Quote from MerfolkMagicI think they may have forgot but here is the link to their latest episode released today.
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If I remember rightly you were going through some upheaval in your work life. If so, I hope the arrival of this podcast indicates things have settled down.
Or is it just that a cube review of BNG is so short you can find time amidst the chaos?
Quote from calibrettoI listened to this 'cast today and as just an overview of the new format, I'm definitely a fan. I do hope you guys keep this up and I hope that some JoC regulars from the past occasionally stop by for visits as well. I love your content, Kranny, because I don't always agree with your card evaluations. Because of this, you often make me look at cards in a different light. What I noticed in this episode with Jack is that he doesn't always agree with you either. And I found that I tend to agree with him more. This just made the whole listening experience that much better for me. I don't know if Jack reads this, but I'm glad he's a permanent cohost and I hope you guys continue to bring us content. Also, "Well, then you've never had to discard a card at random in your life," is certainly my favorite Jack quote from this episode.
The only negative thing I can say about this cast in general is there seemed to be some audio quality issues on Jack's side. Your audio was much louder and more clear than his.
On the subject of the content, I don't think Born of the Gods was terrible for cube considering that it's a small set. I was way more disappointed with Gatecrash considering that it was the same size as Return to Ravnica and gave us so many less playables. I'm adding in six cards from this set and I think that's fine for a small set. However, I'm only really excited about two (Brimaz and Kiora) and mildly excited about one (Courser of Kruphix). The rest (Spirit of the Labyrinth, Pain Seer, and Mogis) all seem ok, but none of them are cards I feel will have a long lifespan in the cube.
The one thing you said that I disagreed with the most was your love for the scry lands. Personally I think that since these lands are rare, expecting them to lose the ETBT clause is not too much to ask. Because of this clause, I feel like they are about on par with the Refuges from Zendikar. Of course Scry 1 is better than gaining one life, but I'd much rather have a dual land that I can use the turn it enters play than the scry ability. Hitting play tapped is just such a set back in a lot of decks. Also, kind of on that same note, you said that you'd run this cycle before the buddy land cycle of M10/INN. I don't really agree with that, but I could see arguments for both sides. What I want to point out, though, is that I don't think you should be running full cycles of lands other than the ABU duals, shocks, and fetches. I'm a firm believer in the idea that if you want a fourth (or fifth) cycle of duals, then you should choose each member of that cycle from the many options that Magic has given us. Boros certainly would rather have any dual that doesn't ETBT, since that color pair is almost always an aggressive deck. Another example would be Selesnya. This is a color pair that might want the scry land, but I don't think that land beats out Horizon Canopy or Stirring Wildwood for that fixing slot. Choosing to run full cycles beyond the big three is definitely something that can be done, but I think you miss out on some really good options if you put those types of limits on your fixing.
Quote from MagicFeverWill there be any more episodes in the future or is the podcast cancelled?
Quote from OP_ForeverI run only 3 because I have 360, which is Fetch, Dual, and Shock. So I never run them. Probably never will either.
Quote from wtwlf123I cut Jace for not being good enough, otherwise it'd still be in there.
This card isn't that far off from Thrun, actually. It's unblockable, but it can be countered and destroyed with mass destruction effects. It doesn't need to be banned for powerlevel at all, unless you also ban a metric ton of other cube cards for being "too good".
Quote from calibrettoThis discussion could easily just turn into what our normal "Powered is bettah!" "Unpowered is bettah!" debacles, so I hope that doesn't happen.