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Modern Horizons 2 is being called, by some, potentially the greatest Magic: The Gathering set of all time, and with such a breadth of mechanical and narrative flavour, it may well be. But between shaking up multiple formats, the references to old lore, and the support for fan favourite tribes and playstyles, is there a trend towards the community j…
 
EDH is often called the most creative format in mtg, but like all magic formats some cards rise through the ranks to become ubiquitous "staples". But with such a diverse card pool in the recent game and more cards entering the format with fresh new flavour, is there now room to build effective, powerful decks without relying on the usual suite of c…
 
New Secret Lairs means new flavour and "Culture Shocks" gives us a fresh full set of Shock lands on non-Ravnica settings, with new flavour text to boot! The guys run through the flavour on the cards as well as suggest even more new locations for these iconic dual lands. Hipsters Of The Coast Secret Lair Article by David McCoy: https://www.hipsterso…
 
The students of Strixhaven have barely handed in their midterms yet and two new mtg sets have had pre-previews. Adventures in the Forgotten Realms and Modern Horizons 2 are both looking to try new things and add new flavour to magic, and in preparation for their arrival the guys have a few initial thoughts and predictions... Twitter: MTF- @MTFlavou…
 
In the ongoing rifle through the web fiction library, the guys will be taking a closer look at the Strixhaven side story episode 'A Cry of Magic' by Aysha U. Farah. Rootha Squallhart, an Orc Prismari Mage struggles to find their artistic voice and escape the shadow of their family's legacy. A Cry of Magic by Aysha U. Farah: https://magic.wizards.co…
 
The Main 5 story episodes for Strixhaven have been released and the guys will be talking through what they thought did and didn't work. With so many different story arcs and a whole new setting to explore there are both positives and negatives to the "more is more" mantra. Strixhaven Story Articles: https://magic.wizards.com/en/story?source=MX_Nav2…
 
The Mystical Archive cards, that act as the Strixhaven Showcase cards, add an interesting take on how spells are represented in a metaphysical context to the game. Being both abstract game pieces and the literal representation of how the spells of the Multiverse are recorded in The Biblioplex Library, they provide the guys a lot of in-world answers…
 
Now that the entire card gallery for Strixhaven and Commander 2021 has been revealed the guys can finally move from the theoretical lore building to the physical cardboard. They talk through their favourite mechanics, art and flavour text, and also dig a little deeper into the nuances of the Silverquill and the lessons that can be learned from desi…
 
Strixhaven is almost here and the guys work through its surprisingly expansive lore. For a set taking place in one location, Strixhaven has found room to indulge in the details. The guys also run down the mechanical shake ups that seek to subvert expectations of what the colour pairs can do. Planeswalker's Guide to Strixhaven: https://magic.wizards…
 
In preparation for Strixhaven the guys take a look at how MTG has represented the creative arts on the card board and which tropes have been utilized and ignored. Whether its actors, musicians, poets or dancers, it has always been interesting seeing what can be worked into a combat based game. Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MTF- @MTFlav…
 
In their first deep dive into the individual stories of Magic's Web fiction back catalogue, the guys are exploring the 2015 Alison Luhrs story, 'Family Values'. Teysa Karlov, weeks after running the Implicit Maze and drawing up the new Guildpact allies herself with Boros Champion Tajic, to take down The Obzedat and her oppressive Gradfather Karlov.…
 
Guilds! Magic players love nothing more than flying their guild flag and exploring the nuances of the colour pairs, both mechanically and flavourfully. And here to represent the Boros Legion is the one and only Kristen Gregory! The known authority in the MTG community of all things White/Red, she will be chatting with the guys about colour identity…
 
Time Spiral Remastered it almost here and there is a lot of excitement and nostalgia surrounding the Old Frame treatments that are being applied, showcase style, to newer cards. But with the game nearing 3 decades into its journey, the card frame has evolved over time and the guys are taking this opportunity to look back at the highs and lows of fr…
 
Food and drink are key parts of world building that often get over looked, but are essential to rounding out a fantasy setting. And with the theoretically endless Planes of the Multiverse, there must be a rather long dinner table of options. With this in mind the guys have compiled a Multiverse Menu with canon food from different Planes and they di…
 
The guy's talk through their thoughts on the new Secret Lair announcements, Black Is Magic and Secret Lair: Smitten. With both products being wildly different in approach have Secret Lairs reached the limit of what the can achieve creatively or are they just getting started? Designing Black Is Magic article: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/ar…
 
Kaldheim's web fiction marks a continuation of WOTC's renewed commitment to ongoing accessible MTG story and this time we have 10 episodes in the main and side story arcs. The guys talk through their praises and critiques of the main narrative and discuss how perhaps the core structuring of the games release is impacting the delivery of its story. …
 
Sagas make their return in Kaldheim, and with their third appearance they have solidified their place as one of the games most interesting card types. A versatile vehicle for story telling Sagas have a deep lineage despite their short time in the game and the guys talk through their form and function, as well as taking a closer look at some of thei…
 
The guys talk about the Mechanics, Art, Flavour Text and Cycles of Kaldheim, and discuss if whether one of the most lore heavy sets we have had in recent Magic has been done justice by the text on the cards themselves! The guys also talk about the new Snow frames and whether a Throne or a Cup can be a Commander... Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. …
 
Kaldheim is here, and it's looking like one of MTG's most exciting sets in years! The guys talk through the new Plane's rich world building and highlight what they think are the biggest design triumphs, as well as some of the issues with creating such a diverse and expansive setting. Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MTF- @MTFlavouring, An…
 
Today the guys talk to one of their all time favourite MTG artists, Magali Villeneuve. They talk about her work in the game designing some of Magic's most iconic characters, re-designing some of its fan-favourite Planes and how fantasy should be a place where anyone can be a hero. Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MTF- @MTFlavouring, Andy-…
 
Magic: The Gathering Artist Alayna Danner joins the show to talk about her work. From starting off with an eclectic MTG portfolio Alayna has risen to be one of the go to artists for sweeping landscapes and promo art, as well as carving out some other interesting niches and art styles along the way. The guys also talk with her about crazy art direct…
 
Magic: The Gathering has had a rollercoaster of a year and the guys are going to try their best to separate the bad from the good. Talking about everything from the evolution of the game at a ground level to the narrative and aesthetic developments, no one can say that this year has been anything less than pivotal. Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio.…
 
Commander Collection Green offered up EDH staple reprints with new flavour in what will presumably be the first of a cycle of 5 products. The guys, taking a break from the constant hype train, talk through their personal picks for what they would choose for the remaining Collections and what flavour they would like to see. Music by Michael Rawcliff…
 
Today the guys once again work through some of Magic's most unnecessary questions and really let their obsessive fandom flags fly! Fair warning, there will be talk of risqué variety acts, Olympic Village "fraternising" and banned soft drink adverts! Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MTF- @MTFlavouring, Andy- @AndyMannface, Nathan- @TheFoxi…
 
The latest Secret Lair super drop may just be the most diverse and divisive yet! With both art direction and card choices being pushed in all directions possible. The guys break down what they think. Also its our 50th episode! Thank you so much to all of our listeners and supporters who have helped us get this far. As a special treat witness Andy a…
 
Commander Legends has not only given us new cards for established characters, but has also injected fresh characters into the lore. Some of these new Legends bolster on going narratives, others create whole new ones, and the guys are here to talk through their favourites! Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MTF- @MTFlavouring, Andy- @AndyMan…
 
Commander Legends has brought us many characters who despite having deep lore and a hold on the player base's imagination, have never previously had a creature card. Andy and Nathan go through their favourites of these Legends and talk about not only where they are from but also why it is important that they finally have a a card! Music by Michael …
 
After a year of waiting Commander Legends has arrived! The guys take a look at the different design elements and philosophies in the set and talk about the successes and potential pit falls surrounding printing cards directly into a casual format in this way. Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MTF- @MTFlavouring, Andy- @AndyMannface, Nathan…
 
Today the guys are joined by Keithulhu Cards, our guide through the world of 3D card altering! Over the past few years Keithulhu has been creating card alters that literally go beyond the confines of the MTG art we are used to seeing. The guys also talk with Keithulhu about deck build philosophy in EDH and Commander cubes! Music by Michael Rawcliff…
 
Nathan talks us through his EDH flavour deck tech based around one of the guys' favourite films, Studio Ghibli's 1997 fantasy epic Princess Mononoke! Marath takes the Commander role in this deck but all the major characters are represented, with some interesting narrative choices made to show character development and story structure. Deck list: ht…
 
The guys talk through their thoughts and feelings about the returning Web Fiction episodes for Zendikar Rising. With a step back from the E-Book format introduced during War of the Spark and used through to Ikoria, what advantages do the Episodes present and what limitations are there? Also have we had enough of a pallet cleanser from familiar char…
 
Secret Lair: The Walking Dead may be the most polarising Magic: The Gathering product ever. Whilst the guys do talk through their own misgivings about this drop and also ruminate over the MTG community's range of reactions to these announcements, these are also still Magic cards. That means flavour that needs to be dissected! Music by Michael Rawcl…
 
2020 may be "The Year Of The Commander" but it has also been the year of alternate arts! After 5 mainline sets of showcase treatments the guys look back at the some of the successes and potential issues with how each set handled its unique styles and what they think will work heading into the future. Also we check in with how Andy and Nathan have b…
 
Zendikar Rising has arrived and now with all the cards in the set released the guys can start pouring over all the new flavour on offer. Andy and Nathan offer up their top flavour picks from the set as well as exploring the broader themes and connections across this visit to the fan favourite Plane and our previous journeys there. Music by Michael …
 
The full line up of 2021 mainline products were spoiled by WOTC alongside Zendikar Rising, and the guys finally have time to go digging for clues, and see what flavour can be uncovered. But along with brand new Planes, there are surprise returns (in more ways than one) and also some notable absences... Also the guys check in with the ongoing web fi…
 
Spoiler season is upon us for Zendkiar Rising and the is no doubt that this set is looking to be packed with new lore and flavour for the Plane. The guys take us through their personal top 5 things they are hyped for and also discuss the set's full length trailer, and the return of web fiction! Also because WOTC seem determined to run us into the g…
 
Two Secret Lair drops, Commander Collection Green, Commander Legends and Zendikar Rising. It's been a busy couple of weeks, with all the new reveals and spoilers for up coming sets, and the guys are going to talk through as much of it as they can! What new flavour is on offer? What predictions came true? And what future details can be discerned? Mu…
 
Today the guys build a Commander deck around the Cosmic Horror genre with Ertai, The Corrupted at the helm. What balance can be struck between play-ability and staying true to your flavour? What different ways can you build when focusing on flavour? And most importantly of all what basic land arts did Andy choose?!? Also we touch on the importance …
 
Every Double Masters Box Topper (except for one...) has brought with it new art that puts fresh flavour spins on some of the games most iconic cards. But which ones do the guys think are the most interesting, not only for their visual beauty but also as space to expand lore and tell stories. Also, there are some of the negatives to come out of thes…
 
Today the guys are joined by Magic: The Gathering Artist Titus Lunter! Titus talks about his experience with the game as both a creative and a player and explores the relationship between these two identities in both his deck building and illustration process. We also dive deep into the debate surrounding the artistic value of fantasy art created f…
 
Zendikar Rising is within sight and the guys have a lot of speculation to throw around! Based on Mark Rosewater's SDCC online panel and key art that has been released, as well as picking up on clues from around mtg, Zendikar Rising seems to have many different avenues that it can go down, and they all seem to point towards an exciting set! Also Nat…
 
The guys look at some of the most played spells in Commander and suggest alternatives that may better fit your EDH deck's theme or aesthetic. The Commander format has one of the largest card pools of any format to choose from, so when crafting you pile, shop around! You may be surprised by some cads that are considered "strictly worse" than other c…
 
This week the guys deep dive into characters that have only ever appeared on flavour text and throw around wild speculations on who of those characters will be getting a Legendary Creature card in the near future. Also Andy talks about some recent art that has been on his mind and Nathan espouses some feelings on character names. Music by Michael R…
 
This week the guys are joined by writer and game designer Anthony Tessitore! Ant worked on Magic: The Gathering from Magic Origin's to Modern Horizons and is currently running his own games company GuildHouse Games with their new game Varia! Ant was also a prolific writer for CoolStuffInc. and is co-host to the Snack Time podcast with Vorthos Mike.…
 
Jumpstart not only brings a whole new way to play and enjoy MTG, it also is packed to the brim with flavour! Andy and Nathan talk through their personal highlights from the set and dive into the art, mechanics and text of this fun new product. Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MTF- @MTFlavouring, Andy- @AndyMannface, Nathan- @TheFoxintheMo…
 
For a core set, M21 has a tonne of flavour. Legendary's old and new, a wide art style and varied game play makes this set a force to be reckoned with. But with the highs also come some lows and Andy and Nathan, recording in 30'c heat are here to rant all about it! Also if you didn't think Ice Cream Vans could upset a person, think again... Music by…
 
Andy and Nathan talk through the more mechanical aspects of Core Set 21 as well as looking at the broader flavour style that core sets offer. With new creature types, big reprints and a deeper level of game play than we are used to seeing from a set like this, M21 is looking to be one of the most interesting non-story sets in yet! Music by Michael …
 
This week the guys are joined my MTG artist Wayne Reynolds! Wayne chats through his experiences leading up to working on magic, as well as other IP's such as Pathfinder and 2000AD, and shares with the guys his thoughts on the future direction of Fantasy art. Also Andy and Nathan pick Wayne's brains about his Double Masters Blightsteel Colossus art …
 
As we finally close the last chapter of the Bolas story with Ravnica and War Of The Spark rotating out of standard, Andy and Nathan look back at MTG's favourite Plane. How was it left, where will it go and what story threads seem like they would offer the best returning story lines for when we inevitably go back? Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. T…
 
Five Secret Lair drops in one week! That's a lot of cardboard to talk about. The guys talk through the latest offerings from Secret Lair and look at the creative space this controversial product has opened up. Also watch as the guys fail to avoid dipping their toes into the sea of public discourse and look out for some top tips on toilet etiquette …
 
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