Faithless Brewing
Faithless Brewing
Faithless Brewing
A Magic: the Gathering podcast for the spike rogue. Weekly inspiration for your next 5-0 in Modern and Pioneer!
When Snapcasters Go Bad: The Case for Sea Gate Stormcaller
Faithless Brewing, Episode 83: Sea Gate Stormcaller Snapcaster Mage has been with us since 2011. In those ten years, we have learned an important lesson: Accept no substitutes! New printings might aspire to the throne, but no one can topple the King of Snap.  So what does that mean for a card like Sea Gate Stormcaller? The stats are similar, but the play pattern is entirely different: Stormcaller plays at sorcery speed, and only works on small spells that are still in your hand. The upside? You get a very tempo-positive turn, and a copy effect that interacts favorably with additional costs like Neoform or Village Rites. Stormcaller is a challenge to be sure, but a potentially rewarding one if we can crack the code. Time to put on our brewing caps and head to the queues! Also in this edition: the impact of Lightning Bolt, Big Red in Pioneer, Mardu Smallpox in Modern, testing with Astral Drift, and more. Decklists for Episode 83 can be found here Like our content? Become a supporter and join the Faithless Family: patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
Dec 4
1 hr 41 min
Brewers' Choice 2020 Voting Guide
Faithless Brewing, Episode 82: Brewers' Choice Nominees Seventeen cards are on the ballot for the next edition of Brewers' Choice. The nominees run the gamut: exciting new printings (Valakut Exploration, Confounding Conundrum, Zendikar MDFCs), classic staples (Tarmogoyf, Life from the Loam, Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord), tricky tools (Witch's Cottage, Lazav, the Multifarious), and wacky engines (Heartless Summoning, Mirror Gallery, Paradox Engine). There's even a card that first appeared in Legends, and is still best in class more than two decades later (Boomerang)! We've done our best to assess each card's strengths and weaknesses, but what happens next is up to you. Which card(s) will get featured in an upcoming episode of Faithless Brewing? Sign up for our patron poll and tell us what you'd like to see! Decklists for Episode 82 Like our content? Become a supporter and join the Faithless Family: patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
Nov 26
1 hr 50 min
We'd Like to Party: Coveted Prize, Zagras & Archpriest of Iona
Faithless Brewing, Episode 81: Party WeekDavid has been pretty adamant that Zendikar Rising's party mechanic is not meant for Constructed. It's not hard to see why: getting four unique creatures onto the battlefield is exceedingly rare in Modern and Pioneer. It doesn't help that most of the Party payoff cards use cost reduction: imagine trying to cast Karn Liberated if all of your Mines, Towers, and Power Plants died to Fatal Push and Lightning Bolt.  Nevertheless, some of the payoffs are enticing, especially Coveted Prize, Zagras, Thief of Heartbeats, and Archpriest of Iona. 2020 has been an exceedingly long year, and we sure would like to party. There’s no shortage of Rogues, Clerics, Warriors, and Wizards if you’re willing to do a little digging, so fire up Scryfall and let’s dig! The decklists are spicy and the squad is lit, so grab the supplies, assemble your crew and let’s get the party started! Decklists for this episode can be found at FaithlessBrewing.com. Visit us for articles, bonus decklists, and more!  Decklists for Episode 81 Like our content? Become a supporter and join the Faithless Family: patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
Nov 20
1 hr 44 min
Attack of the Clones: Is Glasspool Mimic the Best Kept Secret in Modern?
Faithless Brewing, Episode 80: Glasspool Mimic The best-kept secret from Zendikar Rising has been hiding right in your manabase. While flashier mythics have grabbed the headlines, Glasspool has quietly burrowed into a huge variety of successful decklists. Does your deck play creatures? Would you perhaps like more of those creatures? Look no further, Glasspool is your Mimic, at the low cost of a tapped blue land.  Optionality is powerful and the baseline stats are already solid, but synergies with Aether Vial, Collected Company, and blink effects might just take Glasspool to the next level. There's only one way to find out! Decklists for this episode can be found at our new home page, FaithlessBrewing.com. Visit us for articles, bonus decklists, and more!  Decklists for Episode 80 Like our content? Become a supporter and join the Faithless Family: patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
Nov 13
1 hr 41 min
Fundamentals of Brewing, Part II (ft. Aspiringspike)
Faithless Brewing, Episode 79: Leveling Up with Aspiringspike Fresh off a PTQ win, Evart Moughon aka Aspiringspike returns to answer listener questions about the state of Modern and Pioneer, the future of control, tips for aspiring brewers, and how to improve as a Magic player. Also on the Flashback: another trophy with Zombies, and a cool new twist on Reanimator. Where to find EvartStream: twitch.tv/aspiringspike (9am-3pm CST, Mon-Fri)Twitter: @MoughonEvart Decklists for this episode can be found at our new home page, FaithlessBrewing.com. Visit us for articles, bonus decklists, and more!  New articles this week:"At the Dive-In: Heliod Company Is the Deck to Beat This Weekend" by Stanislav Like our content? Become a supporter and join the Faithless Family: patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
Nov 6
1 hr 40 min
Monster Mash: Zombies, Reanimator, and Other Creepy Crawlies
Faithless Brewing, Episode 78: Halloween Spooktacular The Day of Reckoning draws closer as the US elections are just days away. But before that, it's All Hallows' Eve! What could be more fitting than a full-on Halloween Thriller, with Zombies, creepy crawlies, and monsters rising from the grave? You can join the army of the Walking Dead, or you can Thwart the Grave and fight another day. The choice is yours! Show notes for this episode can be found at our new home page, FaithlessBrewing.com. Visit us for articles, bonus decklists, and more!  Decklists for Episode 78 New articles this week:"At the Dive-In: Heliod Company Is the Deck to Beat This Weekend" by Stanislav"Daily Brew: Abzan Counters with Luminarch Aspirant" by David Like our content? Become a supporter and join the Faithless Family: patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
Oct 30
1 hr 46 min
Rogue Tribal for the Spike Rogue
Faithless Brewing, Episode 77: Rogues Week Thieves' Guild Enforcer doesn't look like much, but the sneaky 1-drop has begun to prove its chops across Magic's formats. What began as a mini renaissance for delver strategies has blossomed into full-on Rogues tribal with the advent of Zendikar Rising. So what exactly is a Rogues deck, and which Rogues are strong enough to make the cut? We've got a few different builds for Modern and Pioneer, so let's find out in the queues!  Show notes for this episode can be found at our new home page, FaithlessBrewing.com. Visit us for articles, bonus decklists, and more!  Decklists for Episode 77 Like our content? Become a supporter and join the Faithless Family: patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
Oct 23
1 hr 43 min
Don't Sleep on Luminarch Aspirant
Faithless Brewing, Episode 76: Luminarch Aspirant Alright, we admit it: we've been known to bag on the color White in the past. We called it the worst color for constructed, and even dedicated a whole episode to seven bad white cards from Core 2021. Wizards vowed to improve the color's fortunes, even promising that Zendikar Rising would contain powerful White cards. And you know what? They delivered! With Skyclave Apparition currently the darling of Modern, we're taking a week to highlight another strong creature that is still mostly flying under the radar. Luminarch Aspirant may not look like much, but it is quietly putting up 5-0s in both Modern and Pioneer. This is perhaps the largest standalone 2 drop White has ever seen, and it synergizes with +1/+1 counters and Human tribal to boot. Don't sleep on it! Show notes for this episode can be found at our new home page, FaithlessBrewing.com. Visit us for articles, bonus decklists, and more!  Decklists for Episode 76 New articles this week: From the Ashes: Magmatic Channeler and the Return of Izzet PhoenixDaily Brew: Ninja Rogues in ModernDaily Brew: Mardu Vampire Channeler Like our content? Become a supporter and join the Faithless Family: patreon.com/faithlessbrewing
Oct 16
1 hr 42 min
Is Magmatic Channeler the One We've Been Waiting For?
Faithless Brewing #75. For months we've been trying to break the curse of Dreadhorde Arcanist. Is Magmatic Channeler the one we've been waiting for?
Oct 9
1 hr 46 min
"This Is Fine": Wildfire Comes for Modern and Pioneer
Cleansing Wildfire has David salivating. But does he want to blow up the opponent's lands, or his own? With 5 new decklists the answer seems to be, "Why not both?"
Oct 2
1 hr 40 min
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