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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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