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The Dive Down is a podcast focused on Magic: The Gathering's Modern and Pioneer formats, with the casual spike in mind. Each week your hosts Dave, Shane, and Stanislav discuss decks, events, and level-up topics related to the latest non-rotating formats.Proudly sponsored by ManaTraders, the best Magic card rental service for both Magic Online and paper! Get 20% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown"Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown

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The Dive Down is a podcast focused on Magic: The Gathering's Modern and Pioneer formats, with the casual spike in mind. Each week your hosts Dave, Shane, and Stanislav discuss decks, events, and level-up topics related to the latest non-rotating formats.Proudly sponsored by ManaTraders, the best Magic card rental service for both Magic Online and paper! Get 20% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown"Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown

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Great content, always up to date information and knowledgeable! Thanks for the content!

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Great content, humorous delivery. Don’t do a pizza podcast.
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The Dive Down

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The Dive Down is a podcast focused on Magic: The Gathering's Modern and Pioneer formats, with the casual spike in mind. Each week your hosts Dave, Shane, and Stanislav discuss decks, events, and level-up topics related to the latest non-rotating formats.Proudly sponsored by ManaTraders, the best Magic card rental service for both Magic Online and paper! Get 20% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown"Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown

Rank #1: Episode 68: Ikoria: Lair of the Spoilers, Pt. 1 ft. Aspiring Spike

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We have Evart Moughon, aka Aspiring Spike, on as a guest host to go over the first batch of Ikoria spoilers!
The Break Down: Modern Showcase!
The Dive Down: Behemoth Spoilers!
The Wind Down: Listener Questions!

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Timestamps:
2:28 - Housekeeping
3:35 - The Break Down: Modern Super Qualifier
5:30 - The top 8
14:42 - The top 32 meta
28:07 - The Dive Down begins: how we evaluate cards
32:39 - The mechanics of Ikoria
44:31 - Picks to Click: Lurrus of the Dream Den
52:09 - Heartless Act
57:01 - Vivien, Monsters' Advocate
1:04:06 - Sea-Dasher Octopus
1:07:24 - Fiend Artisan
1:11:29 - Sprite Dragon
1:16:24 - General Kudro of Drannith
1:22:01 - Rielle, the Everwise
1:25:39 - Mythos of Nethroi
1:29:27 - Some quick hits
1:35:12 - The Wind Down - questions for Aspiring Spike
1:45:21 - Where to find Aspiring Spike
1:46:29 - Closing Out

Links from this week's episode:
Modern Super Qualifier: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-super-qualifier-2020-04-05#decklists
The Mechanics of Ikoria: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ikoria-lair-behemoths-mechanics-2020-04-02?sd
Ikoria spoilers: https://scryfall.com/sets/iko?order=set&as=grid
Aspiring Spike on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike
Aspiring Spike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoughonEvart/

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Apr 10 2020

1hr 48mins

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Rank #2: Bonus 7: Mono-Red Prowess ft. Ryan Overturf

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In this bonus episode, Dave and Stan got to chat with Ryan Overturf about Mono Red Prowess! Who doesn’t love an explosive Lightning Bolt deck? We chat about the deck’s evolution in Modern, how to evaluate its threats, side boarding and more!

Find Ryan Overturf:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanOverdrive
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ryanoverdrive
Lodestone Games: https://twitter.com/LodestoneCG

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Apr 15 2020

1hr 21mins

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Rank #3: Episode 55: Theros: Beyond Hyped, Vol. 1

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The crew takes a first look at Theros Beyond Death, and share some of their favorite, standout cards.
The Break Down: MTGO Modern Championship
The Dive Down: Theros Beyond Death Picks

Timestamps:
1:52 - Housekeeping
3:26 - The Break Down begins
6:00 - MTGO Modern Championship
15:00 - SCG Open Columbus
16:33 - Bryan Gottlieb’s Hot New Deck
28:55 - The Dive Down Begins
29:39 - Our New Card Wishlists
38:17 - How We Evaluate Cards
42:45 - Tectonic Giant
49:12 - Escape Discussion
51:12 - Ox of Agonas
59:52 - Heliod, Sun-Crowned
1:11:12 - Polukranos, Unchained
1:20:05 - Whirlwind Denial
1:26:54 - The RB and UG Titans

Links from this week's episode:
https://www.reddit.com/r/ModernMagic/comments/ekmpp3/mtgo_modern_champs_top_32_decklists/
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-champs-2020-01-05
https://twitter.com/BryanGo/status/1213962888194318336/photo/2

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Jan 10 2020

1hr 36mins

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Rank #4: Episode 6: My Shadow Hold Me Down 4 Whatever

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We discuss the banning of KCI and some MTGO tournament results, dive down into an analysis of Death's Shadow decks, and chat about Gavin Varhey's interview with The Professor.

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Jan 25 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #5: Episode 21: Humans: Be Yourself, In Card Form

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The Break Down: 3 new decks courtesy of War Of The Spark
The Dive Down: Deck Dives are back! We talk Humans - how it's constructed, some tips and tricks, and how you might try to beat this Tier 1 staple.
The Wind Down: Why isn't UW Control more popular?

Links from this weeks episode:
JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown
Neoform Combo: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1885374#paper
Wish Tron: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1879166#paper
Narset Pitch Blue: https://twitter.com/Conley81/status/1124172639180689408

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May 10 2019

1hr 41mins

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Rank #6: Episode 46: Threat Level: Oko

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This week we dive deep on Magic's latest boogeyman — Oko, Thief of Crowns. Is it one of the best cards ever or just one of the goodest? We work it out in between tournament reports on SCG Atlanta and the first MTGO Pioneer Challenge.

The Break Down: SCG Open Atlanta
The Dive Down: Oko, Thief of Hearts
The Wind Down: The First Challenge of Pioneering

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2:05 — Housekeeping
3:30 — The Break Down begins: SCG Open Atlanta
7:50 — Meet Simic Whirza
14:00 — Day 2 Meta
25:36 — Top 8
30:00 — Shocking math about Urza
33:17 — Oko rising
35:15 — Takeaways
39:40 — The Dive Down Begins: #OkoWatch2k19
40:53 — Why are we talking about Oko?
46:52 — How Oko impacted our games
59:58 — Common play patterns with Oko
1:06:20 — Is Oko the best planeswalker ever?
1:12:40 — So… how ya killing Oko?
1:17:10 — What happens to the best planeswalker ever?
1:24:35 — The Wind Down begins: What we’ve been playing in Pioneer
1:31:30 — The first Pioneer Challenge meta

Links from this week's episode:
SCG Atlanta day 2 decks: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/Star_City_Games_Open/2019-10-26_modern_Atlanta_GA_US/1/
Team Lotus Box Simic Whirza deck tech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIkQ_n5vCrA
First MTGO Pioneer Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-challenge-2019-10-28

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Nov 01 2019

1hr 46mins

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Rank #7: Episode 14: The Bird That Shan't Be Named ft. Ross Merriam

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The Break Down: Analyzing the results from GPs Tampa and Bilbao, and SCG Philadelphia.
The Dive Down: We interview Ross Merriam about Izzet Phoenix, tournament preparation, Modern Horizons reprints, and more.
The Wind Down: The crew talks about new decks we're looking at.

Links from this weeks episode:
Subscribe to Ross on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosshunneds
See past episodes of Versus Live at https://www.youtube.com/user/starcitygamesvideo/videos
Watch Versus Live when it airs and more SCG events at https://www.twitch.tv/scgtour

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Mar 22 2019

2hr 9mins

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Rank #8: Bonus 4: Casual Spike Meets Aspiring Spike

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In this installment of our monthly bonus episodes, Shane talks to the popular streamer Evart Moughon, better known as Aspiring Spike, about Pioneer, Modern, streaming, and playing with and against control decks.

Find the Aspiring Spike:
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike
Twitter: https://twitter.com/moughonevart

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Dec 31 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: Episode 48: Sleeve It/Believe It/Heave It: Pioneer Edition

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This week, the Dive Down gents explore three winning decks from the breakout new format - Pioneer!

The Break Down: Veil of Summer banned, and the MTGO Modern Challenge
The Dive Down: S/B/H Pioneer Edition!
The Wind Down: Archival Masters

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Timestamps:
2:16 - Housekeeping
3:06 - The Break Down Begins - MORE Pioneer Bans
9:33 - The Nov 10th Modern Challenge
32:38 - The Dive Down Begins - Our first Pioneer Sleeve/Believe/Heave
34:20 - Shane with Hardened Scales
54:01 - Dave with Boros Feather
1:15:51 - Stan with Izzet Ensoul Artifact
1:29:22 - The speed of Pioneer
1:32:28 - Is Pioneer Standard+ or Modern-?
1:39:32 - The Wind Down: Our card storage methods

Links from this week's episode:
The Nov 11 Pioneer Banning: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/november-11-2019-pioneer-banned-announcement
The Nov 9 Modern Challenge: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/modern-challenge-12014490#paper
Hardened Scales: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/pioneer-hardened-scales-111268#paper
Boros Feather: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2463134#paper
Izzet Ensoul: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2473872#paper
The Ultimate Guard Arkhive: https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Guard-Arkhive-XenoSkin-Card/dp/B01M9C7OUU

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Nov 15 2019

1hr 51mins

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Rank #10: Bonus 2: Modern Horizons Revisited: Mistakes Were Made

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In our second monthly bonus episode, we revisit our Modern Horizons grades to see what we missed on - and why.
The Dive Down: Modern Horizons Revisited

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Timestamps:
2:26 - Introducing this month's bonus episode
3:39 - Arcum's Astrolabe
8:45 - Aria of Flame
12:12 - Wrenn and Six
16:42- Marit Lage's Slumber
20:24 - Sling-Gang Lieutenant
23:59 - Giver of Runes
27:41 - Soulherder
30:58 - Flusterstorm
35:02 - Crashing Footfalls
39:01 - Tribute Mage
41:24 - Archmage's Charm
44:59 - Planebound Accomplice
47:05 - Cabal Therapist
50:59 - Unsettled Mariner

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Oct 29 2019

59mins

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Rank #11: Episode 34: All Decks Go To Heaven ft. Ross Merriam

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The Break Down: The 8/4/19 Modern Challenge - only 38% Hogaak
The Dive Down: I've Abandoned My Bird
The Wind Down: It's Not Easy Being Fair

Timestamps:
03:15 - Housekeeping
03:39 - The Break Down begins - 8/4/19 Modern Challenge
24:13 - The Wind Down begins - Is it time to put Izzet Phoenix down in Modern?
37:47 - The current and past Modern metagame
43:55 - Has Modern "rotated"?
49:16 - The impact of Modern Horizons
56:19 - Is Hogaak bannable?
60:55 - Making the most of Modern now
74:37 - Modern after Hogaak
79:17 - Can Phoenix actually survive in a Hogaak world?
87:23 - The Wind Down Begins - Why play fair?
98:14 - The role of Magic in Ross's life

Links from this week's episode:
8/4/19 Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-08-04
The MTG ELO Project: http://www.mtgeloproject.net/50decks/modern.html
Ross's article: http://www.starcitygames.com/articles/38921_Its-Time-To-Put-Izzet-Phoenix-Down-In-Modern.html
Gerry's article: http://www.starcitygames.com/articles/38937_Dont-Give-Up-Yet-Ross-Izzet-Phoenix-Is-Actually-Great-Right-Now.html
Find Ross on twitter: https://twitter.com/RossHunneds
Watch Ross on Vs. Live! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5d1KNNFArSPiU3vDwsH3dNtMGVm7Ldmd

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Aug 09 2019

1hr 47mins

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Rank #12: Episode 11: Dredge: It's Confla-Great!

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First things first, we talk about the announcement of Modern Horizons!
The Break Down - Feb 24 Modern Challenge and MagicFest Cleveland's Modern MCQ, as well as some spicy picks from this weeks Modern Leagues
The Dive Down - An in-depth look at Dredge: how it works, how it wants to win, and how to try to beat it
The Wind Down - We talk the newly proposed mulligan rule

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Mar 01 2019

1hr 48mins

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Rank #13: Episode 33: Jund: The Matriarch of Midrange

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The Break Down: MC IV: Karn's Comeback
The Dive Down: For Those About To Jund: We Can Help You
The Wind Down: Practice Makes Perfect

Timestamps:
1:51 - Housekeeping
5:10 - The Break Down begins - MC Barcelona
10:33 - MC Barcelona top 8
20:57 - SCG Columbus Open
23:44 - Discussing the weekend's results
28:40 - The Dive Down begins - Jund!
34:31 - Jund's Creatures
58:09 - Jund's Removal
1:06:56 - Jund's Planeswalkers
1:15:31 - Playing against Jund
1:23:03 - What Jund will do vs. you
1:27:03 - Our experiences playing Jund
1:33:13 - The Wind Down - Getting comfortable with a deck

Links from this week's episode:
Mythic Championship 4 Barcelona decklists: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/mythic-championship-iv-barcelona#paper
SCG Columbus Open decklists: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/scg-open-columbus#paper

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Aug 02 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #14: Episode 37: Eldrazi Tron: Smash Back to Reality

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The Break Down: B&R Bonanza
The Dive Down: All Hail Eldrazi Temple

Timestamps:
1:44 - Housekeeping
3:54 - The Break Down begins - the B&R announcement
24:01 - GP Las Vegas
27:30 - The Dive Down begins - Eldrazi Tron
28:45 - What E-Tron Isn't
38:48 - What E-Tron Is
43:30 - The History of E-Tron
46:56 - Diving into E-Tron - The Manabase
57:06 - The Planeswalkers
1:05:42 - The creatures
1:17:19 - The non-creature spells
1:24:33 - The sideboard
1:30:35 - Playing with E-Tron
1:39:06 - Playing against E-Tron
1:42:09 - Our thoughts on E-Tron

Links from this week's episode:
The 8/26/19 B&R Announcement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/august-26-2019-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2019-08-26
GP Las Vegas top 8: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/grand-prix-las-vegas-2019#paper
The Modern Streamers League: https://www.modernstreamersleague.com
Eldrazi Tron decklist: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2202225#paper

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Aug 30 2019

1hr 46mins

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Rank #15: Episode 49: Ban is Just Another Word for Pioneer Justice

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This week, the Dive Down looks at some of Modern's bans throughout history, and examine how they shaped the format as it today.

The Beak Down: SCG Invitational, Modern and Pioneer results
The Dive Down: A history of bans and their impact on Modern
The Wind Down: The cards we liked in 2019

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Timestamps:
1:59 - Housekeeping
3:44 - The Break Down Begins
8:00 - Modern Discussion
24:43 - Pioneer Discussion
40:55 - The Dive Down Begins
44:39- The First B&R
50:45 - Eggs Ban
57:36 - Eye of Ugin Ban
68:37 - KCI Ban
77:08 - Putting it All Together
91:54 - The Wind Down

Links from this week's episode:
SCG Pioneer Day 2 Metagame: http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4680_day_2_metagame_breakdown.html
SCG Modern Day 2 Metagame: http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4680_day_2_metagame_breakdown.html
SCG Modern Decks 7-1 or Better: http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4687_71_or_better_modern_decklists.html
The First B&R: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/explanation-september-2011-br-changes-2011-09-20-0
Eggs Ban: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/banned-and-restricted-2013-04-22-0
Eye of Ugin Ban: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/banned-and-restricted-announcement-2016-04-04
KCI Ban: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/january-21-2019-banned-and-restricted-announcement

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Nov 22 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #16: Episode 19: War of the Spec!

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The Break Down: Going over the final GP before Mythic Championship London: GP Yokohama.
The Dive Down: Our picks to click from War of the Spark.
The Wind Down: A philosophical tournament report from Stanislav.

Links from the episode:
The top 32 decks of GP Yokohama: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/grand-prix-yokohama-2019#paper

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Apr 26 2019

1hr 48mins

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Rank #17: Episode 63: Testing Innovations in Modern and Pioneer

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This week we are looking at some of the newest (and oldest) tech and decks in Modern and Pioneer! Mono G Walkers in Pioneer, Grinding Station Breach in Modern, and... Shadow of Doubt?

The Break Down: The Modern and Pioneer Showcase Challenges
The Dive Down: Innovations in Modern and Pioneer

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Timestamps:
2:19 - Housekeeping
5:27 - The Break Down Begins - upcoming bans and a listener poll
13:25 - The Modern Showcase Challenge
27:05 - The Pioneer Showcase Challenge
33:20 - The Dive Down begins - New tech in Modern and Pioneer
34:24 - Mono G Walkers in Pioneer
55:08 - Shadow of Doubt in Modern
1:24:08 - Grinding Station Breach
1:46:44 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
Pioneer showcase challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-showcase-challenge-2020-03-02
Modern showcase challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-showcase-challenge-2020-03-01
Mono G Walkers: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2819606#paper
Izzet Flash w/ Shadow of Doubt: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2511750#paper
Grinding Station Breach: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2815217#paper

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Mar 06 2020

1hr 49mins

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Rank #18: Episode 53: Diving Deeper: 5 Pioneer Takeaways

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This week we Dive Deeper into the Pioneer format, and bring you 5 ways to level up your play!
The Break Down: The latest Pioneer bans, and WOTC's new B&R schedule
The Dive Down: Level up your Pioneer thinking with 5 takeaways
The Wind Down: We answer some listener questions

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Timestamps:
3:02 - Housekeeping
4:19 - The Break Down begins - The latest Pioneer bans
19:07 - WOTC's new B&R schedule, or lack thereof
29:18 - The Dive Down begins - Observations on Pioneer
30:18 - Non-basic lands.... can be good!
43:17 - Taking the advantage back on the draw
57:25 - The 3 toughness challenge
1:11:00 - The casting cost mindshift, 1 mana cards in Pioneer
1:19:30 - Counterspells in Pioneer
1:26:30 - The Wind Down: Listener questions on Pioneer

Links from this week's episode:
The 12/16/19 Pioneer bannings: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/december-16-2019-pioneer-banned-announcement
The 12/16/19 B&R annoucement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/december-16-2019-banned-and-restricted-announcement

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Dec 20 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #19: Episode 36: Modern in Mathmagic Land

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The Break Down: GP Birmingaak with a special focus on Mardu Death's Shadow
The Dive Down: Probably Correct Math
The Wind Down: Comboing Out

Timestamps:
2:15 - Housekeeping
3:58 - The Break Down Begins - GP Birmingaak
8:24 - Day 1 stand-outs
11:33 - Day 2 metagame breakdown and conversion rates
14:01 - Top 8 begins
14:57 - Discussing Mardu Death's Shadow
22:00 - 2nd place and beyond
24:14 - Post-GP discussion
26:11 - The Dive Down Begins - Probably correct math
31:52 - Why care about Magic Math?
39:28 - How to use a hypergeometric calculator
46:27 - Thanks to Frank Karsten
46:51 - 1) The Rule of 2 and 4
54:59 - 2) Your opening 7
57:26 - 3) 2-card combos
1:01:57 - 4) Mana screwing yourself
1:05:56 - 5) Cheating that Chalice
1:09:04 - 5a) The Deckulator
1:10:10 - 6) T1 Blood Moon
1:13:12 - 7) Natty Tron and other Tron math
1:16:42 - 8) Getting burned
1:20:21 - 9) Hollow numbers vs. Hogaak numbers
1:25:24 - 10) Jund'ing them out
1:26:28 - 11) Mono-red damage
1:30:30 - The Wind Down - Comboing out

Links from this week's episode:
See Zak commentate the MSL on 8/28: https://www.modernstreamersleague.com
Our custom token art: https://www.patreon.com/posts/our-awesome-are-29292615
More of Ben Dewey: https://benjamindewey.tumblr.com
GP Birmingham Top8:
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/grand-prix-birmingham-2019#paper
Math References:
http://channelfireball.com/articles/how-many-copies-of-any-given-card-should-you-put-in-your-deck/
https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/the-london-mulligan-rule-mathematically-benefits-strategies-that-rely-on-specific-cards/
https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/how-reliable-is-hollow-one/
https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/magic-math-hogaak-can-be-played-on-turn-2-in-60-of-its-games/
Calculators:
https://stattrek.com/online-calculator/hypergeometric.aspx
https://deckulator.appspot.com/

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Aug 23 2019

1hr 37mins

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Rank #20: Episode 31: How to Casual Spike a Tournament

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The Break Down: MF Krakow's MCQ and Tobi Henke's GP Dallas Data
The Dive Down: Deck Selection for GP Denver's MCQ
The Wind Down: The Timing of MH1's Release

Timestamps:
The Break Down Begins – MF Krakow's MCQ: 2:36
Tobi Henke’s GP Dallas data: 18:08
The Dive Down Begins – Our deck selection process: 31:40
Shane: Timing your selection and metagaming modern: 35:00
Zak: Familiarity vs. Power and learning something new: 45:14
Stan: Playing the unfamiliar and tournament goals: 56:51
Dave: Finding your way in the Modern meta and data-driven decisions: 1:10:40
The Wind Down – The timing of MH1’s release: 1:28:21

Links from this week's episode:
GP Krakow's MCQ T8: https://www.channelfireball.com/top-8-decklists-of-the-modern-mcq-at-magicfest-krakow/
Tobi Henke's Dallas Data: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/full-modern-metagame-and-win-rates-from-dallas-and-what-it-means-moving-forward/

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Jul 19 2019

1hr 35mins

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Episode 85: Pioneer Bans & Modern Prowess Stans

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This week we break down the 4 new bans in Pioneer, and talk about what this means for the format! In the Dive Down we go over the many flavors of Prowess in Modern: Red, Izzet, Gruul, Rakdos - how to choose?!

The Break Down: A Lovely Surprise Banning!
The Dive Down: Not Everyone's Tempo
The Dive Down, cont: We Could Bolt or Not Bolt Forever

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Timestamps:
2:48 - Housekeeping
6:11 - The Break Down begins: SURPRISE BANS!
26:35 - Takes on the bans
32:39 - The Dive Down begins: The many flavors of Prowess
36:35 - A Red Prowess Primer 
52:19 - Hey.... what's tempo?
57:35 - The decks we covered
1:04:06 - Izzet Prowess
1:09:45 - A strategic digression - the tempo of Prowess
1:14:55 - Back to Izzet Prowess
1:17:14 - Gruul Prowess
1:25:13 - Rakdos Prowess
1:33:40 - Burn vs. Prowess
1:39:08 - Why cast the "bad" spells of Prowess?
1:44:57 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
The August 8, 2020 B&R: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/august-8-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement
Izzet Prowess: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3234953#paper
Gruul Prowess: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3234957#paper
Rakdos Prowess: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3234951#paper

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Aug 07 2020

1hr 46mins

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Episode 84: The Many Moods of Mystic Sanctuary

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This week we take a look at one of the most popular and powerful cards in Modern - Mystic Sanctuary. What makes it good, how is it being played, and what can you do with it? Before that, we break down the Manatraders July Modern 15k tournament.

The Break Down: Modern Manatraders
The Dive Down: Making Mystic Mighty

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Timestamps:
2:27 - Housekeeping
5:00 - The Break Down begins - The Manatraders July Modern 15k
9:50 - The MT meta
18:48 - The top 32
27:38 - Conversion rate discussion
32:52 - The Top 8
36:30 - The top cards
42:59 - The Dive Down begins - a brief history of Mystic Sanctuary
51:26 - What makes Sanctuary messed-up?
58:15 - The value plan of Sanctuary
1:11:15 - The impact on your mana
1:18:05 - The loops
1:30:10 - The strategies
1:34:25 - Facing down Sanctuary
1:39:05 - Is this the best card in Modern?
1:45:55 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
Gruul Prowess: https://goodgriefgames.wordpress.com/2020/04/22/brewed-up-r-g-prowess-modern/
Mystic Sanctuary is a Messed-Up Magic Card: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/mystic-sanctuary-is-a-messed-up-magic-card/
People Are Sleeping On Mystic Sanctuary: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/people-are-sleeping-on-mystic-sanctuary/
Examining The Future Of Mystic Sanctuary In Modern: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/examining-the-future-of-mystic-sanctuary-in-modern/

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Jul 31 2020

1hr 47mins

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Episode 83: That New Meta Smell

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On this week's episode, the team does a long break down on what's happened in Pioneer and Modern in the week since our most recent bans. Takes are given... and returned? Moods are had... and worked out? Then we talk about what we've been playing lately. Ponza! White Tokens! UR Prowess! Mono Green Devotion! We'll let you guess who is who!

The Break Down: Modern/Pioneer: Similar/Same
The Dive Down: Our Decks: That's the Same Picture

Timestamps:
4:42 - Break Down Begins
5:24 - Modern Analysis Begins
12:44 - Modern Week 1 Metagame
29:50 - The Modern Winner's Metagame
42:30 - Pioneer Analysis Begins
50:06 - Pioneer’s Tier 2 and Beyond
55:00 - What do we want Pioneer to be?
1:04:57 - The Pioneer Winner’s Metagame
1:12:35 - Dive Down Begins: Our Testing Results
1:16:44 - Modern Mono-White Tokens
1:25:20 - Pioneer Mono-Green Devotion
1:35:06 - Modern Izzet Blitz

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Jul 24 2020

1hr 49mins

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Episode 82: Bans: 1 Mana Permanents Edition ft. Aspiring Spike

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On this week's episode, friend of the show Evart Moughon aka Aspiring Spike drops in for a reaction to the latest Banned & Restricted announcement. Then we talk about some of Evart's latest takes on Modern Control.

The Break Down: July 2020 B&R in Modern & Pioneer
The Dive Down: Modern Control Concepts
Wind Down: Spiking Listener Questions

Timestamps:
5:10 - Break Down Begins - July 2020 B&R
57:24 - Dive Down Begins - Current State of Modern Control and Evart's Izzet Deck
1:35:05 - Wind Down Begins - Listener Questions!

Links from this week's episode:
July 2020 B&R: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/july-13-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2020-07-13?ryujyu
Aspiring Spike's Izzet Control: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3169395#paper
Aspiring Spike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoughonEvart
Aspiring Spike on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike

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Jul 17 2020

1hr 50mins

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Episode 81: A Dive Down State of Mind

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This week the team tries to just chill (for once) and ends up with a 60min+ Break Down of the last 6 months of Modern and Pioneer, some ban speculation (before the upcoming announcement was announced), and answering listener questions. Shane brings some takes. Stanislav disagrees with Dave. Dave opens packs on air in retaliation. It's another week on The Down Down!

The Break Down: 6 months of Modern + Pioneer
The Dive Down: Listener questions

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Timestamps:
3:20 - Housekeeping
4:59 - The extended Break Down begins - Modern and Pioneer in 2020
6:35 - Modern in 2020
10:15 - The Modern up-and-comers
14:04 - Modern still hanging on
21:35 - Modern Falling Stars
28:13 - Recent Modern tournaments
45:35 - Our takes on Modern in 2020
49:15 - Pioneer in 2020
50:50 - The Pioneer up-and-comers
52:59 - Pioneer still hanging on and the falling stars
54:29 - Recent Pioneer tournaments.... sorta
57:55 - Our takes on the problems of Pioneer in 2020
1:10:58 - What would we change in Pioneer?
1:15:25 - What could be added to Pioneer?
1:21:40 - What would we ban/unban in Modern?
1:24:34 - The Wind Down begins: listener questions
1:25:34 - How do we track our performance?
1:31:30 - What promo cards do we like?
1:35:55 - What makes a deck eternal?
1:40:10 - What has been your favorite deck to play?
1:43:14 - What other formats would we like to try?
1:45:45 - What cards would we like to see printed into Modern?
1:48:58 - Closing out

Links/Tournaments Referenced in this week's episode:
Modern Challenge #1: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-07-05
Modern Challenge #2: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-07-06
Pioneer League #1: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-league-2020-07-02
Pioneer League #2: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-league-2020-07-06
Pioneer Prelim #1: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-preliminary-2020-07-02

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Jul 10 2020

1hr 50mins

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Bonus 8: Big on Tik Tok w/ Deezy_MTG

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In this bonus episode, Stan sits down with Nick Valdez, AKA Deezy MTG to talk about the art of content creation, MTG comedy, and what it's like being the #1 Magic Tik Tok account in America and maybe the world!

Find Nick
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvaldeezy
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/deezy_mtg
Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@deezymtg

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Jul 07 2020

1hr 7mins

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Episode 80: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Core Set 2021 Edition

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On this week's episode we take three (or more!) decks featuring Core Set 2021 cards through the Sleeve/Believe/Heave gauntlet. Did they have what it takes to get the coveted "Sleeve" rating? Following that, we discuss how new cards are impacting classic decks in Modern and Pioneer!

The Dive Down: Stanislav Snoops
The Dive Down, pt 2: Dave Stormwings
The Dive Down, pt 3: Shane Selesnyas
... And more!

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Timestamps:
5:58 - Sleeve Believe Heave Week Begins
7:51 - Modern Rakdos Goblins ft. Conspicuous Snoop
33:53 - Modern Izzet Prowess ft. Stormwing Entity
57:54 - Pioneer Selesnya Scales ft. Conclave Mentor
1:24:40 - Modern & Pioneer Elves ft. Llanowar Visionary & Fierce Empath
1:31:44 - Modern Grixis Delver ft. Thieves Guild Enforcer
1:33:40 - Modern & Pioneer Dredge ft. Silversmote Ghoul
1:39:07 - Modern Izzet Control ft. Teferi, Master of Time
1:41:35 - Pioneer Azorius Spirits ft. Shacklegeist & Lofty Denial
1:43:30 - Modern Izzet Phoenix ft. See the Truth
1:44:15 - Eliminate in Pioneer
1:45:35 - Pioneer Boros Cycling ft. No New Cards
1:46:47 - Pioneer Simic Wilderness Reclamation ft. Sublime Epiphany
1:47:40 - Pioneer Goblins ft. Conspicuous Snoop & Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner
1:50:17 - Closing Out

Links from this week's episode:
Snoopy Goblins: https://www.streamdecker.com/deck/UrwCOTAZK
Izzet Prowess: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3144685#paper
Selesnya Scales: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3150880#paper

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Jul 03 2020

1hr 52mins

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Episode 79: Naya Winota: Joining Forces in Modern & Pioneer

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This week we dive into both Modern AND Pioneer to explore Naya Winota! Did she successfully recruit us into joining her forces, or did we remain unaffiliated? We also do a quick break down of the latest Modern Challenge to explore the variety of decks finding success, and wind down with some Patreon questions.

The Break Down: Stanislav <3s Modern
The Dive Down: History's Best BoP Deck?
The Wind Down: A Few Questions

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Timestamps:
2:58 - Housekeeping
6:12 - The Break Down begins: A Modern Challenge
8:10 - Top 8 analysis
23:42 - Takes on the tournament
26:14 - Core 21 projections
27:58 - The Dive Down begins: Why Winota?
30:50 - What Winota?
34:35 - The payoffs
40:32 - Payoff math and payoff tactics
45:40 - Gut checks and initial takes
49:55 - The mana dorks
52:55 - The token generators
56:21 - Eldritch Evolution and the sac fodder
1:06:00 - The early game plan and the power of that game plan
1:11:25 - Creating advantage with Winota
1:19:40 - Losing advantage with Winota
1:22:09 - Comparing this to other decks in the formats
1:30:18 - What's the better version? Pioneer or Modern?
1:40:02 - The Wind Down: Patreon questions
1:48:38 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
The 6/21 Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-06-21#decklists
Pioneer Winota: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3130303#paper
Modern Winota: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3114576#paper

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Jun 26 2020

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Episode 78: Pioneer Possibilities & Core 21, pt. 2

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This week we receive a short but substantial ray of sunshine about Pioneer from Shane and then talk about our our second and final batch of picks to click from Core Set 2021!
The Break Down: Pioneer is Actually Good
The Break Down, cont: But What About Inverter? Stan Speaks
The Dive Down: Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers (again)

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Timestamps:
3:00 - Housekeeping
5:00 -The Break Down begins — Get Up on Pioneer
6:15 - Shane’s Ray of Light: Pioneer Challenges
6:30 - The first Pioneer Challenge’s Top 8
9:45 - The second Pioneer Challenge’s Top 8
12:20 - Top 8s takeaways
13:00 - Top 32s assessment
15:10 - But what about Inverter? Stan speaks.
16:00 - The bottom line on Pioneer + what we’re playing
19:25 - The Dive Down begins: more Core 21 cards
19:35 - Conspicuous Snoop
27:30 - Ghostly Pilferer + Shacklegeist
36:20 - Terror of the Peaks
42:30 - Sublime Epiphany
47:20 - Heartfire Immolator
54:05 - Stormwing Entity
1:00:10 - Conclave Mentor
1:04:05 - Llanowar Visionary + Fierce Empath
1:09:40 - Lofty Denial
1:15:55 - Miscast
1:19:55 - Liliana, Waker of the Dead
1:27:18 - Colossal Dreadmaw
1:27:45 - Frantic Inventory
1:32:33 - See the Truth
1:34:32 - Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner
1:38:36 - Angelic Ascention
1:41:55 - The Wind Down begins — Core 21 called shots

Links from this episode:
Pioneer Challenge, June 14th
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-challenge-2020-06-14
Pioneer Challenge, June 15th
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-challenge-2020-06-15
Jim Davis on Conspicuous Snoop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgp12xXMlX0
https://www.coolstuffinc.com/a/jimdavis-06122020-the-scoop-on-conspicuous-snoop

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Jun 19 2020

1hr 51mins

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Episode 77: Companions Crash & Core 21, pt. 1

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This week we look at the post-Companion metas for Pioneer and Modern, then talk about our picks to click from the first batch of Core Set 2021 spoilers!
The Break Down: Our Companions Leave Us Alone
The Break Down, cont: Modern & Pioneer Metas
The Dive Down: Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers

Timestamps:
2:42 - Housekeeping
5:45 -The Break Down begins - the post-Companion meta
10:38 - The Pioneer meta
16:30 - Some top 8s
23:55 - Pio Companion check in and cool decks
34:37 - Pioneer meta takes
35:20 - The modern meta
39:01 - Some top8s
44:43 - Some cool decks and cool takes
50:35 - Quick take - what would we play?
52:15 - The Dive Down begins
54:20 - Teferi, Master of Time
1:10:00 - Basri Ket
1:13:43 - Chandra, Heart of Fire
1:18:29 - Elder Garagroth
1:23:26 - Village Rites
1:28:30 - Plunge
1:34:46 - Containment Priest
1:39:00 - Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge
1:42:02 - Quick hits - Azusa, Vito, Chandra's Incinerator

Links from this week's episode:
SCG Tour Online:
https://scgtouronline.starcitygames.com/
Core Set 2021 Spoilers: https://scryfall.com/sets/m21?order=spoiled&as=grid

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Jun 12 2020

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Episode 76: Gathering the Magic ft. Cavedan

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The hosts of The Dive Down want to make our beliefs clear: Black Lives Matter.

We share the commitment of many of our listeners in educating ourselves on the unfathomable pain faced by people of color in the United States and beyond. All proceeds from this week’s episode will go to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and several other organizations that fight for justice on behalf of oppressed people and communities.

We encourage our friends and listeners to support marginalized communities when and where you can. Below are some resources that you can consider in the fight to end institutional racism, and support justice for oppressed communities all around us.

http://www.maximummiddleage.com/right-now/alton-sterling-philando-castile-how-to-be-an-ally-to-black-people
The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/
Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/
Unicorn Riot: https://unicornriot.ninja/
George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
Justice for Breonna Taylor: https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor
Mutual Aid: https://www.mutualaidhub.org/
Black and Brown Founders: https://blackandbrownfounders.com/
Black Feminist Project: https://www.gofundme.com/f/theblkprojek
Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp: https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/
Black Girls Code: https://www.blackgirlscode.com/
Black Voters Matter Fund: https://www.blackvotersmatterfund.org/
The National Police Accountability Project: https://www.nlg-npap.org/donate/
Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org/
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: https://www.naacpldf.org/
BET and United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund: https://secure.unitedway.org/j/step/bet-covid-19-donate

As for the episode itself: Join us this week as we have special guest Cavedan, of Faithless Brewing fame, on as we break down the latest B&R announcement and the companion rules change, talk about our thoughts and feelings about the game and meta-game of Magic, and quiz him about brewing.

Timestamps:
7:56 - Housekeeping
12:13 - The Break Down: dissecting the B&R and Companion rule change
16:36 - Examining the text from the announcement
27:58 - Will divergent game play patterns take place?
33:00 - The implications of this rule change
43:40 - The Dive Down begins - The pace and impact of change
54:35 - How we can respond to change?
1:02:32 - Things to be positive about in Magic - New ways to play
1:02:36 - News digital ways to play is a good thing.
1:09:49 - Does anyone think paper is dying?
1:15:43 - The game is fundamentally great!
1:27:42 - How change keeps the community engaged.
1:33:34 - The Brew Down
1:37:22 - Deck Advantage vs. Deck Experience
1:39:29 - Checking in on our goals.
1:44:18 - The Wind Down Begins
144:41 - Has Rogue Refinery changed the way Dan brews?
1:47:40 - How do we approach an open meta game?
1:49:49 - What makes a card brew worthy?
1:51:11 - Can a brand new deck emerge in Modern?
1:53:39 - Please brew with Nahiri, the Harbinger
1:55:29 - What’s The Dive Down’s secret ingredient?
1:59:55 - Closing Out

Links from this week's episode:
June 1, 2020 B&R: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/june-1-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement
Faithless Brewing: https://faithlessbrewing.podbean.com/
Faithless Brewing on Twitter: https://twitter.com/faithlessmtg
Faithless Brewing's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
Episodes of Rogue Refinery can found at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ZGymAvfP97qJabgqUkz4A

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Jun 05 2020

2hr 2mins

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Episode 75: Pioneer Jeskai Lukka: Superfriendly Fires

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We dive into one of the most powerful and popular decks in Pioneer - Jeskai Lukka Yorion Sharknado Fires Control! Or whatever it's called!
The Break Down: The latest Pioneer SQ
The Dive Down: TapouT
The Dive Down, continued: Agents of Snap Concessions

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Timestamps:
2:35 - Housekeeping
6:25 - The Break Down begins - the Pioneer Super Qualifier
6:50 - PSQ Top 32 Meta
16:44 - PSQ Top 8
18:17 - Interesting Decks
27:27 - The Dive Down Begins - Yorion Superfriends!
30:30 - What is tapout control?
35:40 - Fires of Invention and tapout control
43:26 - The gameplan of Yorion Superfriends
53:01 - Enabling Lukka
56:40 - The yorion advantage
1:09:50 - Closing out games
1:12:30 - The supporting elements
1:18:51 - Getting the most out of Fires
1:32:55 - Sideboarding and matchups
1:47:30 - Some thoughts on the deck
1:50:20 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
Tapout Control / PV's Playhouse / Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: https://www.channelfireball.com/all-strategy/home/pvs-playhouse-control/
The Pioneer SQ: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-super-qualifier-2020-05-23
Jeskai Superfriends: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/wur-20302994-c1b8-4ede-a1ad-81e213d4b28a#paper
More Superfriends: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3047732#paper

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May 29 2020

1hr 53mins

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Episode 74: Complicated Companion Questions ft. Aspiring Spike

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This week Aspiring Spike is back to help us understand the Companion metagame in Pioneer and Modern. What's good, what's not so good, and how to next-level your opponents!

The Break Down: Lotus Box Modern
The Dive Down: Shane Has Facts
The Dive Down, pt. 2: A Love/Hate Relationship

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Timestamps:
2:55 - Housekeeping
4:37 - The Break Down sorta begins - Another B&R annoucement
10:48 - The Break Down really begins - The Team Lotus Box modern 1k
13:25 - The 1k metagame
31:52 - Companion stats and the top 8
33:30 - Tournament takeaways
36:36 - The Dive Down begins - the Companion metas
41:43 - Why has the metagame coalesced around Companions?
47:06 - Who's having fun?
51:28 - How is this metagame different than before?
58:55 - How are you getting an edge?
1:09:01 - Playing against Companions
1:29:03 - What do we think will happen to Companions?
1:34:25 - What are WOTCs long-term plans for Companions?
1:36:45 - Why might WOTC change Companions?
1:41:41 - Full-time Aspiring Spike
1:45:30 - The Sorta Wind Down - questions for Aspiring Spike
1:53:22 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
The Team Lotus Box Modern 1K: https://mtgdecks.net/Modern/lotus-box-league-season-1-modern-1k-team-lotus-box-tournament-62866
Ari Lax: How to Exploit Every Companion in Constructed: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/how-to-exploit-every-companion-in-constructed/
Aspiring Spike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoughonEvart
Aspiring Spike on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike

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May 22 2020

1hr 55mins

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Episode 73: Diving Deeper: How Do I Know If I'm Winning?

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This week we tackle a level-up prompt from a Patron of The Dive Down Nation - what does it mean to have advantage in a game of Magic? We explore what advantage can look like in different aspects of the game, how to use it in your game play, and how to play when you are ahead or behind.
The Break Down: Cool decks from recent challenges
The Dive Down: The Unified Theory of Magic
The Dive Down, pt. 2: Debunking the Unified Theory of Magic

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Timestamps:
6:27 - The Break Down begins: Cool decks!
6:59 - May 11 Pioneer Challenge
20:42 - May 11 Modern Challenge
26:44 - UW Miracles ft. Counterbalance
31:52 - The Dive Down begins: Advantage in Magic
42:50 - What’s the first thing that comes to mind with advantage?
49:32 - Is there a way to talk about advantage in a single cohesive way?
57:58 - Thinking about actions instead of turns.
1:06:22 - Are some decks more sensitive to advantage?
1:09:39 - Does it all come down to deck plans?
1:12:05 - What about advantage in combo?
1:14:50 - How fragile is having an advantage in Magic?
1:23:45 - Does a format’s power level make advantage more important?
1:27:17 - Taking your plan to the next level with advantage.
1:30:14 - What to do with your knowledge of in-game advantage.
1:33:05 - How do you regain advantage?
1:41:02 - What to down you already have the advantage.
1:46:38 - How do we get from advantage to intuition?

Links from this week's episode:
The May 11th Pio Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-challenge-2020-05-11#decklists
The May 11th Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-05-11#decklists
The May 10th Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-05-10

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May 15 2020

1hr 53mins

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Episode 72: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Constant Companions, v.2

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We take three more Companions and three new decks through the S/B/H process, and let you know what we thought about them! Maybe we even used that hippo one! (We didn't.)
The Break Down: The Lotus Box is a League
The Dive Down: Yorion, Lurrus (Again?), and Gyruda
The Wind Down: 3 Minutes About Hobbies

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Timestamps:
2:34 - Housekeeping
6:03 - The Break Down - The Team Lotus Box Pioneer Tournament top 8
11:28 - Closer looks at the new Companion decks of Pioneer
22:15- Winrate stats
24:20 - Takeaways from the tournament
31:00 - The Dive Down begins - Companion S/B/H, pt.2
32:29 - Bant Snow Control ft. Yorion
59:40 - Pioneer Boros Burn ft. Lurrus
1:21:05 - Sultai Gyruda Combo ft.... Gyruda
1:46:01 - The Wind Down - what we're doing during Social Distancing
1:49:26 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
The Team Lotus Box tournament series: https://www.lotusboxleague.com/
Bant Snow Control: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2982916#paper
Boros Burn: https://mtgdecks.net/Pioneer/boros-burn-lurrus-decklist-by-piper-powell-965744
Gyruda combo: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2974794#paper

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May 08 2020

1hr 51mins

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Episode 71: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Constant Companions, v.1

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This week The Dive Down boys test out some of the latest decks in Modern and Pioneer, all featuring Companions! Love them or hate them, they are certainly here for now. Listen and learn what we think about 3 of the newest popular Companions!
The Break Down: 2 Challenging Modern Challenges
The Dive Down: Our New Friends Lurrus, Obosh, and Zirda
The Wind Down: Funeral For a Friend

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Timestamps:
2:26 - Housekeeping
6:03 - The Break Down: 2 Modern Challenges
15:26 - The second Modern Challenge!
26:56 - The Dive Down begins: Ever hear of Companions?
29:15 - Grixis Death's Shadow ft. Lurrus in Modern
49:33 - Some tips with and against Lurrus
57:03 - Gruul Aggro ft. Obosh in Pioneer
1:20:04 - Beating Obosh
1:23:24 - Zirda Elves in Modern
1:33:15 - Stoneforge Mystic Zirda!
1:41:08 - Our takes on Companions
1:51:41 - The Wind Down: RIP DCI

LInks from this week's episode:
Lurrus Shadow: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2958819#paper
Obosh Gruul: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2940733#paper
Zirda Elves: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2948760#paper
Zirda SFM Elves: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2958129#paper
Izzet Lutri: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2961717#paper

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May 01 2020

1hr 59mins

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Episode 70: Ponza: Sprawling Out

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We hang out with our old friend Klothys and her minions as we do a deck dive into the latest tier 1 Modern deck, Ponza!
The Break Down: Challenge of the Companions
The Break Down, cont: The Takes You're Looking For
The Dive Down: 2 Glorybringers on Turn 3

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Timestamps:
2:45 - Housekeeping
5:42 - The Break Down begins: a Pioneer super qualifier
6:28 - The top 8 (with maybe some Companion talk)
22:42 - The rest of the meta
25:48 - The immediate impact of Companions and our hot takes
39:25 - The Dive Down: Gruul Midrange/RG Ponza
45:10 - Our initial thoughts
48:40 - What this deck is trying to do
53:15 - The early game
58:22 - The midgame
1:00:58 - A special focus on Klothys
1:06:43 - Back to the ramp targets and midgame plays
1:13:20 - Closing out the game
1:21:01 - The Companion Variant
1:31:45 - Why is Ponza good now?
1:36:30 - Some good and kinda bad matchups
1:41:30 - Some helpful thoughts
1:45:30 - How to stop Ponza
1:48:50 - The future of Ponza in the meta
1:50:28 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
The Pioneer Super Qualifier: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-super-qualifier-2020-04-18
The “Classic” Ponza list: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2878672#paper
The Companion list: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2941115#paper

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Apr 24 2020

1hr 53mins

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Episode 69: Ikoria: A Lair of Spoilers, Pt. 2

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Dave is back and we tackle a second batch of spoilers from Ikoria, and give you our picks to click in Pioneer and Modern! Then we wind things down with The Dive Down Nation's spoiler survey.
The Break Down: The latest Pioneer Super Qualifier
The Dive Down: More Monsters, Fewer Problems
The Wind Down: The Nation's spoiler survey

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Timestamps:
1:57 - Housekeeping
4:16 - The Break Down begins: the Pioneer Super Qualifier top 8
14:25 - The top 32 metagame breakdown
21:05 - The Dive Down begins: Ikoria spoilers pt 2
21:27 - Of One Mind
29:22 - Shark Typhoon
34:03 - Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy
40:44 - Slitherwisp
45:58 - Cunning Nightbonder
49:01 - Skycat Sovereign
53:20 - Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor
1:00:16 - Labyrinth Raptor
1:03:54 - Swallow Whole
1:10:01 - The Ozolith
1:14:14 - Neutralize
1:18:27 - Quick Hits!
1:27:18 - The Triomes!
1:36:27 - The Wind Down: The Nation's spoiler survey
1:47:48 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
The Pioneer Super Qualifier: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/pioneer-super-qualifier-12130311#paper
Ikoria spoilers: https://scryfall.com/sets/iko?order=set&as=grid

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Apr 17 2020

1hr 49mins

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Bonus 7: Mono-Red Prowess ft. Ryan Overturf

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In this bonus episode, Dave and Stan got to chat with Ryan Overturf about Mono Red Prowess! Who doesn’t love an explosive Lightning Bolt deck? We chat about the deck’s evolution in Modern, how to evaluate its threats, side boarding and more!

Find Ryan Overturf:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanOverdrive
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ryanoverdrive
Lodestone Games: https://twitter.com/LodestoneCG

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Apr 15 2020

1hr 21mins

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Episode 68: Ikoria: Lair of the Spoilers, Pt. 1 ft. Aspiring Spike

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We have Evart Moughon, aka Aspiring Spike, on as a guest host to go over the first batch of Ikoria spoilers!
The Break Down: Modern Showcase!
The Dive Down: Behemoth Spoilers!
The Wind Down: Listener Questions!

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Timestamps:
2:28 - Housekeeping
3:35 - The Break Down: Modern Super Qualifier
5:30 - The top 8
14:42 - The top 32 meta
28:07 - The Dive Down begins: how we evaluate cards
32:39 - The mechanics of Ikoria
44:31 - Picks to Click: Lurrus of the Dream Den
52:09 - Heartless Act
57:01 - Vivien, Monsters' Advocate
1:04:06 - Sea-Dasher Octopus
1:07:24 - Fiend Artisan
1:11:29 - Sprite Dragon
1:16:24 - General Kudro of Drannith
1:22:01 - Rielle, the Everwise
1:25:39 - Mythos of Nethroi
1:29:27 - Some quick hits
1:35:12 - The Wind Down - questions for Aspiring Spike
1:45:21 - Where to find Aspiring Spike
1:46:29 - Closing Out

Links from this week's episode:
Modern Super Qualifier: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-super-qualifier-2020-04-05#decklists
The Mechanics of Ikoria: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ikoria-lair-behemoths-mechanics-2020-04-02?sd
Ikoria spoilers: https://scryfall.com/sets/iko?order=set&as=grid
Aspiring Spike on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike
Aspiring Spike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoughonEvart/

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Apr 10 2020

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Great content, always up to date information and knowledgeable! Thanks for the content!

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Great content, humorous delivery. Don’t do a pizza podcast.