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Episode 221 - Phyrexia: All Will Be One Review

With The Brothers' War in the rearview and Phyrxia: All Will be One on the horizon, it's time for our set review. We each read through the full set and Commander spoiler to find cards we believe are overhyped, underhyped, or hyped just the right about and break down what we do and do not like about the cards as well as give a financial projection. Remember to hold us to these picks and values as we'll be revisiting them to see where we went right and where we went wrong.
00:50:24 2/5/2023

Past Episodes

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With over a year of new entrants into the TCG/CCG event space and having vending multiples, we decide to sit down and collect our thoughts about each. Looking to set expectation, we break down the vendor experience in a easy to understand and digest way. We cover everything from booth selection to interesting contract wording, even when you can enter and leave the hall. Distilling this down into a summation and suggestion about what events best suit different types of vendors. Collect-A-Con - https://collectaconusa.com/ SCGCon - https://scgcon.starcitygames.com/ TCGCon - https://www.tcg-con.com/
01:02:22 1/29/2023
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Whether you were able to play at a pre-elease event held at a WPN premium store or your local non-WPNs event, even just walked in these past few days, you've had the opportunity to engage with Dominaria Remasterd as a product. We touch on what this set means to the LGS and how they are handling such a short lived lifespan for a set that whose only purpose seems to maintain the constant hum of in store releases that we've grown accustomed to this past year. What does the set mean for established players, the drafts, the pre-releasers, and even taking a look into the future when this set can be dusted off and promoted as an "experience." Join us as we break down Dominaria Remastered at the LGS.
00:43:49 1/22/2023
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Last week we looked to the past, this week we look... to the future! With the quarterly analysis done, MaRo's lastest Tumblr blurb, and a number of key take aways from Hasbro, we compiled a list of things we are looking forward to in 2023. As a vendor, what are we looking for? As an LGS, what do we need? We also cover our hopes and dreams for 2023 and 2024. A few items that we know might not be possible for this year but hopefully the next. https://magic.wizards.com/en/news/making-magic/storm-scale-throne-of-eldraine-through-strixhaven-part-2
00:48:16 1/15/2023
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2022 felt like one hell of year when looking back at everything that's happened with Magic, WotC, and Hasbro so we decided to bring you the highlights wrapped up for the end of the holidays. Did you, for instance, remember that the Alta Fox discussions happened in 2022? How about the number of sets released or how consumer sentiment impacts the holiday season? Join us, won't you, for one last look back at 2022 and all the ups and downs it brought for us. https://deadline.com/2022/10/hasbro-stock-falls-after-disappointing-earnings-report-dim-holiday-sales-outlook-1235148098/ https://finance.yahoo.com/chart/HAS#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 https://i0.wp.com/onlyontuesdays27.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/30-Years-2.png?resize=768%2C452&ssl=1
00:47:04 1/8/2023
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WotC announces that players are frustrated they can't immediately play their paper cards from their pre-release events in constructed events like they can on Arena, so now paper cards are legal in constructed starting on pre-release weekend. Okay, but, why? Who asked for this? Why are the LGS and vendors who have an LGS or do events meant to suffer for nothing? Why does WotC continue to harm us? https://magic.wizards.com/en/news/announcements/format-legality-shifts-to-prerelease-with-phyrexia-all-will-be-one
00:50:51 1/1/2023
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As 2022 draws to a close we have yet another reprint set to scour as an LGS and vendor to determine how we are going to handle allocation. We discuss the contents and preorders, among other things, as we break down our view of the set on the way to each delivering a valuation of how we are going to be handling this set in the short term. Did you know that Collectors Boosters are $200 ea at the LGS but $300 on Amazon with some of the most basic stats we've seen? 15 Magic cards + 1 foil token in each booster 11 foil cards in every pack 2-6 Retro-Frame and 1-5 Borderless cards in every pack 4 cards of rarity Rare or higher in every pack Simply. Wild.
00:44:35 12/18/2022
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If the Magic vertical were to topple and leave us with a hole in our product catalog, we need to patch this asap before we bleed out. So, as an LGS and a vendor, how do we identify perspective, successful games to plug into our ecosystem? This week we discuss how we measure success at each level, what we look for in a new product, to bring into the store or warehouse. What decisions have to be made, what research done before we dedicate capital to product and personnel? Join us as we again take a deep dive into the heart of these two sides of the gaming retail ecosystem and discuss new product acquisition.
00:51:36 12/11/2022
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As Thanksgiving in the United States has passed, along with Cyber Monday and the "Holiday Season" in front of us, we continue our evergreen conversation about sales at the LGS and Vendor levels. While it makes sense that a "sale is a sale", the core remaining the same, the strategy for each sale can be unique unto itself and it's this idea that we discuss today. We break down the overall goals, in our experience, of some of the largest Q4 sales opportunities at both levels on this episode.
00:32:49 12/4/2022
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It's almost 2023 and we're back with our yearly tradition of discussing what we would do if we ran Hasbro. Comparatively, 2022 was a rather interesting year with the Alta Fox discussions, some rather obtuse earnings calls, and a product release schedule bordering on lunacy but we held in there and used all of this to distill down our changes for the organization on the whole. So buckle up and enjoy some fun back and forth about how we, two dudes yelling over the internet, would change Hasbro.
00:59:46 11/27/2022
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It's another day so there's another Standard Magic set to digest. This week it's time for breakout of some of the most under priced, over priced, and correctly priced cards in BRO. Join us as we discuss playability, affordability, projected sales, and have a vivid discussion about some aptly named lands.
00:47:03 11/13/2022

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