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Phyrexia: All Will Be One Rules w/ Judge Rob!



On this episode, Judge Rob stops by to set us straight on all the rules and tricky new card interactions from Phyrexia: All Will Be One! Don’t head into your prerelease this weekend without it! PLUS: Cutest and Grossest (so many contenders!) cards are crowned — and an update on the 7 Layer Bar conspiracy we accidentally uncovered on this week’s episode of The Upkeep. Warning: what you hear may shock you.

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Seedcore



On this episode, Maria and Meghan jump face-first into a pile of brand new Phyrexia: All Will Be One mechanics and cards! Find out all about the new and returning mechanics and how they work and which new cards our hosts are most excited about. It looks like White might finally have its day in the sun! PLUS: Just what, exactly, does Phyrexian oil taste like and how do YOU feel about the one-and-only Jace being compleated?!

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Compleatly Yours



On this episode, Maria and Meghan say a fond farewell to the planeswalkers that have officially been compleated in Phyrexia: All Will Be One. Which of the 10 showing up in this set are safe — and which are on their way to a more perfect state? Let’s just say: Maria is SHOOK. Plus: Storytime with Meghan continues as we venture into time time following the The Brothers’ War, and is Sixth Sense still a good movie?

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Remastering Dominaria



On this episode, Maria and Meghan get you prepped for Dominaria Remastered – dropping this week! Learn how to approach the draft environment — from the top-tier commons you won’t want to pass, to the synergies in different color pairs, you’ll hit your LGS feeling ready to rock and ready to thrown down with 30 years of Magic history. PLUS: it’s Storytime with Meghan as we move on to Chapter 1 of The Brothers’ War and Maria finds a new love in a Cutest Card printed long, long ago.

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Give for Give



On this episode, Maria and Meghan kick of 2023 in style — by deciding not to compete in a decathlon. A sports decathlon, that is. A Magic decathlon — well, now that’s another story. Right now on MTG Arena, you can compete in a decathlon spanning 10 different ways to play Magic — culminating in a Finals event at the end of the month. Your hosts will let you know what events are on the proverbial table and what strategies might get you across the finish line. PLUS: Setting SMART (and Magical!) goals for 2023!

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The 2022 Chrimby Awards



On this episode, Maria and Meghan hand out the extremely coveted Chrimby Awards! They celebrate the best and worst of Magic the Gathering in 2022 — from Best Art to Most Drama — it’s a walk down memory lane (what does your memory lane look like?) as the trophies are handed out. What will win Best Card Name? Best New Mechanic? Best New Deck? Grab a hot toddy or a glass of egg nog (barf) and curl up under a blankie by the fire for this episode that’s sure to keep you warm at night. Or during the day. Or even the afternoon.

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2022: Year in Review



On this episode, Maria and Meghan look back on the year that was 2022 in Magic the Gathering. Relive the best and brightest moments as well as the game’s lowest lows. What were the best new mechanics and sets? Top decks and cards? Biggest mistakes? Find out! PLUS: Judge Rob stops by to share his Top 5 Most Confusing Cards of 2022 — with some excellent stories about each. Thanks for being our listeners this year! You’re all the best of the best, sir. With honors.

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Phyrexia: All Will Be FUN



On this episode, Maria and Meghan take a first look at Phyrexia: All Will Be One! We know you’re all spoiler’d out by now, but there is some gorgeous new artwork coming at you for January’s release of Magic’s newest set. We’ll show off new art treatments, new cards (hello, new Elesh Norn!) and new shiny lands that have Maria drooling. PLUS: the thrilling conclusion of the Dominaria story, and would YOU go backwards or forwards in time if it means you would be stuck there?

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Desk After Dark – 2022 World Championship



Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes of a big Magic the Gathering tournament? Wonder no more with Desk After Dark!

Your hosts Maria Bartholdi and Mani Davoudi want to shed some light on what it’s like to actually produce a Magic tournament, from start to finish. With a combined decade+ of experience covering the best game in the world, Maria and Mani are here to answer your questions about everything Magic coverage. From who they’d kill first in a game of Coverage Commander to how much prep time it really takes to know every single word on every single card, Desk After Dark gives an illuminating look at life behind the desk.

Plus, on this first-ever episode, Maria and Mani break down the 2022 World Championship held this past October in Las Vegas and look ahead to the return to large-scale paper tournaments.

Want to submit a question for the next episode? Just ask Maria (@MissMariapants) or Mani (@zapgaze) on Twitter. 


Straws vs. Cans



On this episode, Maria and Meghan get you ready to dominate in Arena Cube – running December 13th-January 1st. Learn what archetypes are the best to draft and what cards support each build. PLUS: Storytime with Meghan ramps up in Dominaria as the Phyrexian invasion grows ever more powerful, Maria can’t drink out of a can, and have you seen MTV’s newest hit Spider House?

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