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A Magic: the Gathering podcast for the spike rogue. Spicy brews for your next 5-0 in Modern and Pioneer!

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A Magic: the Gathering podcast for the spike rogue. Spicy brews for your next 5-0 in Modern and Pioneer!

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My fav magic podcast!

By metsophi - Dec 03 2019
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If you like sweet brews, listen!

Great show!

By m1lous - Dec 01 2019
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Love it. Highly recommend!

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My fav magic podcast!

By metsophi - Dec 03 2019
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If you like sweet brews, listen!

Great show!

By m1lous - Dec 01 2019
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Love it. Highly recommend!
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A Magic: the Gathering podcast for the spike rogue. Spicy brews for your next 5-0 in Modern and Pioneer!

Rank #1: The Doctor Is In: Yawgmoth, Thran Physician

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 13: Yawgmoth

One month after Modern Horizons, the Good Doctor is well on his way to becoming a Modern staple. Free sacrifice outlets are powerful, free card draw is insane, and that's not even half of the card's text box! But is Yawgmoth best used as a value engine, a combo piece, or something in between? Brewers have been succeeding with both approaches, and the crew has a couple ideas of their own.

Brewers' Mailbag (New!)

Is it better to pick your best cards and play as many copies as you can, or is there value to playing a mix of 1-ofs? Does the equation change for main deck versus sideboard? What about for playtesting a deck versus registering for a tournament?

Have a question for us about the brewing process? Send them to us @FaithlessMTG and we will get to your question on air!

Flashback: Brought Back

Brought Back for a land and another card is slick, and Brought Back for two lands is the slickest. But the resulting decks necessarily end up being white-based control, and graveyard-reliant on top of that. As great as Brought Back is, the ceiling for this card may just prove to be too low.

Bant Midrange v1: 8-7 leagues, functional but weaker than Karn version

Bant Midrange v2: 4-6 leagues, stronger, but still needs improvement

Sun Titan Control (fincown, 5-3 Modern Challenge): 3-2 league, solid but hard work

Abzan Shadow (cavedan, test deck): Brought Back maybe worse than Unearth here

Listener-submitted decks with Brought Back:

White Amulet (blakfishy, test deck): explosive but fragile

Eternal Value (breakfast4dinner911, test deck): needs more disruption

BW Smallpox (Matt Young, test deck): interesting planeswalker angle

Brew Session: Yawgmoth

Monoblack Yawgmoth (Sketch)

Yawgmoth Evolution (Sketch)

Yawgmoth Zombies (Nick Vallas)

Other lists referenced:

Unearth Zombies (zorloth, 6-3 Modern Challenge)

4c Yawgmoth (TheWillHallExp, 5-0 league)

Sultai Aristocrats (visitor636, 5-0 league)

Mardu Pyromancer (MisterKite, 5-0 league)

Jund Superfriends (lucky_dragon, 5-0 league)

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Twitter: @FaithlessMTG

Email: faithless.brewing@gmail.com

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Jul 26 2019

1hr 56mins

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Rank #2: Royal Pain in the Scions

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 29: The Royal Scions (Modern & Pioneer)

Kiora delivered us a fresh 5-0 last week, but we knew that would happen, as Kiora has always been great. The combination with Glorybringer is excellent in Modern and even stronger in Pioneer, although the mana requirements proved to be much trickier without the smooth shock-fetch manabase. Eldrazi add an interesting wrinkle to the Gruul ramp archetype, and Niv-Mizzet got in on the 5-0 action too.

This week, we're on to the next 3 CMC walker with absurdly high loyalty. Oko has already been widely accepted as planeswalker royalty, but what about Eldraine's actual royalty, the dashing Kenrith Kids? Two useful +1s and an achievable ultimate make The Royal Scions an attractive card to brew around, in both Modern and Pioneer. We've got more than a dozen new lists, so whether you like looting for value, unlocking graveyard synergies, or pumping creatures and turning them sideways, there's something for everyone this week!

Roundup: Pioneer B&R Announcement

Pioneer B&R Announcement Aaron Forsythe tweet Kiora Green Devotion (Dan): 3-2 league

Flashback: Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner

Modern Classic Niv-Mizzet (Damon): 5-0 league Once Upon KiorDrazi (Dan): 5-0 league, 3-3 Modern Challenge Once Upon Kiora (Damon): 4-1 league Pioneer RG Dragons (David): 2-3 league, 4-1 league RG Dragons (Damon): 0-4 league, 4-1 league Jeskai Dragons (David): 4-1 league, 1-4 league Jeskai God-Pharaoh's Gift (David): 2-3 league

Brew Session: The Royal Scions

Pioneer Sketch 1: Grixis Royal Arcanist Sketch 2: Izzet Royal Prowess Sketch 3a: 4c Royal Vehicles v1 Sketch 3b: 4c Royal Vehicles v2 Sketch 4a: Grixis Flamewake v1 Sketch 4b: Grixis Flamewake v2 Sketch 5: Temur Deathtouch Company Sketch 6: Temur Pummeler Sketch 7: 4c Faeburrow CompanyModern Sketch 1: Grixis Royal Arcanist Sketch 2: Temur Royal Phoenix Sketch 3: Wrenn and Scions Midrange Sketch 4: Izzet Collected Ponza Reference: Blue Moon (thepensword) Reference: Temur Kiora (Dan, 5-0) Reference: Faeburrow Niv (Damon, 5-0)  

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We are now on Patreon! Visit us at www.patreon.com/faithlessbrewing to support our show, get access to our Discord and patron feed, and more.

Twitter: @FaithlessMTG

Email: faithless.brewing@gmail.com

Homepage: faithlessbrewing.podbean.com

We rely on brewers like you to help us improve the show and bring you better content. We want to hear from you!

Nov 10 2019

2hr 13mins

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Rank #3: The Real Gargoyles of Castle Vantress

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 30: Vantress Gargoyle (Modern & Pioneer)

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, it turns out the castles of Eldraine are guarded by blue Tarmogoyfs with wings. At 5/4 flying for 1U, Vantress Gargoyle is an absolute unit. It's even an artifact to boot, with an illustrious pedigree of potential synergies. The catch? It might be a while before you can start attacking. Oh, and if you want to block, better make sure that hand size doesn't get too low. Perhaps you'd like to tap and mill for 1 instead?

Good cards come to those who break them, so this week, the crew is leaving no stone unturned with new lists for Vantress Gargoyle in both Pioneer and Modern. Will we ever attack with this card? Will we ever get to block with it? And perhaps most important of all, is this strong enough to be the centerpiece of its own deck, or is the Gargoyle better utilized as a role player in small numbers? As always, there's only one way to find out!

Roundup: Pioneer B&R, Redux

Blue Moon Canlander (Damon): Top 8, Puget Sound Battleground 1k (Individual); Top 4, Puget Sound Battleground 1k (Team Trios)

Pioneer B&R Announcement

 

Flashback: The Royal Scions  Modern Izzet Arcanist: 2-3 league (adapted from this 5-0 list by Habster) Blue Moon (by thepensword): 7-3 leagues  Temur Prowess: 1-4 league  PioneerGrixis Arcanist: 4-6 leagues Temur Deathtouch: 4-1 league 4c Royal Vehicles: 2-3 league Izzet Firebirds: updated sketch (compare to these Izzet Firebirds lists from Challenge)  Additional concepts: Grixis Flamewake Phoenix: updated sketch  Grixis Ninja Scions (by Pedro Almeida): sketch Royal Frenzy Aggro (by Elvis Alcomb): sketch  Brew Session: Vantress Gargoyle Pioneer Sketch 1: Dimir Citadel Devotion Sketch 2: Dimir Control Sketch 3: Sultai Artifacts Sketch 4: Vantress Ascendancy Sketch 5: Mystic Forge Sketch 6: Gargoyle GiftModern Sketch 1: Dimir Turbo Trap (by Jordan Boisvert, based on this article at Modern Nexus) Sketch 2: Sultai Delirium  Contact Us 

Update: We are now on Patreon! If you like our show, be sure to sign up and join our community of brewers:

https://www.patreon.com/faithlessbrewing

Twitter: @FaithlessMTG

Email: faithless.brewing@gmail.com

Homepage: faithlessbrewing.podbean.com

We rely on brewers like you to help us improve the show and bring you better content. We want to hear from you!

Nov 17 2019

1hr 58mins

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Rank #4: Bonecrushing and Glorybringing in Modern and Pioneer

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 28: Kiora Returns

It's finally time to dive into Pioneer, so it's no surprise that the first card we want to brew around is... Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner? That's right, Kiora! An old favorite on Faithless Brewing, Kiora has always been secretly excellent in Modern, especially when paired with Glorybringer in a ramp shell. New additions from Eldraine have Dan interested in updating the Modern list, while David believes that the basic shell can be ported over to Pioneer as well. But that's not all that Kiora can do. Looking outside of green, David has some wilder ideas for unlocking Kiora's synergies in Esper, Grixis, and Izzet. Do any of them have what it takes to keep up in the wild west that is Pioneer?

Update: We are now on Patreon! If you like our show, please consider joining our community:

https://www.patreon.com/faithlessbrewing

Also, Dan has a new article up at Arenadecklists.gg, covering the rules of engagement for building successful decks in Pioneer. Check it out!

https://arenadecklists.gg/pioneers-rules-of-engagement/

Roundup: SCG Atlanta + Week 1 of Pioneer

Simic Urza Oko Goose (by Zan Syed): 4th place, SCG Atlanta Modern Open

Boros Burn (by Lichking7): 7-1, Pioneer Challenge

Brew Session: Kiora in Modern and Pioneer

Modern lists

Bonecrusher Oko-Kiora (Dan): 5-0 league

For a writeup on the evolution of this deck, see this article.

Once Upon KiorDrazi (Dan): 5-0 league

Pioneer lists

Sketch #1: Gruul Ramp

Sketch #2: Esper Dragons

Sketch #3: Grixis Hollow One

Sketch #4: Izzet God-Pharaoh's Gift

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Nov 03 2019

1hr 46mins

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Rank #5: How to Brew Successfully in a New Format

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 27: A Brewer's Guide to Pioneer

Well that was unexpected.  The birth of a new format is a strange and wonderful thing. “Brewer’s paradise” is a phrase that gets thrown around often, and if that doesn’t apply to times like these, when does it ever apply? For a brewing podcast like ours, a completely unexplored format must be a dream come true.

The truth is that successful brewing is actually quite difficult when a metagame is completely undefined. We cannot attack a meta from unexpected angles if we ourselves have no idea what to expect.

So what should we expect from Pioneer? How do we build decks in this exciting new format? Fear not, you Faithless Brewers, we have you covered!

In this special bonus episode, we take a deep dive into the Pioneer card pool. We unpack the mana bases, removal options, the most powerful cards and strategies, and the decks you will need to be prepared for on Day 1 -- everything you need to get brewing and start battling in the queues!

Timestamps

2:38 What is Pioneer?

5:18 Initial reactions + unpacking the B&R philosophy

11:15 Getting to know the card pool: Pioneer and Modern, compared

17:00 Understanding Pioneer mana bases: lands and ramp options

32:11 Cards that used to be banned in Standard and Modern

45:42 Understanding interactive tools in Pioneer: removal, sweepers, counterspells, and hand disruption

1:02:16 Understanding the Day 1 metagame: the most powerful strategies in the format

1:22 Summary: The Rules of Engagement for Day 1 of Pioneer

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Email: faithless.brewing@gmail.com

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Oct 25 2019

1hr 29mins

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Rank #6: Rhino Rumble: All the Ways to Use Crashing Footfalls

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 11: Crashing Footfalls

Are you ready for a RHINO RUMBLE?!? Crashing Footfalls joins the lineage of "can't be cast" suspend cards that are historically powerful and ripe for abuse. The combination with Ancestral Visions gives a critical mass of generically powerful suspend cards, in contrast to all-in build-arounds like Living End, Restore Balance, or Wheel of Fate. But what is the best route for casting the Rhinos, and from which zone? Are we willing to wait for them, or do we need to make our Rhinos right now?

Roundup: Brewing After Hogaak

They actually did it. Bridge from Below got the axe after just four weeks on Magic Online. The crew discusses the post-ban metagame: what's still strong, what may rise again, and what a brewer should be prepared to face. Also: decks we plan to test in preparation for GP Minneapolis.

Flashback: Lotus Field

We put Lotus Field through its paces in four different builds, discovering quite a bit of clunk (drawing the 2nd copy is awful, Blood Moon and Damping Sphere are embarrassing) but also unlocking several powerful synergies. Blood Sun and the Brought Back + Flagstones + Ghost Quarter package were very solid and worthy of further exploration.

Blood Sun Eldrazi: 2-3 league, curve was disastrous, but Blood Sun is strong

RG Assault Loam: 2-3 league, needs speed and more versatile control elements

GW Brought Back: 3-2 league, Brought Back is strong, but needs better early plays

Twiddle Storm: 5-5 leagues, excellent in game 1, vulnerable after sideboarding

Brew Session: Crashing Footfalls

We take a slightly different approach this week, as several lists with Crashing Footfalls have already seen success. However, each of them tackles the "can't be cast" problem differently, opting to cheat the card into play either from hand, from graveyard, or from the top of the library. If you want to get really crazy, you can even suspend it the "normal" way and wait. Which routes are the most effective, and are there additional enablers that have not been fully explored?

Restore Dominance (Jakesbaked, 5-0 league x2)

Rhino enablers: 7 hand (As Foretold, Electrodominance), 2 graveyard (Finale of Promise). Green mana: yes.

UR As Foretold (KyFly1, 11-4 GP Dallas, 5-0 league, 6-2 Modern Challenge)

Rhino enablers: 8 hand (As Foretold, Electrodominance), 3 graveyard (Dreadhorde Arcanist). Green mana: no.

Black-Red Free (Dzy, 5-0 league)

Rhino enablers: 5 graveyard (Dreadhorde Arcanist, Finale of Promise), 4 hand (Electrodominance). Green mana: yes.

Living End "Fakeout" (MagicAids youtube + keatingn, 5-0 league)

Rhino enablers: 12 library (Violent Outburst, Demonic Dread, Bloodbraid Elf). Green mana: no.

Rhino Conjuring (Sketch)

Rhino enablers: 4 library (Collected Conjuring), 4 hand (As Foretold), 4 graveyard (Dreadhorde Arcanist, Finale of Promise). Green mana: TBD.

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Got feedback for us? Have suggestions for one of our builds, or testing results with a deck we've discussed? We would love to hear from you!

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Jul 12 2019

1hr 59mins

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Rank #7: Thunderkin Awakening

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 17: Risen Reef / Elemental Tribal

The Elemental tribe is rising from the reef with a host of new printings from Modern Horizons and Core 2020. Thunderkin Awakener has already established itself as a player alongside Lightning Skelemental, but Risen Reef has brewers experimenting with all five colors of the rainbow. The decks are already sweet, and we've barely begun to scratch the surface of what this tribe can do. Will Vesperlark give Altar of Dementia a second chance at breaking Modern? Does Master of Waves push Risen Reef over the top? Can Thunderkin Awakener breathe new life into Rage Forger aggro? Join us this week for a journey to the Primal Beyond, as we discuss all things Elementals with some slick new brews.

Timestamps

02:30 Lame Duck Modern + the post-Hogaak Metagame

17:40 Elemental Tribal: What We've Seen So Far

26:10 Brewing Elementals with the Scryfall Method

45:41 4c Vesperlark Value-Combo (Brew #1)

57:00 Bant Vesperlark Combo (Brew #1b)

1:02:45 RB Thunder Forger (Brew #2)

1:09:30 Temur Thunder Vine (Brew #2b)

Other lists referenced:

Rakdos Skelemental (LordoftheLobsters, 6-1 Modern Challenge) Skelemental, Thunderkin, Unearth, and Ball Lightning, plus Seasoned Pyro/Faithless Looting + standard B/R spell package, a couple Arcanists thrown in.  • Mardu Pyromancers (Kensuke Kato, 6-4 MC Barcelona) Basically the same, but trimming Thunderkins and dropping Ball Lightning to make room for copies of Young Pyromancer, Lingering Souls, Smiting Helix.  • Jund 8-Ball (Victor Falcone, SCG IQ top 8) 8-Balls + Collected Company + Pelt Collector, the worst creature in Modern.  • 5c Skelementals (Elfkid, 5-0 league) Risen Reef and a random assortment of creatures. Aether Vial + the tribal lands (Cavern, Unclaimed Territory, Primal Beyond) + Smokebraider enable all 5 colors.   •  5c Risen Reef (perseel, 5-0 league x2) There are 2 more 5-0 "5c Elemental" lists that do not run Skelemental.  • Bant Risen Company (milikin, 5-0 league) Reef as a value creature in Bant Company, with light Elemental package (mainly Voice of Resurgence).  • Jund Shamans (Caleb Durward, 5-0 league x2) Rage Forger + a bunch of terrible creatures that happen to be Shamans.  

All-in Vesperlark Combo (Liam Cahalan)

Turbo mill to assemble Vesperlark + sac outlet + Image/Body Double.

5c Master of the Reef (Caleb Durward)

Miscellaneous 5c elementals, including Shorecrasher Elemental for increased devotion.

Amulet Reef Combo (u/Jrax)

Play your whole deck with Amulet of Vigor + Risen Reef (explanation here).

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Aug 22 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #8: What's Cooking? Firing Up the Witch's Oven

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 31: Witch's Oven

Let's face it, Vantress Gargoyle is probably not going to make the leap to eternal playable anytime soon. It struggles to attack in Pioneer, although our Modern explorations did yield some very interesting builds using powerful tools like Archive Trap and Into the Story. That being said, when a card can't even hack it in Standard, we shouldn't ask too much of it off the bat.

On the other hand, when a card is dominating Standard and meets the benchmark metrics for eternal playability (best in class effect, highly efficient, useful card type) it is certainly worth a closer look. Witch's Oven fits that bill. The "Kentucky Fried Kitten" / "Meow Mix" combo with Cauldron Familiar was a breakout star at the most recent Mythic Championships, and those two have started to make some inroads into Pioneer as well. But how good is this combo really? And is there more to the Oven than just cat food? While Damon and Dan are busy prepping Niv-Mizzet in Modern for GP Columbus, David has been cooking up some spicy Oven lists that he thinks just might hit the sweet spot.

Flashback: Vantress Gargoyle

Modern

Simic Flying Goyfs: 3-2 league. Extremely effective at finding big flyers and attacking with them, but struggles against creature decks and high density of removal.

Sultai Flying Goyfs: 2-3 league, noticeably clunkier than the Simic version because Glimpse and Hedron Crab fight for mana, but some additions like Drown in the Loch are well worth the price of admission.

Gargoyles, Please!: 2-3 league. Yes, this is a Modern list with four copies of Didn't Say Please. The concept here is not bad, but the execution could use refinement.

Turbo Trap Control: 4-1 league. This strategy might be secretly excellent. Needs a more diverse set of spells in the main deck, but Mystic Sanctuary + Into the Story is incredible and the sideboard juke plan can steal games.

Pioneer

Emry Ascendancy: achieved numerous turn 3 kills, but this deck relies super heavily on Emry surviving, and probably shouldn't run any Gargoyles as they can never attack

Gargoyle Gift: 3-2 league, Gargoyle is actually a decent blocker here and synergizes with both Kiora and Gift

Bonus list: Retraction Helix Ascendancy by MrRaeb

Brew Session: Witch's Oven

Pioneer

Sketch 1: Sultai Cat Dredge

Sketch 2: Rakdos Bone Picker

Sketch 3: Grixis Emerge Oven

Sketch 4: Orzhov Life Gain

Modern

Utopia Niv-Mizzet (GP Columbus build)

 

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Nov 24 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #9: Three Challengers for the New Meta

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 19: Kiora, Niv-Mizzet, Kolaghan's Command

Faithless Looting is gone, and our beloved "non-rotating" format is in upheaval once again. Tournament results are trickling in, but in the Magic Online leagues, it's the Wild West: everyone has dusted off their midrange decks, hoping that strategies that have always fared poorly will finally get a chance to breathe in a graveyard-free Modern. It is a great time to be a brewer.

With seemingly endless possibilities to explore, this week the crew revisits some old favorites: Faithless Brews that were powerful before Modern Horizons, but couldn't keep up with the madness of Hogaak Summer. We discuss new builds of RG Kiora Dragons, Rainbow Niv-Mizzet, and old school Grixis Control. Are these old challengers ready to compete for the top tier of the new Modern? Let's discuss!

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Flashback: Stoneforge Mystic  UW Stoneblade (D00mswitch): 3-2 league  Jeskai QuellBlade: 2-3 league  Bant Devoted Blade (bobinchese): 4-1 league  Brew Session: New Takes on Old Favorites  Kiora's Dragons (post-Hogaak update)  Rainbow Niv-Mizzet (post-Hogaak update)  Grixis Control*

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Sep 07 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #10: Modern After Regionals

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 26: New Spice from SCG Regionals

In this second half of our double header episode, we are tackling all things Modern: spicy brews from SCG Regionals, testing results with The Great Henge, plus Damon's Top 8 finish in his Standard MCQ in Mox Boarding House, Seattle. Does the Czech testing house's Bant Ramp deck hold lessons for Modern as well?

Two other important announcements this week:

First: We are extremely excited to announce the launch of our Faithless Brewing PATREON (https://www.patreon.com/faithlessbrewing)! Many of you have been asking us about this over these past five months, and lo, it has at last come to pass. Patreon is where you can support the show directly, and receive a variety of cool benefits as thanks, including bonus content, swag, and access to our Faithless Brewing Discord channel. We are very excited to build a community of brewers in the Faithless Family, which we hope can be a place to interact not just with us but with the many talented and creative brewers that make up our listener base. So if you like what we produce, find value in it, and want to help us make it even better, be sure to check it out!

Second, I mentioned that this Episode is part of a double header. The other half, which is posted as separately (as Episode 27), is already available on our channel and offers a guide to the Pioneer format from the perspective of a Modern player. We unpack the manabases, removal options, disruption tools, the most powerful cards and strategies, and how to combat them. If you are Modern player wondering how to get started brewing in Pioneer, you won't want to miss this!  

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Timestamps:

Weekend Roundup  5:21  Bant Ramp (Damon, via Czech testing house): Top 8, Standard MCQ at Mox Boarding House, Seattle  13:57  Urza Oko (by Zan Syed): 1st place, SCG Regionals Raleigh-Durham  18:23  Simic Eldrazi (by aspiringspike): 7-2 regionals, several 5-0s, also top 8 in MTGO PTQ (by C_E.L)  23:14  Foodie Niv-Mizzet (by Cameron Martinez): 1st place, SCG Regionals Knoxville  25:01  Faeburrow BTL Saheeli (David): 4-1 league  33:33  BTL Kiki Copycat (by forenmagra): four 5-0s in his last six leagues   Flashback: The Great Henge  35:58 Sultai Hengevine: 4-1 league  39:57 Golgari Undying: 4-1 league  45:29  Bant Monkeyhenge: 2-3 league  46:57  Mono Green Stompy: 2-3 league   54:22  Hengehammer Gruul: 4-1 league

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Oct 28 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #11: Cashing GP Minneapolis with Rainbow Niv-Mizzet

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 16: Niv-Mizzet Deep Dive

It's a Hogaak summer, it is what it is, but Niv's a 5-star dragon and we know he's got it lit. Dan and Damon spread their wings over Minneapolis last weekend with a new build of Rainbow Niv-Mizzet. The deck is sweet, but can you really cash a Grand Prix with a Faithless Brew? Yes, yes you can! Damon notched a 9-4-2 finish in the main event, and the deck is poised to get even better in the post-Hogaak metagame.

This week the crew breaks down everything Niv-Mizzet: our testing process, manabase considerations, sideboarding and matchup analysis, and recommendations for the build going forward. You won't want to miss this one!

Niv-Mizzet GP Deck Tech (Damon)

Friday MCQ Decklist (Damon + Dan)

Saturday GP Decklist (Damon + Dan)

Sunday MCQ Decklist (Dan)

Hogaak without Leylines (Andrew Wolbers, Sunday MCQ Winner)

Unexpected Tron deck tech (Nathan Graves, Saturday round 6 feature match)

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Aug 16 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #12: Eldraine Top Ten + Five Ways to Break Emry

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 22: Emry, Lurker of the Loch

Eldraine is upon us, and Emry, Lurker of the Loch is the talk of Modern Town. In fact, we wrote an entire strategy guide for the card the very day it was spoiled. Our analysis contained one error, though: "Stoneforge Fishstick" is not the most appropriate nickname for the Lady in the Lake. Her power level warrants a more distinguished pedigree: nothing less than "Deathrite Salmon." This week, the crew unpacks five different ways to break Modern wide open with the new legendary merfolk. There's more than one way to fry a fish!

Timestamps

03:02  Niv-Mizzet Reborn (Damon): 5-2 Modern Challenge. Graveyard decks and Urza combo are currently ascendant in the metagame; plan accordingly.

Flashback: Green Week

08:57 GW Leyline Elves: 3-2 league, needs more speed and redundancy in the combo to compensate for lower overall power

 14:08 Genesis Devotion (by u/Cube_): 8-7 leagues, capable of truly astonishing combo turns, but struggles to interact with other linear/degenerate decks 25:17 Unbound Devotion: 5-5 leagues, Llanowar Tribe is solid and Hydroid Krasis is capable of carrying the deck. Still struggles with the same spread of matchups as the other green devotion lists 36:17 Unbound Revelation (by u/DiogenesCane): uses Heartbeat of Spring and Finale of Revelation for a Time Spiral-like effect, as described here 41:49 "Hogaak-less Hogaak" (sketch): an attempt to graft the Saffi+Rallier combo into a Vengevine aggro shell 44:41 Rallier Combo (by Aaron Westbrook): a variant using Kaya's Ghostform for redundancy in combo pieces  Roundup: Eldraine Top Ten  51:10 (HM) Grumgully, the Generous 53:01 (HM) Witching Well 54:50 (#10) Brazen Borrower 58:57 (#9) Glass Casket 1:01:10 (#8) Wishclaw Talisman 1:05:33 (#7) Castle Garenbrig 1:10:07 (#6) The Royal Scions 1:14:50 (#5) Oko, Thief of Crowns 1:16:33 (#4) Drown in the Loch 1:18:51 (#3) Mystic Sanctuary 1:22:32 (#2) Emry, Lurker of the Loch 1:24:17 (#1) Once Upon a Time  Brew Session: Emry, Lurker of the Loch  1:29:25 The Core Emry Package 1:33:17 UrzaSword 1:33:50 Jeskai Ascendancy 1:39:12 Paradox Engine 1:41:54 Paradoxical Outcome 1:46:51 Kethis, the Hidden Hand 1:55:11 Fair Decks with Emry  Contact Us  Twitter: @FaithlessMTG  Email: faithless.brewing@gmail.com  Homepage: faithlessbrewing.podbean.com  Don't forget to subscribe and leave us an iTunes review. We want to hear from you!

Sep 28 2019

1hr 58mins

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Rank #13: Life from the Lotus: Breaking Lotus Field in Midrange, Ramp, and Combo

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 10: Lotus Field

What's better than a Black Lotus? How about a free Black Lotus every turn? Magic 2020's "fixed" version of Lotus Vale comes with a host of interesting clauses: hexproof, sacrifice two lands, enters the battlefield tapped. The crew sets out to use every part of the buffalo, either dodging the drawbacks or turning them into advantages. There might even be some 9/9 hexproof attackers in our future. But which builds are competitive, and which are just a field of memes?

Roundup: The New Tier One

The results from GP Dallas and SCG Pittsburgh are in. Hogaak established itself as tier zero, but it didn't sweep the events. Instead, a new tier one emerged, starring Izzet Phoenix and UW Control. But don't blink, because the London Mulligan is already here to shake up the format, and a B&R announcement is right around the corner. Plus: a tournament report with BG Rock. Good old rock, nothing beats rock.

Grim Flayer Rock: 2-3 SCG IQ, some things do in fact beat Rock

Flashback: Force of Virtue

While Tom Ross was cruising to a top 8 finish with Hogaak Bridgevine, we were working hard trying to squeeze playable decks out of his pet design Force of Virtue. The card proved surprisingly good, and the combo with Squadron Hawk should not be underestimated. The most competitive shell also proved to be the most delightful: Goat Devotion, harnessing the power of Nykthos, Ranger-Captain of Eos, and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.

Mardu PyroHawk : 4-6 leagues, felt much better than its record, Seasoned Pyromancer is the truth

Goat Devotion: 8-7 leagues, surprisingly good, but weak to decks that don't care about combat

Turbo Elesh Norn: 4-1 league, Elesh Norn is very well positioned

Esper Skies: 3-2 league, needs more disruption, less Pride of the Clouds

Brew Session: Lotus Field

Naya Value Town (Sketch)

Blood Sun Eldrazi (Sketch)

One-Punch Land (Sketch)

Twiddle Storm (Sketch)

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Jul 04 2019

2hr 1min

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Rank #14: Stoneforge Mistake? A Brewer's Guide to the New Queen of Modern

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 18: The Ultimate Guide to Stoneforge Mystic

It was a difficult week for the Faithless Family, as we had to say goodbye to one of our own. Faithless Looting, the best card in Modern, breaker of formats and giver of value, was struck down in the prime of its life, taken from us by a cruel stroke of research and development. Dear Looting, you shall be missed.

There is no rest for the weary, however, as a new powerhouse has been unleashed upon the Modern format. Stoneforge Mystic has arrived to thunderous applause and is already dominating the MTGO leagues, with no fewer than 27(!) distinct Stoneforge decks appearing in the first 5-0 deck dump. It is a time of wild experimentation, and we are here to guide you through all the different ways to make Batterskull and friends. You won't want to miss this one!

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Flashback: Elementals

Bant Vesperlark: 5-5 leagues, an acceptable combo deck with a good ability to grind thanks to Risen Reef. Lack of interaction makes it difficult to keep up with aggressive strategies.  RB Thunder Forger: 5-5 leagues, Thunderkin is massively defanged by the loss of Faithless Looting, and this deck can never defeat a Batterskull. The Shaman core remains surprisingly powerful though. 

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Brew Session: Stoneforge Mystic

Stoneforge lists from around the web, all from within the first two days of the card's legality. For the full Friday 5-0 deck dump, complete with 27 distinct Stoneforge lists, click here.   UWx StoneBlade  UW Stoneblade (Todd Anderson)  UW Stoneblade (Emma Handy)  UW Stoneblade (Ben Friedman)  Jeskai Stoneblade (Todd Anderson)  Esper Stoneblade (Todd Anderson)  UrzaBlade  Esper UrzaBlade (Samuel Graebner, 16-4 leagues)  UW UrzaBlade (kanister)  4c Urza (Ross Merriam)  UW Urza (Bryan Gottlieb)   BW Midrange  BW SewerBlade (CalebD, 5-0 league)  BW Ale-Drazi (xjcloud, 5-0 league)  Existing Combo w/ Stoneforge Support  Jeskai Saheeli Elementals (Jan Huang, 5-0 league)  4c Snowheeli Blade (Ross Merriam)  Bant Devoted Blade (Ross Merriam)  Bant Midrange  Bant Snowblade (aspiringspike, 5-0 league)  Bant Snowblade (SaffronOlive, 5-0 league)  Bant SpiritBlade (Emma Handy)  White Aggro  Mono-W CawBlade (aspiringspike, 5-0 league)  Mono-W Cawblade (kponce, 5-0 league)  

Miscellaneous Midrange

Abzan Midrange (Reid Duke)  Naya ZooBlade (Wyatt Darby)  GW EldraziBlade (Ryan Overturf)  Equipment Combo  RW Hammertime (CalebD, 3-1 league)

 

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Aug 30 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #15: Mr. Steal Your Crown: Six New Brews with Oko

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 23: Oko, Thief of Crowns

Oko, Thief of Crowns, is a mischievous trickster. He’s so devious that he tricked Wizards into printing him with three powerful abilities and a giant pile of loyalty, all for the low, low price of three mana. Already poised to dominate Standard, the crew thinks Oko will be flaunting his skills in Modern in the very near future, and Dave has six new decklists to prove it.

Also, Dan has a new article up on Arenadecklists.gg: a comprehensive Brewer’s Guide to Throne of Eldraine! Expanding on our discussions in the podcast and analyzing 65 cards across four different Top 10 lists (math checks out, right?) this article has everything you need to start brewing with one of the most exciting new releases that Modern has ever seen. You won’t want to miss it!

As always, thanks for listening!

— cavedan@FaithlessMTG

Dan’s Article: A Brewer's Guide to Throne of Eldraine

https://arenadecklists.gg/2019/10/02/a-brewers-guide-to-mtgeld-in-modern/

Damon’s Tournament Results

Rainbow Niv-Mizzet (Damon): 6-2 Modern challenge, 5-0 league

Brazen Cutthroat Kiki (Damon, based on kahluah777’s 5-0 list): 5-0 league

Roundup: Throne of Eldraine Week 1

Paradoxical Emry (Kevslinger): 7-1 Modern Challenge

Emry Ascendancy (Rav104): 5-0 League

Wishclaw EmrySword (haubidtran): 5-0 league

Grixis Into the Story (aspiringspike): 5-0 league

Charming Emeria (Fincown): 5-0 league

Dubious Prince (k_f_chicken): 5-0 league

Gilded Skies (internetsurfer09): 5-0 league

Questing Stompy (fluffywolf2): 5-0 league

Once Upon a Bogle (__matsugan): 5-0 league

Glitterbrute Affinity (sandahl123): 5-0 league

SnowKo Niv-Mizzet (rodebo): 5-0 league, 4-1 league

Brew Session: Oko, Thief of Crowns

Sketch #1: Sultai Faeries

Sketch #2: Oko Shape Anew

Sketch #3: 4c Saheeli

Sketch #4: Bant OkoBlade

Sketch #5: Arcades Herder

Sketch #6: Faeburrow Niv-Mizzet (update: Damon notched a 5-0 with this updated list!)

Reference lists:

Bant OkoBlade (UBERMIKEYB): 3rd place, Modern Challenge

4c SnowKo Saheeli (Gab Nassif): 6-2, Modern Challenge

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Oct 05 2019

1hr 45mins

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You Pick the Card: Ghirapur Orrery

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Faithless Brewing #36: Ghirapur Orrery   Roundup: GP Portland + 2019 in review + Theros Previews GP Portland Roundup (Damon)Izzet Flash (Standard): 4-4 main event Pioneer 1k Report (Dan): 3-3 w/ Niv (will upload list later) 2019 Post-Mortem + 2020 look ahead Theros Previews  Flashback: Rotting Regisaur Modern GB Heartless Summoning (Dan): 2-3 Reference: "Amulet-less Titan" (bolov0): runner-up, Modern MOCS Urza Charm (VTCLA): winner, Modern MOCS Pioneer Golgari Great Hengisaur (David): 3-2, 2-3 Monoblack Picker (Dan): 4-1, 3-2https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/4497aa6d-9029-42e1-8a68-fabf0d86fa91 Abzan Evolve (David): 4-1 Rakdos Dino Madness (David): 4-1 Follow-ups from previous weeks: Seasons Past / Fires of Invention (Dan): 3-2 Scarab God Reclamation (aspiringspike) Blood Moon Niv-Mizzet (Lawson Zandi): 5-3 Modern challenge, 5-0 league, 4-1 league RB Regicleave by Paimon ("Pioneer Death's Shadow) Legacy Kiora Prison by Johan Bang Brew Session: Ghirapur Orrery You Pick the Card Poll: Summary Pioneer Sketch 1: Simic Ghirapur Landshttps://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/21a51cbe-9b52-4a9c-9f34-60efada21bf4 Sketch 2: Sultai Dredgehttps://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/1b7d3f67-e6e7-4fe9-b325-fc0189ed11ce

Jan 08 2020

1hr 59mins

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Now, That's a Zombie!

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 35: Rotting Regisaur

Fires of Invention was a real firecracker of a card. Last week's builds saw spectacular successes and spectacular failures across a wide range of strategies, and yet we've barely even scratched the surface of the card. It should be no surprise that Niv-Mizzet Fires is the build that seemed closest to breaking Pioneer, notching another Faithless 5-0 after the banning of Oko and Nexus of Fate. Sometimes all Niv does is win (including delivering Damon a 1st place trophy in his Modern 1K over the weekend). But there's so much more to explore that it's hard to call the book closed on Fires of Invention. I suspect we'll be seeing this card again sooner than later.

As for this week's brew-around, what is there to say? It seems almost unfair to theorycraft Rotting Regisaur; thinking too hard feels against the spirit of the card. Spend three mana, get a giant zombie. Discard a card or two. Turn sideways and try not to get turned into an Elk. It's a 7/6 monster that asks very few questions beyond, How would you like to use it? We've got a few ideas in both Modern and Pioneer, let's see which one roars the strongest!

Roundup: Pioneer Bans, Theros Previews

 

Oko + Nexus of Fate ban (Announcement) Change to B&R schedule (AnnouncementTheros previews (official)

Flashback: Fires of Invention

Modern Gruul Escape 1.0: 2-3 league Gruul Escape 2.0: 3-2 league Gruul Escape 2.1: recommended for testing  Reference lists: Temur Turns (Daniel Wong): 5-0 league Urza Charm (Urchin Colley): 5-0 league  Pioneer Niv Fires, pre-ban (David): 7-3 leagues Niv Fires, post-ban (Damon): 5-0 league Temur Elemental Fires (David): recommended for testing  Bonus list: Abzan Horse (Zyrnak): 5-0 league

Brew Session: Rotting Regisaur

Modern Sketch 1: Heartless Regisaur (by Ryan from Maine) Sketch 1.1: Heartless Regisaur (David)  Pioneer Sketch 1: Golgari Hengisaur Sketch 2: Vampire Madness Sketch 3: Abzan Beefy Evolve Bonus Sketch: Varolz Counters Bonus Sketch: Rotten Company  Reference lists: Rotting Crabvine (Episode 26): 4-1 league Zombies (Kotva): 5-0 league Red-Black Pyromancer (Ivan_Catanduva_Br): 5-0 league Rakdos Regisaur Midrange (Zxrogue): 5-0 league Regisaur 8-Rack (destricted): 5-0 league Melira Rotten Company (Sinisstar619): 5-0 league Sultai Dino Delver (ocelot823): 5-0 league Golgari Adventure (Chris Kvartek): Mythic Championship VII (Standard)  Contact Us  If you like our show, be sure to join our Patreon and leave us a review! You can do this from the Apple Podcasts app, or from iTunes if on a computer. Thank you for your support! 

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Dec 24 2019

1hr 56mins

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We Have the Fires

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 34: Fires of Invention

"If it's free, it's me." The timeless words of Bryan Gottlieb teach us to pay close attention to anything that can be cast for free, one of the most powerful and potentially broken effects in all of Magic. Fires of Invention grants that text to any spell in your deck, allowing you to cast it without tapping lands. And then, it does it again. Two free spells every turn, and you still have all your mana available to spend on other effects? Yeah, that's me. Sign us up for a playset!

Fires of Invention is Throne of Eldraine's entrant into the "broken four-mana enchantment engine" category, and it has already proven its chops in Standard as well as Pioneer and Modern. More similar to a Wilderness Reclamation than an Experimental Frenzy, Fires offers an insane mana advantage, provided that you can successfully navigate its numerous constraints. This week the crew has some explosive builds designed to do just that. You want decklists? "Just tell us how many you want and get out of the way!"

 

Roundup: Weekend Results  Simic Food Ramp (Gerry Thompson) Gruul Kiora (Dan): 3-3, SCG IQ Newington Azorius Approach (Tyler Surovy): 3rd place, SCG IQ Newington  Flashback: Crested Sunmare  Modern GW Eldritch Horse: 1-4 league  Pioneer Orzhov Horse: 3-2 league Abzan Horse: 7-3 leagues  Brew Session: Fires of Invention

Modern Sketch: Gruul Fires EscapePioneer Sketch 1: Temur Elemental Fires Sketch 2: Niv-Mizzet Fires  Reference lists: StandardJeskai Fires (Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa)5c Niv Fires (Ken Yukuhiro)5c Golos Fires (Shota Yasooka)  ModernIzzet Turns (lsv, 5-0 league)Izzet Turns (Gfrpaac, 5-0 league)4c As Firetold (PetyrBaelish, 7-2 PTQ)4c As Firetold (Runeskjold, 5-0 league) PioneerJeskai Fires Superfriends Lawson Zandi (Niv-Mizzet streams): https://www.twitch.tv/zanman1414  Contact Us  If you like our show, be sure to join our Patreon and leave us a review! You can do this from the Apple Podcasts app, or from iTunes if on a computer. Thank you for your support! 

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Dec 16 2019

1hr 32mins

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Maximum Horse Power

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 33: Crested Sunmare

Giddy-up, brewers! It's Horse week at Faithless Brewing, the theme episode you never knew you needed, but now can't recall how you ever lived without. David has been champing at the bit to get Crested Sunmare on the docket, a truly majestic steed that nevertheless failed to cross the finish line during its time in Standard. But don't believe the neighsayers! Despite this rather equestrian Standard pedigree, Sunmare has already galloped to a Grand Prix Day 2 finish in Modern of all places. Was it simply a lack of enablers that made the Standard builds come up lame? Or will the Modern shell prove to be a one-trick pony? In the greener pastures of Pioneer, David thinks he has a thoroughbred, but will his unbridled enthusiasm land him on the whinnying side? There's only one way to find out! This week we've got the horses in the back, horse decklists attached, sleeves are matte black, got the tokens black to match. Saddle up!

ALSO: This week, we have a very special bonus episode! We joined forces with our friends at The Dive Down for our first-ever podcast crossover, a deep dive into Niv-Mizzet Reborn in Modern! You can find that episode (The Dive Down, Ep. 51: "ROY G. NIV: 5c Niv-Mizzet, ft. Faithless Brewing") over at www.thedivedown.com, or subscribe to The Dive Down on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, or YouTube to catch all of their outstanding content. Don't miss it!

Roundup: Modern Playoffs + Pioneer B&R

Pioneer

Pioneer B&R Announcement (Smuggler's Copter, Field of the Dead, Once Upon a Time)

Reference: 2017 Smuggler's Copter Ban Announcement (Standard)

GW Knights (Phill_hellmuth): PTQ Winner

Ari Lax B&R analysis (thread)

Modern

Format Playoffs Top 16

 

Flashback: New Perspectives + Witch's Oven  New Perspectives Blood Sun Perspectives (Dan): 3-2 league, 0-5 league Growth Spiral Perspectives (Danny + David): 4-1 league, 0-3 league  Twiddle Field (Runeskjold): PTQ Top 8 (x3)  Witch's Oven Sultai Cat Dredge: strong, but likely does not survive bannings Orzhov Cat Oven: 4-1 league, can be re-tooled without Copter and Lookout, see below  Temur Emerge Oven: 4-1, but played like a weaker version of Ryan Overturf's non-Oven Temur Emerge. No need for green without OUAT.  Bonus lists: Kiora Dragons (Pedro Almeida): 8-0, LATAM qualifier series Sketch: Bant Teshar Combo Sketch: Orzhov Teshar Aristocrats  Brew Session: Crested Sunmare  Modern GW Eldritch Horse (Martin Colding, Fluffywolf2): GP Birmingham Day 2, 5-0 league  Pioneer Sketch: Selesnya Horse Evolution Sketch: Orzhov Horse Control Bonus sketch: Abzan Life Rider Bonus sketch: Ghost Dad Kiora  Bonus sketch: Orzhov Infinite Archangel  Contact Us  If you like our show, be sure to join our Patreon and leave us a review! You can do this from the Apple Podcasts app, or from iTunes if on a computer. Thank you for your support! 

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Dec 09 2019

1hr 49mins

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New Perspectives on Combo (ft. Danny Salvatore)

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 32: Scrap Trawler, New Perspectives, Astral Drift

It was a golden weekend for Niv-Mizzet at Grand Prix Columbus, with Dan and Damon both posting 10-4-1 finishes with our favorite Faithless Brew. Is Niv the last control deck in Modern? What we do know is that, at the last Grand Prix of 2019, Niv quietly had one of the best performances of any archetype in the field.

This week, however, we depart from the realm of flashy five-color control, and turn our attention instead to some truly bizarre combos. Scraps from the Oven? New Perspectives? Astral Drift Turbo-Land? Oh yes, these are going to be spicy ones.

We are joined this week by special guest brewer Danny Salvatore, fresh off a Top 4 finish at the SCG Invitational. We talk about his preparations in Modern and Pioneer leading up to the Invi and the GP, before we collectively dive headfirst into assembling the combo machine.

Flashback: SCG Invitational + Grand Prix Columbus

SCG Invitational (Pioneer / Modern)

Green Devotion (Danny Salvatore, 3rd place)

Grixis Shadow (Danny Salvatore, 3rd place)

GP Columbus (Modern)

Utopia Niv-Mizzet (Dan + Damon, 10-4-1, 40th & 42nd place)

Rakdos Bone Picker: 2-3 league, needed more creatures to crew with

Brew Session: Comboing Off

Sketch #1: Scraps from the Oven

Sketch #2: New Perspectives (Growth Spiral version)

Sketch #3: New Perspectives (Blood Sun version)

Brainstorm Session: Astral Drift Turbo-Land

 

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Dec 02 2019

1hr 44mins

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What's Cooking? Firing Up the Witch's Oven

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 31: Witch's Oven

Let's face it, Vantress Gargoyle is probably not going to make the leap to eternal playable anytime soon. It struggles to attack in Pioneer, although our Modern explorations did yield some very interesting builds using powerful tools like Archive Trap and Into the Story. That being said, when a card can't even hack it in Standard, we shouldn't ask too much of it off the bat.

On the other hand, when a card is dominating Standard and meets the benchmark metrics for eternal playability (best in class effect, highly efficient, useful card type) it is certainly worth a closer look. Witch's Oven fits that bill. The "Kentucky Fried Kitten" / "Meow Mix" combo with Cauldron Familiar was a breakout star at the most recent Mythic Championships, and those two have started to make some inroads into Pioneer as well. But how good is this combo really? And is there more to the Oven than just cat food? While Damon and Dan are busy prepping Niv-Mizzet in Modern for GP Columbus, David has been cooking up some spicy Oven lists that he thinks just might hit the sweet spot.

Flashback: Vantress Gargoyle

Modern

Simic Flying Goyfs: 3-2 league. Extremely effective at finding big flyers and attacking with them, but struggles against creature decks and high density of removal.

Sultai Flying Goyfs: 2-3 league, noticeably clunkier than the Simic version because Glimpse and Hedron Crab fight for mana, but some additions like Drown in the Loch are well worth the price of admission.

Gargoyles, Please!: 2-3 league. Yes, this is a Modern list with four copies of Didn't Say Please. The concept here is not bad, but the execution could use refinement.

Turbo Trap Control: 4-1 league. This strategy might be secretly excellent. Needs a more diverse set of spells in the main deck, but Mystic Sanctuary + Into the Story is incredible and the sideboard juke plan can steal games.

Pioneer

Emry Ascendancy: achieved numerous turn 3 kills, but this deck relies super heavily on Emry surviving, and probably shouldn't run any Gargoyles as they can never attack

Gargoyle Gift: 3-2 league, Gargoyle is actually a decent blocker here and synergizes with both Kiora and Gift

Bonus list: Retraction Helix Ascendancy by MrRaeb

Brew Session: Witch's Oven

Pioneer

Sketch 1: Sultai Cat Dredge

Sketch 2: Rakdos Bone Picker

Sketch 3: Grixis Emerge Oven

Sketch 4: Orzhov Life Gain

Modern

Utopia Niv-Mizzet (GP Columbus build)

 

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Nov 24 2019

1hr 31mins

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The Real Gargoyles of Castle Vantress

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 30: Vantress Gargoyle (Modern & Pioneer)

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, it turns out the castles of Eldraine are guarded by blue Tarmogoyfs with wings. At 5/4 flying for 1U, Vantress Gargoyle is an absolute unit. It's even an artifact to boot, with an illustrious pedigree of potential synergies. The catch? It might be a while before you can start attacking. Oh, and if you want to block, better make sure that hand size doesn't get too low. Perhaps you'd like to tap and mill for 1 instead?

Good cards come to those who break them, so this week, the crew is leaving no stone unturned with new lists for Vantress Gargoyle in both Pioneer and Modern. Will we ever attack with this card? Will we ever get to block with it? And perhaps most important of all, is this strong enough to be the centerpiece of its own deck, or is the Gargoyle better utilized as a role player in small numbers? As always, there's only one way to find out!

Roundup: Pioneer B&R, Redux

Blue Moon Canlander (Damon): Top 8, Puget Sound Battleground 1k (Individual); Top 4, Puget Sound Battleground 1k (Team Trios)

Pioneer B&R Announcement

 

Flashback: The Royal Scions  Modern Izzet Arcanist: 2-3 league (adapted from this 5-0 list by Habster) Blue Moon (by thepensword): 7-3 leagues  Temur Prowess: 1-4 league  PioneerGrixis Arcanist: 4-6 leagues Temur Deathtouch: 4-1 league 4c Royal Vehicles: 2-3 league Izzet Firebirds: updated sketch (compare to these Izzet Firebirds lists from Challenge)  Additional concepts: Grixis Flamewake Phoenix: updated sketch  Grixis Ninja Scions (by Pedro Almeida): sketch Royal Frenzy Aggro (by Elvis Alcomb): sketch  Brew Session: Vantress Gargoyle Pioneer Sketch 1: Dimir Citadel Devotion Sketch 2: Dimir Control Sketch 3: Sultai Artifacts Sketch 4: Vantress Ascendancy Sketch 5: Mystic Forge Sketch 6: Gargoyle GiftModern Sketch 1: Dimir Turbo Trap (by Jordan Boisvert, based on this article at Modern Nexus) Sketch 2: Sultai Delirium  Contact Us 

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Nov 17 2019

1hr 58mins

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Royal Pain in the Scions

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 29: The Royal Scions (Modern & Pioneer)

Kiora delivered us a fresh 5-0 last week, but we knew that would happen, as Kiora has always been great. The combination with Glorybringer is excellent in Modern and even stronger in Pioneer, although the mana requirements proved to be much trickier without the smooth shock-fetch manabase. Eldrazi add an interesting wrinkle to the Gruul ramp archetype, and Niv-Mizzet got in on the 5-0 action too.

This week, we're on to the next 3 CMC walker with absurdly high loyalty. Oko has already been widely accepted as planeswalker royalty, but what about Eldraine's actual royalty, the dashing Kenrith Kids? Two useful +1s and an achievable ultimate make The Royal Scions an attractive card to brew around, in both Modern and Pioneer. We've got more than a dozen new lists, so whether you like looting for value, unlocking graveyard synergies, or pumping creatures and turning them sideways, there's something for everyone this week!

Roundup: Pioneer B&R Announcement

Pioneer B&R Announcement Aaron Forsythe tweet Kiora Green Devotion (Dan): 3-2 league

Flashback: Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner

Modern Classic Niv-Mizzet (Damon): 5-0 league Once Upon KiorDrazi (Dan): 5-0 league, 3-3 Modern Challenge Once Upon Kiora (Damon): 4-1 league Pioneer RG Dragons (David): 2-3 league, 4-1 league RG Dragons (Damon): 0-4 league, 4-1 league Jeskai Dragons (David): 4-1 league, 1-4 league Jeskai God-Pharaoh's Gift (David): 2-3 league

Brew Session: The Royal Scions

Pioneer Sketch 1: Grixis Royal Arcanist Sketch 2: Izzet Royal Prowess Sketch 3a: 4c Royal Vehicles v1 Sketch 3b: 4c Royal Vehicles v2 Sketch 4a: Grixis Flamewake v1 Sketch 4b: Grixis Flamewake v2 Sketch 5: Temur Deathtouch Company Sketch 6: Temur Pummeler Sketch 7: 4c Faeburrow CompanyModern Sketch 1: Grixis Royal Arcanist Sketch 2: Temur Royal Phoenix Sketch 3: Wrenn and Scions Midrange Sketch 4: Izzet Collected Ponza Reference: Blue Moon (thepensword) Reference: Temur Kiora (Dan, 5-0) Reference: Faeburrow Niv (Damon, 5-0)  

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Nov 10 2019

2hr 13mins

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Bonecrushing and Glorybringing in Modern and Pioneer

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 28: Kiora Returns

It's finally time to dive into Pioneer, so it's no surprise that the first card we want to brew around is... Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner? That's right, Kiora! An old favorite on Faithless Brewing, Kiora has always been secretly excellent in Modern, especially when paired with Glorybringer in a ramp shell. New additions from Eldraine have Dan interested in updating the Modern list, while David believes that the basic shell can be ported over to Pioneer as well. But that's not all that Kiora can do. Looking outside of green, David has some wilder ideas for unlocking Kiora's synergies in Esper, Grixis, and Izzet. Do any of them have what it takes to keep up in the wild west that is Pioneer?

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Also, Dan has a new article up at Arenadecklists.gg, covering the rules of engagement for building successful decks in Pioneer. Check it out!

https://arenadecklists.gg/pioneers-rules-of-engagement/

Roundup: SCG Atlanta + Week 1 of Pioneer

Simic Urza Oko Goose (by Zan Syed): 4th place, SCG Atlanta Modern Open

Boros Burn (by Lichking7): 7-1, Pioneer Challenge

Brew Session: Kiora in Modern and Pioneer

Modern lists

Bonecrusher Oko-Kiora (Dan): 5-0 league

For a writeup on the evolution of this deck, see this article.

Once Upon KiorDrazi (Dan): 5-0 league

Pioneer lists

Sketch #1: Gruul Ramp

Sketch #2: Esper Dragons

Sketch #3: Grixis Hollow One

Sketch #4: Izzet God-Pharaoh's Gift

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Nov 03 2019

1hr 46mins

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Modern After Regionals

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 26: New Spice from SCG Regionals

In this second half of our double header episode, we are tackling all things Modern: spicy brews from SCG Regionals, testing results with The Great Henge, plus Damon's Top 8 finish in his Standard MCQ in Mox Boarding House, Seattle. Does the Czech testing house's Bant Ramp deck hold lessons for Modern as well?

Two other important announcements this week:

First: We are extremely excited to announce the launch of our Faithless Brewing PATREON (https://www.patreon.com/faithlessbrewing)! Many of you have been asking us about this over these past five months, and lo, it has at last come to pass. Patreon is where you can support the show directly, and receive a variety of cool benefits as thanks, including bonus content, swag, and access to our Faithless Brewing Discord channel. We are very excited to build a community of brewers in the Faithless Family, which we hope can be a place to interact not just with us but with the many talented and creative brewers that make up our listener base. So if you like what we produce, find value in it, and want to help us make it even better, be sure to check it out!

Second, I mentioned that this Episode is part of a double header. The other half, which is posted as separately (as Episode 27), is already available on our channel and offers a guide to the Pioneer format from the perspective of a Modern player. We unpack the manabases, removal options, disruption tools, the most powerful cards and strategies, and how to combat them. If you are Modern player wondering how to get started brewing in Pioneer, you won't want to miss this!  

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Timestamps:

Weekend Roundup  5:21  Bant Ramp (Damon, via Czech testing house): Top 8, Standard MCQ at Mox Boarding House, Seattle  13:57  Urza Oko (by Zan Syed): 1st place, SCG Regionals Raleigh-Durham  18:23  Simic Eldrazi (by aspiringspike): 7-2 regionals, several 5-0s, also top 8 in MTGO PTQ (by C_E.L)  23:14  Foodie Niv-Mizzet (by Cameron Martinez): 1st place, SCG Regionals Knoxville  25:01  Faeburrow BTL Saheeli (David): 4-1 league  33:33  BTL Kiki Copycat (by forenmagra): four 5-0s in his last six leagues   Flashback: The Great Henge  35:58 Sultai Hengevine: 4-1 league  39:57 Golgari Undying: 4-1 league  45:29  Bant Monkeyhenge: 2-3 league  46:57  Mono Green Stompy: 2-3 league   54:22  Hengehammer Gruul: 4-1 league

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Oct 28 2019

1hr 4mins

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How to Brew Successfully in a New Format

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 27: A Brewer's Guide to Pioneer

Well that was unexpected.  The birth of a new format is a strange and wonderful thing. “Brewer’s paradise” is a phrase that gets thrown around often, and if that doesn’t apply to times like these, when does it ever apply? For a brewing podcast like ours, a completely unexplored format must be a dream come true.

The truth is that successful brewing is actually quite difficult when a metagame is completely undefined. We cannot attack a meta from unexpected angles if we ourselves have no idea what to expect.

So what should we expect from Pioneer? How do we build decks in this exciting new format? Fear not, you Faithless Brewers, we have you covered!

In this special bonus episode, we take a deep dive into the Pioneer card pool. We unpack the mana bases, removal options, the most powerful cards and strategies, and the decks you will need to be prepared for on Day 1 -- everything you need to get brewing and start battling in the queues!

Timestamps

2:38 What is Pioneer?

5:18 Initial reactions + unpacking the B&R philosophy

11:15 Getting to know the card pool: Pioneer and Modern, compared

17:00 Understanding Pioneer mana bases: lands and ramp options

32:11 Cards that used to be banned in Standard and Modern

45:42 Understanding interactive tools in Pioneer: removal, sweepers, counterspells, and hand disruption

1:02:16 Understanding the Day 1 metagame: the most powerful strategies in the format

1:22 Summary: The Rules of Engagement for Day 1 of Pioneer

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Oct 25 2019

1hr 29mins

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The Great Henge and Beyond

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 25: The Great Henge

Some weeks, when we pick a card to feature, we know it will be a hit. Charming Prince is a versatile role player. Emry is insanely efficient. Oko is simply Broko, and might prove too strong even for eternal formats. Brewing around these cards is a great way to get acquainted with future format staples, and maybe rack up some trophies in the process.

Other times, however, it is helpful to brew from the other end of the spectrum: pick a card that might prove totally unplayable, explore it to its fullest, and see where that leads. The Great Henge is one such card. Like the rest of Eldraine's mythic artifact cycle, The Great Henge demands an impossible mana investment, but offers a quest that might let you summon it on the cheap. Meeting this condition is already a giant puzzle, to say nothing of crafting a game plan that can exploit the Henge's abilities while also keeping pace with the brutal Modern format.

This week, our goal is to stretch our deckbuilding muscles. This means brewing in Hard Mode. Forget about 5-0s, or tuning a sideboard for the meta; these decks might not even survive the goldfishing stage. But the farther there is to climb, the more we stand to learn from the attempt. Join us as we venture to the Great Henge and beyond!

Roundup: Latest Developments in Modern

Utopia Niv-Mizzet (Dan): Top 4, SCG IQ Danbury, Sprawls are quite good at landing a planeswalker on turn 2, which may prove more important going forward

Sultai Into the Story (Raphael Mark): Top 2, SCG IQ Danbury, a strong take on the Mystic Sultai hard control archetype

Flashback: Charming Prince

Naya Dubious Defector: 13-7 leagues, hilarious and powerful, struggles to play defense

GW Charming Challenge: 2-3 league, Iona is stronger than Woodfall Primus/Worldspine Wurm, but requires giving up Through the Breach

Boros Blink: 2-3 league, grinds well, but struggles to disrupt unfair decks

Charming Taxes: 2-3 league, relies heavily on Aether Vial and Stoneforge Mystic to present anything powerful

UW Charming Soulherder: 3-2 league, very strong but requires a lot of clicks and triggers to win

Brew Session: The Great Henge

Sketch #1: Golgari Hengevine

Sketch #2: Yolo Yorvo Combo Henge

Sketch #3: Basic Henge Stompy

Sketch #4: Arcanist Hengehammer Beats

Elfball Combo Henge (Meryn MTG): 5-2 in 1v1 queues

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Oct 20 2019

1hr 58mins

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Searching for Prince Charming

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 24: Charming Prince

Oko, Thief of Crowns crushed it last week. We tested five homes the new Simic walker, and the trophies just started stacking up. Sultai Faeries, Bant Okoblade, Bonecrusher Kiora, even Faeburrow Niv-Mizzet got in on the 5-0 action. 38-7 is not a normal record for our testing sessions. Was it just good luck, good decklists, or is Oko simply brok-o? What is clear at least is that the card has many hidden modes, functioning more like a six- or seven- ability walker. "Five-Oh-ko" (too much?) looks to be a multi-format staple going forward, so pick up your copies now.

Four trophies will be a tough act to follow, so this week the crew takes a crack at a more humble offering from Eldraine: the Charming Prince! Like Oko, Prince Charming offers three modes, but contextually they can feel like four or five. Versatility like that on a 2 drop is great, but the blink mode in particular has Dave's gears turning as potentially enabling broken plays. Can the young prince rescue our permanents from the enemy’s clutches, and stake his claim as a future Modern staple?

Timestamps and Decklists

Flashback: Oko, Thief of Crowns

03:45 Bant StoneBlade: 5-0 league

12:29 Shape Anew: 2-3 league

21:14 Sultai Faeries: 9-1 leagues

30:04 Bonecrusher Kiora: 17-3 leagues

39:10 Faeburrow Niv: 5-0 league

Roundup: Eldraine Week Two

51:03 SCG Team Open results

52:48 Once Upon a Time, Castle Garenbrig

54:06 Emry, Lurker of the Loch

54:56 Witching Well

55:34 Mystic Sanctuary

58:35 Gingerbrute, All that Glitters

59:24 Merchant of the Vale

59:43 Fires of Invention + Fae of Wishes

1:01:15 Fires of Invention + Savor the Moment + Mystic Sanctuary

1:04:55 Glass Casket

1:05:16 The Royal Scions

1:06:18 Drown in the Loch

Brew Session: Charming Prince

1:09:24 Charming Prince Overview

1:11:53 Sketch 1: Wr Humble Blink

1:26:37 Sketch 2: Naya Challenge

Reference lists:

Mono-W Taxes (kaosofmind): 5-0

Mono-W Emeria (Fincown): 5-0

GW Dubious Prince (k_f_chicken): 5-0

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Oct 12 2019

1hr 44mins

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Mr. Steal Your Crown: Six New Brews with Oko

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 23: Oko, Thief of Crowns

Oko, Thief of Crowns, is a mischievous trickster. He’s so devious that he tricked Wizards into printing him with three powerful abilities and a giant pile of loyalty, all for the low, low price of three mana. Already poised to dominate Standard, the crew thinks Oko will be flaunting his skills in Modern in the very near future, and Dave has six new decklists to prove it.

Also, Dan has a new article up on Arenadecklists.gg: a comprehensive Brewer’s Guide to Throne of Eldraine! Expanding on our discussions in the podcast and analyzing 65 cards across four different Top 10 lists (math checks out, right?) this article has everything you need to start brewing with one of the most exciting new releases that Modern has ever seen. You won’t want to miss it!

As always, thanks for listening!

— cavedan@FaithlessMTG

Dan’s Article: A Brewer's Guide to Throne of Eldraine

https://arenadecklists.gg/2019/10/02/a-brewers-guide-to-mtgeld-in-modern/

Damon’s Tournament Results

Rainbow Niv-Mizzet (Damon): 6-2 Modern challenge, 5-0 league

Brazen Cutthroat Kiki (Damon, based on kahluah777’s 5-0 list): 5-0 league

Roundup: Throne of Eldraine Week 1

Paradoxical Emry (Kevslinger): 7-1 Modern Challenge

Emry Ascendancy (Rav104): 5-0 League

Wishclaw EmrySword (haubidtran): 5-0 league

Grixis Into the Story (aspiringspike): 5-0 league

Charming Emeria (Fincown): 5-0 league

Dubious Prince (k_f_chicken): 5-0 league

Gilded Skies (internetsurfer09): 5-0 league

Questing Stompy (fluffywolf2): 5-0 league

Once Upon a Bogle (__matsugan): 5-0 league

Glitterbrute Affinity (sandahl123): 5-0 league

SnowKo Niv-Mizzet (rodebo): 5-0 league, 4-1 league

Brew Session: Oko, Thief of Crowns

Sketch #1: Sultai Faeries

Sketch #2: Oko Shape Anew

Sketch #3: 4c Saheeli

Sketch #4: Bant OkoBlade

Sketch #5: Arcades Herder

Sketch #6: Faeburrow Niv-Mizzet (update: Damon notched a 5-0 with this updated list!)

Reference lists:

Bant OkoBlade (UBERMIKEYB): 3rd place, Modern Challenge

4c SnowKo Saheeli (Gab Nassif): 6-2, Modern Challenge

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Oct 05 2019

1hr 45mins

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Eldraine Top Ten + Five Ways to Break Emry

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 22: Emry, Lurker of the Loch

Eldraine is upon us, and Emry, Lurker of the Loch is the talk of Modern Town. In fact, we wrote an entire strategy guide for the card the very day it was spoiled. Our analysis contained one error, though: "Stoneforge Fishstick" is not the most appropriate nickname for the Lady in the Lake. Her power level warrants a more distinguished pedigree: nothing less than "Deathrite Salmon." This week, the crew unpacks five different ways to break Modern wide open with the new legendary merfolk. There's more than one way to fry a fish!

Timestamps

03:02  Niv-Mizzet Reborn (Damon): 5-2 Modern Challenge. Graveyard decks and Urza combo are currently ascendant in the metagame; plan accordingly.

Flashback: Green Week

08:57 GW Leyline Elves: 3-2 league, needs more speed and redundancy in the combo to compensate for lower overall power

 14:08 Genesis Devotion (by u/Cube_): 8-7 leagues, capable of truly astonishing combo turns, but struggles to interact with other linear/degenerate decks 25:17 Unbound Devotion: 5-5 leagues, Llanowar Tribe is solid and Hydroid Krasis is capable of carrying the deck. Still struggles with the same spread of matchups as the other green devotion lists 36:17 Unbound Revelation (by u/DiogenesCane): uses Heartbeat of Spring and Finale of Revelation for a Time Spiral-like effect, as described here 41:49 "Hogaak-less Hogaak" (sketch): an attempt to graft the Saffi+Rallier combo into a Vengevine aggro shell 44:41 Rallier Combo (by Aaron Westbrook): a variant using Kaya's Ghostform for redundancy in combo pieces  Roundup: Eldraine Top Ten  51:10 (HM) Grumgully, the Generous 53:01 (HM) Witching Well 54:50 (#10) Brazen Borrower 58:57 (#9) Glass Casket 1:01:10 (#8) Wishclaw Talisman 1:05:33 (#7) Castle Garenbrig 1:10:07 (#6) The Royal Scions 1:14:50 (#5) Oko, Thief of Crowns 1:16:33 (#4) Drown in the Loch 1:18:51 (#3) Mystic Sanctuary 1:22:32 (#2) Emry, Lurker of the Loch 1:24:17 (#1) Once Upon a Time  Brew Session: Emry, Lurker of the Loch  1:29:25 The Core Emry Package 1:33:17 UrzaSword 1:33:50 Jeskai Ascendancy 1:39:12 Paradox Engine 1:41:54 Paradoxical Outcome 1:46:51 Kethis, the Hidden Hand 1:55:11 Fair Decks with Emry  Contact Us  Twitter: @FaithlessMTG  Email: faithless.brewing@gmail.com  Homepage: faithlessbrewing.podbean.com  Don't forget to subscribe and leave us an iTunes review. We want to hear from you!

Sep 28 2019

1hr 58mins

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Hopelessly Devoted to Green

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 21: Leyline of Abundance + Eldraine Previews   It's finally here: Green Week! After a long and arduous Hogaak summer, the metagame has finally slowed enough to potentially reward a strategy of flooding the battlefield with green permanents. Core 2020's Leyline of Abundance has been waiting in the wings, offering explosive starts with mana dorks, as well as a few sneaky infinite combos. Also, did somebody say two free pips for Nykthos? The crew breaks down fresh new takes on Leyline Combo, Unbound Flourishing, and Green Devotion.  Plus: a host of spicy previews from Throne of Eldraine, including bonus decklists!   Roundup: Niv-Mizzet Takes Flight   It was a big week for Niv-Mizzet Reborn, as this Faithless Brewing Original has officially ascended to Tier 2 status (at least, according to the wise sages at the Arena Decklists Podcast). But don't just take their word for it. The tournament results speak for themselves, with Niv putting up strong results at MCQs both in paper and online.   Glittering Niv (Ihavethefire): 1st place, MCQ Pittsburgh   Ramp-less Niv (Damon): 6-2 MCQ Seattle, 6-4 MTGO PTQ, 5-0 league x2   Traverse Niv (cavedan): 6-3 MTGO PTQ   Flashback: Kethis, the Hidden Hand   We'll be straight up, these decks sucked. Even Matt Nass's build could barely win a game. Not all is lost, however: the Saffi combo proved strong enough to possibly become its own version of the deck, and Emry, Lurker of the Loch means that help is on the way for dedicated Kethis Kombo.   Project Keth-eX: 3-7 practice matches, curve felt too slow, Kethis combo less well integrated than Saffi combo   Kethis "KCI" (Matt Nass, test deck): 0-5 practice matches, deck folded to everything, mana was horrendous   Emry Kethis Combo (Sam Black, test deck)   "Hogaak-less Hogaak" (test deck): re-built for speed and to maximize Saffi combo, with potential for turn 2 kill (Carrion Feeder -> Stitcher's Supplier into Unearth on Renegade Rallier, return Saffi, attack for lethal).   Throne of Eldraine Previews   Specter's Shriek (Bonus list: BW Processor Eldrazi) -- Bonecrusher Giant (Bonus list: Bonecrusher Kiora) -- Grumgully, the Generous (Bonus list: Grumgully Goblins) -- Torbran, Thane of Red Fell -- Drown in the Loch -- Faeburrow Elder -- Merchant of the Vale (Haggle) -- Irencrag Feat -- Fires of Invention -- Vantress Gargoyle -- The Magic Mirror -- The Cauldron of Eternity -- Witching Well -- Oko, Thief of Crowns (Bonus list: Faerie Foodies)  Brew Session: Leyline of Abundance   Sketch #1: GW Leyline Elves   Sketch #2: Unbound Flourishing   Sketch #3: Nissa Devotion   Sketch #4: Genesis Wave (designed by u/Cube_)   Reference lists:Leyline Combo (PVDDR, test deck)   Leyline Combo 2 (PVDDR, test deck)   Devoted Elves (tagosaku, 5-0 league)   Bant Abundance (Jon Stern, MC Barcelona; Jeremie Ross, 5-0 league)   Steel Leaf Stompy (Ryan Robinson, 1st place SCG IQ)  Contact Us

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Sep 21 2019

2hr 9mins

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Eldraine Previews and Kethis in Modern

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 20: Kethis, the Hidden Hand

Throne of Eldraine is around the corner and the previews are coming fast and furious. Some look sweet, some look strange, and some look downright broken, including a certain strange woman lying in a pond distributing swords. That's no basis for a system of government.

In the meantime, though, we've got unfinished business with Core Set 2020. Kethis, the Hidden Hand had a surprising breakout late in the Standard season, anchoring a slick combo deck full of powerful legendaries. Modern has even more enticing options, but can this bizarre strategy withstand the transition to the lightning-fast eternal format? Or should Kethis be reimagined as the centerpiece of a midrange build? The crew has some ideas, so let's discuss!

Flashback: Kiora and Niv-Mizzet

Ramp-less Niv-Mizzet (cavedan): Top 8 SCG IQ

Ramp-less Niv-Mizzet (Ihavethefire): 12-0 Modern Playoffs

Kiora Dragons: 10-10 leagues

Kiora Eldrazi: 11-4 leagues

Bonus list: Cat Jesus Returns (sketch)

Throne of Eldraine Previews

Dave has eight spicy hot takes on exciting new contenders for Modern, and Damon and Dan are eager to prove him wrong. Plus, don't miss our in-depth written article on the most dangerous card in the set, Emry, Lurker of the Loch!

Stoneforge Fishstick: A Brewer's Guide to Emry, Lurker of the Loch

Bonus list: Emry Ascendancy (sketch)

Brew Session: Kethis, the Hidden Hand

 

Sketch #1: 4c Value Kethis  Sketch #2: Keth-sper Goryo's  Sketch #3: Project Keth-eX  Reference lists: Standard Kethis Combo (Ondrej Strasky)  Kethis "KCI" (Matt Nass, test deck)

Abzan Kethis Station (yooisa, test deck)

Kethis Erayo (anonymous, test deck)

Kethis Emry Combo (Sam Black, test deck)

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Sep 14 2019

2hr 8mins

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Three Challengers for the New Meta

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 19: Kiora, Niv-Mizzet, Kolaghan's Command

Faithless Looting is gone, and our beloved "non-rotating" format is in upheaval once again. Tournament results are trickling in, but in the Magic Online leagues, it's the Wild West: everyone has dusted off their midrange decks, hoping that strategies that have always fared poorly will finally get a chance to breathe in a graveyard-free Modern. It is a great time to be a brewer.

With seemingly endless possibilities to explore, this week the crew revisits some old favorites: Faithless Brews that were powerful before Modern Horizons, but couldn't keep up with the madness of Hogaak Summer. We discuss new builds of RG Kiora Dragons, Rainbow Niv-Mizzet, and old school Grixis Control. Are these old challengers ready to compete for the top tier of the new Modern? Let's discuss!

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Flashback: Stoneforge Mystic  UW Stoneblade (D00mswitch): 3-2 league  Jeskai QuellBlade: 2-3 league  Bant Devoted Blade (bobinchese): 4-1 league  Brew Session: New Takes on Old Favorites  Kiora's Dragons (post-Hogaak update)  Rainbow Niv-Mizzet (post-Hogaak update)  Grixis Control*

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Sep 07 2019

1hr 23mins

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Stoneforge Mistake? A Brewer's Guide to the New Queen of Modern

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 18: The Ultimate Guide to Stoneforge Mystic

It was a difficult week for the Faithless Family, as we had to say goodbye to one of our own. Faithless Looting, the best card in Modern, breaker of formats and giver of value, was struck down in the prime of its life, taken from us by a cruel stroke of research and development. Dear Looting, you shall be missed.

There is no rest for the weary, however, as a new powerhouse has been unleashed upon the Modern format. Stoneforge Mystic has arrived to thunderous applause and is already dominating the MTGO leagues, with no fewer than 27(!) distinct Stoneforge decks appearing in the first 5-0 deck dump. It is a time of wild experimentation, and we are here to guide you through all the different ways to make Batterskull and friends. You won't want to miss this one!

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Flashback: Elementals

Bant Vesperlark: 5-5 leagues, an acceptable combo deck with a good ability to grind thanks to Risen Reef. Lack of interaction makes it difficult to keep up with aggressive strategies.  RB Thunder Forger: 5-5 leagues, Thunderkin is massively defanged by the loss of Faithless Looting, and this deck can never defeat a Batterskull. The Shaman core remains surprisingly powerful though. 

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Brew Session: Stoneforge Mystic

Stoneforge lists from around the web, all from within the first two days of the card's legality. For the full Friday 5-0 deck dump, complete with 27 distinct Stoneforge lists, click here.   UWx StoneBlade  UW Stoneblade (Todd Anderson)  UW Stoneblade (Emma Handy)  UW Stoneblade (Ben Friedman)  Jeskai Stoneblade (Todd Anderson)  Esper Stoneblade (Todd Anderson)  UrzaBlade  Esper UrzaBlade (Samuel Graebner, 16-4 leagues)  UW UrzaBlade (kanister)  4c Urza (Ross Merriam)  UW Urza (Bryan Gottlieb)   BW Midrange  BW SewerBlade (CalebD, 5-0 league)  BW Ale-Drazi (xjcloud, 5-0 league)  Existing Combo w/ Stoneforge Support  Jeskai Saheeli Elementals (Jan Huang, 5-0 league)  4c Snowheeli Blade (Ross Merriam)  Bant Devoted Blade (Ross Merriam)  Bant Midrange  Bant Snowblade (aspiringspike, 5-0 league)  Bant Snowblade (SaffronOlive, 5-0 league)  Bant SpiritBlade (Emma Handy)  White Aggro  Mono-W CawBlade (aspiringspike, 5-0 league)  Mono-W Cawblade (kponce, 5-0 league)  

Miscellaneous Midrange

Abzan Midrange (Reid Duke)  Naya ZooBlade (Wyatt Darby)  GW EldraziBlade (Ryan Overturf)  Equipment Combo  RW Hammertime (CalebD, 3-1 league)

 

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Aug 30 2019

1hr 39mins

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Thunderkin Awakening

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 17: Risen Reef / Elemental Tribal

The Elemental tribe is rising from the reef with a host of new printings from Modern Horizons and Core 2020. Thunderkin Awakener has already established itself as a player alongside Lightning Skelemental, but Risen Reef has brewers experimenting with all five colors of the rainbow. The decks are already sweet, and we've barely begun to scratch the surface of what this tribe can do. Will Vesperlark give Altar of Dementia a second chance at breaking Modern? Does Master of Waves push Risen Reef over the top? Can Thunderkin Awakener breathe new life into Rage Forger aggro? Join us this week for a journey to the Primal Beyond, as we discuss all things Elementals with some slick new brews.

Timestamps

02:30 Lame Duck Modern + the post-Hogaak Metagame

17:40 Elemental Tribal: What We've Seen So Far

26:10 Brewing Elementals with the Scryfall Method

45:41 4c Vesperlark Value-Combo (Brew #1)

57:00 Bant Vesperlark Combo (Brew #1b)

1:02:45 RB Thunder Forger (Brew #2)

1:09:30 Temur Thunder Vine (Brew #2b)

Other lists referenced:

Rakdos Skelemental (LordoftheLobsters, 6-1 Modern Challenge) Skelemental, Thunderkin, Unearth, and Ball Lightning, plus Seasoned Pyro/Faithless Looting + standard B/R spell package, a couple Arcanists thrown in.  • Mardu Pyromancers (Kensuke Kato, 6-4 MC Barcelona) Basically the same, but trimming Thunderkins and dropping Ball Lightning to make room for copies of Young Pyromancer, Lingering Souls, Smiting Helix.  • Jund 8-Ball (Victor Falcone, SCG IQ top 8) 8-Balls + Collected Company + Pelt Collector, the worst creature in Modern.  • 5c Skelementals (Elfkid, 5-0 league) Risen Reef and a random assortment of creatures. Aether Vial + the tribal lands (Cavern, Unclaimed Territory, Primal Beyond) + Smokebraider enable all 5 colors.   •  5c Risen Reef (perseel, 5-0 league x2) There are 2 more 5-0 "5c Elemental" lists that do not run Skelemental.  • Bant Risen Company (milikin, 5-0 league) Reef as a value creature in Bant Company, with light Elemental package (mainly Voice of Resurgence).  • Jund Shamans (Caleb Durward, 5-0 league x2) Rage Forger + a bunch of terrible creatures that happen to be Shamans.  

All-in Vesperlark Combo (Liam Cahalan)

Turbo mill to assemble Vesperlark + sac outlet + Image/Body Double.

5c Master of the Reef (Caleb Durward)

Miscellaneous 5c elementals, including Shorecrasher Elemental for increased devotion.

Amulet Reef Combo (u/Jrax)

Play your whole deck with Amulet of Vigor + Risen Reef (explanation here).

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Aug 22 2019

1hr 17mins

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My fav magic podcast!

By metsophi - Dec 03 2019
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If you like sweet brews, listen!

Great show!

By m1lous - Dec 01 2019
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Love it. Highly recommend!