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Up to My Standards



On this episode, Maria and Meghan talk Standard! There’s tons of new decks thanks to the release of Ikoria and our hosts highlight all of the best (and why they’re the best), some of the worst, and – most importantly – some sweet, sweet spicy fun decks. Find out what you should be playing on the ladder! PLUS: Learn about holding your breath under water, how to play Bogles in Standard right now, and which decks Meghan has been using to wreck face.

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Worm Water



On this episode, Maria and Meghan stop playing Arena for one gosh darn second to record this podcast and talk about Ikoria Limited! Whether it’s draft or sealed, these ladies LOVE the new format! …Seriously, send help – they cannot stop playing. Find out what they think the best Draft and Sealed strategies are (level up your game!) and what busted decks they’ve built since the release. PLUS: stories from inside quarantine involving puzzles, worms, and forgetting what reality is.

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Ikoria Rules w/ Judge Rob!



On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome very special guest (and friend of the show) Judge Rob to talk about Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths! Rob walks you through all the tricky new mechanics (is Mutate the most complicated mechanic ever printed?! Find out!), new cards, and strange card interactions that might come up during your prerelease on Arena, MTGO or in-person (in a socially safe way!) with special prerelease packs from your LGS. Rob will answer listener questions, argue about Maria’s pick for Cutest Card, and generally be an amazing resource for our community. Be sure to have this episode up in your brain space before you head…in…to play Ikoria for the first time!

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Ikoria Release Notes


Real Unicorny



On this episode, Maria and Meghan show off their EXCLUSIVE preview cards (yes, that’s right, they’ve got TWO!) for Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths! They sure hope you like unicorns (!!) PLUS: a look at all the wild stuff that’s going on in Ikoria as our intrepid hosts sift through the best of the best of the newly previewed cards from Magic’s upcoming set. BONUS: Maria lives her Bogle dreams as Commander 2020 cards are previewed!

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Beef Counters



On this episode, Maria and Meghan put on their prediction hats and try to guess what’s coming up in Magic’s newest set: Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths! Will they guess literally *any* of the 12 keyword counters correctly? How about what the mechanic “mutate” does?! Soon, we’ll all find out! PLUS: It’s AMA time as our hosts dip into the GLH5 Mailbag and answer questions from listeners. …why does everyone ask about food? Maria is hungry!!

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Alone, Together



On this episode, Maria and Meghan continue to practice social distancing & let you know about a METRIC TON of new ways to play Magic the Gathering while you aren’t gathering much of anywhere, with anyone. Wizards of the Coast and Channel Fireball have a boat load of new ways to keep you entertained while you *don’t* entertain the idea of going outside. Your intrepid, inside-loving hosts will also share their favorite ways they’ve been keeping connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Come hang out virtually with them for a while, won’t you?

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Magic in the Time of Cornoa



On this episode, Maria and Meghan record remotely because they are practicing social distancing due to COVID-19 (and you should, too!) Find out how they’re doing (mentally, physically and emotionally) amid one of the strangest times our world has seen, at least in recent memory. Undeterred by the scary stuff happening around the globe, your hosts share their favorite Brawl decks on Arena (btw: Brawl is a great way to play with friends who are also self-quarantined!), give tips on working from home, and share their favorite non-MTG games to play with buddies virtually. Maria and Meghan are here for you during this tough time and are so, so happy to hopefully brighten up your day any way they can. Much love to all. Stay safe out there.

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Tier FUN



On this episode, Maria and Meghan make the best decks in Standard sit down in time out and think about what they’ve done – as they explore lots of super-fun Tier 2-Tier 100 decks that make jumping back onto the ladder a gas. Sick and tired of ramping? They’ve got a cure! Wish you could just smash face? They have decks for that! PLUS: Questions from listeners, Meghan shows off some new purple hair, and Maria has a bone to pick with the British (for once in her life).

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Tier Fun Decklists


Paper & Peanut Butter



On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome very special guest Amateur Pro Greg back to the show to talk about his recent big win: taking down a Pioneer PTQ! Would you believe he did it while playing Pioneer for the FIRST. TIME. EVER?! Well, he did. He’s just that good! Greg will talk about how he took down the tournament and help everyone understand how paper qualifications work in the new Magic the Gathering Organized Play system. It is super confusing, but Greg makes it easy to understand. PLUS: A super-special Super Tuesday edition of Flavor Text Theater!

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We Esports Now



On this episode, Maria and Meghan take a moment to critically review Magic and its new commitment to esports. What changes have we seen? Have they been effective? What does being an “esport” mean for the future of the game? And, most importantly, is it working? PLUS: Unsanctioned drops this Friday and our hosts take a look at their favorite cards, Meghan gives a Storytime wrap-up of the official Theros Beyond Death story and Maria limps in on 2 hours of sleep.

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