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  • We've got a few quick announcements about upcoming podcast content (MF Atlanta! Week Off! Previews! Flavor Gems!), and then it's time to just dig into Kate Elliott's novel, The Wildered Quest. After brief worldbuilding notes, we cover the entire book in summaries, jokes, and reflections.

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    01:28 – The Whole Cast Will Be at MF Atlanta This Weekend!
    02:23 – We Have Two Free Preview Cards on Thursday!
    02:41 – Kenrith Family Portrait & Kate Elliott Interview
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/portrait-kenriths-2019-09-12
    03:37 – Eldraine Worldbuilding
    11:17 – The Wildered Quest Summary and Discussion
    Link: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/634136/throne-of-eldraine-the-wildered-quest-by-kate-elliott/?pdivflag=

  • Product Architect Gavin Verhey of Wizards of the Coast is back to guest on the podcast once again! This week we play a game of "If or When" with him, where we say a character and Gavin tells us "When" (When we finally make this card) or "If" (If we ever make this card). We talk about characters from all across Magic's history, from its earliest days to this year, so enjoy!

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    01:29 – Throne of Eldraine Previews Have Begun
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/throne-eldraine
    01:54 – We have TWO Free Preview Cards on September 19th
    02:45 – 2020 Standard Sets Announced
    Link: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/476756794
    06:44 – If or When with Gavin Verhey
    49:25 – Final Thoughts

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  • A week of downtime means a week of digging into our mailbag to catch up on all the questions we haven't been answering in previous episodes! From the brilliant to the banal, sit back and enjoy a relaxed episode that hits a variety of smaller topics.

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    01:43 – Meet Oko, Magic’s New Fey Planeswalker
    Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurenorsini/2019/08/28/exclusive-meet-oko-the-magic-the-gathering-multiverses-newest-planeswalker/#7a2bb49f1b1a
    05:13 – Listener Question: How Long Has Each Planeswalker Been a Planeswalker?
    19:06 – Listener Question: Planar Chaos Colorshift a Planeswalker?
    22:49 – Listener Question: Flavor + Mechanics Homerun Cards?
    26:50 – Listener Question: Speculation for a Viking Plane?
    28:56 – Listener Question: Which Muppet Babies Are the Gatewatch?
    30:46 – Listener Question: History of the Slivers?
    31:51 – Listener Question: What Are Karn’s Abilities?
    33:46 – Listener Question: What Author Would You Hire to Write Magic?
    40:24 – Listener Question: Where Would You Start Telling Magic’s Story?
    46:36 – Final Thoughts

  • What is nothingness? What does it mean to exist? How come that frog I summoning in combat dissipated in a swirling burst of energy? These are the questions that plague metaphysically minded mages around the Multiverse, and today we're diving into, well, how reality works in the Magic IP. We've fielded lots of questions about these kinds of things over time, so consider this episode one big answer to a bunch of 'em!

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    02:50 – Happy One Year on the Show, Brian and Ashley!
    03:58 – The Inspiring Questions
    06:32 – Metaphysics of the Blind Eternities
    26:51 – Metaphysics of Planes
    40:13 – Metaphysics of Magic
    52:17 – Final Thoughts

  • We've reached the halfway point in Django Wexler's The Gathering Storm, with chapters 7 through 10 leading us up to the (failed) guild summit before War of the Spark. We even get back to listener questions, so thanks again to all our fans who ask those!

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    00:39 – The Wildered Quest Blurb
    Link: https://www.amazon.com/Throne-Eldraine-Wildered-Kate-Elliott-ebook/dp/B07VP1PQ81
    01:57 – Listener Question: Elder Dragons Older than the Thran?
    03:23 – Listener Question: How Many Pre-Mending Planeswalkers Still Around?
    07:23 – Listener Question: Could Dack Have Saved Himself with the Immortal Sun?
    10:39 – The Gathering Storm Chapter 7
    Link: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=671981442a09c23d267bd602b&id=f04ef0245f
    19:16 – The Gathering Storm Chapter 8
    Link: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=671981442a09c23d267bd602b&id=77411a7f11
    32:19 – The Gathering Storm Chapter 9
    Link: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=671981442a09c23d267bd602b&id=fd2c659d7a
    37:04 – The Gathering Storm Chapter 10
    Link: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=671981442a09c23d267bd602b&id=331efd73d0
    46:57 – Final Thoughts

  • Every new Commander product brings flavorful new legends, new cards, and reprints to Magic players worldwide. They're good in meaty, perfect for digging in for a full flavor gems episode featuring flavorful new legends, new...well, you know. Also a baby crab!

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    02:27 – MTG Lore Advanced Story Search
    Link: http://mtglore.com/advanced-story-search/
    04:14 – Anje Falkenrath
    05:29 – Atla Palani, Nest Tender
    06:37 – Chainer, Nightmare Adept
    07:22 – Elsha of the Infinite
    08:14 – Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero
    10:14 – Greven, Predator Captain
    11:36 – Ghired, Conclave Exile
    13:15 – K’rrik, Son of Yawgmoth
    14:54 – Kedena, Slinking Sorcerer
    16:40 – Marisi, Breaker of the Coil
    20:00 – Rayami, First of the Fallen
    21:38 – Sevinne, the Chronoclasm
    22:51 – Tahngarth, First Mate
    Link: https://soundcloud.com/user-345643028/commander-2019-preview-moo-crew
    23:27 – Volrath, the Shapestealer
    25:19 – Mandate of Peace
    26:30 – Thalia’s Geistcaller
    27:20 – Song of the Worldsoul
    27:41 – Leadership Vacuum
    27:59 – Bone Miser
    29:51 – Backdraft Hellkite
    30:57 – Dockside Extortionist
    31:48 – Ohran Frostfang
    32:35 – Idol of Oblivion
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/stirring-slumber-2015-05-13
    35:18 – Chromeshell Crab
    36:32 – Solemn Simulacrum
    37:30 – Mimic Vat
    39:10 – Final Thoughts

  • It's time to talk about our free Commander 2019 preview card!

    Tahngarth, First Mate - 2RG
    Legendary Creature - Minotaur Warrior
    Tahngarth, First Mate can't be blocked by more than one creature.
    Whenever an opponent attacks with one or more creatures, if Tahngarth is tapped, you may have that opponent gain control of Tahngarth until end of combat. If you do, choose a player or planeswalker that opponent is attacking. Tahngarth is attacking that player or planeswalker.
    5/5

    Tahngarth was Sisay's first mate on the Weatherlight, a mighty warrior of the Talruum minotaur people. This card represents him early in the Weatherlight Saga, before he gets captured by Volrath and experimented on (as shown in his original card). Enjoy this mighty new legend who is always happy to get into a fight!

  • We have reached our final destination on this journey back to the Weatherlight Saga. From Prophecy to Apocalypse, the climactic showdown between Dominaria and Phyrexia is finally here. Also don't forget that we have a free Commander (2019 Edition) preview card from Wizards of the Coast to show off on Twitter on Wednesday, August 7th!

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    00:51 – Commander 2019 Flavor Gems Episode in Two Weeks!
    02:23 – Prophecy
    04:52 – Invasion
    21:36 – Planeshift
    37:00 – Apocalypse
    47:11 – Last Thoughts

  • The crew is all together, both podcast and Weatherlight, for our second episode chronicling the story of the legendary skyship. This week covers the sets that are most commonly associated with the Weatherlight Saga: Tempest, Stronghold, Exodus, Mercadian Masques, and Nemesis. All hands on deck for another journey into Magic's storied past!

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    01:26 – The Vorthos Cast at Magic Fest Atlanta
    02:42 – Throne of Eldraine Announced
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/project-booster-fun-2019-07-20
    04:07 – Throne of Eldraine: The Wildered Quest: Novel by Kate Elliott
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-throne-eldraine-ebook-2019-07-25
    05:56 – We have a Commander (2019 Edition) Preview Card!
    07:03 – The Weatherlight Saga: Rath and Mercadia
    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwLm187ubeg
    08:25 – Prequel Stories
    14:42 – Rath and Storm (Tempest Block)
    30:42 – Mercadian Masques
    39:40 – Nemesis
    46:04 – Final Thoughts

  • Endless preview weeks are finally over, so it's time to get to a topic many listeners have been asking to hear about: the Weatherlight Saga! Over the next three weeks, we'll talk about the intrepid adventures of the legendary skyship that happened in the late 1990s through the early 2000s. We begin by dunking on Urza, covering his life and the events that led to the construction of Weatherlight in the first place.

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    01:04 – Throne of Eldraine Announced (Discussion Next Week)
    01:34 – Rise of the Gatewatch Art Book Released
    Link: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Gathering-Gatewatch-Wizards-Coast/dp/1419736477/
    02:43 – Prelude to the Weatherlight: The Artifact Cycle
    Link: https://www.mtgsalvation.com/articles/49600-artifacts-i-stones-of-power-and-heart
    Link: https://www.mtgsalvation.com/articles/49603-artifacts-ii-lines-of-time-of-blood
    03:51 – The Thran
    12:39 – The Brothers’ War
    19:59 – Planeswalker
    27:22 – Time Streams
    38:22 – Bloodlines
    44:57 – Final Thoughts

  • We are back after a week off with a bunch of news, some deep listener questions, and the next three chapters of The Gathering Storm by Django Wexler! And by "we" we of course mean Loreley and Brian, as the rest of the cast is still taking it easy.

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    00:53 – War of the Spark: Forsaken Cover Revealed
    Link: https://www.amazon.com/War-Spark-Forsaken-Magic-Gathering/dp/1984817949
    02:34 – SDCC “Archery” Announcement
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/magic-san-diego-comic-con-2019-07-11
    04:17 – New Fan Site: MTG Nexus
    Link: https://www.mtgnexus.com/
    06:16 – Coming Up on The Vorthos Cast: The Weatherlight Saga
    08:35 – Listener Question: Bolas Control Off-Plane/Interplanar Spells?
    14:36 – Listener Question: Chandra Elementals/Why Bring Back Jaya?
    19:17 – The Gathering Storm: Chapter 4
    29:06 – The Gathering Storm: Chapter 5
    33:45 – The Gathering Storm: Chapter 6
    40:57 – Final Thoughts

  • Podcast mom & dad are back this week to discuss the broad (and sometimes deep) flavor gems from Core Set 2020, a set that shouldn't be overlooked due to some excellent card names, flavor text series, and art references. Also note that we will not have a new episode next week due to the upcoming American Independence Day weekend.

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    01:27 – No Episode Next Week!
    02:46 – Aerial Assault
    04:31 – Ancestral Blade
    05:47 – Eternal Isolation
    06:21 – Squad Captain
    06:45 – Starfield Mystic
    07:27 – Captivating Gyre
    08:30 – Hard Cover
    09:32 – Moat Piranhas
    10:51 – Octoprophet
    11:55 – Tale’s End
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/blight-we-were-born-2016-01-13
    14:00 – Sorin’s Guide
    15:00 – Chandra’s Regulator
    15:55 – Fry
    16:14 – Glint-Horn Buccaneer & Brineborn Cutthroat
    17:03 – Goblin Smuggler & Nimble Birdsticker
    18:05 – Ripscale Predator
    19:16 – Ferocious Pup
    20:12 – Silverback Shaman
    21:26 – Wolfrider’s Saddle
    22:20 – Risen Reef
    22:52 – Kaalia, Zenith Seeker
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/uncharted-realms/stonekiller-2012-08-06
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/stonekiller-part-2-2012-08-13
    24:51 – Kethis, the Hidden Hand
    26:16 – Kykar, Wind’s Fury
    27:50 – Omnath, Locus of the Roil
    29:19 – Rienne, Angel of Rebirth
    32:53 – Yarok, the Desecrated
    35:03 – Bag of Holding
    36:35 – Pattern Matcher
    39:11 – The Elementalkin
    41:20 – Siege of the Bonespire
    43:33 – “Last Words” Dragons
    45:37 – Final Thoughts

  • With Jay and Loreley away, the rest of the cast will play! Brian, Ashley, and Cary answer some mailbag questions and talk about the first three chapters of The Gathering Storm.

    01:25 - How many confirmed oldwalkers are still around post-mending?
    04:59 - Time travel canonically exists, right?
    08:20 - How does it feel to know two key moments from the end of the story without knowing what happens in the lead up to that?
    12:20 - How do you feel Magic compares to other IPs in terms of complexity of Lore?
    18:12 - The Gathering Storm Chapter 1
    20:40 - The Gathering Storm Chapter 2
    26:20 - The Gathering Storm Chapter 3
    32:22 - Final Thoughts

  • Modern Horizons is finally out, so we took some time to talk with Ethan Fleischer, designer and creative text writer for the set. Want to know how Ayula, Queen Among Bears was designed? Curious which characters were cut from the set? Listen in and enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes discussion!

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    No timecodes. No final thoughts. Just a near-hour of chit-chat!

  • In the nicest episode of The Vorthos Cast yet, we cover the rest of the flavor gems from Modern Horizons. There was also massive news in the form of the Netflix series being announced, so we spend plenty of time covering that too!

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    01:51 – Animated Magic Netflix Series Announced
    Link: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/magic-the-gathering-animated-series-netflix-russo-brothers-1203230595/
    Link: http://bardel.ca/
    07:39 – Ravnica Prequel by Django Wexler Is Out
    Link: http://www.randomhousebooks.com/campaign/magic-gathering-newsletter/
    09:28 – Next Week: MH1 Interview with Ethan Fleischer
    10:33 – Arcum’s Astrolabe
    12:40 – Dead of Winter
    14:28 – Changeling Stuff
    15:55 – Hollowhead Sliver
    17:25 – Lancer Sliver
    18:48 – Cloudshredder Sliver
    20:22 – First Sliver’s Chosen
    21:55 – Astral Drift (Promo)
    23:13 – Goatnap
    24:11 – King of the Pride
    24:41 – Good-Fortune Unicorn
    26:15 – Goblin Engineer
    27:21 – Knight of Old Benalia
    29:37 – Segovian Angel
    31:12 – Choking Tethers
    31:49 – Rebuild
    32:50 – Tribute Mage
    33:17 – Goblin Oriflamme
    34:35 – First-Sphere Gargantua, Collector Ouphe, Splicer’s Skill
    35:33 – Dismantling Blow
    36:16 – Excavating Anurid
    38:09 – Kaya’s Guile
    38:46 – Llanowar Tribe
    40:35 – Seasoned Pyromancer
    42:45 – Final Thoughts

  • Modern Horizons is almost here, but thankfully we get to see all of the exciting, powerful, and flat-out weird cards already. We're breaking our flavor gems episode into two weeks. Today: the legendary cards. Next week: everything else.

    We also partnered with artist Diosboss to create images for official podcast merchandise! We're looking to produce a playmat and tokens, so look for more information on those in the coming weeks.

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    00:29 – Vorthos Cast Merch by @Diosboss Soon!
    Link: https://twitter.com/Diosboss
    02:33 – Kess, Dissident Mage
    04:42 – Marit Lage’s Slumber
    Link: https://soundcloud.com/user-345643028/modern-horizons-preview-its-finally-marit-lage
    05:44 – Pashalik Mons
    10:07 – Serra the Benevolent
    Link: https://soundcloud.com/user-345643028/the-vorthos-cast-04-dominaria-pre-show
    13:11 – Sisay, Weatherlight Captain
    18:26 – Urza, Lord High Artificer
    27:18 – Yawgmoth, Thran Physician
    33:17 – Hall of Heliod’s Generosity
    36:16 – Ayula, Queen Among Bears
    38:44 – Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis
    40:07 – Morophon, the Boundless
    42:26 – The First Sliver
    44:38 – Wrenn and Six
    47:24 – Final Thoughts

  • "It's never Marit Lage," we said.

    But her time as come. Her icy prison destroyed, she is now as free as our free Modern Horizons preview card from Wizards of the Coast:

    Marit Lage's Slumber - 1U
    Legendary Snow Enchantment - R
    Whenever Marit Lage's Slumber or another snow permanent enters the battlefield under your control, scry 1.
    At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control ten or more snow permanents, sacrifice Marit Lage's Slumber. If you do, create Marit Lage, a legendary 20/20 black Avatar creature token with flying and indestructible.
    Art: Randy Vargas

    Listen as we talk about Marit Lage's esoteric origins, a long con, and comments from the artist.

  • We're in our second week of mailbag questions after War of the Spark, and it's another episode filled with laughs, knowledge, wants, desires, and a little crime. Also Magic's potential visit to Sick, Crying Baby World. It'll (almost) make sense; just listen.

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    01:04 – The Gathering Storm by Django Wexler: Coming June!
    Link: http://www.randomhousebooks.com/campaign/magic-gathering-newsletter/
    01:47 – Chandra: Trials of Alara: Sequel Comic from IDW
    Link: https://www.newsarama.com/45280-magic-the-gathering-summoned-back-to-comic-books-with-trials-of-alara.html
    02:10 – Our Modern Horizons Preview is Thursday, May 30th!
    02:38 – Listener Question: How Did Alara’s Shards Reunite?
    05:57 – Listener Question: How Does New Phyrexia Know of Other Planes?
    10:25 – Listener Question: Continuity Error During Sorin/Nahiri Fight?
    12:17 – Listener Question: Which Legendary Creature Would You Update?
    18:57 – Listener Question: Which Uncarded Legend Would You Print?
    22:35 – Listener Question: Metaphysics of Rathi Overlay?
    25:06 – Listener Question: What’s the Deal with Cosmic Larva?
    26:53 – Listener Question: Why Does Every Character Hate Urza?
    28:58 – Listener Question: What Fast Food Would Your Favorite Planeswalker Eat?
    31:20 – Listener Question: Planeswalker with Shortest In-Story Lifespan?
    32:06 – Listener Question: What Did Argentum Look Like? Where’s the Mirari?
    33:24 – Listener Question: Why Do Izzet Cyclopses Have Tiny Heads?
    33:33 – Listener Question: Would Rat (Araithia) and Rat (Ratepe) get along?
    33:47 – Listener Question: Is There an Ur-Cat Responsible for All These Cat Cards?
    34:58 – Listener Question: Which Character Would You Like a Short Story for?
    37:12 – Listener Question: Where Does Ravnica Grow Food? Who Farms the Multiverse?
    38:38 – Listener Question: For What Genre/Mythology Would You Want to See a Top-Down Set?
    43:09 – Final Thoughts

  • The war is over, Bolas has been defeated, and now we're sitting here twiddling our thumbs waiting for the end of Modern Horizons preview season (Our preview episode will be on Thursday, May 30th!) In the interim, we're catching up on our backlog of listener questions! We cover everything from Eldrazi to Stuffy Doll to Freyalise's old armor.

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    01:11 – Announcing Our Modern Horizons Preview Date: May 30th
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/where-find-modern-horizons-previews-2019-05-16
    02:41 – Listener Question: How to Make a Sharktocrab?
    04:17 – Listener Question: Why Is Marit Lage Manipulating Bolas?
    07:19 – Listener Question: How Can Ravnica Lose to the Eternals?
    09:09 – Listener Question: Major Wars the Boros Were In?
    10:29 – Listener Question: Where Does Bolas Poop?
    Link: https://d.rip/mikerugnetta/posts/canon-is-an-abyss-2nnyn
    12:47 – Listener Question: How Does Yanggu Planeswalk with Mowu?
    14:54 – Listener Question: Didn’t Sorin Bite Nahiri? Will She Be a Vampire?
    17:53 – Listener Question: Prison Bolas–Magic’s Hannibal Lecter?
    19:45 – Listener Question: Consequences of Ulamog and Kozilek’s Deaths?
    22:24 – Listener Question: What Are the Color Dynamics in New Phyrexia?
    25:01 – Listener Question: More Backstory on the Praetors?
    27:13 – Listener Question: Who’s in Your Hypothetical Unstable Mythic Edition?
    30:39 – Listener Question: What’s the Story of Stuffy Doll?
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/threadbare-2012-07-23
    32:35 – Listener Question: Excited for Serra? Chances of Urza in Modern Horizons?
    33:23 – Listener Question: What Do We Know About Kaldra?
    40:47 – Listener Question: Did Sorin Create the Four Angel Sisters?
    42:48 – Final Thoughts

  • Spoilers ahead as we finish off our discussion of War of the Spark: Ravnica by Greg Weisman, the climax of the Bolas arc. We cover a bunch of minor characters, discussion the specifics of major plot elements, and muse about metaphysics.

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    01:09 – Loreley Wrote Some Stuff for Arena
    Link: https://twitter.com/_SEV8/status/1121460059425394689
    02:23 – War of the Spark Web Fiction Started
    Link: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/war-spark-ravnica-old-friends-and-new-2019-05-08
    03:51 – Chandra Nalaar and Nissa Revane
    07:24 – Minor Character Discussion
    25:01 – Set Piece/Metaphysics Discussion
    50:30 – Final Thoughts