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265: Me Like 2HG



On this episode, Maria and Meghan take a swim in the wonderfully pleasant waters of Two-Headed Giant! After the announcement of a new 2HG product called Battlebond, our hosts break down the basics of the world’s most two-headed format. What does it mean to draft 2HG? What are best practices for building sealed? And if Maria and Meghan could make up any 2HG mechanics, what would they create?! PLUS: Standard is alive and thriving! Wahoo! Listen in as Maria breathlessly raves about Vampires while Meghan enjoys a different…approach. (See what I did there?) ALSO: Flavor Text Theatre takes a trip from Kaladesh to Ixalan and Meghan has a hilarious slip of the tongue.

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264: Oh, Bloody Elf! Jace is Back!



On this episode, Maria and Meghan break your brains with some HUGE Modern news! (To be read in a cockney accent:) “Oh, Bloody Elf, Jace is back!” Our hosts break down what the Modern unbannings of Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf and what that could mean for the format. PLUS: Maria is on Cloud 9 after Bogles takes down Grand Prix Toronto, Meghan walks us through her top-decking triumphs on the Team Modern Super League, and a For the N00bs that helped Meghan level-up her sideboarding. Remember: it’s Patreon Pledge Drive month and we’d love to have you update your pledge to monthly or join us as a new member of the crazy MtA family! Call 612-FOSSILZ and leave us a message about why you choose to support.

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263: Don’t Prove Yourself, Improve Yourself!



On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome back Amateur Pro Greg (@Magic_Michelp) to the show to talk about his first Pro Tour experience at PT Rivals of Ixalan! Greg walks us through the trials of picking a deck, what it’s like to open Tetzimoc (!!) in your first-ever Pro Tour draft, and his favorite things about Spain. PLUS: Insight on Lantern Control, 5-Color Humans, Hollow One, and other sweet Modern decks that grabbed the spotlight on Magic’s biggest stage. Our hosts also chat about the upcoming Team Modern Super League (go Team MNVA!) , play “Guess that Flavor Text” as Meghan tries to stump our chumps, and MtA kicks off its February Patron Pledge Drive with the rallying call of 612-FOSSILZ! …Seriously, call our number and leave a message. It’ll be great!

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262: Strange Alliances



On this episode, Maria and Meghan continue their ongoing saga of nonsense…and Magic! They chat Team Unified Modern (after a tournament with none other than CubeApril) and highlight some of their new favorite Modern brews. You’ll also get insight into Rivals of Ixalan limited (is FOUR Tetzimocs good enough?), a fun dip into the listener mailbag (how did YOUR spark ignite?), and our hosts crack an old Alliances pack filled with terrrrrrible cards! SPECIAL BONUS: our Patreon monthly winners are chosen!

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261: Greg a Greg with a Greg



On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome their new “Amateur Pro” Gregory Michel to the podcast! Greg will stop by from time to time to give insights into what it’s like to play on the Pro Tour, how to find a good deck for the current meta game or to break a limited format, or how to keep Magic and life in balance. (He’s also a really cool dude!) In this case, Greg pops by to talk prep for PT Bilbao (Modern), Grand Prix Indianapolis (Team Limited), and plays along with a spicy game of Flavor Text MadLibs. PLUS: Just *how fast* is Rivals of Ixalan draft, what’s Meghan’s plan for the Modern Super League, and Some BIG, gigantic, EXCITING news for MtA!

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260: Reveling in Rivals



On this episode, Maria and Meghan share stories from their Rivals of Ixalan prerelease! How sick were their pulls? Which cards over-performed? Which cards UNDER-performed? Which insane rare did Maria decided *not* to build around?! Find out! PLUS: Welcome to How to Build a Sealed Deck 101, our hosts give their opinions on the recent shakeup in Standard (so many bans!), and the movie pitches are top notch (and art house ready!) in this edition of Flavor Text Theatre. BONUS: an easter egg at the very end of the episode!

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259: Rivals with Judge Rob!



On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome Regional Coordinator of the North and all-around awesome judge, Judge Rob, back to the show to explain Rivals of Ixalan mechanics and card interactions! Sure, there’s only one new mechanic (hello, Ascend!) but there are plenty of interesting (and tricky!) things going on with individual cards that you’ll want to know about before you hit up your prerelease this weekend. PLUS: Maria crowns Rivals’ Cutest Card and Rob describes his perfect Sunday.  Didn’t hear a question *you* wanted to ask? Head over to our YouTube channel after 1/11 and add it to the comments!

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MtA Episode 258: The Completely Speculative League



On this episode, Maria and Meghan take a deep dive off the high board into the shiny, new set that is Rivals of Ixalan! They’ll highlight their favorite preview cards (including an MtA *EXCLUSIVE*) and show their deckbuilding prowess by predicting the upcoming brews we’ll see in Standard. Take that, Future Future League! PLUS: Meghan gives us a holiday vacation recap, For the N00bs tackles card types, and Maria wonders about the rules of rugby.

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257: I’ve Got the Legacy Hives



On this episode, Maria and Meghan take a nose-dive into the wild world of Legacy as Maria frantically preps for the booth at GP Santa Clara coming up in January. What decks did she try out? How epic was her turn 1 death to Storm? And, most importantly, WILL SHE MAKE IT OUT ALIVE?! All these questions will be answered! PLUS: Meghan catches us up on Ixalan’s story, a few Rivals preview cards are here and there’s a *shiny new* keyword, and our hosts make new goals for 2018. Did they meet their 2017 goals? Find out! And Happy New Year, you wonderful humans!

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256: The First Annual Chrimby Awards



On this episode, Maria and Meghan take stock of the year in Magic that was 2017. Do they do this with long, thoughtful, contemplative audio essays on Standard or epic poems about the diverse state of Modern? Of course not! Instead, they hand out the first annual Chrimby Awards! Do you want to know which card won “Best Hat” in 2017? Of course you do! How about “Most Emo Jace” or “Least Emo Jace”? YES! And surely you can’t say no to “Card Most Likely to Induce a Pun”! The 2017 Chrimby Awards is awesomeness distilled to its purest form. PLUS: A quick recap of GP New Jersey (bye-bye Ixalan Limited), new Challenger Decks, and a peek inside the mailbag that leads to a discussion of musicals. This is not a theatrical review podcast. …We think.

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