December 7, 2018
What is splashing? What kinds of cards should I splash? How do I splash? The boys have you covered this week with this intro to splashing in Draft.
December 7, 2018
The First Strike crew gives their first impressions on the $10 million dollars announcement.
November 30, 2018
David & Travis dive in to the new Ultimate Masters Draft set, available on MTGO December 6th.
November 29, 2018
KYT, Andy, Derek, Jonathan, and Elliot explore what impact general entry fees might have on Grand Prix attendance, what deck to play in Modern for the upcoming RPTQs, the state of Standard, and a DQ at Grand Prix Warsaw.
November 24, 2018
David & Travis chat about the Modern Cube for Magic Online, some advice for sealed, and even a bit about splashing in this episode.
November 22, 2018
KYT, Andy, Derek are graced by two thirds of the SCG Vegas Team Open winners, Markus Thibeau and First Strike's own Jonathan Zhang, as they look at making a team, the Standard metagame, and choosing Modern decks.
November 19, 2018
David & Travis have TWO preview cards from the upcoming masters set! This week they've also put together a series of quick tips to improve your game play.
November 14, 2018
KYT, Andy, Derek, and Jonathan Zhang look at the Pro Tour top 8 and top PT constructed decks, Dredge in Modern, and the new Format-focussed event path to the Magic Online Championship. And Fish.
November 9, 2018
David & Travis present part two of the intro course for drafting. Learn about combos, synergy, first picks and staying open in draft.
November 7, 2018
KYT, Andy, Derek, and Elliott make Standard predictions for Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica this weekend, talk frankly about Modern feelings, and welcome Jonathan Medina for his take on Ultimate Masters and those two dread words: Magic Finance.
November 2, 2018
David & Travis present the intro course for drafting. If you're not sure how to pick the "right" cards, or are feeling intimidated at the prospect of trying your first draft, this is the episode for you.
November 1, 2018
KYT, Andy, and Derek invite special guest Eli Kassis, winner of GP New Jersey to dissect his GP victory with Jeskai in Standard, why Green-Black had such a poor top end showing, and what impact this will have on Pro Tour Standard deck selection.
October 26, 2018
David & Travis have the latest news about the MTG Arena Beta as well as a mini Dominaria Draft primer!
October 24, 2018
KYT, Andy, and Derek welcome Jonathan Zhang, aka Finalnub, to the show to look at something new in Modern, what's going on in Standard, and is the Standard format solved going into the Pro Tour in November?
October 19, 2018
Dave & Travis Jump into the world of Standard for MTG Arena with 4 decks you can start your free to play path towards.
October 17, 2018
KYT and Derek are joined by Edgar Magalhaes, Bryan Gottlieb, and Jonathan Zhang to look at a recent Canadian cheating scandal, why Amulet Titan is currently well-positioned in Modern, and can anything beat Black-Green in Standard?
October 12, 2018
David & Travis bring you a draft along with the new set, and some advice / data points from Arena drafts.
October 5, 2018
David & Travis have news from Arena updates, thoughts on GRN limited and a level up involving Hate Drafting.
October 3, 2018
KYT, Andy, and Derek are joined by the official new Team Face to Face Games captain, Shaheen Soorani. Together they share their early impressions of Guilds of Ravnica Limited, which cards they are excitied to play in Standard, and look forward to Grand Prix Montreal this weekend.
September 28, 2018
David & Travis have been playing Guilds of Ravnica sealed, and have some early thoughts about the format.
September 26, 2018
KYT, Andy, and Derek invite Elliot Fortier to help them uncover all of the surprises and drama of the World Championship. Then Andy, Derek, and Elliot pick apart each other's lists of the Top 5 constructed cards in Guilds of Ravnica, so you can know which cards to get at your prerelease this weekend!
September 19, 2018
KYT, Andy, and Derek couldn't help but bring back Dan Lanthier, who took his trusty UW Control to the top 8 of the SCG Syracuse Modern Open last weekend. Join them as they look at Modern, how the new Guilds of Ravnica cards will affect Standard, and the ramifications of cheating, or alleging cheating.
September 18, 2018
David & Travis have a preview card from Guilds of Ravnica for you!
September 14, 2018
David & Travis go deep on reading signals in draft.
September 12, 2018
KYT and Derek welcome GP Detroit top 4 semi-finalist Dan Lanthier back to the show, and are joined by Edgar Magalhaes to discuss what they each gained and learned from Team Unified Modern, the changes to the Pro Tour for 2019, and then look at some of the previewed Guilds of Ravnica cards.
September 7, 2018
David has solved all of the MTG : Arena economy issues. Also, Travis & Dave have a chat about the new Ravnica mechanics.
August 30, 2018
David & Travis have a grab bag of topics, from advice for Khans flashback drafts, Arena news update, and one last "medium" card to put to rest.
August 29, 2018
KYT and Andy get to welcome back First Strike alumni Bryan Gottlieb, as the three chat with newly-appointed Pro Player Consultant and Commentator Eduardo Sajgalik about Bryan's new HeadGAMe podcast, Eduardo's PT Hall of Fame ballot, and Pro Player feedback.
August 22, 2018
KYT, Andy, and Derek get together with Edgar Magalhaes fresh off a Standard top 8 at Grand Prix Providence, and none other than Gerry Thompson himself to talk about the GP, the Hall of Fame, cheating, and DreamHack in Montreal.
August 20, 2018
Dave & Travis talk about narrow cards in limited. How has a flattened power level changed what "unplayable" means these days?
August 17, 2018
KYT and Andy welcome Pro Tour titans Jon Stern and Alex Majlaton to discuss Thursday's Organized Play announced changes, the differences between Pro Tour Club levels, Pro Players advising Organized Play, and their thoughts on the 2018 Pro Tour Hall of Fame ballot.
August 9, 2018
Dave & Travis talk about bluffing in digital Magic. When and how should you bluff?
August 8, 2018
KYT and Andy are joined by Shaheen Soorani who helps deconstruct his team's 22nd place finish and the team Pro Tour experience, while Travis "Semulin" Sowers comes on to debate Limited's place on the Pro Tour and how his experiences growing as a streamer and digital content creator.
August 2, 2018
Dave & Travis discuss upcoming events on Magic Online, chat about M19 Draft and have some advice for you in limited about holding your lands.
August 1, 2018
KYT and Andy welcome Rob Lombardi back to the show, as well as Jay Lansdaal to discuss the pitfalls of prize splitting, Saheeli Combo in Modern, Militia Bugler, and the Core M19 draft format.
July 28, 2018
Dave & Travis discuss M19 Draft, have a draft along and check out some math behind the Quick / Competitive Draft offerings of MTG Arena.
July 25, 2018
KYT is back! And he's joined by Derek and Andy, as well as Edgar Magalhaes, to look at the newest Modern Humans tech, Standard leading to the team Pro Tour, and the Commander 2018 preview of Vedalken Humiliator.
July 20, 2018
Mike and Brian wander the West Village for a new episode of Top 8 Magic!
July 18, 2018
Elliot, Andy, and Derek are joined by Jonathan Zhang to chat about movement in the Standad metagame, the importance of versatility in Modern, and the impact of tariffs on drafting in Canada.
July 12, 2018
Dave & Travis chat about the upcoming MTG Arena update and share early M19 limited experience.
July 11, 2018
Elliot, Andy, and Derek meet to share their M19 Prerelease impressions and lessons learned, as well as to share what they have observed--and what they predict--for the impact the new Core Set will have on Constructed formats going forward.
July 5, 2018
Dave & Travis take a deeper dive into M19, looking at a few pack one pick ones, the types of removal we have, and colour pairs.
July 4, 2018
Elliot, Andy, and Derek are joined by Edgar Magalhaes on the show after a nearly triumphant result at Canadian Nationals last weekend to take Dominaria draft, the Standard metagame, and where the banhammer did and didn't fall.
July 4, 2018
Dave & Travis take a first look at M19.
June 27, 2018
KYT, Andy, and Derek are joined by Kingston's Elliot Fortier (clandestine Level 2 judge) to talk about lessons learned at the Team Constructed RPTQ and Grand Prix Pittsburgh, as well as start the countdown to Canadian Nationals this coming weekend.
June 21, 2018
In a stunning sequel to "Old Man Yells at Cloud" Travis is back with some thoughts on Competitive Draft. Dave attempts to calm the wild streamer.
June 19, 2018
KYT and Andy are joined by Kelly Ackermann from F2F Toronto and Edmonton's Brian Ziemba, to get hyped about Canadian Nationals in two weeks, and even more hyped for Core Set 2019 with the free exclusive Core Set 2019 preview card from Wizards of the Coast, Alpine Moon!
June 14, 2018
David andTravis have all the info you need to enjoy MTG Arena's latest patch from a budget friendly standard list to a quick starter guide to drafting.
June 13, 2018
KYT, Derek, and Andy take First Strike to the late night slot, with topics like how to next-level Raff Capashen in Dominaria draft, a new home for Geist of Saint Traft in Modern, and riding the Blue-Black train in Standard.
June 7, 2018
David and Travis go over the most recent "State of the Beta" for MTG Arena.
June 6, 2018
KYT, Andy, Derek, and Rob chat with Morgan McLaughlin about his 9th place finish at Pro Tour Dominaria, the Standard deck he chose, and some of the judge calls on coverage.
May 31, 2018
David and Travis discuss the next big Arena update. Travis has stories from the GP, and the boys wrap up with some Dominaria limited talk.
May 30, 2018
KYT, Derek, and Andy welcome GP DC winner Andrew Tenjum and Calgary's Brian Ziemba to talk team limited, takesy-backsies, and the Battle Bond set release.
May 29, 2018
This week the boys talk Battle Bond, Pro Tour, and Return to return to Ravnica
May 29, 2018
Imagine the rate Mike and Brian are going to have to hit to fit in another 50 eps this year! Woah!
May 24, 2018
Tomi & Travis have a chat about Team Sealed as Travis gets ready for GP DC and discuss Dominaria Limited.
May 23, 2018
KYT, Derek, and Andy are joined by Jennifer Crotts, Tyler Blum, and Robert Smith after their top 4 appearance in the Team Trios Constructed Grand Prix Toronto last weekend.
May 17, 2018
David & Travis discuss when to use removal in limited. Hold it, or Fire it Off?
May 15, 2018
KYT, Derek, and Andy welcome Daniel Fournier, fresh off winning an MTGO Standard PTQ with BW Vehicles and Dean McLaren, winner of the Red Deer F2F Modern Open with Krark-Clan Ironworks.
May 11, 2018
David & Travis discuss this week in Arena & revisit an old episode with fresh eyes. You still mulligan too much.
May 9, 2018
KYT, Andy, and Derek welcome Pro Tour Atlanta 2005 Team winners and Canadian Magic legends Gabe Tsang and Dave Rood, as well as veteran streamer Travis Sowers.
May 4, 2018
David & Travis explore recent criticisms of MTG Arena.
May 1, 2018
KYT and Andy and are joined by two/thirds of the Grand Prix Columbus Team Sealed winners, David Goldfarb and Edgar Magalhaes, to discuss Dominaria Limited and team events.
April 27, 2018
David & Travis discuss the recent economy update to MTG Arena and share first experiences with Dominaria!
April 24, 2018
KYT, Rob, and Derek are joined by guests Bryan Gottlieb and Connor Bryant, to cover new game board layout policy changes, and how Dominaria is already changing Modern, Standard, and Limited.
April 19, 2018
David & Travis have a jumbo episode for you this week to get you ready for your Dominaria events!
April 18, 2018
Roman and Mike go back in time to 2002, as Mike Flores of 2002 takes his own trip back in time to tell the stories of the ten most memorable matches of Magic that he had ever seen.
April 17, 2018
KYT, Rob, Derek, and Andy chat with Shaheen Soorani on how broken the Krark-Clan Ironworks is in Modern. Or is it?
April 10, 2018
David & Travis have four cards from the upcoming Dominaria set to preview for you! It looks like we have a limited archetype appearing....
April 10, 2018
Andy and Derek welcome Keith Capstick, who has returned to Canada after a top 16 finish in Legacy at GP Seattle last weekend, as they talk Legacy plays, choosing a deck for the Modern metagame, and take a close look at the ManaDeprived's two official Dominaria preview cards: War-Cry Phoenix and Blackblade Reforged!
April 9, 2018
This week the boys talk Dominaria, Magic 25, cube, and the MtG Arena economy.
April 6, 2018
David & Travis want to get you ready for the Modern Cube, now out on MTGO. They chat about the changes to the cube and do a pack one pick one from cube tutor!
April 3, 2018
KYT, Andy, and Derek welcome Alex Bianchi to talk Rivals of Ixalan Sealed, the dominant decks in Standard, and peek at the Modern metagame with Jonathan Zhang.
March 31, 2018
Brian and Mike convene on what is inevitably going to be the first of fifty-two 2018 Top 8 Magic podcasts. Topics include Brian's birthday, Brian's Kickstarter, different kinds of New York pizza, and, oh yeah! Magic: The Gathering Dominaria!
March 30, 2018
KYT and Derek are joined by Edgar Magalhes, Travis Sowers, and Jonathan Medina to talk Modern Amulet Titan, handshakes, and streaming the beta MTGArena.
March 30, 2018
David & Travis have been playing and streaming the MTG Arena Beta for a week, and there is still more to discuss about this game! The boys have a chat about where Arena is now, and where they hope to see it go in the future.
March 30, 2018
Roman and Mike go back in time to 2004, to look at one of the most important lessons a Magic player can learn: to see ones own mistakes.
March 23, 2018
David & Travis have been waiting to tell you about MTG: Arena, and now they can! A huge new update dropped on the 22nd creating a new format and opening the game up to streaming and discussion!
March 20, 2018
KYT, Derek, and Andy welcome the Affinity master himself, Alex Majlaton to talk about Affinity in the Jace Modern, as well as discussing playing after bans, and the new Magic 25 Limited format.
March 14, 2018
Travis & Dave bring you a jumbo show to get you ready to draft Masters 25 on MODO!
March 13, 2018
KYT, Robert, Derek, and Andy invite the First Strike viewers to help celebrate KYT's birthday by looking at Modern decks, Standard tournaments, and the newly-previewed Dominaria enchantment card cycle, the Sagas!
March 9, 2018
Dave & Travis take a peek into the accidentally released information about Dominaria. We weren't supposed to have it this early, but now that we do there is a LOT to look forward to!
March 6, 2018
KYT, Robert, Derek, and Andy welcome Karim Badrubin to the show to lay some Legacy wisdom on them. They cover the rest of the constructed formats by looking at Modern from the MOCS Championship and Derek wins a Standard PPTQ!
March 2, 2018
Dave & Travis discuss the Legacy Cube now out on MODO. What is a cube? How should someone who's never drafted cube approach this cube? The boys have you covered!
February 27, 2018
KYT, Robert, Derek, and Andy look at the new Challenger decks and the Standard metagame after GP Memphis, then welcome Edgar Magalhaes to learn the best Modern deck for JTMS.
February 23, 2018
Dave & Travis do a Theros draft-along after Travis' Streamer Showdown Victory! The boys also have a chat about more MTGO data being released. Is there such a thing as too much data?
February 20, 2018
KYT, Robert, Bryan, and Vince comes on to talk about his game café, Waypoint Games. The cast is joined by Derek Pite to look at all the possible decks in the current Standard.
February 16, 2018
Theros returns to MTGO as a flashback draft format on Wednesday the 21st! Dave & Travis have a draft primer ready to go, so you can jump back in to the heroic world, or give this fantastic format a try if you missed it the first time around!
February 14, 2018
KYT and Andy Peters are joined by Alex Biancchi and the one and only Grand Prix Toronto finalist Jon Stern, to take about playing Burn at the Pro Tour and Grand Prix, and other Modern matchups.
February 13, 2018
KYT and Rob Lombardi, are joined by Shaheen Soorani, Derek Pite, and Grand Prix Toronto virtual top 8 finisher Cody Gravelle to react to the news of the hot unbannings in Modern, tell stories from the Grand Prix, and look to the future of Modern.
February 9, 2018
David Savill & Travis Sowers discuss recent State of MTGO article, and then take a crack at card design!
February 6, 2018
KYT and Rob Lombardi, are joined by Derek Pite and Robert Anderson to discuss two weeks of Modern: the Pro Tour in Bilbao Spain last weekend, and the Grand Prix coming up in Toronto this weekend.
February 5, 2018
This week we have Franky and TSG on to talk PT wrap up, Lantern wins boo, extended talk, and evolution of the casual cube.
February 2, 2018
David Savill & Travis Sowers discuss the concept of Skill Expression in Magic, and do a Rivals Draft Along!
January 31, 2018
KYT, Bryan Gottlieb, Andy Peters, Matthew Dilks, and Alex Bianchi get together to discuss fair decks in Modern, Grixis in Standard, and when a disqualification can be right but unfair.
January 26, 2018
David Savill & Travis Sowers have a chat about Rivals of Ixalan as a format, and discuss Travis' adventures into Standard with UW Heroic.
January 24, 2018
KYT, Robert Lombardi, and Andy Peters get togther to discuss Rivals of Ixalan sealed from Grand Prix Indy, new Modern decks for Grand Prix Toronto, can new content segments save Grand Prix video coverage?
January 19, 2018
David Savill & Travis Sowers bring you their thoughts on the recently announced MTG Arena economy. They go through the pros and cons about what we know so far.
January 16, 2018
KYT, Bryan Gottlieb and Andy Peters and Jonathan Goud, Canada's regional Judge Coordinator, meet to chat about the announced major changes to this great game of Magic.
January 11, 2018
David Savill & Travis Sowers have a chat about the rare and mythic cards from Rivals. Rivals pre-release starts today on MTGO!
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