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Aug 10, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:
Giveaway - Win a Commander 2017 Vampire Deck
https://gleam.io/IpzvI/win-a-free-commander-2017-vampire-deck

Magic Mics Top 10 - Arrives on Monday
Magic Mics LIVE postponed until Wed, August 23rd

Magic Mics token sketches

Magic Digital Next == Magic The Gathering Arena
https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/893173352474566657

C17 Spoilers
Fractured Identity
Stalking Leonin
Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist

Licia, Sanguine Tribune
Teferi’s Protection - Phasing rules changing
Hungry Lynx

CMDR decks only 4x moving forward:
https://twitter.com/HotCblog/status/894938980764061696

Gather the Townsfolk:
GP Minn - #MakeMagicHistory - DeTora and Maria in the booth; two females in the booth

SCG NY Open - RG Vengevine
http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/rg_vengevine_with_julian_grace.html

When will MTGO crack down on toxic users?
https://twitter.com/misterorange/status/895275085799583745

YOU’VE GOT ME FEELIN’ EEE-MOO-SHUNS: https://twitter.com/mtgaaron/status/894982483955134464

Red Zone:
Sol Ring should or should not be in Commander decks.

Going Infinite:
https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/what-if-every-artifact-in-magic-entered-the-battlefield-at-the-same-time/

Here was the first - all creatures at the same time:
https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/what-if-all-creatures-in-magic-would-enter-the-battlefield-at-the-same-time/

The Finisher

Magic Mics is approaching their own version of the Second Sun: Sometime very soon, Magic Mics will have reached the 500,000 downloads. So well done, team! To celebrate, clearly we’re resting on our laurels and taking next week off, so what are you going to do to celebrate half a million?

Aug 9, 2017

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Filmdate - 8/7/17

Aug 3, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

Giveaway: Cat Tribal Commander 2017 Deck!

https://gleam.io/8btvL/win-a-free-commander-2017-cat-tribal-deck

 

THE PRO TOUR!

 

Evan done pissed off the Internet: https://twitter.com/misterorange/status/890943809454039041

 

HASCON Promos

  • Transformers
  • Nerf
  • Sword of Dungeons & Dragons w Gold Dragon Token



Gather the Townsfolk:

Argument Over Magic Leads to Stabbing:

http://www.fox9.com/news/270725340-story

 

SCG PT Invites Leaving https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/6r63si/wotc_officially_no_longer_offering_pro_tour/

 

Going Infinite

Is the PT Worth it? http://www.hipstersofthecoast.com/2017/07/cancel-pro-tour/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ5KYQ-1Eyw

 

Splash Damage:

https://twitter.com/misterorange/status/890696760959619072 - Overwatch league players getting salary, benefits

 

The Finisher

Steven Jay Williams, better known to his fans as Boogie 2988 on the Youtubes, took a break from his beloved character Francis for his long-planned gastric bypass surgery yesterday, which we have reports now saying that his operation was a success and he’s recovering in the hospital. So congratulations on that Boogie; we here at Magic Mics all wish you a speedy recovery. But with Francis unable to deliver his patented game-related rants for the time being, there’s a window here for some diatribes. So in honor of our fellow content creator, give us your best Boogie-rific tirade.

Aug 2, 2017

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Filmdate - 7/31/17

Jul 27, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

Giveaway - 20th giveaway - Jumbo D20 Plushie! http://www.coolstuffinc.com/p/241298

https://gleam.io/IuMkV/win-a-jumbo-d20-plushie

 

MTGO 12hr downtime +3hr event shut-off

 

Unstable Info released

SDCC Panel info:

http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/163319306028/magic-panel-info

 

Imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/cofkH

 

Un-Sets - bad for Magic? https://twitter.com/RhysticStudies/status/889204382629326849

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

Hasbro Quarterly Report - http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/HAS/4864553176x0x950465/81E1FEF8-E00A-4EA3-9299-6B34D6222B03/Hasbro_Q2_2017_Earnings_Management_Remarks.pdf

 

MAGIC had a strong second quarter and the franchise was up in the first half. Importantly, the digital future of MAGIC: THE GATHERING is progressing and we look forward to sharing more with you in August at our investor day.

 

MDN news: https://twitter.com/MishrasFotoshop/status/889622819033817090

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/24/hasbro-ceo-describes-the-boost-esports-are-giving-his-toy-company.html

 

Dealing with leftover promos change:

http://wpn.wizards.com/en/article/new-policy-all-surplus-promos

 

PT HOU Draft

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1btD2yrm4d8ee38eZgztqn9Dw3LvLGSkn2ICVV60L0z4/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

The Finisher

 

The results of the Magic Hall of Fame will be revealed soon, and Magic competitors, commentators, comedians and comandantes will be the deciding voices on who gets in and who does not. And speaking of deciding voices, the three of us are well known for our voices… but also for the voices of others. So who would Helene Bergeot, Mark Rosewater, and Rich Hagon argue in favor of for the class of 2017?

Jul 26, 2017

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Filmdate - 7/24/17

Jul 20, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

Launch of Chaos Draft Boxes 2.0 - Now in 3 versions

 

Giving away an 8x Set of Bronze draft boxes:

https://gleam.io/7ebRv/win-an-8x-set-of-bronze-chaos-draft-boxes

 

http://www.coolstuffinc.com/page/3775

 

In-Store Play Evolves

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/store-play-evolves-2017-07-16

 

  • As of October 6th FNM now to have double-sided tokens instead of custom promos
  • Standard Showdown moving to weekends and feature foil basic lands - the first a series of 5 Rebecca Guay artworks
  • Store Championship at end of each season - with a full-art participation promo.
    • First is on Dec 30-31st featuring Rivals of Ixalan promo items

 

http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article.asp?ID=14055&writer=Corbin+Hosler&articledate=7-18-2017 - Corbin Hosler on FNM from a store-owner perspective; need a way to ‘graduate’ players from novice league to FNM; Give stores the ability to run Standard Showdown on Friday

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N2XTYIQF2I - Professor’s “Fail Night Magic”

  • Competition drives attendance
  • If you wanted to reward new players, add promos don’t replace
  • “Provide something I can’t get at the kitchen table”
  • Add / Give / Invest - Do Not Take Away
  • After Rebecca Guay - what’s next?
    • Turn into a common / hab-drab
    • Going to wear itself out fast
    • Not going to sustain for years
  • Bad Promos for so long caused a long wane
    • It attracts players, or it doesn’t; which is it?
    • Wizards didn’t tweet directly announcing FNM promo or promoting it
    • Offer 6mo of great promos w promotion from WotC
  • Bad Standard = Low Numbers
  • Why can’t they show us data?
  • Doesn’t Respect Loyalty

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

MTGO Launch problems - Servers went to crap. People were sad.

 

PT/Worlds in 2018

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/2018s-pro-tours-and-2017s-worlds-2017-07-19

 

PT Rivals of Ixalan - Feb 2-4, Bilbao, Spain - MODERN / Draft

PT Dominaria - June 1-3, Richmond, VA (?) - Standard / Draft

PT 25th Anniversary - August 3-5 Minneapolis, MN - Team Constructed (Std/Mod/Leg(!!))

PT “Spaghetti” - Nov 2-4, Atlanta, GA, Standard / Draft

World Magic Cup - Dec 14-16 Barcelona, Spain, Format TBD

 

PT 25th Anniversary:

  • 3 Person Teams
  • Standard / Modern / Legacy
  • Team Competition all 3 days

 

How to Qualify:

  • Do well w PT Team
    • Top 16 teams after PT Dominaria
    • Team participating must be 100% part of the PT Team
  • Top 4 a Team GP From Jan 6 - May 27th, 2018
  • Sunday PTQs at GPs will feature Team formats.
  • Team RPTQ at 30 locations around the world
  • Silver/Gold/Platinum/HoF members (Silver can use their invite here)
  • 33 pro points or better at PT Dominaria
  • MTGO Can’t Qualify

 

Prizes:

  • “Will coincide with a special exhibition tournament” which will together provide ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN PRIZES - Details in September...

 

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/pro-club-transforms-after-2017-18-2017-07-19

 

  • 4 “cycles” lining up with 4 releases each year; last 4 cycle points count, rolling forward
  • Less importance on first PT, less daggers if you miss a level
  • Levels change each Cycle
  • Maximum of 3 events count for this total each cycle
  • Ixalan Cycle | Rivals of Ixalan Cycle | Dominaria Cycle | Core 2019 -- note they didn't’ say “Magic 25”
  • Now a Bronze level, in effect starting today
  • Any player who receives at least 10 pro points | Granting it immediately to all players who have earned 10-19 pro points *this season*.

 

Bronze Pro Club level gets:

  • RPTQ invite
  • 1 Bye at GPs
  • Nationals invite

 

Any player who wins a PT, MTGO Championship, World Championship, Rookie of the Year, or any title that grants Pro Club status, they automatically get that status for 4 full cycles aka a year.






Threshold:

  • Bronze 10pts
  • Silver 20pts
  • Gold 35pts
  • Platinum 52pts

 

Details on Hascon Collection:

  • Three silver-bordered cards & a token
  • Brings “Dungeons & Dragons, Nerf, and Transformers into your next game of MTG”
  • Includes exclusive version of the Sword of Dungeons & Dragons with accompanying Gold Dragon Token from Unstable

 

Splash Damage:
Hearthstone data ground to a fine powder:
http://www.vicioussyndicate.com/vs-data-reaper-report-55/

 

Related: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/wizards-data-insanity

 

The Finisher

 

Last week, Bob of Bob’s Dugout led a masterclass in how best to burn every possible bridge on your way out the door from having WPN status. Now, in the past we’ve talked about stores losing WPN status from not having enough in-store space or not running enough events a week, but never before have we had the reason be the owner go off on a good ol’ fashioned racist tirade. To quote Mr. Dugout himself: “WOTC kicked me off because of something I said in my store if you can believe that! No freedom of speech here in JewMerica. I am still in shock, and anger, and disbelief but it’s true.” That escalated quickly. So, my JewMerican cohosts, if your store was to be denied WPN status, how would you make your less-than-graceful exit in your Facebook post?

Jul 18, 2017

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Jul 13, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

100 Episodes!

 

Giveaway - a box of Hour of Devastation

https://gleam.io/hpysC/win-a-free-box-of-hour-of-devastation

 

SDCC Promos -

Original announcement awful:  http://sknr.net/2017/07/07/magic-gathering-reveal-sdcc-exclusive/

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/daily-magic-update/update-2017-07-10

 

MTGO Data Sharing Changes:

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-online/magic-online-posted-decklist-changes-2017-07-05

https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/silvestris-sick-of-it-mtgo-data-hoarding/

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

Quest to return GP Trials

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/6mpfew/cartouches_return_trials_right_a_recent_letter_to/

 

Splash Damage:
Dana Fischer on Mashable: http://mashable.com/2017/07/10/magic-gathering-dana-fischer-6-year-old/?utm_cid=hp-n-1#ynx.kiNiNPq3

 

Ryan Yee Wins Chesley for ‘Die Young.’
http://asfa-art.org/

 

Q&A

 

The Finisher

 

Today’s episode is the 100th edition of Magic Mics. This is a special night, of course, and obviously since you remembered our anniversary… what did you get us?

Jul 11, 2017

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Filmdate - 7/10/17

Jul 6, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - Win a Chaos Draft Box from CoolStuffInc.com!

https://gleam.io/UsCaR/win-a-free-chaos-draft-box-from-coolstuffinccom

 

Top 10 Topic - Top 10 HOU cards

 

LINKS:

http://wizardsmtgo.tumblr.com/post/162630833904/commander-1v1-banned-update

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/6lbckv/the_awesome_black_outlined_quinton_hoover_look_of/ (Erin)

 

http://magicorganizedplay.tumblr.com/post/162366686466/2017-2018-team-series-update-plus-tiebreakers

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

Tragic Lesson

 

http://www.gatheringmagic.com/mikelinnemann-07052017-gp-vegas-art-show-review/

 

https://twitter.com/OwenTweetenwald/status/882289680095387648

 

Going Infinite:

“Cards you wouldn’t show grandma”

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1McLydpVAmy1ykF_KQIg3xRdBAuHf0h5GG_wTudML__A/edit#gid=0

 

The Finisher


This week is the 241st anniversary of the ratification and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, a document signed by 56 traitors to the British crown over the Stamp Act of 1765. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” No one had bothered to write those words down before, and today we celebrate that high treason with hot dogs and modified grenade launchers. Now, holidays are a key part of Magic too, with cards like Footbottom Feast, Havoc Festival, and of course Elvish House Party to name a few, but with few nation states in Magic-ology the concept of an “independence day” is kind of foreign. So what would that be like?

Jul 5, 2017

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Jun 29, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - Win a Playset of Majestic Myriarch

https://gleam.io/F2OHS/win-a-playset-of-majestic-myriarch

 

Exclusive Preview - Majestic Myriarch

 

  1. Razaketh the foul blooded
  2. Rhonas’ last stand
  3. River Hoopoe (hoo-poo)

 

  1. Doomfall
  2. Nimble Obstructionist
  3. Torment of Hailfire

 

  1. Champion of Wits
  2. Ammit Eternal
  3. Overwhelming Splendor

 

  1. Appeal // Authority
  2. Hollow One
  3. Rumanap Ruins

 

  1. Hazoret’s Undying Fury
  2. Hour of Eternity
  3. Kefnet’s Last Word



Going Infinite:

Hall of Fame ballots are out.

https://twitter.com/misterorange/status/880167822831357952

 

Erin asks: ‘Do you think it’s appropriate for #WotCStaff to stump for nominees?’

 

Sene1’s thoughts: https://www.facebook.com/notes/sveinung-bj%C3%B8rnerud/2017-hall-of-fame-early-thoughts/10158878989960437/

 

Quote from LSV on FB:

The average Hall of Fame voting thread:

- "You should vote for [person not remotely close to being eligible]"

- "I know [person] is a cheater, but their results are great"

- "This person's results are clearly the best" (about someone with fewer results across the board than other candidates)

- "Based on these objective criteria, you have to vote for this person" (criteria chosen in reverse to justify voting for someone specific)

At the end of all this, everyone just votes for exactly who they wanted to initially, based on whatever they feel is relevant, and nobody changes their mind. At least Josh Utter-Leyton will get to enjoy a month of everyone talking about how great he is, because not voting for him is pretty hard to justify, regardless of the metrics you choose.

SethBurn’s MaRo/Long/Pikula opinion: https://sethburn.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/chris-pikula-vs-maro-the-soul-of-the-mtg-hall-of-fame/

 

Sam Stoddard’s thoughts on MTGHOF from 2011

http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/misc/22389_The_Hall_Of_Fame.html


Magic Hall of Fame should have a physical location! Travel around with Magic Art Show to GPs?

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

”Cassius Marsh Gets Wrecked at GP Vegas” article on Kotaku: http://compete.kotaku.com/cassius-marsh-competes-in-magic-tournament-gets-wrecke-1796367714

 

Official Seahawks take on Cassius in Vegas: http://www.seahawks.com/news/2017/06/22/seahawks-defensive-end-cassius-marsh-link-between-two-worlds-magic-gathering-grand

 

Splash Damage:

WotC makes a rainbow. People lose their minds:
https://twitter.com/OriginalOestrus/status/878350288293306368

 

https://www.facebook.com/MagicTheGathering/photos/a.10150285670875307.543126.201120755306/10158794407880307/?type=3&theater

 

The Finisher

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/6j6503/theory_the_m10_rule_changes_never_happened/

 

This week over on the MTG subreddit, user ScottRadish stumbled upon one of the greatest cover-ups in Magic history: The M10 rule changes never happened! The theory goes that Rise of the Eldrazi came out in 2009, as did several big rule changes that coincided with the arrival of our flying spaghetti overlords. Magic did away with mana burn, but not because it was an archaic stupid rule… but because Ulamog ate all the excess mana! 1-cost burn spells and mana dorks stopped seeing print, but not because Lightning Bolt and Elvish Mystic were too good… it’s because Kozilek was countering them all! The exile zone was introduced, but not because it sounds way cooler than “removed from game…” but because the Eldrazi can process things from there! And now, with the deaths of Kozilek and Ulamog at the hands of the Gatewatch last year, Llanowar Elves and mana burn were due to come back… which is why the Standard rotation cycle was reverted back to the old 2 year version! **Wake up people!** The M10 rule changes never actually came into effect! That means damage has been on the stack for the last seven years! The term “battlefield” was introduced then as well… so where have we been putting our 187 creatures since 2009? Dogs and cats living together! Mass Hysteria! ((breathe)) Now, clearly this is the best Magic conspiracy theory since Conspiracy, but we gotta sell more National Inquirers next week, so what is another tinfoil tricorn hat hypothesis you came up with?

Jun 28, 2017

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Jun 22, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - 4x Scarab Heavy Metal Magic tokens

 

NEW SHOW STARTING TUESDAY - Magic Mics Top 10s

 

Exclusive Preview Next Week

 

Spoilers - http://mythicspoiler.com/newspoilers.html

 

  1. Deserts

  2. Eternalize

  3. Two Gods (Scorpion / Locust)

  4. Scavenger Grounds + Hate Cards

  5. Supreme Will, Mirage Mirror, Angel of Condemnation, Pride Sovereign

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

Ixalan Foil Sheet Spoiling:

  • “Enrage” Mechanic - if this creature is damaged, do X
  • 3 planeswalkers: GB vraska, U Jace, and new RW planeswalker.
  • Sorcerous Spyglass - 2 mana Peek + Pithing Needle artifact
  • Treasure tokens - "T, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool."
  • Explore - Reveal top; Put +1/+1 counter on creature if non-land, if land put in hand. May put on top or in graveyard. 

The Finisher

This past Monday, just after GP Vegas ended, the National Weather Service reported that Las Vegas, Nevada posted the highest ever recorded temperature of 117 degrees in Sin City. Since then, Phoenix, Palm Springs, and many others also reported record highs. Death Valley came within degrees of the hottest it has ever been anywhere  in the United States. Burbank airport in southern California grounded regional aircraft because the air was too hot and thin to provide the lift needed to take off. #Science. Basically it’s the perfect metagame Deserts and Hour of Devastation. So based on the spoiler season and the summer season heating up, what do you expect the next official Hour of Devastation preview to be?

Jun 17, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:
GIVEAWAY - Gift Certificates

Announcement Week!

#1 - Metamorphosis 2.0
http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/metamorphosis-2-0-2017-06-12
New Worlds each plane; the death of small sets


The Core Set Returns! Core 2019 on its way in July


Less Gatewatch characters/planeswalkers in sets


“Play Design” team developed

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/magic-digital-next-update-2017-06-13

Magic MMORPG coming from Cryptic Studios


Magic Duels is dead


http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/june-13-2017-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2017-06-13

Aetherworks Marvel is banned in Standard


Looked at adding cards to Standard

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/25th-anniversary-announcement-day-2017-06-14

Ixalan is coming - leaks suck


Rivals of Ixalan in January 2018


New “Art of Ixalan” book coming


April of 2018 - “Dominaria” coming! Richard Garfield on design team!


25th Anniversary Masters Set in March 2018


UNSTABLE - New Un-Set - December 8th, 2017


http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/playing-pro-tour-2017-06-15

Pro Tours not necessarily 2 weeks after set release (starting with Ixalan)


TEAM PRO TOURS - for Pro Tour Core Set 2019
How should people qualify?
What format should the qualifiers / Pro Tour use?

Red Zone: Leaks - Good or Bad? Publish / Talk About or No?

Giveaway / Trivia Questions

$10 - What Was Our First Ever Preview Card?

$25 - Who Was The Only Guest EVER On The Show?

$50 - What Episode # are we filming today?

$100 - What Day Did The First Show Air?

Jun 8, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - Nicol Bolas Archenemy set - https://gleam.io/a5WTR/win-a-copy-of-archenemy-nicol-bolas

 

Hour of Devastation Spoilers - Nicol Bolas, Samut, Bontu’s Last Reckoning

 

MTG Triple-A Video Game MMORPG!

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2017/06/07/neverwinter-and-star-trek-online-developer-announces-plans-for-magic-the-gathering-rpg.aspx

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

MTGO 15th Anniversary:

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/magic-onlines-fifteenth-anniversary-2017-06-07

 

Extra HOU cards - Basic Lands

http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/161531668138/will-next-mondays-article-solve-the-mystery-of

 

Seen in Archenemy:

http://imgur.com/a/nfHwQ

 

 

Red Zone:
Commander vs 1 v 1 Commander

http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article.asp?ID=13987&writer=Bruce+Richard&articledate=6-6-2017

 

Desperate Ravings:

Magic Streamers to Watch, by Gaby Spartz:
http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/magic-streamers-watch-2017-06-06

 

The Finisher

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Magicians of all ages, next week is Grand Prix Las Vegas, and that means we are a short *nine days* from the first ever Magic Mics filmed in front of a live studio audience with all three of us sitting together in the same room, and of course later broadcast live-to-tape like Saturday Night Live does it. It is very exciting, but it’s also a lot of pressure, because you all expect the best from us. So in order to live up to the hype, what’s one thing we can do to make next week’s live show extra memorable?

Jun 1, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - $50 CoolStuffInc.com Gift Certificate

https://gleam.io/JY1OG/win-a-free-50-gift-certificate-from-coolstuffinccom

 

GP Vegas Announcement - LIVE SHOW!

 

C17 Spoilers after last week

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

Announcing ‘Commander: Anthology:’ http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-anthology-2017-05-29

 

Changes to Magic Online PPTQs: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-online/magic-online-amonkhet-championship-event-details-2017-05-31

 

New cards warp easier?

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/6ehulg/amonkhet_print_quality_is_all_over_the_place/

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/6e4a9u/wotc_you_need_to_fix_this/

 

Desperate Ravings:

Pro Tour Special Invite Controversy: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/amaz-comes-kyoto-plus-video-through-june-2017-05-25

Amaz (Jason Chan) bio - http://wiki.teamliquid.net/hearthstone/Amaz his Twitch AmazHS has over 76m views, 806,000 followers, regularly gets 20,000 watching him at any one time.

 

GP Vegas Travel Guide, by Chris Higashi on NumotGaming

http://www.numotgaming.com/GP-Vegas.pdf

 

Going Infinite:

“Head to Head: Fun things wizards won’t let you have” https://twitter.com/CubeApril/status/869565612128907264

Follow along: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FwvbCqupOyW5bj5PkuuQlgQlmiXJBMrY12pMaecWfE8/edit?usp=sharing

 

Blast From The Past:

Worst GP Playmats

 

The Finisher

This June, we celebrate a few life milestones: Magic Mics turns 2 later this month, we’re going to have our first live studio audience episode at GP Vegas, my son Miles turned 6 today, and thousands of folks from all over the world graduate from high school, universities, and various community colleges (both Tolarian and otherwise). So as we don our mortarboards and sign our yearbooks, what would like your current senior quote to be?

May 25, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - Win a set of Black/Red/Green Dragon Shields https://gleam.io/MdNxW/win-a-free-set-of-blackredgreen-dragon-shield-sleeves

 

C17 LEAKS

 

Cat Dragon Story: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Wasitora

 

Hascon details released:

https://hascon.hasbro.com/tickets.html

  • $642 for VIP
  • Exclusive silver-border set of 3 cards featuring other brands
  • $60~ Iconic Masters sealed flights

 

Gerry Auction

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/6ck9oz/gerry_thompson_is_auctioning_off_his_ptakh_trophy/

http://www.ebay.com/sch/ehtovk/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

Standard getting cheaper:

https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/standard-keeps-getting-cheaper

 

New Standard Throwback - 2000s

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-online/throwback-standard-gauntlet-3-early-2000s

 

SCG Invitational, now with sponsors! http://www.starcitygames.com/article/35150_Get-Ready-For-The-StarCityGamescom-2017-Season-One-Invitational-Weekend.html

 

Going Infinite:

Standard we have a problem: http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article.asp?ID=13966 (Seth Manfield on Std)

 

What if WotC just announced that [X Card] is now legal?

Ralph Ciarlanti

Rather than banning cards, Wizards could release a statement along the lines of "B&R update: Pithing needle is now legal in standard". I think that this approach would be better received by the player community than banning cards.

 

PT winner gets a card?

https://twitter.com/SaffronOlive/status/866731437072031744

 

Splash Damage:

Force of Will putting packs of lands instead of lands in packs; also including 5x ‘new player friendly commanders (J-Rulers)’ in booster box, and booster box doubles as a card box

https://www.facebook.com/fowtcg/photos/a.450100205119014.1073741828.441838905945144/1175600539235640/?type=3&theater

 

The Finisher

 

  • GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

https://clips.twitch.tv/PeppyPluckyInternImGlitch

Bronze-Level Canadian Magic Pro Daniel Fournier cut out a little slice of Magic history for himself last weekend at GP Montreal when after activating AEtherworks Marvel he pulled out a fidget spinner… and spun the Fidget Marvel for all of Twitch to see. Now, I’m no stranger to using Pogs as fading counters or Furbies keeping track of life totals ((Furby, what’s my life total?)), so what’s the next fad that’s going to make an appearance on the Magic stage:

May 18, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - Dungeons & Dragons: Tales from the Yawning Portal (Fifth Edition) http://www.coolstuffinc.com/p/237534

 

 

 

  • Gerry T wins!

http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/ptakh

 

Over 40k watching PT finals

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/6b68z0/over_40000_viewers_on_twitch_for_the_finals_of/

Stats: https://i.redd.it/n3kj3f0ppwxy.jpg

 

Awkward slide: https://i.redd.it/govq6igmqixy.png

 

  • Content for subs/prime on twitch?

https://twitter.com/jeremynoell/status/864123353103294465

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

  • Martin Muller fuckup, BDM meme

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/6b1196/martin_muller_has_fcked_up_before/

https://twitter.com/Top8Games/status/863556920673742848

http://i.imgur.com/wqgnaS1.png

http://i.imgur.com/KfKgys8.png

Kill Bill clip:

https://streamable.com/rkog2

Muller and The Wish from Sept 2016:

http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/2016wc/the-wish-2016-09-01

 

  • “Play Design” group

http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/160771962008/play-design

 

Going Infinite:

Rivals of Ixalan and “25”

http://news.toyark.com/2017/05/17/magic-gathering-25th-anniversary-set-rivals-ixalan-252923 

 

Desperate Ravings:

  • Teams - Many not qualified

 

Calcano Moment: https://clips.twitch.tv/GleamingCarelessAlmondFrankerZ

 

FINAL MAGIC MICS AMONKHET DRAFT POINTS: Reuben 136, Evan 124, Erin 76

 

Red Zone:

Marvel - design mistake?

 

Splash Damage:


Hearthstone qualifiers taking place at Buffalo Wild Wings:
http://kotaku.com/hearthstone-spring-playoffs-will-be-held-in-buffalo-wil-1795147049



The Finisher

 

  • GIVEAWAY WINNER


Nathan Holt and Shawn Kornhauser, of Walk the Planes fame, have been doing a new video series called Enter The Battlefield with vignettes focusing on community folks like Christine Sprankle in the episode on cosplay and for Paul Cheon and The Professor from Tolarian Community College subtitled “creators.” Now we know how impressive these guys are, and how awesome it would be to be a subject yourself, what would your episode be about?

May 11, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

 

GIVEAWAY - Ice Tower Deck Box - https://gleam.io/qqS5Z/ultra-pro-ice-tower-deck-box-giveaway

 

http://wizardsmtgo.tumblr.com/post/160343614814/update-mtgo-commander - They fixed MTGO Commander!

 

SCG Tour Season 2 Announcements: http://www.starcitygames.com/article/35075_SCG-Tour-Season-Two-Announcements.html

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

 

Stupid rule interaction needs to change: http://magicjudge.tumblr.com/post/160487215239/weird-card-interaction-alert-kalitas-anointed

Judge afraid: https://twitter.com/jtempkin/status/862407056346820608

 

Non-rotating format Challenges: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-online/magic-online-format-challenges-2017-05-04

 

Account hacked? Sucks to be you:

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/69c5tt/how_my_mtgo_account_got_hacked_how_i_got_my_cards/

 

Broken Magic incoming! http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-online/throwback-standard-gauntlet-2-combo-winter-urza-block-2017-05-04

 

Budde says it looks ‘horrendous’ https://twitter.com/kaibudde/status/862371182506627072

Followup:

https://twitter.com/kaibudde/status/862372480597585920

Jarvis:

https://twitter.com/jkyu06/status/862369742023266304

 

Desperate Ravings:

“Ban bombs in limited” LOL https://twitter.com/BenS8528/status/861413110590124033

 

Pro Tour Amonkhet Draft

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/pro-tour-amonkhet-preview-2017-05-08

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l3Za4WOmkbQtq37oYg8U-eJwT7iENJT3NQAGO_6txDI/edit?usp=sharing

 

Splash Damage:

MTG Movie Dead: https://twitter.com/b_cogman/status/861738242525151232

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/fox-bring-magic-gathering-big-670529

 

Minecraft skins

https://twitter.com/Minecraft/status/860116869302411264

 

The Finisher


It was found out this week that the screenwriters originally working on the film are no longer working on the Magic: The Gathering movie, and he doesn’t know exactly where it’s at right now. So since the movie seems lost in the Multiverse, where do you think it’ll end up now?

May 4, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - Heavy Metal Magic Zombie Tokens - 5 Winners

https://gleam.io/CFcpy/heavy-metal-magic-zombie-token-giveaway

 

MTGO Commander - as tone deaf as it gets? http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-online/1v1-commander-banned-list

 

Official Sheldon Menery response: http://mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18600

 

https://twitter.com/grixisguy/status/859817629850226688

https://twitter.com/grixisguy/status/859815798633885696

 

AKH Limited is Great!

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

We complain a lot - https://twitter.com/RhysticStudies/status/859869124935155714

 

Desperate Ravings:

 

AJ Sacher’s response to women should just ignore Twitch chat: https://twitter.com/AJSacher/status/859182623968460800

 

Emma’s observation that started this: https://twitter.com/Em_TeeGee/status/858899567361884160

 

Q & A


The Finisher

Merriam-Webster’s English Dictionary has added a brand new word to their dictionary: sheeple, a (port-man-toe) portmanteau of “sheep” and “people.” Everybody loves a good portmanteau, so if you can, help the English language to continue to evolve and move forward with a portmanteau of your own.

Apr 27, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - AKH Box https://gleam.io/R32d2/magic-mics-amonkhet-booster-box-giveaway

 

B&R Announcement - Top banned in Legacy, Gush & Gitaxian Probe banned in Vintage, NO BANS in Standard: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/april-24-2017-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2017-04-24

 

  • Eternal Masters reprint
  • Counterbalance / Counterbalance /

 

Addendum to the B&R: Felidar Guardian! http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/addendum-april-24-2017-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2017-04-26

 

https://twitter.com/misterorange/status/856538153821360128

 

Hasbro $ report: Magic down?

http://newsroom.hasbro.com/mediakit/events.cfm (I HAVE NO THOUGHTS ON THIS)

https://www.reddit.com/r/mtgfinance/comments/679p57/hasbro_financial_results_q1_2017_magic_down_for/

 

The Girlfriend Bracket 100 - The end of the podcast

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

MTG Art Show Announcement!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/originalmagicart/magic-art-show-art-exhibition-at-gp-las-vegas-2017

 

Magic Online exert implementation sucks: https://twitter.com/OndrejStrasky/status/856835439545733120

 

New Black Lotus art walkthrough (for Eternal Weekend):

http://stevenbelledin.blogspot.com/2017/04/black-lotus.html

 

Continued difficulty for overseas LGSs, this time China:

https://i.redd.it/hieh1z3o7tsy.jpg

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/66m6xy/new_wotc_policy_thats_banning_most_card_stores_in/

Meanwhile…

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/67ox4a/mixed_message_from_magic_wizards_for_nonlgs_events/

 

Melissa DeTora hired full time at WotC: https://twitter.com/MelissaDeTora/status/855453167865053184

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgfrNNwTPe8 <<--melissa’s ep of TableTop

 

WER crashed 3x Prereleases in a row http://newsroom.hasbro.com/mediakit/events.cfm

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/66uoex/wizards_and_wer_get_your_shit_together/

 

The Finisher

This week, after the banned and restricted announcement part one on Monday, StarCityGames.com announced that they would be refunding customers who purchased Invocation Counterbalances after Sensei’s Divining Top spun out of the format. CoolStuffInc has offered to buy back all Saheeli Rai’s bought since Monday. This is excellent customer service of course, but it got me thinking: what other format shakeups could result in order reimbursements?

Apr 20, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

GIVEAWAY - Win all five Unhinged Land Deck Boxes from Ultra Pro   https://gleam.io/8YcuC/win-a-free-copy-of-all-five-unhinged-land-deck-boxes-from-ultra-pro

 

Magic Art Show almost there: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/originalmagicart/magic-art-show-art-exhibition-at-gp-las-vegas-2017/

 

Iconic Masters accidentally spoiled by WPN Email.

https://twitter.com/MishrasFotoshop/status/854845797409714177

 

HUGE OP News: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/ixalan-worlds-pro-tour-nationals-and-rptqs-2017-04-18

 

  • Ixalan announced - where is Hour of Devastation info? Release on 9/29/17
  • Pro Tour Ixalan is Nov 3-5th - FIVE WEEKS after release (instead of two)
  • Nationals
    • Sept 9-10
    • Sept 16-17
    • Oct 14-15
    • Mix of Standard AND Booster Draft (AKH for first two, XLN for last)
    • Nationals participation promo: Inkmoth Nexus

 

Commander 2017 - Tribal, 4x decks instead of 5x - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-commander-2017-edition-2017-04-18

  • 4x instead of 5
  • Unexpected Tribe(s) hints
  • August 25th (moved up)
  • Creature Classes? (Cleric, Wizards) Reuben thinks: Warriors, Rogues

 

RPTQ charge poll: https://twitter.com/misterorange/status/854722831040598016

 

RPTQ Promo as “prize” for PPTQ winner, now diminished: https://twitter.com/aje8888/status/854727107779465216

 

Just charge for PTs - https://twitter.com/AliEldrazi/status/854394289090170880

 

https://twitter.com/tommartell/status/854401158776999936

 

Baffled - https://twitter.com/OwenTweetenwald/status/854425891883044864

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

 

Did a Mass Unbanning Happen? https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/65jtq4/did_a_mass_unbanning_happen/

 

Magic Art Show almost there: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/originalmagicart/magic-art-show-art-exhibition-at-gp-las-vegas-2017/

 

Going Infinite:

Magic Novel problem: https://twitter.com/jay13x/status/854674292147187712 (Erin)



The Finisher


In celebration of 4/20, a 4/20 joke! It came to light this week that, for some reason, Taco Bell WiFis around the country prevent those connected to it from visiting Magic: The Gathering websites, such as Wizards.com, MagicCards.info, MTGSalvation, and Gamepedia. One would think that Magic and Taco Bell would go together like nerds and junk food, so why do you think the Bell blocked the Gathering?

Apr 13, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:

Magic Mics Swag arriving!

 

GIVEAWAY -  Rhonas Invocation version

 

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEWS:

 

Amonkhet Spoilers

http://mythicspoiler.com/newspoilers.html

 

Rhonas the Indomitable Invocation Version

Oketra’s Attendant (and token)

Grasping Dunes

Cradle of the Accursed

 

Bontu the Glorified

Liliana, Death’s Majesty

Nissa, Steward of Elements

 

Harsh Mentor

Samut, Voice of Dissent

Vizier of the Menagerie

 

Never // Return

Vizier of Many Faces

Glory-Bound Initiate

 

Pull from Tomorrow

Angel of Sanctions

Approach of the Second Sun

 

Gather the Townsfolk:

Play w Amonkhet the day after paper pre-release on MTGO

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-online/amonkhet-magic-online-earlier-ever

 

Sad tweet storyline: https://twitter.com/mtg_lee/status/852216964323737600 (Erin)

 

Invocations still only in Treasure Chests: https://twitter.com/klug_alters/status/852253899884863488 (Erin)

 

They edited today’s story to be less...overt? https://twitter.com/misterorange/status/852248630509674497

 

Wizards’ response: http://wizardsmagic.tumblr.com/post/159507277666/not-to-sound-acusatory-which-its-all-too-easy-to

 

WotC doesn’t try to recreate certain experiences: https://twitter.com/TheCardNexus/status/852256375946309633

 

The Finisher

This week is Passover, the Jewish Festival of the release of the Jews from Egypt, a fact I just learned because Reuben wrote this joke. But this Passover is different from all other Passovers because this Passover we’re also celebrating the release of the Amonkhet set from Wizards of the Coast, so on this happiest of holidays, do you have anything you’d like to get off your chests?

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