• The Prep Area Podcast 10: Super Starhawk

    Welcome to Episode Ten of The Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) are weekly! Shadowmeld had a quick turn-around this week, but boy, did he bring the goods!

    We've built two teams built around the rare Starhawk from the Age of Ultron set. First, our economy team is called "Guardians", which features many a character from the hit blockbuster film. Secondly, we are debuting Swarmhawk -- a team that hits super hard, and super fast. It's a lot-o-fun.

    Necromanticer is back with "Off the Meta", featuring a character that doesn't get much love, Juggernaut! Also, Isaac continues his "Transition Zone" segment which looks at improving your game.

    Our amazing art was supplied by the official artist of The Prep Area, Nick Sutphin! Follow him on Twitter at @Sutphin51, or check out his Facebook here, or his Deviantart here!



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    Shadowmeld's "Guardians" (Economy)

    Shadowmeld's "Swarmhawk" (Main Event)

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    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      I'm jealous that I didn't think of this SwarmHawk team.

      One thought though is I always felt like with a swarm team bringing Blue Eyes to the table helped my opponent more than it helped me since all of my stuff was low cost. I realize it's a must with Grundy and definitely helps get the Stirge... but i'd personally probably look for a different form of removal. Maybe even use the Gamora Global + Grundy combo Shadowmeld was talking about instead in that segment.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flexei View Post
      I'm jealous that I didn't think of this SwarmHawk team.

      One thought though is I always felt like with a swarm team bringing Blue Eyes to the table helped my opponent more than it helped me since all of my stuff was low cost. I realize it's a must with Grundy and definitely helps get the Stirge... but i'd personally probably look for a different form of removal. Maybe even use the Gamora Global + Grundy combo Shadowmeld was talking about instead in that segment.
      Great insight, I haven't gotten enough Reps in on this team to really get that deep on it, but it is based on that awesome @Flexei Johnny Swarm action. Plus alot of folks are asking me to stop using BEWD on my teams, now they have an alternative!
    1. Beets's Avatar
      Beets -
      Heck. Yeaaah. Awesome podcast, guys. Thanks for taking my request, Shadowmeld!
    1. Green Knight's Avatar
      Green Knight -
      Thanks for the podcast fellas!

      Wait a second @Dave you have all eight SR from WoL and are holding out to Thursday to spoil them?!?! "The" does sound rather convincing...
    1. Jthomash2's Avatar
      Jthomash2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Green Knight View Post

      Wait a second @Dave you have all eight SR from WoL and are holding out to Thursday to spoil them?!?! "The" does sound rather convincing...
      Whistling and looking innocent...
    1. Osprey's Avatar
      Osprey -
      I didn't know people on here hadn't seen this already, my locals has been taken over by similar teams and ideas for weeks lol. Everyone loves that Starhawk Precognitive! Not my cup of tea personally, but the damage it can put out is real. Consistent removal is a must have though.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Green Knight View Post
      Thanks for the podcast fellas!

      Wait a second @Dave you have all eight SR from WoL and are holding out to Thursday to spoil them?!?! "The" does sound rather convincing...
      Fine, fine, here's another word:

      "You."
    1. Osprey's Avatar
      Osprey -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
      Fine, fine, here's another word:

      "You."
      Y U DO THIS

      Is there a "can" in there? How about an "if"? OH GOD STOP TEASING ME I CAN'T LIVE LIKE THIS
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      OH OH ... "Other" and "KO" are also on Half of them....
    1. Osprey's Avatar
      Osprey -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      OH OH ... "Other" and "KO" are also on Half of them....
      BLACK LANTERZ R CONFIRM GAIZ
    1. Razorback's Avatar
      Razorback -
      Really enjoyed the show. Love the teams and I really like it when you feature cards that aren't getting a lot of love.

      I would like to see you guys come up with something for Daredevil. He is my favorite Marvel character. While his cards are somewhat thematic, I've not been too inspired by them. Anything you can do with them?
    1. CeeQue's Avatar
      CeeQue -
      Quote Originally Posted by Razorback View Post
      Really enjoyed the show. Love the teams and I really like it when you feature cards that aren't getting a lot of love.

      I would like to see you guys come up with something for Daredevil. He is my favorite Marvel character. While his cards are somewhat thematic, I've not been too inspired by them. Anything you can do with them?
      I agree! I was so sad when I saw the Daredevil cards.
    1. Nemesis's Avatar
      Nemesis -
      Playing Constructed Thursday at my LGS. Put together a modified Guardians list for the Mrs. Hopefully she likes it!

      New to the game and the podcast. I listen to a so e well established MtG podcasts and have to say, as long as product is made for this game, I see no reason for you guys to stop! Great segments, great content and all an around great show! Keep up the good work fellas
    1. CeeQue's Avatar
      CeeQue -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flexei View Post
      I'm jealous that I didn't think of this SwarmHawk team.

      One thought though is I always felt like with a swarm team bringing Blue Eyes to the table helped my opponent more than it helped me since all of my stuff was low cost. I realize it's a must with Grundy and definitely helps get the Stirge... but i'd personally probably look for a different form of removal. Maybe even use the Gamora Global + Grundy combo Shadowmeld was talking about instead in that segment.
      I've been playing around with the rare Nightcrawler on an Ultron team, he's one of my favorite characters and combos well with the drone global. Or you could swap in Deadpool Jack.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Quote Originally Posted by Razorback View Post
      I would like to see you guys come up with something for Daredevil. He is my favorite Marvel character. While his cards are somewhat thematic, I've not been too inspired by them. Anything you can do with them?
      I hope so. I'm a big fan of DD too. What do you think, @Shadowmeld ?
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      He was a character i was thinking about doing for next episode, then I realized, I din't need to put a slightly better version of vixen on my team

      New DD in ASM though, here's hoping.
    1. Razorback's Avatar
      Razorback -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      He was a character i was thinking about doing for next episode, then I realized, I din't need to put a slightly better version of vixen on my team

      New DD in ASM though, here's hoping.
      DD=AoU Vixen?!?!

      Harsh. But sadly true.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Quote Originally Posted by Razorback View Post
      DD=AoU Vixen?!?!

      Harsh. But sadly true.
      Don't get me wrong, he's pretty decent in draft. he's got good stats for a cheap fist. He just is out shone by almost every other 3 cost fist character you could bring, including UC Ultron Drone, outside of set.