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Deck Tease, Episode 31 - The Vorthos Show

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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.

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Deck Tease, Episode 26 - JUDGE!

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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.

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Deck Tease, Episode 24 - Plays Well With Others

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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.

Filled with laughs, foreign accents, and great conversation - this is Episode 24 of The Deck Tease.

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Deck Tease, Episode 23 - This Pro’s Life

deck-teaseEver 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.

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Deck Tease, Episode 10 - Ten Little Episodes

New intro!  New contest!  A guest host!  Episode 10 of the Deck Tease has it all.

Oestrus welcomes Brendan Weiskotten from GatheringMagic to the show and the two of them take part in a lengthy conversation about all things Magic the Gathering that clocks in at almost 90 minutes in length.

The show kicks off with Brendan talking about how he got started with GatheringMagic, then Oestrus brings up the apparent lack of resources for the casual player, followed by an in depth discussion about the various competitive formats that are out there.

Last but not least, Oestrus and Branden talk about some of their favorite decks from the past and present and whether or not it is possible to quit Magic for good.

 

 

As mentioned in the latter half of the episode, one lucky listener will have the chance to win a $25 gift card to StarCityGames just for tuning into the Deck Tease.  Check back on the GKick website after each third episode is released for more details.

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Game Party Champions

 FACT SHEET:
Game Party Champions | Available: Holiday/Christmas 2012
Wii U | Publisher: Warner Bros. | Developer: Phosphor Games

If you’re after a new family-based game for the Christmas season - look no further than this gem of a game! Being released on the brand new Nintendo Wii U console, it’s a game like the Hasbro Game Night and Wii Sports- and if you’re a fan of those, then this really will be up your street too.

The latest itiration of the enormously popular Game Party franchise, it offers players new ways to compete in arcade, sports and party games. With the brand-new controls of the Wii U GamePad, it enables to players to control the game and give players of all skill a challenging gaming experience. With the sharp, eye-opening HD graphics players can compete in games such as ping pong, table hockey and hoop shoot.

Controlling the game through the GamePad means that players can tilt, turn and swipe the touchscreen to give a fun gaming experience. Modes of play include Quick Play, Story Mode and Party Mode. The first is for the single player that just wants to pick up the game and give it a go. The second enables players to outplay each other and prove that they’re the ‘World Champion’. In Party Mode, players can see if they’re the World Champion using the Wii U GamePad and the others in the party use the Wii Remote to cause havoc on the players game and see if they can make them lose- so concentration is key!

Black Ops 2 Will Support Ranked Dedicated Servers

A few of the Call of Duty titles never had dedicated serves, a notable one would be Modern Warfare 2, but that was fixed in Black Ops. You may now be very excited to hear that Black Ops 2 will not only have dedicated servers but ranked dedicated servers too!

This all was announced on the weekend over Cesar Stastny’s twitter feed who is the director of technology over at Treyarch.

This brings me to wonder how this is going to boost the competitive scene in the Black Ops series. I also wonder if it’ll be anything like World of Warcraft’s ranked battlegrounds system which would definitely make for interesting matches.