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November 20, 2019
In this bonus episode, Gerry is joined by Noah Weil to discuss a topic that's incredibly important to both of them -- mental health. They share their own experiences dealing with mental health issues, what they've learned as a result, and how they hope to destigmatize it in the future.
November 14, 2019
With two of the biggest tournaments of the year happening on back-to-back weeks, Gerry and Bryan have been going deep into each constructed format. Despite casting #SCGCON instead of playing, Bryan thinks he might have broken it... Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: MCV - 1:28 Where does Standard go from here? - 22:19 Modern - 29:28 Pioneer - 1:07:57 Questions of the week - 1:28:21
November 8, 2019
Gerry recruits Hearthstone pro @HS_Orange to talk Pioneer. Orange got his professional gaming start in Magic and has been crushing the Pioneer format online. Gerry asks Orange about the format in general, the B&R list, how to test the format, and lessons he learned from playing HS at the highest level.
October 31, 2019
Standard is broken but Gerry and Bryan are ready to exploit that! When the best deck maindecks Noxious Grasp, what should you be playing? Also, coverage of the Pioneer format continues!
October 25, 2019
Gerry and Bryan share their recommendations for the Arena PTQ this weekend and then, by popular demand, they talk more #mtgpioneer. They have the early tier list for the format!
October 18, 2019
The first Modern results after #MTGELD are in! Is Urza broken or is everyone wrong? Why is Oko everywhere? Is Amulet Titan suddenly good? Gerry and Bryan break it all down. twitter.com/arenadecklists youtube.com/arenadecklists patreon.com/arenadecklists Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: MC5 - 1:05 Modern - 11:32 Neobrand - 21:32 Oko in Amulet - 31:09 Once Upon a Time - 35:44 Control - 57:07 Question of the week - 1:08:50
October 11, 2019
Gerry and Bryan do what they do best, which is go deep on the best deck in Standard! Which version is the best? What's the best plan for the mirror? What's good against it? arenadecklists.gg patreon.com/arenadecklists youtube.com/arenadecklists twitter.com/arenadecklists Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Why is Golos so powerful? - 6:53 Mirror breakers - 26:52 Maindeck slots - 38:44 Bad matchups? - 58:15 Modern Amulet - 1:03:02 Question of the week - 1:14:55
October 3, 2019
Throne of Eldraine is here and the AD crew has been in the trenches figuring out what the deck to play is in Standard. In Bryan's case, he's been defining the metagame almost single-handedly! Find out what they think are the best decks for this weekend. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Fandom Legends - 4:16 Golos - 11:55 Simic - 24:04 Fire of Invention - 34:25 Adventures - 41:02 Mono-red - 50:53 Esper dance - 54:15 Question of the week - 1:02:58
September 26, 2019
The Goose is loose! Gerry and Bryan review the MTG Arena Streamer Showcase event and talk about where Standard is going, which cards went up in their rankings, and which cards went down after seeing #MTGELD in action. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Fires of Invention - 9:19 Irencrag Pyromancer - 19:40 Questing Beast - 28:25 Rankle, Master of Pranks - 36:24 The Great Henge - 40:20 Dance of the Manse - 45:17 Vantress Gargoyle - 58:13 Legacy - 1:19:15 Question of the week - 1:23:11
September 20, 2019
#MTGELD previews haven't quite concluded, but Gerry and Bryan are ready to call it. They have their Top 10 lists, some honorable mentions, and a ton of excitement for Eldraine Standard. Come listen to what they've been working on!
September 13, 2019
[PODCAST] The Best #MTGELD Previews and the Modern Tier List Gerry and Bryan check in on #MTGELD previews. Two cards seem particularly absurd in Modern. After that, it's time to establish the Modern tier list after the recent shake-ups. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Charming Prince - 1:42 Hypnotic Sprite - 5:23 Robber of the Rich - 9:11 Lochmere Serpent - 13:53 Emry, Lurker of the Loch - 18:51 Murderous Rider - 21:41 Questing Beast - 25:34 The Royal Scions - 32:24 Once Upon a Time - 36:00 Mystical Dispute - 48:36 Outlaws' Merriment - 50:10 Modern - 57:12 Tier 1.5 - 1:18:08 Tier 2 - 1:31:35 Question of the week - 1:45:12
September 6, 2019
The first previews for #MTGELD are here! If you missed the live episode, you can listen to Gerry and Bryan talk about Adventure, Adamant, Food, Garruk, Oko, Knights, Rankle, Brawl, and more. We're now on YouTube! youtube.com/arenadecklists Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Bake into a Pie - 4:26 Slaying Fire - 5:22 Silverflame Ritual - 7:38 Embereth Paladin - 8:31 Beanstalk Giant - 10:03 Piper of the Swarm - 13:26 Heraldic Banner - 15:08 Garruk, Cursed Huntsman - 15:51 Fireborn Knight - 20:29 Order of Midnight - 21:28 Foulmire Knight - 22:41 Smiten Swordmaster - 24:13 Syr Konrad, the Grim - 25:32 Embereth Shieldbreaker - 26:59 The Circle of Loyalty - 28:36 Tournament Grounds - 30:46 Wintermoor Commander - 31:38 Midnight Clock - 32:40 Rankle, Master of Pranks - 34:50 Tome Raider - 38:44 Eye Collector - 39:20 Maraleaf Pixie - 39:59 Faerie Vandal - 40:27 Golden Egg - 41:25 Gilded Goose - 42:25 Run Away Together - 44:38 Wishful Merfolk - 45:15 Crystal Slipper - 46:02 Witch's Cottage - 47:53 Witching Well - 49:57 Lovestruck Beast - 51:51 Flaxen Intruder - 53:12 Oko, Thief of Crowns - 54:29 Chulane, Teller of Tales - 58:27 Questions from chat - 1:08:16
September 2, 2019
Magic Online posted the first decklists on Friday, so Gerry and Bryan waited to record last week's episode until those lists were up. If you missed it live, you can hear their first reactions to the post B&R Modern decklists, many of which featured Stoneforge Mystic. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Standard - 1:53 Modern - 7:21 Neoform - 7:53 Devoted Druid - 9:43 Dredge - 11:25 U/W - 14:54 W/B Eldrazi - 20:45 Esper Control - 24:27 Affinity - 25:38 Urza decks - 29:48 G/W bears - 35:26 Martyr - 40:46 Bant Midrange - 45:40 Stoneblade - 52:23 Loam - 57:49 Bring to Light Scapeshift - 1:04:09 G/W Eldrazi - 1:10:00 Mono-red prison - 1:14:03 Abzan - 1:19:35 B/W Midrange - 1:26:08 Infect - 1:33:27 Amulet - 1:39:12 Humans - 1:45:54 Mardu - 1:52:22 Eldrazi Tron - 2:14:37 Spirits - 2:22:13 Elementals - 2:28:05 U/R Delver - 2:43:41 Questions from chat - 2:47:31 twitch.tv/arenadecklists twitch.tv/bryangmtg
August 29, 2019
In case you missed us recording this LIVE on Twitch, you can listen to Gerry and Bryan discuss the B&R changes. What's up with the Rampaging Ferocidon unban? We expected Hogaak to get the axe, but Faithless Looting? Plus, the early front-runners for Stoneforge Mystic! Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: B & R announcement - 3:03 Modern shakeup - 12:43 Question from chat - 50:34
August 23, 2019
When the best deck is obvious, what do you do? Those formats often contain ways to gain easy edges, and Gerry and Bryan lay out the guidelines for when you should play the best deck or something that beats it.
August 16, 2019
Organized Play finally announced their new system for 2020 and there's a ton to unpack! Plus, with the MTGA WMCQ this weekend, Standard is on the minds of roughly 6000 people. If you want to win the tournament, should you be playing anything other than Scapeshift?
August 8, 2019
In this "level up" episode, Bryan presents Gerry with a simple scenario: Your opponent attacks their 2/2 into your 2/2. There's more than you think that goes into the decision of whether or not you block, and they use this scenario to illustrate how you should be thinking when faced with a decision. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Alex Stratton - 0:41 Bryan wins Fandom - 8:12 Main topic - 15:54 Question of the week - 1:24:16
August 2, 2019
Get the inside scoop on #MythicChampionshipIV from Gerry's point of view, his thoughts on Hogaak, how to beat it, and what decks could be great choices going forward.
July 25, 2019
Gerry and Bryan go DEEP on one of the fan favorites of Modern -- Jund! They discuss why it's suddenly viable again, how Gerry ended up picking it as his deck of choice, and what each of the most popular matchups look like. For fans of Jund (or Modern in general), this episode is for you.
July 19, 2019
Last week, Gerry and Bryan made some predictions for #SCGWOR, which were both a hit and a miss. Now they have some idea of where Standard is headed. It's also time for Gerry to start his prep for MCIV, and he is not happy.
July 11, 2019
Gerry and Bryan have been immersing themselves in Standard and have their picks for the top choices going into this weekend. Temur Elementals, Nexus, and Esper are safe choices, but what do they think is going to be holding the trophy at the end of the tournament? Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Red Bull Untapped - 0:24 Modern ban - 5:13 Temur Flood - 13:12 Esper - 29:43 Feather - 35:16 Nexus - 40:22 Mono-red - 45:43 Mono-blue - 48:19 Tribal - 54:21 Question of the week - 1:02:27
July 5, 2019
Gerry and Bryan finally get their hands on #MTGM20! After two days of seeing the cards in action and playing with them themselves, they discuss which cards have been incredible, which have been misses, and how these new decks should be built.
June 28, 2019
The shortest preview season of all time means there's only one episode on #MTGM20, and this episode has it all. Gerry and Bryan discuss how M20 differs from traditional Standard set design, the best reprints in the set, their honorable mentions, and their Top 10s. With two large Modern events this weekend, they also feel the need to briefly touch on Hogaak and exactly how much you should be respecting it. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Notable reprints - 7:48 Honorable mentions - 10:26 Gerry's #10 - 22:27 Bryan's #10 - 25:32 Gerry's #9 - 27:08 Bryan's #9 - 28:20 Gerry and Bryan's #8 - 30:02 Gerry's #7 - 33:20 Bryan's #7 - 36:33 Gerry's #6 - 39:25 Bryan's #6 - 42:23 Gerry's #5 - 44:25 Bryan's #5 - 47:25 Gerry's #4 - 51:01 Gerry's #3 - 52:32 Bryan's #3 - 58:03 Gerry's #2 - 1:01:58 Bryan's #2 - 1:03:38 Gerry's #1 - 1:11:41 Bryan's #1 - 1:12:29 Question of the week - 1:17:07
June 21, 2019
There have been three deck dumps in Modern since the release of MH1 and the set has had way more of an impact than just Hogaak. Gerry and Bryan go through the most recent deck dump, looking for buried treasure in Modern. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: B2L Kiki-Jiki - 10:11 As Foretold - 12:49 Mono-White Eldrazi - 15:38 Esper Control - 17:46 Jund - 20:13 Izzet Delver - 22:31 Rakdos - 26:26 Merfolk - 29:29 Thopter Sword - 31:50 Sultai Reclamation - 34:31 Naya Aggro - 35:24 Mardu Pyromancer - 37:19 Azorius Control - 42:25 Dimir Midrange - 43:00 Temur Delver - 47:21 Grixis Urza - 49:32 Jeskai - 51:54 Izzet Phoenix - 54:54 Izzet Kiln Fiend - 59:22 Esper - 1:00:45 Esper Shadow - 1:02:30 Bant Spirits - 1:05:31 Druid combo - 1:06:59 Ninjas - 1:20:33 Mono-Black Karn control - 1:12:35 Vampires - 1:14:32 B2L Scapeshift - 1:17:52 Faeries - 1:19:32 Temur stuff - 1:22:48 Mono-Green LD - 1:24:09 Hogaak - 1:24:36 Amulet Druid - 1:28:45 Burn - 1:33:48 Goblins - 1:35:45 Jeskai Humans - 1:39:12 Question of the week - 1:43:54
June 13, 2019
SCGCON is in the books and both Gerry and Bryan share their experiences. Plus, they share their Top 10s for Modern Horizons, which has already begun to shake up Modern! Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: SCGCON & Modern - 1:50 Collecting Power - 16:30 Honorable mentions - 25:00 Gerry's #10 - 28:57 Bryan's #10 - 31:06 Gerry's #9 - 33:13 Bryan's #9 - 34:58 Gerry's #8 - 37:38 Bryan's #8 - 39:21 Gerry's #7 - 41:22 Bryan's #7 - 42:24 Gerry's #6 - 43:37 Bryan's #5 - 45:01 Gerry's #4 - 46:28 Gerry's #3 - 49:35 Bryan's #3 - 50:57 Gerry and Bryan's #1 - 52:52 Question of the week - 1:02:01
June 7, 2019
SCGCON is upon us and both Gerry and Bryan are looking to crush the Invitational. They've been prepping for both Standard and Modern, and while they agree where the formats are, they've taken different approaches. Who will be right? Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Standard - 1:03 Modern - 33:47 Question of the week - 57:58
May 30, 2019
The second wave of MH1 previews are here! If you want an inside scoop on where these cards are going to show up and where, this is the place. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi On Thin Ice - 9:04 Winds of Abandon - 11:02 Generous Gift - 13:28 Vesperlark - 15:56 Echo of Eons - 17:18 Archmage's Charm - 20:30 Bazaar Trademage - 22:37 Future Sight - 24:22 Rebuild - 26:22 Yawgmoth, Thran Physician - 20:30 Dead of Winter - 34:56 Nether Spirit - 36:24 Carrion Feeder - 38:31 Plague Engineer - 41:11 Unearth - 43:00 Charming Vampire - 46:58 Hexdrinker - 48:14 Collector Ouphe - 49:50 Crashing Footfalls - 50:33 Genesis - 53:25 Weather the Storm - 54:35 Aria of Flame - 57:45 Pashalik Mons - 1:00:18 Shenanigans - 1:01:25 Kess, Dissident Mage - 1:02:29 Wrenn and Six - 1:05:39 Eladamri's Call - 1:07:52 Fallen Shinobi - 1:08:55 Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis - 1:10:52 Kaya's Guile - 1:13:21 Sword of Truth and Justice - 1:16:35 Sword of Sinew and Steel - 1:17:46 Talismans - 1:18:32 Mox Tantalite - 1:19:19 Arcum's Astrolabe - 1:21:15 Hall of Heliod's Generosity -1:23:17 cycle lands - 1:24:16 Question of the week - 1:29:59
May 24, 2019
Previews for Modern Horizons are well underway and there have been some NICE ones. Gerry and Bryan divulge their favorites so far and where these new cards will fit into Modern. After that, they catch up on Standard, talk about how the metagame shifts have affected their deck of choice, and what they'd play this weekend!
May 17, 2019
Gerry and Bryan know exactly what they’d play this weekend and they’re more than happy to share that info. See what they think about Jeskai Superfriends, Izzet Phoenix, Simic Manipulation, and more!
May 17, 2019
The AD Cast (formerly The GAM Podcast) wants to talk about Standard this week, but before they do, Bryan had some questions he wanted to ask Gerry about the reasons for his resignation, how he feels about the MPL replacements, and what he’s going to do going forward. It ended up going longer than expected, so it became its own bonus episode!
May 10, 2019
The GAM Podcast is now known as the Arena Decklists Podcast! Gerry and Bryan discuss the rebrand and what it means for them, but then it's business as usual. With Standard MCQs starting up, Bryan needs to figure out what to play, but Gerry has all the answers. Then they discuss the 16 (!) MTGWar cards that have already been proven Modern contenders. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Standard - 5:00 Modern - 27:42 Blast Zone - 41:48 Narset and Teferi - 50:53 Finales - 53:57 Dreadhorde Arcanist - 1:00:06 Question of the week - 1:11:07
May 10, 2019
In this bonus episode, Gerry and Bryan are joined by friend of the cast Nick Prince. After ten years of playing Magic competitively, Nick was able to qualify for MC London, which was more than enough of a special reason to finally get Nick on the cast. They talk about what changed before having an avalanche of strong results, how to approach a big tournament as someone without a large testing team, what his expectations were going in, and how he felt about being a guinea pig for the London mulligan, open decklists, and a prerelease MC. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Legend of Mana "Moonlit City Roa" (OC Remix #3904) • ReMixer: Platonist | Composer: Yoko Shimomura
May 3, 2019
War of the Spark is out and the first results from Magic Online are in! Join Bryan and Gerry as they dissect those decklists, talk about what has and hasn’t worked in their testing, and the all-stars they missed for their Top 10s. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Mega Man X3 "Doppler Stage 1" (OC Remix #3903) • ReMixer: jnWake | Composer: Kinuyo Yamashita Timestamps: Modern - 1:35 WAR limited - 7:43 Big red - 23:58 Boros Heroic - 28:46 Gruul - 33:30 Mono-red - 37:44 Dimir midrange - 39:14 Simic Nexus - 42:36 W/B aristocrats - 47:27 W/B midrange - 50:48 Jeskai control - 53:57 Esper control - 56:37 Sultai - 59:48 Question of the week - 1:05:41
April 25, 2019
War of the Spark has finally arrived in its entirety, and that means it’s time for Gerry and Bryan’s Top 10 lists! But there is so much more to this episode than just a couple of lists. The guys attempt to lay out exactly how they see the early weeks of new Standard unfolding, and believe it or not, they’re actually in agreement about the most powerful themes of the set. Don’t worry though! Debate still rages on individual card rankings. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Mega Man 2 "Air Man Stage" (OC Remix #3898) • ReMixer: DDRKirby | Composer: Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Honorable mentions - 6:21 Gerry's #10 - 9:59 Bryan's #10 - 12:17 Gerry's #9 - 14:00 Bryan's #9 - 17:51 Gerry's #8 - 22:17 Gerry's #7 - 25:11 Bryan's #7 - 27:12 Gerry's #6 - 31:22 Bryan's #6 - 33:34 Gerry's #5 - 37:26 Bryan's #5 - 39:39 Gerry's #4 - 40:19 Gerry's and Bryan's #3 - 43:05 Gerry's #2 - 46:20 Bryan's #2 - 49:20 Gerry and Bryan's #1 - 51:19 Question of the week - 58:34
April 19, 2019
@G3RRYT and @BryanGo are ready to put a bow on War of the Spark preview season. While the top tier cards came fast and furious until the bitter end, the guys are starting to identify some overhyped ones as well. Tune in and get your first warning about some trap cards that have people way too excited. Plus, the hosts share their thoughts on the return of old school MCQs, and Gerry finally tells his tale from the Mythic Invitational! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Hollow Knight "Greenpath" (OC Remix #3895) • ReMixer: Gabriel Tripp & RebeccaETripp | Composer: Christopher Larkin Timestamps: Finale of Glory - 13:18 Finale of Revelation - 16:46 Narset, Partner of Veils - 19:55 Commence the Endgame - 21:32 God-Eternal Kefnet - 23:36 Tamiyo's Epiphany - 27:17 Spark Double - 28:38 Silent Submarine - 31:04 Narset's Reversal - 32:50 Finale of Eternity - 35:30 Deliver Unto Evil - 38:37 The Elderspell - 41:30 Spark Harvest - 45:00 Bond of Revival - 45:49 God-Eternal Bontu - 47:45 Finale of Promise - 50:49 Sarkhan the Masterless - 54:50 Finale of Devastation - 58:22 Bond of Flourishing - 1:01:05 God-Eternal Rhonas - 1:04:42 Oath of Kaya - 1:11:13 Casualties of War - 1:12:57 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales - 1:14:28 Soul Diviner - 1:17:52 Ashiok, Dream Render - 1:20:37 Enter the God-Eternals - 1:23:29 Huatli, the Sun's Heart - 1:26:34 Firemind Vessel - 1:28:53 Blast Zone - 1:29:44 Question of the week - 1:33:14
April 12, 2019
Previews for War of the Spark came out quickly, but we’re not done yet! @G3RRYT and @bryango dissect the latest cards that they think could make an impact. Plus, some unexpected news late in the podcast has them talking about the news right as it happens. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Skies of Arcadia "Valua City" (OC Remix #3893) • ReMixer: Bree & Kylok | Composer: Tatsuyuki Maeda & Yutaka Minobe Timestamps: Nissa's Triumph - 5:30 Forced Landing - 8:31 Chandra's Triumph - 9:12 Jaya's Greeting - 10:30 Heartfire - 12:31 Jaya, Venerated Firemage - 15:19 Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin - 17:10 Illharg, the Raze-Boar - 18:59 Mizzium Tank - 24:05 Vizier of the Scorpion - 28:55 Massacre Girl - 29:46 Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor - 32:15 Fblthp, the Lost - 34:01 Tomik, Distinguished Advokist - 38:26 Single Combat - 41:31 Domri's Ambush - 45:37 Living Twister - 47:22 Ral's Outburst - 49:36 Feather, the Redeemed - 51:46 Solar Blaze - 54:00 Neoform - 54:51 Merfolk Skydiver - 56:12 Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves - 57:40 Deathsprout - 1:01:06 Storrev, Devkarin Lich - 1:02:44 Dovin, Hand of Control - 1:05:15 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer - 1:07:19 Nahiri, Storm of Stone - 1:09:15 Public decklists - 1:10:45 Mobilized District - 1:22:43 Question of the week - 1:24:14
April 8, 2019
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the twenty-second episode of Head GAMs! This week your hosts explore the automatic negative thoughts our brain creates. What do we do when our brain’s autopilot is getting in our way? What strategies have Bryan and Jonathan used in the past? Tune in to find out how to start battling all of the nasty thoughts your brain throws at you. Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
April 8, 2019
In this bonus episode, The GAM Podcast welcomes @AutumnLilyMTG to the show! We discuss their meteoric rise to Magic stardom, the mindset that drove their success, and... why they like land destruction?!? If you only listen to one podcast this year, it should be this one. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Pokemon Red "Battle theme" (OC Remix #2194) • ReMixer: Fishy | Composer: Junichi Masuda
April 5, 2019
War of the Spark Previews! With almost 100 cards previewed so far, Gerry and Bryan have a ton of ground to cover. What do Gerry and Bryan think of the new Planeswalkers, easily the most difficult cards to evaluate. Is Dreadhorde Invasion the new Bitterblossom? Will the Ral plus double Expansion combo ruin Standard? They cover all of these things and many more! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Mario Kart 7 "Victory Lap" (OC Remix #3892) • ReMixer: Lampje4life | Composer: Kenta Nagata Timestamps: Liliana, Dreadhorde General - 10:00 Dreadhorde Invasion - 16:00 Liliana's Triumph - 18:36 Bolas's Citadel - 19:57 Gideon's Blackblade - 22:36 Gideon's Triumph - 27:14 Jace, Wielder of Mysteries - 28:50 Augur of Bolas - 30:38 Flux Channeler - 34:25 Chandra, Fire Artisan - 36:31 Dreadhorde Arcanist - 38:57 Grim Initiate - 41:40 Nissa, Who Shakes the World - 42:25 Vivien, Champion of the Wilds - 44:50 Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter - 46:23 Vivien's Arkbow - 48:32 Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God - 50:28 Niv-Mizzet Reborn - 52:31 Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge - 54:53 Domri, Anarch of Bolas - 56:23 Ral, Storm Cauldron - 57:41 Sorin, Bengeful Bloodlord - 1:02:03 Cruel Celebrant - 1:03:55 Teferi, Time Raveler - 1:06:31 Time Wipe - 1:10:26 Dreadhorde Butcher - 1:12:17 Angrath's Rampage - 1:14:17 Widespread Brutality - 1:16:21 Angrath, Captain of Chaos - 1:17:48 Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner - 1:19:23 Roalesk, Apex Hybrid - 1:21:19 Ajani, the Greathearted - 1:23:44 Karn, the Great Creator - 1:25:35 Karn's Bastion - 1:28:28 Interplanar Beacon - 1:30:06 Question of the week - 1:31:26
March 29, 2019
With Gerry focused on last-minute prep for the Mythic Invitational, Bryan is at the helm and is using the opportunity to do a deep dive on one of his favorite Modern decks: Amulet Titan! Bryan is joined by Amulet master Edgar Magalhaes, and the two leave no (mana) stone unturned in a mammoth exploration of what might be the most misunderstood deck of all time. Learn the ins and outs of the only Modern deck with #nobadmatchups! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Phantasy Star III "Town 1" (OC Remix #3824) • ReMixer: djpretzel | Composer: Izuho Numata Timestamps: Core decklist - 9:30 Manabase - 28:14 Sequencing - 35:53 Toolbox lands - 44:35 Possible card choices - 1:01:01 Sideboarding - 1:22:44 Question of the week - 1:55:14
March 22, 2019
Last weekend saw several large events (mostly) be dominated by Izzet Phoenix. Surprisingly, there was a different dominant deck at the Hunter Burton Memorial Open and a different take on Arclight Phoenix. There's also the Mythic Invitational in a week, so Gerry and Bryan discuss Duo Standard, best-of-one as a whole, and what sort of innovation there's been since players have been trying to break the format of the million dollar tournament. Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Chrono Cross "Victory theme" (OC Remix #3884) • ReMixer: Lemonectric | Composer: Yasunori Mitsuda Timestamps: Hunter Open Modern Metagame - 7:50 Mythic Invitational Testing - 16:27 Question of the Week - 1:11:21
March 15, 2019
In the 121st episode of The GAM Podcast, there’s much to talk about. The Modern community was up in arms about the lack of changes to Modern, but why? Plus, Gerry has been busy testing Duo Standard for the Mythic Invitational. Is this format for real? Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Donkey Country 2 "Forest Interlude" (OC Remix #3875) • ReMixer: Mordi, Slaygon | Composer: David Wise Timestamps: Modern ban list - 0:48 Modern metagame - 18:09 Bo1 format - 49:04 Arena rankings - 1:12:38 Question of the Week - 1:18:50
March 11, 2019
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the twenty-first episode of Head GAMs! Finally, the hosts are tackling their all-time most requested show topic—tilt! Why did Bryan and Jonathan resist discussing this topic for so long? Do the hosts have their own tilt-monsters lurking in their closet? Why does Bryan think tilting is fundamentally incompatible with the way he chooses to live his life? If you have been dying for a way to get your tilt under control, this is the episode for you! Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
March 7, 2019
We’ve gotten the first glimpse of what’s in store for us at the end of June with Modern Horizons, so Gerry and Bryan are eager to talk about it. Plus, the Modern metagame has some linear decks at the top, which makes it difficult to pick the correct deck. How should you approach it? Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music TMNT "Hudson River" (OC Remix #2409) • ReMixer: Shnabubula | Composer: Kozo Nakamura Timestamps: Modern Horizons - 0:56 Current Modern Metagame - 14:16 Whir Prison - 25:22 Amulet - 37:12 Question of the Week - 1:00:59
February 28, 2019
While the first Mythic Championship didn’t go Gerry’s way, he learned a lot and is ready to impart his knowledge. There’s also MF LA and RPTQs for Modern plus SCG Syracuse for Legacy this weekend, which Gerry and Bryan also cover. Congrats again to @AutumnLilyMTG for a dominating performance in Cleveland! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Pilotwings 64 "Hang Glider" (OC Remix #3356) • ReMixer: KingTiger & YoshiBlade | Composer: Dan Hess Timestamps: Gerry's MC report - 5:57 Esper control - 24:19 London mulligan rule - 31:37 Modern metagame - 46:33 Legacy - 58:52 Question of the week - 1:02:29
February 22, 2019
They shot-called Mono-Blue Aggro for #SCGDFW then Rakdos Midrange for #GPMemphis. Can Gerry and Bryan go three for three with MC Cleveland this weekend? Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time "Sewer Surfin" (OC Remix #1730) • ReMixer: Juan Medrano & zircon | Composer: Harumi Ueko & Kazuhiko Uehara Timestamps: Hunter Burton memorial - 2:14 What deck should Gerry play? - 4:49 Limited discussion - 39:07 Question of the week - 52:45
February 17, 2019
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the twentieth episode of Head GAMs! This week the hosts are tapping into their favorite source of inspiration—listener questions! Jonathan and Bryan help listeners address a plethora of issues including decision paralysis and fatigue, dealing with an opponents off-putting attitude, and keeping a growth mindset even in the face of tremendous setbacks and adversity. If you’d like to participate in future listener focused episodes, don’t forget to check out our Patreon page at patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast The Good Place Podcast: https://www.nbc.com/the-good-place/exclusives/tgp-podcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
February 14, 2019
The first Mythic Championship is rapidly approaching and Bryan wants to get Gerry on the right track. They discuss Mono-Blue Aggro’s performance at #SCGDFW, the plethora of aggressive decks in the format, and finish off with some questions that Bryan would be asking himself if he were competing. Will Gerry pass or fail? Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Snowboard Kids "Avalanche" (OC Remix #3865) • ReMixer: Miso29 | Composer: Isao Kasai & Tomohiko Sato Timestamps: Mono-blue going forward - 5:29 Rakdos - 19:09 Where is mono-red? - 49:30 Question of the week - 1:03:14
February 8, 2019
As the Standard metagame moves closer to being dominated by Esper Control and Sultai Midrange, only one deck looks poised to take the crown — Mono-Blue Aggro. Whether you’re playing with or against it, you cannot miss this episode. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Star Fox "Sector Y" (OC Remix #3494) • ReMixer: Slimy | Composer: Hajime Hirasawa Timestamps: Mono-blue overview - 2:20 Main deck card analysis - 15:12 Sideboard - 55:57 Mulligans - 1:22:30 Matchups - 1:29:32 Question of the week - 1:47:25
February 4, 2019
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the nineteenth episode of Head GAMs! This week we get to hear about Bryan’s debut as a broadcaster and look back at how his preparation compared to the real thing. The hosts also discuss the nature of competitive ranked ladders in video games and the psychological dangers of committing completely to topping a ladder. Bryan and Jonathan leave you with tips to engage with ladders in a healthy way that maximizes how to increase your skill and find satisfaction. Don’t forget to head over to www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast to learn more about our exclusive bonus content! Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
February 1, 2019
It’s Episode 115 of The GAM Podcast and regular contributor Cedric Phillips is filling in for an ailing Gerry T. Cedric and Bryan were eye witnesses to the formation of the Week 1 standard metagame this past weekend in Indianapolis. What were their takeaways from the first SCG Tour event of new Standard? They’re happy to share and are also diving back into the Magic Online 5-0 decklists as they search for the next big thing in Standard! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Spyro the Dragon "Artisans" (OC Remix #3592) • ReMixer: Laarx | Composer: Stewart Copeland Timestamps: SCGINDY - 3:29 Rakdos aggro - 10:32 Sultai - 17:50 Midrange Gates - 22:39 Big Gruul - 28:02 Azorius aggro - 30:13 Bant tokens - 40:31 Esper midrange - 46:49 Mono-red aggro - 50:20 Izzet Drakes - 58:01 Mono-blue - 1:05:02 Question of the week - 1:15:44
January 24, 2019
In Episode 114 of The GAM Podcast, Gerry and Bryan break down the first published Standard results. What worked, what didn’t, and what’s the best builds of these decks going forward? Also, how the hell do you beat Mono-Red? They answer all of it! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Chrono Trigger "Save the Future" (OC Remix #3854) • ReMixer: StormSkuggan | Composer: Nobuo Uematsu & Noriko Matsueda Timestamps: Rakdos midrange - 10:43 Selesnya - 14:44 Mono-Blue aggro - 19:47 Bant midrange - 22:29 Sultai - 29:56 Esper Control - 35:38 Gruul - 39:19 Mono-Red aggro - 45:51 Temur Vannifar - 49:54 Simic - 53:07 Esper Control - 55:58 Mardu Judith - 56:58 Sultai - 1:00:14 Simic - 1:01:28 Temur Reclamation - 1:03:58 Mardu aggro - 1:06:51 Gruul - 1:07:48 Abzan - 1:10:42 Simic elfball -1:12:53 Boros - 1:15:26 Gruul - 1:17:14 Rakdos - 1:19:59 Big red - 1:22:11 Esper midrange - 1:23:29 Decks we would play at SCGINDY - 1:27:36 Question of the week - 1:34:53
January 18, 2019
MTG Arena announced some BIG changes a couple days ago, so naturally Gerry and Bryan had to get those out of the first. After that, it’s all about their picks for the ten best RNA cards in Standard and how their expectations changed after watching those cards in action. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Suikoden "Theme of Sadness" (OC Remix #3852) • ReMixer: ilp0 | Composer: Hirofumi Taniguchi Timestamps: Arena is great - 2:00 Honorable mentions - 14:15 Gerry's #10 - 16:00 Bryan's #10 - 17:53 Gerry's #9 - 19:22 Bryan's #8 - 21:00 Gerry's #7 - 23:09 Bryan's #6 - 28:15 Bryan's #5 - 30:00 Gerry's #4 - 35:03 Gerry's #3 - 41:47 Gerry's #2 - 48:22 Bryan's #2 - 49:13 Bryan's #1 - 54:00 Question of the week - 1:02:54
January 14, 2019
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the eighteenth episode of Head GAMs! This week the hosts are tackling one of Jonathan’s favorite topics—mindset. What does it mean to have a growth mindset? What potential benefits are there, in both competition and life, to embracing an effort to better yourself as a person? How can you change your view of the world in order to maximize your capability for growth? All of these questions and more will be answered on this week’s Head GAMs! Don’t forget to head over to www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast to learn more about our exclusive bonus content! Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
January 11, 2019
Gerry may have been out last week, but nothing was going to keep him from talking about all the #MTGRNA previews we got over the last week. There’s no shortage of exciting cards to talk about! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Command & Conquer "On the Prowl" (OC Remix #417) • ReMixer: Scott Peeples | Composer: Frank Klepacki Timestamps: Domri, Chaos Bringer - 5:04 Ravager Wurm - 8:09 Thrash Threat - 11:04 Rhythm of the Wild - 14:12 Skarrgan Hellkite - 17:13 Warrant Warden - 22:24 Precognitive Perception - 27:39 Kaya's Wrath - 31:11 Consecrate Consume - 34:30 Seraph of the Scales - 37:10 Etheral Absolution 41:08 Revival Revenge - 43:19 Growth Chamber Guardian - 46:18 Incubation Druid - 48:25 Frilled Mystic - 51:29 Salamander Drake - 54:48 Theaters of Horrors - 59:29 Drill Bit - 1:02:03 Carnival Carnage - 1:03:24 Skewer the Critics - 1:06:38 Gutterbones - 1:08:18 Hero of Precinct One - 1:09:48 Angel of Grace - 1:13:40 Priest of Forgotten Gods - 1:18:20 Electrodominance - 1:21:22 Wilderness Reclamation - 1:25:08 Quench - 1:30:08 Scrabbling Claws - 1:32:59 Question of the Week - 1:35:48
January 4, 2019
Gerry's out sick this week, so Bryan takes over the hosting duties and even recruited a special guest. They talk about their GP Vancouver experience then get right down to evaluating the newest Ravnica Allegiance cards! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Super Paper Mario "Memory: Night" (OC Remix #3710) • ReMixer: AJ DiSpirito | Composer: Chika Sekigawa, Naoko Mitome Timestamps: GP Vancouver - 2:58 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper - 10:04 Dovin, Grand Arbiter - 20:46 Deputy of Detention - 30:01 Judith, the Scourge Diva - 36:22 Hydriod Krasis - 42:56 Biomancer's Familiar - 48:45 Mass Manipulation - 53:59 Sphinx of Foresight - 57:20 Question of the Week - 1:06:51
December 31, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the seventeenth episode of Head GAMs! In the spirit of the new year, this week is all about the dos and don’ts of tackling New Year’s resolutions. Listen as the hosts spend time walking each other through their own plans for 2019. Will Bryan live healthier? How will Jonathan go about building his brand? You’ll hear how to use research proven methods for setting and attaining your goals. If you want to start off 2019 the right way, you can’t miss this episode! Also, don’t forget to head over to www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast this week for December’s workbook and other bonus content. Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
December 28, 2018
In the 110th episode, The GAM Podcast tackles the last few Ravnica Allegiance previews, the craziness of 2018 and what's coming in 2019. They also spend quite a bit of time on their question of the week, making this one of the longest episodes ever! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Sonic CD "The Jazzy Cosmos" (OC Remix #3702) • ReMixer: GCJ | Composer: Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi Hataya Timestamps: Absorb - 5:35 Emergency Powers - 17:05 Sphinx's Insight - 20:00 Gruul Spellbreaker - 29:04 Frenzied Arynx - 33:29 Incubation Incongruity - 34:52 MTG 2018 review - 39:32 Question of the Week - 1:27:21 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
December 21, 2018
Ravnica Allegiance previews are upon us. Does the man who calls the SCG Tour have what it takes to evaluate cards from the new set? Gerry and Bryan put him to the test! Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Mega Man 9 "Morricone Man" (OC Remix #2525) • ReMixer: Mazedude | Composer: Hiroki Isogai Timestamps: Zegana, Utopian Speaker - 6:04 Simic Ascendancy - 19:02 Aeromunculus - 20:11 Growth Spiral - 22:34 Rix Maadi Reveler - 34:22 Rakdos Firewheeler - 40:18 Light up the Stage - 43:41 Rafter Demon - 49:55 The Haunt of Hightower - 51:29 Lavinia, Azorius Renegade - 52:40 Tithe Taker - 1:01:28 Mortify - 1:06:48 Imperious Oligarch - 1:11:30 Gate Colossus 1:12:54 Question of the Week - 1:16:49 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
December 20, 2018
Last week, Gerry and Bryan asked the GAM Discord for their biggest struggles in Magic, and they provided enough great examples to fill two episodes. This episode features things that are more on the mental spectrum of things, so they brought on Jonathan Carter, co-host of the HeadGAMs Podcast to provide his expertise.
December 16, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the sixteenth episode of Head GAMs! In celebration of this week’s topic, Jonathan takes over hosting duties as the cast focuses on strategies for learning and doing new things. Whether you’re on the cusp of a career change, picking up a new form of competition, or just want to be prepared when the time comes, Head GAMs has the advice that will set you up for success in your new endeavors! If you’d like to learn more about how you can support the Head GAMs podcast, check us out over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
December 14, 2018
Gerry and Bryan asked the GAM Discord what their biggest struggles with Magic were and the responses were enough for two whole episodes! A summary of the episode won’t do it justice, but if you’re looking to level up your game, you can’t miss this episode. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Jeanne d'Arc "Sword of God" (OC Remix #3714) • ReMixer: Juan Medrano | Composer: Takeshi Inoue https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
December 7, 2018
Whether you're playing an RPTQ, #SCGINVI, or GP Portland, it's going to be a Modern weekend. Fair decks were out in force last weekend at #SCGBALT, but Arclight Phoenix took the top two spots. Did the Modern metagame suddenly shift? Is Jeskai Control good again? Gerry shares his experience with EdB's Mono-Red Hollow Phoenix, while Bryan goes over his prep with Amulet, and why they're likely going to register those decks this weekend. Gerry and Bryan's question of the week is a can't miss either. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Super Smash Bros. Melee "Choose Your Destiny" (OC Remix #3734) • ReMixer: DaMonz | Composer: Hirokazu Ando Timestamps: SCG Baltimore - 6:51 Bryan's deck for GP Portland - 24:30 Arclight Phoenix decks - 36:59 KCI - 57:08 Question of the Week - 1:09:28 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
December 3, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the fifteenth episode of Head GAMs! The hosts have an incredible amount to be thankful for this holiday season, and an ever-growing cadre of Head GAMs listeners ranks near the top! The cast takes some time to express gratitude in the form of a new Patreon framework and an episode dedicated to answering listener questions on every conceivable topic. Tilt, intrusive thoughts, being old and uncool, and dealing with the change in seasons—this is the most free-flowing episode of Head GAMs ever recorded! If you’d like to learn more about how you can support the Head GAMs podcast, check us out over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
November 30, 2018
With GRN Standard (almost) in the books, Gerry and Bryan talk about the last couple evolutions of the format. From Adrian Sullivan's win at GPMKE to the last round of Magic Online decklists, Standard's evolution hasn't slowed down. For those who have been asking about Arena, Gerry and Bryan also give their takes on Magic's newest platform. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Brave Fencer Musashi "Me and My Game Boy" (OC Remix) • ReMixer: DDRKirby(ISQ) | Composer: Tsuyoshi Sekito Timestamps: U/R Drakes - 5:08 Big Red - 12:35 Esper Control - 16:30 Mono-Green Aggro - 19:02 Boros - 20:49 Quasiduplicate - 23:06 U/B Control - 24:30 Selesnya - 27:36 Jeskai Control - 31:37 Grixis Control - 34:37 G/R Monsters - 41:12 Golgari - 45:49 Mono-Blue - 48:51 Boros - 49:57 Golgari - 53:59 Mono-Red - 56:20 Arena - 57:26 Question of the Week - 1:13:39 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com https://www.patreon.com/thegampodcast Decklist Dump: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/competitive-standard-constructed-league-2018-11-26?fbclid=IwAR1Kz9mJpkSOkWGzjdnMVhM7rTfXZEgKLJ4vYwonHCX3CuvOK0ecpQzoyM4
November 23, 2018
Gerry and Bryan didn’t plan on talking about Modern for almost two hours, but here we are. Not only is there the data from GP Atlanta (courtesy of @averybigbear), but there’s been a constant metagame shift, a couple new archetypes, and a Modern decklist dump to cover. If you wanted help selecting your deck for GP Portland, SCGCON, or any other Modern tournament, look no further! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Double Dragon "Bimmy Whatchu Got" (OC Remix #3285) • ReMixer: Shnabubula | Composer: Kazunaka Tamane Timestamps: Modern overview - 6:14 Infect - 20:24 Goblins - 22:37 Mono-Green Tron - 29:51 Bant Knightfall - 31:23 Mono-White Matyr - 32:24 Bring to Light Scapeshift - 33:26 Mono-Red Arclight - 34:40 Humans - 38:41 Elves - 42:06 Hardened Scales - 44:02 U/R Breach - 47:43 Amulet - 50:25 Control decks - 54:16 Bridgevine - 59:03 Ad Nauseam - 1:00:44 Bant Spirits - 1:03:46 D&T - 1:06:04 Jund - 1:09:32 Jeskai Ascendancy - 1:15:22 Enduring Ideal - 1:16:45 Dredge - 1:20:01 Traverse Shadow - 1:24:08 Mardu Pyromancer - 1:28:44 As Foretold Living End - 1:30:11 Question of the Week - 1:38:47 https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com https://www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
November 19, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the fourteenth episode of Head GAMs! How do you prepare for one of the biggest competitions of your year? We brought in one of the best Magic: The Gathering players in the world, Gerry Thompson, to talk about his approach prior to, during, and after his toughest tournaments. If you’re not a Magic player, fear not! The techniques discussed here are applicable across all forms of competition! If you’d like to learn more about how you can support the Head GAMs podcast, check us out over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
November 16, 2018
Six Boros decks in the Top 8 of PT GRN might seem scary, but the data tells a different story. Gerry and Bryan go through the data collected by @jaredlunsford and see who the real winners from the PT were. Here’s a hint: It ain’t Boros. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Final Fantasy Tactics (OC Remix #3757) • ReMixers: sschafi1, Tiago Rodrigues, PirateCrab, Marc Papeghin, Jordan Chin | Composers: Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Yukiko Mitsui, Yuko Miura Timestamps: Gerry's PT report - 1:38 Boros - 21:48 Golgari - 33:59 Control decks - 42:24 Selesnya tokens - 53:14 Question of the Week - 57:51 Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1h1bqHau4Z-bV0IKoC9_ku1-epYhJyW7fQuXJ-o_5m8Y/edit?usp=sharing
November 12, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the thirteenth episode of Head GAMs! This episode is all about our listeners, and the hosts are taking the time to review listener responses to questions relating to our last two months of episodes. For fresh information regarding sleep, nutrition, strengths, weaknesses, and burnout, check out this cast! You can find out how to participate in similar episodes in the future and support the Head GAMs podcast over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
November 9, 2018
In this special pre-Pro Tour episode, Bryan takes over the hosting duties! Gerry takes Bryan through his PT testing process and discusses the pros and cons of each archetype, including the deck Gerry broke the format with for all of two days. Since then, Boros Tokens showed up and ruined everything. At the end, Bryan takes a stab at what Gerry submitted for the tournament. Will he guess correctly? Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Super Mario Kart "A Road That You Go" (OC Remix #3600) • ReMixers: DrThrex, DiscoCactus | Composer: Kenta Nagata Timestamps: Gerry's PT preparation - 1:52 Standard Metagame - 7:15 Fringe/sleeper decks - 39:24 Question of the Week - 52:09 Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
November 5, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the twelfth episode of Head GAMs! In a long-awaited episode, Jonathan is leading Bryan (and our listeners) through some of his favorite studies and tidbits relating to performance psychology. From the health-related benefits of optimism, to the physiological study of visualization, you won’t believe what some of Jonathan’s favorite studies have revealed! As always, Jonathan is quick to suggest potential uses for these facts in training and preparation regimens. See what science has to say and step up your own approach to competition and life! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
November 2, 2018
A pair of Standard Grand Prix means over 60 decklists to peruse and two wildly different winner’s metagames to compare. Gerry and Bryan waste no time in dissecting the results, why it went down the way it did, and what it means going forward. Bryan also discusses his GP New Jersey experience with Izzet Arclight. What worked, what didn’t, and how to tune the deck are all things you need to know. While Bryan was busy in NJ, Gerry was playing Magic Online with the same deck and weighs in with his own conclusions. GP Lille - 7:23 Mono-Blue - 10:37 Izzet decks - 13:05 Golgari - 22:00 GP New Jersey - 30:38 Boros decks - 31:57 Jeskai - 46:36 Selnesnya Tokens - 51:39 Modern - 1:01:10 Question of the week - 1:04:54 Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
October 31, 2018
In this benchmark, incredible episode, Gerry and Bryan welcome reigning World Champion Javier Dominguez to the podcast, fresh off his Top 4 finish at GP Lille. They discuss Javier’s incredible run the last few years, his gaming history, and how to got to be where he is now. If you want to know how a World Champion approaches competitive gaming, you can’t miss this episode. Music: Witcher 3 - Kaer Morhen Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
October 26, 2018
Picking a Standard deck is tough these days. Is Golgari by far the best? Is it Selesnya’s time to reclaim glory? Has Mono-Red Aggro been a sleeper this whole time? Gerry and Bryan have Josh Cho join the show to discuss Standard, what they like, where the format is headed, and what to play this weekend. By the end of the episode, all three are on the same page! Music: Jamestown - Chyptune Timestamps: Decks we're leaning towards - 3:46 Golgari - 12:42 Jeskai Control - 27:51 U/R Arclight Phoenix - 35:58 Selesnya Tokens - 53:12 Metagame predictions - 59:18 Question of the week - 1:04:24 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
October 22, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the eleventh episode of Head GAMs! As promised, the hosts are continuing the discussion from last week’s episode, but this time they are focused on their greatest psychological strengths. What one aspect of Bryan’s psychological makeup has been most instrumental in shaping his approach to life? Why is Jonathan able to find success dealing with adverse times? How have these strengths improved not only the hosts’ lives, but also their approach to competitive performance? All this and so much more on this week’s Head GAMs! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
October 19, 2018
Golgari is the deck to beat in Standard! Gerry and Bryan dissect the winning lists, talk about what they like and dislike, and where they would take Golgari moving forward. They also discuss what the other top decks can do to have a better chance against Golgari. What decks should you stay away from and which look poised for a breakout? Timestamps: Music: Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo - Character Select Golgari's Dominance - 5:00 Control Decks - 28:01 GW - 49:46 Question of the Week - 1:03:53 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
October 15, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the tenth episode of Head GAMs! The hosts kick off the show by discussing a surprising aspect of last week’s cast that generated a groundswell of support and interest amongst Head GAMs listeners. Then it’s on to the main topic, as both Bryan and Jonathan reveal and discuss what they consider to be their biggest psychological weaknesses. They hold nothing back, sharing some of their own regrettable moments as they try to inspire listeners to work on their own faults. How was Jonathan damaging some of his most important relationships? How did Bryan’s inability to check his ego hurt his legal career? Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom! Both hosts are optimistic that they can, and often do, control their worst faults, and they want to share with you how they’ve managed to do so. Plus, the hosts will be back next week to discuss their greatest psychological strengths! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
October 12, 2018
You asked for it, so you got it! Gerry and Bryan tackle this week's mammoth decklist dump that contains 51 (!) unique decks. They'll be back to their normal metagame analysis next week, but this was too good of an opportunity to pop up. If you like Standard technology, brews, metagame discussion, and talk of what's over-performing or under-performing (and that's why you're here, right?), you don't want to miss this nearly two hour long episode. Decklist dump: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/competitive-standard-constructed-league-2018-10-08 Music: Persona 5 Soundtrack - Will Power Why does MTGO exist? - 3:04 Abzan Control - 8:57 Jeskai Control - 11:50 Golgari Explore - 14:08 Boros Dragons - 16:46 Boros (ft. Path of Mettle) - 20:22 Jeskai Drakes - 24:44 Boros Angels - 26:05 Boros (ft. Miltia Bugler) - 28:19 Mono Red - 30:25 Grixis Control - 32:09 Abzan - 35:06 Mono Red Flame of Keld - 37:47 Golgari - 39:25 Izzet Drakes- 41:27 G/W - 43:39 Abzan - 44:58 Boros - 46:53 G/W - 49:03 Golgari - 50:47 Mono-Blue - 53:12 Esper Control - 54:51 Jeskai Angels - 57:13 Grixis Thieves - 59:37 Mono-Black - 1:00:57 G/W - 1:03:46 Golgari Elves - 1:06:19 Jeskai Control - 1:07:58 Izzet - 1:10:28 Mono-White - 1:13:16 Jeskai Control - 1:15:48 Boros - 1:17:31 Golgari - 1:18:46 Mono-Red - 1:20:36 Jeskai Control - 1:21:54 Mono-White - 1:24:54 Finder Golgari - 1:27:30 Sultai Control - 1:28:10 B/W Knights - 1:29:04 U/W Control - 1:30:49 Jeskai Control - 1:32:26 Boros Tokens - 1:33:36 G/W March - 1:35:07 Dawn of Hope Control - 1:37:27 Izzet Drake - 1:38:56 Izzet - 1:40:10 G/W Tokens - 1:40:30 Grixis - 1:41:22 U/B Surveil - 1:43:28 Golgari - 1:44:19 Mono-Green - 1:45:17 Boros - 1:45:31 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
October 7, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the ninth episode of Head GAMs! Didn’t get enough sleep after our last episode? No worries, the hosts continue last week’s discussion, picking up with some unanswered questions. Can you really learn in your sleep? How do prescription drugs affect sleep? Jonathan then gives a helpful guide for evaluating the quality of your own sleep. Finally, the show closes with some brief tips for making sure your nutrition is optimized at your next competition. Try these tips before your next event and see what proper preparation can do for you! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Links: youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
October 5, 2018
Guilds of Ravnica is out on Magic Online and the first results are in! Gerry and Bryan analyze the 5-0 metagame, deck by deck, all the while discussing their own experiences in Standard. If you're playing a tournament this weekend (or just want a head start in the format) you can't miss this one! Music: Mega Man 11 Fuse Man Theme Timestamps MTG Arena - 3:37 Goblins - 7:21 Golgari - 10:37 Boros - 17:36 Mono Blue - 22:13 U/W Control - 24:45 Boros Angels - 28:54 Golgari Bryan's list - 30:22 Grixis Midrange - 31:17 U/B Surveil - 34:39 Mono Green - 39:18 Mono Red Dragons - 41:11 Boros Midrange - 42:54 Abzan - 46:20 Jeskai control - 48:10 G/W Tokens - 51:25 Mono Red - 55:50 G/W knights - 56:54 Bant Midrange - 1:01:02 Mono White - 1:04:01 Question of the Week - 1:12:36 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
September 30, 2018
Wake up people! Bryan and Jonathan are back for the eighth episode of Head GAMs! The hosts are putting on their pajamas, getting comfy, and leading a talk about settling down for a good night’s sleep. Why do so many of us treat sleep as an afterthought, when it has such a dramatic effect on our performance? What happens to us physiologically when we are sleep deprived? Are there potential solutions available for those among us who are problem sleepers? Bryan talks through his own historical problems with sleep and Jonathan drops his usual tidbits of knowledge throughout the cast, challenging our listeners to treat sleep as an important part of their performance regimen. Don’t sleep on this episode! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
September 28, 2018
We try to not be a drama podcast, but Gerry's experience at the World Championship is something that must be talked about. Bryan had some personal questions regarding the weekend that he'd been pondering, and Gerry is happy to answer them. They also delve into the various myths surrounding the release of a new set. Is it strategically correct to play aggro or at least be proactive? How does having all purpose answers like Assassin's Trophy change the equation? Music: Braid Timestamps: Gerry protesting Worlds - 2:11 New Standard - 27:00 What we would play week 1 - 56:58 Question of the Week - 1:04:02 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
September 24, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the seventh episode of Head GAMs! This week, the hosts are talking through their own experiences with burnout in the professional and competitive realm. After defining exactly what the term means, the hosts give helpful tips for identifying burnout in ourselves and others. Bryan then posits a controversial opinion regarding what he sees as a common and unjustified response to competitive burnout. And finally, as always, Jonathan has some concrete steps we can take to alleviate the stress of burnout. Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons (including the first of our newly announced vlogs!) over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
September 21, 2018
The full Guilds of Ravnica preview is up, so it means time to do call our Top 10s from the set! Gerry and Bryan agree on a lot of things, but the top of their GRN lists aren’t it. Music: Undertale Bryan's honorable mention - 3:49 Gerry's honorable mention - 8:32 Gerry's #10 - 9:31 Bryan's #10 - 13:11 Gerry's #9 - 15:14 Bryan's #9 - 19:48 Gerry's #8 - 23:00 Bryan's #8 - 24:47 Gerry's #7 - 27:25 Gerry's #6 - 31:13 Bryan's #6 - 33:27 Gerry's #5 - 36:36 Bryan's #4 - 41:31 Bryan's #3 - 42:38 Gerry's #2 - 46:18 Question of the week - 57:06 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
September 17, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the sixth episode of Head GAMs! This week, the hosts sent out questions related to past show topics to a bunch of listeners. Join Bryan and Jonathan as they explore and discuss listener responses related to past failures, issues with motivation, and so much more. If you’d like to participate in the next listener focused show, we’ve got good news for you. There are a limited number of participation slots available as a reward over on our brand-new Patreon page! Come support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
September 14, 2018
It’s preview season and, as expected from a Ravnica set, the hits don’t stop coming! Join Gerry and Bryan as they tackle cards like the format defining Assassin’s Trophy, the difficult to evaluate Dream Eater, Vraska, Niv-Mizzet, Izoni, and everything else. Music : Celeste Timestamps: Assassin's Trophy - 3:29 Vraska, Golgari Queen - 6:49 Find Finality - 10:45 District Guide - 14:17 Izoni, Thousand-Eyed - 19:21 Molderhulk - 21:35 Nullhide Ferox - 24:28 Mausoleum Secrets - 27:41 Midnight Reaper - 29:28 Deafening Clarion - 32:10 Response Resurgence - 35:40 Goblin Cratermaker - 37:42 Niv-Mizzet, Parun - 38:55 Expansion Explosion - 42:12 Ionize - 44:18 Chemister's Insight - 45:54 Arclight Phoenix - 52:17 Dream Eater - 55:45 Notion Rain - 58:32 March of the Multitudes - 1:03:24 Bounty Agent - 1:06:02 Beast Whisperer - 1:07:21 Guildmage's Forum - 1:11:10 Question of the Week - 1:13:34 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
September 10, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the fifth episode of Head GAMs! The listeners have spoken again, and they asked us to spend this week’s episode discussing motivation. How does motivation relate to self-determination theory? What’s the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation? How can we tap into our core values to provide us the motivation to pursue self-improvement? All this and more on this episode of Head GAMs! Links: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ National Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-8255 Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
September 7, 2018
The first wave of Guilds of Ravnica previews are out, and we cover them all! From mechanics to manabases, everything is covered. Music: Donkey Kong Country 2 Timestamps: New mechanics - 0:58 The mana - 8:31 Legion Warboss - 12:33 Ral, Izzet Viceroy - 16:29 Thought Erasure - 20:42 Underrealm Lich - 26:43 Emmara, Soul of the Accord - 30:11 Boros Challenger - 33:54 Quasiduplicate - 35:12 Sinister Sabotage - 37:43 Macabre Hatchery - 38:48 Impervious Greatwurm - 40:20 Firemind's Research - 41:48 Narcomoeba - 43:59 Status and Statue - 51:31 Conclave Tribunal - 57:00 Moodmark Painter - 1:00:02 Question of the Week - 1:09:36 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
September 3, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the fourth episode of Head GAMs! This week, listeners chose the topic of discussion via Twitter poll, and people wanted to hear all about Impostor Syndrome. How does Jonathan define Impostor Syndrome? Who among us is suffering from this pervasive form of self-doubt? How does Impostor Syndrome affect our ability to perform, and what can we do to overcome this mode of thinking? Bryan and Jonathan share experiences from their own battles with Impostor Syndrome and provide advice designed to help put Impostor Syndrome behind you. All this and more on this episode of Head GAMs! Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
August 31, 2018
It’s the week before preview season, and that means it’s perfect time for a “level up” episode, heavily inspired by the workings of Michael Majors! Gerry and Bryan talk about decks from Magic’s past that seemingly showed up out of nowhere, even though the pieces were there the whole time. They make the case for devouring information and not dismissing anything, even if it’s not quite there yet, in the hopes that their listeners can be on the forefront of technology. What do each of these decks and engines have in common? Bryan’s Friday article on StarCityGames.com is the perfect companion piece. Music: Dragon Ball FighterZ Timestamps: Rotation & Head GAMs - 3:30 Main topic - 8:12 Question of the week - 53:50 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
August 26, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the third episode of Head GAMs! This week, the hosts are talking about practice. Not a game… practice. The discussion starts with the oft-cited “10,000 hour” rule. Does it really take 10,000 hours to become an expert at something? Jonathan then introduces his four-step system for effective practice and references his experience working with some of the top esports competitors in the world, including stories about how the best of the best practice their craft. Your preparation for your next big event starts here—with Head GAMs! Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
August 24, 2018
Despite having to drop out of Grand Prix Los Angeles due to a migraine, Gerry learned two key secrets to winning in Standard. While it might be too late for him to utilize that knowledge, it’s perfect timing for those trying to win an RPTQ in the coming weeks. Even Bryan is on board! For those playing Modern this weekend, Bryan shares his perfect metagame deck. Oddly enough, Gerry agrees with him! The GAM Podcast is in perfect harmony this week. Music: Starcraft Protoss Victory Theme Timestamps: GPLA - 2:02 Sorcerous Spyglass - 10:16 R/B - 21:34 Grixis - 38:22 Modern - 44:54 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
August 20, 2018
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the second episode of Head GAMs! This week, the hosts are talking about coping with failure. Bryan talks through one of his greatest failures, as Jonathan clues him in on exactly what is happening in the brain when humans experience failure. How does failure relate to the five stages of grief? What are some exercises you can do during a potential failure to help avert disaster? Should failure be an essential part of your practice routines? All of this and more on this episode of Head GAMs! Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
August 17, 2018
Bryan has been working hard on perfecting Turbo Fog for Grand Prix Los Angeles. Some, including Gerry, have thought Turbo Fog was dead now that people know about it, but Bryan disagrees! They talk about Standard's winners and losers heading into the weekend, but after that, it's all Turbo Fog, all the time. Gerry plays devil's advocate, grilling Bryan on each of his card choices and the viability of Turbo Fog in general. Music: Scott Pilgrim vs the World Time stamps: Announcements - 1:47 Standard metagame - 7:29 Turbo Fog - 26:23 Gerry's deck choice - 59:59 Question of the week - 1:06:47 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com https://www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
August 13, 2018
Welcome to the very first episode of Head GAMs! Jonathan Carter is an accomplished performance psychology consultant who has worked with some of the best in e-sports. Bryan Gottlieb is a guy who talks a bunch. Together, they want to make you great at everything. Head GAMs is a discussion of the mental aspects of competition. No matter how you compete, Head GAMs will do its best to help you take your mental game to the next level! In this first episode, the hosts introduce themselves and discuss the genesis of Head GAMs. Bryan then puts Jonathan immediately to the test, asking for the highest impact adjustments he can make to his mental game to see improvement today. Links: Five-minute Journal – https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-five-minute-journal What Good Are Positive Emotions by Barbara L. Fredrickson – http://www.unc.edu/peplab/publications/Fredrickson%201998.pdf Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
August 9, 2018
With PT25A finally in the books, it's time to look ahead to future events, like GP Orlando and GP Brussels, and how PT25A is going to shape them. While Gerry's team had a dismal performance, was it because of their deck choices? If Gerry or Bryan were playing this weekend, what would be their weapon? This week's show wraps up with some HUGE announcements that you won't want to miss. Make sure you stick around for the entire episode! Music: Persona 4 Arena Time Stamps: Limited on the Pro Tour - 2:04 Legacy metagame at PT25A - 6:27 Standard - 27:03 Modern - 46:17 Question of the week - 58:49 Big announcements - 1:09:07 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
August 3, 2018
GAM E87 - Breaking PT25A The decklists are submitted and it’s time to battle! Gerry thinks he may have broken the format for PT25A and Bryan has many questions! The decks Gerry, Josh Cho, and Matt Severa settled on might surprise you, but they needed to make bold decisions to gain an edge. Get an update on what’s happening in each format and what’s going to stand out at PT25A in this all-encompassing episode. Music: Tactics Ogre Timestamps: Team Pro Tours - 7:29 Standard - 19:49 Modern - 32:17 Past Pro Tour decisions - 48:45 Legacy - 56:09 Question of the week - 1:10:33 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
July 31, 2018
GAM E86 - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The GAM Podcast Ever wanted to know who would replace Gerry or Bryan if they left the cast? Thanks to our wonderful Patrons from Patreon.com/thegampodcast, we now do five episodes per month. In this bonus episode, Gerry and Bryan solicited questions from The GAM Podcast Discord channel. They. Answered. Them. All. In this mammoth episode, you get to hear Gerry’s and Bryan’s takes on coverage, relationships, pizza, and everything in between. Music: Soul Blazer Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com https://www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
July 27, 2018
For the first time ever, Gerry and Bryan take a deep dive into the Modern Magic Online decklists. They discuss each of the 46 decklists, talking about what they like and dislike, while also giving their opinion on each deck’s place in the format. From Vengevine to Death’s Shadow and Cragganwick Cremator to Erayo, this is an episode Modern players won’t want to miss! Music: Demon's Crest Timestamps: Goblins - 3:10 G/R stuff - 10:09 Infect - 15:27 KCI - 17:10 Mono-Blue Tron - 21:20 Dredgevine - 22:36 Bant Spirits - 28:05 Jeskai Control - 31:00 U/B Mill - 33:52 Amulet - 37:08 Reveler Jund - 44:09 G/R Eldrazi - 45:24 R/W Prison - 49:40 Esper Midrange - 53:16 Ponza - 1:02:32 Humans - 1:07:32 U/W Control - 1:12:26 G/R Valakut - 1:16:18 Modern match stats across the last 3 modern GP's: https://www.reddit.com/r/spikes/comments/907n9x/modern_last_3_gps_combined_stats/?st=JK2QA0GU&sh=0bc53577 Credit to https://www.reddit.com/user/Erzel_ Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
July 20, 2018
Goblin Chainwhirler is unplayable! Nah, just kidding, but it does seem to be just another great card in a sea of great cards. Is the reign of Goblin Chainwhirler finally over? Has Steel Leaf Champion taken the throne? How do Nicol Bolas, Sai, and the rest of Core Set 2019’s all-stars fit into the mix? Is Paradoxical Outcome the real deal? Gerry and Bryan cover all this, plus the Core Set 2019 card that’s poised to have the biggest impact in Modern! Music: We Love Katamari Timestamps: Militia Bugler in Modern - 1:30 Standard - 9:31 Vine Mare - 19:10 Zombies & Sarkhan's Unsealing - 33:02 Paradoxical Outcome - 38:20 Question of the week - 53:03 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
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