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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: 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.

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Nov 10 2019

2hr 13mins

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Rank #2: Still Hungry: Kroxa in Modern and Pioneer

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Faithless Brewing #40: Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger

Freshly escaped from the underworld of Theros, Kroxa is at the peak of his powers. 6/6 is nearly as big as it gets. Two mana is nearly as lean as it gets. A true titan of the game, Kroxa packs a punch and delivers value coming and going, but he's not resting on his laurels. No, King Kroxa is still hungry, and he's coming for that 5-0 in Modern and Pioneer. 

Mechanically speaking, Theros's titans are fairly complicated under the hood. As pseudo spell effects, they are somewhat reminiscent of the Evoke and Adventure mechanics, but the similarities only go so far. The upshot is that the turn you spend two mana for a Raven's Crime is a very bad turn. The turn you spend four mana for a 6/6 with a positive ETB and attack trigger is a very good turn, and you can have that turn multiple times in a game. Kroxa's power level seems to lie somewhere in the middle, if we are just taking the card at face value. But what if we break the mold and cheat on Kroxa's hidden costs? Can we skip the Raven's Crime turn by putting Kroxa directly into the graveyard? Or how about the two mana 6/6 body that is briefly on the battlefield, what if we make extra use of that? The possibilities are as endless as Kroxa's appetite, so let's start brewing!

Roundup: Modern Brews + Pioneer PTs

Modern

Turbo Elesh Norn: 4-0* league. Move 4th Leyline to main deck, cut green splash, add SB Burrenton Forge-Tender.  RG Kiora Ox: 5-0 league. New card grades: Ox of Agonas (B), Phoenix of Ash (B-), Klothys, God of Destiny (C) 

Flashback: Enigmatic Incarnation

Pioneer

Rhino Incarnation 1.1: 4-6 leagues   Rhino Incarnation 1.2: proposed update  

Enigmatic Uro: 0-5 league. Needed more removal. Rebuild as Chronic Flooding delve/self-mill Oracle deck.

Modern

Enigmatic Doom: 2-3 league. Add Leylines to the main deck, increase land count, clean up 2-3 mana plays.

Brew Session: Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger

Sketch 1: Grixis Kroxa

Sketch 2: Rakdos Sacrifice

Reference lists:

"Mardu Yacht Club" (by @shakegently)  Jund Traverse Kroxa (5-1-1, by kaberb)

 

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Feb 06 2020

1hr 59mins

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Rank #3: The Wild Side of Modern (ft. Lawson Zandi)

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 49: Modern Brewing with Lawson Zandi

On April 16, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is poised to lay waste to Magic's eternal formats. The set is chock full of giant monsters, insane enchantment engines, and "if you dare" build-arounds. There has never been a better time to be a brewer. What better time, then, to pick the brain of one of Modern's most prolific brewers and streamers: the youngest old soul in Magic and certified mad scientist Lawson Zandi.

Our full Ikoria set review will be out next week, but in the meantime, we've got six eye-popping decks from Lawson that are among the wildest Modern brews you will see. Perhaps the craziest this about them is that Lawson has been winning with them, a lot. Also, on the Flashback: our testing results with Aristocrats strategies in Pioneer. Many of these proved to be Woeful, but we're taking it all in Stride. Come join us for a walk on the wild side!

Where to find Lawson

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/zanman1414

Twitter: @LawsonZandi

StreamDecker: https://www.streamdecker.com/decks/zanman1414

The Hunter Burton Memorial Open

Brew Session: Lawson's Picks

Modern

#1: Bazaar TradeVine

#2: Soulherder-less Soulherder

#3: Walk This Way (Planeswalker Prison)

#4: Cat Combos with Everything

#5: Jeskai Possibility Storm

#6: Mad Science Niv

Flashback: Woe Strider

Pioneer

BW Angel Visitation (Damon): 2-3 league

Abzan Heliod Rally (David): 1-4 league

Rakdos Sacrifice (David): 4-1 league

Karn Aristocrats (Dan): 3-2 league

BG Aristocrats (Damon): 2-3 league

Modern

Jund Food by Kortero (Damon): 1-3 league

Pioneer

Jund Food (Dan): 2-3 league

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Apr 10 2020

2hr 12mins

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Rank #4: Enter the Citadel: Yawgmoth's Bargain Meets Channel

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 6: Bolas's Citadel

Dreadhorde Arcanist proved challenging to work with, but the crew was eventually able to convert its versatility into another Faithless 5-0. But Dan is tired of chipping away for 1 damage plus a cantrip: this week, he just wants to break Modern in half. Bolas's Citadel can potentially do just that, offering an insane card draw engine stapled to an insane mana engine. But what about all those deckbuilding restrictions? And how are you going to get this pricey artifact into play? The crew breaks down a host of different directions, including some spicy additions from Modern Horizons.

Flashback: Dreadhorde Arcanist

Temur Atarka's: 3-2 league, weak to control

Grixis Value: 4-1 league, takes too long to win

Grixis Shadow: 2-3 league, needs better SB

Jund Atarka's: 5-0 league, versatility was promising

Brew Session: Bolas's Citadel

Sketch 1: Trash for Treasure

Sketch 2: Goblin Engineer

Sketch 3: Lotus Bloom

Sketch 4: Shape Anew

Sketch 5: Grand Architect

Jun 05 2019

1hr 35mins

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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: Spark Confidant or Smashcaster Mage? The Dreadhorde Arcanist Dilemma

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 5: Dreadhorde Arcanist

Modern Horizons previews are burning up the internet, but the crew still has unfinished business with War of the Spark. Dreadhorde Arcanist is a powerful two-drop that has proven itself in Legacy, but hasn’t yet made a splash in Modern. Is the Arcanist best used for grinding value, or should we be smashing face? Dave has a decklist for each strategy, so let’s discuss!

Flashback: Karn, the Great Creator and Teferi, Time Raveler

It was a shorter than normal week of testing, but we still played enough to learn that we hated the Liquimetal Jund list. Play Karn, but don’t play Karn here. Teferi Scepter seemed more promising, but there is plenty of work still to be done.

Liquimetal Jund: tried and rejected

Teferi Scepter Lock: more testing needed

Brew Session: Dreadhorde Arcanist

Grixis Value Arcanist

Temur Phoenix Arcanist

Bonus Content: Modern Horizons Quick Hits

Dan has some early takes on cards he is excited about. Find his article here on the Modern subreddit!

May 29 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #7: 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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Twitter: @FaithlessMTG

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Nov 17 2019

1hr 58mins

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Rank #8: The Fundamentals of Brewing, Part 1

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 15

It's a homecoming week for the Faithless Brewing crew, as we descend on the Twin Cities for Grand Prix Minneapolis. In this episode, we discuss the fundamentals of brewing competitive rogue decks: how do you go from spark of an idea to finished decklist? What are some guidelines for constructing successful brews, and what are the common pitfalls? We are joined by special guest and master brewer Rhett Wilfahrt.

Flashback: Watcher for Tomorrow

Watcher Blink: 3-2 league, Ephemerate is very powerful

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Aug 09 2019

56mins

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Rank #9: Uro vs. Kroxa: Clash of the Titans

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 41: Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Kroxa made his case last week for early release from the underworld of Theros, taking a bite out of the competition in both Modern and Pioneer. The hungry fellow has been making inroads into 5-0 lists, but has yet to enjoy the success of his greener, bluer, more wrathful sibling. This week, the clash of the titans comes to a head, as we pit our results with Kroxa against new lists featuring Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath.

Already boasting a Players Tour championship, Uro seems to have all the makings of a multi-format star. Simic colors? Check. Useful in many strategies? Check. Mythic rare, costs 1UG, rapidly increasing in price? Check, check, and check. Three letter name, two of which are vowels, followed by a title description? Welcome to my decklist, Oko left the seat warm for you.

There's no denying that Uro is a powerful and wildly successful card. Unlike Kroxa, Uro's draw and lifegain abilities create both time and resources to play a longer game, while also giving you land drops to go nuts with all of your extra material. Uro has so many abilities that even now players have only begun to scratch the surface of what it can do. A repeatable Growth Spiral is great. A repeatable Reviving Dose is also great. A giant creature that comes out of the graveyard without costing you a card, and generates value turn after turn, is starting to get a little crazy. This is a card that we are going to be seeing a lot of for the foreseeable future, so let's see what else Uro can do!

Roundup: Pioneer Between the PTs

Czech House Niv-Mizzet (Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa)

BW Auras (Ken Yukuhiro)

Sultai Delirium (Joel Larsson)

Lotus Breach (Brent Vos)

Dimir Inverter (kanister)

Flashback: Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger

Pioneer

Grixis Kroxa Midrange (Damon): 7-8 leagues

Grixis Kroxa Midrange (David): 2-3 league

Rakdos Kroxa Cat (David): 3-2 league

Modern

Jund Hungry Zoo (Dan): 3-2 league

Grixis Renegade Kroxa (Dan): 2-3 league

T-Rex on the Titanic (test deck): not recommended for league play

Brew Session: Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath

Pioneer

Blood for Bones Reanimator: 8-2 leagues

Simic Ramp (Sketch)

Sultai Uro Oven (Sketch)

Modern

Wrenn and Uro (by MrRaeb, 5-0 league)

Uro's Weirding (by Nephtyz, 5-0 league) 

 

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Feb 13 2020

1hr 52mins

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Rank #10: Raging Bull: Thinking Outside the Ox

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 43: Ox of Agonas

Bedlam Reveler is a gem of a Magic card. When it is fully powered, you get an above-rate creature (3/4 prowess for RR) that also draws three new cards. That's a straight up 4-for-1, a better rate than Ancestral Recall. Are there hoops to jump through? Sure, but that hasn't stopped Reveler from finding a home in Mardu Pyromancer (may it rest in peace) and more recently in Red Prowess. When surrounded by the right pieces, Reveler provides a powerful endgame that thrives on what red decks are already interested in doing.

If a 4-for-1 off Reveler sounds attractive, can we interest you in a 4-for-0? That's right, no cock and bull: how about an above-rate creature (5/3 for RR) that you can cast directly from your graveyard, and still draw three new cards to boot. We're entering Niv-Mizzet territory in terms of raw card advantage, but with an efficiency and built-in recursion that is in a class by itself. Why buy the cow when you can escape it for free?

This week, we're grabbing the horns of Ox of Agonas, the most exciting creature to break loose from the underworld of Theros. This won't be our first rodeo with the escape mechanic, but there are no sacred cows in brewing. The Titans may have more pedigree, and Breach may steal headlines, but it would be a terribull misteak to leave this mad cow in the bullpen. Unlike Reveler, the Raging Bull is agnoxtic about what card types it will eat: spells, creatures, fetch lands, everything is fuel to a four-chambered stomach. Modern Dredge has already been beefed up by the Red Bull, but can it also give wings to other strategies? We're feeling bullish on Ox of Agonas, and we've got brews til the cows come home in both Modern and Pioneer. Plenty to ruminate on, but we'll steer you in the right direction!

Roundup: Tournament Reports

Modern 5c Niv (Dan): Top 32, Modern Challenge

Legacy Maverick (Damon): 0-2, Mox Boarding House 1k

Pioneer Sultai Delirium (Dan): Top 8, SCG IQ Newington

Flashback: Storm Herald

Pioneer

Mono-Red HammerHerald 1.0: 3-2 league

Mono-Red HammerHerald 1.1: 2-3 league

Mardu Siege Herald: 3-2 league

Modern

Jund Storm Conscription: 3-2 league

Jund Traverse Conscription: 4-1 league

Temur Uro Conscription: 2-3 league

Brew Session: Ox of Agonas

Modern

Reference: Stock Dredge

Sketch 1: Gruul KiorOx

Reference: Kiora Escape (by cavedan, 5-0 league)

Sketch 2a: Hollow Ox  (Kanm_H, 5-0 league; rodebo, 5-0 league)

Sketch 2b: Hollow OxVine

Sketch 3a: Mardu AshiOx

Sketch 3b: Jund AshiOx

Reference: Mardu “Oxtomancer” (by foggmanatic, 5-0 league)

Pioneer

Sketch 1: Izzet PhoenOx

Bonus Sketch: Izzet Flooding

Reference: Izzet Phoenix (1 Ox / 4 Cruise split)

 

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Feb 28 2020

1hr 46mins

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Rank #11: 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:

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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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Rank #12: Theros Previews & Brew Review #1

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 37: The Brew Review

Theros: Beyond Death is upon us! The newest set looks poised to continue the recent trend of Standard-legal expansions massively impacting eternal formats, with a slew of exciting previews to unpack. At the same time, Modern as we know it continues to evolve and change, with results from major tournaments in paper and online giving a final snapshot of the Oko era before the latest round of massive bannings. (Note: this episode was recorded before Monday's B&R, so you can enjoy one last analysis of the Oko metagame as a fun little capsule in time.)

For our last episode before taking the plunge into the underworld of Theros, we are debuting a new segment on the show: the Brew Review! Instead of picking a single card to focus on this week, we instead solicited our listeners to share with us some of their spiciest brews in Modern and Pioneer: whether polished lists they've been testing extensively, or wild ideas that came to them in a rapturous fever dream of brewing energy. From End-Raze Forerunners combo, to Fires of Invention Angels, to a comprehensive brewer's guide to Myth Realized, this edition of the Brew Review has something for everyone!

 

Roundup: Modern Championships + SCG Columbus  Explore Titan (Matthew Dilks/Will Pulliam) Galvanic Urza (Corey Baumeister / Pete Ingram) Once Upon Eldrazi Tron (xfile, Modern Challenge) Veil of Titanshift (i_b_true, Modern Champs) Soul-Scar Burn (sandydogmtg, Modern Champs) Glittering Niv-Mizzet (Lanny Huang, 7-0 Modern Challenge)Naya Stonecleave (Ihavethefire, Modern Champs) Liquimetal Urza (Phil England, 6th in Modern Classic) KotR Titan Ramp (Kazuga, 5-2 Modern Challenge)

 

The Brew Review, Part 1  Mono-red Blitz (by Jiggywiggy) [Modern]https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1825800#online Cryptolith Pod (by Matt Baker) [Pioneer]https://scryfall.com/@mattybakes/decks/90974e1f-cb95-4206-8456-ea486d20e6b6 GW Mentor (by Shane B.) [Pioneer]https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2587692#paper Speed Pigs (by KilgoreTrout503) [Pioneer]http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/speed-bacon/ Narset for Days (by unpronounceable) [Pioneer]https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2630393#paper Angel Fires (by Paimon) [Pioneer]https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2565674#paper Esper Mythseize (by Spotred) [Modern]http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/mythseize/  Bonus Brews:  GW Gideons (by allfordelilah) [Pioneer]https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/gideons-support-group/ MonoGreen Ponza (by EnderXenocide) [Modern]https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/mono-green-oko/ Blue Bird Arclight Dredge (by Jonathan Walsh) [Pioneer]https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/blue-bird-arclight-dredge-pioneer/?cb=1578109142 Agent of Duplication (by unpronounceable) [Pioneer]https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2630329#paper Mighty Morophon Sliver Tron (by unpronounceable) [Modern]https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2630298#paper  Contact Us  If you like our show, be sure to join our Patreon and leave us an Apple Podcasts review. Thank you for your support! 

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Jan 14 2020

1hr 40mins

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: Build a Better Enchantress

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 45: Setessan Champion

The notion of an Enchantress deck has always held a certain timeless allure. Play an enchantment, draw a card. Play an enchantment, draw another card. Maybe your enchantments are enticing mana rampers, or strong prison lock pieces, or possibly even auras that boost your lethal attacker. What's not to like?

If you go looking for these mythical Enchantress decks in the wild, however, you will find they are the rarest of species. Just based on tournament results, you could reasonably argue that Enchantress decks have been extinct at the competitive level for a decade or more. Reasons for this are manifold, and pointing in various directions. It's tricky to strike the right balance between enablers and payoffs; enchantments as a category tend to be a mismatched and underpowered group of cards; and the payoffs (the "Enchantresses" themselves, or equivalent "enchantments-matter" effects) have not been costed aggressively enough to overcome these barriers.

Undaunted, with Theros: Beyond Death and the constellation mechanic, Wizards has gone back to the enchantments fold. What choice do we have but to follow them boldly into the unknown? This week, we take on Setessan Champion, the latest entrant in the "play an enchantment, draw a card" class of payoffs, but with slightly more combat-ready stats than her predecessors. Will she prove her worth as a Setessan Enchampion? Let's find out!

**ALSO: Earlier this week we posted a short bonus episode dedicated entirely to COVID-19. This episode is meant to be a general resource on preparedness, covering topics like basic safety practices, how to adjust to social distancing, and what to have on hand if you are asked to stay home. Please feel free to share this guide with anyone for whom the discussion might be helpful; no knowledge of Magic is required.**

"The View from Seattle: Preparing for COVID-19"

Flashback: Emry, Lurker of the Loch

Modern

Breach Station (Damon): 5-0 league

https://scryfall.com/@nukelaunch/decks/01149f33-4af4-4e1c-a24d-d438849227cd

Pioneer

Jeskai Owl Ascendancy (David): 4-6 leagues

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/70be8426-0b03-437f-ba1d-4b07b962b3df

Simic Steel (David): 2-3 league

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/6dcaba9c-66ed-447f-8447-823208ec1416

Scion of Whirza (Dan): 3-2 league

https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2697842#paper

Brew Session: Setessan Champion

Pioneer

Selesnya Enchantress (Sketch)

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/622cc97d-33ff-41e9-adec-cdfb38d51455

Golgari Valakut (Sketch)

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/4b36100d-d809-4d04-93d3-aaa5ddfd5991

Modern

4c Tallowisp Enchantress (Sketch)

https://scryfall.com/@FaithlessMTG/decks/0c5cffef-8b3f-4fb7-acfd-1a1a257e3518

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Mar 13 2020

1hr 48mins

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Rank #16: 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 #17: Brewer's Guide to Ikoria, Part 1: Mutant Companions

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 50: A Brewers' Guide to Ikoria, Lair of Behemoths

Several months ago, an article from WotC R&D issued a cryptic warning. Standard set releases, they said, were going to be intentionally powered up. Throne of Eldraine was at "approximately the desired power level" — ominous words for a set whose headliners, Oko and Once Upon a Time, have since received the Gitaxian Probe treatment and are now banned in nearly all formats. Even beyond those outliers, efficient powerhouses like Mystic Sanctuary, Brazen Borrower, and Mystical Dispute have become format-defining cards, with additional cross-format staples up and down the spoiler.

Theros: Beyond Death had giant footsteps to fill, yet it broke loose even more forcefully. The top tier Pioneer metagame is almost entirely defined by Theros-powered decks, while Uro and Kroxa are running rampant in Modern, and the Legacy ban list gained a fine new addition in Underworld Breach.

So it is with great trepidation that we greet the arrival of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. Can a battlecruiser set full of casual Godzilla monsters really make an impact on Magic's eternal formats?

Yes, yes it can.

In this special double-header edition, we present our comprehensive Brewer's Guide to Ikoria, analyzing every card that we expect to have an impact on Modern and Pioneer. The set is so stuffed with power top to bottom that we couldn't even fit it all into one recording. Instead we are dividing this weeks' show into two parts, clocking in at more than four hours of content. Check back for Part 2 of our Brewer's Guide very soon!

Part 1: Companions, Mutants, and Planeswalkers

Outline + Timestamps

The Companions

12:32 Kaheera, the Orphanguard17:24 Yorion, Sky Nomad22:15 Lurrus of the Dream-Den28:11 Obosh, the Preypiercer34:02 Jegantha, the Wellspring39:22 Zidri, the Dawnwaker44:03 Umori, the Collector47:57 Lutri, the Spellchaser55:02 Keruga, the Macrosage59:53 Gyruda, Doom of Depths The Planeswalkers

1:05:12 Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast1:09:54 Vivien, Monsters' Advocate1:15:16 Narset of the Ancient Way The Mutants

1:23:18 Snapdax, Apex Predator1:26:42 Brokkos, Apex of Forever1:30:31 Necroi, Apex of Death1:33:55 Vadrok, Apex of Thunder1:38:35 Illuna, Apex of Wishes1:41:41 Sea-Dasher Octopus1:45:37 Lore Drakkis1:48:25 Gemrazer1:51:25 Migratory Greathorn1:53:42 Everquill Phoenix1:56:16 Dirge Bat1:59:08 Parcelbeast2:03:06 Pollywog Symbiote2:06:22 Mysterious Egg

In Part 2, we will cover the wedge cycles, cycling, and the best of the rest. Stay tuned!

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Apr 17 2020

2hr 10mins

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Rank #18: Brew Review: Theros Edition

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 47: Brew Review #2

We asked our listeners to send in their spiciest brews featuring cards from Theros: Beyond Death. As always, they delivered. In this edition of the Brew Review, we talk through a dozen slick new lists, spanning the full spectrum of rogue strategies in Modern and Pioneer. Archive Trap control? Check. Soulherder with Avalanche Riders? Check. Ayula's Influence Loam? You got it. Mono-red IMMINENT DOOM? Do you even have to ask?

Join us this week for a walk through the collected creativity of the Faithless Family, and be sure to check out the decklists and writeups in the notes below. Oh, and we also took our Narset Undoing to a 5-0 last week in Pioneer. The deck looked solid across five full leagues; we'll get you up to speed on all the details!

Flashback: Narset, Parter of Veils

Pioneer

Narset Undoing: 16-9 (5 leagues)

(David’s match vs. Zan Syed can be viewed here)

Modern

Narset Turns: 1-4 league

Temur Turns (by Daniel Wong): 3-2 league

Narset Undoing: 0-3 league

Brew Review: Theros Edition

Modern

1. Dimir Trap Control (by Soren W.)

2. AyUro's Influence (by Drej)

3. Temur Urzo (by Zach aka ManaCymbal)

4. Soulrider (by Collin aka blak fishy)

5. Heliod Devotion (by Lanny Huang)

6. Soul Sisters (by Paimon)

7. Heliod Company (by Been395)

8. Scarlet Grinding Breach (by Josh aka Auralox)

Bonus: Green/Blue Control (by Peacharita)

Pioneer

9. Here Comes the Doom (by KilgoreTrout503)

10. Spaghetti Flash (by nonstripedzebra)

11. Rakdos Kroxa (by Illsicknasty)

Bonus: Scion of Whirza (by Brian M)

Bonus: Human Revolution (by nonstripedzebra)

Bonus: Red Fell Revolver (by KilgoreTrout503)

1. Dimir Trap Control by Soren W. (Modern)

Soren writes:

My deck is an evolution of a deck from your Vantress Gargoyle Episode that I just can’t seem to put down. It is the Trap control deck that you folks mentioned as potentially “Secretly Excellent.” I’ve been working on it now for quite sometime and I’ve changed the deck pretty heavily as I’ve learned it and addressed changes in the metagame. At this point I’ve played 175 games online with this and have gone 101-74 good for a 57.7% mwp. Enough to keep me from bleeding tickets, but maybe not amazing? I’m really happy with 65 of 75 cards but still feel like there is room for innovation. 

Game 1 the deck attempts to play multiple Ancestral Recalls in the form of Visions of Beyond that are enabled by Thoughtscours and Archive Traps. It's not a traditional Mill build that has a critical mass of library removal as fast as possible, but rather a control deck that aims to drag the game out to the point where you are drowning in card advantage and your opponents are drowning in your Drown in the Lochs. You get to almost completely blank their removal game one and in game two you pull a switcheroo, bringing in Things and Kalitis. 

The biggest change in the meta, was the introduction of the escape-elders, Kroxa and Uro. When these first became popular in the MTGO meta, I thought this deck was finished, I could not beat one G1 since I essentially always draw them for my opponent, and they turn off my Ancestral Recalls, IttS, and DitLs. I lost sooo many matches to those, until I discovered Cling to Dust. This has been a surprisingly amazing card, that has blanked Snapcasters and E-Wits, exiled shrunk Goyfs, turned off Delirium, all while cantripping! That doesn’t even cover the incidental lifegain and rebuying ability from the escape side. I’ve become a true believer in this card and wouldn’t be playing the deck without it. 

Good match-ups include: Control*, Hard Combo (Ad Nauseam, Goryos, Neo-Brand, Storm, Titanshift), Niv :) , Non-“Go-wide” Aggro (Burn, Infect, Red Prowess), Tron, Urza*. 

Average Match-Ups include: Death’s Shadow w/o Stubborn Denial, Druid Combo, E-Tron, Jund, UG Titan Ramp. 

Poor Match-ups include: CrabVine, “Go-Wide” Aggro (Elves, Goblins, Humans, Spirits, Zoo), Death’s Shadow with Stubbs, Mill, RG Klothys Moon. 

* How strong the deck feels, really depends on their build. The more Uros there are, generally the less good I feel even with C2D.

2. AyUro’s Influence by Drej (Modern)

Note: needs to be updated post-Once Upon a Time

Drej writes:

I've been playing pioneer gitrog and have had a blast playing it. One card I've wished I had access to is obviously Life from the Loam. As I was thinking about building a deck around the two, I stumbled upon Ayula's Influence aka Bear Vortex. 

So simple ideas: 1) ramp with lands 2) play gitrog 3) play Ayula's .... ????) Bear-pocalypse. So the play pattern is - play gitrog, discard land to Ayula's, draw a card off trigger, make lots of bears. Lots of bears. Dredging Liam and hitting lands also gives you a second draw. Lots of cute interactions.

Uro is the reason this deck is functional. Full stop. The black green version, I recently piloted and bombed with, can attest to this. So many things that he does, changes burn damage, puts lands on the board, churns through the deck. The game plan with uro isn't to escape him ASAP. It's more growth spiral with late game power. The feeling of getting into the late game top deck mode and having the option to play a 6/6 threat that needs specific removal is amazing. Also blue let's you get mystical dispute... so that's gotta stay. 

My thoughts on the deck - it's awesome. The nut draw of T1 Sakura, T2 influence, T3 gitrog, opponents end step make 10 bears is something that everyone needs to experience. The fundamental fear I have is that it's a "fairish" graveyard deck. It's not dredge, it's not hogaak, it won't blow people out of the water. 

Which is why I made it a land based deck - every card does something, no bad top decks (ish). I recently rediscovered blast zone and discovered the new Labyrinth card. The dream of removing a battle raged death shadow from combat keeps me up at night. Lastly- big shout out to Witch's Cottage - awesome card with Druid of the Willy Wonka Forest. 

Wrenn vs Loam - you can make more than one bear with loam.  Also it fills up your graveyard for uro, and crime and more loams and more of the functional lands. Also 4 color would be tougher, Uro is a must stay

3. Temur Urzo by Zach Ryl aka ManaCymbal (Modern)

Zach writes:

Here's mine from a few months back. If I were to update it for now I'd try to get some trackers into the main, and maybe switch out the rebukes for Archmage's Charms? but it really depends on how I feel about the meta at the moment.

The core concept was marrying my favorite card in modern, from then until now, Wrenn and Six, with the UG fair Urza midrange deck, another joy of mine. The crypts in the main and the EE are definintely debatable, and I'd be interested to know if you guys have any thoughts about how big each package should be. I'm not REALLY comfortable with wrenn and Six being paired with Less than 23 lands, but I wonder if I can go with closer to the 4c snow mana base with a pile of field of ruins, and a couple of cycle lands, instead of playing sanctuary, or if I want to do that too.

Uro is also an interesting thing to try to make work, I think 2 might be the right number. The artifact package's size is also an important design axis. 4 Emry really encourages a high density of cheap artifacts to get her on the board. Also a Saheeli has been nuts at some times.

4. Soulrider by Collin aka blak fishy (Modern)

Collin writes:

If you want to curve Goose into Soulherder into Avalanche Riders and kill 2 of your opponent's lands on turn 3 then this is the modern deck for you! With no conceivable bad matchups except Legacy Manaless Dredge you will be sure to clean up your modern leagues in no time. Warning, this deck may only be safe to play online: Tron players have been rumored to call a judge and ask if Riders is even legal then berate the opponent with such insults as "play a real deck."

5. Mono-White Devotion by Lanny Huang (Modern)

Lanny writes:

Here's a post theros update to Craig Wescoe's mono-white devo. I'm gonna take it for a spin and maybe update it to be more aggressive or more prison-y. Considering a lot of stuff for this, maybe a charming prince/wall of omens/thraben inspector package, maybe a benalish marshall, history of benalia theme package. For historical reference, here's Wescoe's original GP list: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1706917#online

My biggest concern is the 'land tax' effects are too durdly and there's no way to leverage them into an advantage. I think I'd want to cut them entirely for something more proactive but I'm also worried that takes too much away from the devotion package, having not tested yet.

6. Heliod Sisters by Paimon (Modern)

Paimon writes:

I stole a bunch of ideas from the last time you guys talked about white devotion in modern and made: I've played it all of once. Against mono-red prowess. The player was new to the deck, so it might not be as easy a match as it seemed. But then again, it seemed like if I drew my lands on time, I won. It feels greedy, but I want to put Archangel of Thune into the sideboard.

7. Heliod Company by Been395 (Modern)

8. Scarlet Grinding Breach by Josh aka Auralox (Modern)

Josh writes:

A mostly mono-red shell for the Grinding Station+Underworld Breach combo lines in Modern. Splashing black for its fine interaction and removal options. Open to input and suggestions!

Scrap trawler+sword in gy and zero drop gets the ball rolling with a grinding station in play Sword in graveyard and station and trawler in play. Memnite in hand. But you can get there other ways too

The goblin engineer can help set up the sword in the graveyard as well as retrieve needed bits later on. The fallback plan is to rebuy galv blast with breach, but we don’t need as much mana fixing since red is already our base color so I reduced the astrolabe to 2

The Pia Nalaar (which are strangely Legendary) are still in the sideboard from an with experiment where I ran 2 mox amber, but I found that just a bit more than I could fit in…

The last line to mention is the wishclaw talisman line, you can sac it to station before your opponent gets a chance to use it which always just feels great.

Bonus: Green/blue Control by Peacharita (Modern)

Note: needs to be updated post-Once Upon a Time

Peacharita writes:

Here’s my updated mono green control w/ blue splash since oko and lattice got banned. Deck feels lacking without something else like trinisphere to slow the game down that you can jam on t2. Using primal command to time walk the opponent and search up silver bullet creatures that can be looped with eternal witness and thassa is big game, and flickering coatl and acidic slime is sweet value. Just needs something to jam on t2 that impedes opponents gameplan similar to trinisphere or oko.

9. Here Comes the Doom by Jason (aka KilgoreTrout) (Pioneer)

Jason writes:

It needs tweaking for consistency, but man it is fun. When it goes off, sometimes youbjsut clear a board. T2 Soul-Scar, T2 Runaway Steam-Kin, T3 imminent, get a counter on steamkin, T4 cast 1cmc spell, 2cmc spell, attack with 4/4 steamkin, remove counters second mainphase to make 3 Mana for a 3cmc spell

Purphoros's Intervention is way better than I thought. A mainboard answer to a big dumb creature without casting multiple spells has been super useful. 

Not sure on Satyr's Cunning or Escape Velocity. I have played a league with them yet. Put them in here as a discussion point. They allow you to get imminent doom triggers from the GY. Escape Velocity can get you the 1 and 2 CMC trigger

10. Spaghetti Flash by nonstripedzebra (Pioneer)

11. Rakdos Kroxa by Illsicknasty (Pioneer)

Illsicknasty writes:

I haven’t played it against any top tier beside a my friends mono white, but if we in Portland get quarantined / school and work get shut down, It will finally give me a reason to learn MODO

Bonus: Scion of Whirza by Brian M (Pioneer)

(See Episode 46 for Dan's league play-through report of this deck)

Brian writes:

My hypothesis was that Karn, Scion of Urza is basically unplayable unless you want the Karnstructs as there are typically better CA engines available than Karn. The Karnstructs are a bit weak to opposing chump blockers, so when I saw Shadowspear it seemed like the missing piece to make the Karnstructs playable. The goal of the deck is to drag the game long and eventually win through a massive Karnstruct strapped up with a Shadowspear. Alternatively flooding the board with Thopters can be an avenue to a win. 

The area where the deck can suffer a bit is against other decks that can grind well. I've considered a splash into R for some additional interaction and ways to get a bit more aggro. I've also considered Green for Lifecraft Awakening and Uro, but that sort of pushes all in on the GY synergies whereas currently only Emry really cares about the yard.

Bonus: Human Revolution by nonstripedzebra (Pioneer)

Bonus: Red Fell Revolver by Jason aka Kilgore Trout (Pioneer)

Jason writes:

Would love some help optimizing the numbers here: I keep tweaking how many pingers vs spells. Not sure if I want card draw main or if I should play it like burn (no card draw, all gas) The card draw spells are more triggers, which is why I have it built the way it currently is.

Bedlam Reveler has gotten stuck in my hand a few times. Would love to replace it. Was shocks 7-8 originally and that was feeling pretty good in the league

 

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Mar 27 2020

2hr 14mins

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Rank #19: 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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Jul 12 2019

1hr 59mins

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Rank #20: 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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A Second Chance at Love in Pioneer (ft. aspiringspike)

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 66: Surprise Pioneer B&R ft. Evart Moughon

Life has a funny way of giving you second chances. One week, you're flunking out of season 24 of The Bachelor, roseless and rejected. The next week you're the darling of Bachelor in Paradise, delighting audiences with your antics as you revel in another shot at romance. So, too, in Magic: one week your format is a ghost town, with near-empty tournament queues and a "healthy and balanced" metagame of four combo decks, each with strengths and weaknesses against each other. The next week, practically the entire Tier 1 metagame is banned, and we are suddenly presented with a second chance at love in a wide open Pioneer.

This week we welcome special guest Evart Moughon, aka Aspiringspike, to survey the new Pioneer landscape after the long shadows of Theros combo decks have been lifted. We tackle a bit of post-Astrolabe Modern as well, and wind down with some questions for Evart from the Brewers' Mailbag. Is this the dawn of a new era of brewing? What new decks and strategies might rise to the top? Which pre-Theros strategies are poised for a resurgence? The one thing we know for sure: if Aspiringspike has anything to say about it, it's going to involve a lot of Shark Typhoons. Happy brewing!

Where to find Evart:

https://twitter.com/MoughonEvart

http://twitch.tv/aspiringspike

Flashback: Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse

Temur One-Mind Jolrael

BG Jolrael Enchantress

Sultai Jolrael Delirium

Brew Session: A Second Chance at Love in Pioneer

UB Narset's Undoing

UB Tome Diviner

UG Sublime Sharks

Jeskai Lukka Sharks

Mono-G Karn

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Aug 07 2020

1hr 42mins

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Jolrael Empress of BEATS (ft. ManaCymbal)

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 65: Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse

What happens when you take a mechanic based on drawing extra cards, and move it out of Izzet colors and into Green? Does it somehow get a whole lot better? Jolrael thinks so, and we are inclined to agree. The empress of the Jamuraan jungles has gotten a lot leaner, fiercer, and more cat-friendly since we last saw her all the way back in Prophecy. As a splashable two-mana legend that generates tempo and card advantage every turn, Jolrael seems to have all the right moves for both Modern and Pioneer, so let's see what she can do!

Roundup: Brewers' Mailbag ft. ManaCymbal

Where to find Zach: https://www.twitch.com/manacymbal

Links to Zachs' YouTube, Twitter, etc. can be found here

Flashback: Mazemind Tome

Blue Moon (Damon): 4-1 league

Eldrazi Tron: 5-4 ManaTraders Qualifiers

Classic Dice Factory (by Hampuse1): 2-3 league

Saheeli Dice Factory (by Brian M): 3-2 league

Blue Tron (by Lordofthelobsters): 3-0 league

UB Tome Diviner (David, Zach): 4-1 league, 3-2 league

Mazemind Niv (by Grixisism)

Esper Maze-Seize (by Spotred)

Brew Session: Jolrael, Mwonvuli Recluse

Modern

Sketch: Jolrael's Shadow

Sketch: Bant Jolrael

Sketch: Temur Tokens

Sketch: Jolrael GW Taxes

Sketch: Jolrael UG Kinnan

Pioneer

Sketch: Jolrael Delirium

Sketch: Bant Cycling

Sketch: Jundrael Enchantress

Jul 31 2020

1hr 48mins

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The New Sylvan Library

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 64: Mazemind Tome

M21's Mazemind Tome certainly looks unassuming. For a small 2-mana down payment, you get the option to "crack a Clue," as it were, by paying another 2-mana installment. If you don't want to spend mana, you can trade a Clue for a scry 1. Do that four times, then collect 4 life. Sounds simple enough. Can a bootleg Tireless Tracker really set the Modern format on fire?

Well, don't take our word for it, just ask the Eldrazi Tron players who have adopted this card en masse while surging to the top of the metagame in the wake of last week's B&R. You can blame those players too for the Sylvan Library comparison: it's not that there is an actual mechanical similarity between the two cards, but exude that same energy of "I've got this": if you get your engine down safely and have a few turns to extract value from it, you feel like a million bucks.

The beautiful thing about Tome is that it is colorless and cheap, which means it can potentially fit in a host of different strategies. It's not exactly a "build-around," as it asks very little of you and mostly supports whatever else your deck is attempting. But it does its job efficiently and well, and who isn't in the market for a reserve supply of 4 Clues? We've asked the question, so we'll do our best to answer it this week with some new homes (and some old ones) for Mazemind Tome in both Modern and Pioneer. Happy brewing!

Roundup: Modern + Pioneer After the B&R

UW SharkBlade (by HeyPharaoh, 2nd place Modern Champs)

Eldrazi Tron (by TheTunnelingCat, 1st place Modern Champs)

Mono-White Tokens (by Marxelo, 7-2 Modern Champs)

Fervent Sunforger (by qbturtle15, 5-0 Modern League)

Pioneer: Aggregate results from Challenge + last four Prelims (by FamousOnLine)

Flashback: Teferi, Master of Time

Teferi Delirium (Dan): 6-4 leagues (a "Robertson 9-1," three losses were timeouts)

Teferi Phoenix (David): 2-3 league

Izzet Moon (Damon): 3-2 league

UW Miracles (Dan): 2-3 league

Brew Session: Mazemind Tome

Reference: Blue Moon (Damon)

Reference: Eldrazi Tron (by TheTunnelingCat, 1st place Modern Champs)

Reference: Dice Factory (by Hampuse1, 5-0 Modern League)

Reference: Blue Tron (by Lordofthelobsters, 5-0 Modern League)

Reference: Skred Red (by utopia_mycon, 5-0 Modern League)

Sketch 1: Klothys Prison

Sketch 2: Tome Diviner

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Jul 24 2020

1hr 47mins

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Teferi Is Better than Jace, Change My Mind

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 63: Teferi, Master of Time

Recently, certain members of the Faithless Brewing brain trust expressed skepticism that new Teferi could ever possibly be better than Jace, the Mind Sculptor (I won't name names, so let's just call them D***). How could any 2UU walker ever compete with JTMS, perhaps the greatest planeswalker of all time? But here's the thing: they don't write the show notes.

This week, we settle the score once and for all by putting Teferi through his paces in four different archetypes. And we do so set against the brave new landscapes of two formats completely refreshed by this week's B&R announcement. The metagame is brand new! Anything is possible now in Modern and Pioneer! .... ***wait, what's that? oh.... Modern only? no bans this week in Pioneer? awkward...*** Correction: Modern looks brand new and Pioneer looks as healthy and balanced as ever, so let's forge ahead!

Notable decks from around the leagues:

Chromatic Combo Tron (by Trellon, 5-0 league)

Liliana 8-Rack (by D00mwake, 5-0 league)

Sultai Neo-Evolution (by sivek, 5-0 league)

Flashback: Archfiend's Vessel

Abzan Horse Vessel: 1-4 league

BW Liliana’s Vessels: 4-1 league, 3-2 league

Archfiend Jund: 2-3 league

Brew Session: Teferi, Master of Time

Sketch 1: Te4eri Delirium (Pioneer)

Sketch 2: Te4eri Phoenix (Pioneer)

Sketch 3: Izzet Rielle (Modern)

Sketch 4: UW Miracles (by Zach Allen, Top 8 Modern Challenge)

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Jul 17 2020

1hr 55mins

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Big Surprises in Tiny Vessels

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 62: Archfiend's Vessel

Archfiend's Vessel is a card to make your jaw drop. 5/5 flying? For a single black mana? Move over, Gurmag Angler; where can we sign up?

As with most demonic bargains, the truth is that Archfiend's Vessel is rife with hidden costs. On the surface, the bargain is simple: kill my vessel, then bring it back for demonic fun and profit. But the card gives no guidance on how we are actually supposed achieve this. A 1/1 lifelink is not a relevant combat creature, so you can't rely on your opponent to kill the Vessel for you. And it's not like "reanimate a creature" is an effect that just gets thrown around for free. Once you set out to solve all the puzzles, the Archfiend might not feel like such a bargain after all. But, as we know, there's only one way to find out, so let's build some decks!

Meanwhile, around the Multiverse: a surprise B&R announcement has us putting on our speculation hats again, this time for both Pioneer and Modern. There's plenty that we'd like to see changed, but the timing of the announcement is also suspicious: is it possible that something will be freed from B&R purgatory? We make our best guesses before the bombshell is dropped on Monday. Also on the Flashback: our testing results with Silversmote Ghoul.

Roundup: B&R Predictions

Modern Predictions

Pioneer Predictions

Flashback: Silversmote Ghoul

Mardu Helix (Modern): 3-2 league

WB Silversmote Midrange (Pioneer): 1-4 league

Sultai Blood for Ghoul (Pioneer): 1-4 league

Sultai Jolrael Delirium (Pioneer): 4-1 league

Brew Session: Archfiend's Vessel

Theorycraft

Four Conceptual Challenges

Reanimation Options

Decklists

Reference: BR Lurrus Rites (by Wolfie98, 4-1 Pioneer preliminary)

Sketch 1: Rakdos Archfiend Rites (Modern)

Brainstorm: Archfiend Pox (Modern)

Sketch 2: Abzan Collected Sacrifice (Pioneer)

Sketch 3: Abzan Horse Rallier (Pioneer)

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Jul 10 2020

2hr 7mins

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Confessions of a Smitten Ghoul

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 61: Silversmote Ghoul

Life comes at you fast when you're a 200-year-old vampire. One day, you're a suave, brooding heartthrob, the envy of your high school. Your skin sparkles in sunlight, you play baseball during thunderstorms, and you just proposed to your girlfriend the day after her prom (that's not weird at all, right?). Here's hoping Bella says yes!

Then, one day, some Hero McJerkface sticks a silver dagger in your back, and suddenly you're a Zombie Vampire. You're now 200% undead, your hair starts to fall out, and when you look in the mirror... yikes. Such is the life of a silver-smitten ghoul. Tough break, Edward!

Nobody asked for a Twilight meets World War Z crossover, and to be honest nobody asked for Silversmote Ghoul either. But it's here, and it's free, so we should probably take a very close look. The new Prized Amalgam has a unique trigger condition and has already made a splash in both Modern and Pioneer, thanks to the incidental lifegain tacked onto format staples like Creeping Chill and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We've got seven new Ghoul lists this week, plus more coming down the pipeline.

Also in this edition: a first look at M21 tournament finishes; our testing results with Conspicuous Snoop; and a difficult listener question about the future of Pioneer and Historic. Let's dive in!

Roundup: First Results with M21

03:46  Conspicuous Snoop

04:38 Frantic Inventory

07:21 Stormwing Entity

Izzet Prowess (by Spiderspace, 5-0 league)

Temur Delver (by TubbyBatman, 5-0 league)

10:34 Chandra’s Incinerator

Mono-Red (by Cherryxman, 5-0 league)

14:46 Thieves Guild Enforcer

Grixis Vantress Delver (by RogerSteady, Top 8 Modern Challenge)

Fierce Empath

Amulet Titan (by Moniz0801, Top 16, Modern Challenge)

18:51 Sublime Epiphany

Simic Reclamation (by talos41, T16 Pioneer Challenge) 

23:00 Eliminate vs Heartless Act

25:41 Lofty Denial + Shacklegeist

UW Spirits (by Phil_Hellmuth, 5-0 league)

28:45 Selfless Savior

GW Devoted Druid (by Meanfannypack, 5-0 league)

30:20 Teferi, Master of Time

Modern Bant Snow (by McWinSauce, T16 Modern Challenge)

Pioneer Esper Control (by killersuv, T32 Pioneer Challenge)

Worldgorger Dragon Combo (by fire10798, Legacy Challenge Winner)

32:58 Silversmote Ghoul

33:36 Mailbag: The Future of Pioneer and Historic

Flashback: Conspicuous Snoop

Modern

55:40 "Classic" Snoop (by Sebastian Steuckl): 1-4 league

59:50 "Double Combo" Snoop: 3-2 league

1:03:06 5-Discard Snoop (by kanister, 5-0 league)

Pioneer

1:13:59 Snoopwhacker Aggro: 1-4 league

1:15:40 Snoopcleaver Aggro: 3-2 league

Brew Session: Silversmote Ghoul

1:25:54 Sketch 1: Mardu Helix (Modern)

1:32:16 Sketch 2: Sultai Ghoul Emerge (Pioneer)

1:35:53 Sketch 3: Sultai Dredge (Pioneer)

1:41:48 Sketch 4: Abzan Energy (Pioneer)

1:45:47 Sketch 5: Silversmote Vampires (Pioneer)

1:48:56 Sketch 6: Blood for Bones Reanimator (Pioneer)

1:51:48 Sketch 7: Jolrael Sultai (Pioneer)

Reference lists:

Silversmote Dredge (by Sodeq, T4 Modern Challenge)

Sultai Dredge Emerge (by AlexFiero, 5-0 League)

Sultai Dredge (by PigNorton, 5-0 League)

Sultai Reanimator (by illsicknasty, 12-3 Leagues)

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Jul 03 2020

1hr 56mins

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Death by Snoopy

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 60: Conspicuous Snoop

"Umm... Is that a goblin with his face pressed up against our window?" "Yeah" "Is he... spying on us?" "Yeah, it's exactly what it looks like."

Today's episode is exactly what it looks like. During preview week, it took approximately 7 minutes for the Modern community to latch onto the hot new combo involving Conspicuous Snoop. Play Snoop, play Boggart Harbinger, put Kiki-Jiki on top, easy as you please. As far as combos go, this one is pretty conspicuous.

So should we as Faithless Brewers even bother exploring this card, or should we trust in the collective efforts of the hive mind to Figure It Out? Everyone else is also working on this deck and the concept is very powerful, seeming to slot into an already solid Goblins strategy. That said, we don't often get chances to do a Goblin Week, and when you dig deeper into the tribe, it turns out there are many branching paths that can take a Goblins deck into unexpected places. This is especially true in Pioneer where the infinite combo is not available. As clear-cut as the combo is, there are many questions to be answered, not least of which is: How good is Conspicuous Snoop, really? We've got our first round of M21 deck sketches ready, so let's head to the queues to find out!

Roundup: Top Picks for M21

6:45  Kinnan Urza (Jiggywiggy, 7-1 Modern Challenge)

Kinnan Urza Deck Guide (by ManaCymbal)

Core Set 2021 Preview Roundup

15:30  Most Overrated

20:48  Most Underrated

33:15  Best fits for Existing decks

36:00  Best for spawning new archetypes

39:00  Most Fun / Most Excited to Brew With

44:50  Top 5 Overall

Flashback: Sprite Dragon

47:55  Izzet Prowess (Modern): 5-5 leagues

55:30  Grixis Lurrus (Modern): 2-3 league

1:04:48  One Mind Prowess (Pioneer): 2-3 league

1:10:45  Dragon Tempo (Pioneer): 6-4 leagues

1:18:30  Sprite Phoenix (Pioneer): 7-3 leagues

Brew Session: Conspicuous Snoop

1:30:12  A History of Goblins

1:33:20  Bushwhacker Aggro

1:37:13  Post-MH1 Midrange Goblins

1:40:40  Grumgully Combo Goblins

1:47:06  Sketch 1: "Classic" Snoop Combo (Modern)

1:52:35  Sketch 2: Snoopy Double Combo (Modern)

1:58:33  Sketch 3: Snoopwhacker Aggro (Pioneer)

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Jun 26 2020

2hr 13mins

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The Littlest Dragon with the Biggest Heart

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 59: Sprite Dragon

The brewers have spoken! Two weeks ago, we unveiled the ten nominees for our Brewers' Choice episode. Now, the ballots have been cast, the votes have been tallied, and the winning card is... Sprite Dragon!

Narrowly edging out Sundial of the Infinite, Sprite Dragon could not be more different from the goofy artifacts we have busied ourselves with in past editions of Brewers' Choice. Sprite Dragon is, by many accounts, a "good card," even a format staple in certain metas. And yet, if it's true that a card is only as good as the decks it engenders, we must also admit that there is not currently an established "Sprite Dragon deck." The reign of Lurrus Grixis Delver in Modern was short-lived. Izzet Prowess in Pioneer has seen some recent success in the 5-0s, but beyond that it seems that the adorable hellkite is still searching for its forever home.

In other Magic news, we have the full set reveal for Core Set 2021, which means it is time for Part 2 of our Brewers' Guide to M21! The set looks stacked with intriguing build-around options. It also seems much more balanced than previous sets, with a noticeable lack of outlier cards likely to upend Magic's tournament formats. In short, it is a true brewer's paradise. We talk through the cards we are most excited to start building decks with, as well as our testing results with Sea-Dasher Octopus from last week.

Finally, if you haven't done so already, be sure to check out our sixth and final episode of Rogue Refinery! We gave the series a proper send-off with some truly awesome decks with Rielle, the Everwise (and multiple 5-win events to show for it). WotC is eager for feedback on this pilot series, so if you liked this style of content and would like to see more of it in the future, be sure to leave a comment on the video and show some love! Watch the series finale of Rogue Refinery here: https://youtu.be/e_74lZDfYps

Roundup: M21 Previews, Week 2

Timestamps

10:42  Speaker of the Heavens -- 14:21  Thieves' Guild Enforcer -- 18:03  Miscast -- 20:00  Conspicuous Snoop -- 25:34  Heartfire Immolator -- 28:45  Conclave Mentor -- 30:58  Track Down -- 32:56  Ghostly Pilferer -- 35:33  Shacklegeist -- 37:57  Lofty Denial -- 39:00  Frantic Inventory -- 41:59  Barrin, Tolarian Archmage -- 44:30  Demonic Embrace -- 47:44  Silversmote Ghoul -- 50:58  Nine Lives -- 52:54  Radha, Heart of Keld -- 55:11  Sporeweb Weaver -- 56:30  Garruk's Uprising -- 58:03  Garruk, Unleashed -- 1:00:23  Transmogrify -- 1:02:55  Terror of the Peaks -- 1:05:46  Discontinuity -- 1:07:48  Sublime Epiphany

Flashback: Sea-Dasher Octopus

Pioneer

1:14:10  Mono-Blue Octopus Flash: 4-1 league

1:22:14  Emry Octopus: 3-2 league, 3-2 league

Modern

1:29:33  Bant Octoform: 0-2 league, 0-3 league

Brew Session: Sprite Dragon

1:36:49  Theorycraft: Finding a Home for Sprite Dragon

Modern

1:42:48  Sketch 1: Stormwing Prowess

1:46:35  Sketch 2: Jeskai Dragons

Reference lists (pre-Companion nerf)

Lurrus Grixis Delver (Zonast, MTGO SuperQ, 1st place)

Lurrus Grixis Shadow (WhiteHatMan, 5-0 league)

Lurrus Jeskai Control (Nilsfit, 5-0 league)

Pioneer

1:51:17  Sketch 3: Dragon Tempo

1:55:53  Izzet One-Mind Prowess (doshimo1110, 5-0 league)

Reference lists:

Izzet Wizard Prowess (MangoPunch, 5-0 league)

Lurrus Jeskai Heroic (pre-nerf) (PigNorton, 6-2 Pioneer Challenge)

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Jun 19 2020

2hr 3mins

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Ninja of the Deep Waters

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 58: Sea-Dasher Octopus

Is there anyone who doesn't love Sea-Dasher Octopus? When Ikoria was revealed, what feels like years ago, the Octopus was warmly embraced by players near and far. Part Curious Obsession, part Ninja of the Deep Waters, with a fail-safe mode of Ophidian with flash, it certainly seemed like the Octopus could do it all. And that's not even accounting for all of the nifty synergies with the Mutate mechanic, or even something as pedestrian as Flash tribal.

And yet, a few months later, here we are. Sea-Dasher has not a single 5-0 to its name in Modern, and only two half-hearted 5-0 results in Pioneer. It doesn't even see play in Standard, not even in the Flash decks. Was the Octopus simply a casualty of the Companion apocalypse? Or are there larger structural problems that we just didn't see?

Core Set 2021 previews are coming fast and furious, but we've got unfinished business with Ikoria and a certain eight-legged bandit. What mysteries will the deep waters reveal?

Roundup: M21 Previews, Week 1

Timestamps

14:55  Archfiend's Vessel

17:45  Village Rites

20:17  Selfless Savior

22:38  Chandra's Incinerator

25:00  Seasoned Hallowblade

26:59  Angelic Ascension

29:42  Eliminate

31:56  See the Truth

34:30  Stormwing Entity

37:45  Waker of Waves

40:37  Mazemind Tome

44:11  Volcanic Salvo

44:26  Pack Leader

46:22  Alpine Houndmaster

48:49  Sparkhunter Masticore

51:59  Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge

54:01  Bolt Hound

54:51  Basri Ket

56:31  Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

57:47  Idol of Endurance

59:18  Teferi's Tutelage

1:01:18  Teferi, Master of Time

1:08:32  Liliana, Waker of the Dead

1:11:52  Carrion Grub

1:13:07  Basri's Lieutanant

1:14:58 Teferi's Ageless Insight

1:16:57  Chandra, Heart of Fire

1:20:02  Elder Gargaroth

1:22:46  Containment Priest

1:26:50  Fierce Empath

1:29:07  Massacre Wurm

1:29:13  Baneslayer Angel

1:29:22  Cultivate, Solemn Simulacrum

1:29:31  Azusa, Lost but Seeking

1:29:35  Runed Halo

1:29:56  Faith's Fetters

Brew Session: Sea-Dasher Octopus

Theorycraft: The Modes of Sea-Dasher Octopus

1:34:48  Octopus vs. Curious Obsession

1:36:10  Octopus vs. Ninja of the Deep Hours

1:39:08  Octopus vs. Ophidian

Pioneer

1:45:42  Sketch 1: Mono-Blue Tempo

1:54:50  Sketch 2: Bant Flash Company

1:59:02  Sketch 3: Bant "Metalcraft"

Modern

2:05:17  Bant OctoForm: 4-1 league

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Jun 12 2020

2hr 14mins

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Brewers' Choice: And the Nominees Are...

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 57: Brewers' Choice Nominees

The Magic content in this episode begins at 16:00.

Timestamps

The View from Minneapolis: George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, and Police Brutality

01:08 Updates from Minneapolis

02:14 Updates from Seattle

11:40 How to Stay Informed

16:00 Housekeeping

Roundup: Companion Change + B&R Update

18:14  The New Companion Mechanic

29:00  Lessons from the Standard B&R

45:07  The Dangers of Functional Errata

Brewers' Choice: Meet the Nominees

The winning card will be determined via patron poll, which will be posted in our Discord and on our Patreon feed.

For non-patrons, a public poll will also be posted on our Twitter feed (@FaithlessMTG).

Listen to our analysis and then cast your votes!

58:10  Abandoned Sarcophagus

1:00:36  Aggressive Mining

1:05:35  Athreos, God of Passage

1:10:15  Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy

1:15:01  All the Nicol Bolases

1:21:11  Song of Creation

1:25:22  Sprite Dragon

1:29:57  Sundial of the Infinite

1:33:08  Umori, the Collector

1:36:51  Winota, Joiner of Forces

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Jun 06 2020

1hr 48mins

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The Last Days of Companion

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 56: Days of Thunder

"On Monday 6/1 there will be an update to the Banned & Restricted list impacting the Standard and Historic formats that will also address the Companion mechanic." Thus spake WotC's official Twitter account on Tuesday, and just this morning Blake Rasmussen confirmed that there will indeed be a functional change to Ikoria's flagship mechanic. Let the speculation commence!

While few would contend that nothing needs to be changed, there is broad disagreement about what fix, if any, would satisfy the goals of Wizards and the player base at large. Can the Companion mechanic be saved? Or is it safer, in the sage words of David Robertson, to "nuke it from space"? And what lessons can be drawn from the changes to Standard and Historic that are also on the horizon?

Add this episode to your time capsules, as it will surely be fun to look back and laugh at our wild predictions when the truth is finally revealed to all in just a few short days.

Modern Metagame Analysis (via MTGModernMetrics)

Flashback: Vadrok, Apex of Thunder

Tempo Strategies

Tribal Zoo by beestjes (6-2, Modern Challenge)

Jeskai Tempo (Standard)

Mardu Vehicle Vadrok (Pioneer)

Token Strategies

Vadrok Boros Tokens (Pioneer)

Jeskai Tokens Vadrok (Pioneer)

Combo Strategies

Chance for Glory combo (Modern)

Infinite Manamorphose Combo (Modern)

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May 29 2020

1hr 42mins

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Beyond Brewing on a Budget (ft. Emma Partlow)

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 55: Brewer's Mailbag with Emma Partlow

There's more to Magic than winning and losing. There's more to budget than dollars and cents. This week we are joined by the one and only Emma Partlow from TCGPlayer. We open up the Brewer's Mailbag to ask Emma about everything under the sun: the B&R update, the future of companions, the 5 slipperiest bogles, and much more!

Where to find Emma:

Social Media

Articles

From the Refinery

As luck would have it, we have also been working on some Hexproof stratgies ourselves in the latest episodes of Rogue Refinery. Do these pass the Bogles test?

Rogue Refinery #2: Colossification

Rogue Refinery #3: Vadrok, Apex of Thunder. NB: This week's episode is divided into three videos!

Part 1 (Standard)

Part 2 (Pioneer)

Part 3 (Modern)

Decklists

Aura Swap Bogles (Modern)

Jeskai Slippery Vadrok (Modern)

Temur Hexproof Vadrok (Pioneer)

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May 23 2020

1hr 56mins

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The Top 8 Modern Innovations Since Ikoria

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 54: Eight Modern Innovations

Look, let's be honest. For many fans of Magic's eternal formats, morale is currently low. The sudden shift to a Companion metagame, paired with the loss of in-person play and the small joys of connecting with our fellow Magic enthusiasts, has left some players feeling adrift in an unfamiliar and rapidly shifting landscape. These are indeed strange times. But let us say it plainly: You Are Not Alone. The beautiful thing about The Gathering is that, even listening to a brewing podcast during spare moments in your home quarantine, you will never be alone.

One thing that is certainly NOT true is the notion that "Magic is dead" and "It's all Lurrus, there's no innovation." Building decks with companions, and playing matches with and against them, is disorienting but also exhilarating. You may have heard "Lurrus is everywhere" but when you look closely you will find that there is tons of innovation happening in Modern, day after day, tournament after tournament. This week we take a look at eight of our favorite new decks to emerge since the release of Ikoria. With drastic changes come new spaces for creativity and discovery, so come take a look and get inspired for your next Modern brew!

Flashback, Part I: Lutri, the Spellchaser

Jeskai Otter by ManaCymbal (Modern): 4-1 league

Naru Meha Combo (Pioneer): 4-6 leagues

Flashback, Part II: Song of Creation

If you missed it, be sure to check out Episode 1 of our new video series, Rogue Refinery! We take a close look at Song of Creation in Standard, Pioneer, and Modern, complete with gameplay highlights and expert analysis from AliasV and Paul Cheon. Watch Episode 1 here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWhrYQLOFt0

Decklists

Kinnan Storm by AronGomu (Modern)

Amulet of Creation (Modern)

Song Ascendancy (Pioneer)

Ascendancy Combo by Paul Cheon (Pioneer)

Song of Nissa (Standard/Pioneer)

Rhythm of Creation (Standard/Pioneer)

The Top 8 Modern Innovations Since Ikoria

HM: Curious Bogles

#8: Zombie Copter (Ross Merriam)

#7: BW ZirdaBlade

#6: Slithery Dimir (Damon)

#5: Hammer Time (Tom Ross)

#4: Umori Titan

#3: Counterbalance Miracles (aspiringspike)

#2: Umbral Zirda

#1: Auratouched Winota (Lawson Zandi)

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May 15 2020

2hr 9mins

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Take the Otter Challenge (ft. Zach Ryl)

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 53: Lutri, the Spellchaser

It's our one-year anniversary at the Faithless Brewing Podcast, and we're celebrating in a big way. Special guest brewer? Absolutely. Wild 5-0 lists in Modern? Yes indeed. Gorgeous new banner? Very much so. New video series with Wizards of the Coast?!?! Why, yes!

This week, we sit down with Zach Ryl, aka ManaCymbal, to master the Way of the Otter. Lutri, the Spellchaser has a marginal ability and a seemingly punishing companion requirement. Can you really succeed with a singleton deck? Even if you manage to win, what did you learn from your pile of mismatched one-ofs? It turns out that the answer is, Yes, and A Whole Lot! Building decks around "buckets" rather than single-card synergies is a skill set all its own, and an invaluable tool in the brewer's arsenal. Zach talks us through the ins and outs of brewing successfully with Lutri, and has some spicy takes of his own on Lukka Legend as well. Come splash around with us and take the #OtterChallenge yourself!

New Banner: The Faithless Café by Ev Davis aka Whistler

A place for your daily brewing inspiration. There are 11 Magic cards referenced in the Café; can you spot them all?

Where to find the art of Whistler:

Homepage: https://evanleigh-davis.format.com/

Twitter: @artofwhistler

Tumblr: https://kettlehead-comics.tumblr.com/

Patreon: www.patreon.com/artofwhistler

New Video Show! Rogue Refinery (ft. Paul Cheon, Eilidh Lonie, and Faithless Brewing)

New episodes every Wednesday at 9am PT on the Magic: the Gathering YouTube channel. Watch Episode 1 (Song of Creation) here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWhrYQLOFt0

Roundup: Interview with Zach Ryl aka ManaCymbal

Where to find Zach:

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/manacymbal/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqRdjisnv8bhjdsa27UU9qg?view_as=subscriber

Twitter: @ManaCymbal

Flashback: Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast

Pioneer

RG Lukka Obosh (David): 1-4 league

RG Lukka Creativity (David): 2-3 league

Modern

RG Lukka Obosh by Signblindman (Zach): 3-2 league

Maximum Lukka Drive (Zach): 4-1 league

Rampless Lukka Cat (David): 1-4 league

Rampy Lukka Cat (Damon): 3-2 league

80-card Lukka Cat (Dan): 4-1 league

Brew Session: Lutri, the Spellchaser

Izzet Otter Nonsense (Zach): 5-0 league by thepensword

Blue Otter Moon (Damon): 5-0 league

Grixis Otter Ultimatum (Zach)

Temur Otterwalks (Zach)

Jeskai Sl'Otter (Zach)

Jeskai Temp (Zach)

Sultai Sea Dog (Zach)

Pioneer

Lutri Evolution Combo (David)

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May 08 2020

2hr 31mins

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Lukka Legend, Tiger King

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 52: Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast

Somewhere in the Multiverse, there are grizzled veterans who played Polymorph before it was cool. Those players are bankrupt now, their tickets squandered, their play points long depleted. Finding Polymorph fodder when Emrakul can be your only creature will take you down strange and lonely deckbuilding paths (yes, we see you Dwarven Mine).

Enter Lukka, the newest addition to the roster of red planeswalkers. Lukka's -2 is a Polymorph with a twist: it only finds creatures of higher converted mana cost. Small change, massive upside. What if we could have our mana dorks, and eat our spaghetti monster too? What if we could graft a Polymorph  endgame onto an already functional ramp curve? Things just got very interesting.

This week we spin the wheel with Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast, in Modern, Pioneer, and even a touch of Standard. The best part about Lukka? He's not a Companion. The worst part about Lukka? Yeah, he's probably friends with Companions. But we're willing to forgive him if his critter pals deliver the goods. Happy brewing!

Flashback: Yorion, Sky Nomad

Pioneer

Niv Fires 1.0 (Dan): 4-1 league

Niv Fires 1.1 (Dan): 3-2 league

Doom Foretold 1.0 (Damon): 2-3 league

Doom Foretold 1.1 (Damon): 5-0 league

GW Enchantress (Dan): 2-3 league

Modern

4c Yorion Blink (David): 5-5 leagues

Brew Session: Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast

Sketch 1: 4c Lukka Cat Combo (Modern)

Sketch 2: Gruul Lukka Ramp (Pioneer)

Sketch 3: Lukka Creativity (Pioneer)

Sketch 4: Treacherous Winota (Standard)

*****

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May 01 2020

1hr 45mins

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Eighty Is the New Sixty

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 51: Yorion, Sky Nomad

It's Friday night at the game shop, and you are starting to get nervous. Your opponent just sat down across from you, and they're the best player in the store. You've seen that swagger, that easy confidence, that friendly-but-never-cocky vibe. They flash a smile and greet you warmly. Despite yourself, you smile back. There's no mistaking that aura. They reach into their backpack and you already know what's coming: a well endowed deck box, the envy of any Commander player, holding a thick stack that must be at least 90 cards high. They shuffle it smoothly and offer you a cut. No need, you reply. You know they would never cheat you. "High roll to see who starts?"

Ikoria has crash landed into Magic's competitive formats, and left players everywhere scrambling to sift through the wreckage of the Companion Apocalypse. In every deck, in every format, it's Lurrus all the way down for every archetype that can support it. And for everyone else, there's Yorion, with giant decks suddenly en vogue everywhere you look. "Life begins at forty"? More like "Eighty is the new sixty"!

This week we tackle Yorion, the friendly bird that asks just one simple question: does your brew have that Big Deck Energy, that no-effs-given swagger to scale up effortlessly to 80 cards? We explore possibilities for maximizing Yorion's trigger, and break down the nuts and bolts of crafting the perfect 95. After that, we open up the Brewer's Mailbag and field questions from listeners on the deckbuilder's craft, our picks from Ikoria, and much more.

*****

Brew Session: Yorion, Sky Nomad

Modern

Sketch 1: 4c Kiki-Chord

Sketch 2: Bant Blink

Pioneer

Sketch 3: Yorion's Monument

Sketch 4: Esper Doom Foretold

Sketch 5: Niv-Yorion Fires

*****

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Apr 25 2020

1hr 30mins

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Brewer's Guide to Ikoria, Part 2: The Best of the Rest

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 50: A Brewer's Guide to Ikoria, Lair of Behemoths

Part 2: Wedges, Cycling, and the Best of the Rest

Well, that escalated quickly. Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths has been online for just three days and already the Companion mechanic is running rampant across all formats.

Luckily, we were able to record our second installment of our Brewer's Guide to Ikoria before the advent of our new cat overlords, when the world was still bright with possibility. And since we already covered the Companions in Part 1, this installment may provide some welcome reprieve from our new furry friends. There are miles of exciting designs from top to bottom in Ikoria: from powerful enchantment engines, to tricky cycling options, efficient legendary creatures, and some slick removal to boot. Let's go exploring!

Timestamps

02:35 Triome Lands Enchantment Cycle08:56 Song of Creation16:49 Whirlwind of Thought19:11 Offspring's Revenge22:15 Death's Oasis25:28 Titan's Nest Ultimatum Cycle28:20 Eerie Ultimatum30:48 Emergent Ultimatum32:54 Ruinous Ultimatum34:28 Inspired Ultimatum36:48 Genesis Ultimatum Mythos Cycle38:44 Mythos of Nethroi42:07 Mythos of Vadrok46:15 Mythos of Brokkos47:45 Mythos of Snapdax49:20 Mythos of Illuna Cycling Matters53:41 Unpredictable Cyclone56:53 Escape Protocol58:55 Zenith Flare1:00:47 Valiant Rescuer, Flourishing Fox1:03:05 Yidaro, Wandering Monster1:07:32 Shark Typhoon1:09:54 Ominous Seas Useful Effects w/ Cycling1:13:51 Neutralize1:14:58 Wilt1:15:11 Boon of the Wish-Giver1:15:57 Migration Path1:17:39 Easy Prey1:19:00 Footfall Crater1:23:10 Reconnaissance Mission1:26:13 Barrier Breach1:28:29 Titanoth Rex1:30:26 Void Beckoner The Best of the Rest1:32:28 The Ozolith1:37:30 Luminous Broodmoth1:40:23 Labyrinth Raptor1:43:16 Call of the Death Dweller1:45:36 Colossification1:48:28 Sprite Dragon1:51:36 Rielle, the Everwise1:54:54 General Kudro of Drannith1:56:49 Lavabrink Venturer1:59:02 Winota, Joiner of Forces2:02:20 Fire Prophecy2:05:33 Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy2:09:32 Fiend Artisan2:15:29 Stormwild Capridor

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Apr 20 2020

2hr 25mins

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Brewer's Guide to Ikoria, Part 1: Mutant Companions

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 50: A Brewers' Guide to Ikoria, Lair of Behemoths

Several months ago, an article from WotC R&D issued a cryptic warning. Standard set releases, they said, were going to be intentionally powered up. Throne of Eldraine was at "approximately the desired power level" — ominous words for a set whose headliners, Oko and Once Upon a Time, have since received the Gitaxian Probe treatment and are now banned in nearly all formats. Even beyond those outliers, efficient powerhouses like Mystic Sanctuary, Brazen Borrower, and Mystical Dispute have become format-defining cards, with additional cross-format staples up and down the spoiler.

Theros: Beyond Death had giant footsteps to fill, yet it broke loose even more forcefully. The top tier Pioneer metagame is almost entirely defined by Theros-powered decks, while Uro and Kroxa are running rampant in Modern, and the Legacy ban list gained a fine new addition in Underworld Breach.

So it is with great trepidation that we greet the arrival of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. Can a battlecruiser set full of casual Godzilla monsters really make an impact on Magic's eternal formats?

Yes, yes it can.

In this special double-header edition, we present our comprehensive Brewer's Guide to Ikoria, analyzing every card that we expect to have an impact on Modern and Pioneer. The set is so stuffed with power top to bottom that we couldn't even fit it all into one recording. Instead we are dividing this weeks' show into two parts, clocking in at more than four hours of content. Check back for Part 2 of our Brewer's Guide very soon!

Part 1: Companions, Mutants, and Planeswalkers

Outline + Timestamps

The Companions

12:32 Kaheera, the Orphanguard17:24 Yorion, Sky Nomad22:15 Lurrus of the Dream-Den28:11 Obosh, the Preypiercer34:02 Jegantha, the Wellspring39:22 Zidri, the Dawnwaker44:03 Umori, the Collector47:57 Lutri, the Spellchaser55:02 Keruga, the Macrosage59:53 Gyruda, Doom of Depths The Planeswalkers

1:05:12 Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast1:09:54 Vivien, Monsters' Advocate1:15:16 Narset of the Ancient Way The Mutants

1:23:18 Snapdax, Apex Predator1:26:42 Brokkos, Apex of Forever1:30:31 Necroi, Apex of Death1:33:55 Vadrok, Apex of Thunder1:38:35 Illuna, Apex of Wishes1:41:41 Sea-Dasher Octopus1:45:37 Lore Drakkis1:48:25 Gemrazer1:51:25 Migratory Greathorn1:53:42 Everquill Phoenix1:56:16 Dirge Bat1:59:08 Parcelbeast2:03:06 Pollywog Symbiote2:06:22 Mysterious Egg

In Part 2, we will cover the wedge cycles, cycling, and the best of the rest. Stay tuned!

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Apr 17 2020

2hr 10mins

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The Wild Side of Modern (ft. Lawson Zandi)

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 49: Modern Brewing with Lawson Zandi

On April 16, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is poised to lay waste to Magic's eternal formats. The set is chock full of giant monsters, insane enchantment engines, and "if you dare" build-arounds. There has never been a better time to be a brewer. What better time, then, to pick the brain of one of Modern's most prolific brewers and streamers: the youngest old soul in Magic and certified mad scientist Lawson Zandi.

Our full Ikoria set review will be out next week, but in the meantime, we've got six eye-popping decks from Lawson that are among the wildest Modern brews you will see. Perhaps the craziest this about them is that Lawson has been winning with them, a lot. Also, on the Flashback: our testing results with Aristocrats strategies in Pioneer. Many of these proved to be Woeful, but we're taking it all in Stride. Come join us for a walk on the wild side!

Where to find Lawson

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/zanman1414

Twitter: @LawsonZandi

StreamDecker: https://www.streamdecker.com/decks/zanman1414

The Hunter Burton Memorial Open

Brew Session: Lawson's Picks

Modern

#1: Bazaar TradeVine

#2: Soulherder-less Soulherder

#3: Walk This Way (Planeswalker Prison)

#4: Cat Combos with Everything

#5: Jeskai Possibility Storm

#6: Mad Science Niv

Flashback: Woe Strider

Pioneer

BW Angel Visitation (Damon): 2-3 league

Abzan Heliod Rally (David): 1-4 league

Rakdos Sacrifice (David): 4-1 league

Karn Aristocrats (Dan): 3-2 league

BG Aristocrats (Damon): 2-3 league

Modern

Jund Food by Kortero (Damon): 1-3 league

Pioneer

Jund Food (Dan): 2-3 league

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Apr 10 2020

2hr 12mins

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The Aristocrats

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Faithless Brewing, Episode 48: Woe Strider

Few things in Magic are more powerful than the ability to sacrifice your own permanents. Look no further than Krark-Clan Ironworks or the more recent Grinding Station Breach decks in Modern: if it doesn't cost mana, and you can do it repeatedly, the sky is the limit for sacrifice combo. On the creature side of things, sacrifice outlets have an equally distinguished pedigree. From the Standard Mardu Aristocrats deck that won Pro Tour Gatecrash, to Four-Color Rally the Ancestors, to Hogaak Bridgevine or Yawgmoth Undying combo, even stretching back as far as Zombie Bombardment in Legacy, it seems that every kind of sacrifice deck has found some competitive success.

Aristocrats as a strategy has been on a temporary hiatus, with contemporary design philosophy dictating that sacrifice should cost mana, or only happen at fixed moments in the turn. But Theros: Beyond Death has flipped the script, with the printing of Woe Strider putting sacrifice decks back on the menu in Pioneer and even Standard. Combined with the 2019 additions to the Modern card pool of Carrion Feeder, Altar of Dementia, and Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, there has never been a better time to start eating your own permanents for fun and profit. Let's get sacrificing!

Flashback: Brew Review Testing

Modern

Dimir Trap Control (Dan): 1-4 league

Original List: Dimir Trap Control by Soren W

Soul Sisters (Damon): 3-2 league

Original list: Soul Sisters by Paimon

Pioneer

Grixis Kroxa (David): 3-2 league

Rakdos Kroxa (David): 4-1 league

Original list: Rakdos Kroxa by illsicknasty

Spaghetti Flash (Damon): 3-2 league

Original list: Spaghetti Flash by nonstripedzebra

Imminent Doom Control (Dan): 3-2 league

Original list: Here Comes the Doom by KilgoreTrout503

"DOOM!... DOOM!" by James Earl Jones

Brew Session: Woe Strider

Pioneer

Sketch 1: Golgari Company

Sketch 2: 4c Rally Strider

Sketch 3: Abzan Double Combo

Sketch 4: Bishop of Wings Combo

Sketch 5: Rakdos Sacrifice

Reference lists:

Pioneer

BG Gruesome Company (Baymax, 5-0 league)

4c Vannifar Combo (Kurusu, 5-0 league)

4c Rally (Jhang Jhengyu, PT Nagoya, record unknown)

Rakdos Sacrifice (Troels Munk, PT Brussels, 2-3)

Mono-B Devotion (gloomy5200, 5-0 league)

Abzan Rallistocrats (Uniq, 5-0 league x2)

Modern

Jund Aristocrats (kortero, 5-0 league)

Standard

Rakdos Aristocrats (Theros Beyond Death era)

Mardu Aristocrats (Tom Martell, ISD/RTR era)

Legacy

Zombie Bombardment (Legacy, Sam Black)

 

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Apr 03 2020

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