Allied Strategies Magic the Gathering Podcast
Allied Strategies Magic the Gathering Podcast
Ben Weitz, Sam Pardee, and Tristan Killeen
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.
Episode 267 – Ben Registers Ancestral Recall for the PT
Benjamin’s competing in the upcoming Zendikar Rising Championship – learn about the decks he’s chosen for both Standard and Historic and hear some bold claims about the power level of his cards!
Dec 3
48 min
Episode 266 – No More Doppelgangers
This week’s episode features the debut of a fun new magic-card naming game, inspired by Alex Horne’s No More Jockeys. There’s also sporadic discussion of magic strategy, but really not very much so skip this episode if that’s what you’re looking for!
Nov 26
56 min
Episode 265 – MOCS Retrospective
This week we’re taking a look at what went down at the MOCS, both in broad terms of how the metagames looked for the constructed formats and how Vintage Cube worked as a limited format, as well as some analysis of specific moments.
Nov 19
1 hr 10 min
Episode 264 – MOCS Formats Overview
This weekend is the MOCS – read about it here: https://magic.gg/news/2019-magic-online-championship-viewers-guide In this episode, we break down how Modern, Pioneer, and Cube are looking going into the weekend.
Nov 12
1 hr 3 min
Episode 263 – ZNR Standard Metagame Snapshot
This week we’re taking a look at several of the decks that occupy the most sizeable portions of the Standard metagame. Though there are some clear pillars of the format, there’s a lot left to explore and a lot of opportunity for a savvy player to be rewarded for good deck selection, building, and tuning, […]
Nov 5
1 hr 5 min
Episode 262 – Will of the Council
This week we’re busting out an old segment, Will of the Council, in which we present two options, vote on them, and then declare the loser stupid. We also discuss the new style of broadcasting for organized play, and some fun games to play during quarantine. Download this episode here! (right click and “save as…”)
Oct 29
59 min
Episode 261 – London Mulligan Strategy
This week we’re taking a strategic look at the London Mulligan and discussing how it impacts gameplay, deck selection, deck building, and mulligan decision-making. This was inspired by a blog post by Alex Majlaton, read that here: https://neverdraftingagain.blogspot.com/2020/10/we-probably-dont-understand-london.html Here’s the reference image for the end story:
Oct 22
51 min
Episode 260 – Omnath’s Flash in the Pan
This week we covered the 2020 Season Grand Finals. Topics include Benjamin’s tournament results and deck thoughts, Intentional Draws in the digital age, and the future of Standard. Download this episode here! (right click and “save as…”)
Oct 15
1 hr 4 min
Episode 259 – Benjamin Prepares for Worlds
This week Benjamin is getting ready for a tournament he’s decided to refer to as Worlds! Learn all about the Standard and Historic metagames he’s expecting and the decks he’s picked for each format. Download this episode here! (right click and “save as…”)
Oct 7
59 min
Episode 258 – Zendikar Rising Historic Candidates
This week we’re not going to dwell for too long on the state of standard, just for a few minutes at the start. Our main topic is a selection of cards from the new set that we think will be impactful in the Historic format. Download this episode here! (right click and “save as…”)
Sep 24
57 min
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