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Our newest episodes post on GatheringMagic.com every Friday at 12 a.m. EST. Episodes are posted on this site one week later. Thank you for listening! If you found this article interesting, take a look at ProTrader from MTGPrice.com — it’s designed to help you make money from the game you love by giving you daily …

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Conjured Currency #27: Checking in the Closet

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the discussion on the potential for Modern Masters 2 last week, as well as my quick thoughts on the Organized Play changes. Wizards of the Coast announced the original Modern Masters on October 18, 2012, so if they follow a similar trend for the set’s sequel, we …

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Learning Legacy: Lessons from Losing

Welcome back to Learning Legacy, brewers. Last time, we took a look at the RUG Delver deck that I decided to champion. I truly believe that to be successful in Legacy, you really need to pick a deck and stick to it. RUG Delver is what I will stick with. This series is dedicated to …

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Burninating the Field: A PTQ Win

So yeah, I won a PTQ. I get to play on the Pro Tour again…in Hawaii! Sadly, I was a traitor, giving up Zoo for Burn after a couple dismal PTQ performances. The Zoo deck was performing amazingly at the TCGplayer and SCG IQ tournaments I had been playing in, but I was not able …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #82 Mutavault Is A….

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:57:32 — 26.9MB) This week, Ryan had to step out due to some technical difficulties. So in his place, I got Mike Hardy and Jon Celso to fill his shoes. We went over the results to the two recent GPs and SCG Cuse. We then went ahead and touched on a couple news …

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Negotiating in Magic Finance

Improving your negotiation skills is a great way to level up at Magic finance. The ability to make better deals, even just slightly better, will pay huge dividends over time because you can use it again and again. Today I’m going to talk about keys to successful negotiation at the dealer booths and trade tables. …

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Grinder Finance 102

So now that we know when to buy new cards, there are still some topics to discuss when it comes to grinder finance. I’d like to point out that this is not the only way that it can be done, but merely a recommendation of one way. Protecting Your Investment A lot of players don’t invest …

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Conjured Currency #26: RAMPANT SPECULATION (and Organized Play Changes)

Welcome back, recently christened experts of personal budgeting and finance! Well, experts probably isn’t the word I should use. All I did was recommend three possible methods of categorizing your personal spending and income, but I’m curious to hear if any of those worked for you. Have you started jotting down your transactions into Google …

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Rollin’ with my Clique

Modern is an eternal format. Legacy-light to some, perhaps, but regardless a format with a high skill cap that rewards knowing the cards, the format, and how interactions work. This will be my first entry in a series where I cover some of the more widely played cards that I see both new and old players incorrectly …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #81 PT M15

Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:22:48 — 32.7MB) Welcome to our PT M15 coverage show. The format we use changes for PT episodes, so if this is the first one you’ve listened to, it might shock you. We go very in depth on what happened in Portland as well as all the news that came out during …

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The Spike Feed B-Side: Waxing Poetic Over Robocop

Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:57 — 19.2MB) We pride ourselves on releasing tight, concise shows…just not this week. We knew we’d be on vacation, so we recorded an “off the cuff” episode for your listening pleasure. We cover Inquest magazine, our favorite films, retro video games, and Kansas City BBQ. We’ll be back to our normal …

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Philly Zoo 2 – Electric Zoogaloo

Our r/Spikes series is still going strong. Max is back with a second effort. He’s still plugging away with his deck he’s dubbed “Philadelphia Zoo” and a Primer on the deck may be coming soon. Enjoy! – J Hey, everybody, I’m back with another entry and updated version of the Philadelphia Zoo! I headed into …

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Brainstorm Brewery #109 – PTQQ More

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:21:58 — 37.5MB) The way players qualify for the Pro Tour is about to change radically. Who better to join the discussion than Brainstorm Brewery’s #1 Super Fan? You’ve heard him called Zander Bandersbee, Bander Sandersbee and every possible variation by Ryan and Marcel, but there can be only 1- the man, …

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Conjured Currency #25: Less Magic, More Finance

Welcome back, conjurers of currency! Pro Tour M15 was several days ago, but I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon, so any financial information that arises between now and Tuesday night is something that won’t be discussed until next week. Anyway, let’s do a quick rundown of some of this week’s winners. We haven’t seen spikes like these …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #80 — So Much News

Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:00:33 — 27.6MB) Where do I begin? I swear, for weeks we struggle to fill time, then Wizards dumps everything on us all at once. In this episode, we go over all of it. We also manage to cover the two GPs plus the SCG event, and even read and respond to three different …

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Grinder Finance 101

So maybe you dabble in MTG finance. You buy a few cards here and there and turn them in for some store credit when you’re short on cash. Maybe you’re just a player who wants to balance between buying a playset of every set that comes out and not being able to play the deck …

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Brainstorm Brewery #108 – Ray’s the Alarm

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:01:48 — 28.3MB) Trailing in the Rookie of the Year hunt but not out entirely, Ray “Future Pro” Perez Jr. takes time out of his busy schedule of practicing for the Pro Tour and preparing for Grand Prix Boston (it’s Worcester; don’t let them lie) to drop in on the gang for …

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Conjured Currency #24: The Art of Negotiation

Welcome back, everyone! As we close the book on M15’s set review, I’d like to address a couple pieces of feedback that I received on these last two articles, and how my opinions might have been influenced since then. I’m certainly not perfect in my card evaluation skills, and that’s one of the reasons I …

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Getting LUCKy: Mulligans

If I had to guess why most games are won and lost in Magic,  the first stop on the blame train would be mulligans. A good number of players have a hard time knowing what is keepable and what would be better as a random six.  An even larger number of players don’t know when …

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The Spike Feed Episode 48 – Professionally Intense

Podcast: Download (Duration: 41:10 — 16.5MB) It’s the week of SCG KC, and we take the opportunity to record a show while being in the same room. Cameron tries a brew at the Standard Open, Curtis shares his thoughts on Frost Lynx, and Dustin reacts to some of the information that came out of San …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #79 — Good Podcasts

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:49:24 — 25.0MB) This week on the Imps, we get our first look at Standard with M15. We also get the first bit of Modern at an SCG event. Then we take the time to fill you guys in on what podcasts we listen to in our free time. We also spend …

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Magic and Personal Finance

How do Magic finance and personal finance fit together? I haven’t seen too much written on the subject, but I think it’s worth discussion. Personal finance is incredibly important to success in life, so the degree to which Magic finance can aid or derail you along the way is very relevant. I’ve seen people engage …

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Old-Man Magic: SCG Standard Open, Pretty Awesome for Old Guys by Quillian Rutherford

It’s been a long time, Since I’ve seen a su-u-u-u-u-u-unny day. – Cake, Long Time I’ve been playing Magic a long time: since Fifth Edition/Weatherlight. For a while, I was grinding PTQs, but there was no MTGO, no local Magic scene in my college town, and basically nothing but rolling up to the tournament after …

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Brainstorm Brewery #107 – Sexability

Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:28 — 26.3MB) It always feels like it’s a slow news week at first, but once the floodgates open, an hour just flies by. With new sealed product, new Magic Online clients, new e-mail questions, and a new core set, there’s no shortage of topics to discuss. How will the change to …

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Conjured Currency #23: Reviewing M15, Part 2

Welcome back to part two of my M15 set review! If you weren’t here last week, we went over my predictions of what some of the more expensive cards Magic 2015 would look like price-wise two months from now (in September). This gives everyone enough time to play around with their synergy with all of our current toys, …

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Unified Theory of Commander: Card Advantage

We’ve already spilled quite a bit of digital ink discussing the first two elements of the Unified Theory of Commander: mana and draw. Over the last four articles in this series, we learned why to make mana production a priority during deck construction and how to utilize card draw to create options that help our decks succeed. …

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