Month: August 2014

Brainstorm Brewery #112 – Altered Reality

What happens when you mix a guy named Alt with Magic‘s best card alterist? It’s probably nothing significant; that’s a pretty tenuous connection. Still, when you bring Magic‘s most beloved alteration artist onto Magic‘s most beloved podcast, they’re bound to get into some shenanigans. Who has his Pick of the Week swiped? Who gets a…

Conjured Currency #28: The End of Magic: The Gathering (As We Know It)

It’s Thursday once again, and I welcome all of you back to reading more words that the Brew Crew pay me to vomit onto the internet. Thanks for that. Last week, I got an extremely positive reception to an article that involved me digging through my closet and taking a good look at my current…

Cube Drafting Storm — by Rowan Sheehan

Welcome to my Cube article! On a weekly basis, some people and I get together to shuffle up and play our paper version of the MTGO Holiday Cube, one of the most fun draft formats that there is. It follows normal draft style, but plays with high-powered cards, including [card]Black Lotus[/card]! There’s only about four…

The Spike Feed Episode 50 – Cutting the Umbilical Cord

We celebrate 50 episodes in the most lack-luster way possible, but hey, at least we’ve got Khans spoilers to talk about. Dustin also shares his time at Gen Con, and we go over From the Vault: Annihilation. Thank you for your honor. Your hosts: Dustin Gore – myspace.dustingore.com Cameron McCoy – @Cameron_McCoy Curtis Nower – @CurtisNow…

Weekend Magic: 8/22-8/24

Hello, all! If you don’t recognize me, my name is Jared Yost and I am an active member of the Magic finance community. I graciously received my first weekly column over at MTGPrice.com and have been writing for those folks over the past year. Now I have been added on to the great team here at…

Pitt Imps Podcast #83 AMA

Being a show that primarily focuses on tournaments, this past week left us with very little. We did talk about the WMCQ #1 American Tournament. We debated what exactly Sam Stoddard was saying during his latest article as it pertains to Wrath effects. Then we answered questions from the posse to fill time. These topics…

Gen Con Drafting

Gen Con, where every game that doesn’t require electricity is located. I can now agree with the motto: Gen Con is “the best four days in gaming.”  With all the choices available, it was hard to choose which games were worth giving a shot. Since I’m terrible at decisions, I just played Magic: The Gathering…

Brainstorm Brewery #111 – Runs On The Market

Grand Prix Portland is in the books, and Corbin and Marcel are back to regale you with tales of the Grand Prix Portland house. Ryan’s back from Gen Con to give you the inside track on the biggest weekend in gaming. Jason went to neither and has plenty of stories about what it’s like to…

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…

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…

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…

Pitt Imps Podcast #82 Mutavault Is A….

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 moments and then, well, let’s face…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Pitt Imps Podcast #81 PT M15

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 the tournament. PT shows are also longer…

The Spike Feed B-Side: Waxing Poetic Over Robocop

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 shenanigans next week. Thank you for…

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…

Brainstorm Brewery #109 – PTQQ More

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, the myth, the legend; Brainstorm Brewery.com…

Brainstorm Brewery #110 – Finance 110

It was a somewhat light week for news, but the gang goes deep on some Finance 101 to compensate. Even finance veterans will benefit from the veritable knowledge-bombing campaign as the gang talks about the condition of cards as well as whether to have cards professionally graded. Sit yourself down, and strap in for another…

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…

Pitt Imps Podcast #80 — So Much News

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 emails.  Sheesh! Buckle up—this show has…

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…

Brainstorm Brewery #108 – Ray’s the Alarm

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 a jam-packed episode. Wizards announces they’re…