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Jun 26 2015 12:00pm
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Episode 326

Hosts: Adam and AJ

Episode Length: 1:23:48



  1. There’s a slew of news on mtgo.com that’s well, not news. It’s old news. Old hat. When did hats enter into this? Right now, and spoiler: them hats is old. Let me explain-- no, let me sum up: There’s a Modern Festival a-comin’ and Modern prelims for said festival are rockin’ right now. There’s a holiday cube coming and there’s a Phantom Mirrodin draft coming; MM2015 events were extended. We covered all of this in previous podcasts, so there’s not much to report.

  2. Turning to reddit, there was a great PSA regarding Modern season from a judge, that was shared on reddit: - I learned some valuable card interaction information from it, despite not be a modern-crazy player-- if you play any format that used modern cards give it a read. We’ll discuss some finer points.

  3. Now let’s get sociopolitical about magic shall we? The non-Garfield-creating Jim Davis posted an article on StarCityGames that has been hotly contested, controversial and is the newest scandal since goyfs were atop gates: Women in Magic. We discuss.

    Meghan Wolf article
    Jim Davis article
    Apology article
    AJ Sacher article
    Maro Blogatog response
    Scrump Monkey article

  4. ORIGINS….. Come out and plaaaaayaaaay


Random Gatherer Card o’ the Week:

Vampire Nighthawk


Question of the Week: What mechanic previewed in Future Sight, which hasn’t yet seen heavy rotation/re-emergence, do you wish there were more of?


Adam: Transmute/Transfigure

AJ: Definitely Transfigure, side order of Fortification.


Whatcha been playin’:


Adam: I played oodles and oodles of Commander games with Feldon, both decks featured in my article. But the main deck I have been playing and LOVING is Grenzo!

AJ: A bit of Commander using Alesha, Who Smiles At Death (Including Grenzo and all his trickery) plus some zombie shenanigans in Tribal. With Alesha, Entombing a Master of Cruelties just before she attacks is just as nasty as the from-hand version with Kaalia of the Vast.




Some myths just don't die: by ScionOfJustice at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:48
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Some myths just don't die: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwogDPh-Sow

Heard this argument before by Adam_the_Mentat at Fri, 06/26/2015 - 18:16
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For everyone of these I see, I can find one rebuking the rebuke.

You believe what you want. The inequality is still there.

I'm Not Buying It... by Fred1160 at Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:16
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The video does a lot better job of answering the question that that poorly written article does. Do men make more? On the whole, yes. Does that scream discrimination? No. Watch the video, it's really good at explaining the dynamics of male earning vs. female earning.

I watched the video. I remain by AJ_Impy at Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:39
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I watched the video. I remain skeptical as to the assumptions made and as to its neutrality. This does not need to be a zero sum game in any case.

That's Fine... by Fred1160 at Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:32
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This is not a contest. I remain skeptical that "women make less than men." There's a faint barnyard aroma arising from that statement.
Mostly when I hear the argument, "Women make less than men," I have questions.
Are they doing the same job?
Do they have the same levels of education and experience?
Do they work the same hours?
Someone online was complaining about how male teachers make more than she does. She was asked what she does for a living. She says she is a part-time teacher.
Not sure why she as a part-time teacher should make as much as a full-time teacher (regardless of sex), but she thinks she should.

Fred aside from a few weird by Paul Leicht at Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:54
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Fred aside from a few weird outliers the claims are made by people who claim to be doing the same job for the same hours. And the evidence is there for the picking. You can deny its existence. That is your right, but that does not make it so.

My only problem with that is by jay85 at Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:17
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My only problem with that is if women do the same job and get paid less, then it would be logical for employers to only hire women, seeing that it would cost them less to get the same job accomplished. Or at the very least hire way more women than men. I may be wrong here, but there has to be underlying reasons why women are getting paid less, and it may or may not be because of overtime, working out in the elements, or working dangerous jobs that a lot of men are willing to do and a lot of women do not want to do.

As I understand it, this has by Paul Leicht at Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:51
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As I understand it, this has a lot to do with negotiation and how employers negotiate with men vs how they negotiate with women. There is a lot of data out there but it is hard to parse so there may be more to it than that.

I can see where some by jay85 at Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:47
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I can see where some employers would treat women as just the "office chick" or the "warehouse girl" and not give them a fair shake during their annual evaluation and not perceiving them as part of the actual workforce when, in fact, they are. That does need to change. In my experience, women that did the same job and have worked for the same amount of time as me got paid the same as me, but I also worked union jobs where these kinds of things never occurred in the first place.

Yes almost categorically the by Paul Leicht at Wed, 07/01/2015 - 18:07
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Yes almost categorically the complaint is farther up the ladder than even mid management.

Sure... by Fred1160 at Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:19
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Just as your assertions do not make your claims true.
There is evidence on both sides. I remain unconvinced.

I enjoyed this pod cast a lot by Paul Leicht at Sat, 06/27/2015 - 07:43
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I enjoyed this pod cast a lot and wanted to let you guys know. I wish I was more directly involved in it but it is certainly serving its purpose. As much as I like Adam's new banner for example I miss my old one. :D (Adam's is certainly better and more functionally accurate.)

I have a lot to say on the Meghan Wolff article and the responses. But I am going to try and get them into article form, so I will keep it short and sweet here. Just because people are not interested in hearing complaints from people who they feel are "acting like victims" does not mean those people have no valid complaint. Opinions being what they are, there will be disagreements. However, there is definitely a disconnect between those who suffer and those who do not. I recommend to those who don't, to not dismiss the complaint of those who do. And if you feel as if you do and are being condemned because you are perceived as having privilege when you think you do not, I am sorry you feel that way. That still does not negate the suffering and complaints of others.

On the "Outrage" complaint. Yes there is a trend in the US of recent times to be vocal about every thing that is wrong. Or everything we think is wrong. Or Everything. Yes, it is annoying. Sadly in order to fix things, wheels need to be squeaky. Quiet wheels get no grease to badly paraphrase the old adage.

On to Origins, there are certainly some sweet looking cards though without seeing the whole set is hard for me to get enthusiastic about specific ones. I do like the doom enchantment. Seems like there could be a Vintage deck abusing that with Donate as suggested or perhaps just blink it as needed with things that blink/bounce permanents in a more casual format. The two stand outs for vintage are the darkritualtutor and the fairtwister of course, as Joe's article this week discusses.

Anyway thanks as always.