This week it was our listeners who did the pondering for us when we asked “What is your one big rule or complaint for Magic Etiquette?” We share your stories, advice, rules, and complaints from tournaments, casual paper, online, and everything in between.
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After some powerful sets and complex mechanics in the last few sets, it’s nice to get a bit of a break with Magic Core Set 2021. The limited play feels like a return to the comfortable, while still being challenging. We give our early impressions of the set this week and also ponder picking new creature types for ourselves.
Core set 2021 is out and we…. well, we’re having a hard time focusing on Magic right now, and it feels like it’s been pushed into the background of our lives. We strive to carry on and summon the core set cuties to help us lift our spirits. We also ponder Core Set 2022, because it’s never too early.
What’s more important when designing future sets? Innovation is important to keep the game fresh, but without balance power creep and narrow strategies can take over. We each ponder which is more important, how this trade-off has affected past sets, and what might be coming in the future. We also ponder krakens.
Human drafts have finally arrived on Magic Arena, and people (especially Jamie) couldn’t be happier. Was it a make or break necessity for Ikoria? We discuss how people are returning in droves after frustration with bot drafting and what that means for players. We also say goodbye to our DCI numbers.
After a quick celebration for human drafts on Arena, we start the deep dive into Ikoria. To review some of the most powerful cards, we decide to pit them against each other. We review the mythic Apex beasts, the Mythos cycle, and the new planeswalkers in a head to head elimination to find out which will be the last cards standing.
Getting to Mythic Rank is every competitive Arena player’s goal, and this week Jamie made the top 10! But how hard do you have to work to maintain it, and what happens if you can’t? Jamie shares her experience with us. We also say good day to some cards hit by the B&R and ponder the solitude of Arena.
Last weekend was the biggest Magic tournament that no one knew about. DreamHack was in Anaheim, had a ridiculous prize pool, but an extremely small attendance. If you blinked, you might have missed it. Speeding right along behind it is even more Secret Lairs. We ponder why they’re coming so fast and what you might miss out on if you don’t plan accordingly.