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Ponder Podcast

TJ Rogers, Jamie Rigatti, and Melvin the Muppet ponder all things from the world of Magic: the Gathering. Each episode, your hosts will discuss anything and everything related to the world of Magic and will answer listener questions of any kind.

Episode 115 – Core Set 2021: A Palate Cleanser

After some powerful sets and complex mechanics in the last few sets, it’s nice to get a bit of a break with Magic Core Set 2021. The limited play feels like a return to the comfortable, while still being challenging. We give our early impressions of the set this week and also ponder picking new creature types for ourselves.

Episode 114 – Wizards Content Creator Confusion

The WotC Content Creator Program has a lot of people scratching their heads after some players were removed from it. Who is it even for and what’s it serving? Why are people upset with it? We ponder what it is now, what’s not working, and what it could be.

Episode 113 – When Magic is only in the Background

Core set 2021 is out and we…. well, we’re having a hard time focusing on Magic right now, and it feels like it’s been pushed into the background of our lives. We strive to carry on and summon the core set cuties to help us lift our spirits. We also ponder Core Set 2022, because it’s never too early.

Wild Companion Change Speculations

Changes are coming for Companion, but we don’t know what. Why bother critically hypothesizing about them when you can make crazy, outlandish guesses instead? We try both. We also ponder even more secret lairs, a leak, and rocks.

The Arena Open and Curated Cuties

The Arena Open was just announced. Is it for you? We look at what the Arena Open structure is and compare its format and cost to similar paper tournaments. We also look forward to the CFB Pro Showdown, and Jamie gives us a Curated Cuties of ICoria list.

Balance Versus Innovation

What’s more important when designing future sets? Innovation is important to keep the game fresh, but without balance power creep and narrow strategies can take over. We each ponder which is more important, how this trade-off has affected past sets, and what might be coming in the future. We also ponder krakens.

From Superstar to Pro: Innovating with Mashi Scanlan

From the days of Superstars to the creation of CFBPro, from Magic TV to Magic FM, our special guest Mashi Scanlan has been innovating Magic content. In our first Channelfireball podcast crossover, Mashi weaves the tales of his life’s story and CFB’s together. Then we ponder mutating our pets.

Arena’s Renaissance

Human drafts have finally arrived on Magic Arena, and people (especially Jamie) couldn’t be happier. Was it a make or break necessity for Ikoria? We discuss how people are returning in droves after frustration with bot drafting and what that means for players. We also say goodbye to our DCI numbers.

Early Ikoria Topples Tips

She’s had a week to sink her teeth in, but that’s all she needs. Jamie is here to give us the rundown on Ikoira Limited. We ask her what the early strategies are, what’s good and what’s overrated. We also get hyped for her Eleague competition and wrap up by pondering Porcuparrots.

Ikoria Power Rankings

After a quick celebration for human drafts on Arena, we start the deep dive into Ikoria. To review some of the most powerful cards, we decide to pit them against each other. We review the mythic Apex beasts, the Mythos cycle, and the new planeswalkers in a head to head elimination to find out which will be the last cards standing.

Dreadnought Magic: Ikoria First Impressions and Mechanics

Forget “Battle-Cruiser Magic”. Ikoria is bringing us giant creatures so big that we had to create a whole new term, “Dreadnought Magic”. We talk about mutating giant monsters, why TJ loves cycling, and ponder if Companions are just Magic’s version of Pokemon waiting to happen.

Magic Moving Forward

This episode may be coming out on April Fool’s, but the world’s crazy enough right now. Magic is moving on with changing ways to play, and we look ahead towards the release of Ikoria and future releases and tournaments. We also ponder replacing TJ with more Jamie.

MagicFest Online and Adaption in Crisis

In the wake of large tournaments being cancelled, the Magic scene is being forced to adapt, and leading the way is CFBEvent’s MagicFest Online. We breakdown how you can play and when. We also cover some other new events to watch out for.

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