Month: April 2015

Money Draught #30 — Red Panda Rhetoric

Topics include: Pro Tour “Friday card spikes”, Modern Masters 2015 availability, the new “Vegas House”, zoos and botanical gardens. ** This cast is for mature listeners ** Your Hosts: Jason Alt — @JasonEAlt Slick Jagger — @slickJagger JR — @time_elemental Money Draught RSS

New is Always Better – Getting Tricksy with Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes has been a real force in Legacy for quite a while now. The deck may not be particularly powerful in itself, but it’s built in such a way as to position itself very well versus the format. Utilizing several different hatebears, Death and Taxes will make life hard for many opponents. Thalia,…

Pitt Imps Podcast #116 PT Experience

This week the Imps welcomed back Zac Roorda as a guest on the show. He helped us go through the two GP’s in the city’s that start with K. One was Standard while the other was a rare Legacy GP in Japan. Then we picked Zac’s brain about what it was like to be a…

The Status of Women in Magic: An Optimistic Prognosis

Fellow Magic: The Gathering players, we need to talk. To continue to nurture the healthy growth of our community and to maintain a sense of accountability to those who actively participate (and to those who would like to!), we need to be self-reflexive and introspective about the status of women. Aside from attending GP Orlando…

MTG After Hours #12 – Saclings

Brainstorm Brewery After Hours is a collection of outtakes and stories that aren’t fit for publication on respectable websites. While Brainstorm Brewery is a podcast that strives for a PG-13 rating, After Hours has no such aspirations. This week on After Hours, we are joined by Houston Whitehead and Jon Celso from the Tap N…

Unified Theory of Commander: Answers

Up through this point in the Unified Theory of Commander, we’ve been primarily concerned with what our own decks want to do. Threats define the goals of the deck, while Draw and Mana give us access to those threats and the ability to cast them. As we move into the fourth element in our theory,…

Brainstorm Brewery #144 – Accessorizing

Do you want to be ready for GP Vegas? Sure you do. If you want to be truly ready, there are a few things you want to get nailed down. You’ll want a BSB Tee shirt for sure. Keep your eyes peeled for the new Goblin token illustrated by Aaron Miller. And make sure you…

Weekend Magic: 4/17-4/19

This week brings us Grand Prix Krakow, Grand Prix Kyoto, and Star City Games: Providence. That’s a ton of information to cover so let’s get down to business. GP Krakow (Poland) Top 8 Decklists Top 16 Decklists Format – Standard Standard is still all about dragons in Europe yet the Top 8 seemed to prefer…

Pitt Imps Podcast #115 PT DRAGONS!!!

Well its that time again. The Pro Tour. Did you miss it? Don’t worry, we got you covered. As has become a tradition for us we go over the entire thing RD by RD. Yup, every one of them. There was good Magics played. Some very naughty players. A very quick finals and so much…

Red Deck Wins (a 5K)

Hi! My name is Jake Tilk (@JakeTilk on Twitter), and last weekend I placed first in a 5K in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’ve never done one of these before, but I want people to see why Mono-Red is a good choice for any event. Here is the list. As you can see, my deck is…

Commanding Opinion: Sedris, the Traitor King

I started playing Magic with New Phyrexia,  the spring of my sophomore year of high school. I had been playing the Yu-gi-oh! and Pokemon TCGs for quite a while, but I had never really tried to play Magic. My brother finally convinced me to actually give it a shot. Needless to say, I played and…

Commanding Opinion: Angus Mackenzie

[card]Angus Mackenzie[/card] is one of the legendary creatures that are simultaneously exclusive to Legends and on the Reserved List – making it extremely expensive now. I’m surprised it didn’t spike again when Tiny Leaders became a popular format. So what does he do? Well, for WUG, you get a 2/2 Legendary creature. Nothing too impressive, but he’s…

Brainstorm Brewery #143 – Double Down

VEGAS HYPE.   Sorry, that slipped out. But, you know. Vegas. Ummmm you know. Hype.   If the gang wasn’t hyped enough already, the cast of the Command Zone EDH podcast on Rocketjump, Jimmy Wong (@jfwong) and Josh Lee Kwai (@JoshLeeKwai)  come by to talk Vegas, EDH, the PT, the CHEATERS at the PT and…

Weekend Magic: 4/10-4/12

This weekend brought us Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir. After an intense weekend (especially due to all the infractions that were documented) there was a healthy diversity of decks that made the Top 8. Let’s take a look at these decks and see what types of cards from Dragons were seeing play. Top 8 Decklists…

Pitt Imps Podcast #114 We Be Draft’in

This weeks show starts with Angelo talking about some very personal things that has been going on. You know all the things he normally says he doesn’t want to talk about. Then after a the guys take a break they come back to go over SCG Cuse. They go over the slight rules changes to…

Winning TCGplayer Modern States

Believe it or not, I haven’t written a tournament report in a long time and I don’t think I have ever written a report on a deck that wasn’t Zoo. But that’s what I’m going to do today. Here goes nothing! The Deck [deck title=Infect] [creatures] 4 Noble Hierarch 4 Glistener Elf 4 Blighted Agent 2…

Brainstorm Brewery #142 – Strange Brew

Brainstorm Brewery is a nighttime podcast. There are things that do not bear discussing in the daytime. Imagine how out of sorts the gang was recording a podcast at 3 PM. That’s just… that’s so early.   You know how an episode works, right? A 15 minute “intro” Finance 101 Finance talk Listener submitted questions…

Kitchen-Table Magic: Ta Ta Tuck

I’ve been playing Commander with my kitchen-table group of friends since the original Commander decks were produced by Wizards of the Coast. I remember sitting in the food court area at GenCon back in 2011 with newly opened Commander decks. We had no idea what we were getting into, but we have had great fun…

Weekend Magic: 4/3-4/5

Last weekend brought us Star City Games: Syracuse. This Open featured Standard as the main event with a side of Modern and Legacy. Let’s see what the results were and note any trending cards amongst the lists. Star City Games Open – Standard (Syracuse, USA) Decklists Deck Finish Player Deck Finish Player G/R Aggro 1st…

Commanding Opinion: Toshiro Umezawa

Sorry for having not written anything in quite a while. I’ve been very, very busy with work and family life, so I’m going to be making some edits to guest posts I received a while back and reposting them on here so people can still enjoy them. This was originally a guest post from when I…

MTG After Hours #11 – Final Straw

Brainstorm Brewery After Hours is a collection of outtakes and stories that aren’t fit for publication on respectable websites. While Brainstorm Brewery is a podcast that strives for a PG-13 rating, After Hours has no such aspirations. This week on After Hours, Corbin is “forced” to tell a story about a trip to Buffalo Wild…

Pitt Imps Podcast #113 Bear with Imp Wings

This week, we welcome Jon Celso onto the cast as our fourth host. While the departure from Tap’N”Sac has left him a bit upset, we are more than willing to give him a mic seat. We go over the SCG Invitational and Open. We take a few to cover the Gauntlet of Greatness, which figured…