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July 17, 2020
On this week's episode, friend of the show Evart Moughon aka Aspiring Spike drops in for a reaction to the latest Banned & Restricted announcement. Then we talk about some of Evart's latest takes on Modern Control. The Break Down: July 2020 B&R in Modern & Pioneer The Dive Down: Modern Control Concepts Wind Down: Spiking Listener Questions Timestamps: 5:10 - Break Down Begins - July 2020 B&R 57:24 - Dive Down Begins - Current State of Modern Control and Evart's Izzet Deck 1:35:05 - Wind Down Begins - Listener Questions! Links from this week's episode: July 2020 B&R: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/july-13-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2020-07-13?ryujyu Aspiring Spike's Izzet Control: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3169395#paper Aspiring Spike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoughonEvart Aspiring Spike on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown Support The Dive DownSupport The Dive Down
July 10, 2020
This week the team tries to just chill (for once) and ends up with a 60min+ Break Down of the last 6 months of Modern and Pioneer, some ban speculation (before the upcoming announcement was announced), and answering listener questions. Shane brings some takes. Stanislav disagrees with Dave. Dave opens packs on air in retaliation. It's another week on The Down Down! The Break Down: 6 months of Modern + Pioneer The Dive Down: Listener questions Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 3:20 - Housekeeping 4:59 - The extended Break Down begins - Modern and Pioneer in 2020 6:35 - Modern in 2020 10:15 - The Modern up-and-comers 14:04 - Modern still hanging on 21:35 - Modern Falling Stars 28:13 - Recent Modern tournaments 45:35 - Our takes on Modern in 2020 49:15 - Pioneer in 2020 50:50 - The Pioneer up-and-comers 52:59 - Pioneer still hanging on and the falling stars 54:29 - Recent Pioneer tournaments.... sorta 57:55 - Our takes on the problems of Pioneer in 2020 1:10:58 - What would we change in Pioneer? 1:15:25 - What could be added to Pioneer? 1:21:40 - What would we ban/unban in Modern? 1:24:34 - The Wind Down begins: listener questions 1:25:34 - How do we track our performance? 1:31:30 - What promo cards do we like? 1:35:55 - What makes a deck eternal? 1:40:10 - What has been your favorite deck to play? 1:43:14 - What other formats would we like to try? 1:45:45 - What cards would we like to see printed into Modern? 1:48:58 - Closing out Links/Tournaments Referenced in this week's episode: Modern Challenge #1: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-07-05 Modern Challenge #2: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-07-06 Pioneer League #1: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-league-2020-07-02 Pioneer League #2: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-league-2020-07-06 Pioneer Prelim #1: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-preliminary-2020-07-02 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
July 7, 2020
In this bonus episode, Stan sits down with Nick Valdez, AKA Deezy MTG to talk about the art of content creation, MTG comedy, and what it's like being the #1 Magic Tik Tok account in America and maybe the world! Find Nick Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickvaldeezy Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/deezy_mtg Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@deezymtg Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
July 3, 2020
On this week's episode we take three (or more!) decks featuring Core Set 2021 cards through the Sleeve/Believe/Heave gauntlet. Did they have what it takes to get the coveted "Sleeve" rating? Following that, we discuss how new cards are impacting classic decks in Modern and Pioneer! The Dive Down: Stanislav Snoops The Dive Down, pt 2: Dave Stormwings The Dive Down, pt 3: Shane Selesnyas ... And more! Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 5:58 - Sleeve Believe Heave Week Begins 7:51 - Modern Rakdos Goblins ft. Conspicuous Snoop 33:53 - Modern Izzet Prowess ft. Stormwing Entity 57:54 - Pioneer Selesnya Scales ft. Conclave Mentor 1:24:40 - Modern & Pioneer Elves ft. Llanowar Visionary & Fierce Empath 1:31:44 - Modern Grixis Delver ft. Thieves Guild Enforcer 1:33:40 - Modern & Pioneer Dredge ft. Silversmote Ghoul 1:39:07 - Modern Izzet Control ft. Teferi, Master of Time 1:41:35 - Pioneer Azorius Spirits ft. Shacklegeist & Lofty Denial 1:43:30 - Modern Izzet Phoenix ft. See the Truth 1:44:15 - Eliminate in Pioneer 1:45:35 - Pioneer Boros Cycling ft. No New Cards 1:46:47 - Pioneer Simic Wilderness Reclamation ft. Sublime Epiphany 1:47:40 - Pioneer Goblins ft. Conspicuous Snoop & Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner 1:50:17 - Closing Out Links from this week's episode: Snoopy Goblins: https://www.streamdecker.com/deck/UrwCOTAZK Izzet Prowess: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3144685#paper Selesnya Scales: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3150880#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
June 26, 2020
This week we dive into both Modern AND Pioneer to explore Naya Winota! Did she successfully recruit us into joining her forces, or did we remain unaffiliated? We also do a quick break down of the latest Modern Challenge to explore the variety of decks finding success, and wind down with some Patreon questions. The Break Down: Stanislav
June 19, 2020
This week we receive a short but substantial ray of sunshine about Pioneer from Shane and then talk about our our second and final batch of picks to click from Core Set 2021! The Break Down: Pioneer is Actually Good The Break Down, cont: But What About Inverter? Stan Speaks The Dive Down: Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers (again) Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 3:00 - Housekeeping 5:00 -The Break Down begins — Get Up on Pioneer 6:15 - Shane’s Ray of Light: Pioneer Challenges 6:30 - The first Pioneer Challenge’s Top 8 9:45 - The second Pioneer Challenge’s Top 8 12:20 - Top 8s takeaways 13:00 - Top 32s assessment 15:10 - But what about Inverter? Stan speaks. 16:00 - The bottom line on Pioneer + what we’re playing 19:25 - The Dive Down begins: more Core 21 cards 19:35 - Conspicuous Snoop 27:30 - Ghostly Pilferer + Shacklegeist 36:20 - Terror of the Peaks 42:30 - Sublime Epiphany 47:20 - Heartfire Immolator 54:05 - Stormwing Entity 1:00:10 - Conclave Mentor 1:04:05 - Llanowar Visionary + Fierce Empath 1:09:40 - Lofty Denial 1:15:55 - Miscast 1:19:55 - Liliana, Waker of the Dead 1:27:18 - Colossal Dreadmaw 1:27:45 - Frantic Inventory 1:32:33 - See the Truth 1:34:32 - Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner 1:38:36 - Angelic Ascention 1:41:55 - The Wind Down begins — Core 21 called shots Links from this episode: Pioneer Challenge, June 14th https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-challenge-2020-06-14 Pioneer Challenge, June 15th https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-challenge-2020-06-15 Jim Davis on Conspicuous Snoop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgp12xXMlX0 https://www.coolstuffinc.com/a/jimdavis-06122020-the-scoop-on-conspicuous-snoop Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
June 12, 2020
This week we look at the post-Companion metas for Pioneer and Modern, then talk about our picks to click from the first batch of Core Set 2021 spoilers! The Break Down: Our Companions Leave Us Alone The Break Down, cont: Modern & Pioneer Metas The Dive Down: Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers Timestamps: 2:42 - Housekeeping 5:45 -The Break Down begins - the post-Companion meta 10:38 - The Pioneer meta 16:30 - Some top 8s 23:55 - Pio Companion check in and cool decks 34:37 - Pioneer meta takes 35:20 - The modern meta 39:01 - Some top8s 44:43 - Some cool decks and cool takes 50:35 - Quick take - what would we play? 52:15 - The Dive Down begins 54:20 - Teferi, Master of Time 1:10:00 - Basri Ket 1:13:43 - Chandra, Heart of Fire 1:18:29 - Elder Garagroth 1:23:26 - Village Rites 1:28:30 - Plunge 1:34:46 - Containment Priest 1:39:00 - Gadrak, the Crown-Scourge 1:42:02 - Quick hits - Azusa, Vito, Chandra's Incinerator Links from this week's episode: SCG Tour Online: https://scgtouronline.starcitygames.com/ Core Set 2021 Spoilers: https://scryfall.com/sets/m21?order=spoiled&as=grid Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
June 5, 2020
The hosts of The Dive Down want to make our beliefs clear: Black Lives Matter. We share the commitment of many of our listeners in educating ourselves on the unfathomable pain faced by people of color in the United States and beyond. All proceeds from this week’s episode will go to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and several other organizations that fight for justice on behalf of oppressed people and communities. We encourage our friends and listeners to support marginalized communities when and where you can. Below are some resources that you can consider in the fight to end institutional racism, and support justice for oppressed communities all around us. http://www.maximummiddleage.com/right-now/alton-sterling-philando-castile-how-to-be-an-ally-to-black-people The Bail Project: https://bailproject.org/ Campaign Zero: https://www.joincampaignzero.org/ Unicorn Riot: https://unicornriot.ninja/ George Floyd Memorial Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd Justice for Breonna Taylor: https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor Mutual Aid: https://www.mutualaidhub.org/ Black and Brown Founders: https://blackandbrownfounders.com/ Black Feminist Project: https://www.gofundme.com/f/theblkprojek Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp: https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/ Black Girls Code: https://www.blackgirlscode.com/ Black Voters Matter Fund: https://www.blackvotersmatterfund.org/ The National Police Accountability Project: https://www.nlg-npap.org/donate/ Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org/ NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: https://www.naacpldf.org/ BET and United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund: https://secure.unitedway.org/j/step/bet-covid-19-donate As for the episode itself: Join us this week as we have special guest Cavedan, of Faithless Brewing fame, on as we break down the latest B&R announcement and the companion rules change, talk about our thoughts and feelings about the game and meta-game of Magic, and quiz him about brewing. Timestamps: 7:56 - Housekeeping 12:13 - The Break Down: dissecting the B&R and Companion rule change 16:36 - Examining the text from the announcement 27:58 - Will divergent game play patterns take place? 33:00 - The implications of this rule change 43:40 - The Dive Down begins - The pace and impact of change 54:35 - How we can respond to change? 1:02:32 - Things to be positive about in Magic - New ways to play 1:02:36 - News digital ways to play is a good thing. 1:09:49 - Does anyone think paper is dying? 1:15:43 - The game is fundamentally great! 1:27:42 - How change keeps the community engaged. 1:33:34 - The Brew Down 1:37:22 - Deck Advantage vs. Deck Experience 1:39:29 - Checking in on our goals. 1:44:18 - The Wind Down Begins 144:41 - Has Rogue Refinery changed the way Dan brews? 1:47:40 - How do we approach an open meta game? 1:49:49 - What makes a card brew worthy? 1:51:11 - Can a brand new deck emerge in Modern? 1:53:39 - Please brew with Nahiri, the Harbinger 1:55:29 - What’s The Dive Down’s secret ingredient? 1:59:55 - Closing Out Links from this week's episode: June 1, 2020 B&R: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/june-1-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement Faithless Brewing: https://faithlessbrewing.podbean.com/ Faithless Brewing on Twitter: https://twitter.com/faithlessmtg Faithless Brewing's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/faithlessbrewing Episodes of Rogue Refinery can found at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ZGymAvfP97qJabgqUkz4A Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
May 29, 2020
We dive into one of the most powerful and popular decks in Pioneer - Jeskai Lukka Yorion Sharknado Fires Control! Or whatever it's called! The Break Down: The latest Pioneer SQ The Dive Down: TapouT The Dive Down, continued: Agents of Snap Concessions Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:35 - Housekeeping 6:25 - The Break Down begins - the Pioneer Super Qualifier 6:50 - PSQ Top 32 Meta 16:44 - PSQ Top 8 18:17 - Interesting Decks 27:27 - The Dive Down Begins - Yorion Superfriends! 30:30 - What is tapout control? 35:40 - Fires of Invention and tapout control 43:26 - The gameplan of Yorion Superfriends 53:01 - Enabling Lukka 56:40 - The yorion advantage 1:09:50 - Closing out games 1:12:30 - The supporting elements 1:18:51 - Getting the most out of Fires 1:32:55 - Sideboarding and matchups 1:47:30 - Some thoughts on the deck 1:50:20 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: Tapout Control / PV's Playhouse / Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: https://www.channelfireball.com/all-strategy/home/pvs-playhouse-control/ The Pioneer SQ: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-super-qualifier-2020-05-23 Jeskai Superfriends: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/wur-20302994-c1b8-4ede-a1ad-81e213d4b28a#paper More Superfriends: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3047732#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
May 22, 2020
This week Aspiring Spike is back to help us understand the Companion metagame in Pioneer and Modern. What's good, what's not so good, and how to next-level your opponents! The Break Down: Lotus Box Modern The Dive Down: Shane Has Facts The Dive Down, pt. 2: A Love/Hate Relationship Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:55 - Housekeeping 4:37 - The Break Down sorta begins - Another B&R annoucement 10:48 - The Break Down really begins - The Team Lotus Box modern 1k 13:25 - The 1k metagame 31:52 - Companion stats and the top 8 33:30 - Tournament takeaways 36:36 - The Dive Down begins - the Companion metas 41:43 - Why has the metagame coalesced around Companions? 47:06 - Who's having fun? 51:28 - How is this metagame different than before? 58:55 - How are you getting an edge? 1:09:01 - Playing against Companions 1:29:03 - What do we think will happen to Companions? 1:34:25 - What are WOTCs long-term plans for Companions? 1:36:45 - Why might WOTC change Companions? 1:41:41 - Full-time Aspiring Spike 1:45:30 - The Sorta Wind Down - questions for Aspiring Spike 1:53:22 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: The Team Lotus Box Modern 1K: https://mtgdecks.net/Modern/lotus-box-league-season-1-modern-1k-team-lotus-box-tournament-62866 Ari Lax: How to Exploit Every Companion in Constructed: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/how-to-exploit-every-companion-in-constructed/ Aspiring Spike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoughonEvart Aspiring Spike on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
May 15, 2020
This week we tackle a level-up prompt from a Patron of The Dive Down Nation - what does it mean to have advantage in a game of Magic? We explore what advantage can look like in different aspects of the game, how to use it in your game play, and how to play when you are ahead or behind. The Break Down: Cool decks from recent challenges The Dive Down: The Unified Theory of Magic The Dive Down, pt. 2: Debunking the Unified Theory of Magic Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 6:27 - The Break Down begins: Cool decks! 6:59 - May 11 Pioneer Challenge 20:42 - May 11 Modern Challenge 26:44 - UW Miracles ft. Counterbalance 31:52 - The Dive Down begins: Advantage in Magic 42:50 - What’s the first thing that comes to mind with advantage? 49:32 - Is there a way to talk about advantage in a single cohesive way? 57:58 - Thinking about actions instead of turns. 1:06:22 - Are some decks more sensitive to advantage? 1:09:39 - Does it all come down to deck plans? 1:12:05 - What about advantage in combo? 1:14:50 - How fragile is having an advantage in Magic? 1:23:45 - Does a format’s power level make advantage more important? 1:27:17 - Taking your plan to the next level with advantage. 1:30:14 - What to do with your knowledge of in-game advantage. 1:33:05 - How do you regain advantage? 1:41:02 - What to down you already have the advantage. 1:46:38 - How do we get from advantage to intuition? Links from this week's episode: The May 11th Pio Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-challenge-2020-05-11#decklists The May 11th Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-05-11#decklists The May 10th Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-05-10 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
May 8, 2020
We take three more Companions and three new decks through the S/B/H process, and let you know what we thought about them! Maybe we even used that hippo one! (We didn't.) The Break Down: The Lotus Box is a League The Dive Down: Yorion, Lurrus (Again?), and Gyruda The Wind Down: 3 Minutes About Hobbies Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:34 - Housekeeping 6:03 - The Break Down - The Team Lotus Box Pioneer Tournament top 8 11:28 - Closer looks at the new Companion decks of Pioneer 22:15- Winrate stats 24:20 - Takeaways from the tournament 31:00 - The Dive Down begins - Companion S/B/H, pt.2 32:29 - Bant Snow Control ft. Yorion 59:40 - Pioneer Boros Burn ft. Lurrus 1:21:05 - Sultai Gyruda Combo ft.... Gyruda 1:46:01 - The Wind Down - what we're doing during Social Distancing 1:49:26 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: The Team Lotus Box tournament series: https://www.lotusboxleague.com/ Bant Snow Control: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2982916#paper Boros Burn: https://mtgdecks.net/Pioneer/boros-burn-lurrus-decklist-by-piper-powell-965744 Gyruda combo: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2974794#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
May 1, 2020
This week The Dive Down boys test out some of the latest decks in Modern and Pioneer, all featuring Companions! Love them or hate them, they are certainly here for now. Listen and learn what we think about 3 of the newest popular Companions! The Break Down: 2 Challenging Modern Challenges The Dive Down: Our New Friends Lurrus, Obosh, and Zirda The Wind Down: Funeral For a Friend Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:26 - Housekeeping 6:03 - The Break Down: 2 Modern Challenges 15:26 - The second Modern Challenge! 26:56 - The Dive Down begins: Ever hear of Companions? 29:15 - Grixis Death's Shadow ft. Lurrus in Modern 49:33 - Some tips with and against Lurrus 57:03 - Gruul Aggro ft. Obosh in Pioneer 1:20:04 - Beating Obosh 1:23:24 - Zirda Elves in Modern 1:33:15 - Stoneforge Mystic Zirda! 1:41:08 - Our takes on Companions 1:51:41 - The Wind Down: RIP DCI LInks from this week's episode: Lurrus Shadow: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2958819#paper Obosh Gruul: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2940733#paper Zirda Elves: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2948760#paper Zirda SFM Elves: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2958129#paper Izzet Lutri: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2961717#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
April 24, 2020
We hang out with our old friend Klothys and her minions as we do a deck dive into the latest tier 1 Modern deck, Ponza! The Break Down: Challenge of the Companions The Break Down, cont: The Takes You're Looking For The Dive Down: 2 Glorybringers on Turn 3 Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:45 - Housekeeping 5:42 - The Break Down begins: a Pioneer super qualifier 6:28 - The top 8 (with maybe some Companion talk) 22:42 - The rest of the meta 25:48 - The immediate impact of Companions and our hot takes 39:25 - The Dive Down: Gruul Midrange/RG Ponza 45:10 - Our initial thoughts 48:40 - What this deck is trying to do 53:15 - The early game 58:22 - The midgame 1:00:58 - A special focus on Klothys 1:06:43 - Back to the ramp targets and midgame plays 1:13:20 - Closing out the game 1:21:01 - The Companion Variant 1:31:45 - Why is Ponza good now? 1:36:30 - Some good and kinda bad matchups 1:41:30 - Some helpful thoughts 1:45:30 - How to stop Ponza 1:48:50 - The future of Ponza in the meta 1:50:28 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: The Pioneer Super Qualifier: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-super-qualifier-2020-04-18 The “Classic” Ponza list: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2878672#paper The Companion list: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2941115#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
April 17, 2020
Dave is back and we tackle a second batch of spoilers from Ikoria, and give you our picks to click in Pioneer and Modern! Then we wind things down with The Dive Down Nation's spoiler survey. The Break Down: The latest Pioneer Super Qualifier The Dive Down: More Monsters, Fewer Problems The Wind Down: The Nation's spoiler survey Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 1:57 - Housekeeping 4:16 - The Break Down begins: the Pioneer Super Qualifier top 8 14:25 - The top 32 metagame breakdown 21:07 - The Dive Down begins: Ikoria spoilers pt 2! 21:29 - Of One Mind 29:24 - Shark Typhoon 34:05 - Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy 40:46 - Slitherwisp 46:00 - Cunning Nightbonder 49:03 - Skycat Sovereign 53:22 - Blitz of the Thunder-Raptor 1:00:18 - Labyrinth Raptor 1:03:56 - Swallow Whole 1:10:03 - The Ozolith 1:14:16 - Neutralize 1:18:29 - Quick Hits! 1:27:20 - The Triomes! 1:36:29 - The Wind Down: The Nation's spoiler survey 1:47:50 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: The Pioneer Super Qualifier: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/pioneer-super-qualifier-12130311#paper Ikoria spoilers: https://scryfall.com/sets/iko?order=set&as=grid Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
April 15, 2020
In this bonus episode, Dave and Stan got to chat with Ryan Overturf about Mono Red Prowess! Who doesn’t love an explosive Lightning Bolt deck? We chat about the deck’s evolution in Modern, how to evaluate its threats, side boarding and more! Find Ryan Overturf: Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanOverdrive Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ryanoverdrive Lodestone Games: https://twitter.com/LodestoneCG Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=t... and use code "thedivedown" Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
April 10, 2020
We have Evart Moughon, aka Aspiring Spike, on as a guest host to go over the first batch of Ikoria spoilers! The Break Down: Modern Showcase! The Dive Down: Behemoth Spoilers! The Wind Down: Listener Questions! Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:28 - Housekeeping 3:35 - The Break Down: Modern Super Qualifier 5:30 - The top 8 14:42 - The top 32 meta 28:07 - The Dive Down begins: how we evaluate cards 32:39 - The mechanics of Ikoria 44:31 - Picks to Click: Lurrus of the Dream Den 52:09 - Heartless Act 57:01 - Vivien, Monsters' Advocate 1:04:06 - Sea-Dasher Octopus 1:07:24 - Fiend Artisan 1:11:29 - Sprite Dragon 1:16:24 - General Kudro of Drannith 1:22:01 - Rielle, the Everwise 1:25:39 - Mythos of Nethroi 1:29:27 - Some quick hits 1:35:12 - The Wind Down - questions for Aspiring Spike 1:45:21 - Where to find Aspiring Spike 1:46:29 - Closing Out Links from this week's episode: Modern Super Qualifier: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-super-qualifier-2020-04-05#decklists The Mechanics of Ikoria: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ikoria-lair-behemoths-mechanics-2020-04-02?sd Ikoria spoilers: https://scryfall.com/sets/iko?order=set&as=grid Aspiring Spike on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike Aspiring Spike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoughonEvart/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
April 3, 2020
This week we each take a budget deck through the S/B/H process, and share our experiences testing out some novel options in Pioneer! The Break Down: Talking Two Pioneer Super Qualifiers The Dive Down: Ox Talk (and some other things) Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 3:40 - Housekeeping 6:54 - The Break Down begins - Pioneer Super Qualifiers 8:00 - PSQ#1 14:45 - PSQ#2 21:45 - The top 32x2 metagame 37:45 - The Dive Down begins - Why budget decks in Pioneer? 42:29 - Mono-Red Phoenix 58:04 - Mono-Red Hollow One 1:16:01 - Mono-Blue Fliers and budget UW Spirits 1:34:18 - Do budget decks have a home in Pioneer? 1:41:00 - Closing Out Links from this week's episode: Pioneer SQ #1: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-super-qualifier-2020-03-29-0 Pioneer SQ #2: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-super-qualifier-2020-03-29 Emma's budget Pioneer article: https://infinite.tcgplayer.com/article/Pioneer-Budget-Brews:-Which-Card%3F-Dis-card/f29f8aad-6742-4df0-abcb-47f2eb592e42/ Mono-Red Phoenix: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2873533#paper Mono-Blue Skies: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2873660#paper Budget Azorius Spirits: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2875538#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
March 27, 2020
This week we head back for another Heliod deck dive, this time in Pioneer! The Break Down: Super MTGO Qualifiers in Modern and Pioneer The Dive Down: Infinite Clicks 'n' Damage 'n' Stuff Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 6:36 - Housekeeping 8:25 - Modern Super Qualifier 25:30 - Pioneer Super Qualifier 39:15 - The Dive Down Begins: Mono-White Heliod in Pioneer 45:10 - The Strength of Heliod 47:35 - A Brief History 48:10 - The Combo 53:49 - The Beat Down 1:06:32 - The Mana 1:08:16 - The Disruption 1:19:02 - The Gideons 1:26:33 - Playing the Deck 1:33:56 - The Matchups 1:39:45 - The Sideboard 1:41:38 - Wrapping Up Links from this week's episode: Modern Super Qualifier: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-super-qualifier-2020-03-22 Pioneer Super Qualifier: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-super-qualifier-2020-03-22 Heliod deck list example: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2863625#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
March 20, 2020
This week's a weird one, because things are weird. We first go over the Modern and Pioneer MTGO Challenges, then head into a grab bag of listener questions! The Break Down: Business as Usual The Dive Down: Staying Healthy and Staying Positive Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 4:03 - Some positive news to start your Friday 7:22 - Housekeeping 9:49 - The Break Down - The Pioneer MTGO Challenge 25:46 - The Modern MTGO Challenge 39:50 - The Dive Down begins 42:31 - What we're covering with paper tournaments cancelled 46:03 - Some board games we like 52:13 - Magic Online, Magic Arena, computers, and you 1:04:32 - Questions lightning round begins - Bant snow control, the best deck in modern? 1:06:46 - The best pioneer deck? 1:10:20 - The tribes on the edge of glory? 1:14:20 - Where is Wilt-Leaf? 1:15:43 - Why do we like Pioneer, and what still draws us to Modern? 1:21:54 - Is Uro the new Oko? 1:26:48 - Should sets be tested online before print? 1:30:00 - Do we play Commander? 1:34:12 - Finding your deck 1:38:38 - Our favorite places 1:44:20 - Our go-to non-Magic Podcasts 1:48:28 - Closing out Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
March 13, 2020
This week we're doing a bit of a news show — we're covering and discussing a bunch of current topics in Modern and Pioneer including Monday, March 9th's B&R, Pioneer on Arena, and SCG Regionals in Modern. Join us as we break down and break down and break down the last week of mtg. The Break Down 1: Pioneer Masters The Break Down 2: B&R The Dive Down: SCG Regionals (Modern) Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:43 - Housekeeping 4:21 - The Break Down begins: Pioneer Masters on Arena 19:32 - BANS! 32:53 - NO BANS?? 48:21 - The Dive Down begins: SCG Regionals Weekend 50:48 - The top decks across all the top 8s 1:04:42 - The winners! 1:12:45 - The spicy decks 1:32:29 - Surprises 1:37:29 - Stan and Dave’s Regionals Experiences 1:47:28 - Closing out Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
March 6, 2020
This week we are looking at some of the newest (and oldest) tech and decks in Modern and Pioneer! Mono G Walkers in Pioneer, Grinding Station Breach in Modern, and... Shadow of Doubt? The Break Down: The Modern and Pioneer Showcase Challenges The Dive Down: Innovations in Modern and Pioneer Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:19 - Housekeeping 5:27 - The Break Down Begins - upcoming bans and a listener poll 13:25 - The Modern Showcase Challenge 27:05 - The Pioneer Showcase Challenge 33:20 - The Dive Down begins - New tech in Modern and Pioneer 34:24 - Mono G Walkers in Pioneer 55:08 - Shadow of Doubt in Modern 1:24:08 - Grinding Station Breach 1:46:44 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: Pioneer showcase challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-showcase-challenge-2020-03-02 Modern showcase challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-showcase-challenge-2020-03-01 Mono G Walkers: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2819606#paper Izzet Flash w/ Shadow of Doubt: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2511750#paper Grinding Station Breach: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2815217#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
February 28, 2020
The gents explore a Patreon request - Orzhov Sram Auras - in Pioneer! Who's wearing the pants in this format? Listen to find out! The Break Down: SCG Indy Pio Open The Dive Down: Some Hate, Some Hope, Some Pants The Wind Down: Hey... Whacha Doin? Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:34 - Housekeeping 3:00 - Important updates to our Patreon! 10:44 - The Break Down: SCG Indianapolis Pioneer Open 39:53 - The Dive Down Begins: Sram Auras 41:23 - Intro to Sram Auras 43:25 - The Creatures 57:41 - Auras & Blessings 1:06:52 - The Lands 1:09:03 - The Game Plan 1:15:37 - Playing Against Different Strategies in Pioneer 1:22:43 - Beating Sram Auras 1:26:25 - The Sideboard plans 1:36:06 - Our thoughts on the deck 1:46:15 - The Wind Down: What we're playing for fun 1:54:18 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: SCG Indy coverage: https://old.starcitygames.com/events/220220_indianapolis.html An example Sram Auras decklist: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2794551#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
February 25, 2020
In this bonus episode, Stan interviews a fixture of the MTGO leagues and Modern Blue Moon aficionado, Jacob Cumiskey aka ThePenSword. They talk about the ins and outs of Blue Red control decks, ranging from Thing in the Ice to Through the Breach, and gush over some of their favorite counterspells. Find Jacob Cumiskey: Twitter: https://twitter.com/CumiskeyJacob Twitch: twitch.tv/jacobcumiskey Discord: https://bit.ly/2VvbZu3 Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
February 21, 2020
We take a dive into Heliod Company Combo in Modern. How it works, what we learned, and how annoying it is to play on Magic Online! The Break Down: NRG Indianapolis The Dive Down: Infinite Life and Infinite Misclicks The Wind Down: Manners, Schmanners Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:40 - Housekeeping 5:54 - The Break Down begins - The NRG Pioneer Trial 26:12 - The NRG Modern Trial 36:40 - The Dive Down begins - Heliod Company Combo 38:40 - What the deck is trying to do 40:15 - Infinite life combos 48:08 - Infinite mana and damage 54:48 - The tutors 1:03:46 - The ramp 1:09:05 - Strategies playing the deck 1:23:08 - Using the sideboard 1:26:42 - Playing against Heliod Combo 1:30:30 - What we liked about the deck 1:33:34 - Troubles we had playing the deck 1:41:33 - The Wind Down - Magic Online Combo Etiquette 1:49:58 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: NRG Pioneer Trial: http://articles.nerdragegaming.com/decklists-archive/pioneer-nrg-series-trial-february-15-2020/ NRG Modern Trial: http://articles.nerdragegaming.com/decklists-archive/modern-nrg-series-trial-february-16-2020/ Heliod w/ Anafenza: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2784654#paper Heliod w/ Infinite Mana: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2758766#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
February 14, 2020
We're headed back to where it all started - Modern! This week's episode is an exploration of the past month+ of Modern events on Magic Online. What's rising, what's fading, and what do we think about it? The Break Down: RPT Phoenix and Shane's GP Phoenix experience The Dive Down: More Meta, More Meta, More Meta Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 3:22 - Housekeeping 5:26 - The Break Down Begins - RPT Phoenix 19:30 - Pioneer RPT win percentages 26:00 - Adapting to the combo metagame 28:25 - Shane's GP Phoenix experience 40:34 - The Dive Down Begins - The new Modern Meta 44:05 - The Modern Challenge data 54:15 - The Modern Prelims data 1:03:04 - The current decks of Modern: Titan 1:07:13 - Mono-Red Prowess 1:11:44 - Urza 1:14:02 - Tron decks 1:18:19 - Jund and Death's Shadow 1:23:00 - Izzet Control 1:25:08 - Some quick hits 1:35:20 - Our takeaways 1:42:08 - Wrapping up Links from this week's episode: WOTC's RPT Phoenix coverage: https://magic.gg/events/players-tour-phoenix-2020 CFB's GP Phoenix coverage: https://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/52 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
February 11, 2020
In this bonus episode, Dave interviews certified Death's Shadow Scientist Michael Rapp about playing... well Death's Shadow. They actually do a bit of a deep dive on decks of all different shadow sizes including the most popular build of the moment — 4 Color Traverse. Find Michael Rapp: Twitter: @RappaciousOne Articles: https://blog.cardkingdom.com Discord: https://discord.gg/H8kRu4R Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
February 7, 2020
We kick off this week’s show with a Break Down of the first two Pioneer Players Tours, from sister cities Brussels and Nagoya. Then we Dive Down with the latest Sleeve/Believe/Heave episode, featuring 3 spicy Pioneer decks inspired by new cards from Theros. The Wind Down: Players Tours Brussels & Nagoya The Dive Down: Sleeve/Believe/Heave ft. Theros Beyond Death Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timecodes: 5:05 - Break Down Begins 7:56 - PT Brussels Analysis 18:10 - PT Nagoya Analysis 41:55 - Dive Down Begins 43:58 - RB Midrange 59:30 - UB Inverter 1:22:44 - UG Ramp Links from this week's episode: Rakdos Midrange: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2728102#online Dimir Inverter: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2723294#paper Simic Ramp: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2723199#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
January 31, 2020
First up this week, we take a spin through what's been popping up in Pioneer and Modern since the release of Theros: Beyond Death. In our Dive Down section, each of us talks about our goals for improving our game or relationship with MtG in 2020 (#2020Goals #squadgoals #whathappensnextmightsurpriseyou). Finally, we wind down with some of Stan's tales of fantastic planeswalkers and where to find them — in London and Amsterdam, at least. The Break Down: A Trip to the Spice Station The Dive Down: Getting Better in 2020 The Wind Down: Player's Club International Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timecodes: 3:09- Break Down begins 4:36- TBD and the state of Modern 17:48 -TBD and the state of Pioneer 33:12 - Dive Down Begins 34:39 - Stan's Goals: Focusing on a specific archetype 53:43- Zak's Goals: Sequencing 1:06:39 - Shane's Goals: Mulligans 1:23:03 - Dave's Goals: Take it Easy 1:37:39 - Wind Down begins Links from this week's episode: – Modern Titan Field w/ Dryad by toondoslav https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2705484#paper Zur’s Weirding.dek by Nephtyz https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2698557#paper GW/Abzan Heliod by Spoonmanaron https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2698538#paper – Pioneer Pioneer Showcase Challenge lists https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/pioneer-challenge-12076816#paper Breach Lotus Storm by Taruto1212 https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2705456#paper Abzan Rallistocrats by Uniq https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/pioneer-league-2020-01-23#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
January 24, 2020
This week The Dive Down crew welcomes special guest Todd Anderson to join us on our first Pioneer-focused Deck Dive — Chonky Red! Listen to find out why it's not an aggro deck, how tightly you should hold your Rabblemasters, and how to really bring the glory. The Break Down: Todd and All Things Todd The Dive Down: Chonk and All Things Chonk The Wind Down: Listener Questions You can find Todd at: https://www.twitch.tv/strong_sad or https://twitter.com/strong_sad Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 3:30 - Housekeeping 4:30 - The Break Down: An interview with Todd! 33:12 - The Dive Down begins: Chonky Red! 34:52 - What is the Chonk? 36:30 - Why all those lands? 42:00 - What makes this deck popular? 45:00 - The development of the Chonk 53:30 - The construction of the Chonk - the aggro creatures 1:09:00 - The burn spells 1:12:24 - The creatures that are also burn spells! 1:22:09 - The goldfish cards 1:31:26 - The… Chandra 1:35:33 - Sideboard considerations 1:42:23 - The future of the Chonk 1:46:02 - The Wind Down: listener questions! 1:52:23 - Where to find Todd Links from this week's episode: Todd's recent Chonky Red article on SCG, including his most recent decklist: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/its-not-big-its-chonky-all-things-chonky-red-in-pioneer/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
January 17, 2020
We take another look at Theros Beyond Death, and share some of our picks to click in Pioneer and Modern! The Break Down: Irrelevant top 8s and, oh yeah, HUGE MODERN BANS The Dive Down: Theros Beyond Death Picks to Click - Again! The Wind Down: The Dive Down Nation's favorite cards from Theros Beyond Death Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 4:10 - Housekeeping 5:18 - The Break Down begins - Some outdated Top 8s 8:34 - A closer look at Golgari Yawgmoth 14:30 - 3 Modern bans! 33:20 - The Dive Down begins - Shadowspear 39:53 - Nylea, Keen Eyed 46:45 - Underworld Breach 55:06 - Gallia of the Endless Dance 1:00:26 - Shatter the Sky 1:08:45 - Klothys, God of Destiny 1:16:42 - Quick Picks begin - Thassa, Deep Dwelling 1:18:05 - Dryad of the Ilysian Grove 1:19:52 - Eidolon of Obstruction 1:22:00 - Escape Velocity 1:23:52 - Thassa’s Oracle 1:25:40 - Gravebreaker Lamia 1:27:52 - Fruit of Tizerus 1:30:34 - The Wind Down - The Picks to Click Listener Survey 1:40:22 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: Jan 13 B&R announcement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/january-13-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement?n MagicFest Austin coverage: https://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/47 SCG Knoxville Open coverage: https://old.starcitygames.com/events/110120_knoxville.html Golgari Yawgmoth deck tech: https://old.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/golgari_yawgmoth_with_aaron_ba.html Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
January 10, 2020
The crew takes a first look at Theros Beyond Death, and share some of their favorite, standout cards. The Break Down: MTGO Modern Championship The Dive Down: Theros Beyond Death Picks Timestamps: 1:52 - Housekeeping 3:26 - The Break Down begins 6:00 - MTGO Modern Championship 15:00 - SCG Open Columbus 16:33 - Bryan Gottlieb’s Hot New Deck 28:55 - The Dive Down Begins 29:39 - Our New Card Wishlists 38:17 - How We Evaluate Cards 42:45 - Tectonic Giant 49:12 - Escape Discussion 51:12 - Ox of Agonas 59:52 - Heliod, Sun-Crowned 1:11:12 - Polukranos, Unchained 1:20:05 - Whirlwind Denial 1:26:54 - The RB and UG Titans Links from this week's episode: https://www.reddit.com/r/ModernMagic/comments/ekmpp3/mtgo_modern_champs_top_32_decklists/ https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-champs-2020-01-05 https://twitter.com/BryanGo/status/1213962888194318336/photo/2 Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
December 31, 2019
In this installment of our monthly bonus episodes, Shane talks to the popular streamer Evart Moughon, better known as Aspiring Spike, about Pioneer, Modern, streaming, and playing with and against control decks. Find the Aspiring Spike: Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike Twitter: https://twitter.com/moughonevart Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
December 27, 2019
The lads see if Monastery Mentor has what it takes to succeed in Pioneer by testing 3 different decks! The Break Down: Looking over the post-Oko Pioneer Preliminaries (plus some Modern Prelims) The Dive Down: Making mistakes with Monastery Mentor The Wind Down: Holiday listener questions Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 1:53 - Housekeeping 3:20 - The Break Down begins - Pouring over the post-Oko Pioneer Prelims 13:22 - Looking more closely at Green Ramp in Pioneer 21:56 - A brief look at the Modern Prelims 29:40 - The Dive Down begins - There's a Mentor in my Monastery! 36:40 - Exploring Mentor in Pioneer 38:46 - Shane with GW Mentor Tokens 48:30 - The verdict on GW Mentor 55:22 - Dave with Mardu PyroMentor 1:09:35 - The verdict on Mardu PyroMentor 1:11:29 - Stan with Esper Mentor 1:20:16 - The verdict on Esper Mentor 1:29:52 - Lessons learned on Monastery Mentor 1:34:13 - The Wind Down - Listener questions Links from this week's episode: Shane's GW Mentor Tokens: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2587692#paper Dave's Mardu PyroMentor: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2590187#paper Stan's Esper Mentor: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2587940#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
December 20, 2019
This week we Dive Deeper into the Pioneer format, and bring you 5 ways to level up your play! The Break Down: The latest Pioneer bans, and WOTC's new B&R schedule The Dive Down: Level up your Pioneer thinking with 5 takeaways The Wind Down: We answer some listener questions Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 3:02 - Housekeeping 4:19 - The Break Down begins - The latest Pioneer bans 19:07 - WOTC's new B&R schedule, or lack thereof 29:18 - The Dive Down begins - Observations on Pioneer 30:18 - Non-basic lands.... can be good! 43:17 - Taking the advantage back on the draw 57:25 - The 3 toughness challenge 1:11:00 - The casting cost mindshift, 1 mana cards in Pioneer 1:19:30 - Counterspells in Pioneer 1:26:30 - The Wind Down: Listener questions on Pioneer Links from this week's episode: The 12/16/19 Pioneer bannings: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/december-16-2019-pioneer-banned-announcement The 12/16/19 B&R annoucement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/december-16-2019-banned-and-restricted-announcement Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
December 13, 2019
The guys get together in a studio to indulge themselves with discussion of our favorite Dive Down (and Magic) moments of 2019. The Break Down: We talk about what we have been playing and enjoying in Modern and Pioneer The Dive Down: The best (and worst) of 2019 Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 1:52 - Housekeeping 3:33 - The Break Down: what we've been playing 34:15 - The Dive Down begins: our 2019 35:14 - Favorite episodes of the year 43:45 - Favorite Deck Dives of the year 47:01 - Worst and best card picks to click of the year 1:03:10 - Sleeve/Believe/Heave decks of the year 1:14:43 - Our cards of the year 1:21:16 - Our Magic experiences of the year 1:26:28 - The best new format of the year 1:30:03 - Our guests of the year 1:33:07 - Our worst takes of the year 1:39:22 - Was 2019 a good year for Magic? 1:44:34 - Signing off Links from this week's episode: Find Gal Schlesinger on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/yamakiller Listen to the Pioneer Cast, featuring Ross Merriam: https://twitter.com/CastPioneer Read Emma Partlow's content on TCG Player: https://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article_search_result.asp?author=Emma%20Partlow Find Riley Knight's content on Channel Fireball: https://www.channelfireball.com/all-strategy/author/riley-knight/ Listen to Faithless Brewing: https://faithlessbrewing.podbean.com Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
December 6, 2019
The Dive Down teams up with Faithless Brewing to bring you a deck dive into Five Color Niv-Mizzet! The Break Down: The week of Pioneer PTQs and the subsequent bans The Dive Down: The Five Color Niv-Mizzet deck dive! Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 3:28 - Introducing Faithless Brewing 7:52 - Housekeeping 10:28 - The Break Down begins: Pioneer PTQs = Pioneer bans 19:28 - The Dive Down begins: Introducing 5C Niv 25:10 - What IS 5C Niv? 31:28 - The gameplan 43:24 - The cards begin: The BTL toolbox 50:00 - The mana 57:34 - The guild cards 1:16:15 - Executing the game plan 1:21:03 - The place in the meta 1:29:10 - Sideboarding with Niv 1:32:07 - Sideboarding against Niv 1:36:43 - The future of Niv 1:41:26 - Closing out Links from this week's episode: Faithless Brewing's homepage: https://faithlessbrewing.podbean.com Faithless Brewing on Twitter: https://twitter.com/faithlessmtg Faithless Brewing's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/faithlessbrewing December 2nd Pioneer Bannings: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/december-2-2019-pioneer-banned-announcement An example 5CNM decklist: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2518206#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
December 2, 2019
In our third bonus episode, we take questions from our awesome fans and listeners about Magic the Gathering and our personal lives. Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:05 - How bad does your favorite deck have to be in the metagame for you to play something else? 5:55 - How have your paper groups changed with Pioneer? Have people started leaving Modern to play Pioneer? 9:28 - Is The Dive Down going to transition its focus to Pioneer? 13:11 - What are your favorite deck archetypes? 17:35 - What were your favorite cards when you started playing, and what are your current favorite cards? 26:29 - How did we start playing Magic? 37:34 - What do you do outside of Magic for fun or when you need a break from Magic? 47:24 - What's one pre-Modern card we would add to the card pool? Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown [Support The Dive Down](patreon.com/thedivedown)Support The Dive Down
November 27, 2019
The crew tackle a level-up topic: how to overcome the challenge of picking up a new deck! The Break Down: GP Columbus The Dive Down: That Fresh Deck Smell The Dive Down, cont.: Those Fresh Deck Plans Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:16 - Housekeeping 4:45 - The Break Down begins - GP Columbus 7:07 - The day 1 meta 17:20 - The day 2 meta 21:38 - The top 8 and our thoughts on Modern at the end of 2019 31:30 - The Dive Down begins - how to learn a new deck 33:10 - What we like about picking up a new deck 40:10 - What we don’t like about picking up new decks 45:59 - How do we learn about new decks 54:58 - Thinking about a deck’s plan - the early game 1:05:38 - The mid-game 1:11:03 - The late-game 1:13:25 - What is your deck trying to do better than other decks 1:19:00 - Looking for card synergies in your deck 1:21:24 - What is your deck’s position in the meta? 1:23:44 - What’s the role of your deck? 1:31:52 - what can you lose to? 1:37:50 - closing out Links from this week's episode: CFB's MF Columbus Coverage: https://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/42 Who's The Beatdown?: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/whos-the-beatdown/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
November 22, 2019
This week, the Dive Down looks at some of Modern's bans throughout history, and examine how they shaped the format as it today. The Beak Down: SCG Invitational, Modern and Pioneer results The Dive Down: A history of bans and their impact on Modern The Wind Down: The cards we liked in 2019 Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 1:59 - Housekeeping 3:44 - The Break Down Begins 8:00 - Modern Discussion 24:43 - Pioneer Discussion 40:55 - The Dive Down Begins 44:39- The First B&R 50:45 - Eggs Ban 57:36 - Eye of Ugin Ban 68:37 - KCI Ban 77:08 - Putting it All Together 91:54 - The Wind Down Links from this week's episode: SCG Pioneer Day 2 Metagame: http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4680_day_2_metagame_breakdown.html SCG Modern Day 2 Metagame: http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4680_day_2_metagame_breakdown.html SCG Modern Decks 7-1 or Better: http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4687_71_or_better_modern_decklists.html The First B&R: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/explanation-september-2011-br-changes-2011-09-20-0 Eggs Ban: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/banned-and-restricted-2013-04-22-0 Eye of Ugin Ban: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/banned-and-restricted-announcement-2016-04-04 KCI Ban: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/january-21-2019-banned-and-restricted-announcement Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
November 15, 2019
This week, the Dive Down gents explore three winning decks from the breakout new format - Pioneer! The Break Down: Veil of Summer banned, and the MTGO Modern Challenge The Dive Down: S/B/H Pioneer Edition! The Wind Down: Archival Masters Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Now get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:16 - Housekeeping 3:06 - The Break Down Begins - MORE Pioneer Bans 9:33 - The Nov 10th Modern Challenge 32:38 - The Dive Down Begins - Our first Pioneer Sleeve/Believe/Heave 34:20 - Shane with Hardened Scales 54:01 - Dave with Boros Feather 1:15:51 - Stan with Izzet Ensoul Artifact 1:29:22 - The speed of Pioneer 1:32:28 - Is Pioneer Standard+ or Modern-? 1:39:32 - The Wind Down: Our card storage methods Links from this week's episode: The Nov 11 Pioneer Banning: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/november-11-2019-pioneer-banned-announcement The Nov 9 Modern Challenge: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/modern-challenge-12014490#paper Hardened Scales: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/pioneer-hardened-scales-111268#paper Boros Feather: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2463134#paper Izzet Ensoul: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2473872#paper The Ultimate Guard Arkhive: https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Guard-Arkhive-XenoSkin-Card/dp/B01M9C7OUU Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
November 8, 2019
This week, The Dive Down gents do a patent-pending Dive into a fan favorite tribe - Spirits! We also discuss the first wave of Pioneer bans and the decks of the first Pioneer PTQ. Breaking News - The first Pioneer bans! The Break Down - The first Pioneer PTQ! The Dive Down - A Spooky Modern Tribe Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Get 10% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 04:47 - Housekeeping 05:42 - Breaking News - Pioneer Bans! 18:40 - The Break Down - The Pioneer PTQ 33:36 - The Dive Down Begins - An introduction to Modern Spirits 37:09 - A brief history of Spirits 42:00 - Cards and strategy - The disruption 59:56 - The lords 1:04:41 - The broken cards 1:15:38 - Bant vs Azorius Spirits 1:22:02 - The Spirits sideboard 1:25:29 - Playing against Spirits 1:31:40 - The future of Spirits 1:37:34 - Wrapping things up Links from this week's episode: The Nov 4 Pioneer Bannings: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/november-4-2019-pioneer-banned-announcement The first Pioneer PTQ: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/pioneer-ptq-12006968#paper Azorius Spirits: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2422839#online Bant Spirits: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-bant-spirits-52507#online Pioneer Spirits: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2474730#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
November 1, 2019
This week we dive deep on Magic's latest boogeyman — Oko, Thief of Crowns. Is it one of the best cards ever or just one of the goodest? We work it out in between tournament reports on SCG Atlanta and the first MTGO Pioneer Challenge. The Break Down: SCG Open Atlanta The Dive Down: Oko, Thief of Hearts The Wind Down: The First Challenge of Pioneering Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Get 10% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" 2:05 — Housekeeping 3:30 — The Break Down begins: SCG Open Atlanta 7:50 — Meet Simic Whirza 14:00 — Day 2 Meta 25:36 — Top 8 30:00 — Shocking math about Urza 33:17 — Oko rising 35:15 — Takeaways 39:40 — The Dive Down Begins: #OkoWatch2k19 40:53 — Why are we talking about Oko? 46:52 — How Oko impacted our games 59:58 — Common play patterns with Oko 1:06:20 — Is Oko the best planeswalker ever? 1:12:40 — So… how ya killing Oko? 1:17:10 — What happens to the best planeswalker ever? 1:24:35 — The Wind Down begins: What we’ve been playing in Pioneer 1:31:30 — The first Pioneer Challenge meta Links from this week's episode: SCG Atlanta day 2 decks: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/Star_City_Games_Open/2019-10-26_modern_Atlanta_GA_US/1/ Team Lotus Box Simic Whirza deck tech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIkQ_n5vCrA First MTGO Pioneer Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-challenge-2019-10-28 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
October 29, 2019
In our second monthly bonus episode, we revisit our Modern Horizons grades to see what we missed on - and why. The Dive Down: Modern Horizons Revisited Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Get 10% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:26 - Introducing this month's bonus episode 3:39 - Arcum's Astrolabe 8:45 - Aria of Flame 12:12 - Wrenn and Six 16:42- Marit Lage's Slumber 20:24 - Sling-Gang Lieutenant 23:59 - Giver of Runes 27:41 - Soulherder 30:58 - Flusterstorm 35:02 - Crashing Footfalls 39:01 - Tribute Mage 41:24 - Archmage's Charm 44:59 - Planebound Accomplice 47:05 - Cabal Therapist 50:59 - Unsettled Mariner Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
October 25, 2019
We talk the SCG Regionals, the decks that got away, and, oh yeah, an ENTIRELY NEW ETERNAL FORMAT - Pioneer! The Break Down: SCG Regionals The Dive Down: Welcome to Pioneer Town The Wind Down: White Whales Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Get 10% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:22 - Housekeeping 3:58 - The Break Down begins - SCG Regionals top 8 data 9:53 - 9 takeaways from the SCG Regional results 33:37 - The Dive Down begins - Introducing Pioneer! 41:55 - The Pioneer ban list philosophy 48:57 - What Pioneer means for The Dive Down 56:22 - What are we excited to play? 1:06:47 - What are we nervous about? 1:12:00 - The potential impact of Pioneer on Modern 1:17:00 - What does this mean for Modern players? 1:29:29 - Our final takes on Pioneer 1:32:16 - The Wind Down - The decks that got away Links from this week's episode: A bunch of SCG Regionals lists: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/results/start_date/2019-10-19/end_date/2019-10-19 WOTC's Pioneer announcement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-pioneer-format-2019-10-21 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
October 18, 2019
We go over the SCG Indy (AKA the Motor City) Open, then perform our patented deep dive process on the various Urza-based decks showing up in Modern! The Break Down: The Motor City SCG Open The Dive Down: Playing Vintage in Modern The Wind Down: How the podcast has impacted our play Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Get 10% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 1:54 - Housekeeping 2:48 - The Break Down begins - SCG Indy's day 2 metagame 8:13 - SCG Indy top 8 20:01 - SCG Indy take-aways 23:20 - The Dive Down begins - how we're covering Urza 28:45 - The common thread - Urza! 35:24 - The artifact friends 45:09 - Paradoxical Urza 50:40 - Paradoxical Urza's payoffs 54:24 - Emry, Lurker of the Loch 58:18 - Planeswalkers 1:05:08 - Paradoxial Ascendancy 1:14:35 - Selecting between the Paradoxical versions 1:17:18 - Whirza 1:24:01 - How to beat Urza decks 1:28:30 - Our thoughts on Urza decks 1:34:45 - The Wind Down - are we better or worse? Links from this week's episode: The day 2 meta of SCG Indy: http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/4664_day_2_metagame_breakdown.html The day 2 decks of SCG Indy: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/Star_City_Games_Open/2019-10-12_modern_Indianapolis_IN_US/1/ Paradoxical Urza: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2327485#online Paradoxical Ascendancy: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2368650#paper 4C Whirza: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-four-color-whirza#online Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
October 11, 2019
The crew talk about combo decks they have tested with new Throne of Eldraine cards. The Break Down: Modern Challenge The Dive Down: "Wait, do you just win here?" The Wind Down: I Don't want No Slump Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Get 10% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 1:31 - Housekeeping 3:25 - The Break Down - The Modern Challenge 23:10 - The Dive Down Begins 32:16 - Goblin Combos 45:06 - Kiki Jiki Combos 1:06:26 - UR Through the Breach 1:23:31 - Grixis Control 1:30:06 - The Wind Down Begins Links from this week's episode: The Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-10-06 Goblin Combo: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2320042#online Grummy’s Toolbox: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2356719#online Vannifar Kiki: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2311103#paper Naya Kiki Value/Stoneblade): https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2311113#paper Temur Kiki: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2311099#paper UR Through the Breach: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2311111#paper Blue Moon: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2327488#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
October 4, 2019
The crew do a deck dive into a personal favorite - Mono-Red Prison! The Break Down: #OkoWatch2019 The Dive Down: SSG Ritual Ritual Karn The Wind Down: Pocket Monsters Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Get 10% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 2:32 - Housekeeping 5:00 - The Break Down - The Modern Challenge 16:02 - The Dive Down begins - Mono-Red Prison 17:42 - What are prison decks? 21:34 - The fast mana spells 26:43 - The lock pieces 35:00 - The wishboard lock pieces 41:16 - The threats 55:13 - The planeswalkers 1:10:05 - The removal 1:13:25 - The lands 1:18:35 - The sideboard 1:21:30 - Playing against Mono-Red Prison 1:28:16 - Our thoughts on Mono-Red Prison 1:30:18 - The Wind Down - Gotta catch 'em all! Links from this week's episode: The Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-09-29 Mono-Red Prison decklist; https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-mono-red-prison-84623#online Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
September 30, 2019
The Dive Down: Reducing Libraries to Zero With UB Mill Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Get 10% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=t... and use code "thedivedown" Timestamps: 4:47 - What is Mill? 8:50 - Cards That Mill 14: 20 - The Creatures 23:20 - Non-Creature Permanents 31:59 - The Planeswalkers 34:52 - Cards That Keep You Alive 51:09 - How to Mill 53:50 - The Sideboard 56:56 - How to Beat Mill 1:03:45 - Would We Mill Again? Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
September 27, 2019
The Dive Down: Our picks to click from Throne of Eldraine The Wind Down: What we plan to do with some downtime ** Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Get 10% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown"** Timestamps: 2:10 - Housekeeping 4:38 - The Dive Down begins - What makes a card appealing for Modern? 11:44 - The mechanics of Eldraine 24:43 - The Dive Down Nation's set review survey 25:48 - Once Upon a Time 33:36 - Emry, Lurker of the Loch 45:22 - Hushbringer 53:46 - Brazen Borrower 60:18 - Grumgully the Generous 66:00 - Charming Prince 71:45 - The Royal Scions 78:48 - Claim the Firstborn 82:19 - The Wind Down - Our plans for the break in Modern tournaments 89:18 - How to find Emma Partlow Links from this week's episode: The Dive Down Nation's set analysis: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_jHEbC0kKlcXxC3qrtMjMnT4x1VrVCX-Tn4CAqP0rs0/viewanalytics https://scryfall.com/card/celd/371/once-upon-a-time https://scryfall.com/card/celd/342/emry-lurker-of-the-loch https://scryfall.com/card/celd/339/hushbringer https://scryfall.com/card/celd/281/brazen-borrower-petty-theft https://scryfall.com/card/eld/192/grumgully-the-generous https://scryfall.com/card/celd/335/charming-prince https://scryfall.com/card/celd/272/the-royal-scions https://scryfall.com/card/eld/118/claim-the-firstborn Emma's twitter: https://twitter.com/emmmzyne Emma's twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/emmmzyne Emma's TCGPlayer articles: http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article_search_result.asp?author=Emma%20Partlow Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
September 20, 2019
The Break Down: GP Ghent discussion and analysis The Dive Down: Talking sideboarding in modern The Wind Down: Our favorite sideboard cards Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Timestamps: 1:25 - Housekeeping 3:29 - The Break Down begins - GP Ghent 8:40 - GP Ghent top 4 team decks 16:17 - Thoughts on the meta 19:25 - The Dive Down begins - talkin' sideboards 20:55 - Silver bullet cards 29:51 - Color hosers 35:55 - Building a sideboard 38:27 - Knowing your plan, pivoting your plan 42:59 - Why to not netdeck sideboards 46:48 - Should you plan for your perceived local meta? 50:40 - Preparing for an expected meta 53:53 - Preparing for an unknown meta 56:48 - Sideboarding - for your good or bad matchups? 70:25 - When to tweak your sideboard 74:53 - Common sideboarding habits of Modern decks 87:04 - The Wind Down begins - our favorite sideboard cards Links from this week's episode: CFB's MagicFest Ghent coverage: https://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/32 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
September 13, 2019
The Break Down: GP Hoosier State The Dive Down: Wielding Swords The Wind Down: Heel Turn Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Timestamps: 2:36 – The Break Down begins: GP Indianapolis 9:49 – Our thoughts on the top 4 team decks 13:13 – The GP Indy metagame 22:28 – The Dive Down begins: The history of Stoneforge Mystic 28:44 – The Stoneforge unban in New Modern 32:59 – The Stoneforge Package 42:36 – New swords on the block 47:14 – Sword strats 50:55 – Sleeve/Believe/Heave – UW Control 1:02:26 – S/B/H – GW Eldrazi 1:10:55 – S/B/H – Jeskai Tempoforge 1:24:47 – S/B/H – Bant Snowflash 1:31:50 – The Wind Down begins – is modern better with a big baddie? 1:39:35 – What do you love playing against? Links from this week’s episode: Every deck from GP Indy: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTCwN2g7cBwLzmED2vedpMsqsSObsvi3jHJCJSDm7YQ36gSHRUICWOi0fzbKCvGle5lIFekPt02wOIs/pubhtml Day 1 and day 2 GP Indy data: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSsh9wpyhBTSTOjTmUrsiOOrSCyO1K0zsPK0E2gh2I1m9bRFCZ2BoIyNeL2gR7AQuWxYD2LQM_mX30A/pubhtml UW Control: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2232374#paper GW Eldrazi: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2239583#online Jeskai Tempoforge: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2239424#paper Bant Snowflash: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2239373#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
September 6, 2019
The Break Down: 24 to 32 Modern Decks The Dive Down: Reactions // Responses Become a citizen of The Dive Down Nation!: http://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Timestamps: 2:35 - Housekeeping 4:17 - The Break Down begins - SCG Dallas Modern Open 23:35 - SCG Dallas Modern Classic 34:15 - MTGO Modern MCQ 46:09 - MTGO Modern Challenge 56:20 - The Dive Down begins - our initial thoughts 1:01:22 - Are you still playing graveyard hate? 1:04:03 - How does the speed of the format feel? 1:09:00 - Is this the new normal? 1:13:25 - The community reaction 1:19:49 - The first 5-0 deck dump 1:22:05 - What we've been playing and seeing 1:25:37 - Thoughts on "old" decks 1:31:44 - Where do we want to go from here? 1:35:10 - Where's the wind down? Links from this week's episode: SCG Modern Open: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/Star_City_Games_Open/2019-08-31_modern_Dallas_TX_US/1/ SCG Modern Classic: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/Star_City_Games_Classic/2019-09-01_modern_Dallas_TX_US/1/ MTGO Modern MCQ: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-mcq-2019-09-02 MTGO Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-09-01 29 Stoneforge Deck 5-0 dump: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-league-2019-08-30 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedownSupport The Dive Down
August 30, 2019
The Break Down: B&R Bonanza The Dive Down: All Hail Eldrazi Temple Timestamps: 1:44 - Housekeeping 3:54 - The Break Down begins - the B&R announcement 24:01 - GP Las Vegas 27:30 - The Dive Down begins - Eldrazi Tron 28:45 - What E-Tron Isn't 38:48 - What E-Tron Is 43:30 - The History of E-Tron 46:56 - Diving into E-Tron - The Manabase 57:06 - The Planeswalkers 1:05:42 - The creatures 1:17:19 - The non-creature spells 1:24:33 - The sideboard 1:30:35 - Playing with E-Tron 1:39:06 - Playing against E-Tron 1:42:09 - Our thoughts on E-Tron Links from this week's episode: The 8/26/19 B&R Announcement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/august-26-2019-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2019-08-26 GP Las Vegas top 8: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/grand-prix-las-vegas-2019#paper The Modern Streamers League: https://www.modernstreamersleague.com Eldrazi Tron decklist: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2202225#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
August 23, 2019
The Break Down: GP Birmingaak with a special focus on Mardu Death's Shadow The Dive Down: Probably Correct Math The Wind Down: Comboing Out Timestamps: 2:15 - Housekeeping 3:58 - The Break Down Begins - GP Birmingaak 8:24 - Day 1 stand-outs 11:33 - Day 2 metagame breakdown and conversion rates 14:01 - Top 8 begins 14:57 - Discussing Mardu Death's Shadow 22:00 - 2nd place and beyond 24:14 - Post-GP discussion 26:11 - The Dive Down Begins - Probably correct math 31:52 - Why care about Magic Math? 39:28 - How to use a hypergeometric calculator 46:27 - Thanks to Frank Karsten 46:51 - 1) The Rule of 2 and 4 54:59 - 2) Your opening 7 57:26 - 3) 2-card combos 1:01:57 - 4) Mana screwing yourself 1:05:56 - 5) Cheating that Chalice 1:09:04 - 5a) The Deckulator 1:10:10 - 6) T1 Blood Moon 1:13:12 - 7) Natty Tron and other Tron math 1:16:42 - 8) Getting burned 1:20:21 - 9) Hollow numbers vs. Hogaak numbers 1:25:24 - 10) Jund'ing them out 1:26:28 - 11) Mono-red damage 1:30:30 - The Wind Down - Comboing out Links from this week's episode: See Zak commentate the MSL on 8/28: https://www.modernstreamersleague.com Our custom token art: https://www.patreon.com/posts/our-awesome-are-29292615 More of Ben Dewey: https://benjamindewey.tumblr.com GP Birmingham Top8: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/grand-prix-birmingham-2019#paper Math References: http://channelfireball.com/articles/how-many-copies-of-any-given-card-should-you-put-in-your-deck/ https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/the-london-mulligan-rule-mathematically-benefits-strategies-that-rely-on-specific-cards/ https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/how-reliable-is-hollow-one/ https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/magic-math-hogaak-can-be-played-on-turn-2-in-60-of-its-games/ Calculators: https://stattrek.com/online-calculator/hypergeometric.aspx https://deckulator.appspot.com/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
August 16, 2019
The Break Down: GP Gaakiapolis The Dive Down: Leying Lines The Wind Down: What We Deck in the Shadows Timestamps: 1:40 - Housekeeping 2:38 - The Break Down begins - GP Minneapolis 10:56 - Discussing the lack of GP coverage 19:20 - The Dive Down begins - Introduction to Leylines 24:33 - The Guildpact Leylines 26:39 - The M11 Leylines 30:24 - The design of Leylines 35:20 - Leyline math! 42:16 - The Modern playable Leylines - Leyline of the Void 56:36 - Leyline of Sanctity 1:05:13 - Leyline of Abundance 1:10:44 - Leyline of Combustion 1:22:43 - The Wind Down Begins - What Shane's playing 1:25:31 - What Stan's playing 1:28:14 - What Dave's playing 1:31:42 - What Zak's playing Links from this week's episode: https://www.channelfireball.com/home/grand-prix-minneapolis-top-16-decklists/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
August 9, 2019
The Break Down: The 8/4/19 Modern Challenge - only 38% Hogaak The Dive Down: I've Abandoned My Bird The Wind Down: It's Not Easy Being Fair Timestamps: 03:15 - Housekeeping 03:39 - The Break Down begins - 8/4/19 Modern Challenge 24:13 - The Wind Down begins - Is it time to put Izzet Phoenix down in Modern? 37:47 - The current and past Modern metagame 43:55 - Has Modern "rotated"? 49:16 - The impact of Modern Horizons 56:19 - Is Hogaak bannable? 60:55 - Making the most of Modern now 74:37 - Modern after Hogaak 79:17 - Can Phoenix actually survive in a Hogaak world? 87:23 - The Wind Down Begins - Why play fair? 98:14 - The role of Magic in Ross's life Links from this week's episode: 8/4/19 Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-08-04 The MTG ELO Project: http://www.mtgeloproject.net/50decks/modern.html Ross's article: http://www.starcitygames.com/articles/38921_Its-Time-To-Put-Izzet-Phoenix-Down-In-Modern.html Gerry's article: http://www.starcitygames.com/articles/38937_Dont-Give-Up-Yet-Ross-Izzet-Phoenix-Is-Actually-Great-Right-Now.html Find Ross on twitter: https://twitter.com/RossHunneds Watch Ross on Vs. Live! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5d1KNNFArSPiU3vDwsH3dNtMGVm7Ldmd Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
August 2, 2019
The Break Down: MC IV: Karn's Comeback The Dive Down: For Those About To Jund: We Can Help You The Wind Down: Practice Makes Perfect Timestamps: 1:51 - Housekeeping 5:10 - The Break Down begins - MC Barcelona 10:33 - MC Barcelona top 8 20:57 - SCG Columbus Open 23:44 - Discussing the weekend's results 28:40 - The Dive Down begins - Jund! 34:31 - Jund's Creatures 58:09 - Jund's Removal 1:06:56 - Jund's Planeswalkers 1:15:31 - Playing against Jund 1:23:03 - What Jund will do vs. you 1:27:03 - Our experiences playing Jund 1:33:13 - The Wind Down - Getting comfortable with a deck Links from this week's episode: Mythic Championship 4 Barcelona decklists: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/mythic-championship-iv-barcelona#paper SCG Columbus Open decklists: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/scg-open-columbus#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
July 26, 2019
The Break Down: The Modern MOCS - Hogaak's Back The Dive Down: MCQs are Hard - Our experiences at MF Denver The Wind Down: The Modern Power 9 Timestamps: 02:13 - Housekeeping 03:42 - The Break Down begins – The Modern MOCS 18:30 - The Dive Down begins – Getting to MF Denver 22:45 – What’s a MF like? 35:30 – The decks we played during the MF 38:29 – What’s a MCQ like? 45:33 – What we played at the MCQ – Shane 48:50 – Dave 1:01:25 – Shane pt2 1:05:08 – Stan 1:16:39 – Zak 1:26:19 – The Wind Down – Our Modern Power 9 Links from this week's episode: The Modern MOCS: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-mocs-2019-07-17-0 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
July 19, 2019
The Break Down: MF Krakow's MCQ and Tobi Henke's GP Dallas Data The Dive Down: Deck Selection for GP Denver's MCQ The Wind Down: The Timing of MH1's Release Timestamps: The Break Down Begins – MF Krakow's MCQ: 2:36 Tobi Henke’s GP Dallas data: 18:08 The Dive Down Begins – Our deck selection process: 31:40 Shane: Timing your selection and metagaming modern: 35:00 Zak: Familiarity vs. Power and learning something new: 45:14 Stan: Playing the unfamiliar and tournament goals: 56:51 Dave: Finding your way in the Modern meta and data-driven decisions: 1:10:40 The Wind Down – The timing of MH1’s release: 1:28:21 Links from this week's episode: GP Krakow's MCQ T8: https://www.channelfireball.com/top-8-decklists-of-the-modern-mcq-at-magicfest-krakow/ Tobi Henke's Dallas Data: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/full-modern-metagame-and-win-rates-from-dallas-and-what-it-means-moving-forward/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
July 12, 2019
The Break Down: Analyzing the Bridge from Below ban The Dive Down: Our picks to click for Core Set 20 The Wind Down: What to do with all these cleared up sideboard slots Timestamps: Start of the Break Down - 2:21 Analyzing WOTC’s Announcement - 8:10 ELO Project - 24:18 Start of Dive Down - 27:20 Thunkerin Awakener - 29:19 Chandra, Awakened Inferno - 33:46 Elvish Reclaimer - 40:39 Fry - 46:25 Chandra, Acolyte of Flame - 51:48 Scheming Symmetry - 58:23 Leyline of Abundance - 1:06:28 Chandra’s Regulator - 1:08:05 Risen Reef - 1:11:37 Brought Back - 1:15:37 Start of the Wind Down - 1:17:59 Leyline of the Void moving forward - 1:22:05 Links from the episode: B&R announcement - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/july-8-2019-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2019-07-08 ELO Project - http://www.mtgeloproject.net/ Thunderkin Awakener - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466916 Chandra, Awakened - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466881 Elvish Reclaimer - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466923 Fry - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466894 Chandra, Acolyte - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466880 Scheming Symmetry - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466867 Leyline of Abundance - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466933 Chandra’s Regulator - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466885 Risen Reef - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466971 Brought Back - https://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=466763 Edgar’s Elemental Deck - https://twitter.com/EdgarMTG/status/1148284547156647936 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
July 5, 2019
The Break Down: SCG Pittsburgh Open & GP DFW The Dive Down: Hogaak Bridgevine Deck Dive The Wind Down: Randomness in Modern Magic Timestamps: 2:07 Housekeeping 3:07 The Break Down begins: GP Dallas / Fort Worth 21:57 SCG Pittsburgh Team Open 36:59 The Dive Down: The Gaak Came Back 1:40:04 The Wind Down: Randomness in Modern Magic Links from this week's episode: GP DFW Top 2 decklists: http://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/22 SCG Pittsburgh Day 2 decklists: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/Star_City_Games_Team_Open/2019-06-29_modern_Pittsburgh_PA_US/1/ Hogaak Bridgevine: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-hogaak-bridgevine#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
June 28, 2019
The Break Down: We analyze the emerging meta and the Hogaak menace in MTGO tournament results. The Dive Down: Do we want to Sleeve, Believe, or Heave 4 Modern decks built around new Modern Horizons cards? The Wind Down: Mistakes were made. Timestamps: Break Down Starts - 3:39 Modern MCQ - 4:24 Modern Playoffs - 10:34 Dive Down Starts - 24:31 Sultai Snow - 25:38 RB Goblins - 27:25 RB Skelemental - 34:10 Mardu Octomancer - 52:18 Bant Infect - 1:06:03 Wind Down Starts - 1:23:56 Aria of Flame - 1:24:19 Crashing Footfalls - 1:29:46 Unearth - 1:31:08 Hogaak - 1:32:35 Links from the episode: JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Modern MCQ: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-mcq-2019-06-24#decklists Modern Playoffs: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-event-2019-06-23#decklists Deck lists: Sultai Snow: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-snow-sultai#paper RB Goblins: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-rakdos-goblins#online RB Skelemental: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-red-black-aggro#paper Mardu Octomancer: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2025289#paper Bant Infect: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2019572#online Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
June 21, 2019
The Break Down: We talk about the latest MTGO 5-0 deck dumps and the last MTGO Modern Challenge. The Dive Down: Stan and Zak chat with CFB's Riley Knight. Timestamps: 4:56 - Start of Break Down 5:32 - Sultai Snow 5:54 - Devoted Karnbo 9:27 - Jeskai Humans 14:08 - RB Goblins 17:22 - Mardu Octomancer 18:39 - Modern Challenge 31:20 - Start of Riley Knight interivew 32:15 - "What’s your favorite Modern deck to play?” 35:28 - “How often do you get to play?” 36:29 - “How has broadcasting Magic events changed your perception of the game?” 39:14 - “What are your most and least favorite decks to discuss while broadcasting?” 41:55 - “Do any banalities in the game get more interesting when you’ve seen them for the thousandth time?” 43:26 - “Does the nature of Modern make covering it different compared to Standard or Limited?” 45:36 - "Are you ever at a loss for things to talk about on coverage?” 47:42 - "Does coverage make you a better player?” 49:46: CFB Modern Madness 57:15 - "Why is playing snow basics strictly better?" 1:00:13 - "Do you like any Modern Horizons cards for Scapeshift?" 1:02:38 - "What effect will the new Force cycle have on Modern?" 1:05:51 - Hogaak discussion. 1:09:08 - "How often do you get concerned with new decks' power levels?" 1:11:48 - "What consequences do overpowered decks have on Modern?" 1:14:13 - "What other decks could Modern Horizons introduce or improve?" 1:17:02 - "Are Modern decks becoming more versatile?" 1:18:40 - "Do you set goals for yourself as a player?" 1:22:33 - "Should combo decks be built to be faster or more resilient?" 1:29:04 - "Could Hogaak get banned before MC Barcelona?" 1:32:48 - "Does WOTC print enough answers to new cards?" 1:40:33 - "How much vegemite do you have on your toast?" Links from this weeks episode: JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Riley's Twitter: https://twitter.com/rileyquarytower CFB Articles: https://www.channelfireball.com/author/riley-knight/ Arena Boys: https://www.channelfireball.com/author/arena-boys/ Half-Arsed History Podcast: https://halfarsedhistory.net CFB Modern Madness: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/denis-stranjak/modern-madness-the-best-modern-deck-of-all-time/ Deck lists: Sultai Snow: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1999817#paper Devoted Karnbo: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2004203#paper Jeskai Humans: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2004168#paper RB Goblins: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2004208#paper Mardu Octomancer: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2004185#paper Battle of Wits: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2013017#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
June 14, 2019
The Break Down: We talk about the London Mulligan and the first Modern Horizons MTGO Modern Challenge The Dive Down: Modern Horizons Listener Questions! Timestamps: 03:08 - London Mulligan 09:18 - 6/8/19 Modern Challenge 12:09 - Modern Horizons cards show up 22:30 - Hogaak Bridgevine discussion 33:30 - The Dive Down begins 36:30 - Did Modern Horizons deliver? 47:01 - How will the meta shake out after MH1? 52:47 - Which tribe will see the most success? 56:48 - What would we play at the next large event? 1:04:52 - Which archetypes got the right push to be competitve? 1:08:40 - What's the most noticeable reprint that wasn't in MH1? 1:13:16 - Why so few reprints vs new cards? 1:15:06 - Fallen Shinobi?! 1:17:11 - Are graveyard engines accidental or on purpose? 1:20:45 - What new cycle of cards would you like to see in the next MH? Links from this weeks episode: JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Hogaak Bridgevine: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1989519#paper Esper Death's Shadow: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1989525#paper UR Control: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1989528#paper UR Delver: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1989534#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
June 7, 2019
The Dive Down: The gang reviews the OTHER half of Modern Horizons using the beloved sleeve / believe / heave grading system. W: 4:04 U: 15:40 B: 41:42 R: 1:04:15 G: 1:17:23 Multicolor: 1:23:37 Artifacts: 1:34:27 Lands: 1:37:00 Links from this weeks episode: JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Modern Horizons full set: https://scryfall.com/sets/mh1 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
May 31, 2019
The Dive Down: The gang reviews half of Modern Horizons using the beloved sleeve, believe, heave grading system. Links from this weeks episode: JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Frank Karsten on Collected Conjuring: https://twitter.com/karsten_frank/status/1131215587470970880 Modern Horizons full set: https://scryfall.com/sets/mh1 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
May 24, 2019
The Break Down: 4 early preview cards from Modern Horizons. The Dive Down: The UW Control Deck Dive! What makes control decks tick, and why is UW seemingly better than ever? The Wind Down: A Patreon question about the Golden Age of Modern. Links from this weeks episode: JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown The UW Control list we ran: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1909178#online "The Deck" article on The Dojo: http://www.classicdojo.org/history/thedeck2.html Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
May 17, 2019
The Break Down: We look at some spicy new decks making their appearance in the Modern Challenge and the Modern MOCS Monthly. The Dive Down: Do we want to Sleeve, Believe, or Heave 4 Modern decks built around new War of the Spark cards? The Wind Down: When and how to buy into Modern? Links from this week’s episode: JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-05-13 MOCS Monthly: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-mocs-2019-05-13 10-Rack: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1895733#online Narset Prison: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-ub-86040#paper Rainbow Niv-Mizzet: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-rainbow-niv-mizzet#paper Wish Tron: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1906135#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood -_ Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? _ email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
May 10, 2019
The Break Down: 3 new decks courtesy of War Of The Spark The Dive Down: Deck Dives are back! We talk Humans - how it's constructed, some tips and tricks, and how you might try to beat this Tier 1 staple. The Wind Down: Why isn't UW Control more popular? Links from this weeks episode: JOIN OUR PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/thedivedown Neoform Combo: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1885374#paper Wish Tron: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1879166#paper Narset Pitch Blue: https://twitter.com/Conley81/status/1124172639180689408 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
May 3, 2019
The Break Down & The Dive Down: Mythic Championship London. The Wind Down: We take some listener questions. Links from the episode: The most played cards at MC London: https://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/2019MC2/most-played-modern-cards-mythic-championship-ii-2019-04-27 The top 8 from MC London: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/mythic-championship-london-top-eight-decklists Mark Jacobson's Red Eldrazi Deck: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1847510#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
April 26, 2019
The Break Down: Going over the final GP before Mythic Championship London: GP Yokohama. The Dive Down: Our picks to click from War of the Spark. The Wind Down: A philosophical tournament report from Stanislav. Links from the episode: The top 32 decks of GP Yokohama: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/grand-prix-yokohama-2019#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
April 19, 2019
The Break Down: We talk about the latest Modern GP, Sao Paulo! The Dive Down: The London Mulligan: how does it impact modern? What we can learn from the latest Magic Online tournaments, and our own experiences. The Wind Down: Our predictions for MC London. Links from this weeks episode: TAKE OUR PATREON SURVEY: https://forms.gle/yjyDSZSntAzR2mcg7 The Day 2 Sao Paulo Metagame: https://twitter.com/ChannelFireball/status/1117406325254828032 Day 2 winrates: https://twitter.com/ChannelFireball/status/1117559245803855879 The Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-04-14 The Modern MOCS: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-mocs-2019-04-14 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
April 12, 2019
The Break Down: We talk the SCG Cleveland Modern Open and the latest MTGO Modern Challenge. The Dive Down: 4 cards (and a little bonus!) that aren't quite ready for prime time. Why they aren't there and what we're looking for to make them playable. The Wind Down: A special announcement many of you have been waiting for! Links from this weeks episode: TAKE OUR PATREON SURVEY: https://forms.gle/ay8AsPLdHhn5zheTA The SCG Cleveland decks: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/Star_City_Games_Open/2019-04-06_modern_Cleveland_OH_US/1/ The 4/7/19 Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-04-07 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
April 5, 2019
The Break Down: Dissecting GP Calgary, the Modern MOCS, and Tobi Henke's full meta packet of GP Bilbao. The Dive Down: How best to use, abuse, and understand Chalice of the Void. The Wind Down: Our first picks to click from War of the Spark. Links from this weeks episode: Tobi Henke's GP Bilbao Breakdown: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/full-meta-packet-the-99-of-grand-prix-bilbao/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
March 29, 2019
The Break Down: Analyzing the results from SCG Cincinnati's Team Open and Modern Classic. The Dive Down: We dive down into the big green menace: TRON. How it works, what it's trying to do, and how you can try to stop it. The Wind Down: The crew answers a listener question about the Modern decks we miss most. Links from this weeks episode: Brandon Czognowski's Restore Balance deck: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/128025 Philip Silberman's Cruel Control deck: http://www.starcitygames.com/decks/128007 Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
March 22, 2019
The Break Down: Analyzing the results from GPs Tampa and Bilbao, and SCG Philadelphia. The Dive Down: We interview Ross Merriam about Izzet Phoenix, tournament preparation, Modern Horizons reprints, and more. The Wind Down: The crew talks about new decks we're looking at. Links from this weeks episode: Subscribe to Ross on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosshunneds See past episodes of Versus Live at https://www.youtube.com/user/starcitygamesvideo/videos Watch Versus Live when it airs and more SCG events at https://www.twitch.tv/scgtour Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
March 15, 2019
The Break Down: Digesting all the top 8 results from the SCG Regionals The Dive Down: Gal Schlesinger joins us for an interview to talk all things Hardened Scales The Wind Down: Another B&R announcement with no changes Links from this weeks episode: Subscribe to Gal on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/yamakiller/ Our SCG Regionals breakdown spreadsheet: https://tinyurl.com/y2az8l3j How to Play Hardened Scales by Matt Nass: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/how-to-play-hardened-scales/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
March 8, 2019
The Break Down: The Grand Prix Los Angeles metagame, fun and winning decks, and the power of Faithless Looting. The Dive Down: How to avoid and overcome 3 problems related to Surgical Extraction. The Wind Down: How Stan is prepping for this weekend's SCG Regionals. Links from this weeks episode: GP LA Top 32: https://www.channelfireball.com/grand-prix-los-angeles-top-32-deck-lists/ GP LA Top 8: https://www.channelfireball.com/grand-prix-los-angeles-top-8-decklists/ Craig Wescoe's Mono-White Devotion Deck Tech: https://twitter.com/ChannelFireball/status/1101960638123765760 The 3/2/19 Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2019-03-03#decklists Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
March 1, 2019
First things first, we talk about the announcement of Modern Horizons! The Break Down - Feb 24 Modern Challenge and MagicFest Cleveland's Modern MCQ, as well as some spicy picks from this weeks Modern Leagues The Dive Down - An in-depth look at Dredge: how it works, how it wants to win, and how to try to beat it The Wind Down - We talk the newly proposed mulligan rule Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? Find Emma Partlow's work here: https://www.hipstersofthecoast.com/author/epartlow/ email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
February 22, 2019
We break down the GP Strasbourg and Magic Online Modern Mythic Champ Qualifiers, dive down into four different decks built around Primeval Titan, then wind things down with a conversation on what happens if your favorite deck gets banned. Ironworksless Ironworks: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/modern-ironworksless-ironworks#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
February 15, 2019
We go over GP Toronto and the Nerd Rage Gaming 5k in Milwaukee, then rate 5 of the latest winning decks in Modern, and finally answer the burning question: what is a "casual spike?" Decklists from this episode: Shaman Tribal: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1643170#paper RG Beats: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1643157#paper Vannifar Pod: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1643149#paper Sultai Teachings: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1647502#paper Living Dominance: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/1643173#paper Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
February 8, 2019
We talk about the Modern portion of the Team Constructed event at SCG Baltimore, then dive down into the highs and lows of tweaking decks for the metagame, and bring it home with a listener question. Jeffrey Carr's write-up from his awesome run with Mono-Red Phoenix: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VtTGrHGm-5vvTda_E9tKny-eHLXgmVZZq_T6VCDTNt0/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
February 1, 2019
We go over the latest Modern Challenge and the new Pod, talk about Stanislav's awesome finish at the SCG Classic, then dive down into a discussion of the latest experiments with Burn. Prime Speaker Vannifar Pod: https://www.channelfireball.com/articles/prime-speaker-vannifar-with-kiki-combo-in-modern/ Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
January 25, 2019
We discuss the banning of KCI and some MTGO tournament results, dive down into an analysis of Death's Shadow decks, and chat about Gavin Varhey's interview with The Professor. Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
January 18, 2019
We discuss the results of SCG Worcester, analyze ways to beat Izzet Phoenix, and break down our picks for the top modern cards from Ravnica Allegiance. Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
January 11, 2019
The crew break down the SCG Non-Unified Team Modern and GP Oakland results, then talk about KCI, what makes a deck bannable, and the impact of some potential upcoming bans in modern. The KCI Combo Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8olqGdtZuvg Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name? Thanks to our friends for the use of their music! email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
January 5, 2019
The crew talks about the MTGO Modern "Finals" (whatever that means) results, then dives down into the topic of Planeswalkers in Modern. The Modern Finals results can be found here: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-finals-2018-12-31 email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
December 29, 2018
In this episode, the crew talks about the most impactful cards of 2018, then breaks down the 2018 metagame across all the Modern GPs. The reddit article that looks at the 2018 Modern GPs can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ModernMagic/comments/a64wnc/looking_back_at_2018_gp_top_8s_plus_br_speculation/ email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
December 22, 2018
Welcome to the first episode of The Dive Down, a modern focused podcast for the casual spike! In this episode we talk about Izzet Phoenix, and the costs and benefits of milling yourself. email us: thedivedown@gmail.com twitter: https://twitter.com/thedivedown
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