Month: June 2014

Investment 207: Ryan vs Marcel

“Half a denier for my bloody life story?!” “You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.” “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here—this is the war room!” A while back, we analyzed the different investment strategies implied by the Pick of the Week segment on the Brainstorm…

Serum Visions: Lager is Beautiful

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Serum Visions! This week, we are going to be talking about the most popular beer in the world: the lager. There is a beautiful and interesting history behind this type of beer that is hidden behind its most recognizable brand, Budweiser. While finding its roots in Austria in the mid 1500s, it…

The Magic Word: A Capital Idea

Greetings, Brainstorm Brewery readers! I am the editor of ye olde BSB, and though I have lurked in the background until now, I figure it’s time for me to come out of the shadows, at least momentarily. You may know me from my work on Quiet Speculation, but I’m not here today to talk about…

Brainstorm Brewery #103 – Conspiracy Theories

Vintage Masters Drafts are in full swing, Power is bought and sold, and StarCityGames announces a scene change for Sunday afternoons. Don’t be caught with your pants down; hear the facts from your favorite MTG finance podcast. Wall-to-wall value is the hallmark of this cast, and this installment is no exception. Whose cricket friend returns…

Conjured Currency #19: Bulk Pickings

(Cold)snap Back to Last Week Welcome back, readers of Brainstorm Brewery material. I think I’m getting into a routine where at the beginning of each article, I’ll bring up an insightful comment from the previous week to bring full attention to it. Last week we scratched the surface of token finance, and I forgot to mention…

Pitt Imps Podcast #75 – Tagged by 1866

This week we had our logo contest winner on to discuss how he came to that logo and he gives us a little bit of details on his artistic back round. We covered all that mono-black that owned GP Chicago and give SCG Vegss it’s rightful amount of time as well. We announced our teespring…

The Spike Feed Episode 43 – Shield of the Avatar, The Last Airbender

This week, we talk M15 Spoilers and go deep into Modern. Dustin shares his trials and tribulations at GP Chicago. Curtis tries to go back to U/W Control only to come back again. Cameron throws every bit of Curtis’s advice out the window when it comes to U/B Fairies. And Dustin reveals the bureaucratic nightmare of…

Unified Theory of Commander: Draw

Let’s continue our discussion of the Unified Theory of Commander with a simple question. Would you generally rather be the player at the table with zero cards in hand or the player with a full hand of seven cards? No, this isn’t a trick question. It’s a thought exercise to make sure you are in…

Back to Basics

Greetings and welcome back! Before I get started on today’s topic, I’m going to address a few comments I saw on Reddit concerning my last article. A small portion of the comments asked me to be more specific with the picks I shotgunned. I chose cards that I felt were underpriced, were readily available, or…

Investing 206: Jason vs Corbin

Last time, we outlined the environment that these picks were made, so if you haven’t read that article, please do so here. With that out of the way, today we can start digging deeper into how each host’s choices panned out. This time around, rather than compare opposite styles, we are putting the two more…

Pitt Imps Podcast #74 – Oh Jam! New Logo

This week Chewie from “The Mana Pool” and Monday Night Magic joins us to reveal some big news on his side and help go over SCG Columbus. We wanted to go over GP Moscow but my notes are not as good as the cheat sheet wizards puts on the mothership and that was undergoing a…

Puzzle Box – Twos Four-Man Format, Red Section

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the Puzzle Box! This week we are going to be looking at the red section substitutions as we continue building our cube to optimize it for the four-man format called Twos. If you have been following along, there is a good chance that you will have a pretty good…

Brainstorm Brewery #102 – An Excellent Vintage

Back on track and in rare form, the gang launches headlong into the old format as seamlessly as a Marcel segue. Promised segments are delivered, old favorites are revisited, and so many knowledge bombs are dropped you’ll need the UN to help you put the pieces of your previous worldview back together. It’s all value…

Conjured Currency #18: Turning Tokens into Treasure

Note on last week: Welcome back, new buyers and sellers of bulk shipping supplies! Before I go on this week’s  rant, I want to take a moment of reflection on last week, and bring up a comment that Reddit User and store owner TheCardNexus brought to my attention. I showed you guys a place to…

The Spike Feed Episode 42 – People Can’t See Your Thumbs-Up

In our latest episode, Cameron talks about his star-studded weekend, Curtis dips his toe into trading, and Dustin starts buying collections. There’s also some serious hand wringing with regards to SCG’s adoption of Modern and WOTC’s bizarre sample pack policy. Thank you for your honor. Your hosts: Dustin Gore Cameron McCoy – @Cameron_McCoy Curtis Nower…

Investing 205: Blind Shot Calling

“I took the liberty of bullshitting you.” “Excuse me while I whip this out.” “I have half a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.” Hello, Brainstorm groupies! When last we left our intrepid heroes, we were learning about the investment styles that each host was using to amass…

Junk Midrange Tournament Report

Junk Midrange has been one of the fastest-growing decks in Standard of late, especially after Jeff Hoogland’s third-place finish at SCG Cincinnati. You can see his list here. I first saw this deck shell when Ryan Gerhart posted a top four at SCG Detroit with his list. I fell in love. The [card]Underworld Connections[/card] plus…

Serum Visions: Bottling Day!

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Serum Visions! First things first, I must apologize for my absence these last two weeks. My wife and I are moving to Toronto and just did the big packing blitz. It left absolutely no room for writing. But here we are, back and ready to bottle!  This week we’re…

Brainstorm Brewery #101 – Finance 101

Episode 100 is in the rearview mirror, and the gang looks forward to the next hundred. With that new focus comes a new focus on the basics. New people join the listenership all the time, and even veterans who have listened for years could use a refresher. Starting with this episode, the gang will be…

Vintage Masters Original Art Swap – Magic Online Patch

This patch is no longer being distributed, it contained images which violated WotC’s intellectual property rights.  I apologize for my transgressions. -Marcel I am working on a tutorial on how to custom the card art for any card on Magic Online, it should be live before the new year at: http://brainstormbrewery.com/modo-art/ Change the art for…

Conjured Currency #17: Bulk What?

The Magic community has a lot of different definitions for the word bulk. Bulk rares are the [card]Conjured Currency[/card] and [card]Whims of the Fates[/card] of the world, the dregs of Magic cards that most often sit collecting dust until they’re shipped off to a dealer for $.10 or $.13 a piece. Bulk commons and uncommons are generally sold…

Pitt Imps Podcast #73 – French Canada Invades

This week we go over SCG Providence and a bunch of small news items. Then this French Canadian comes on and tries to drive a rift between myself and Ryan. To be honest, he did a good job of it. Martin Brunet brings his Ban or Unban segment to the show and it was very…

Command Theory: Power Without Gameplay

It’s not that I’m a pessimist. It’s true that I recommend you mulligan like one when you play Commander, but I’m actually a positive person in general. I look forward to every new Magic set release. I pay attention to spoilers and get excited about cards that might fit into one of my EDH decks…

Immortal Constellation: A Historical Look At Standard Combo Decks

“Cast [card]Immortal Servitude[/card] for X = 3… get back my whole graveyard…triggers…kill you?” Standard is not a format renowned for combo decks. Most of the time, we see a rock-paper-scissors metagame filled with aggro-midrange-control matchups, as opposed to the aggro-combo-control matchups we read and hear about when beginning to learn “Magic theory.” However, this is…

The Spike Feed 41 – Pillaging Merfolk

This week, Cameron dodges Conspiracy, Curtis gives his PTQ report, and Dustin forgets that we’re a PG-13 podcast when talking about Magic Online. Even more concerning, Dustin woke up early, shaved, and combed his hair to be on this week’s show. Thank you for your honor. Your host: Dustin Gore Cameron McCoy – @Cameron_McCoy Curtis…