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We are two casual try hard Magic the Gathering players. We are trying to balance jobs, families and other responsibilities while also trying to be the best players possible. We want to help you get from the 1-3 bracket of your FNM to 3-1 or 4-0 then move on to Mythic Qualifiers, Magic Fest and beyond. We will talk about fundamental strategy, Arena, traveling and more.

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We are two casual try hard Magic the Gathering players. We are trying to balance jobs, families and other responsibilities while also trying to be the best players possible. We want to help you get from the 1-3 bracket of your FNM to 3-1 or 4-0 then move on to Mythic Qualifiers, Magic Fest and beyond. We will talk about fundamental strategy, Arena, traveling and more.

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This show is great!!. Fun and really interesting. Compelling and practical knowledge about playing competitive Magic. Really great host. Funny and charismatic. Best podcast ever!

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Great MTG content!

By mark wy - Dec 27 2019
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This show is great!!. Fun and really interesting. Compelling and practical knowledge about playing competitive Magic. Really great host. Funny and charismatic. Best podcast ever!

Awesome

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Casual Try Hard MTG

Latest release on Jan 02, 2020

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We are two casual try hard Magic the Gathering players. We are trying to balance jobs, families and other responsibilities while also trying to be the best players possible. We want to help you get from the 1-3 bracket of your FNM to 3-1 or 4-0 then move on to Mythic Qualifiers, Magic Fest and beyond. We will talk about fundamental strategy, Arena, traveling and more.

Rank #1: Brawl for All

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This week, we cover the Brawl precon's.  We give you are thoughts on each deck, talk about the unique cards and provide possible upgrades for you to try.  The lists are linked below....

Chulane - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2327689#paper

Korvold - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2318537#paper

Alela - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2324631#paper

Syr Gwyn - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2324365#paper

Then we get into the new standard format.  We mainly talk about the dominance of Golos and what decks might combat it.  Finally, we talk a little bit about recent and upcoming Arena events.

What’s Brawl - 2:24

Chulane - 6:57

Korvold -15:29

Alela - 23:05

Syr Gwen 30:01

Brawl Deck Match-ups 36:19

Standard 41:24

Arena 1:01:17

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Oct 11 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #2: How do I play against this deck?

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This week we try leveling the battlefield segment focused answering the question "how do I play against this deck?"  We walk you through the basics of how to play against control, midrange, aggro and combo when you are playing any of those archetypes. We do a quick aside on the best ways to play discard spells to get maximum value. We give you a taste of some Modern Horizons cards we are excited about.  Bryan has some strong feelings about the set that he wants to get off his chest before we do the full horizons episode.  Next we talk about Bryan's experience in the MCQW, the metagame for the event and finally how they could improve these events going forward.  Then we talk about the random number generator that is Momir.  That's right, Momir strategy talk.

Leveling the Battlefield - How to approach different matchups 1:39

    How to play against the control deck 2:24

    How to play against the aggro deck 12:56

    How to play against midrange decks 22:05

    Playing as/against Combo 32:41

When to use discard 35:05

    Back to Combo 37:15

Modern Horizons 40:39

Arena MCQW 59:56

Arena Momir 1:12:23

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

May 30 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #3: The Rebels of MTG Finance

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This week, after a delay to get Bryan off his death bed (really he just had a cold), we are back with the end of MTG Finance.  We talk about foils, sealed product, tracking your collection's value and most importantly where to sell your cards to maximize your value!   We then take a trip to Arena town to talk a little about the meta game breakdown and a lot about the decks we are playing.  Bryan switched from mono-red to play Gruul warriors and James is jamming some Judith.   We also talk about the different random version of Esper control that you play against.

Need a haircut: https://www.vagaro.com/trustthybarber

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Mar 22 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #4: War. War Never Changes

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This week we are talking about how War of the Spark may be changing standard.  We have some brews to discuss that use powerful cards and interactions that we are excited to try.  We then run down some smaller "cute" interactions that you may have missed and could be a small synergy in a deck you are building.  Then we go over clearly powerful cards that do not have a clear home yet.  Finally, we talk about Arena and how we are looking forward to the meta changing with the new set.

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Intro and #CTHGAME 0:00:17

War of the Spark Mechanics 1:50

Beginning Brews for War 7:20

Grixis Amass 8:05

Bolas Control 11:51

Simic Ramp 16:53

Gruul Monsters 23:20

Citadel Combo 30:40

Cute Interactions 35:09

Powerful and Homeless 37:55

Arena 43:52

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Apr 25 2019

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Rank #5: Why Should We Put Pants On?

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This week, we dive into fashion.  Well, mainly, why you should put on pants and leave the house to play Magic.  We talk about our last PTQ and then talk about some hot new standard decks that are floating around the internet.  The main topic is week is how to get ready to play paper magic.  What are the things that you are going to need and how to get them.  We follow up with some Arena and end on the new product Secret Lair.

PTQ for PT Phoenix - 1:50

New Standard Decks - 17:55

Part 1: How to play in paper - Where to Play - 36:33

Part 2: How to play in paper - Accessories - 53:12

Part 3: How to play in paper - Getting a Deck 1:11:09

Arena - 1:22:46

Secret Lair Reveal - 1:30:39

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Nov 29 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #6: Let Us Upgrade You!

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This week we officially have a podcast!  We have a lost segment.  It was the best 10-15 minutes we may ever do and it is gone.  We still have the rest of it though.  We are talking about the new Challengers decks that come out on 4/12.  We breakdown Unified Assault, Arcane Tempo and Deadly Discovery (RIP Lightning Aggro) and tell you how to upgrade the deck.  We have two or more builds for each deck with level 1 being under $50 and level 2 being under $100.  All of the decklists are linked below so you can follow along.  Then we talk about the mythic invitational and the current state of the MTGA meta game.  When the video is posted, we will send out the link.

You may notice that we sound more professional this is all thanks to super producer Juan Rodriguez II. 

Challenger Deck Introduction - 1:29

Unified Assault - 4:35

Arcane Tempo - 14:14

Deadly Discovery - 26:08

Which Challenger deck is best? - 37:37

Mythic Invitational - 45:47

BO1 Meta - 56:40

Conclusion and final decklist discussion 1:09:25

Unified Assault

Level 1:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747062#paper

Level 2:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747072#paper

Lightning Aggro

Level 1:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747090#paper

Level 2:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747094#paper

Arcane Tempo

Level 1:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747106#paper

Level 2:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747111#paper

Phoenix:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747123#paper

Deadly Discovery

Level 1:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747126#paper

Level 2:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747154#paper

Undergrowth 1:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747133#paper

Undergrowth 2:https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1747144#paper

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Apr 06 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #7: Grinding Station

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This week, we briefly talk about our experience at the MCQ from the last weekend.  Our we going to the pro tour?  Find out!  Then we talk about the results of the SCG Open and the interesting lists to come from there.  We do a quick check in on the Challenger decks and suggest some cards to try from War of the Spark.  Next up are the must answer threats from current Standard and how they warp the game around them.  The awesome WOTC communication about the MCQW and great tournament structure that will led to tons of Twitter drama.  Finally, we touch on the Arena metagame on our way out. 

MCQ 1:28

SCG Event Results and the Metagame 9:18

4-color Command - 18:35

Challenger deck updates - 32:50

The must answers - 45:26

Arena MCQ weekend - 56:41

Arena Metagame - 1:13:16

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

May 24 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #8: For a Limited Time

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This week, we recorded a day early.  So, we got to make the right call on the banning of Field of the Dead, but missed the announcement of Pioneer.  We will cover that next week.  We focused this week on trying to improve your limited game.  We talk about drafting.  We talk about reading signals, sending signals and what a reasonable draft deck looks like.

Drafting the Hard Way - https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/stark-reality-drafting-the-hard-way/

Mythic Championship Almost Review 2:12

BR Hot Takes 9:36

Drafting the Try Hard Way 14:12

Arena 1:06:18

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Oct 25 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #9: You want to know about modern? I know some guys

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This week's pod starts off with us talking about the tools we are giving to you in the forms of match result tracking spreadsheets and a sideboard guide form.  Check us out on twitter and facebook for the links.  We then discuss the standard meta game in light of the MF Memphis results and talk about the big decks in the format.  Our major topic today is modern.  We discuss the pillars of the modern format and tell you about the types of decks they enable.  Then give you some suggestions on how to get into the format.

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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/casual-try-hard-283498489/you-want-to-know-about-modern-i-know-some-guys

You can find us on the Apple podcast app, just search casual try hard.  We are coming to the Google Play app soon

Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Feb 19 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #10: We two Pioneers

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This week we play a little catch up.  First we talk about the Field of the Dead ban and how it will impact standard.  Hint - OKO!  We then spend the rest of the podcast discussing pioneer, magic's newest format.  We walk you through what it is, how the mana is going to work and then go through the early possible decks for the format.  The format is changing fast, so instead of going through decks card by card, we talk in broad strokes about what is available to different strategies.  Finally, we talk about what is happening on Arena.

Field of the Dead Ban - 1:21

What is Pioneer 19:58

Pioneer Mana bases 32:46

Pioneer Decks 36:53

Arena 1:14:56

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Oct 31 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #11: Who Has Priority?

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This week we talk about first week standard and the state of standard overall.  And why even at this early stage why things might feel a little stale.  Next, we Level the Battlefield by taking a deep dive into priority and the stack.  We want everyone to know when they can cast their spells.  Finally, we talk about the BO3 Arena metagame and give some information about the new mastery system.

New Standard 2:42

Level the Battlefield: Priority - 26:19

State Based Actions - 56:40

Holding Priority - 1:00:28

Arena: Metagame and the mastery system - 1:06:24

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Jul 18 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #12: Red Deck Still Wins

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This week, we dive into the results from the first major event of War of the Spark standard.  What did we find? We found that red deck still wins.  We talk about why this deck had such a good weekend and what decks it faced in day 2.  We talk about some new cards that are in the format, some we like and some we already can't wait to rotate out.  Then we get into some decks we are interested in playing for upcoming events and talk about what looks interesting about them.  Then we get into some brews.  We talk about what worked, what did not work and where we are going next.  A degenerate Modern combo deck comes up in the form of Neoform-brand (you see what I did there).  Finally, we talk about where the Arena Meta game is at and what we have been seeing.

Red Deck Wins Week One Standard 1:02

Teferi Misery 6:08

Simic Nexus - 12:11

Why Narset? - 18:52

Blasting off with Blast Zone - 23:18

Standard Deck Choices - 28:35

Ricoplays1723 Abzan - 37:35

Bolas’s Citadel Testing - 39:47

Neoform in Modern - 48:30

Arena breakdown - 55:30

To see more of the Abzan list check out twitch.tv/ricoplays1723 and on twitter  @ElCharruaRico 

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

May 10 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #13: 2020 Vision

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Today is a long one.  We go over most of the cards that we are excited about or think are interesting in Core 2020.  Why start by talking about what a core set is and why the exist.  Then we talk about a return of an old card type "color hosers."  Then starts the deep dive on cards.  After going over the cards, we wanted to, we turn it over to you the listeners.  We answer your twitter and facebook questions about the new set.  We cover individual cards, interactions and prerelease.  Then we talk about the shifting Arena meta and how we live in a UBx world.

Rules Update - For Embodiment of Agonies, the split cards have the mana cost of the combined halves.  They do not count as two different mana costs.

What is a core set? - 1:51

Core Set Color Hosers - 4:54

Core 2020 Hate Cards - 9:32

The rest of the Leylines - 12:45

Core 202 we like - 15:15

Sorin - 17:07

Mu Yangling - 20:34

Chandra, Acolyte of Flame - 22:16

Chandra, Awakened Inferno - 25:21

Vilis, Broker of Blood - 27:35

Blight Beetle - 30:49

Shifting Ceratops - 31:56

Elvish Reclamer - 34:29

Drawn from Dreams - 39:29

Rotting Regisaur - 43:18

Marauding Raptor 46:45

Field of the Dead - 50:45

Viewer Questions - 52:52 

Embodiment of Agonies - 53:00

Bag of holding - 57:00

Goblin Ringleader - 1:01:21

Scry Lands - 1:03:31

Brought Back - 1:07:50

The Cavalier Cycle - 1:10:52

Lotus Field - 1:19:18

Top 3 cards from Core 2020 - 1:23:20

Post-Rotation Decks - 1:24:27

What to play at pre-release - 1:26:51

Something about Arena - 1:31:19

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Jul 04 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #14: Mono-Hot Takes

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We are trying a new segment called "Metagame Hot Takes."  We will be using this segment to discuss the current meta and what is being played.  This week we focus on how fast the metagame is changing and how MTG Arena may be influencing it.  Then we discuss the pillars of the current standard format.  We go back to discuss sideboarding and end the show with the Arena metagame breakdown.

Here is the link to the article James referenced: http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/fundamentals/3692_Whos_The_Beatdown.html

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You can find us on the Apple podcast app, just search casual try hard.  We are coming to the Google Play app soon

Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Feb 12 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #15: Oh, the Places You'll Go

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From the title, it sounds like you are graduating high school or college but we are talking about goals in magic this week.  We talk about what some goals are, setting reasonable goals and making progress toward them.   We then discussed some topics that came up from listeners.  First, was some basic magic vocabulary.  We covered some of the slang terms that get used by Magic players that you may not be used to. We then discussed buying cards before rotation and that got us discussing when to sell out of standard.  Finally, we talk about MC III and how it will impact the Arena metagame for the next few weeks.

Pro Club- 1:48

Arena Goals - 6:11

Paper Goals 10:19

How to qualify for a Mythic Championship - 21:22

Magic Vocabulary - 31:31

Buying in before rotation - 44:02

Arena Talk - 54:28

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Jun 28 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #16: The Start of a Legacy

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 This week the Try Hards bring you into the world of Legacy.  With MF Atlanta coming up and testing beginning, we want to tell you why legacy is a great format and how to get into it.  We then work are way through the pillars of the legacy format to let you know what cards are popular and what players build around.  Legacy has changed a lot over the last 18-months, so we talk about the what has driven this change.  Finally, we break down the Arena Metagame and talk about Bryan's standard deck scapeshift.

Introduction to the Legacy Format 1:41

How to get started in Legacy 8:07

Pillars of Legacy 22:43

Brainstorm 24:29

Force of Will 31:33

Delver and Dave 35:50

Wasteland 38:10

Chalice of the Void 43:21

Fast Mana 45:46

Legacy Changes 49:03

Arena 1:00:02

Next B and R Announcement 1:11:35

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Aug 09 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #17: Getting the Banned Back Together

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Well this week was a long podcast, but we think you will like it.  We start out by talking about the Monday bans across multiple formats and discuss why we are getting so many bans lately.  Then we go into each format and talk about how the bans will impact the format.  We spent the most time on Standard as we tried to determine what the new metagame was going to look like.  We then broke down the SCG Invitational metagame in Modern and Pioneer.  We focused in on Pioneer and how the lack of cheap removal has lead the the format being very aggressive.  Next up was Arena.  We talked about the metagame and the state of the program announcement.  Where we had the most fun, was the discussion of the new cards being added to Historic.  We really can not figure out the thought process behind some of these cards and it shows.

The Ban Hammer - 1:29

Why we are getting bans - 3:27

Standard Bans 10:11

Post Ban Standard 20:40

No Pioneer or Modern Bans - 32:58

Legacy Ban - 35:06

Vintage Ban - 38:40

Brawl Ban - 39:28

Starcity Invitational - 39:59

An Aside on Wishboard - 57:40

Back to the SCG Invitational Modern Format - 1:01:46

Arena Events and Meta- 1:11:33 

Arena State of the Program - 1:16:42

Arena History Card Breakdown - 1:22:41

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Nov 22 2019

1hr 42mins

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Rank #18: You are an elk

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This week the guys get a little focus on elk.  Well, mainly the elk maker, Oko.  Before we get too deep in our nature documentary, we discuss the recent Pioneer bans.  We talk about why they happened and what this might mean for the format going forward.  Then we start our standard discussion with a heavy focus on Oko.  We set the scene with where the format is and talk about game play.  Then James talks about why these things have made it hard for him to pick a deck for GP Richmond.  If Oko is everywhere, maybe it is possible to exploit the format?  We discuss the two decks that have been talk about as ways to take back the standard throne.  We end the standard talk with a how we think the GP and MC meta games will look.  Finally, we talk about the Arena format for the week Artisan and drift back toward Oko since he was a dominate Brawl commander.

Pioneer Bans 2:15

Standard Metagame 21:24

James needs a Deck 25:51

Exploiting the Format 45:43

Oko and the MC 53:42

Arena - 1:01:23

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Nov 07 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #19: Once Upon a Turn

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Bans are back, baby! This time Once Upon a Time and friends get banished from Pioneer.  We talk about how this changes the format and take a brief visit to the Legacy GP.  Then we work you through registering for a tournament and then working through your first few turns of a paper game.  We then talk briefly about Arena.

Pioneer Bans-  4:28

Legacy GP Aside - 14:56

Back to the Bans - 17:39

MC VII - 20:37

Part 4: How to play in paper - Getting to your first turn - 22:54

Part 5: How to play in paper - How to Navigate a turn - 42:35

Part 6: How to play in paper - Battlefield Organization - 1:11:43

Part 7: How to play in paper - Remembering the little things- 1:16:21

Arena - 1:26:13

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Dec 06 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #20: Pack up the team for Eldraine

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This week we talk all about the latest news about Throne of Eldraine.  We have a new plane and a ton of new products. We breakdown all the information and the new products to help you when the set comes out.  We then talk about the new promo packs, what to expected and how they could be improved. Next up are team tournaments. We talk about their structure, the types and why they are a positive experience.  Finally, we do some Arena talk about the meta game and other Arena stuff.

New Eldraine Plane and Products- 2:06 

The New Promo Packs - 19:51

More Eldraine Product Talk - 29:55

Team Tournaments - 34:35

Arena - 58:08

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Music by Juan Rodriguez II ZeeManlove.com

Jul 25 2019

1hr 10mins

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Your Questions, Our Answers

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This is an entire Question and Answer Podcast.  Our listens sent us questions and we worked through them.  This is a great way to learn more about the hosts both in and out of magic.

About the hosts - 3:21

What Accessories do you use - 10:03

Sideboarding - 16:38 

Thoughts on Historic and eternal formats on Arena - 23:22

Live Performances in 2020 - 34:50

Best Beers - 37:55

Why does White Suck - 42:24

Brawl Ideas - 54:02

Other Tabletop Games - 103:33

How to build a collection - 1:10:58

Coping with fun bad decks - 1:14:45

Best Deck Battle - 1:18:12

Fair vs Unfair - 1:24:48

OP changes - 1:39:04

Theros Impact on Pioneer - 1:47:53

2019 Accomplishments - 1:48:19

Quick Arena Hit - 1:50:10

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Jan 02 2020

1hr 52mins

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The Casual Try Hard Guide to Playing in Paper

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This is a very special episode of the Casual Try Hard Podcast.  We have compiled all of parts of the "Playing in Paper" series that we covered into one podcast for you.  This is a great episode to share with new players or players transitioning from Arena. 

Part 1: How to play in paper - Where to Play - 2:07

Part 2: How to play in paper - Accessories - 18:40

Part 3: How to play in paper - Getting a Deck 36:43

Part 4: How to play in paper - Getting to your first turn - 48:18

Part 5: How to play in paper - How to Navigate a turn - 1:07:54

Part 6: How to play in paper - Battlefield Organization - 1:37:06 

Part 7: How to play in paper - Remembering the little things- 1:41:45

Part 8: How to play in paper - Players Meeting - 1:51:37

Part 9: How to play in paper - After the match - 1:53:45 

Part 10: How to play in paper - Standings - 1:58:50 

Part 11: How to play in paper - What’s in your deck box? - 2:06:58

Part 12: How to play in paper - Magic Jargon - 2:12:56

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Dec 29 2019

2hr 51mins

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Jargon Head

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This week, we add the final touch to the playing in paper series.  We discuss the common Magic slang that you will hear during a game so that you are in the loop when you play in paper.  Then we discuss some MTG finance developments.  Why tell you why now is a both a good time to sell your standard cards and to buy some high-end cards.  Speaking of high-end cards, we go into what a cube is and why you should be playing or at least watching the vintage cube.  Finally, we check in with Arena and discuss the historic artisan event.

Part 12: How to play in paper - Magic Jargon 1:33

End of the year MTG Finance - 40:49

Cube - 1:00:29

Arena - 1:06:01

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Dec 26 2019

1hr 18mins

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Double Secret Probation

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WOTC has done it now!  They have introduced Double Secret Probation......I mean suspensions.  So we talk about the cards that have been suspended in Arena's Historic format.  Hint, it is all the stuff that is too good to play anywhere.  Then we talk about the pioneer bans that happened Monday as well.  Next up, we talk about small field tournaments and why they have different meta games than larger events.  Speaking of small field events, we discuss GP OKC.  This week, we finish up the playing in paper series and touch on what do to after your match and some odds and ends.  Finally, we check in with the Arena meta game and talk about the pre-constructed deck event.

Historic Suspensions - 2:57

Throwback Drafts - 6:45

Pioneer Bans and a New approach to bans - 11:15

SCG Players Championship and small field events - 21:29

GP OKC - 33:12

Part 8: How to play in paper - Players Meeting - 36:48

Part 9: How to play in paper - After the match - 38:56

Part 10: How to play in paper - Standings - 44:02

Part 11: How to play in paper - What’s in your deck box? - 52:09

Arena Check-in - 58:07

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Dec 19 2019

1hr 14mins

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Your Go!

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This week, we talk about MC 7 where emote master Kanister won.  We discuss the ramifications on the MPL, Rivals and Worlds that this tournament had.  We then talk about the removal of GP byes and how that is disappointing for players like us.  We then touch on the changes made to the MTGO PTQ system.  Next, we touch on pioneer and discuss what has been performing well post ban and where the format seems to be.  Finally, we jump into Arena. 

MC 7 - 6:51

MPL 2020 - 20:57

Rivals 2020 - 28:50

Worlds 2020 - 31:23

The Removal of GP Byes - 37:18

MTGO PTQ changes - 58:28 

What to play in pioneer? - 1:04:35

Arena - 1:17:10

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Dec 12 2019

1hr 25mins

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Once Upon a Turn

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Bans are back, baby! This time Once Upon a Time and friends get banished from Pioneer.  We talk about how this changes the format and take a brief visit to the Legacy GP.  Then we work you through registering for a tournament and then working through your first few turns of a paper game.  We then talk briefly about Arena.

Pioneer Bans-  4:28

Legacy GP Aside - 14:56

Back to the Bans - 17:39

MC VII - 20:37

Part 4: How to play in paper - Getting to your first turn - 22:54

Part 5: How to play in paper - How to Navigate a turn - 42:35

Part 6: How to play in paper - Battlefield Organization - 1:11:43

Part 7: How to play in paper - Remembering the little things- 1:16:21

Arena - 1:26:13

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Dec 06 2019

1hr 30mins

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Why Should We Put Pants On?

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This week, we dive into fashion.  Well, mainly, why you should put on pants and leave the house to play Magic.  We talk about our last PTQ and then talk about some hot new standard decks that are floating around the internet.  The main topic is week is how to get ready to play paper magic.  What are the things that you are going to need and how to get them.  We follow up with some Arena and end on the new product Secret Lair.

PTQ for PT Phoenix - 1:50

New Standard Decks - 17:55

Part 1: How to play in paper - Where to Play - 36:33

Part 2: How to play in paper - Accessories - 53:12

Part 3: How to play in paper - Getting a Deck 1:11:09

Arena - 1:22:46

Secret Lair Reveal - 1:30:39

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Nov 29 2019

1hr 47mins

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Getting the Banned Back Together

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Well this week was a long podcast, but we think you will like it.  We start out by talking about the Monday bans across multiple formats and discuss why we are getting so many bans lately.  Then we go into each format and talk about how the bans will impact the format.  We spent the most time on Standard as we tried to determine what the new metagame was going to look like.  We then broke down the SCG Invitational metagame in Modern and Pioneer.  We focused in on Pioneer and how the lack of cheap removal has lead the the format being very aggressive.  Next up was Arena.  We talked about the metagame and the state of the program announcement.  Where we had the most fun, was the discussion of the new cards being added to Historic.  We really can not figure out the thought process behind some of these cards and it shows.

The Ban Hammer - 1:29

Why we are getting bans - 3:27

Standard Bans 10:11

Post Ban Standard 20:40

No Pioneer or Modern Bans - 32:58

Legacy Ban - 35:06

Vintage Ban - 38:40

Brawl Ban - 39:28

Starcity Invitational - 39:59

An Aside on Wishboard - 57:40

Back to the SCG Invitational Modern Format - 1:01:46

Arena Events and Meta- 1:11:33 

Arena State of the Program - 1:16:42

Arena History Card Breakdown - 1:22:41

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Nov 22 2019

1hr 42mins

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Magical Mystery Tour

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We went on a Magical Mystery Tour this week.  We cover the change in pioneer.  Then do a deep dive on the Magicfest and Mythic Championship.  We then work through why James landed on 4-color sacrifice and how what what going on in the format informed this decision.  We talk about how to fix standards through bans or maybe dumping the London mulligan.  Next up, we solved the mystery of the Mystery packs. Finally, it is Arena time and our data was really weird. 

Veil of Summer is Banned - 1:48

MagicFest Richmond - 5:54

How James saw and approached standard? - 21:06

The London Mulligan - 30:46

How to fix standard - 41:14

Mystery Draft - 58:17

Arena 1:14:57

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Nov 15 2019

1hr 27mins

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You are an elk

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This week the guys get a little focus on elk.  Well, mainly the elk maker, Oko.  Before we get too deep in our nature documentary, we discuss the recent Pioneer bans.  We talk about why they happened and what this might mean for the format going forward.  Then we start our standard discussion with a heavy focus on Oko.  We set the scene with where the format is and talk about game play.  Then James talks about why these things have made it hard for him to pick a deck for GP Richmond.  If Oko is everywhere, maybe it is possible to exploit the format?  We discuss the two decks that have been talk about as ways to take back the standard throne.  We end the standard talk with a how we think the GP and MC meta games will look.  Finally, we talk about the Arena format for the week Artisan and drift back toward Oko since he was a dominate Brawl commander.

Pioneer Bans 2:15

Standard Metagame 21:24

James needs a Deck 25:51

Exploiting the Format 45:43

Oko and the MC 53:42

Arena - 1:01:23

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Nov 07 2019

1hr 14mins

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We two Pioneers

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This week we play a little catch up.  First we talk about the Field of the Dead ban and how it will impact standard.  Hint - OKO!  We then spend the rest of the podcast discussing pioneer, magic's newest format.  We walk you through what it is, how the mana is going to work and then go through the early possible decks for the format.  The format is changing fast, so instead of going through decks card by card, we talk in broad strokes about what is available to different strategies.  Finally, we talk about what is happening on Arena.

Field of the Dead Ban - 1:21

What is Pioneer 19:58

Pioneer Mana bases 32:46

Pioneer Decks 36:53

Arena 1:14:56

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Oct 31 2019

1hr 20mins

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For a Limited Time

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This week, we recorded a day early.  So, we got to make the right call on the banning of Field of the Dead, but missed the announcement of Pioneer.  We will cover that next week.  We focused this week on trying to improve your limited game.  We talk about drafting.  We talk about reading signals, sending signals and what a reasonable draft deck looks like.

Drafting the Hard Way - https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/stark-reality-drafting-the-hard-way/

Mythic Championship Almost Review 2:12

BR Hot Takes 9:36

Drafting the Try Hard Way 14:12

Arena 1:06:18

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Oct 25 2019

1hr 16mins

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Renton We have a Problem!

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Our trip through standard has hit a rough patch.  We need to find a we to land this format.  This week we talk about how standard has changed since the release of Arena.  The earlier release of sets, the machine grinding games, play design and other structural changes.  Many of these things have lead standard to get solved faster and break sooner.  After we talk about how standard has changed we discuss what may get banned on Monday and what decks may exist after the ban.  Then we change in on Arena and talk about what we have been seeing.

Standard is maybe broken 2:01

Release Timing 5:26

The Machine 13:06

Play Design 2and possible bans0:20

Non-Golos decks 40:30

Arena 1:06:10

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Oct 18 2019

1hr 16mins

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Brawl for All

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This week, we cover the Brawl precon's.  We give you are thoughts on each deck, talk about the unique cards and provide possible upgrades for you to try.  The lists are linked below....

Chulane - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2327689#paper

Korvold - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2318537#paper

Alela - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2324631#paper

Syr Gwyn - https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2324365#paper

Then we get into the new standard format.  We mainly talk about the dominance of Golos and what decks might combat it.  Finally, we talk a little bit about recent and upcoming Arena events.

What’s Brawl - 2:24

Chulane - 6:57

Korvold -15:29

Alela - 23:05

Syr Gwen 30:01

Brawl Deck Match-ups 36:19

Standard 41:24

Arena 1:01:17

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Oct 11 2019

1hr 11mins

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Down the Yellow Brick Road

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First, the Wizard of Oz is a "modern day" fairy tale.  Second, the guys are going to discuss their journey through magic the last few weeks.  First, they walk through the highs and lows of their GP Atlanta performance.  They circle back to who the magic homework (episode 36) helped them in this event.  They touch on the mental side of the game when dealing with your bad match-ups and how to not let loses snowball.  Next, they talk about good communication and not being afraid to call a judge.   GP coverage ends with a breakdown of how to get value between rounds or in side events.  Next is a review of Throne of Eldraine sealed with thoughts on the format and draft.  Final, they discuss a few aspects of Arena.  First, how to get a play set of the commons, uncommons and rares in a set for $50.  Then they discuss the decks they have seen show up on Arena over the last few days. 

GP Atlanta 6:05

Bad isn’t Zero 23:53

Tournament Etiquette  25:11

Things to do other than the main event 34:17

Next up GP Richmond 48:50

Throne of Eldraine Prerelease 50:08

Arena Time - Building a collection 1:11:01

Arena - New Standard 1:21:01

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Oct 04 2019

1hr 30mins

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All Abroad the Eldraine Train

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This week, the Casual Try Hards talk about the new set Throne of Eldraine.  We go over the all of the cards that we think will make a splash in standard and some that may reach back into older formats. 

This was a video episode so if you want to see all of this sweet content with pictures, check it out at: https://youtu.be/5whwebDj0kQ

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Sep 28 2019

1hr 16mins

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Magic Homework

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This week with GP Atlanta right around the corner, we decided to try a new approach for preparing for a big event.  This week is mostly about doing your homework.  We came up with a method for determining what the format looked like and building all of the decks so we could see what their game plans are and how would could combat them.  We talk about the process, the exercise and how it might be helpful for you. We then touch on how content: videos, articles and random things on twitter can help fill in the the gaps in you prep.  Finally, we talk about the Standard 2020 event and things from Arena.

A different Approach to Tournament Prep 3:34

Using content to fill in the gaps 26:45

Back to Tournament Prep 32:09

Arena Historic Announcements 34:55

Standard 2020 Event 36:34

Legacy Prep document:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1c4hxr4l4TAKj5rLh4MFcibN3dsDrezpCcNaNxi3IWJk/edit?usp=sharing

Sideboard Guide Document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O92v4_H_4XHw5wDcMkIGkRCaErfm7NJDCQewnOyYdrk/edit?usp=sharing

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Sep 20 2019

55mins

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WOTC Announced a Brawl!

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This week the guys review all the announcements that came out of WOTC.  We cover the sets that were announced, the mechanics of Throne of Eldraine and more.  Then we start breaking down the cards from the new set.  BRAWL! was up next.  We give our impressions of the format and the decks that we were able to play.  We have started cooking up some improvements that we tease.  We then touch on the Arena meta game and discuss the Standard 2020 format and what we think it will look like.

WOTC Announcement 4:28

Throne of Eldraine Mechanics 18:08

Throne of Eldraine Spoilers 30:00

Brawl! 1:00:58

Arena 1:12:26

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Sep 13 2019

1hr 23mins

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A Historic Lesson

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This week, we cover a wide range of topics.   First, we touch on the new modern format and discuss how the format is shaking out with SFM.  We talk about the MTGO 5-0 deck lists and SCG Dallas to see where we stand.  Then we talk about rotation on Arena.  That led us to talking about the new historic announcement that happened.  We go over what the format will look like, how WOTC plans to manage it and what it means for how you should prepare for rotation.  We then talk about current standard on Arena.  We talk about why the format seems so different from the paper metagame and some other Arena related things.

New Modern 1:11

New Standard 20:11

Rotation on Arena 22:54

Historic 32:28

Paper Historic 1:01:22

Arena Metagame with odds and ends 1:06:52

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Sep 04 2019

1hr 26mins

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Grenade!

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Well, WOTC blew up Modern.  There were big bans and unbans in the format.  Good-bye Hogaak and Faithless Looting and HELLO Nurse...I mean Stone Forge Mystic.  We talk about what this means for modern and what decks might benefit going forward.  Then we get into some Arena talk and see what the meta game looks like.

MCQ Dumpster Fire 0:49

B and R 12:48

SFM Unbanned 26:51

New SMF decks 30:12

Decks that benefit 43:50

Specs for new modern 54:04

Arena 1:08:05

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Aug 29 2019

1hr 17mins

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Great MTG content!

By mark wy - Dec 27 2019
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This show is great!!. Fun and really interesting. Compelling and practical knowledge about playing competitive Magic. Really great host. Funny and charismatic. Best podcast ever!

Awesome

By Didisididndnns - May 22 2019
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Nice