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A show about design in Magic: the Gathering. Each week we cover both official cards and custom cards made by the community. The weekly design challenge gives you the opportunity to make it on the show! Hosted by Tim, Juliet, Kayiu and Markus, with guests!

Mar 27, 2024

This week we are looking at the custom set Settling Idyll by Provocative! As usual with Unpacking, we know next to nothing going in. We only know a single image: a heroic mech guarding a town.

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Mar 20, 2024

The Beacon community finished a second You Make the Pack, where we build a 15 card pack together. This week Kayiu brings on guest Dodger to see how we did! Hear about the new mechanics, get Dodger's insight, and maybe even design a bonus card for the pack at the end.

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Mar 13, 2024

Mark Rosewater dropped a huge design article about Play Booster set skeletons this week! Skeletons are the outline of a Magic set, so we had to convene a pod to dissect all this new info. Design League champ platypeople and new guest Gabe Lincoln help Tim break down all the cool details of the article.

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Mar 6, 2024

Jump in to these great submissions... or LOSE THE GAME! We've got 13 great designs for our February challenge, which asked people to create cards with the text "lose the game". 

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