Magic: The Gathering has had a solid following for decades. It has carved its own niche in the world of geek; people sink thousands of dollars into this wonderful game, pour their heart and soul into tournaments and conventions, and have created a community. There are many different outlets that cover the complicated aspects of Magic, and the podcast format is no stranger to the subject.
Enter Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff, the hosts of Magic the Amateuring. Both live in Minnesota and have been playing Magic: the Gathering since 2012. There are several different Magic podcasts out there, but this one is a bit different—for one thing, because both hosts are women. You don’t see a lot of women in the Magic: The Gathering scene, so this is refreshing and encouraging for female players who may feel intimidated by being the minority. Another thing that makes this podcast different is that there is no hand holding: it is for people who play the game on a regular basis.
The show focuses on deck building based on different formats and current expansions. Maria and Meghan don’t necessarily focus on news, but rather on tournaments. If you are looking to enter into the Magic: The Gathering tournament world, this podcast is for you. It is very informative and really digs deep into creating a successful deck. They spend ample time on different formats, such as sealed and draft, and you can tell they have really put in the effort to learn every angle of the game. Even if it’s a format they don’t play a lot, they still spend plenty of time on deck building. If you need a visual for what they are doing, they do record via YouTube, where they have clips that are just about deck-building tips, with close-ups of the cards they are discussing.
The hosts are full of energy and passion for the game and filter that into their show. They have great chemistry together and aren’t arrogant about the knowledge they are sharing. They genuinely seem happy to help. One way they show their passion is by engaging their audience with a segment in their show where they respond to listeners’ questions with in-depth answers.
The flip side of this podcast being so in-depth is that it isn’t for the faint of heart. If you are a beginner or even play casually with friends, you may get lost. You need to be knowledgeable about current expansions and formats, though the hosts do describe the cards they’re discussing, which is very helpful. You also need to know the Magic: The Gathering jargon, because they spend hours describing and discussing deck building. They do have long discussions, sometimes, on pro players and on just the tournament scene in general. If you are only interested in the helpful tips, you may want to skip ahead.
Magic the Amateuring is a great podcast for anyone who loves Magic: the Gathering and has extensive knowledge on the core gameplay and current expansions. The hosts love the game, and they are experts on the subject. They are not only fun but willing to extend a helping hand to their audience. It is a must-listen for hardcore Magic fans.
You can check out Magic the Amateuring on their website, YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. You can also click here to read Twin Cities Geek’s interview with the hosts on their love of Magic: The Gathering and how the podcast came to be.