Magic The Flavouring

Magic The Flavouring

Andy and Nathan discuss the flavour highs and lows of the world's greatest card game, Magic: The Gathering. Join the guys as they talk through world building, lore, mechanics and art, on a meandering quest to explore the relationship between storytelling and gameplay.

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June 14, 2021 76 min

As the game shows signs of evolving  more and more, and the world reaches for that glimmer of normality outside of lockdown, we take stock of our relationship to this hobby and think about what Magic means to us. Do we still engage with the game the way we did when we first shuffled up or do these little cardboard squares now hold a different significance?

Twitter:
MTF- @MTFlavouring,
Andy- @AndyMannface,
Nathan- @TheFoxint...

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Modern Horizons 2 is being called, by some, potentially the greatest Magic: The Gathering set of all time, and with such a breadth of mechanical and narrative flavour, it may well be. But between shaking up multiple formats, the references to old lore, and the support for fan favourite tribes and playstyles, is there a trend towards the community jokes being ruined by wotc acknowledgment?

Scryfall set gallery:
https://scryfall.com/s...

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May 26, 2021 64 min

EDH is often called the most creative format in mtg, but like all magic formats some cards rise through the ranks to become ubiquitous "staples". But with such a diverse card pool in the recent game and more cards entering the format with fresh new flavour, is there now room to build effective, powerful decks without relying on the usual suite of cards? And does it even matter any more?

MTF Linktree:
https://linktr.ee/MagicT...

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May 16, 2021 69 min

New Secret Lairs means new flavour and "Culture Shocks" gives us a fresh full set of Shock lands on non-Ravnica settings, with new flavour text to boot! The guys run through the flavour on the cards as well as suggest even more new locations for these iconic dual lands.

Hipsters Of The Coast Secret Lair Article by David McCoy:
https://www.hipstersofthecoast.com/2021/04/dr-lairs-secretorium-superdrop-full-text-lands-shock-land...

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The students of Strixhaven have barely handed in their midterms yet and two new mtg sets have had pre-previews. Adventures in the Forgotten Realms and Modern Horizons 2 are both looking to try new things and add new flavour to magic, and in preparation for their arrival the guys have a few initial thoughts and predictions...

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MTF- @MTFlavouring,
Andy- @AndyMannface,
Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,

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In the ongoing rifle through the web fiction library, the guys will be taking a closer look at the Strixhaven side story episode 'A Cry of Magic' by Aysha U. Farah. Rootha Squallhart, an Orc Prismari Mage struggles to find their artistic voice and escape the shadow of their family's legacy.

A Cry of Magic by Aysha U. Farah:
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/cry-magic-2021-03-26

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April 25, 2021 73 min

The Main 5 story episodes for Strixhaven have been released and the guys will be talking through what they thought did and didn't work. With so many different story arcs and a whole new setting to explore there are both positives and negatives to the "more is more" mantra.

Strixhaven Story Articles:
https://magic.wizards.com/en/story?source=MX_Nav2020

Strixhaven Precon EDH hosted by TOTALmtg:
https://www.twitch.tv/vide...

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April 18, 2021 52 min

The Mystical Archive cards, that act as the Strixhaven Showcase cards, add an interesting take on how spells are represented in a metaphysical context to the game. Being both abstract game pieces and the literal representation of how the spells of the Multiverse are recorded in The Biblioplex Library, they provide the guys a lot of in-world answers, but also give rise to a lot of questions as well...

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April 11, 2021 78 min

Now that the entire card gallery for Strixhaven and Commander 2021 has been revealed the guys can finally move from the theoretical lore building to the physical cardboard. They talk through their favourite mechanics, art and flavour text, and also dig a little deeper into the nuances of the Silverquill and the lessons that can be learned from designing sets reflecting a relatable environment.

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Strixhaven is almost here and the guys work through its surprisingly expansive lore. For a set taking place in one location, Strixhaven has found room to indulge in the details. The guys also run down the mechanical shake ups that seek to subvert expectations of what the colour pairs can do.

Planeswalker's Guide to Strixhaven:
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/planeswalkers-guide-strixhaven-2021-04-01

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March 28, 2021 82 min

In preparation for Strixhaven the guys take a look at how MTG has represented the creative arts on the card board and which tropes have been utilized and ignored. Whether its actors, musicians, poets or dancers, it has always been interesting seeing what can be worked into a combat based game.

Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio.

Twitter:
MTF- @MTFlavouring,
Andy- @AndyMannface,
Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,

Youtube:
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March 21, 2021 63 min

In their first deep dive into the individual stories of Magic's Web fiction back catalogue, the guys are exploring the 2015 Alison Luhrs  story, 'Family Values'. Teysa Karlov, weeks after running the Implicit Maze and drawing up the new Guildpact allies herself with Boros Champion Tajic, to take down The Obzedat and her oppressive Gradfather Karlov.

Family Values by Alison Luhrs:
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/arc...

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Guilds! Magic players love nothing more than flying their guild flag and exploring the nuances of the colour pairs, both mechanically and flavourfully. And here to represent the Boros Legion is the one and only Kristen Gregory! The known authority in the MTG community of all things White/Red, she will be chatting with the guys about colour identity, EDH and her hopes for the future of the game.

Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio.

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Time Spiral Remastered it almost here and there is a lot of excitement and nostalgia surrounding the Old Frame treatments that are being applied, showcase style, to newer cards. But with the game nearing 3 decades into its journey, the card frame has evolved over time and the guys are taking this opportunity to look back at the highs and lows of frame design and the visual language of the game at large.

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February 28, 2021 75 min

Food and drink are key parts of world building that often get over looked, but are essential to rounding out a fantasy setting. And with the theoretically endless Planes of the Multiverse, there must be a rather long dinner table of options. With this in mind the guys have compiled a Multiverse Menu with canon food from different Planes and they discuss their picks for each course!

The Multiverse Menu:
https://twitter.com/MTFlavourin...

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The guy's talk through their thoughts on the new Secret Lair announcements, Black Is Magic and Secret Lair: Smitten. With both products being wildly different in approach have Secret Lairs reached the limit of what the can achieve creatively or are they just getting started?

Designing Black Is Magic article:
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/designing-black-is-magic-2021-02-04

Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio.

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February 10, 2021 73 min

Kaldheim's web fiction marks a continuation of WOTC's renewed commitment to ongoing accessible MTG story and this time we have 10 episodes in the main and side story arcs. The guys talk through their praises and critiques of the main narrative and discuss how perhaps the core structuring of the games release is impacting the delivery of its story.

MTG Story articles:
https://magic.wizards.com/en/story

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February 3, 2021 87 min

Sagas make their return in Kaldheim, and with their third appearance they have solidified their place as one of the games most interesting card types. A versatile vehicle for story telling Sagas have a deep lineage despite their short time in the game and the guys talk through their form and function, as well as taking a closer look at some of their favourites.

Saga Articles by Jay Annelli:
Dominaria: https://www.coolstuffinc.com/a/j...

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January 26, 2021 88 min

The guys talk about the Mechanics, Art, Flavour Text and Cycles of Kaldheim, and discuss if whether one of the most lore heavy sets we have had in recent Magic has been done justice by the text on the cards themselves! The guys also talk about the new Snow frames and whether a Throne or a Cup can be a Commander...

Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio.

Twitter:
MTF- @MTFlavouring,
Andy- @AndyMannface,
Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,

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Kaldheim is here, and it's looking like one of MTG's most exciting sets in years! The guys talk through the new Plane's rich world building and highlight what they think are the biggest design triumphs, as well as some of the issues with creating such a diverse and expansive setting.

Music by Michael Rawcliffe Audio.

Twitter:
MTF- @MTFlavouring,
Andy- @AndyMannface,
Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,

Youtube:
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