Magic the Amateuring
By Magic the Amateuring
About this podcast
In a world...where Magic the Gathering seems too complicated...two enthusiastic amateur players break it down for the rest of us. Each episode, Maria and Meghan dive face-first into new Magic rules, cards, and strategy. Did we mention they're obsessed with this game? They are. And - if you listen - you will be, too! Unless, much like a Gobbling Ooze, you were born without a soul. Or arms. Or eyes.

Episodes (Total: 242)
May 24, 2017 · 01:01:02
On this episode, Maria and Meghan recap the Standard shenanigans of last weekend at Grand Prix Montreal! One week after Mono Black Zombies took down the Pro Tour, what decks were the players slinging? Was it gonna be Zombies v. Marvel? Or would UR Control make its presence known? Find out! PLUS: Meghan's tale of woe of getting into Canada, Maria talks favorite new board games after getting Not Last at Card Kingdom's charity board game tournament, and Meghan finds true love in a true blue Commander.
May 17, 2017 · 00:49:53
On this episode, Maria and Meghan recount their visit to Nashville for Pro Tour Amonkhet! Hear all about "Buy 1, Get 2 Free" cowboy boot deals, something called "hot chicken," and...oh yeah, I suppose...some SUPER SWEET PRO TOUR ACTION! Relive the best moments from the weekend as your hosts walk you through the top decks in Standard, the way to 3-0 every draft, and which rock star Meghan spotted out in the wild. PLUS: Looking ahead to the Grand Prix Montreal meta game and what life is really like at the PT Newsdesk. Donate to the Card Kingdom affiliate team for the charity board game tournament here: https://thegauntlet2017.causevox.com/team/CKAffiliates
May 10, 2017 · 00:51:31
On this episode, Maria and Meghan are live from Nashville, TN and Minneapolis, MN respectively! We'll hear their thoughts on Amonkhet Limited after a weekend full of Grand Prix all over the globe. Maria shares insights on the blistering pace of draft from GP Richmond while Meghan shares stories of what she's been building on Magic Online. PLUS: a preview of what we might see in Standard coming up at the Pro Tour this weekend, a Flavor Text Theatre that wants to take you out on a date, and a deep dive into the history of henges. HENGE HYPE!
May 3, 2017 · 01:09:44
On this episode, Maria needs a special guest to fill in for a sick Meghan (update: she's already feeling better!) long-time Magic player and all-around great guy, Ben Seck! (@tbsdash) We talk the state of new standard now that Felidar Guardian has gone up to the big kitty litter in the sky. What new decks are making an appearance? Are they viable for the upcoming Pro Tour? PLUS: Ben shares some insights on Amonkhet draft after hitting up a PT prep draft camp, Maria quizzes him on cards in the set based on their art alone, and Ben shares a hilarious story about playing the only Grand Prix ever held in South Africa!
April 26, 2017 · 00:56:14
On this episode, Maria and Meghan tell the Tales of Two Prereleases as they recount their early Amonkhet victories from different cities! What insanely sweet cards did Maria open (seriously, Maria? Every time?!)? Exactly how many colors did Meghan play and how much fixing did she have? Find out! PLUS: Our intrepid hosts break down the Banned & Restricted announcement, some astonishingly good movies get pitched in Flavor Text Theatre, and Meghan lists her Top 10 Pastries.
April 24, 2017 · 00:41:44
On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome Pro Tour Hall of Fame member and delightful human being Josh Utter-Leyton! Josh regales us with tales of winning the latest Magic Online Championship, being an early adopter of  Death's Shadow Aggro (to much acclaim), and sleeping outside for this first Pro Tour due to extra-loud snoring. You'll also learn why he's in favor of the "Death of Control" and Pikachu in Standard...?!?
April 19, 2017 · 01:16:03
On this episode, Maria and Meghan are joined by very special guest, Level 3 Judge and Regional Coordinator of the North, Rob McKenzie! (@robbit_mn)  Rob breaks down all the tricky new Amonkhet rules and interactions you may run into at your prerelease this weekend! Confused by the speed of Cycling? Wanna know how to interact with Enbalm? Amazed by Aftermath? Rob's got you covered! PLUS: specific rule questions submitted through Twitter and the Cutest and Grossest cards of Amonkhet are crowned! It's an episode that's not to be missed!
April 12, 2017 · 01:04:24
On this episode, Maria and Meghan walk like an Egyptian and give you the low down on all the new awesome Amonkhet preview cards! What spicy draw spell does Meghan love (even though it's no Sphinx's Rev?) What tribal lord has got Maria brewing in her dreams? PLUS: Meghan rocks Copy Cat at a PPTQ, some friends of the show take down Grand Prix Mexico City, and Meghan brings us up to speed on the Amonkhet story line...that leaves Maria with a very important and existential question for us all. Hey, "important" is relative!
April 5, 2017 · 00:58:47
On this episode, Maria and Meghan recap their deep fried southern adventures playing team unified Modern at Grand Prix San Antonio! Did team Gnarlid Pack manage to eek out any wins vs. a very tough field? FIND OUT! PLUS: fresh new Amonkhet preview cards (including some sick stat wielding Gods), a For the N00bs that covers tricky interactions about targeting players, and a Flavor Text Theatre that will give R&D a run for its money.
March 29, 2017 · 00:47:54
On this episode, Maria and Meghan share a big bunch of brand spankin' new Amonkhet (aka Almond Cat) preview cards! (They also share what they think of the look of the new Invocations! *Drama Alert*) Our intrepid hosts break down the new mechanics in the set and theorize about how super sweet they may (or may not!) be. PLUS: Aether Revolt Limited chat as they recap Grand Prix Orlando and a listener favorite returns: Flavor Text Theatre Mad-Libs! EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS: Are we in a parallel universe?!?
March 22, 2017 · 00:59:50
On this episode, Maria and Meghan activate their N00b Powers (tm) to explain everything about activated abilities! PLUS: Meghan gives a much needed celebrity update, our hosts recap a couple of weekend Grand Prix, we take a sip of Modern (Maria's finally completed her Bogles deck!), and crack a pack of Modern Masters for Flavor Text Theatre! SPECIAL BONUS: Delilah stops by...?!
March 14, 2017 · 00:50:03
On this episode, Maria and Meghan talk Grand Prix New Jersey and the current state of Standard! How do our intrepid hosts feel about the decision not to ban any cards in the format? What was Meghan's favorite GP moment? (Hint: it involves cookies) And exactly how did she end up in New York by accident? PLUS: We dive into the listener mailbag and answer an assortment of awesome questions from fans. Now, take a moment to ask yourself if this is all just a dream...
March 9, 2017 · 01:00:13
On this episode, Maria and Meghan talk everything starting with the letter "M"! They'll chat about the epic bunch of awesome reprints included in Modern Masters 2017 - and what we can all expect the draft format to look like, what Modern decks they've finally (?) settled on for Grand Prix San Antonio (+OP tweaks?!) , and the greatness that was the Magic Online Championship. Find out Maria's top MOCS moments, Meghan's favorite Modern Masters 2017 archetype, and what the card "Troop of Goons" would look like. PLUS: MtG Superheroes?!?
March 1, 2017 · 00:42:25
On this episode, Maria and Meghan talk about the concept of B.R.E.A.D. How useful is this drafting guide when certain colors are over or under-powered in a format? And what does B.R.E.A.D. really stand for? PLUS: A look at the early previews for Modern Masters 2017 (fingers crossed for the Hoof Daddy!), Meghan mulls over her Modern deck choice for Grand Prix San Antonio, and a new flavor of Flavor Text Theatre brings out the country singers in us all. EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS: Maria and Meghan's minds are blown by Blink 182.
Feb. 24, 2017 · 00:45:38
On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome two-time Pro Tour Top 8 finisher, 2011 Magic Online Champion, Grand Prix master, and all-around great guy: Reid Duke! Our hosts chat with Reid about how he got started playing Magic, what it's like to have a brother in R&D (does he spill any secrets?!), and how he approaches the game with his intensely competitive spirit. Find out his #1 tip for improving your play, learn what set he would design if he could (it's so cool!), and listen as he fails miserably at a Flavor Text Theatre game. It's ok though, Reid's still the best.
Feb. 22, 2017 · 01:01:00
On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome very special guest: former NFL punter turned game designer, Chris Kluwe! Chris talks about how he found Magic (spoiler alert: it involves a childhood injury!), why he believes in supporting inclusion in the gaming community, and what it's *really* like to design a card game from the ground up. PLUS: Meghan shares her greatest play OF ALL TIME, our hosts recap GP Vancouver, and we get a sneak peek at early Amonkhet art! What color will the cat god represent?
Feb. 15, 2017 · 00:54:43
On this episode, Maria and Meghan talk GP Pittsburgh and the current state of Standard! How goes the fight to take down cars? Can a little 2/3 snek do it? PLUS: is Aether Revolt draft still impossible or has Meghan cracked the code? Our hosts also chat about the upcoming Standard Throwback Gauntlet on Magic Online and celebrate their mutual sleep deprivation with brownies and an amazing present from a listener that's a real blast from the past.
Feb. 8, 2017 · 00:43:22
On this episode, Maria is on one continent and Meghan is on another! That's right! Meghan will be sharing all sorts of insights after working at Pro Tour Aether Revolt in Dublin, Ireland - and she's calling in live! The big story of the weekend: Heart of Kiran and Mardu Vehicles. Did any team know it would dominate as much as it did? Why did Copy Cat fall on its face (or under a car)? And what can we expect for GP Pittsburgh coming up this weekend? PLUS: What's the deal with AER draft and why can seemingly NOBODY win at it?! SPECIAL BONUS: A dose of The Dating Game: Long Distance Relationship style.
Feb. 1, 2017 · 01:09:06
On this episode, Maria and Meghan welcome good friend and all-around talented/smart/punny guy, Ben Seck (@TBSdash) to celebrate Grand Prix San Jose! The trio jump into their pajamas and record a late-night episode all about Aether Revolt Limited (what's up with sealed and draft in this set, anyway?) and Ben's 23-year career in Magic (he top 8'd a PT & won the only GP ever held in South Africa). PLUS: your ears will be treated to the first-ever MtA Philharmonic Concert Series in which Ben breaks out his violin to play us a nerdy song medley and sings us a tune he used to make it to the third audition round of Australian Idol. SPECIAL BONUS: The hilarious story of how Ben tricked his parents so he could attend his first Pro Tour. This episode is a must-listen!
Jan. 25, 2017 · 00:52:19
On this episode, Maria and Meghan talk about their first experiences with Aether Revolt after the prerelease! Gather 'round the fire for stories of draft! What colors are emerging as the ones to beat? What awesome synergies have the ladies pulled off? And just HOW COOL is Winding Constrictor?! PLUS: Standard Corner dives into the first week of Standard play ahead of the Pro Tour, is Saheeli Cat *really* taking over, and Flavor Text Theatre "Makes it Bad" in such a good, good way.