...


Episode 530 - Ms. Pashiri If You're Nasty

This week, Brian really wanted to talk about how the Standard rotation affected Brawl. Not how it affected Brawl in general exactly, but how it affected his Brawl decks specifically. So we're talking about what's coming out of his five decks and talking to chat for replacements! It's essentially a big deck-tweaking episode! Let us know what you think! And if you think this episode's name is weird, wait until you hear the one I didn't use! Come join us in the future! The show will be live...


Episode 529 - Weird Legends

No we're not talking about spooky stories, we're doing a Mythic Conscription for Legends! And Legends is REALLY weird. Seriously. Legends was the third Magic expansion ever. It was the first set to introduce legendary cards and multicolored cards, so it makes sense that they hadn't exactly gotten a handle on it yet. You'll also get to hear about how we survived the latest hurricane and Brian's sick Guilds draft! Seriously, Legends was super weird. Come join us in the future! The show will...


Episode 528 - Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease Field Recordings

It's Prerelease time! So of course, the dorks take the handy dandy digital recorder to Lucky's for what will be the final Prerelease there before it closes up (again). We'll check in before the event starts and between each round to let you know how the format looks, what cards are working or not working for us, things like that. You know the drill by now, right? Also, the episode begins with a Sam Quiz from a few weeks ago that I didn't want to use in front of a 2.5 hour episode....


Episode 527 - The Casual Player's Guide to Magic Tournaments

This episode is all about helping casual players manage their first tournament of each type. Starting with Prereleases then moving into FNM, PPTQ, and finally a Grand Prix or SCG Open, we'll give you some general tips for how to prepare and what to expect at each level. Whether you've never been to a tournament in your life or you're a regular FNM player that wants to attend your first GP, we've got you covered! This may sound like a lot of information, but don't worry! We're sharing all...


Episode 526 - The Medieval Edgelord & the Good Kitty

The full Guilds of Ravnica set is up, so the Dorks are poking around in there to find all the best and neatest stuff! There's a listening stick, a very friendly beast, and a chance for glory! We've got angels, vampires, bugs, and...lockets? This set looks SO sweet! Oh, and the open beta for Magic Arena begins soon! You know, if you're interested at all. Guilds of Ravnica Card Image Gallery: Magic...


Episode 525 - Why Did It Have to be Spiders? (Exclusive GRN Preview)

Our exclusive (and free) Guilds of Ravnica preview is here! It hits a note for all four dorks, which is pretty neat for a single card. After that there are a lot of sweet Guilds cards to talk about, so we're gonna spend the entire episode doing that! Our exclusive preview card, Hatchery Spider - Guilds of Ravnica Card Image Gallery:...


Episode 524 - Pranked by the Dimir

It is time once again to return to Ravnica. Or return to Return to Ravnica. Ravnica 3: Secret of the Ooze. But enough with the jokes, Guilds of Ravnica is here! The dorks (minus Mike) are going over the guild mechanics and all the sweet promos that have been revealed thus far! We've got an enormous wurm with dainty little feet, Emmara on keto, super sweet basic lands and even sweeter Masterpiece-like Planeswalkers! Look out for our exclusive Guild of Ravnica preview card on Monday,...


Episode 523 - Commander 2018 Live!

It's a live episode! The dorks gathered at Brian's house to play a game with the Commander 2018 decks! Will Chewie actually be able to play this time? Will the cats let us play the damn game? Will we be done in time for lunch? All these answers and more can be found in this episode of TMP! Come join us in the future! The show will be live on Thursdays around 8pm(ish) Eastern time on Support us on Patreon! – Intro & Outro Music:...


Episode 522 - Professor Beard Teaches Exile

Professor Beard is back! In his first lecture he taught us all about the evolution of the Graveyard (Episode 509), where we were amazed at just how much of the Graveyard's flavor and function came early in Magic's life. This time the Prof is teaching us all about RFG, which is Removed From Game. Also Set Aside. Also Hovering 8 Inches Above the Table. Eventually, it became the Exile we know and love today. And again, you might be as surprised as we were at how much of its flavor and...


Episode 521 - The Long-Awaited Return to Trivester

It's been a LONG time, but we're back with Brian's custom-made Magic-based RPG system! Karim, Alaric, and the Angel are still stuck on the mysterious plane of Trivester with no idea what's going on. Since it has been SO LONG, Brian gives a quick recap of what's happened thus far and then we dive right in! Did you ever interrupt two Giant Warthogs during rutting season? Or set fire to an angry Primeval Force? Well you're in luck, because we...might have done those things. Also, Alaric (Dirk)...


Episode 520 - Never Trust Twitch Chat

Since Commander 2018 comes out this weekend, we've decided to do a couple Story Circles this episode! But since we're streaming the shows now, we've decided to give Twitch Chat some input. They get one entry per round AND they picked from three possibilities to decide who our second Commander would be! See? You should totally come hang out and watch the show live! Also, Dirk is a monster. Come join us in the future! The show will be live on Thursdays around 8pm(ish) Eastern time on...


Episode 519 - Arterial Spritz

This episode we're taking a look at ALL the rest of the cards in Commander 2018 that we missed last episode! This leads to discussions about the HR manager in charge of hiring Humiliators, the Bane of enchanters, how the Ravenous Slime uses its skulls, and of course the titular arterial spritz of the Bloodtracker. We may or may not have been extra silly this episode. Please, give us feedback! Let us know how the change has impacted your experience with the show, whether it's in audio form,...


Episode 518 - Ninja Juice Replentishment

This is the first of our new live episodes! This one is ALL Commander 2018, because there's a lot of it. In fact, we didn't even finish it all, so we'll probably come back to it next week. We're covering all the new planeswalkers, all the new Commanders we could find, and a handful of the most entertaining/powerful/bizarre new cards in the set! Oh, and the Commander Storm cycle, because Twitch chat was going to riot if we didn't. And please, give us feedback! Let us know how the change...


Episode 517 - Seriously Toothy Content

This episode begins with a little bit (like, a seriously tiny bit) of Commander 2018 news from the announcement that came from a stream on the day we recorded. We get deck names, colors, and a few pieces of art. But hey, we go over all that for you! Then it's time for a glorious Battlebond Story Circle! Somehow we just never did one with any of the neat partner pairs, so it's time to fix that! The most wide-open pair seems to be Pir and Toothy, so we're all over it. And since we're in blue...


Episode 516 - The History of Core Sets

With Core Set 2019 marking the return of the Core Set the dorks decided to take a look back at all its previous iterations. Starting with Alpha and moving through all the Nth Editions that happened every other year with their white-bordered insanity, through the Magic 201X that introduced new cards every year, we're hitting them all! All the trends (the removal of trample?), all the big news (RULES CHANGES!), and everything else that made each Core Set stand out as its own entity! Of...


Episode 515 - Revving Up with Core Set 2019

The dorks are back for more Core Set 2019! In fact, it's ALL of Core Set 2019, since there was apparently only one week of previews. We're jumping around the set, talking about all the awesome flavor, sweet art, powerful cards, and useful answers that it's bringing us! Some of these cards really do rev Brian up. Seriously. Also, bear with Mike, we're still working on teaching him how to read. And talk. And count. Core Set 2019 Card Image Gallery:...


Episode 514 - The Return of the Core

After not recording for a staggering 2 weeks in a row, the dorks are back! We've got a very cheeky Sam Quiz to kick off the whole thing, because what's a better way to get back into the groove? After that, we're all-in on Core Set 2019 previews! After 3 years without a Core Set, Magic has decided that it's a necessity. So they've changed the way they build these sets, with beginner-friendly cards at common & uncommon and laser-focused answers and super-neat cards at rare & mythic! Captain...