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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, Stanislav, and Zak 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 15% 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, Stanislav, and Zak 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 15% 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 take on modern and pioneer

By Maynard Maynard Maynard - Jan 11 2020
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Great show on modern and pioneer. The jokes are good for a couple laughs and a couple groans per episode. It’s a good light hearted take on magic that stays fun even with elks running around.

Great mtg podcast

By french kicks - Sep 20 2019
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This is a fun and informative mtg podcast.

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Great take on modern and pioneer

By Maynard Maynard Maynard - Jan 11 2020
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Great show on modern and pioneer. The jokes are good for a couple laughs and a couple groans per episode. It’s a good light hearted take on magic that stays fun even with elks running around.

Great mtg podcast

By french kicks - Sep 20 2019
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This is a fun and informative mtg 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, Stanislav, and Zak 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 15% 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 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 #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: Episode 20: MC2: London Boogaloo

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The Break Down & The Dive Down: Mythic Championship London.
The Wind Down: We take some listener questions.

Links from the episode:
The most played cards at MC London: https://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/2019MC2/most-played-modern-cards-mythic-championship-ii-2019-04-27
The top 8 from MC London:
https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/mythic-championship-london-top-eight-decklists
Mark Jacobson's Red Eldrazi Deck: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1847510#paper

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May 03 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #8: 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

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: Episode 7: When In Doubt, Burn 'Em Out!

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We go over the latest Modern Challenge and the new Pod, talk about Stanislav's awesome finish at the SCG Classic, then dive down into a discussion of the latest experiments with Burn.

Prime Speaker Vannifar Pod: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/prime-speaker-vannifar-with-kiki-combo-in-modern/

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Feb 01 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: Episode 40: Modern Sideboarding: Going From Good to Great

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The Break Down: GP Ghent discussion and analysis
The Dive Down: Talking sideboarding in modern
The Wind Down: Our favorite sideboard cards

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Timestamps:
1:25 - Housekeeping
3:29 - The Break Down begins - GP Ghent
8:40 - GP Ghent top 4 team decks
16:17 - Thoughts on the meta
19:25 - The Dive Down begins - talkin' sideboards
20:55 - Silver bullet cards
29:51 - Color hosers
35:55 - Building a sideboard
38:27 - Knowing your plan, pivoting your plan
42:59 - Why to not netdeck sideboards
46:48 - Should you plan for your perceived local meta?
50:40 - Preparing for an expected meta
53:53 - Preparing for an unknown meta
56:48 - Sideboarding - for your good or bad matchups?
70:25 - When to tweak your sideboard
74:53 - Common sideboarding habits of Modern decks
87:04 - The Wind Down begins - our favorite sideboard cards

Links from this week's episode:
CFB's MagicFest Ghent coverage: https://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/32

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Sep 20 2019

1hr 35mins

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Rank #16: Episode 28: Sleeve It / Believe It / Heave It: Modern Horizons Edition

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The Break Down: We analyze the emerging meta and the Hogaak menace in MTGO tournament results.
The Dive Down: Do we want to Sleeve, Believe, or Heave 4 Modern decks built around new Modern Horizons cards?
The Wind Down: Mistakes were made.

Timestamps:
Break Down Starts - 3:39
Modern MCQ - 4:24
Modern Playoffs - 10:34

Dive Down Starts - 24:31
Sultai Snow - 25:38
RB Goblins - 27:25
RB Skelemental - 34:10
Mardu Octomancer - 52:18
Bant Infect - 1:06:03

Wind Down Starts - 1:23:56
Aria of Flame - 1:24:19
Crashing Footfalls - 1:29:46
Unearth - 1:31:08
Hogaak - 1:32:35

Links from the episode:
JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown
Modern MCQ: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-mcq-2019-06-24#decklists
Modern Playoffs: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-event-2019-06-23#decklists

Deck lists:
Sultai Snow: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-snow-sultai#paper
RB Goblins: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-rakdos-goblins#online
RB Skelemental: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-red-black-aggro#paper
Mardu Octomancer: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2025289#paper
Bant Infect: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2019572#online

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Jun 28 2019

1hr 37mins

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Rank #17: Episode 50: How to Casual Spike a New Deck

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The crew tackle a level-up topic: how to overcome the challenge of picking up a new deck!
The Break Down: GP Columbus
The Dive Down: That Fresh Deck Smell
The Dive Down, cont.: Those Fresh Deck Plans

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Timestamps:
2:16 - Housekeeping
4:45 - The Break Down begins - GP Columbus
7:07 - The day 1 meta
17:20 - The day 2 meta
21:38 - The top 8 and our thoughts on Modern at the end of 2019
31:30 - The Dive Down begins - how to learn a new deck
33:10 - What we like about picking up a new deck
40:10 - What we don’t like about picking up new decks
45:59 - How do we learn about new decks
54:58 - Thinking about a deck’s plan - the early game
1:05:38 - The mid-game
1:11:03 - The late-game
1:13:25 - What is your deck trying to do better than other decks
1:19:00 - Looking for card synergies in your deck
1:21:24 - What is your deck’s position in the meta?
1:23:44 - What’s the role of your deck?
1:31:52 - what can you lose to?
1:37:50 - closing out

Links from this week's episode:
CFB's MF Columbus Coverage: https://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/42
Who's The Beatdown?: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/whos-the-beatdown/

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Nov 27 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #18: Episode 42: Mono-Red Prison: A Guide to Turn 1 3-Drops

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The crew do a deck dive into a personal favorite - Mono-Red Prison!
The Break Down: #OkoWatch2019
The Dive Down: SSG Ritual Ritual Karn
The Wind Down: Pocket Monsters

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Timestamps:
2:32 - Housekeeping
5:00 - The Break Down - The Modern Challenge
16:02 - The Dive Down begins - Mono-Red Prison
17:42 - What are prison decks?
21:34 - The fast mana spells
26:43 - The lock pieces
35:00 - The wishboard lock pieces
41:16 - The threats
55:13 - The planeswalkers
1:10:05 - The removal
1:13:25 - The lands
1:18:35 - The sideboard
1:21:30 - Playing against Mono-Red Prison
1:28:16 - Our thoughts on Mono-Red Prison
1:30:18 - The Wind Down - Gotta catch 'em all!

Links from this week's episode:
The Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-09-29
Mono-Red Prison decklist; https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-mono-red-prison-84623#online

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Oct 04 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #19: Episode 39: Stoneforge Steve Austin: Live and Die by the Blade

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The Break Down: GP Hoosier State
The Dive Down: Wielding Swords
The Wind Down: Heel Turn

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Timestamps:
2:36 – The Break Down begins: GP Indianapolis
9:49 – Our thoughts on the top 4 team decks
13:13 – The GP Indy metagame
22:28 – The Dive Down begins: The history of Stoneforge Mystic
28:44 – The Stoneforge unban in New Modern
32:59 – The Stoneforge Package
42:36 – New swords on the block
47:14 – Sword strats
50:55 – Sleeve/Believe/Heave – UW Control
1:02:26 – S/B/H – GW Eldrazi
1:10:55 – S/B/H – Jeskai Tempoforge
1:24:47 – S/B/H – Bant Snowflash
1:31:50 – The Wind Down begins – is modern better with a big baddie?
1:39:35 – What do you love playing against?

Links from this week’s episode:
Every deck from GP Indy: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTCwN2g7cBwLzmED2vedpMsqsSObsvi3jHJCJSDm7YQ36gSHRUICWOi0fzbKCvGle5lIFekPt02wOIs/pubhtml
Day 1 and day 2 GP Indy data: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSsh9wpyhBTSTOjTmUrsiOOrSCyO1K0zsPK0E2gh2I1m9bRFCZ2BoIyNeL2gR7AQuWxYD2LQM_mX30A/pubhtml
UW Control: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2232374#paper
GW Eldrazi: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2239583#online
Jeskai Tempoforge: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2239424#paper
Bant Snowflash: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2239373#paper

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Sep 13 2019

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Rank #20: 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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Episode 56: Bans & Theros: Beyond Hyped, Vol. 2

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We take another look at Theros Beyond Death, and share some of our picks to click in Pioneer and Modern!
The Break Down: Irrelevant top 8s and, oh yeah, HUGE MODERN BANS
The Dive Down: Theros Beyond Death Picks to Click - Again!
The Wind Down: The Dive Down Nation's favorite cards from Theros Beyond Death

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Timestamps:
4:10 - Housekeeping
5:18 - The Break Down begins - Some outdated Top 8s
8:34 - A closer look at Golgari Yawgmoth
14:30 - 3 Modern bans!
33:20 - The Dive Down begins - Shadowspear
39:53 - Nylea, Keen Eyed
46:45 - Underworld Breach
55:06 - Gallia of the Endless Dance
1:00:26 - Shatter the Sky
1:08:45 - Klothys, God of Destiny
1:16:42 - Quick Picks begin - Thassa, Deep Dwelling
1:18:05 - Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
1:19:52 - Eidolon of Obstruction
1:22:00 - Escape Velocity
1:23:52 - Thassa’s Oracle
1:25:40 - Gravebreaker Lamia
1:27:52 - Fruit of Tizerus
1:30:34 - The Wind Down - The Picks to Click Listener Survey
1:40:22 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
Jan 13 B&R announcement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/january-13-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement?n
MagicFest Austin coverage: https://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/47
SCG Knoxville Open coverage: https://old.starcitygames.com/events/110120_knoxville.html
Golgari Yawgmoth deck tech: https://old.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/golgari_yawgmoth_with_aaron_ba.html

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Jan 17 2020

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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

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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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Episode 54: The Many Moods of Monastery Mentor

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The lads see if Monastery Mentor has what it takes to succeed in Pioneer by testing 3 different decks!
The Break Down: Looking over the post-Oko Pioneer Preliminaries (plus some Modern Prelims)
The Dive Down: Making mistakes with Monastery Mentor
The Wind Down: Holiday listener questions

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Timestamps:
1:53 - Housekeeping
3:20 - The Break Down begins - Pouring over the post-Oko Pioneer Prelims
13:22 - Looking more closely at Green Ramp in Pioneer
21:56 - A brief look at the Modern Prelims
29:40 - The Dive Down begins - There's a Mentor in my Monastery!
36:40 - Exploring Mentor in Pioneer
38:46 - Shane with GW Mentor Tokens
48:30 - The verdict on GW Mentor
55:22 - Dave with Mardu PyroMentor
1:09:35 - The verdict on Mardu PyroMentor
1:11:29 - Stan with Esper Mentor
1:20:16 - The verdict on Esper Mentor
1:29:52 - Lessons learned on Monastery Mentor
1:34:13 - The Wind Down - Listener questions

Links from this week's episode:
Shane's GW Mentor Tokens: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2587692#paper
Dave's Mardu PyroMentor: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2590187#paper
Stan's Esper Mentor: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2587940#paper

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Dec 27 2019

1hr 44mins

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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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Episode 52: 2019: A Real Year

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The guys get together in a studio to indulge themselves with discussion of our favorite Dive Down (and Magic) moments of 2019.
The Break Down: We talk about what we have been playing and enjoying in Modern and Pioneer
The Dive Down: The best (and worst) of 2019

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Timestamps:
1:52 - Housekeeping
3:33 - The Break Down: what we've been playing
34:15 - The Dive Down begins: our 2019
35:14 - Favorite episodes of the year
43:45 - Favorite Deck Dives of the year
47:01 - Worst and best card picks to click of the year
1:03:10 - Sleeve/Believe/Heave decks of the year
1:14:43 - Our cards of the year
1:21:16 - Our Magic experiences of the year
1:26:28 - The best new format of the year
1:30:03 - Our guests of the year
1:33:07 - Our worst takes of the year
1:39:22 - Was 2019 a good year for Magic?
1:44:34 - Signing off

Links from this week's episode:
Find Gal Schlesinger on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/yamakiller
Listen to the Pioneer Cast, featuring Ross Merriam: https://twitter.com/CastPioneer
Read Emma Partlow's content on TCG Player: https://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article_search_result.asp?author=Emma%20Partlow
Find Riley Knight's content on Channel Fireball: https://www.channelfireball.com/all-strategy/author/riley-knight/
Listen to Faithless Brewing: https://faithlessbrewing.podbean.com

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Dec 13 2019

1hr 47mins

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Episode 51: ROY G NIV: 5C Niv-Mizzet ft. Faithless Brewing

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The Dive Down teams up with Faithless Brewing to bring you a deck dive into Five Color Niv-Mizzet!
The Break Down: The week of Pioneer PTQs and the subsequent bans
The Dive Down: The Five Color Niv-Mizzet deck dive!

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Timestamps:
3:28 - Introducing Faithless Brewing
7:52 - Housekeeping
10:28 - The Break Down begins: Pioneer PTQs = Pioneer bans
19:28 - The Dive Down begins: Introducing 5C Niv
25:10 - What IS 5C Niv?
31:28 - The gameplan
43:24 - The cards begin: The BTL toolbox
50:00 - The mana
57:34 - The guild cards
1:16:15 - Executing the game plan
1:21:03 - The place in the meta
1:29:10 - Sideboarding with Niv
1:32:07 - Sideboarding against Niv
1:36:43 - The future of Niv
1:41:26 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
Faithless Brewing's homepage: https://faithlessbrewing.podbean.com
Faithless Brewing on Twitter: https://twitter.com/faithlessmtg
Faithless Brewing's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
December 2nd Pioneer Bannings: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/december-2-2019-pioneer-banned-announcement
An example 5CNM decklist: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2518206#paper

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Dec 06 2019

1hr 45mins

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Bonus 3: Return of the Reply Guys

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In our third bonus episode, we take questions from our awesome fans and listeners about Magic the Gathering and our personal lives.

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Timestamps:
2:05 - How bad does your favorite deck have to be in the metagame for you to play something else?
5:55 - How have your paper groups changed with Pioneer? Have people started leaving Modern to play Pioneer?
9:28 - Is The Dive Down going to transition its focus to Pioneer?
13:11 - What are your favorite deck archetypes?
17:35 - What were your favorite cards when you started playing, and what are your current favorite cards?
26:29 - How did we start playing Magic?
37:34 - What do you do outside of Magic for fun or when you need a break from Magic?
47:24 - What's one pre-Modern card we would add to the card pool?

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Dec 02 2019

56mins

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Episode 50: How to Casual Spike a New Deck

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The crew tackle a level-up topic: how to overcome the challenge of picking up a new deck!
The Break Down: GP Columbus
The Dive Down: That Fresh Deck Smell
The Dive Down, cont.: Those Fresh Deck Plans

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Timestamps:
2:16 - Housekeeping
4:45 - The Break Down begins - GP Columbus
7:07 - The day 1 meta
17:20 - The day 2 meta
21:38 - The top 8 and our thoughts on Modern at the end of 2019
31:30 - The Dive Down begins - how to learn a new deck
33:10 - What we like about picking up a new deck
40:10 - What we don’t like about picking up new decks
45:59 - How do we learn about new decks
54:58 - Thinking about a deck’s plan - the early game
1:05:38 - The mid-game
1:11:03 - The late-game
1:13:25 - What is your deck trying to do better than other decks
1:19:00 - Looking for card synergies in your deck
1:21:24 - What is your deck’s position in the meta?
1:23:44 - What’s the role of your deck?
1:31:52 - what can you lose to?
1:37:50 - closing out

Links from this week's episode:
CFB's MF Columbus Coverage: https://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/42
Who's The Beatdown?: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/whos-the-beatdown/

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Nov 27 2019

1hr 39mins

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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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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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Episode 47: Spirits: Be Yourself, in Ghost Form

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This week, The Dive Down gents do a patent-pending Dive into a fan favorite tribe - Spirits! We also discuss the first wave of Pioneer bans and the decks of the first Pioneer PTQ.

Breaking News - The first Pioneer bans!
The Break Down - The first Pioneer PTQ!
The Dive Down - A Spooky Modern Tribe

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Timestamps:
04:47 - Housekeeping
05:42 - Breaking News - Pioneer Bans!
18:40 - The Break Down - The Pioneer PTQ
33:36 - The Dive Down Begins - An introduction to Modern Spirits
37:09 - A brief history of Spirits
42:00 - Cards and strategy - The disruption
59:56 - The lords
1:04:41 - The broken cards
1:15:38 - Bant vs Azorius Spirits
1:22:02 - The Spirits sideboard
1:25:29 - Playing against Spirits
1:31:40 - The future of Spirits
1:37:34 - Wrapping things up

Links from this week's episode:
The Nov 4 Pioneer Bannings: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/november-4-2019-pioneer-banned-announcement
The first Pioneer PTQ: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/pioneer-ptq-12006968#paper
Azorius Spirits: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2422839#online
Bant Spirits: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-bant-spirits-52507#online
Pioneer Spirits: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2474730#paper

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Nov 08 2019

1hr 41mins

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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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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

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Episode 45: Pioneer Days: Fording Rivers, Dying of Dysentery

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We talk the SCG Regionals, the decks that got away, and, oh yeah, an ENTIRELY NEW ETERNAL FORMAT - Pioneer!
The Break Down: SCG Regionals
The Dive Down: Welcome to Pioneer Town
The Wind Down: White Whales

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Timestamps:
2:22 - Housekeeping
3:58 - The Break Down begins - SCG Regionals top 8 data
9:53 - 9 takeaways from the SCG Regional results
33:37 - The Dive Down begins - Introducing Pioneer!
41:55 - The Pioneer ban list philosophy
48:57 - What Pioneer means for The Dive Down
56:22 - What are we excited to play?
1:06:47 - What are we nervous about?
1:12:00 - The potential impact of Pioneer on Modern
1:17:00 - What does this mean for Modern players?
1:29:29 - Our final takes on Pioneer
1:32:16 - The Wind Down - The decks that got away

Links from this week's episode:
A bunch of SCG Regionals lists: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/results/start_date/2019-10-19/end_date/2019-10-19
WOTC's Pioneer announcement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-pioneer-format-2019-10-21

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Oct 25 2019

1hr 39mins

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Episode 44: Ascending Urza: A Whirld of Clicks

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We go over the SCG Indy (AKA the Motor City) Open, then perform our patented deep dive process on the various Urza-based decks showing up in Modern!

The Break Down: The Motor City SCG Open
The Dive Down: Playing Vintage in Modern
The Wind Down: How the podcast has impacted our play

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Timestamps:
1:54 - Housekeeping
2:48 - The Break Down begins - SCG Indy's day 2 metagame
8:13 - SCG Indy top 8
20:01 - SCG Indy take-aways
23:20 - The Dive Down begins - how we're covering Urza
28:45 - The common thread - Urza!
35:24 - The artifact friends
45:09 - Paradoxical Urza
50:40 - Paradoxical Urza's payoffs
54:24 - Emry, Lurker of the Loch
58:18 - Planeswalkers
1:05:08 - Paradoxial Ascendancy
1:14:35 - Selecting between the Paradoxical versions
1:17:18 - Whirza
1:24:01 - How to beat Urza decks
1:28:30 - Our thoughts on Urza decks
1:34:45 - The Wind Down - are we better or worse?

Links from this week's episode:
The day 2 meta of SCG Indy: http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4664_day_2_metagame_breakdown.html
The day 2 decks of SCG Indy: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/Star_City_Games_Open/2019-10-12_modern_Indianapolis_IN_US/1/
Paradoxical Urza: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2327485#online
Paradoxical Ascendancy: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2368650#paper
4C Whirza: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-four-color-whirza#online

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Oct 18 2019

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Episode 43: Comboing Off with Throne of Eldraine: Sleeve/Believe/Heave Edition

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The crew talk about combo decks they have tested with new Throne of Eldraine cards.

The Break Down: Modern Challenge
The Dive Down: "Wait, do you just win here?"
The Wind Down: I Don't want No Slump

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Timestamps:
1:31 - Housekeeping
3:25 - The Break Down - The Modern Challenge
23:10 - The Dive Down Begins
32:16 - Goblin Combos
45:06 - Kiki Jiki Combos
1:06:26 - UR Through the Breach
1:23:31 - Grixis Control
1:30:06 - The Wind Down Begins

Links from this week's episode:
The Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-10-06
Goblin Combo: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2320042#online
Grummy’s Toolbox: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2356719#online
Vannifar Kiki: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2311103#paper
Naya Kiki Value/Stoneblade): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2311113#paper
Temur Kiki: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2311099#paper
UR Through the Breach: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2311111#paper
Blue Moon: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2327488#paper

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Oct 11 2019

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Episode 42: Mono-Red Prison: A Guide to Turn 1 3-Drops

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The crew do a deck dive into a personal favorite - Mono-Red Prison!
The Break Down: #OkoWatch2019
The Dive Down: SSG Ritual Ritual Karn
The Wind Down: Pocket Monsters

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Timestamps:
2:32 - Housekeeping
5:00 - The Break Down - The Modern Challenge
16:02 - The Dive Down begins - Mono-Red Prison
17:42 - What are prison decks?
21:34 - The fast mana spells
26:43 - The lock pieces
35:00 - The wishboard lock pieces
41:16 - The threats
55:13 - The planeswalkers
1:10:05 - The removal
1:13:25 - The lands
1:18:35 - The sideboard
1:21:30 - Playing against Mono-Red Prison
1:28:16 - Our thoughts on Mono-Red Prison
1:30:18 - The Wind Down - Gotta catch 'em all!

Links from this week's episode:
The Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-09-29
Mono-Red Prison decklist; https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-mono-red-prison-84623#online

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Oct 04 2019

1hr 39mins

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Bonus 1: Milling About

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The Dive Down: Reducing Libraries to Zero With UB Mill

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Timestamps:
4:47 - What is Mill?
8:50 - Cards That Mill
14:20 - The Creatures
23:20 - Non-Creature Permanents
31:59 - The Planeswalkers
34:52 - Cards That Keep You Alive
51:09 - How to Mill
53:50 - The Sideboard
56:56 - How to Beat Mill
1:03:45 - Would We Mill Again?

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Sep 30 2019

1hr 13mins

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Episode 41: Watch the Throne (of Eldraine) ft. Emma Partlow

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The Dive Down: Our picks to click from Throne of Eldraine
The Wind Down: What we plan to do with some downtime
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Timestamps:
2:10 - Housekeeping
4:38 - The Dive Down begins - What makes a card appealing for Modern?
11:44 - The mechanics of Eldraine
24:43 - The Dive Down Nation's set review survey
25:48 - Once Upon a Time
33:36 - Emry, Lurker of the Loch
45:22 - Hushbringer
53:46 - Brazen Borrower
60:18 - Grumgully the Generous
66:00 - Charming Prince
71:45 - The Royal Scions
78:48 - Claim the Firstborn
82:19 - The Wind Down - Our plans for the break in Modern tournaments
89:18 - How to find Emma Partlow

Links from this week's episode:
The Dive Down Nation's set analysis: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_jHEbC0kKlcXxC3qrtMjMnT4x1VrVCX-Tn4CAqP0rs0/viewanalytics
https://scryfall.com/card/celd/371/once-upon-a-time
https://scryfall.com/card/celd/342/emry-lurker-of-the-loch
https://scryfall.com/card/celd/339/hushbringer
https://scryfall.com/card/celd/281/brazen-borrower-petty-theft
https://scryfall.com/card/eld/192/grumgully-the-generous
https://scryfall.com/card/celd/335/charming-prince
https://scryfall.com/card/celd/272/the-royal-scions
https://scryfall.com/card/eld/118/claim-the-firstborn
Emma's twitter: https://twitter.com/emmmzyne
Emma's twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/emmmzyne
Emma's TCGPlayer articles: http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article_search_result.asp?author=Emma%20Partlow

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Sep 27 2019

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Great take on modern and pioneer

By Maynard Maynard Maynard - Jan 11 2020
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Great show on modern and pioneer. The jokes are good for a couple laughs and a couple groans per episode. It’s a good light hearted take on magic that stays fun even with elks running around.

Great mtg podcast

By french kicks - Sep 20 2019
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This is a fun and informative mtg podcast.