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Think Twice is a weekly Magic: the Gathering podcast hosted by Ali Aintrazi, Justin Parnell, & Stephen Green that looks at a variety of topics from dual and occasionally opposing points of view. Ali, Justin and Stephen primarily discuss the world revolving around Magic, but touch on movies, music, other games, general pop culture, and personal musings.
 
A podcast focused around the online game, "Hex Shards of Fate." Come join in and get the latest news, the best decks, thoughts on cards, and ideas on new decks. You'll get all this with fun banter in between! Hosted by Ali Aintrazi and Varranis
 
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Stephen and Justin are caught up in the fancy card craze as they each design five of their favorite cards in exactly the style and frame they want. Then they head to Netflix to catch South Korea's first space blockbuster, "Space Sweepers."00:15 - The Week That Was13:49 - Cards That Need Special Printings47:27 - Netflix Review: Space Sweepers1:28:47…
 
Stephen and Justin have had time to check out all of the preconstructed Commander decks for the last year, and break them all down by price, value, design and more, while looking ahead to what Strixhaven may offer. Then the guys head to HBO Max to determine if "The Little Things" will indeed get you caught.00:15 - The Week That Was11:46 - CMDR Prec…
 
Stephen and Justin check out some severely underplayed cards in Commander and try to make a case for why they should be making it as a part of your 99 more often. Then. Stephen "demanded" Justin watch Netflix's new action flick, "Outside the Wire."00:15 - The Week That Was17:14 - Underplayed Commander Cards1:04:35 - Netflix Review: "Outside the Wir…
 
Stephen suits up just in time to see Kaldheim in all it's glory, and gives his first impressions for Commander. Then the guys finally make their way to the last two episode of the second season of Disney+'s "The Mandolorian."00:15 - The Week That Was08:12 - Kaldheim Commander Review1:09:30 - Show Review: "The Mandolorian" S2E7-81:38:01 - Question o…
 
Kaldheim is here-ish, and Ali and Justin give their first impressions of cards that caught their eye, all of the themes, mechanics, and flavor tidbits. Then the guys head to their home cinemas to catch DC's latest superhero flick on HBO Max, "Wonder Woman 84."00:15 - The Week That Was14:03 - Kaldheim Previews So Far1:00:45 - Movie Review: "Wonder W…
 
Stephen and Justin spend this episode waxing nostalgia and got back to their Magic playing childhood and relive what their experiences from the early 2000's. Then the guys each pick three movies from earlier in life they could relive for the first time.00:15 - The Week That Was10:37 - Magic in 20021:05:58 - Top 3 Movies Wish To Watch 1st Time1:46:2…
 
We've had one full year of Secret Lairs for Magic, so what do Stephen and Justin think about where we are with them now? Then the guys break down episodes 4-6 of Disney+'s "The Mandolorian."00:15 - The Week That Was10:10 - Secret Lair Year 1: A Year In Review1:11:45 - Disney+ Show Review: "The Mandalorian" S2E4-61:51:23 - Question of the Week…
 
Ali and Justin have noticed the downward trend of the amount of Magic content being consumed, and try to identify why and what would fix it. Then Ali gets Justin to watch Pixar's "Inside Out" for the first time.00:15 - The Week That Was11:18 - Twitch Viewership in Magic47:13 - Disney+ Movie Review: "Inside Out"1:25:23 - Question of the Week…
 
Ali is back and ready to talk Historic on Arena- best decks, what should change, and why innovation seems stifled. Then Justin gets Ali to watch 1994's beloved "The Shawshank Redemption" for the first time.00:15 - The Week That Was11:31 - Kaladesh Remastered in Historic54:27 - Movie Review: The Shawshank Redemption1:25:23 - Question of the Week…
 
Even though Commander Legends just release, Stephen and Justin remain unsatisfied and go down the laundry list of things they would like to see in the format. Then the guys venture over to Disney+ to check out the first three episodes of the second season of "The Mandalorian."00:15 - The Week That Was9:51 - What We Want in Commander Next49:13 - Dis…
 
Ali returns from his long trip to London to regale us his tale, and catch up on where Standard has gone in the wake of recent bannings. Then the guys compare notes for the entirety of Season 2 of Amazon Prime's, "The Boys."00:15 - The Week That Was20:16 - The NEW NEW Standard54:53 - Amazon TV Series: The Boys S21:29:08 - Question of the Week…
 
Producer Jon Choi steps from behind the shadows into the cohost chair to talk with Justin about Commander Cubes, Commander Legends limited, and early favorites from Magic's newest set. Then the guys head to Netflix just in time for Halloween with South Korea's newest (and timeliest) zombie flick, "#Alive."00:15 - The Week That Was10:38 - Commander …
 
With Ali overseas and Stephen on the mend, Justin had to go to the top of the Mythic ranks on Arena and grab the Master of Midrange, John Roberts II, aka JDoubleR2. In this special episode, John talks about his everything he keeps in mind when he's making his way to the Mythic ranks on Arena. Then the guys talk about music that means a lot to them,…
 
You won't believe what Stephen has to say about the future of paper Magic, and Justin's argument against him! The guys watch another new Netflix movie, "The Devil All the Time"- is this Stephen's favorite movie of all time?00:15 - The Week That Was14:43 - Paper Magic Moving Forward47:20 - Netflix Movie Review: "The Devil All The Time"1:20:50 - Ques…
 
Stephen returns just in time to talk all things Commander for Zendikar Rising - MDFCs, best new Legends, and future format staples. Then the guys head to Dinsey+ to watch 2015's "Fantastic Four" in an effort to get their superhero fix.00:15 - The Week That Was24:05 - Zendikar Rising for Commander1:09:41 - Movie Review: "Fantastic Four (2015)"1:45:3…
 
Parallel Lives is a podcast where host Justin Parnell explores the non-Magic hobbies and passions of some of Magic's favorite personalities. In this episode of Parallel Lives, Justin talks with streamer and CoolStuffInc columnist Jim Davis about his journey with local music and radio.Follow Jim at: www.twitter.com/JimDavisMTGSee more of Jim's conte…
 
Parallel Lives is a podcast where host Justin Parnell explores the non-Magic hobbies and passions of some of Magic's favorite personalities. In this episode of Parallel Lives, Justin talks with podcaster and writer Elizabeth Rice about the world of rugby and how it's effected her life.Follow Elizabeth on Twitter: twitter.com/ellieoftheveilRead Eliz…
 
All Zendikar, all the time! Stephen and just give their first impressions on all the products of Zendikar Rising and happenings on the roiling plane. Then the guys ruffle their own feathers with another new segment- "Why This Sucks," movie edition.00:15 - The Week That Was9:40 - Zendikar Rising First Impressions1:18:23 - Why This Sucks: Movie Editi…
 
Stephen and Justin pour over the huge 2021 product announcement, talking in detail about each of the seven(!) Magic sets forthcoming. Then the guys debut a new segment "Why This Is Great," each tries to sell the other on movies that don't receive much love.00:15 - The Week That Was8:42 - Magic in 20211:01:10 - Why This is Great: Movie Edition1:36:3…
 
Parallel Lives is a podcast where host Justin Parnell explores the non-Magic hobbies and passions of some of Magic's favorite personalities. In this episode of Parallel Lives, Justin talks with podcaster and TCG Player columnist Emma Partlow about fitness and the importance of personal wellbeing.Follow Emma on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/emmmz…
 
Ali bids a final but needed farewell to Field of the Dead in Historic as the guys review the landscape of the format going forward. Then Justin and Ali talk about personal life and the recent vacation they jointly went on with their families.00:15 - The Week That Was9:53 - Fixing Historic41:43 - Life Update/ Vacation1:00:35 - Question of the Week &…
 
Ali and Justin carefully tread back into the Magic Story waters with hopeful trepidation just in time for what they expect to be an all-important Zendrikar Rising story. Then the guys take you on a musical journey for what's been in their ears the last few months.00:15 - The Week That Was11:17 - Zendikar Story/Magic Story33:56 - Music Update: Strea…
 
Parallel Lives is a podcast where host Justin Parnell explores the non-Magic hobbies and passions of some of Magic's favorite personalities. In this episode of Parallel Lives, Justin talks with podcaster and streamer DeQuan Watson about the sport and fun of disc golf.Follow DeQuan here: twitter.com/powrdragnWatch DeQuan's streams here: twitch.tv/po…
 
Stephen and Justin break down how the current state of Magic has changed what was once a surefire identifier for card price changes- Standard rotation. Then the guys wave goodbye to Charlize Theron and their patience with Amazon Prime's "Young Adult."00:15 - The Week That Was8:54 - Rotation Finance50:15 - Amazon Prime Review: "Young Adult"1:15:59 -…
 
Stephen returns with lots of thoughts about the surprise bans in several formats, and the guys argue about how to solve the ban crisis. Another week, another Charlize Theron movie as the guys talk about 2005's Sci-Fi "classic," Amazon Prime's "Aeon Flux."00:15 - The Week That Was10:25 - Bans Everywhere56:06 - Amazon Prime Review: "Aeon Flux"1:33:37…
 
Parallel Lives is a podcast where host Justin Parnell explores the non-Magic hobbies and passions of some of Magic's favorite personalities. In the inagural episode of Parallel Lives, Justin talks with Michelle Rapp from the Loregoyfs podcast about the world of ceramics and pottery.Follow Michelle here: twitter.com/kilnfiendpotterFollow the Loregoy…
 
Ali and Justin find themselves as the last bastions of hope for the Midrange archetype in all formats of Magic. Can they argue it's case? Then the guys dive deep into the strange but fun modern take on Groundhog day, Hulu's "Palm Springs."00:15 - The Week That Was15:01 - In Defense of Midrange51:27 - Hulu Review: "Palm Springs"1:36:56 - Question of…
 
Ali has been spending almost 100 hours playing Historic since Jumpstart dropped, and he drops all of his knowledge to educate the masses. Then Justin explains to the second cohost is as many weeks who Charlize Theron as they review Netflix's "The Old Guard."00:15 - The Week That Was16:17 - A New Historic1:05:08 - Netlfix Review: "The Old Guard"1:37…
 
Stephen and Justin talk all things Jumpstart- what it is, how to play it, and the best cards for Commander. Then Stephen attempts to redeem himself with his movie suggestion this week with Amazon Prime's "Crawl."00:15 - The Week That Was8:55 - Jumpstart1:15:34 - Movie Review: "Crawl" on Amazon Prime1:47:14 - Question of the Week & Wrap Up…
 
Core Set 2021 delivers a ton of impact reprints and a bounty of new cards- which ones will Ali and Justin rank in their famous 5 Top 5s? Then Ali finally watches "In the Shadow of the Moon" on Netflix- was it worth the wait?Consider making a donation here: http://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co#BlackLivesMatter00:15 - The Week That Was11:54 - 5 Top 5s: …
 
Ali and Justin just finished playing the M21 Early Access event (#sponsored) and are hear to tell you about the good, the bad, and the Teferi of the newest Core Set. Then, Ali forgets to watch the agreed upon movie (again) and the guys talk about how their world has changed since COVID-19.Consider making a donation here: blacklivesmatters.carrd.co#…
 
Fresh off of the newest Commander product release, Stephen and Justin take a look at everything Core Set 2021 has to offer for their favorite 100-card format. Then Stephen talks Justin into a recently forgotten Bruce Willis vehicle on Hulu, "Once Upon a Time in Venice."00:15 - The Week That Was9:46 - Commander Value in M211:31:08 - Movie Review: On…
 
Justin is joined this week by the man behind the show: producer Jon Choi. Justin and Jon find the highs and the lows of MTG Arena's new Cube draft list to prepare you for the format before going through their most played board games during a time where the world is quarantined at home.00:15 - The Week That Was29:05 - Magic Arena Cube1:13:03 - Quara…
 
Ali has been brewing tons of Historic decks on MTG Arena, while just tries to make fights happen with Phrexian Obliterator. Then the guys find themselves figuratively and mentally trapped in Robert Egger's newest film, "The Lighthouse."00:15 - The Week That Was15:01 - Historic Format Update59:25 - Movie Review: "The Lighthouse"1:26:43 - Question of…
 
Stephen and Justin have been spending extra time at home, but that hasn't stopped Commander from being played! Find out all the ins and outs of playing Magic through web cam. Then the guys head to Netflix to figure out the dystopian, super-human world of the "Freaks."00:15 - The Week That Was12:05 - Webcam Magic46:12 - Movie Review: "Freaks"1:26:55…
 
Stephen and Justin had a chance to play Ikoria Sealed during SCG's Prerelease Party are now sharing all the secrets of the limited format. Then the guys head over to Netflix for Chris Hemworth's new beat-em-up Western, "Extraction."00:15 - The Week That Was14:55 - Ikoria PreRelease (also Webcam Magic)1:01:58 - Movie Review: "Extraction"1:36:04 - Qu…
 
In a Think Twice first, Ali and Justin take a week off from Magic to discuss another CCG they've been playing in "Legends of Runeterra" and it's newest expansion "Rising Tides." Then the guys try and pick up the complicated pieces of the final two episodes of season three of HBO's "Westworld."00:15 - The Week That Was10:59 - Legends of Runeterra: R…
 
Stephen Green joins Justin this week just in time to talk about their hands-on experience with the Commander 2020 decks, and all the new cards within. Then the guys jump in the way-back machine to check out the follow up film to Breaking Bad, "El Camino."00:15 - The Week That Was10:18 - Commander 2020: Insider Look1:09:38 - Movie Review: "El Camino…
 
Ikoria has arrived to MTG Arena, and Ali and Justin were invited by WotC (#sponsored) to participate in the Early Access event and have over an hour of monster mayhem to talk about! The guys return to HBO's "Westworld" to talk about the human kind of monsters present in Season 3, Episodes 2, 3, and 4.00:15 - The Week That Was8:33 - Ikoria Early Acc…
 
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