The Deck Tease
Summary: A brand new mini podcast about Magic the Gathering and World of Warcraft. Hosted by Oestrus, you can hear all about her adventures as a seasoned World of Warcraft player who suddenly finds herself on the opposite end of the competitive spectrum when she decides to start playing Magic the Gathering again after a 10 year break. Tune in to listen to her most candid opinions and stories relating to these two games and a whole lot more.
Pro Tour contender Roberto Gonzales appears on The Deck Tease this week to discuss a wide array of topics - such as the secret to a happy relationship, the importance of building your brand, what led to him receiving a coveted special invite to Pro Tour Gatecrash, and why more pro players don't turn out for Star City Events.
On this episode of The Deck Tease, Erin welcomes the MTG Hero himself, Jonathan Medina to the show. The two of them discuss Jonathan's previous "challenges," the ins and outs of trading and Magic finance, his friendship with Polish Tamales, and what Erin needs to do to get herself a guest spot on The Eh Team podcast.
Erin is back after a brief hiatus, with Robby, from the MTG Color Pie blog. They discuss what got their votes in theYou Make the Card 4 contest and why, how Robby put together his 100 Best Cards Ever Designed list and some of the highlights from that, and how you are never too young (or too old) to enjoy Magic the Gathering.
On this week's episode of The Deck Tease, Erin invites not one, but three fun, intelligent, and opinionated ladies to be on the show with her. Amanda, Brittany, and Renee kick things off by talking about what they have each been up to in the world of Magic, then Erin steers the conversation towards topics like Cockatrice, women writers, and GP attendance woes (such as those featured at Grand Prix Charlotte).
This week, Erin welcomes John Dale Beety, from Star City Games to talk about all things Vorthos. What does Vorthos mean? What types of players are attracted to it? How does Wizards feel about it? Towards the end of the show, the two of them talk a little bit about set design, and how they feel about Wizards telling you what you can or cannot do with their artwork or their characters.
Episode 30 features the one and only Jackie Lee, here to talk about her recent experiences at Grand Prix London and at Pro Tour Gatecrash. After that, Jackie and Erin discuss women in Magic, her disqualification last year, her thoughts on the fans and her critics, and lastly, Jackie talks about what impact being a pro player has on her personal life and on her relationship.
Oestrus decides to make the last episode of this current season of The Deck Tease a bottle show and takes you behind the scenes on what it was really like recording with each of her special guests. Which guest was she was the most terrified to interview? Which guest or guests did she have the most fun with? Who did she learn the most from? Who will be her show stopping guest for Episode 30? Tune in and find out!
On today's episode, Oestrus looks back fondly on Gatecrash pre-release weekend with the help of Craig and Steven from the Delving Into Draft podcast. The Scots give Oestrus a little bit of background on themselves and how events are handled across the pond. Then the three of them take part in a simulated draft, where they explain their choices and what you should be looking for when you are drafting.
Oestrus hooks up with an old friend who she met at GenCon - Jaeryn, from Girls Play Magic Too. The two of them discuss a variety of topics, including the introduction of Star City Games' Open Trial events, the debut of GatheringMagic's new "Judge's Corner" video series, and the controversy surrounding those given special invites to Pro Tour Gatecrash. Jaeryn also lets Oestrus in on how she plans to come up with the money to pay for future events and about what makes her car so much cooler than yours.
On this episode of The Deck Tease, Oestrus invites Chris Lansdell from the Horde of Notions podcast and Mana Deprived on the show to discuss what it's like being a judge in the competitive scene. Chris begins by talking about what made him decide to be a judge and the process one must undergo to reach that goal. Next, Chris explains the difference between the various levels of judges and the presence of women among their ranks. Then, he and Oestrus discuss misconceptions that people have about judges and offer some insight into recent controversial decisions involving rules changes and high profile disqualifications.
This week Oestrus welcomes her good friend, Jenn (from the Jennisodes podcast) back to the show to swap stories about recent tournament experiences and to gush over the current crop of Gatecrash spoilers that have made their way to the masses. Jenn starts off by talking about her foray into Modern and her commitment to spend less on cards, while Oestrus discusses an all around disappointing trip to a TCGPlayer event and her goal of finding a new deck to play with. Then the two of them share their picks for the cards from Gatecrash they are most looking forward to, so far, and which guilds they will be representing at the pre-release in three weeks.
Back from holiday break, Oestrus welcomes Brandon Isleib, from GatheringMagic to the show. The two of them talk about all things multiplayer Magic - including what constitutes "multiplayer," what to look for in cards that do better in those formats, how much politics can influence games, and whether or not multiplayer Magic should be played competitively.
Ever wonder what it's like being a professional Magic player? Oestrus welcomes 2005 Hall of Fame inductee Darwin Kastle to the show to talk about his ride to the top. The two of them talk about how Darwin got started, what adjustments he made to his personal life in order to accomplish his goals, the money, and what it's like dating and relating at that level. Towards the end, Darwin gives Oestrus some advice on how to become a better Magic player and how to overcome some character flaws that could be holding her back.
Sometimes it's fun to just get together with another gal who plays Magic and talk about whatever comes to mind. Oestrus welcomes Jenn, from Jennisodes, and the two of them share their competitive level experiences, discuss the return of Zombies to Standard, and offer their input on hot button issues that have come up recently - such as tournament attendance and the new trigger rules.
On this episode, Oestrus welcomes Tifa Meyen, founder of The Lady Planeswalkers Society. The ladies discuss the origins of the group, the role the Magic community plays in attracting more women to the game, how Tifa feels about LPS being labeled a feminist organization, and much more.