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MTG Grindcast

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The MTG Grindcast is a spicy new podcast focusing on competitive Magic: the Gathering, with special emphasis on the SCG Tour. Hosts Chris Castro-Rappl and SCG standout Collins Mullen break down all the latest decks, metagame shifts, and technology you're gonna need for whatever tournament you're playing in this weekend. Check us out, and happy grinding!

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The MTG Grindcast is a spicy new podcast focusing on competitive Magic: the Gathering, with special emphasis on the SCG Tour. Hosts Chris Castro-Rappl and SCG standout Collins Mullen break down all the latest decks, metagame shifts, and technology you're gonna need for whatever tournament you're playing in this weekend. Check us out, and happy grinding!

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Excellent podcast for info on strategies and meta

By french kicks - Jan 11 2020
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This one is really good and the hosts lead a very interesting show. Lots of info on meta, competitive scene, and more.

Great people great podcast

By Jesse Leigh 57 - Jan 09 2020
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I got to play against Collins match one in Columbus. He was a nice guy!! Also awesome pod cast!!

iTunes Ratings

55 Ratings
Average Ratings
49
5
0
0
1

Excellent podcast for info on strategies and meta

By french kicks - Jan 11 2020
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This one is really good and the hosts lead a very interesting show. Lots of info on meta, competitive scene, and more.

Great people great podcast

By Jesse Leigh 57 - Jan 09 2020
Read more
I got to play against Collins match one in Columbus. He was a nice guy!! Also awesome pod cast!!
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MTG Grindcast

Latest release on Aug 12, 2020

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The MTG Grindcast is a spicy new podcast focusing on competitive Magic: the Gathering, with special emphasis on the SCG Tour. Hosts Chris Castro-Rappl and SCG standout Collins Mullen break down all the latest decks, metagame shifts, and technology you're gonna need for whatever tournament you're playing in this weekend. Check us out, and happy grinding!

Rank #1: Post-Pro Tour check in and Modern metagame breakdown

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Collins is back from his first pro tour! While he didn't take it down, he's got some stories to share and we take a look at what's going on in modern now that the dust has settled a little bit. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music: https://soundcloud.com/wave-sunray

Feb 08 2018

53mins

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Rank #2: 26: New New Standard and Rivals Limited

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Oh no! All those cards in our standard decks got banned. Today Chris and Collins take a look at those bans and how the new standard format just might play out. Plus, we've been jamming the new limited format in preparation for some upcoming Grand Prix and we share what we've learned.

Jan 19 2018

47mins

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Rank #3: Guilds of Ravnica Constructed Set Review

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CCR is back from Germany, just in time to review the hottest new set around. Whether you're excited about hyper aggressive Boros builds or the most value heavy Golgari deck this side of an EDH table, Guilds of Ravnica has something for you--and we're going through all the constructed hopefuls. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Sep 23 2018

3hr 32mins

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Rank #4: Core Set '19 Constructed Set Review

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M19 is all spoiled up, so you know what that means: Chris and Collins have a full constructed set review in one mega 3 hour episode! Find out which dragons and angels are going to take over standard, and which amulets you should refrain from putting into your modern sideboard. Grab a snack, get comfy, and let's review some cards!

Jun 28 2018

3hr 12mins

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Rank #5: Man, that's W.A.A.C: How far is too far?

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Player interaction is one aspect of tournament play that sometimes gets pushed to the side in favor of metgame analysis and sideboard choices. But it's something we do every single match, and our choices in how we approach judge calls, die rolls, and communication with our opponents can affect the way your tournament plays out as well as your place in the community. This episode is definitely an oddball, so buckle up and enjoy!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Apr 06 2018

1hr 26mins

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Rank #6: Teferi is Busted

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Teferi is making himself known in both standard and modern, drawing cards, exiling permanents, untapping lands and even serving as a mind-numbing win condition. We take a look at last week's modern results and the rapidly evolving standard landscape, bringing you an up to the minute look at both metas. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

May 24 2018

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Rank #7: Ravnica Allegiance Full Set Review!

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Ravnica Allegiance is here and it's...hoo boy is this a set. From four mana enchantments that double your mana to the best Blood Artist we've ever seen, join CCR, Lee McLeod and Collins Mullen as we go over all the big hitters of Magic's newest and (at least temporarily) sweetest set.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music

Jan 18 2019

3hr 23mins

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Rank #8: Modern Madness!

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SCG Indy is over and done, and brought some huge changes to the modern format! So this week we're talking Militia Bugler, Wizard's Lightning, and Drogskol Captain. Plus we settle once and for all whether Jeskai Control is unplayable in Modern. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Aug 02 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #9: Of Horses and Humans

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This week we're talking two maindeck cards that completely transform tough matchups: Vine Mare in monogreen and Militia Bugler in modern humans. Plus looks at the latest in standard and modern and thoughts on when not to make the intuitive play. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Jul 26 2018

1hr 27mins

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Rank #10: The Endless Possibilities of RNA Standard

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Ravnica Allegiance is here! And the Lotusboxers Zan Syed and Jeremy Bertarioni have dropped by to share everything they've learned from relentlessly jamming new standard. Is Turbofog unbeatable? Is Judith the scourge of the new format? Find out on this extra special episode!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Jan 24 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #11: 21: And Introducing Rio Trevathan!

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Collins and Chris have known Rio for a minute, but this weekend he stepped into the limelight by becoming the youngest person to ever top 8 a Starcity Invitational! We spend this episode chatting with him about the tournament, what a 13-year-old does with 3 grand (hint, it includes buying more magic cards), and where he's going from here. Come hang out!

Dec 07 2017

53mins

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Rank #12: Reid Duke, Reactive Decks, and Return to Ravnica

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This week! We're talking GP Reid Duke and how totally rad coverage was this past weekend. Slightly less importantly: we've got Guilds of Ravnica Spoilers! And since spoiler season is starting we're going to take some time to talk about the cards that are leaving the format, what holes we're trying to fill, and what we're looking for in spoiled cards.

Come hang out!

Sep 05 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #13: From Hardened Scales to Hard-to-Crack Metas

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Fasten your seatbelts and harden your scales, because standard and modern are moving quick! But we're here to break the formats down and take a look at the latest tech popping up in tournaments all over the physical and digital realms. Plus: what to do when you feel like your metagame calls keep falling short, even while other people seem to succeed again and again.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Aug 16 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #14: The Dawning of Dominaria Standard

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And it's live! Queues are firing and top 8s are battling, and the new cards are Domin-ating standard. The color white and UW control in particular look to be early winners. But they're beatable! Come hang out for our scintillating week 1 standard episode, and leave smarter than you started. Or. At least, with a little more knowledge about standard. Same thing, right?

May 02 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #15: Molten Modern plus DOMINARIA SPOILERS

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We've got your post-unban modern here! Jund and Tron are out and about, though the SCG Dallas top 8 had some weirdos for sure! Chris and Collins break down the latest developments in that format and then dive into some Dominaria spoilers!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Find us at mtggrindcast.com

Mar 16 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #16: How to Beat Goblin Chainwhirler

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...or, at least, how to try to beat it. With PT Dominaria in the books, standard has a new semi-psychotic overlord. Have his decrees made 1 toughness creatures completely unplayable? Are Chris and Collins trying to find a way to beat the three mana goblin, or are we just living in a chain whirled? Find out on this episode!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Jun 07 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #17: 22: Scotland's own Stephen Murray!

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We're back this week with a pleasantly accented guest! Stephen Murray's played in nearly every World Magic Cup and has top 8'd twice but, most importantly, has held the title of Scottish National Champion for over a decade. He's here to fill us in on tournament prep, team ratings (spoiler, Japan is a Crush of Wurms) and playing Magic in Europe. Find more of him at @jechtmurray!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Dec 14 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #18: The Spirit of Modern

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Modern's moving faster than ever! With GP Prague and SCG Baltimore behind us we've got some new decks taking over the top tier of the metagame--are UW control, spirits, and hardened scales here to stay? And what's the deal with Vengevine? Plus we talk about making mistakes and how to respond to them. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Aug 29 2018

1hr 27mins

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Rank #19: Ikoria Constructed Set Review

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Clocking in at over three hours, it's our Ikoria constructed set review! We go over all the monsters, all the mutations, and more! You've got plenty of time to kill, so let us into your earholes for an afternoon.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Apr 16 2020

3hr 23mins

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Rank #20: M20 Constructed Set Review!

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It's here! We made it through 3.5 hours of set review to bring you only the best of "I don't think this can keep up with what the elementals deck is doing" over and over again. Ok, maybe slightly more interesting than that. Come see what we think of M20!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music

Jul 13 2019

3hr 30mins

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Some Promising New Formats

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A week after one of the biggest ban announcements in magic history, and we're examining the wreckage left behind. Is Sultai midrange really unbeatable? I mean, realllly? Plus how the clock has been turned back on Pioneer, and we finally define what it means to have fun.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Aug 12 2020

1hr 40mins

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EVERY FORMAT IS GOOD AGAIN (for now)

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In one of the biggest (and most surprising) ban announcements since Mirrodin, Standard, Historic, and Pioneer have all been turned on their heads. Is Uro going to loom over each of those formats? Uh, yes. The answer is yes. But there's other stuff that we talk about too!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Aug 06 2020

1hr 44mins

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Prowessing up a Storm in Modern

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This week we're breaking down where Modern has gone post-Astrolabe ban, including the 5(!!) different colors of prowess decks that showed up in the Manatraders tournament. Plus we complain about standard and give our takes on Historic!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Jul 29 2020

1hr 21mins

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Surveying the Modern Landscape

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Astrolabe took a ban, and now Modern is wide open. Well, wide open-er. We've got goblins and titans and sprite dragons all making a bid for the top of the heap, and Lee and CCR are looking at their favorites.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Jul 22 2020

1hr 28mins

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The Big Lee-gues

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It's a new era! Lee's first episode as a host of the podcast, and we're talking about bans, cards that weren't banned, formats that Wizards has abandoned, and the big Organized Play announcement.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music

Jul 15 2020

1hr 35mins

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Episode 152: Goodbye Collins

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It's kind of hard to believe, but this is Collins's last episode! We're talking about future plans, the work we've done and, because we don't want to get away from our roots, we're talking about Magic too.

Collins, it's been awesome. You will be missed.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Jul 08 2020

1hr

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A Truly Historic Episode

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For the first time ever, CCR and Collins are digging into the Historic format. With the Lotus Box Invitational coming up we've got to have at least some idea of what the format's about, so we dig into some lists and prepare to get some matches in. Is the format Nexus v Gruul, or can we pull out some nuance?

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Jul 01 2020

1hr 7mins

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Episode 150 Mixdown

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M21 is here, and Chris and Collins are taking a look! How much will a set full of Baneslayers impact a meta full of Elspeth Conquers Death? Let's find out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Jun 24 2020

1hr 53mins

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Reclaiming Standard (and Spoilers)

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We're in a gap week: two PTs last weekend, two PTs this weekend. What can we learn in the meantime? Well, Temur Rec is pretty good. Pretty really good. Is there any way to keep up?

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Jun 17 2020

1hr 13mins

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Sharking the PT (with Zan Syed)

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Zan is hanging out with us as he shares his prep for the PT--which he says will be defined by misinformation. Come get the scoop on standard and stick around for some m21 spoilers!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Jun 10 2020

1hr 14mins

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Com-ban-ions

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That big announcement is here and it's a wild one! A couple of bans to standard and historic, and a companion nerf to every format. But is it enough?

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Jun 04 2020

1hr 9mins

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You've just been Organized Played

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Big changes for Organized Play, some of them unavoidable, some of them...extremely avoidable. Lee and CCR sit down and talk over everything that's happened in this very full week.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

May 29 2020

1hr 47mins

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Rakdos is Back-dos (with Lee McLeod!)

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Collins had to sit this one out so Lee joins CCR to talk modern in a world of...Rakdos prowess and Temur Scapeshift? Plus, bans! Arena opens! And our top recommendations for video games you should play!

May 21 2020

1hr 31mins

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Your Modern Meta Map

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We're catching up on all things Modern before the Lotus Box Modern tournament this weekend! Thrill as we recite all the Lurrus and Yorion decks, gasp as we mention that Ad Nauseum is good against burn. Ok but...there actually are a lot of different Lurrus decks and we don't know what that means.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

May 13 2020

1hr 12mins

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A Treacherous Metagame

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We're looking at the pioneer meta from the second tournament in Lotus Box League's Season 1, plus the Jeskai decks making standard treacherous for any midrange player. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

May 07 2020

1hr 1min

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Your Post-Ikoria Pioneer Companion

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The Lotus Box League Pioneer tournament is next week, so we're breaking down all the Lurrus decks, all the Yorion decks and, uh, the one deck without a companion you can play. Come on, we're doing the best we can with what we've got.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Apr 30 2020

1hr 18mins

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Complainin' About Companions

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They're here. It's not all just some fever dream: companions have taken over every format as quickly as they've arrived. Look, we're not JUST complaining about them but a sober discussion about their incredible power level surely is worth having, right?

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Apr 24 2020

1hr 22mins

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Ikoria Constructed Set Review

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Clocking in at over three hours, it's our Ikoria constructed set review! We go over all the monsters, all the mutations, and more! You've got plenty of time to kill, so let us into your earholes for an afternoon.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Apr 16 2020

3hr 23mins

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A Monster of a Spoiler Season

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Niv Mizzet is (apparently) in control of modern, and other monsters are running rampant in Ikoria! TONS of spoilers to talk about on this episode, so come check them out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Apr 08 2020

1hr 14mins

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We covered a tournament together!

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Lotus Box League is a whole series now, and the Grindcast (and Jeremy) is doing coverage! Chris and Collins break down the tournament from a coverage perpsective, then go over what we've been working on in standard, modern, and pioneer.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Apr 02 2020

1hr 11mins

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iTunes Ratings

55 Ratings
Average Ratings
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1

Excellent podcast for info on strategies and meta

By french kicks - Jan 11 2020
Read more
This one is really good and the hosts lead a very interesting show. Lots of info on meta, competitive scene, and more.

Great people great podcast

By Jesse Leigh 57 - Jan 09 2020
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I got to play against Collins match one in Columbus. He was a nice guy!! Also awesome pod cast!!