255: Mark Rosewater Gets Unstable!



On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome VERY special guest, head designer of Magic the Gathering and all-around awesome guy, Mark Rosewater to the show! Mark shares stories of what it takes to make the Magic happen (quite literally), what strategies you should be trying in Unstable, and some of the tales behind fun card designs in the set. He also joins our Un-setted hosts for a mixed bag of Flavor Text Theatre, answers listener questions, and spoils every movie…ever.

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254: The 30-Second Modern Challenge



On this episode, Maria and Meghan break down Modern for beginners! They challenge themselves to explain most popular decks in the format…in 30 seconds or less. Can they do it? Find out! PLUS: For the N00bs explores the phases of a turn, our hosts talk Team Unified Standard as they wrap up the excitement at the 2017 World Magic Cup, and dish on the search for the newest Magic designer in The Great Designer Search 3!

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253: Unstable Rules w/ Cube April



On this episode, Meghan and very special guest (and friend of the show!) Cube April wade through the murky waters that are the rules of the new Un-set: Unstable! Want to know how to assemble a contraption? How about how to successfully augment a squirrel onto a horse? What if you want to steal conflicting text boxes with Do-It-Yourself-Seraph?! What about the seemingly incomprehensible card Rules Lawyer?!?! Not to fret, April is here to help! You’ll 100% want to listen to this episode before you head out to play Unstable on December 8th! Also: squirrels.

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Magic the PROthering: Brad Nelson + Corey Baumeister



Magic is the greatest game in the world, so what could be better than playing it? Playing it with your sibling, of course! …And crushing nearly every event you play in together? Yeah…that would be pretty great, too. On this episode of the PROthering, Maria and Meghan chat with Standard Greats and Great Brothers, Brad Nelson and Corey Baumeister. Find out how they started playing the game together, what makes them an unstoppable duo, and who in their family keeps track of stats during big tournaments. Technically, this episode *could* be more adorable…but we’re not quite sure how.

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252: I Saw a Rainbow



On this episode, Maria and Meghan go back to their “For the N00bs” roots and explain the mysterious and often scary-sounding concept of the “Stack”! Fear no more, new players! They also get their fun on with loads of new and hilarious Unstable cards, Meghan has a very Portland experience, and Maria tests her skills in Iconic Masters Sealed. PLUS: our hosts crack an IMA booster pack for an epic and Oscar-bait-filled rendition of Flavor Text Theatre!

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251: Unbelievably Unstable



On this episode, Maria and Meghan are uncontrollably and unapologetically in love with the newest Un-set: Unstable! Our hosts unveil two brand spankin’ new Unstable preview cards, chat about the newest Unstable previews from around the Magic universe, and muse about some of the hilarious new mechanics in the set…including: CONTRAPTIONS! Finally, am I right?! PLUS: Meghan recaps her journey through SCG Modern Regionals, a recap of Standard at GP Atlanta and a look forward to GP Portland.

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250: How to Top 8 A Pro Tour



On this very special episode, Maria and Meghan welcome friend of the show and newly minted Top 4 competitor from Pro Tour Ixalan, Sam Ihlenfeldt! Sam is a member of the MtA FrienDraft Squad and had an absolutely mind-blowing run in his first ever PT. Our hosts chat with Sam about how he managed to 3-0 his first PT draft, what it was like selecting a Standard deck (Sam dishes about his cool Mardu Vehicles tech), and what it feels like to be on the game’s biggest stage playing against the game’s biggest names. During the Pro Tour, the fans came to love Sam for his obvious love of the game, his friendly attitude, and his underdog run for the top spot. You’ll love him too after you hear him describe what it’s like to have your dreams come true in the most spectacular way.

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249: Bound to Ixalan



On this episode, Maria and Meghan dive deep into the Magic story and bring you an update on what’s been happening flavor-wise on the plane of Ixalan…which no planeswalker can seem to planeswalk away from. Did you just get goosebumps? Because that shizz is mysterious! PLUS: We get a preview of the upcoming Pro Tour by checking out the hottest teams in the Team Series and a review of Ixalan limited from GP Phoenix + a sealed PPTQ. Full disclosure: during this episode, you will hear several bald-faced lies.

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248: Sealed With a Kiss



On this episode, Maria and Meghan dive deep into the Ixalan sealed format ahead of Grand Prix Phoenix and some sealed PPTQs that might be headed your way soon! They crack six packs and attempt to build the best deck with what they get. (Want to play along at home? Head to http://www.magictheamateuring.com to see photos of the deck build or watch this episode on YouTube!) Our fearless hosts also chat about what treasures Ixalan has brought to Modern after an SCG tournament, they dip into the Listener Discord Mailbag, and Maria raps…poorly.

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247: Too Many (?) Tangents



On this episode, Maria and Meghan are back (and better?) than ever after a weekend covering the U.S. Nationals tournament in Richmond, Virginia! Enjoy their sleep-deprived states as they walk you through what’s new with Standard (Maria loves those vamps!), how the Ixalan draft format is evolving (Meghan loves those treasures!), and what to expect when the world’s best meet at the World Magic Cup this winter. OH! Did we fail to mention that this show goes off the rails in a pretty major way? Well, it does. I sure hope you like long, involved discussions about barely relevant tv shows and movies because…let’s just say, you’re gonna get it. To anyone who worked on either “Early Edition” or “I Origins”, we apologize in advance.

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