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In Retrospect – OGW Spoilers & 2015 Year in Review!

Airdate: 12/30/15

** First Pick

Patreon – patreon.com/magicmics
Google Chat next week to make up for December: First is Monday, Jan 4th at 10PM ET

New Oath of the Gatewatch Spoilers!

** Blast from the Past –

What we learned: http://www.hipstersofthecoast.com/2015/12/wwl-top-10-stories-2015/

** The Finisher

Last week was Festivus, a secular holiday created in an episode of Seinfeld celebrated in the eve of the eve of Christmas, December 23.So happy Festivus for the rest of us! Among the traditions of this secular holiday include a Festivus dinner with friends and family, an unadorned aluminum pole, and the annual Airing of Grievances. So in honor of the holiday season, what grievance would you like to air?

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Seance It Ain’t So – Spoilers, Coverage News, Seance Fiasco!

** First Pick

#1 – Evan job announcement

#2 – New OGW Spoilers – RG Legend, Mystic Gate Expedition spoiler + diamond mana symbol.

#3 – New BW Legend: http://imgur.com/qRGL6ku

** Gather the Townsfolk 

#4 – Gerard Fabiano banned, removed from SCG PC eligibility, Twitter drama: https://twitter.com/fffreakmtg/status/672256595053707265

Sperling defends: https://twitter.com/mtg_law_etc/status/674392766659473409

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/3vse26/gerard_fabiano_has_vanished_from_the_scg/

#5 – Magic Coverage Changes: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/magic-tournament-video-coverage-2016-2015-12-08

#6 – GP Promo – Stoneforge Mystic for ½ of 2016 — unban in Modern?

#7 – MTGO Streamer Showdown (feat Evan): http://magic.wizards.com/en/MTGO/articles/archive/magic-online/magic-online-announcements-december-8-2015

** Going Infinite

Seance shenanigans

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/3w2iko/the_guy_who_paid_people_to_destroy_s%C3%A9ances_is_now/

https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/3w1mfz/im_hiring_a_magic_the_gathering_pro_tour/

** The Finisher

This week, Magic writers Caleb Durward and Matt Sperling wrote a pair of editorials expressing their opinions on the “Ban Top / Don’t Ban Top” controversy in Legacy. And the discussion shot to the top of Reddit last week thanks to the WWF-style storyline pitting the two writers against each other. So what’s the next classic wrestling storyline that will happen in Magic next week?

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Pitt Fall – GP Pittsburgh, Counterfeit Cards & More!

** First Pick

– GP Pitt capped, other debacles for PES

The $150 GP idea?

GP Oakland capped, announced here: http://magic.wizards.com/en/content/fact-sheet-grand-prix-oakland-2016
But not here: http://www.gpoakland.com/

** Gather the Townsfolk

The new counterfeits
https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/3u7d1j/the_current_batch_of_counterfeits_are_extremely/
Counterfeit cards: http://www.manaleak.com/mtguk/2015/11/counterfeit-magic-the-gathering-cards-the-growing-threat-by-joseph-dunlap/

** Desperate Ravings

– Pauper league, pauper format

** Going Infinite

– No-Reserve List Legacy: http://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/no-reserved-list-legacy

** Pass the Salt

– Card Conditions

** The Finisher

This Thursday in these United States of America, we celebrate the time in history that we Americans like to think we very nicely asked the Native Americans to have a delicious Butterball turkey and stuffing dinner with the Pilgrims. Nowadays, we use Thanksgiving to celebrate what we Americans are thankful for, so as a Magic player what are you most thankful for this year?

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Color Less – OGW Spoilers, Diamond Mana?!

** First Pick

Possible Oath of the Gatewatch spoilers: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/alexullman-news-11182015-potential-leak-and-major-spoilers-for-oath-of-the-gatewatch/

Jon Loucks Great Designer Search:
http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/125b

** The 0-2 Drop

Legendary Cube – The Durdle
Too much mana fixing?

** Gather the Townsfolk

http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/2016-magic-online-championship-series-2015-11-13
http://imgur.com/u79nLHf

http://magic.wizards.com/en/MTGO/articles/archive/magic-online/pro-tour-qualifier-changes-2015-11-16

** Going Infinite:

New Un-set? MaRo notes one is not in development and would need community support to happen.

Danny West on time control / wasted time in Magic
http://www.starcitygames.com/article/31913_Time-After-Time.html

Splash Damage – Desert Bus – http://www.desertbus.org

** The Finisher:

A recent article called “10 Celebrities you (Probably) Didn’t know played MTG” was posted on ManaLeak.com, and some of the names that appear in the article are Firefly stars Nathan Fillon and Alan Tudyk, and comedian Seth Rogen. Given the opportunity, which celebrity would you like to see cast some spells?

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Happy Little Lands – Bob Ross Magic & Much More!

** First Pick

Lands wins GP Seattle in the hands for Jarvis Yu
https://t.co/re4Crpotg0

Wasteland Karl – https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/3ryr5m/can_someone_explain_the_karl_reference_from_the/

** Desperate Ravings
Bob Ross Magic twitter account – http://twitter.com/magicbobross

http://wpn.wizards.com/en/article/new-policy-combining-premier-events – No more TCG or SGC events can be tied to PPTQs or GPTs.

** Gather the Townsfolk
Creator of mtgcoverage.com loses battle with cancer:
https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/3s236w/eulogy_for_envibeesj_creator_of_mtgcoveragecom/

http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/slow-play-whats-the-call-judge/

** The Red Zone
MTG Goldfish requested to stop publishing constructed matchup data
https://twitter.com/MTGGoldfish/status/664170462767788032

Saffron Olive explains
https://twitter.com/SaffronOlive/status/664177739612725248

What WotC could do – block access:
https://twitter.com/MTGGoldfish/status/664200315785183232

@SwitchGlitchmon @Claw0001 @SaffronOlive @SohNata The source was bots “watching” replays. https://twitter.com/MTGGoldfish/status/664208976356098049

http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/slow-play-whats-the-call-judge/

** The Finisher

Over the weekend, Paulo Vitor Dance Dance Revolution made a tweet discussion the possibility of playing a Pithing Needle naming Abandon Hope in an unlosable game… for the trolls. Now Pithing Needle naming Abandon Hope in an unlosable situation might be enough of a needling to actually make your opponent concede, so given the opportunity, what card would you name in certain game situations?

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Price of Progress – Back To Innistrad, Travis Woo & More!

 

** First Pick

Shadows Over Innistrad; Commander Spoilers

Blade of Selves
Daxos Returned
Ezuri, Claw of Progress

** Gather the Townsfolk

SCG Organized Play changes

Kitchen Lynx playmat is the greatest thing evarrrr.

** Going Infinite

http://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/the-most-expensive-standard-since-caw-blade

Jeebus’ rebuttal: http://www.mtgbrodeals.com/2015/11/03/the-fallacy-of-standard-is-too-expensive/

** Splash Damage

Travis Woo indefinitely suspended from Channel Fireball for anti-Semitic remarks during a stream: https://t.co/4huo2uwewD

** The Finisher

http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/132556780753/and-the-off-limit-ones-arent-even-necessarily#notes

Recently on Mark Rosewater’s Tumblr Blogatog, he was asked, in so many words, if a return to Kamigawa was a done deal. His answer: “I believe in Blogatog speak it’s code for ‘it’s already been designed.’” So with that revelation and Shadows over Innistrad and Battle for Zendikar, what’s the next return to set?

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GGs? – BFZ Underpowered, GG complaints and more!

 

** First Pick

Patreon goal hit! http://patreon.com/magicmics

“This Always Happens” Theory
http://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/battle-for-zendikar-and-the-this-always-happens-theory

** Gather the Townsfolk

http://www.quietspeculation.com/2015/10/insider-sportsmanship-and-the-dreaded-good-game/

http://i.imgur.com/P3Zw4yT.png
^more on GG.

** Going Infinite

http://www.starcitygames.com/article/31788_Three-Of-A-Kind.html

** Splash Damage

https://twitter.com/cascadegamesllc/status/659171535488356352?s=09

** The Finisher

The Great Wizards Chili Cookoff: http://wizardsmtgo.tumblr.com/post/132104385954/wizardsmagic-today-was-the-2nd-annual-chili What kind of chili would we make?

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Aww Snap! – Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar & More!

 

** First Pick

Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar

Stagnant Metagame
Finkel (16th Top 8) and PVDDR (10th)
Break Formats – not doable
Human interest pieces (Brandon Burton & Autumn Burchett)
http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/ptbfz/the-best-team-at-the-pro-tour-2015-10-16

** Gather the Townsfolk

‘Playing Magic Together,’ http://www.channelfireball.com/home/playing-magic-together/

** Going Infinite

http://www.starcitygames.com/article/31712_The-New-Green.html

Does Green ‘do everything’?

** Splash Damage

http://www.hipstersofthecoast.com/2015/10/command-of-etiquette-coincidence-as-cover/

** The Red Zone

Reuben is History’s Greatest Monster (also new Snapcaster promo)
https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/3pcmnq/building_a_new_deck_and_im_just_a_few_playables/

** The Finisher

One of the most popular Reddit threads from MagicTCG this week is from WhinyTortoise, who created an entire Star Wars Magic set with new abilities like Hate, Meditate and Space Flight. So what beloved movie series would you like to see get the Magic set treatment?

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Pack It In – OTW Fatpacks, Twitter Drama & More!

** First Pick

http://patreon.com/magicmics

http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/131186906308/will-oath-of-the-gatewatch-also-have-full-art

** Desperate Ravings


and the ensuing discussion with rabble rouser Ari Lax


https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/3of7oq/shots_fired/
Joe Lossett calls out Jeff Hoogland re: Legacy

** Gather the Townsfolk
“Unfair, Unfun, and Punishing”
http://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/unfun-unfair-and-punishing-eighth-edition

The Nerdist, ‘Now Is the Perfect Time To Be a Magic the Gathering Player’ http://nerdist.com/now-is-the-perfect-time-to-be-a-magic-the-gathering-player/

** Going Infinite

http://www.hipstersofthecoast.com/2015/09/drawing-live-is-professional-magic-still-a-game/

** Splash Damage

(covered in extended Patreon episode)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alexandre-dreyfus/video-games-online-poker_b_8285436.html

** The Finisher

This weekend, three new players will enter the Magic The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame: Eric Froehlich, Shota Yasooka, and Willy Edel. When they finally make the Magic Media Hall of Fame, and you get in, what will your opening line in your Hall of Fame induction speech be?