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Sep 21, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway

Giveaway -


MTG Arena & Code Cards -


D&D Promo Cards:


Gather the Townsfolk

RIP Gadiel Szleifer


Ted Knutson remembers:

Cardboard Crack takes a break

I can haz announcement:

Wizards pulls “Premier” designation from Euro Legacy event:

Magic Judges have no exam & certification website five months

Vraska says curse words:

The Finisher

This week, our fellow content producers Josh Lee Kwai and Jimmy Wong released their latest Game Knights, this time straying away from their usual Commander videos to venture into a game of Two-Headed Giant against our other fellow content producers at Magic: The Amateuring, Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff. And the internet reacted in a totally reasonable manner to the ever-so-slight change in format… by which I mean the internet happened to the tune of over 100 comments on Reddit. So in honor of that ridiculousness, how do you think we should piss off our Redditors this week?

Sep 20, 2017

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Filmdate - 9/18/17

Sep 14, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway

Patron Stream - SUNDAY @ 9PM ET


Giveaway - A free set of Gold Doubloons!


Exclusive Preview - Deathgorge Scavenger


MTG Arena -

  • In closed beta
  • Carefully controlled 60 min reveal
  • Live demo playable at HASCON
  • Free to Play
  • No mention of prices
  • Multiple play modes including digital-only
  • No trading


Iconic Masters

- HASCON good idea or bad?

- Was “Iconic” the right moniker?

- Unstable full basics



Mana Drain


Avacyn, Angel of Hope


Aether Vial

Horizon Canopy

Ancestral Vision

Grove of the Burnwillows

Mishra’s Bauble - AT UNCOMMON

Glimpse the Unthinkable

Cryptic Command



Oblivion Stone


Gather the Townsfolk

Ixalan Spoilers (Don’t call on Erin)

Skulduggery - great name

Sword-Point Diplomacy - also great name

Lurking Chupacabra - also also great name


Slide #1

Vraska, Relic Seeker

Charging Monstrosaur

Spell Swindle


Slide #2

Growing Rites of Itlimoc // Itlimoc, Crade of the Sun


Slide #3

Dousing Dagger // Lost Vale


Slide #4

Legion’s Landing // Adanto, the First Fort


Slide #5

Search for Azcanta // Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin


Slide #6

Arguel’s Blood Fast // Temple of Aklazotz


Slide #7

Field of Ruin

Legion Conquistador


Desperate Ravings
Ultra Pro Tokens


Modern Cube...bad.


Splash Damage

FoW Game Loss Feel Bads:


The Finisher


Last week, I experienced my own version of adventure on the high seas when the high seas came to me thanks to Hurricane Irma. Thankfully, as you can see, my house and I are still in one relatively dry piece and we were able to come back home somewhat quickly. But as Irma moves along, we still have Jose, Katia, and more on the horizon, not to mention more in future years, so how should Magic Mics treat weather delays in the future?

Sep 7, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway

Giveaway - A set of XLN Planeswalker Decks


Exclusive Preview next week!


Iconic Masters will be fully spoiled in 2 days.


Ixalan Spoilers

Huatli hype!

Regisaur Alpha, Sanctum Seeker, Conqueror's Galleon//Foothold (crazy rares)

Opt, Spell Pierce, Duress (commons page)

Savage Stomp, Drover of the Mighty, Lightning Strike (Dino support page)

Siren Stormtamer, Kitesail Freebooter, Storm Fleet Aerialist (Pirate Tempo tools)


PAX slides & worldbuilding Ixalan info:


HASCON playmats:

Gather the Townsfolk

From the Regisaur Alpha artile: List of creatures now errata’d to be dinosaurs: (best creature type combos: Fungus Dinosaur and To Zombie Dinosaur Beast) (lots of Dominaria Dinos… more in the next block?) (including erratas plus Ixalan, now 33 Dinos in MTG)


1 Year Anniversary of Split Second with Jeremy Noell:


Desperate Ravings
Puca Trade institutes ‘member dues.’


Judge tosses case brought by MTG judge who wants to be paid:


Splash Damage

Geocaching promotion


The Finisher


One of the cards previewed this week was Deadeye Quartermaster, a 2/2 Human Pirate that acts as a tutor for vehicles or equipment. But it’s not the ability that set Twitter ablaze, no, it’s the art, which as you can see on the screen here… looks a lot like it might just have been Ms. Erin’s Invitational card. Now, we have heard tale that the model was in fact the artist Josh Haas’ wife, but it does beg the question: if you won the Invitational and were to be Shanghai’d into a set as a pirate, what might your swashbuckler say?

Sep 5, 2017

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Filmdate - 9/4/17

Aug 31, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway

Big News - New Sponsor!


Giveaway - TWO 3-Day VIP passes to Hascon!


Exclusive Preview next week!


Ixalan Card Theft & Previews


Ixalan Spoilers

Treasure Map / Treasure Cove


Walk the Plank

Admiral Beckett Brass

Settle the Wreckage


Kenjalli’s Sunwing

Dreamcaller Siren

Ripjaw Raptor

Desperate Ravings
A Critique of Gamer Language

Gather the Townsfolk

10 Millionth Sanctioned Event:


Vintage Leagues on MTGO, Vintage Restrictions, and VSL (featuring meeee)


No more bylines Magic Story articles:


Planeswalker legendary rule change (stupid sexy jace, looks like he’s wearing nothing at all nothing at all…)


Splash Damage

Errata being used in Star Wars Destiny


They’ve done it before w X-Wing minis game:


GP Indy Missed Connections:


The Finisher

Avast, me hearties, because pirates are making their long anticipated return to Magic: The Gathering with Ixalan. And since privateer puns and high seas hilarity always batten down my hatches, lilly my livers and shiver my timbers with your best pirate-y jokes you can muster from the depths of Davy jones’ Locker.

Aug 30, 2017

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Filmdate - 8/28/17

Aug 10, 2017

First Pick & Giveaway:
Giveaway - Win a 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

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:

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

SCG NY Open - RG Vengevine

When will MTGO crack down on toxic users?


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

Going Infinite:

Here was the first - all creatures 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!




Evan done pissed off the Internet:



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

Gather the Townsfolk:

Argument Over Magic Leads to Stabbing:


SCG PT Invites Leaving


Going Infinite

Is the PT Worth it?


Splash Damage: - 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!


MTGO 12hr downtime +3hr event shut-off


Unstable Info released

SDCC Panel info:


Imgur album:


Un-Sets - bad for Magic?


Gather the Townsfolk:

Hasbro Quarterly Report -


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:


Dealing with leftover promos change:


PT HOU Draft



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:


In-Store Play Evolves


  • 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 - 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 - 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


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



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


  • 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.


  • 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:




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


SDCC Promos -

Original announcement awful:


MTGO Data Sharing Changes:


Gather the Townsfolk:

Quest to return GP Trials


Splash Damage:
Dana Fischer on Mashable:


Ryan Yee Wins Chesley for ‘Die Young.’




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!


Top 10 Topic - Top 10 HOU cards


LINKS: (Erin)


Gather the Townsfolk:

Tragic Lesson


Going Infinite:

“Cards you wouldn’t show grandma”


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


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.


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


Sene1’s thoughts:


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:


Sam Stoddard’s thoughts on MTGHOF from 2011

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:


Official Seahawks take on Cassius in Vegas:


Splash Damage:

WotC makes a rainbow. People lose their minds:


The Finisher


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




Exclusive Preview Next Week


Spoilers -


  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
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

Magic MMORPG coming from Cryptic Studios

Magic Duels is dead

Aetherworks Marvel is banned in Standard

Looked at adding cards to Standard

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

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 -


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


MTG Triple-A Video Game MMORPG!


Gather the Townsfolk:

MTGO 15th Anniversary:


Extra HOU cards - Basic Lands


Seen in Archenemy:



Red Zone:
Commander vs 1 v 1 Commander


Desperate Ravings:

Magic Streamers to Watch, by Gaby Spartz:


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 Gift Certificate


GP Vegas Announcement - LIVE SHOW!


C17 Spoilers after last week


Gather the Townsfolk:

Announcing ‘Commander: Anthology:’


Changes to Magic Online PPTQs:


New cards warp easier?


Desperate Ravings:

Pro Tour Special Invite Controversy:

Amaz (Jason Chan) bio - 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


Going Infinite:

“Head to Head: Fun things wizards won’t let you have”

Follow along:


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?

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