Episode 72 – A Self-Help Guide to Magic

With Fate Reforged officially out, it’s a new Standard. Curtis suits up UB Control and Cameron tweaks Jeskai Tokens. We talk about some of the new decks and cards making a splash. Think about this: what do you do when you lose a lot (like Cameron-levels of losing)? Curtis gives you three easy steps to becoming a …

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Privileged Perspective 12 – The Real PP12

Okay, so last week was a long one, as well as the start of my first meta-series. Today is going to basically be an extended edition of Quick Hits, where we touch on a bunch of different stuff at once (this hides the frequent loss of focus that comes with running WoW1 in the background). …

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Conjured Currency #47: I Bought a Collection—Now What?

Welcome back, everyone. I hope you all managed to make a bit of money off of Golgari Grave-troll, Worldgorger Dragon, and the other cards that jumped all over the place last weekend. While I did write about the Modern changes to the banned and restricted list last week and what they meant, articles like that …

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Commanding Opinon: Stitcher Geralf

As per WUBRG order, I’ll be talking about Stitcher Geralf before talking about Ghoulcaller Gisa. Be forewarned, however: this is not a strictly competitive deck. If you want a competitive mono-blue deck, play Azami, Lady of Scrolls or Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. This deck will be focusing more on the flavor aspect of stitching zombies together …

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Weekend Magic: 1/23-1/25

With a new Standard set and recent Modern and Legacy bannings  and unbannings, this weekend is sure to bring attention to several cards that were previously flying under the radar. We’ll also see old decks coming back again. Let’s take a look at Star City Games: DC to see what the outcome of it all was. …

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Collectibles: Why Magic is One of the Best and Nintendo is One of the Worst

As far as collectibles go, Wizards of the Coast has one of the best systems in place in the gaming industry to support its customers. This position may sound weird, given all the cries for reprints and the soaring costs of eternal formats, but Magic has one of the greatest distribution methods and most finely tuned …

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Brainstorm Brewery #132 – Gains & Loses

http://s3.gatheringmagic.com.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/01/23/brainstorm-brewery-132.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:08:52 — 31.5MB) Those who didn’t value it less than a Garth Brooks concert were able to play the prerelease this last weekend and look forward to Monday morning when the DCI dropped a bomb and banned Treasure Cruise, Dig Through Time, and Birthing Pod and ruined lives. We help you …

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Privileged Perspective 12 – Facilitating Value

When I first accepted my prestigious and highly paid position here at Brainstorm Brewery, this article was one of the ones on my mind. So much so that I have taken several months to ruminate over some of my points. This will not be an all-encompassing treatise on Magic finance, but rather the humble beginnings of …

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Conjured Currency #46: A Modern Modern Format

One of the downsides of my writing deadline being Tuesday evening is that my articles can’t go up until Thursday morning. In a world where a new influx of information causes prices to spike hundreds of percentage points in a matter of hours, a two-day delay is less than helpful for in-the-moment action. This past Monday, Wizards …

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Commanding Opinion: Stitcher Geralf, Ghoulcaller Gisa, and the Innistrad Storyline

Before I begin, I should introduce myself. I’m David Rowell, formerly SolemnParty over at WinTargetGame, where I began the Commanding Opinion series a few years ago and never quite got to where I wanted to with it. A couple of months ago, the site finally closed down for good. While some of my old articles …

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Diary of a Former-but-Relapsing Competitive Player

A little-known fact about me: I am not much of a writer.  Growing up, everything came fairly easy to me in terms of school. A perfect storm of introversion and private schools during my elementary years made the remainder a bit of a cake walk once I moved to a rural public school. College taught …

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Privileged Perspective 11 – The Combine: Fate Reforged Edition

I like a lot of games, but very few are able to truly grab the full focus of my attention (a side-effect of attention deficit disor—*checks Twitter*). Magic, first and foremost, is one of those games: its pull on me is so powerful that it has singlehandedly pulled me away from other games like World …

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Brainstorm Brewery #131 – Fate Reforged Set Review with Conley Woods

http://s3.gatheringmagic.com.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/01/16/brainstorm-brewery-131.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:35:08 — 43.6MB) Fate Reforged set review with Conley Woods (@Conley81) Cabe Riseau produced the intro and outro music for Brainstorm Brewery. Contact Us! Brainstorm Brewery – Website – E-mail – Twitter – Facebook Ryan Bushard – E-mail – Twitter – Facebook Corbin Hosler – E-mail – Twitter – Facebook – …

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Conjured Currency #45: Pack to Square One

Have you ever heard of the phrase “Pack to Power”? For those who are new to the world of Magic finance, or just never came across the term, let me explain. Back in April of 2010, Jonathan Medina (known to some as one of the forefathers of the Magic finance lifestyle), began an article series …

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Weekend Magic: 1/9-1/11

Let’s take a look at another weekend of Magic action. This weekend featured two constructed events, Grand Prix: Omaha and Star City Games: Philadelphia. The Grand Prix was Modern so we will be able to add more Modern data to our analysis of the format before the new banned and restricted announcements are revealed. The …

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Cards to Keep an Eye on in Anticipation of a Banned List Update

With the banned and restricted list update looming in January, I’m surprised at the lack of discussion about it. Major changes could have a huge impact, especially on Modern. The last time that the Modern banned list changed was right before Pro Tour Valencia last February. Preceding the unbanning of Bitterblossom and Wild Nacatl and ban of …

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Hello from GP Omaha!

We’re at GP Omaha this week. After an exhausting day of Modern, Cameron and Curtis fell asleep, but then decided to record a podcast in the middle of a lucid dream. We give our takeaway from the event and discuss the ups and downs of the format. We also go over some new Fate Reforged spoilers, …

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Stoking The Flames

Feeding The Fire I just lost my win-and-in for top eight and I’m two hours away from home. This sucks. I played some of the best Magic I have played in a long time today and I desperately wanted this win more than any tournament before. I won games and matches off of bluffs, strategies, …

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Privileged Perspective 10 – My 100% Totally Legit Preview Card Spectacular

Welcome back! I hope your holidays were as relaxing and unproductive as mine were. Even though Christmas is typically Magic’s downtime, there was a lot going on with the beginning of spoiler season. Next week I’m going to talk more about what we are seeing out of Fate Reforged and how to contextualize it, but …

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Brainstorm Brewery #130 – Dargons

http://s3.gatheringmagic.com.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/01/09/brainstorm-brewery-130-dargons.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:06:29 — 30.4MB) So. Here you are—the half of the original listener base that wasn’t alienated last episode. That’s excellent. We’re glad to have you back. You passed our test, and you can be our friend now. This was an episode just for you, the fans. We talk about Grand Prix …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #100 You Will Be Missed Ryan

http://content.blubrry.com/mtgcastdotcom/Pitt_Imps_Podcast_100_You_Will_Be_Missed_Ryan.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:54:49 — 26.3MB) Welcome to Pitt Imps #100. Holy crap. We got here. In this episode, we celebrate the show, the listeners, and Ryan. This being his last episode with us as a permanent host created a very touching moment which we quickly snuffed out. We answered questions from the listeners, …

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Always and Never in Magic Finance

Today I want to talk about one of the great traps in Magic finance, or really any kind of investing. The trap is forgetting about, or just ignoring, this statement: past performance does not indicate future results. To take it to the extreme, it’s the trap of “always” and “never.” Let’s start with an example. …

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Unified Theory of Commander: Threats Part 2 – Your Commander

Imagine for a moment that your commander is an actual living being someplace out in the Magic multiverse. He, she, or it wants something. Can you say what that something is? Does she want to grab a sword and slice someone open? Does he want to make it impossible for his enemies to cast a …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #99 Worlds

http://content.blubrry.com/mtgcastdotcom/Pitt_Imps_Podcast_99_Worlds.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:15:30 — 17.3MB) Join our dynamic duo (Will had work issues and couldn’t make it) as they regale you with the events that occurred as the world’s eyes were upon France. Top decks for wins. A bunch of other crap. My experiment proved that most don’t read this anyway. If just one …

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Weekend Magic: 1/2-1/4 (with Discussion of Possibilities from Fate Reforged!)

Happy New Year! Welcome back to Weekend Magic coverage here at Brainstorm Brewery. Plenty of Magic action happened last weekend with Star City Games Columbus, Grand Prix Denver, and Grand Prix Manila. Let’s get right down to business and check out the results. Grand Prix Denver (CO, USA) Format – Standard Decklists Until Fate Reforged …

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