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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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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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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