Stu P. (sometimes affectionately referred to as “the other Stu”) works as a software engineering consultant. When not working or hanging out with his wife, he enjoys playing all sorts of CCGs including A Game of Thrones 2.0, Android: Netrunner and Hearthstone. Magic is his favourite though, and particularly legacy, although he has been known to modern and vintage occasionally too…
Currently playing – Miracles, Belcher & BUG Thresh
Stu T. (sometimes affectionately referred to as “the other Stu”) is still trying to find out what he wants to be when he grows up. Until then, he gets by making music and being an international man of mystery. His favourite cube deck is BUG durdles, and enjoys legacy very very very much indeed.
Currently playing – Team America & YisanOP.dec
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Just wanted to say thanks for all the time and effort put into the podcast. I just got back into Magic for social reasons because I moved to Sweden from California and thought it would be a good way to meet new people. I can officially say I’m addicted to the game more than I ever was and wanted to know your thoughts on Ponder. When I look at old lists of decks they show up as two of’s. Now everywhere I look it’s nearly a four of in decks that play them. Is it really necessary to play the four of to maximize the power/consistency the card provides. A example I have is the Ponder/no ponder version of Miracles. Thoughts?
Hey man. Thanks a lot! I still find it very humbling to think that people from all over the world listen in :). Re: Ponder. Well, I think I’m a bit biased, because I find it difficult to run a blue deck without the full 4 copies, but then I came to blue decks from combo and tempo. Tempo I think particularly benefits from the full 4 copies, because you can “tap out” your 1-2 mana and still play 3-4 spells a turn XD. And combo obviously wants to find its combo pieces in time, so needs a lot of dig. I think in other decks they have been played as a 1 or 2 of as the 5-6th brainstorms, but with dig through times popularity, graveyards need to be stocked, and ponder becomes a good way of doing it while maintaining velocity through your deck to find threats/answers/whatever. Im no expert on miracles, but the ponder vs no ponder debate seems to go on forever. I suspect its just personal taste, and I always enjoyed the ponders miracles better, strangely. Its nice to have the extra shuffle effects though… Hope that helps :). We might do a little section on the next show for some more thoughts :).
Avid listener from the Netherlands here. (Yes, that place where all spells are countered unless their caster spends an additional 3.) Long time lover of competitive legacy and hater of basic lands.
When I dont feel like playing more viable/reliable/competitive Legacy decks, I play Spanish Inquisition as a pet deck. This is why
I’d like to shoutout to Stu and other fellow Spanish Inquisition player, since there are realistically only 5 of us out there.
Could you guys do a Spanish Inquisition special? Yes, the target audience may be small, but for the sake of wonky combo decks would you pretty please consider it?
Just for reference, over time I have played a robot list, a pact list, an have recently settled on the list below.
Thanks so much, and good luck with the show.
4 Vault of Whispers
4 Chrome Mox
4 Mox Opal
4 Lotus Petal
4 Dark Ritual
4 Cabal Ritual
4 Culling the Weak
4 Infernal Tutor
4 Infernal Contract
4 Cruel Bargain
4 Shield Sphere
2 Tendrils of Agony
1 Empty the Warrens
4 Cabal Therapy
4 Tree of Tales
4 Carpet of Flowers
4 Abrupt Decay
Hey man. Well, its been too long since I saw a Spanish Inquisition list! Looks sweet though :D. I’d love to do an episode on it. Might need some serious gold fishing first… Some really nice innovations. I hope people have been busy on the “pact” lists too..!