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.

The Magic World Championship 2020

Sixteen players. Three days of Magic. A million dollars in prizes. Some quickly thrown in pineapples. We talk about what we liked and didn’t, from the players, to coverage, and Arena tie-ins.

Players Tour Phoenix and Secret Lair Overkill

Even though Jamie was trying to finish up her Arena Mythic rank, she still had time to catch some of the PT Phoenix Limited play and gives us her professional opinions. And in case you haven’t had enough yet, there’s another Secret Lair release coming up. Is this too much yet? We finish up by pondering where we’d be right now without Magic.

Pioneer Player Tours, Manastrike, and the Creator Program

We’ve got a whole lot to cover this week! There were not one but two Player Tours last weekend, and we go over the hot new Inverter deck that was all over the place. TJ gets hyped for the new Magic phone game, Manastrike, and we talk about the Magic Creator Program and what that could mean to content creators of all sizes.

Jersey Lessons and an Unsanctioned Viewing

Jamie is back from MagicFest New Jersey and we can’t wait to hear about her experience. She not only tells about how the tournament went, but she confides in us about a couple of uncomfortable situations that happened while she was playing.

Theros Sealed Prep and a Legacy Lost

Jamie has been crushing Sealed pools all week getting ready for MagicFest New Jersey, and she tells us what she’s learned early about the format. It also seems that Legacy has disappeared from the 2020 schedule, but TJ has a reason why. Then we wrap it all up with pondering our own replacements.

Themes in Theros and Bans in Modern

We take advantage of our Limited expert, Jamie Topples, to look at the themes we can expect to see in Theros Beyond Deck Limited decks and what we should expect in color sets and decks.

2019 Reflections and the Mail Bag

Magic has been through a lot in 2019, and we take a little time to reflect on the highs and lows, the good times and the bad. We also decided that a good way to end the year would be with an extended mail bag segment, where we ponder personal teleportals and hot dogs.

MCVII and the Paywall to Brawl

Mythic Championship VII is in the books and it was either great for Magic, or terrible for Magic. We talk about what’s gotten better and what’s gotten worse in 2019 for events and tournaments. Also, why we gotta pay to brawl?

PonderThis: Extra Helpings

Back from our Thanksgivings, we check up on the latest Pioneer bans, look at what’s in store for the coming Mythic Championship, and ponder an extra big helping of your questions, including a few about ourselves.

Pondering Oko’s Fate After Mythic Championship VI

With so much representation at the last Mythic Championship, something has to give. Will it finally be Oko, or will Veil of Summer take the fall? We puzzle out the impact of Mystery Boosters and round it out by pondering each other’s flavor text.

Pioneering Tournaments with Brad Brown

This week TJ, Jamie, and Melvin are joined by special guest Brad Brown, a commentator and technical producer for the NRG Series. Brad talks with us about Pioneer and how it is saving the tournament scene.

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