Cast through Time #26 – Missing in Action

I can’t lie to you guys: This week was another very busy week IRL for me, and I wasn’t able to listen to any podcasts.

Sound off in the comments with your favorite shows of the week!

Format Staples

Format staples are my favorite shows and the shows I believe are the most important for someone interested in Magic: The Gathering and podcasts to be listening to week in and week out. You want these in your seventy-five.

CommanderCast #37 – Spawn Trapped
Running time 1 hour 22 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • The latest episode of CommanderCast has arrived… listen to this WITH YOUR EARS! Andy is joined by Byron, Donovan and guest beast Scotty Mac in an episode containing screams of rage, tears of sorrow, and none of the above. But seriously. This episode its Commander and monies, Respawn Magic, multiplayer card draw and the return of the retro cycle review with a SUPER cycle review.

The Eh Team #47 – The Craaz-Eh Team!
Running time 2 hours 4 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • In their first cross-over episode, the Eh Team welcomes guests Alex Hayne and François Richard of Crazy Talk podcast, with Alex a recent PTQ winner thanks to Pyromancer Ascension! KYT and François discuss preparing for their upcoming PTQ, and the Standard metagame in general. This just in: Smitty can’t stop brewing! And stay tuned right to the end to hear the Eh Team’s predictions for who they want to see on the US National team.

Horde of Notions #15 – Flip Me the Bird, Joe
Running time 2 hours 11 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • Chris, Jack, Noyan and Adena are joined by legendary podcasting celebrity BigHeadJoe (@OMGWTFBHJFTW) for episode 15! The team covers a variety of topics, including:
    • Improving the “M12″ Event Decks and arguing about their relative merits
    • Discussing their current decks, from Adena’s “I vant your blood” to Chris’s Bant Unlife and Joe’s Flip the Bird EDH
    • Helping out the listeners with some deck ideas, including this one from Scott
    • This week’s Barrel Roll is Spiteful Visions
    • Joe picks the winner of the 100-follower contest: @JoshuaGD wins a signed playset of foil Mana Leaks! Congrats!
    • ALL Horde of Notions listeners can get 100 free rares with an order from! Listen to the episode to find out how.
    • Random Moments of Geekery!
    • Oh those wacky Japanese…
    • Mamono Sweeper
    • LSV did a rather crazy NMS draft. Check out the video!

Inside the Deck – Eric Klug
Running time 10 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • This episode focuses on the well-known card alter artist and contributor Eric Klug. Learn more about him and who he is!

Limited Resources #93 – Default Settings
Running time 1 hour 8 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • This week on Limited Resources, Marshall and Jon talk about your default settings. That is, what your base mode of operation should be in limited Magic. Only after understanding what the default settings are can you figure out when to stray from them appropriately. We also do a clan update, and read a story from Ryan about a play he saw at Card Kingdom a few weeks ago. Thanks for listening!

Monday Night Magic #270 – Michael J. Fox in a Bathtub
Running time 41 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • Tom, Jack and Chris from the Horde of Notions podcast bring you a pretty light news week, but some excellent hygiene tips.
    • We have the cards that will grace the over-sized prizes for the 2011 Vintage (Time Walk) and Legacy (Force of Will) tournaments.
    • Steve Argyle shows us the likely art for the new Liliana for Innistrad.
    • Tom is irrationally excited for the M12 event decks with Illusionary Might (OH GOD YES!) and Vampire Onslaught.
    • We take a peek at the interesting UBW “Night Shift” decks starring Gravitational Shift that took 8th and 9th at SCG Pittsburgh.
    • We also briefly mention that Aaron Forsythe gave the official nod to the Modern format at SD:CC and makes Overextended less likely to be official for the near future.

Yo! MTG Taps #74 – Gerry’s Back (to Back)!
Running time 1 hour 1 minute

  • Show notes:
    • This week, Joey and Bigheadjoe are joined by the big winner of the weekend, Gerry Thompson, to discuss his historic back-to-back wins at SCG Pittsburgh!

The Sideboard

The Sideboard includes shows that may or may not record every week but are quality podcasts that you may be interested in. At a minimum, I will provide the show notes, but in the case of better-than-usual episodes will provide recap or commentary. You don’t run them in every deck, but they are often a great metagame call.

Deck Builder Radio #52 – Mulligans and the Fear
Running time 32 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • It’s Thursday August 4th and today we are covering Mulligans. Join Me, Stan, and Pedro as we cover our individual ideas on how we mulligan and overcome the Fear.

East West Draft Cast #22 – You Like Pain? Try Wearing a Core-Set
Running time 58 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • This week on EWDC Jeff and Greg go through a few of their pick-a-card lists then get on to the topic of playing magic in summer.

Freed from the Reel #130 – Do Trading Bots Dream of Rustspore Ram?
Running time 47 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • Join Keya and AJ as they try to glean the first blooms of Innistrad information, and muse on the latest developments in the trading bot field.
    • News:
      • Innistrad Spoilers are beginning!
      • 6-8 of the From the Vault: Legends cards determined
      • October FNM is going to be Contagion Clasp
      • New bot that buys from bots: Worrying development or harmless curiosity?

Judgecast #32 – Ceejsteak and Bananas
Running time 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • This episode, our guest is CJ Shrader, L2 from Atlanta. He’s got a judge conference coming up. You should go. Also, now we know what it takes to become a L3 Judge. Riki helps us cover the checklist and explain some of the rationale behind it. A few crazy-weird rules questions later, we find ourselves reading a great response to our last episode sent to us by the amazing Pete Jahn. It’s an awesome show, and we’re glad to have you join us. Send us your questions:, or find us on Facebook.

Judgecast #32.5 – Women in Magic, with Lindsey Brown
Running time 19 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • In this short interview, Sean interviews his wife Lindsay about her perspective on Magic, judges, and how the game can be more accessible to women. Some of the interview questions were blatantly stolen from the guys over at RedSiteWins in their interviews with their significant others ( We’ll look for more opportunities to bring in women who judge Magic as future guests, so stay tuned. Enjoy!

The Mana Pool #191 – Bigheadjoe and the Mechanics
Running time 1 hour 59 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • We are joined this week by the highly entertaining Bigheadjoe of Yo! MTG Taps and formerly of SCG Live. He fits right in as one of the dorks, and I think you’ll enjoy having him on to take Mike’s place this episode. Hold out until the end to hear an announcement from Joe about his new wrestling podcast.
    • We begin with Brian’s experience at a recent FNM, followed by a massive bout of nostalgia. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I remember it was pretty awesome. Then we have a nice discussion about the M12 Event Decks, FNM promo cards, and have a bizarre example of M12 print runs. Blood Ogre, Angel’s Mercy, Garruk’s Companion, Child of Night – in that order, first four cards of all three packs I opened on the air. What the hell?
    • Oh, and we finish the episode off with a nice big discussion about our favorite mechanics, a topic Dirk came up with a long time ago that we’re finally getting around to. Yeah, we’ve been putting it off for at least a couple months.
    • I want to apologize for my (Chewie’s) voice doing the Max Headroom thing this episode. It starts around a third of the way through, and it lasts the entire damn episode. I have no idea what caused it, but since it’s just me and I wasn’t speaking as much as usual this episode, I just let it go. Sorry again, hope you can make it through.

MTGCast Interviews the Men of Magic #59 – Michael J. Flores
Running time 2 hours 1 minute

  • Show notes:
    • Robert Martin interviews Michael Flores on deck building, the best deck of all time, the best deck builders of all time, and more.

MTG Brainstorm #10 – Deck Ideas and More
Running time 1 hour 6 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • This week on the Brainstorm we talk about deck building and what are some good ways on making a deck. Our special guest this week is MrScottyMac from another great podcast The Eh Team, check them out each week.

Pauper to the People #19 – Abuse Your Illusion
Running time 58 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • Chris and Matt discuss substitutions needed to make the Pauper cube legitimate for MTGO play, as well as Chris’ online Pre-Release experiences. Matt’s wife cleans up vomit on the side of his car. Chris’ wife likes it when Jennifer Aniston talks dirty. This one gets a little weird. This is Pauper to the People.
    • Star City Games Pauper Article

The Scoop Phase #10 – Back to Basics w/John Sava
Running time 1 hour 19 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • This week is more of the same stuff that you guys love.
    • Deck lists and other show notes can be found at our website at

Scrubland #49 – The DCI Must Be Drunk…or at Least We Are
Running time 1 hour 13 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • Ever wonder how the heck your DCI total rating works? Scrubland is here to make some sense of that for you. Stick around because we’re also taking a look at results from Nationals around the world to keep you up to date on the latest developments in Standard. Also, we got very drunk towards the end. Like, really drunk.

Voice of Seraphim #31 – Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride
Running time 1 hour 11 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • Welcome to Episode 31 of the Voice of Seraphim: Daydream Believer. The Voice of Seraphim is your source for all the news and information related to Magic Online and the Seraphim Clan! Join hosts Dicax and Eldritch along with Darkworship, Fistalpha and Osric on Mumble to discuss recent clan events, chat about the possibility of an upcoming contest and discuss how to pull of a real life clan convocation, then they get back to business and discuss our impressions of M12, and do an M12 Crack a Pack.

In Development

Shows in development are newer podcasts. I will keep you guys up to date on new shows as they arrive on the scene, at a minimum providing show notes and possibly providing recap and analysis (I'm more likely to start writing about new shows once they've made it through five episodes and have begun to hit their stride). Consider these shows the cards you play with for the first time at the prerelease: You are excited to try them out but no one is sure how much play they will see.

Fatal Flaw #3 – Day of the Dead
Running time 1 hour 48 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • This week we didn’t have a lot of playing going on so we decided to focus on cards instead. We discuss color choice and player personality: Why do some players enjoy certain colors and not others? Are there benefits to staying with one choice vs. playing the color-field?
    • After a visit to the local card shop we picked up some random gems that we share. We also give you the skinny on the history behind our podcast name.
    • I (Aadel) share my Mono-Black Smack legacy deck that I built and have been tweaking for the last 6 months. We break it down and discuss some of the experiences it has encountered.
    • Then we ramble for about 20 minutes at the end.
    • I have no idea whether the messing around on Audacity helped the audio quality or made it horribly worse.
    • Jay’s blog that we mention can be found here. You can find our deck-lists there.

Public Enemies #9 – Substitute Troll Fills Tiny Shoes
Running time 1 hour 11 minutes

  • Show notes:
    • Tangent and Dr. Jeebus are joined by Chris Lansdell from Whores in Motion to discuss Jay’s absence, Chris bailing on his original podcast idea, Tectonic Edge promo cards, M12 Event Decks, and more!