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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

51 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
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 Jan 16, 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: 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 23: How to play from ahead (and some other Magic theory!)

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After a couple of rad guests, CCR and Collins return to their roots: chatting about the Magical ideas that have been buzzing around their heads lately. This week: have you noticed that you play looser when you're ahead? That's percentage points that are ripe to be regained. We talk about how to do that: how to think about the game when you're ahead and how to start improving your decisions. Plus, some other Magic theory may or may not creep in at the edges. Come hang out!

Dec 21 2017

55mins

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Rank #7: How to Stomp Standard

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With SCG Worcester finished up, we have at least an idea of what the standard meta is looking like. With Risen Reefs and Nexuses of Fate galore, this is a powerful format. You need to be doing something powerful to keep up... maybe seven power?

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Jul 18 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #8: Strategy Mailbag with Lee McLeod!

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Every once in a while our Patreon questions start to pile up, and rather than letting such a valuable resource go to waste we save them up for a quiet week with no major tournaments on the horizon. And that's this week! We're diving deep into some overarching questions of Magic strategy, giving our takes on breaking metas, building decks, and how best to improve your game for the long term. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Aug 09 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: Pioneer Post-Ban Postmortem

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They warned us, and they weren't kidding! A whirlwind week, as we get Pioneer for the invitational, and then a swift ban of its two best decks. We're breaking down what's been working for us and what's been whiffing in Magic's shiniest new format. Come hang out!

Nov 07 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #12: *Insert Pioneer Pun Here*

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Well, that was a hell of an announcement, wasn't it? Wizards of the Coast went out of their way to keep us from having to play historic, and we're here with all the wild speculation and hot takes we can muster up. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Oct 25 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #13: Got there.

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Collins did it! After a long, hard-fought year he's secured his spot in the SCG Players' Championship. This week we're talking about the Invi, locking in that spot, and what we're looking at in all the PC formats that have just gone through HEAVY bans.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Nov 21 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: Going for Br-Oko in Atlanta

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The boys really did it this time, breaking modern in half by playing just a boatload of standard cards. Lotus Box put 4 players into the top 8 at SCG Atlanta, and Collins made the finals! So we're talking about the Urza deck that got them there, and then we're not able to help ourselves and switch gears to Pioneer. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Nov 01 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: Everyone's Jelly of Hydroid Krasis

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Week one of Ravnica Allegiance standard is behind us, and boy have we got a jellyfish hydra beast for you. Sultai looks to be the early leader behind the flying, card drawing, life gaining machine, but plenty of other strategies are making their mark early on in the format. Come find out what we've learned so far!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music

Feb 01 2019

1hr 19mins

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Noko, Nopal, and, uh, Nycosynth Lattice

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Oko is banned from modern, and he took some friends with him! This week we're joined by Mox Opal aficionado Lee McLeod as we go over what these huge bans mean for the modern format going forward. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Jan 16 2020

1hr 7mins

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How to win in Modern (Play Oko)

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This week we're breaking down all the strongest strategies for winning in modern, which include +2'ing Oko, +1'ing Oko, and -5'ing Oko. Join us for our hard-hitting analysis, and maybe even a Theros preview or two!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Jan 09 2020

1hr 22mins

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New Decade, Old Format: Modern Discussion and THB Spoilers!

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It's the new year! But still the same old modern, with Urza at the top of the heap. We're talking mirrors, emry vs coatl, and even a bunch of new (and extremely noteworthy) Theros spoilers. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Jan 03 2020

1hr 13mins

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Players' Championship Palaver with Zach Allen

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Collins is fresh off the PC, and we're joined by Zach Allen to give a non-LotusBox perspective on the tournament and testing process. Lots of inside looks at the biggest little tournament of the year. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Dec 19 2019

1hr 23mins

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Preppin' for the PC with Team LotusBox

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Decks are submitted, which means that Collins is free to talk about his PC testing! Come hang out as we talk about how the lotus boys prepared for the biggest/smallest tournament of the year.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Dec 12 2019

1hr 11mins

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The Player of the Year on Pioneer

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ZAN WON PLAYER OF THE YEAR!! And unfortunately he can't share much in the way of insights on the PC formats. But he joins us to talk all about the PC race, Team LotusBox's evolution over the past year, and what he's excited about for Pioneer now that everything's banned. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Dec 05 2019

1hr 12mins

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Burning Inquiries

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Since Collins's PC prep is hush-hush, we figured we'd do a mailbag episode! We cover everything from Collins-sized geese to smoochable planeswalkers. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Nov 28 2019

1hr 13mins

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Got there.

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Collins did it! After a long, hard-fought year he's secured his spot in the SCG Players' Championship. This week we're talking about the Invi, locking in that spot, and what we're looking at in all the PC formats that have just gone through HEAVY bans.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Nov 21 2019

1hr 8mins

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Going Ballistic: Invi Prep in the Lotus Box House

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We're working really hard on pioneer! And...not totally forgetting modern. The invitational is tomorrow so we're bringing you everything we've learned in the run up to the biggest pioneer tournament yet!

Nov 14 2019

1hr 7mins

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Pioneer Post-Ban Postmortem

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They warned us, and they weren't kidding! A whirlwind week, as we get Pioneer for the invitational, and then a swift ban of its two best decks. We're breaking down what's been working for us and what's been whiffing in Magic's shiniest new format. Come hang out!

Nov 07 2019

1hr 14mins

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Going for Br-Oko in Atlanta

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The boys really did it this time, breaking modern in half by playing just a boatload of standard cards. Lotus Box put 4 players into the top 8 at SCG Atlanta, and Collins made the finals! So we're talking about the Urza deck that got them there, and then we're not able to help ourselves and switch gears to Pioneer. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Nov 01 2019

1hr 21mins

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*Insert Pioneer Pun Here*

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Well, that was a hell of an announcement, wasn't it? Wizards of the Coast went out of their way to keep us from having to play historic, and we're here with all the wild speculation and hot takes we can muster up. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Oct 25 2019

1hr 12mins

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Oko is Loco

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Just a week into Throne of Eldraine and we're playing Oko in...every deck. In every format. Is he the best planeswalker ever printed? Time will tell, but for now he'll likely be the most ubiquitous. We also talk a bit about CCR's run to mythic with standard reanimator, and how to goose modern. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Oct 18 2019

1hr 2mins

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Can we beat Golos?

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The field at SCG Philly was full of the dead, so we're breaking down what's working and what isn't in a Golos-dominated standard. Plus, how about this Mox Opal-dominated Modern? Magic's two biggest formats have two clear best decks, and we're breaking down how we see this playing out. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Oct 11 2019

1hr 12mins

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Adventuring with Throne of Eldraine!

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Whew, time for a normal episode! Throne of Eldraine has, of course, massively shaken up Standard but it's also having some immediate impact on Modern! We check out the latest iterations of Mox Opal decks and go over just how much standard has progressed in the *checks watch* two days the set has been on Arena. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Oct 04 2019

1hr 6mins

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Throne of Eldraine Constructed Set Review!!

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It's finally here! On this giant-sized episode, Lee McLeod joins us to go over all the fantastic new cards from Throne of Eldraine. Along the way we crush some bones, lurk in some lochs and, uh, quest some beasts. Come hang out!

Sep 28 2019

4hr 3mins

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Standard Rotation R.I.P. Show

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Standard rotation's coming and (as always these days) it's a doozy! Come hang out as we go over all our favorites and not-so-favorites leaving standard and the competitive spotlight forever. This is entirely for the benefit of evaluating future standard and not at all so we can wax nostalgic. Trust us!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music!

Sep 20 2019

1hr 6mins

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Loch-ing Down Legacy

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We've been working hard to break legacy in half and we're here to report the latest on delver, decks that lose to delver, and slow decks that ostensibly beat delver but probably don't. Plus! Hella Throne of Eldraine spoilers.

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music

Sep 14 2019

1hr 14mins

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Bringing the Heat to Texas

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That's top 8 number ten for Collins! Doing it as god intended, by playing burn in Dallas. This week we're talking about that tournament, our new and improved modern format, and even a couple Thrones of Eldraine Spoilers. Come hang out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Sep 07 2019

1hr 19mins

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Nogaak Modern

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Holy crap, they really did it. Not only is Hogaak banned, but Faithless Looting is out and Stoneforge Mystic is in. What's in store for Magic's most reliably broken format? Are we talking fair fights galore? Or do we just need to look for new ways to cheat now that our graveyards are empty? Come find out!

Thanks as always to Wave Sunray for our music.

Aug 29 2019

1hr 21mins

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iTunes Ratings

51 Ratings
Average Ratings
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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
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I got to play against Collins match one in Columbus. He was a nice guy!! Also awesome pod cast!!