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Top Level Podcast is a weekly podcast by Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Famer and Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin with Michael J Flores. Top Level Podcast focuses on competitive, Constructed, tournament Magic: The Gathering strategy, tactics, deck lists, and mindset. We appear weekly on http://www.toplevelpodcast.com

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Top Level Podcast is a weekly podcast by Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Famer and Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin with Michael J Flores. Top Level Podcast focuses on competitive, Constructed, tournament Magic: The Gathering strategy, tactics, deck lists, and mindset. We appear weekly on http://www.toplevelpodcast.com

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Half obnoxious

By Legionere01 - Oct 02 2019
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One guy is level mannered and sounds better. The other is obnoxious as hell. He actually sounds upset talking about magic combos. On top of that he’s super condescending to the other host.

Subject matter is good but discussion can be lacking

By Bogart745 - May 01 2019
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This podcast touches on important and very relevant subject matter and provides valuable information. My only issue with the podcast is with the dynamic between Patrick and Michael. Seems like every single idea or counter argument Michael has is immediately disregarded by Patrick. For instance if Patrick is making a case for a card and Michael brings up counter argument Michael basically tells him he’s wrong and continues the discussion. It’s really not conducive to a constructive conversation.

iTunes Ratings

117 Ratings
Average Ratings
94
11
6
3
3

Half obnoxious

By Legionere01 - Oct 02 2019
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One guy is level mannered and sounds better. The other is obnoxious as hell. He actually sounds upset talking about magic combos. On top of that he’s super condescending to the other host.

Subject matter is good but discussion can be lacking

By Bogart745 - May 01 2019
Read more
This podcast touches on important and very relevant subject matter and provides valuable information. My only issue with the podcast is with the dynamic between Patrick and Michael. Seems like every single idea or counter argument Michael has is immediately disregarded by Patrick. For instance if Patrick is making a case for a card and Michael brings up counter argument Michael basically tells him he’s wrong and continues the discussion. It’s really not conducive to a constructive conversation.
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Top Level Podcast

Latest release on Jan 24, 2020

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Top Level Podcast is a weekly podcast by Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Famer and Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin with Michael J Flores. Top Level Podcast focuses on competitive, Constructed, tournament Magic: The Gathering strategy, tactics, deck lists, and mindset. We appear weekly on http://www.toplevelpodcast.com

Rank #1: Mastering Lich's Mastery

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Will Lich's Mastery be THE ONLY viable strategy in Standard?

This card is poised to completely warp Standard! It is a draw engine of unprecedented power. Imagine for a moment you were playing a big format and ran Lich's Mastery alongside Nourishing Shoal... The ability to draw cards with little to no incremental mana investment (after the initial six mana investment, of course) is unprecedented!

  • Yawgmoth's Will limits access to your graveyard.
  • Yawgmoth's Agenda locks you down to one spell per turn

This Legendary Enchantment has no such limitations.

Lich's Mastery + Gideon of the Trials

White is a natural pair to Lich's Mastery in Standard. Renewed Faith is one of the most obvious best buddies. It cycles to help you hit land drops early. Later on, you can draw six -- count 'em six -- extra cards for just one card!

Fumigate is also an awesome addition. The ability to gain one life per creature killed takes on new meaning when each of those creatures represents even more card advantage.

But what about Gideon of the Trials?

Is there a particular synergy with this Planeswalker that can also prevent you from losing the game? Yes!

Not only does Gideon rumble (giving your combo-control deck a way to win) but it can protect you from losing the game by losing your Lich's Mastery. Further, it gives you a redundant synergy with Glorious End.

Any two of the three -- Lich's Mastery, Gideon of the Trials, and Glorious End -- are great together!

Lich's Mastery + Glorious End

Glorious End + Gideon of the Trials was a combo that never quite hit in Standard. Is it awesome? Probably... But it never quite hit.

What happens when you add a third leg to the stool?

What happens when that third leg has hexproof?

Glorious End is just awesome with Lich's Mastery. Can you just Time Walk your opponent with Lich's Mastery in play? Sure. You can also Fog them, Counterspell them, and generally laugh at them from behind your Legendary Enchantment while they expend resources.

But did you ever think about this?

Cast Glorious End on their Turn Five. Maybe on their upkeep?

Untap and play the Lich's Mastery in your hand!

Cool, right?

What if you don't have a Lich's Mastery in your hand... yet? The planned End-Mastery play is a big game, but what might be even more fun is the desperate Glorious End-into-praying-to-draw-Lich's-Mastery. All part of the range.

All Kinds of Lich's Mastery Decks

In this episode of Top Level Podcast, Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin and Resident Genius Michael J. Flores discuss all manner of builds around and including this seductive six drop.

Black-White, Mardu, and even straight black takes are on the table.

Gifted Aetherborn? Creatureless? A couple of big guys? A ton of lifelinking Knights? Give this one a listen and figure out how you want your BBB3 to go in the coming months.

Apr 26 2018

46mins

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Rank #2: Wild About Wilderness Reclamation

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Wilderness Reclamation is the scariest card in Ravnica Allegiance. It's better than a ton of historical Staples + great with... Just listen to the podcast!

Jan 18 2019

59mins

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Rank #3: Your Top 8 War of the Spark Questions… Answered!

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*Update 7:37pm April 26, 2019*

*This file fills in a few missing minutes from the previous upload.*

Every card in War of the Spark has been revealed! Patrick and Michael brew and riff on many of YOUR burning questions around this powerful new set.

Apr 26 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #4: It's the Pioneer Decklists Podcast!

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What is Pioneer? Magic was born in 1993. Modern is a format from 2003 on... Now Pioneer is a format from 2013 on. It's Magic minus the first two decades...

Nov 01 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: Breaking Thunderbreak Regent in Modern

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*THIS IS A RE-UPLOAD* ... Something went wrong with the original file. Hopefully this one is perfect :)

Thunderbreak Regent joins Glorybringer, Stormbreath Dragon, and Sarkhan, Fireblood in a powerful new strategy for Modern. Skred you!

Jul 26 2018

54mins

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Rank #6: Three More Cards Join the Pioneer Ban List

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Three more cards hit the Pioneer ban list: Long live Pioneer! Patrick + Michael explore losing Smuggler's Copter, Once Upon a Time & Field of the Dead

Dec 07 2019

56mins

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Rank #7: Breaking Hydroid Krasis

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Hydroid Krasis is the top Mythic Rare from Ravnica Allegiance so far. Learn where -- and more importantly how -- to play this mighty Jellyfish Hydra Beast.

Feb 01 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #8: Niv-Mizzet, Parun in Jeskai Control

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Adrian Sullivan played four copies of Niv-Mizzet, Parun in his Grand Prix-winning Jeskai deck. Learn how that transforms the archetype in this week's cast!

Nov 23 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #9: Everything You Could Ever Want to Know About Arclight Phoenix in Modern

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Find out all the ways that Arclight Phoenix proves it is already one of the best creatures in Modern!

Dec 14 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #10: Racing with Tempest Djinn

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Tempest Djinn is one of blue's signature cards from Dominaria Tempest Djinn is Much Stronger Than Serendib Efreet (in the right deck) Despite its initial appearance, Serendib Efreet was a blue card.

A good place to think about this most respected of Djinn is the Revised misprint, Serendib Efreet. Serendib Efreet was a 3/4 flying creature for U2 (blue, despite the card frame)... With a drawback!

Serendib Efreet saw play in a variety of decks, and fast multicolored aggressive mages would often dip into blue to play it. Again, despite the self-inflicted damage.

Dominaria's Djinn is much harder to cast, sure. That is a lot of blue pips in the top-right!

But, the payoff is also much greater. In a deck with, say, twenty-five Islands, Tempest Djinn's floor is a Serendib Efreet with no drawback. Each and every incremental Island will make it a faster and faster racer.

Tempest Djinn is Like the World's Greatest Rishadan Airship (in the right deck) Unlike Rishadan Airship, Tempest Djinn can block

In its era, Rishadan Airship was one of the most important creatures played in the Blue Skies archetype.

Rishadan Airship was not great in very many other decks; it could not block consistently, and even when it could block, it would probably die. But offense-wise? Blue Skies was one of the best decks in Masques Block Constructed + was a favorite of some of the best Hall of Famers in Standard.

Tempest Djinn is like a more flexible Rishadan Airship. Again assuming an Islands-heavy (if not Islands-only) mana base, Tempest Djinn presents the same offense as Rishadan Airship -- at least -- but can also block. Not only that: It can block and often survive!

This flexibility is one of the most important aspects of Tempest Djinn. You can tap out for it on turn three, Skies-style to race... Or you can tap out for it on turn three to block a Red Deck's 3/2 attackers.

Or -- get this -- you can tap out for Tempest Djinn, block... And then back over itself (and generally for four damage).

Tempest Djinn will Redefine Blue in Standard

Patrick made a deck.

Mike is wild about it.

Check out how our intrepid duo thinks Tempest Djinn will be played in Standard right here!

Apr 20 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #11: All the Ways to Play (and beat) Field of the Dead

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Scapeshift and Field of the Dead make for the runaway best deck in Standard! Learn how to play (and beat) this winning combination in this week's podcast

Jul 25 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: How to Kill a Carnage Tyrant

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Carnage Tyrant may be the most important large threat in Standard. Learn how it's gone from a mirror-breaker to a insurance against Jeskai right here!

Nov 30 2018

57mins

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Rank #13: So Much Ravnica Allegiance Standard

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Ravnica Allegiane Standard is in full swing! Check out the emerging adventures of Pteramander, Light Up the Stage, a resurgent Hostage Taker, and more!

Feb 08 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #14: What Makes Bomberman Our Favorite Legacy Deck?

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Have you heard of Bomberman? This Mono-White combo deck is one of the coolest decks you can choose in Legacy. Plus! Multiple appearances by Wrenn and Six.

Aug 16 2019

59mins

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Rank #15: Oko, Thief of Crowns is Finally Banned in Standard

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Oko, Thief of Crowns was banned in Standard this week, alongside Once Upon a Time and Veil of Summer. You know this. But where to next? Find out here!

Nov 22 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #16: Karn, the Great Creator Demolishes Modern

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Karn, the Great Creator from War of the Spark has ALREADY put his silver-handed mark on Modern. Learn about the two-card combo redefining the format now!

May 16 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #17: Play More Thief of Sanity

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Whether a powerhouse sideboard card for Wilderness Reclamation or coming down on turn two with Llanowar Elves, now is the time to play Thief of Sanity!

Feb 15 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #18: "Quasiduplicate my Risen Reef" and other key plays from Mythic Championship VII

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When you Quasiduplicate your Risen Reef, you get two triggers. Than when you Jump-Start it, you get three! Listen for key play patters of the new top decks!

Dec 13 2019

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Rank #19: Is Narset, Parter of Veils the Best Card in Standard?

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How good is Narset, Parter of Veils in Standard? Where this War of the Spark Planeswalker kicks butt and takes names might just surprise you!

May 10 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #20: Serra the Benevolent from Modern Horizons (and even more Modern)

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Serra the Benevolent from Modern Horizons is anything but benevolent... For the opponent! Part Crusade, part Serra Angel, part Worship; all great!

Mar 22 2019

1hr 35mins

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The Return of Mono-Black Devotion

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Theros Beyond Death has powered up Mono-Black Devotion! Learn the ins and outs, tips and tricks, for navigating this rediscovered cornerstone of Standard

Jan 24 2020

1hr 21mins

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The Masterful Design of Dream Trawler

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What makes Dream Trawler "everything to everyone"? Come find out as we discuss cards from the full Theros Beyond Death spoiler!

Jan 17 2020

1hr 1min

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There's Lots to Love with Thassa, Deep-Dwelling

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Thassa, Deep-Dwelling is a neat centerpiece from Theros Beyond Death. What are some of the great combos and synergies you an exploit alongside this God?

Jan 10 2020

1hr 32mins

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All the Ways to Play (and break!) Heliod, Sun-Crowned

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Heliod, Sun-Crowned is getting our creative juices flowing! Find out all the ways he can deal infinite damage, gain infinite life, or just beat down!

Jan 03 2020

1hr 4mins

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How to Think About Klothys, God of Destiny

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Find out why Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer Patrick Chapin says Klothys, God of Destiny from Theros Beyond Death is a five-star card!

Dec 27 2019

1hr 1min

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First Look at Theros Beyond Death

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Theros Beyond Death previews are upon us! How great is Escape? When will you want to play a certain indestructible God? Plus, great news from Mike!

Dec 20 2019

59mins

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"Quasiduplicate my Risen Reef" and other key plays from Mythic Championship VII

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When you Quasiduplicate your Risen Reef, you get two triggers. Than when you Jump-Start it, you get three! Listen for key play patters of the new top decks!

Dec 13 2019

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Three More Cards Join the Pioneer Ban List

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Three more cards hit the Pioneer ban list: Long live Pioneer! Patrick + Michael explore losing Smuggler's Copter, Once Upon a Time & Field of the Dead

Dec 07 2019

56mins

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Casualties of War is Where You Want to Be

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With its ability to destroy key permanents (and lots of them), Casualties of War may be Standard's apex. In particular: Bye bye "enchantment" :)

Nov 29 2019

1hr 1min

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Oko, Thief of Crowns is Finally Banned in Standard

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Oko, Thief of Crowns was banned in Standard this week, alongside Once Upon a Time and Veil of Summer. You know this. But where to next? Find out here!

Nov 22 2019

1hr 8mins

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Wow these Mythic Championship VI Decks

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The best Mythic Championship VI decks... Plus the best of "the rest" from the most lopsided, the most homogeneous, Pro Tour ever! Then, what happens next?

Nov 15 2019

1hr 5mins

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Fallout from the First Pioneer PTQ

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Results from the first Pioneer PTQ... The top decks AND discussion of some of the initial cards to hit the Pioneer banned list.

Nov 08 2019

1hr 22mins

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It's the Pioneer Decklists Podcast!

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What is Pioneer? Magic was born in 1993. Modern is a format from 2003 on... Now Pioneer is a format from 2013 on. It's Magic minus the first two decades...

Nov 01 2019

1hr 6mins

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Once Upon a Time (and more!) in Modern

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Once Upon a Time from Throne of Eldraine is making a huge impact on Modern! It's made Amulet Titan more consistent, is assembling Selesnya squads, and more!

Oct 18 2019

1hr 4mins

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The Evolution of Fires of Invention

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Fires of Invention is a rule-breaking card. It seems to be breaking its own rules ALREADY! Find out how this card fits into Ramp + all about the other decks in Standard

Oct 11 2019

1hr 6mins

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In for Doom Foretold Esper

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Doom Foretold! Centerpiece of the new Esper and bane to opposing Planeswalkers. Learn what makes this card go, and how it converts into a late game killer

Oct 04 2019

1hr 3mins

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The Great Henge and Other Great Cards from Throne of Eldraine

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How cheap does The Great Henge have to be before you are into it?

Sep 27 2019

1hr 25mins

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So Much Brewing With Throne of Eldraine

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Throne of Eldraine is almost upon us! The brewing potential is seemingly limitless with this powerful new set. We discuss the Castle cycle and lots more!

Sep 20 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rosethorn Halberd from Throne of Eldraine

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Rosethorn Halberd is our exclusive preview card from Throne of Eldraine! Check out this bonus podcast to learn all about this sweet preview card, care of Wizards of the Coast.

Sep 19 2019

23mins

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Wildborn Preserver in Simic Flash

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Wildborn Preserver is going to be an instant Staple in Standard! Learn about this and more powerful new green creatures from Throne of Eldraine here!

Sep 13 2019

1hr 3mins

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iTunes Ratings

117 Ratings
Average Ratings
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3
3

Half obnoxious

By Legionere01 - Oct 02 2019
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One guy is level mannered and sounds better. The other is obnoxious as hell. He actually sounds upset talking about magic combos. On top of that he’s super condescending to the other host.

Subject matter is good but discussion can be lacking

By Bogart745 - May 01 2019
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This podcast touches on important and very relevant subject matter and provides valuable information. My only issue with the podcast is with the dynamic between Patrick and Michael. Seems like every single idea or counter argument Michael has is immediately disregarded by Patrick. For instance if Patrick is making a case for a card and Michael brings up counter argument Michael basically tells him he’s wrong and continues the discussion. It’s really not conducive to a constructive conversation.