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Allied Strategies Magic the Gathering Podcast

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Each week, our three expert hosts dive into competitive Magic strategy. We create deck guides, explore theoretical concepts, and examine cards from upcoming sets to predict how they'll affect the metagame.

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Each week, our three expert hosts dive into competitive Magic strategy. We create deck guides, explore theoretical concepts, and examine cards from upcoming sets to predict how they'll affect the metagame.

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Armature auteur

By Svornair - Jun 27 2019
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The two podcast hosts fell and set the rating. A-low. “How come no one ever listens?” Old Ugin flew off a grumble. Allied Strategies! The Podcast.

Good sound, better strategy

By AE Marling - May 25 2015
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Expert analysis by pro-tour competitors and PTQ grinders. The sound quality is also now excellent.

iTunes Ratings

30 Ratings
Average Ratings
29
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0
0
1

Armature auteur

By Svornair - Jun 27 2019
Read more
The two podcast hosts fell and set the rating. A-low. “How come no one ever listens?” Old Ugin flew off a grumble. Allied Strategies! The Podcast.

Good sound, better strategy

By AE Marling - May 25 2015
Read more
Expert analysis by pro-tour competitors and PTQ grinders. The sound quality is also now excellent.
Cover image of Allied Strategies Magic the Gathering Podcast

Allied Strategies Magic the Gathering Podcast

Updated 5 days ago

Rank #118 in Games category

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Each week, our three expert hosts dive into competitive Magic strategy. We create deck guides, explore theoretical concepts, and examine cards from upcoming sets to predict how they'll affect the metagame.

Rank #1: Episode 105 – The Aftermath of HOU

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We are now on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/alliedstrategies – that is where you will find our Patreon Deck Episode when it airs tomorrow if you are a Patron – otherwise, it’ll air everywhere else one week thereafter.

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Aug 31 2017
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Rank #2: Episode 135 – Dominaria in Modern

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For the millionth week in the row we’re going to talk about Dominaria cards! Theorizing about this set hasn’t gotten old yet – and after prerelease weekend we got together to talk about how some of these cards might impact the Modern metagame, which is famously stable and diverse at the moment. Ben’s already gotten an unassuming 1-drop creature into a Modern deck, one that you may not even have heard of before this episode!

We’ve also got a twitter handle now, @alliedstrats!

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Apr 26 2018
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Rank #3: Episode 78 – Standards for Standard

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Dec 24 2016
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Rank #4: Episode 200 – The Hogaak Showgaak

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Find out the full scoop on the Hogaak deck that Ben and Sam played at the Mythic Championship, as well as the other variants of the deck. We also cover the directions this powerful archetype can be taken in upcoming Modern tournaments – at least until the next Banned & Restricted announcement!

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Aug 01 2019
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Rank #5: Episode 146 – Hardened Scales Deck Guide

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This episode is an in-depth guide to another great Modern deck powered by Mox Opal and Ancient Stirrings! Hardened Scales is an enchantment that combines with every creature in the deck to generate ridiculous bursts of value that are often immediately lethal through surprising board states and life totals. We went over every card in the 75 and talked about their synergies, sideboard strategies, and the vulnerabilities of the deck.

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Here’s the full decklist:

1 Evolutionary Leap
2 Welding Jar
3 Throne of Geth
4 Mox Opal
4 Hardened Scales
4 Ancient Stirrings
2 Sparring Construct
4 Walking Ballista
4 Steel Overseer
4 Hangarback Walker
4 Arcbound Worker
4 Arcbound Ravager
1 Pendelhaven
2 Horizon Canopy
2 Blinkmoth Nexus
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Inkmoth Nexus
7 Forest

Sideboard
4 Nature’s Claim
1 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Gut Shot
2 Dismember
3 Damping Sphere
1 Evolutionary Leap

https://alliedstrategiespodcast.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/allied-strategies-146.mp3
Jul 19 2018
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Rank #6: Episode 126 – A Slice of Standard

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Ben’s been trying to make dinosaur decks work in Standard for the past few weeks, and this week he’s sharing that process and the resulting decks with us! We also talk about a few of the other decks Ben’s been working with, as well as Bant Approach, a deck that Tristan has been having success and fun with.

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Here is a link to Ben’s R/G dinos list as featured on Channelfireball.

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Feb 22 2018
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Rank #7: Episode 134 – Dominaria’s Gold Uncommons

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You can learn a lot about a format from its cycle of multicolored uncommons. At the very least, they hint at what sort of archetype each two color pair might default to, but their relative power level can also influence which of those color pairs is strongest to draft. This week on Allied Strategies we’re taking a thorough look at all ten of Dominaria’s gold uncommons, discussing how they might play, and eventually ranking them on power level.

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https://alliedstrategiespodcast.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/allied-strategies-134.mp3
Apr 19 2018
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Rank #8: Episode 132 – Dominaria Cards that Might be Great

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Last week we were excited by the cards that had been spoiled from Dominaria. This week things have gotten even more promising, with a bunch of spoilers that offer great potential to the deckbuilder willing to build around them. We’ve picked some such cards to talk about to try to determine which might be Standard all-stars and which might not pan out.

We also have each created our very own Signature Spellbooks in our newest and flashiest segment, ‘This Week in Magic.’ There’s a twist though – we each reveal seven of our eight cards, then the other hosts guess the final one. How well do we know each other? Find out in this episode!

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Apr 06 2018
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Rank #9: Episode 191 – The Mulligan

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This week’s episode is all about the Mulligan – largely focused on one controversial mulligan in particular made recently by Ross Merriam. Here’s the post he made about it, which we reference heavily during the show: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qJ-c6wVr09evcVdTim09lE_EiHPMSRUkFniyMV0PlMk/ – huge thanks to him for making this reasoning public, which made this episode possible!

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https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/alliedstrategiespodcast.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/allied-strategies-191.mp3
May 30 2019
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Rank #10: Episode 145 – M19 Sealed Primer

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With Limited Grands Prix fast approaching, we decided to use this week to talk about our initial thoughts of the M19 Sealed format now that we’ve played some combination of physical and online Prerelease events.

We’ve also got a Mailbag episode coming up for Episode #150 (so 5 episodes from now) – if you have any questions you’d like us to answer, send them to us here, on our Patreon, on our Twitter, via carrier Pigeon, in person at GP Sacramento, or really any other way you can think of.

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https://alliedstrategiespodcast.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/allied-strategies-145.mp3
Jul 12 2018
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Rank #11: Episode 201 – Board Games with Jon Stern

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Jon Stern joins us this week to talk all about a shared passion we share outside of Magic – Board games! Here’s a list of the games we talk about in this episode:

Hanabi

Biblios

Onitama

7 Wonders Duel

Puerto Rico

Quacks of Quedlinburg

Clank!

Bridge

Spirit Island

Agricola

Join us again next week for more of your regularly scheduled MTG content!

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Aug 08 2019
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Rank #12: Episode 198 – M20 Draft with Neal Oliver

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Grand Prix Champion Neal Oliver returns to the show to talk about M20 draft – find the lists of cards discussed here: https://pastebin.com/1eERMaQr

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Jul 18 2019
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Rank #13: Episode 155 – Guilds in Standard

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The full spoiler for Guilds of Ravnica is out and there are dozens of cards (and millions of lines of text on them) that are interesting in the context of Standard. Join us this week as we select a few such cards and discuss their potential merits in the post-rotation world. You may also get a leg up on your competition as you learn from Ben’s mistakes how the cards actually function rather than how they would function if you were illiterate.

We’ve also made some changes to our Patreon rewards and added an exciting new tier of benefits – check it out over at https://www.patreon.com/alliedstrategies

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Sep 20 2018
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Rank #14: Episode 142 – M19 First Look: Constructed

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The 2019 Core Set is fast approaching, and in classic Allied Strategies fashion, we’ve picked out a few cards each to talk about in terms of constructed (almost entirely Standard). We also spent a bit of time talking about Grand Prix Vegas, which was the first GP in half a year that all three of us attended.

Right now, the poll for the subject of our next Patreon Deck Episode is up on our Patreon for Friends of the Podcast to vote on – it’ll show up in this feed for everyone one week after Patrons get access to it!

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Jun 21 2018
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Rank #15: Episode 185 – Even More of the Spark

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This week we’re back to talk about more War of the Spark cards – again largely aimed at Standard, although we’ve also identified a few cards that we think might see play in Modern and even Legacy!

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Apr 18 2019
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Rank #16: Episode 153 – Guilds of Ravnica Mechanics

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How will the mechanics of Guilds of Ravnica play in the limited environment? We’ve analyzed each of them individually to bring you thorough predictions about how they’ll play, what patterns they’ll incentivize, and how highly you’ll need to prioritize certain effects. We also discussed the tension or accord created by mechanics overlapping in colors, and how that could lead to fierce competition over certain types of cards in draft while leaving other powerful effects to the only drafter at the table who is interested.

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Sep 06 2018
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Rank #17: Episode 139 – PT Dominaria Prep

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Ben joins us from the past this week for a special timeshifted episode to discuss the decks that he tested for Pro Tour Dominaria. This Pro Tour was notably different than most due to the longer time gap between the set’s release and the event – how did this affect testing? This set also brought an unusually high number of potentially great cards – what does that mean for a team’s Pro Tour testing plan? Find out answers to these questions and more on this week’s episode!

Next week we’ll return to our usual schedule with non-timeshifted content!

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https://alliedstrategiespodcast.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/allied-strategies-139.mp3
Jun 02 2018
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Rank #18: Episode 182 – Evaluating Cards and Decks

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This week is a theory episode! How do you evaluate cards in a limited environment, and how do you update those evaluations based on new information? What about decks in a constructed environment? We take a crack at these questions and more!

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Mar 28 2019
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Rank #19: Episode 197 – Philosophy of the Banlist

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This week, Bridge from Below was banned from Modern. We’re using this to lead into a larger discussion of what kind of cards should be banned in which formats and the types of cards we expect to see banned going forward.

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Jul 11 2019
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Rank #20: Episode 143 – M19 Second Look: Constructed

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Last week’s formula worked so great that we decided to run it back – we’ve picked even more M19 cards that are even equally as exciting as last week and we broke down how they might fit into standard. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget to account for the 1-toughness tax!

Next week, on this feed, you’ll get access to our most recent Patreon Deck Episode one day before our next episode airs. If you’re a Patron, you already can listen over on your Patreon Feed! Next week’s regularly scheduled episode will cover M19 limited.

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https://alliedstrategiespodcast.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/allied-strategies-143.mp3
Jun 29 2018
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