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Andy and Nathan discuss the flavour highs and lows of the world's greatest card game, Magic: The Gathering. From its deep lore to its incredible artwork, MTG is far more than just a game. Join the guys as they talk through world building, recount lore history, tour the Mutliverse's infinite Planes and explore the relationship between storytelling and gameplay. Twitter: @MTFlavouring,
 
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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 To…
 
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 …
 
The guys have a very special guest on the show, Vorthos Mike! Alternative art has been coming into its own over the past year and it looks like a trend set to continue, but Vorthos Mike is here to tell you that this trend has deep roots in Magic's history. Also Nathan and Andy get schooled on the secrets still hidden in MTG art and the importance o…
 
The guys go through the history of flip, split and double faced cards to explore the ways in which R&D have used space not only to try new mechanics but also broaden the stories they can tell. Also the guys talk about where they want to see these mechanics used in the future, and why naming conventions are just as important as any other part of a c…
 
Looking ahead into this 'Year of Commander' the guys break down the Tribal Commanders they want to see introduced into the EDH format, as well as breaking down what criteria they want in their tribal support and why some of the more powerful tribal decks in the format are perhaps not the most flavourful. Also, bare witness as to why Andy and Nathan…
 
Today the guys take a moment to ask the important questions surrounding MTG lore. What Plane has the best pubs? Do Dragons have to deal with heart burn and much, much more (maybe too much). If you have any hypothetical questions that you want the guys to tackle in future episodes, send them in! No question is too asinine, no technicality too trivia…
 
The Human factions of Ikoria are perhaps not as splashy as their Monster counterparts, however as the guys find out, their design is far more nuanced and deep than appearances would lead you to believe. Andy and Nathan look at the use of the colour pie, visual aesthetics and narrative choices that make the Humans of Ikoria one of the big draws of t…
 
The Monsters of Ikoria are plentiful and each of them unique, so naturally the guys have quite a bit to say about them. At first glance Ikoria's lore seems to just be about giant monsters smashing the heck out of each other, but a closer look at the geography of the Plane and its relationship with the creatures that live in it reveals a much deeper…
 
It's Commander 2020, and foolishly the guys thought they could talk about it in the last 10mins of the previous episode. Never going to work. So enjoy this bonus episode as they talk through the new legendaries and some of the more king sized new toys for EDH. Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MTF- @MTFlavouring, Andy- @AndyMannface, Natha…
 
Ikoria has just finished spoiler season and the guys talk through it's mechanics and gameplay. Do the set's new abilities deliver on its kaiju battle aesthetic and is the actual gameplay deep enough to justify it's bold design? Also, Andy makes a feeble attempt to be even handed regarding magic player backlash and Nathan finds a Fox to fill an Otte…
 
The guys run through the small steps you can take to engage with the game of Magic when you can't actually sit down and play it. With almost everyone around the world unable to get a face to face game in right now, how can you keep sane and still connect with MTG? Also Ikoria spoilers begin to drop right as recording starts, and Nathan goes on an e…
 
The guys talk through their predictions for Ikoria: Lair Of Behemoths and breakdown some of the hints given out by the Mtg Creative team in regards to its mechanics and creature types. What creature types do Andy and Nathan want to see, how much power can one Aura give and what the heck is a Whale Wolf? Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MT…
 
Coming to you from what can only be assumed is some sort of cavernous Hall of Legends on account of all the echos, the guys talk through what qualities make a Legendary Creature in the game of Magic, and what Non-Legendary Creatures they would like to see ascend to glory! Also Nathan takes you through a brief history of the 'Legend' supertype, and …
 
The guys run through some of their most flavourful commander decks and talk about the different levels of building with theme and flavour. What is the balance between form and function and what choices can you make when building a deck that still performs but also tells a story? Deck lists: Scarab God, http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/28-02-19-anythi…
 
It's time to settle this once and for all! Is a Naga a Naga or is it a Snake? Well before they can answer that question, the guys have to go through every other humanoid race in Magic and find out where the lines are drawn. Should Leonin stay as cats, should Viashino be Lizards, and can WOTC just make up their minds about Jackals already!?! Also Na…
 
What new Planes do the guys want to see as a future setting in a main MTG set and which ones are they sick to death of visiting? Do the main characters matter more than the world they inhabit or is it the Plane itself that gets the Vorthos senses tingling? Let the ranting commence! Also the guys talk through the Planeschase product and why you shou…
 
The guys talk about Planeswalkers, both in their role as MTG story's heroes and as some of the games most powerful cards. Are Planeswalkers too bound by the needs of each set or would making each one unique break the game? And where are our non-bipedal walkers?!? Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. Twitter: MTF- @MTFlavouring, Andy- @AndyMannface, Na…
 
The guys dig deep into one of the most hot button issues of recent magic, the handling and delivery of Mtg Story. In the past 12 months there have been so many twists and turns that sometimes it is hard to see a larger context and determine what has gone wrong, what has gone right and where. Andy and Nathan will be trying their very best to unravel…
 
Rounding out their cycle of colour pie episodes, the guys talk through Green and its perceived domination of battle cruiser magic. Does a format's popularity effect how a colour is represented in the game and vice versa, and is this thematically justified in the colour's flavour? Also how many wolf tokens is too many and is there a beast within us …
 
The guys breakdown Theros Beyond Death. From Titans to Demigods, this set has a dense lore and only one set to fulfill some high flavour expectations. What challenges come with returning to a fan favourite Plane? And does Andy have an irrational gripe about the number of creature types in the set (yes, yes he does)? For all that and more join the g…
 
The guys discuss the colour Red and quickly uncover that there is more to this section of the colour pie than destruction and chaos. From Goblins to Dragons, from fury to joy, Red is one of the most versatile colours in Magic and can be used to express the very spark of creativity in this most flavourful of games. Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio. …
 
Do the ends always justify the means? If you're anything like Andy and you play mostly Black, then you may subscribe to winning at all costs! Andy and Nathan breakdown the major tenets of Magic's most amoral colour and how a love of Vampires (from two different sets) sparked their MTG obsession. Once again the guys will also dive into Alpha and dis…
 
Continuing with their cycle of Colour Pie Episodes, Andy and Nathan breakdown what is often thought to be Magic's best colour, Blue. Through looking at the colour's key principles and at its history starting with Alpha, its easy to see that Blue is a colour packed with flavour and has its roots in the highest of fantasy tropes. Music by Michael Raw…
 
In the first installment of MTF's cycle of Colour Pie episodes, the guys tackle the big question: Is White the worst colour of Magic? Walking through White's main tropes and characteristics and how these are expressed on the battlefield as well as in lore, Andy and Nathan seek to get a picture of where the colour is and where it's going. They also …
 
A legendary success, or a grim failure? How much flavour is packed into Throne Of Eldraine? Well, as it is the storybook set, the guys guess quite a bit actually! Andy and Nathan unpack the set and talk about the direction of Magic story, as well as the design choices and what they mean for the game moving forwards... Music by Michael Rawcliffe Aud…
 
This show is all about MTG flavour, but what is flavour anyway? Today the guys give an introduction to how Magic: The Gathering tells storys through the cardboard and how the game expresses itself outside of gameplay. Andy and Nathan talk about the elements of the game that first got them playing, and what continues to fasinate and excite them afte…
 
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