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TJ Rogers, Melvin the Muppet

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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.
 
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Money is on the mind this week in Magic. We start by checking in on the high stakes Magic World Championship and what effect having draft in it may or may not have had. We also ponder the Twitch leak and have some real talk about salaries and expectations of both content creators and supporters. Visit the Ponder website Access the Three Moons Loung…
 
We've had a few weeks to get into Midnight Hunt, and Jamie has somethings about the boogeyman of the Limited format, Blue/Black. We ponder how sets like this and AFR can get through design with over powered color pairs. We also check in on Magic: Las Vegas and ponder if and when its okay to start going to big events again. Visit the Ponder website …
 
Wizards aired their Magic 2021 showcase on Twitch this week, and it was chocked full of announcements. We look at the new sets, new products, new IP crossovers, and ponder what's important about what they didn't say. Visit the Ponder website Access the Three Moons Lounge here and support the show Check out Myth House on Twitch Find the NRG Series o…
 
Digital-only cards are coming to the Historic format on Magic Arena via Jumpstart: Historic Horizons packs. What does this mean for Magic and why uses a format like Jumpstart? Can we still consider Magic to be a "paper" game? We also ponder AFR Limited a few weeks in and notice that Flesh and Blood card game's future Organized Play is looking surpr…
 
Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is out and Jamie Topples and Melvin the Muppet share their experiences with the format. Do the Class Cards really bring out the *flavor*? Is the set even fun? After that TJ and Melvin take a look at the situation surrounding Standard 2022. How did we get here? What could we do to avoid it? Visit the Ponder website…
 
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is about to be released and we are excited about what we've seen so far. Does the set capture the feel of D&D? Is it too much for a core set? But before we ponder these questions and can venture forth, we need the Countess of Cuties to give us her Top 10 from Strixhaven and Modern Horizons 2. V…
 
With massive changes to organized play, cuts to tournament prize support, and the elimination of sponsored streamers, maybe it's time to rethink what Magic is and who it's for. With the vast majority of players being casual, we ponder if Magic is fundamentally a party game with a minor competitive element, and if this paradigm would better serve al…
 
It's TJ's turn to take a week off, so Jamie has pulled in her wonderful husband (and possibly robot) Jon to be on the show with us. As a long time Magic player and fellow limited drafter, he tells us his history with the game, how Jamie "really" got introduced to Magic, and what it's like to love and support a full time streamer. Visit the Ponder w…
 
With Melvin on vacation, Jamie and TJ asked Ethan of the Lords of Limited Podcast to join the podcast for a discussion of Streaming, Limited, and Podcasting. Ethan on Twitter Listen to Lords of Limited Visit the Ponder website Access the Three Moons Lounge here and support the showBy TJ Rogers, Jamie Topples, Ethan Sax
 
It's preview time for Modern Horizons 2 and we have been blown away by what we have seen so far. There's so much going on in this set, including new spins on old favorites, Legacy cards moving into Modern, meme cards, and even an army of squirrels. MH2 looks like it will be a blast to draft, shake up Modern, and inspire new Commander decks. With al…
 
This week we welcome to the podcast Jamie's friend Duncan, who works at Legions, her local game store. We ask what it's been like for an LGS these days between the pandemic, multiple booster products, and Secret Lair competition. Duncan gives us the inside scoop and we all ponder what the future holds for our favorite local game stores. Visit the P…
 
We're back from an exciting weekend of tournament play and tournament coverage, and TJ shares what it was like to be back in the booth again. We also give our thoughts on the most recent announcement about Magic Organized Play, and then we play a game to figure out which Strixhaven college is the coolest by pondering which of them some popular fict…
 
Like a romantic relationship, our feelings toward Magic have gone through phases. From that first infatuation, to admitting that we "like-like" them, to falling head over heals in love. We share some stories from our past about how we've gotten to where we are now and why, despite everything we say, we still love Magic. Visit the Ponder website Acc…
 
This week we welcome fellow streamer and friend of the show Garbage Andy to the podcast. As a professional video editor and producer, Andy is bringing his own style, flare, and skills to his stream. What has helped him be so successful in his first year on Twitch? We also ponder why he wears the name "garbage" with pride. Watch Garbage Andy on Twit…
 
The most recent earning reports from Hasbro has revealed that Wizards of the Coast and Magic is at the most profitable it's ever been. After a year of drastic change, from the disappearance of large paper events, to the massive promotion of Arena, and the constant sales of Secret Lairs, is this the new way things are? We ponder if Wizards has any r…
 
Strixhaven is getting all of the attention right now. It's the first week of a new draft format, and Jamie shares how she feels about it. We look at the way the community has been engaging with the set, with promotional videos from the Command Zone and online quizzes that sort us into houses...er...colleges. We also ponder if we're happy with the w…
 
It's been a controversial week for Wizards of the Coast, to say the least. From forgetting who their own MPL members are, to cancelling the Arena Early Access program, it's left the Magic community in a tailspin. We ponder what the heck is going and and what the fallout will be. Visit the Ponder website Access the Three Moons Lounge here Ham Fam (2…
 
The votes are in and Twitter has decided via poll who is the cutest Kaldheim critter. Except not really because only Jamie, the Cutie Countess, can make such a decision. She walks us through her bracket and we see how Twitter did. Melvin also exposes a Magic Arena conspiracy that might be about to change how the game is played. Visit the Ponder web…
 
With his band, Intergalactic Mystery, needing another member, Tommy is searching the galaxy great musicians. He has landed on Earth to take some time off and interview local rocker, Jon Topples. The appearance of a surprise guest threatens to break up the interview. How will Tommy and his manager, Aluisius, handle this unexpected twist? Access the …
 
This week we are joined by special guest, Taalia Vess! She and TJ share their enjoyment of the new Magic Legends game. We also discuss her love of Commander and get her thoughts on the new Time Spiral Remastered cards. We also ponder dangerous food. Visit the Ponder website Access the Three Moons Lounge here Find Taalia Vess on Twitch Find Taalia V…
 
It's March Madness, cuties-style! We introduce 16 cute contestants to find out who will win the cutie crown by the Countess of Cute, Jamie. TJ also rants a bit about what happens when "Premier" Magic coverage just isn't premier and what can be done about it. Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder website Watch the episode on Twitch Wat…
 
You know limited is in a weird place when Jamie starts meme drafting. She tells us about the new pants deck that other people are forcing. We look at Universes Beyond and ponder why WotC would use other people's IP beyond making money. Oh, and Melvin has a breakdown. Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder website Watch the episode on T…
 
There's a Sealed Arena Open this weekend, and you know Jamie's getting ready for it. We check in on how her preparation has been going and get some tips. TJ shares his revelation of what White is missing in abilities, and we catch up on all the bans what they mean to their formats. Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder website…
 
It's our second episode recording live on Twitch! Jamie Topples, Melvin the Muppet, and TJ Rogers examine Kaldheim's impact on limited and Constructed and go on absolutely zero tangents. Watch the live episode here Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder websiteBy TJ Rogers, Jamie Topples, Melvin the Muppet
 
Jamie's been crushing Kaldheim drafts in the first week, and she gives us the early info. We also take a quick look at what Arena is like on Android and what it could mean for the game. Then we ponder the color pie, how it could be updated, and how it could taste. Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder website…
 
The Kaldheim marketing has leaned heavily into using heavy metal, but is it too much or not enough? Also, we're putting Tacobell crunchwraps on our faces and learning from TJ why horses are useless killing machines. Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder websiteBy TJ Rogers, Jamie Topples, Melvin the Muppet
 
We're so happy to be joined this week by special guest, friend of Jamie, and popular Magic streamer Voxy! In her very first (of many) podcast interview, we talk about full time Magic streaming, what makes Limited fun, and we ponder the best Ravnica guild for cats. Find Voxy on Twitch Voxy on Twitter Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Pond…
 
We are joined this week by friend of Jamie's and pro player Brian Coval. Brian is known as a Legacy expert and is a co-host of the Eternal Glory Podcast. This week he shares with us how he got into Legacy, why he loves the format, and where it's going in the future. We also ponder 2021 new year resolutions. Brian on Twitter The Eternal Glory Podcas…
 
In a shocking twist no one saw coming, both Jamie and Melvin have been playing Standard on Arena. Jamie has been crushing with Rogues in best of three, but Melvin has some thoughts on best of one. TJ has been having a delight with Supreme Vintage draft, and we ponder Kaldheim, the new planeswalkers, and hair styles. Access the Three Moons Lounge he…
 
This week we are joined once again by Coleman Falk, friend of the show and co-host of the Building Blocks podcast. Coleman catches us up on how Building Blocks has been going and what's its like to do a podcast based on famous decks and cards from Magic's history. We also ponder Commander theme songs. Coleman on Twitter Building Blocks Podcast on T…
 
The controversy over Jeweled Lotus has been high and opinions differ on how good it is. Is it an intentional chase rare to drive sales or just a well designed card? We also ponder how Kaladesh Remastered will play compared to the original and look back to Amonkhet remastered for hints. Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder website…
 
Wizards announced that Magic Arena Mobile won't be released in 2020. Are we shocked even a little bit? We ponder what to really expect for mobile and when. We also bring back our favorite Ponder game, Battle of Wits. We take some of the Commander Legends creatures and debate what jobs they are best suited for, like three inept high school guidance …
 
Racism has reared its ugly head in the community again in the form of card alters, and we talk about how to handle those who create it and those who support it. We also ponder what happens when the Magic finance community exploits leaked cards for a profit. Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder website…
 
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