Fantasy Pet



On this episode, Maria and Meghan get ready to throw down with some NEW Standard decks! That’s right! Standard doesn’t have to be old and boring. Our two hosts share a variety of new decks that have hit the scene thanks to the recent release of Core Set M21. You’ll find something to love if you’re an aggro player or control player or someone who just likes to derp. PLUS: Flavor Text Theatre returns in full force with some amazing (or terrible, you decide) Movie Pitches and Meghan just loves raccoons, okay?!?

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Pawblade: https://aetherhub.com/Deck/Public/309157

4 Color Superfriends: https://twitter.com/gabnassif/status/1280126984409022467

Birbs: https://twitter.com/gabnassif/status/1278314784048459776

Mono-colored aggro decks: https://twitter.com/karsten_frank/status/1279147032112967685?s=20

Bant Flash: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/standard-bant-flash-grn#paper

Ugin Robots: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3150700#paper

Azorius Control: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3167688#paper


2020: Corn



On this episode, Maria and Meghan get you in fighting shape for M21 draft! Learn about all the different archetypes inside the color pairs and which ones are the strongest, the fastest, and the mostly likely to win. Our intrepid hosts will also point out some of the cards they think are already over-performing. If you want to get better at M21 draft, this is the episode for you! PLUS: dinosaurs live in complex societies, Meghan enjoys walking “on hard mode,” and Maria is 160 years old.

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Please Sir, I Want Some Core



On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome very special guest Judge Rob back to the show to talk Magic Core Set 2021 rules and card interactions! Get ready for the Arena prerelease this week by prepping with Rob’s notes on tricky cards, new or returning mechanics (Phasing is weird, ya’ll), and advice on in-store events. PLUS: Maria and Meghan name Cutest and Grossest Card (respectively) and fun facts about Halloween’s moon!

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Dude, Where’s My Standard?



On this episode, Maria and Meghan break down the results from the pair of Players Tour events over the past weekend. Find out what decks ruled (cough, Temur Recc, cough) and what decks drooled (basically everything else), who came out on top and what decks might take the crown this coming weekend. PLUS: Amateur Pro Greg stops by to chat about his experience playing in the Players Tour (commiserations, buddy) and our hosts get hyped for Arena Cube Draft.

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The Lakehouse



On this episode, Maria and Meghan dive into bunches of brand new preview cards from Magic Core Set 2021! It might be mostly about Teferi, but there’s lots of other super-powerful goodness packed inside as well. And, hold up, did they already preview the Cutest and the Grossest Cards?! They might have! PLUS: Our hosts look at Standard post-rules change and post-bans to see if anything new has popped up and Meghan tries to not melt inside her 95-degree apartment.

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Please help promote racial justice by donating to: Northside Funders Group (Raising money to repair fire damage in North Minneapolis, home to many minority-owned businesses)


Banning Racism



On this episode, Maria and Meghan record from the epicenter of the current crisis in Minneapolis, MN — giving their white listeners tips on how to be an anti-racist, support systemic change, and raise up the voices and work of BIPOC all around the world and within the Magic community. Anything you are able to do helps! Want to know how to talk to your family about why this is important? Meghan has a letter for you to email around! Want to know where to put your dollars to do the most good? There are links in the show notes! Want to know some good books to read, movies to watch or podcasts to listen to for education or fun? Our hosts have some great ideas. If you’re a listener or color, don’t worry. You don’t have to sit through those tips. You’re good! You can skip ahead in the podcast to 22:47 where we’ve got some Magic talk for you about the recent rules changes and bannings. GLHF knows that sometimes you just need to check out and enjoy some entertainment — because that’s important, too. Thank you to everyone who’s been there for the show — now let’s be there for the people who need us the most. Because Black Lives Matter.

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Migizi Radio (MPLS Indigenous People’s Radio Station, destroyed in the fires)

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Campaign Zero (Org that uses research-based policy solutions to end police brutality)

Black Vision Collective (Queer-led org committed to dismantling systems of oppression and violence)

Northside Funders Group (Raising money to repair fire damage in North Minneapolis, also home to many minority-owned businesses)


Historically Speaking



On this episode, Maria and Meghan hit the Historic queues to give you some tips on sweet decks to play in Arena’s newest permanent ladder format. They’ll let you know what the best decks are as well as some fun ones to keep things interesting. PLUS: Flavor Text Theatre Movie Pitches returns for the first time in what feels like forever, Meghan watches a boat load of Disney, and Maria contemplates the nature of reality.

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Pre(?)Release(?) Party(!)



On this episode, Maria and Meghan celebrate the prerelease…or is it the post-release…or is it just the release…of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths! Delayed due to COVID-19, paper prerelease packs were released out into the wild last weekend and our hosts got their grubby little mitts on a couple of them! Listen in as the ladies crack their boosters and plan what their Sealed decks will look like — and prepare to do battle against one another on Arena! What would you build with their pools? PLUS: A very special update about Maria’s Mythic Month and Meghan is visited by a quarantine rabbit.

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Several Hot Topics



On this episode, Maria and Meghan open up their Magic diaries and share what they’ve been playing in both Standard and Draft on the MTG Arena ladder. Maria has a pretty lofty goal to hit this month, so let’s cheer her on! Listen to find out what she’s playing. PLUS: Companions: hot or not? Join in on the debate about whether they’re overpowered, should have even been printed, or fine as the format adapts. What do you think? Hear our hosts’ opinions in this HOT TAKE segment! SPECIAL BONUS: Super exciting news about a new office space for GLHF and how you can get your name on their Wall of Heroes.

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Read Eric Froehlich’s Companion Open Letter


More(ia) Ikor(ia)



On this episode, Maria and Meghan walk you through the best deck in Ikoria: Jeskai Lukka (feat. Yorion)! But if that’s not your jam (or your jelly) don’t worry – they’ll also give you tons of other fun options for decks to play that are lurking just below the surface and can still get those wins on the ladder. PLUS: find out what fun decks you can draft in this format that are a little off the beaten path but a total blast to play. And, don’t you worry, you’ll get an update on Meghan’s worm water and Maria’s new greatest fear: HUMAN-SIZED BEES.

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