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Author: Andy Mann, Nathan Cansell

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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.
87 Episodes
Innistrad Midnight Hunt has a diverse spread of flavour, from call backs to previous sets, to brand new spins on Horror tropes. The Guys pick their top 5 flavour beats from the set (and maybe a couple of glaring flavour misses) and break down which cards exemplify this most spooky of Planes.Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
The guys look at the mechanics of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and if they properly convey the horror Planes themes. They also dive into how magic design as a whole has changed from each previous trip to Innistrad and highlight some areas were maybe design could be pushed even further...Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
We return once more to Magic's most terrifying Plane and this time there are festivals to be had and hunts to begin...But with returns to fan favourite Planes being something of a tricky business in the past what has been kept fresh in Innistrad and what has been left to rot?Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
This year's Magic Showcase detailed some of what we can expect from 2022 and a little bit beyond, and to say it will pull MTG's narrative in all directions is an understatement. What do the guys think of this brave new world for Magic and is this a future Vorthos can get on board with?Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
The guys return to their kitchen table waffle roots and have a meaningless conversation about which card found in niche creature types is the best. They also discover interesting facts about synergies across types and how many of each one has been printed across MTG's history. Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
Today the guys test their theory, that every Magic: The Gathering card tells a story, by heading to Scryfall and hitting the Random Card button. Whatever card gets pulled up is sure to have a ton of flavour to tell...Thank you to Scryfall for all the amazing work they do, it really is the best online database for MTG.Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
Jumpstart: Historic Horizons introduces brand new, digital only cards to Magic: The Gathering and not only has this created discourse around the divergent gameplay, it also has implications that stretch into the game's narrative and flavour. How much of a change will this be to Vorthos players, and will this trend continue?Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
Adventures In the Forgotten Realms is a set so full of flavour that you could easily do a break down on each card, but for the sake of time the guys are going to stick to their top 5 flavour picks each! Which cards represent the set as a whole best and what exciting new artists have joined the MTG roster?Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
Adventures in the Forgotten Realms has a mammoth task in bringing in over 4 decades of DnD lore to MTG, and only one set to do it in. So rather than try (and fail) to recount all that story, the guys are going to look at the mechanics and flavour signifiers in the set to see how well these two worlds coexist. Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
Adventures In The Forgotten Realms takes the core set release spot this year and whilst it's not strictly a core set itself, it does fill the role those sets played, just maybe in it's own way. So how does a set, that at first glance looks incredibly dense, appeal to new players and teach people about two vast fantasy worlds?Mark Rosewater D&D-esign Part 1: @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
This years Secret Lair Summer Super Drop once again shows the diversity possible with the product, including themed collections of cardboard from the whimsical to the deeply human.The product line also takes another big step forwards in supporting the mainline card sets as well and shows how other IP's can be all at once part of MTG and separate from it. Magic Spoiler Card Gallery: @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
One of Magic's favourite Planes, Tarkir, also played host to one of its most ambitious story lines. With 3 colour clans, Dragons and time travel, there was a lot of scope for big set pieces in Tarkir's story. Today the guys talk through the 2015 Kelly Digges story Khanfall, and join the Ancient Khans at their most desperate and dire hour...Khanfall by Kelly Digges: Lore Shot Video: @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
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- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
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: @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
Ep.73 Synergies vs Staples

Ep.73 Synergies vs Staples


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: Gregory's Discord Channel: @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
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: @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
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...Twitter:MTF- @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
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: @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
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: Precon EDH hosted by TOTALmtg: @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
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...Scryfall Mystical Archive Gallery: @MTFlavouring,Andy- @AndyMannface,Nathan- @TheFoxintheMoon,Youtube:
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