Here’s how the hosts describe the podcast:
“If you like listening to some friends sit around talking about geek culture, obscene jokes and MTG then welcome home. And yes, we know lands CAN kill. But "If Basic Lands Could Kill" just sounds lame.”
Here we talk to one of the several hosts of the podcast, Cory Anonymous.
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ElspethFTW: Hey, Cory! Thanks a bunch for doing this interview with us!
Cory: It's my pleasure to do an interview with you guys. Keep up the good work.
Q1: What’s your history with Magic: the Gathering?
Cory: Well, my friends and I were starting to grow up a bit, but we still wanted to hang out and play games. So, we set aside a day a week to meet up and try out some new games. The first was a board game called Risk Legacy. Once we were done with that, we started looking for a new game. My neighbor had tried to teach me how to play Magic when I was very young, to no success. So I figured I was old enough to grasp this expansive game. I had downloaded Duels of the Planeswalker 2013 and was immediately hooked. I went to my LGS and bought a Gatecrash intro deck upon the suggestion of the owner. I started going back to that LGS a couple times a week and they were helping me learn how to play. I then introduced the rest of my friends to the game and they took to it very quickly and we've been playing ever since.
Q2: How did the “If Lands Could Kill” podcast come to be?
Cory: I started listening to a few MTG podcasts such as Limited Resources, The Eh Team and Heavy Meta. The last two had especially peaked my interest since they were crude, humorous, down to earth and still talked about MTG. My friends and I had always talked about wanting to produce some sort of creative content throughout our lives. We figured if Heavy Meta can get drunk and ramble on about MTG then we could at least produce something listenable.
So, myself and 3 of my longtime friends sat down with a very cheap handheld audio recorder that you might use to record a lecture with and we started to record. The name came from one of our friends complaining that he was flooding out with mana and he said, "If lands could kill, you would be dead". Obviously, there's ways for lands to kill, but we decided that If Basic Lands Could Kill was a stupid name.
ElspethFTW: It’s a great name!
Q3: What do you feel sets your podcast apart from other MtG podcasts?
Cory: I've noticed that a lot of MTG podcasts are G rated or PG rated with no cussing or crude humor. Also I've noticed that a certain percentage of MTG podcasts just cover tournament reports and talk about pro magic. There's nothing wrong with that but we wanted to make a podcast where we could just be ourselves and we didn't want to worry about what we could and couldn't say. ILCK has changed over the years but the main compliment we get from our listeners is that they feel like they are our friends. When they listen to our cast they feel like they are sitting right next to us laughing and having a good time. We didn't really realize it when we started but that's exactly what we wanted to be. That's what we want when we listen to other podcasts. We always say that first and foremost we do this podcast because we enjoy doing it. It's icing on the cake that other people enjoy it as well. And that's probably why we will never start a Patreon or try to get sponsored. We had a listener send us a message about how he was going through some tough times with a sick family member and that listening to our podcast was one of the only times he could laugh as he was going to and from the hospital. The fact that we could have such a positive impact on someone's life just by telling some dirty jokes and talking about MTG is beyond anything we ever saw coming. We are honored and humbled to have such an awesome following.
Q4: What is your favorite format to play in Magic: the Gathering?
Cory: Tiny Leaders. I know, it's not even a real format. It was just a flash in the pan. Yet, we took to it fast and we love to play it. Commander is a close second for me. I am one of those people who will try to have a deck in every format (except Legacy, Vintage, etc). Deck building is one of my favorite aspects of the game so I take joy in building my own Commander decks from scratch.
ElspethFTW: Hey, people still play Tiny Leaders! Just because it’s not a popular or officially-supported format doesn’t mean anything; as long as you have fun playing it, it’s a valid format! :)
Q5: If you or any of you guys at If Lands Could Kill could change something about Magic, what would it be?
Cory: I think the one thing we would change is the negative attitude of the community. I know that sounds all hippy and lovey dovey. And I don't even know how we would change it. Hyperbole can be fun especially for comedic effect but it's to a nauseating point now. Especially with the current climate of the community. That's one thing we try to avoid on If Lands Could Kill. There are places and times to have those serious conversations but we don't want our podcast to be one of them. If you ever listen to an episode of ILCK and leave feeling worse than before, I will personally send you a foil Charging Badger with inappropriate scribbling on it.
ElspethFTW: I definitely want one of those!
Cory: Thanks for having me for the interview and keep up the good work you guys are doing for the community!
ElspethFTW: Keep up the great work, guys!
** Disclaimer: I was compensated in absolutely no form for this interview. It was done purely for the good of the Magic the Gathering community and the goodness of my own heart ;)