Month: December 2014

Brainstorm Brewery #128: Getting With the Times

This week, the guest is Douglas Johnson (@Rose0fthorns). Doug is a finance writer for Brainstorm Brewery‘s content website, penning the wildly popular Conjured Currency series that is nearing its milestone fiftieth iteration. If you haven’t been reading, checking the backlog now and getting caught up is an acceptable use of your time. If you’re enjoying this podcast in…

Weekend Magic: 12/19-12/21

The only event that happened last weekend was the Star City Games Players’ Championship, an event exclusively dedicated to sixteen incredible players that have done exceptionally well at Star City Games events across the country. There are sixteen Standard and sixteen Legacy decks that come out of the event, so lets see how well the…

Privileged Perspective 9 – Magical Christmas Land

The calendar of a Magic player is pretty different from most other people’s, and this time of year is probably the single best example. While many people have been anxiously counting down the days until Santa Claus comes to town, December is typically the slowest part of Magic‘s entire year. There are fewer tournaments to…

Brainstorm Brewery #127 – Bergeowned

The gang was joined by a very, very special guest this week: director of organized play for Wizards of the Coast Helene Bergeot! Helene answers some questions about Modern Masters (2015 Edition) and changes to the Friday Night Magic structure, and she hints at some possibilities for the future of the game! You won’t want…

Conjured Currency #43: Lessons Learned in 2014

Welcome back, everyone. I just now realized that this is probably going to be the last article of mine that goes up on Brainstorm Brewery for the year of 2014. Next week I’ll be off for the holiday, and the Thursday after that will be the first day of the new year. To end 2014, I’m…

Weekend Magic: 12/12-12/15

Last weekend was a big one. Star City Games provided plenty of action in Seattle, where the Invitational and an Open were held. Legacy at Star City Games is now classified under the Premier IQ umbrella, so we’ll review those results as well. Finally, this weekend also featured Grand Prix Milan, the Modern event that…

Pitt Imps Podcast #98 BOGO

This week is much like any other. We go over the tournaments and the news. Look, it’s episode 98—by now, you guys should know what this show is about. If not, just listen to it and you’ll figure it out pretty quick. We ramble about our lives after the tournaments. Smurfs are blue. Stop sign….

Privileged Perspective 8b: Packs

This is the article that was supposed to go up last week, but due to assorted delays, didn’t. Sadly, the biggest loser in this case was the time-sensitive information I had touched on up front—the Walgreen’s booster sale that happens every year on the week after Black Friday. If you aren’t familiar, the premise is…

Brainstorm Brewery #126 – Too Many M Sets

Modern Masters (2015 Edition) is confirmed. Grand Prix Las Vegas 2 is confirmed. There isn’t much else to talk about, but that’s okay because why would we talk about anything else? Modern Masters 2 is extremely significant financially. Grand Prix Las Vegas is extremely relevant socially. It’s Jason’s birthday, and the cast has a house…

Conjured Currency #42: Protecting Your Cards

Welcome back, everyone. Because I’m relentless in wanting every eligible person to sign up for this year’s Gamers Helping Gamers scholarship, I’m going to leave the link to the application right here. How do I find out more information about this scholarship, you may ask? Well, I’ll leave the link to last week’s article right…

Dr. Brewlove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Real Decks

By Logan White So this is what it’s like playing a real deck?  –Logan Transforming one’s mindset can be difficult. I love making my own decks, and I’ve always had that shared dream of deck brewers: to see your own creations make their way to the top—to post a solid result in a major tournament…

Weekend Magic: 12/05-12/07

Cheers to another weekend! This past one featured the Magic World Championship and Magic World Cup, where both a team and single player were dubbed the World Champions! Also featured was Star City Games: Portland. Let’s check out the action. Magic World Cup (Nice, FR) Decklists The Magic World Cup was taken down by Denmark, who…

Pitt Imps Podcast #97 Girls Volleyball

This week, the Imps go over GP Ottawa and SCG Richmond. We go over the huge news from SCG with their tournament structure changing. We congratulate Melissa DeTora on her new job. Then we talk about the latest episode of South Park. After finishing that chat, I realized that we didn’t even mention one part…

Welcome to the Jungle: Sideboarding versus Combo Decks

Hello once again! I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful holiday, and for those of you from everywhere else in the world, I hope you had an amazing Thursday. I’m back this week with the final installment of my sideboarding series about my Zoo deck. If you all have any ideas of things…

Resurrection Perfection – An Abzan Reanimator Primer

Dredge. Reanimator. Storm. All of these decks are extremely powerful. All of them are current tier-one strategies in Legacy. All of them have one thing in common: they use their graveyards as a resource. So why wouldn’t you do the same thing in a less powerful format like Standard? [deck title=Abzan Whip, by Ken Crocker] [Creatures]…

Brainstorm Brewery #125 – Ryan Plays EDH

The number of members of this podcast who poop on EDH as a format is down to 1. Marcel “cubeycubecubecubitycubecube” MTG is the lone holdout as Ryan succumbs to his desire to play a deck with Séance in it. Corbin’s in France this week and couldn’t record, so that’s good, but Marcel is going to…

Conjured Currency #41: A Gamer Helping Gamers with Gamers Helping Gamers

Welcome back, everyone! I took a week off of writing about Magic finance for Thanksgiving, so I hope you enjoyed the throwback article that we posted, found here. Clicking on that article brought back some memories, and I realized it’s now been officially a year since I started writing for Brainstorm Brewery. I actually just went back and…

The Hypnotic Specter That Saved My Life

By Christopher B. “It’s cancer in an advanced stage,” the doctor told me on a Friday afternoon in a hospital far away from home. “Be glad that we found it now—in a few weeks it might have been too late. On Monday morning, we will start with the chemotherapy. Please sign these papers…” BAM, that…

Weekend Magic: 11/28-11/30

This weekend featured Grand Prix San Antonio and Star City Games Open Series: Atlanta. Along with a plateful of turkey, we got a nice heaping side of Magic to go along with it. Let’s see how delicious it was. Grand Prix San Antonio (TX, USA) Format: Standard Decklists San Antonio was taken down by Ryan…

Pitt Imps Podcast #96 Really Random Everything

This week, we had what can only be described as one of our best posse members on: Mr. Corey Brown. We talk about the Madrid mess that was a GP and head over to talk about Legacy over at GP Jersey. Then we just seem to hit every random thing you possibly could: from tailgating to…

Privileged Perspective 7 – Extended

Hi! Note from the author- this article was originally meant to be published December 7th, but was pushed up a week by me to help spread awareness of the format. Next week’s article will be the one originally advertised for today about how to evaluate and maximize your methods of trading. Oh, and I archive…