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Express Yourself: Galazeth Brews for the Prismari Virtuoso

Express Yourself: Galazeth Brews for the Prismari Virtuoso

May 16, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 14: Galazeth Prismari, Expressive Iteration

 

Expressive Iteration is making its presence felt. Already a staple in Izzet Prowess in Modern, more and more decks are realizing that they might be able to get good use from this powerful Prismari sorcery. Meanwhile, Galazeth Prismari himself continues to pose a riddle: make artifacts, to cast instants and sorceries, while also winning with medium sized Dragons. Its a formula that David just can't quit as he's back again with four new decks to test in Modern and Pioneer.

Meanwhile on the Flashback, Sedgemoor Witch had a tough outing. Whether in more speculative Golgari token brews, or in the tried and true Rakdos shells, it was hard to unlock the promise of the Witch, even if the combo with Tend the Pests was decidedly sweet. Still, the Witch keeps showing up in Modern 5-0s, and Dan has some ideas for promising new directions.

 

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STX #14 At a Glance

[3:17] Prismari Command
[5:19] Izzet Rielle
[13:22] Galazeth Dragons
[18:19] Expressive Shadow
[22:53] Jeskai DragonBlade
[28:15] BG Tend the Pests
[31:00] BG Sedgemoor Adventures
[35:06] Mardu Pyromancer
[41:45] Mardu Mediums
[46:54] Sultai Landcraft

 

 

Is It Safe to Play Paper Magic Again?

Is It Safe to Play Paper Magic Again?

May 14, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 13: This Week in Brewing (May 14, 2021)

Paper Magic is returning on May 28, and Wizards is promising a legendary summer. But should you feel comfortable going to the LGS? There's lots to think about, but it all starts with getting vaccinated. If you have the ability to get your shot, go do it!

As for the Summer of Legend the biggest hype is surely going to be Modern Horizons 2. The sneak peek alone gave us a format defining Counterspell, a Legacy powered creature, and a Saga that could very well reshape the format -- not to mention a pair of sweet callbacks to Lion's Eye Diamond and Brainstorm. We also analyze the five sneak peek cards from Dungeons and Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, headlined by Portable Hole.

A lot has happened in the two days since we recorded this, including the disbanding of the Magic Pro League and new CDC guidance for vaccinated people and mask wearing. But spoiler hype is evergreen. Modern Horizons 2 already looks like game changer and we still have 240 more cards to go!

STX #13 At a Glance

[3:19] The Summer of Legend
[5:38] Paper Play Is Back
[12:50] MH2 Finance
[19:29] Counterspell
[25:43] Sanctum Prelate
[29:12] Urza’s Saga
[41:11] Brainstone
[47:28] Diamond Lion
[53:04] Portable Hole
[57:33] Prosperous Innkeeper
[1:00:42] Power Word Kill
[1:01:41] Vorpal Sword
[1:04:01] Tiamat

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Sedgemoor Witch: 99 Problems But a Witch Ain’t One

Sedgemoor Witch: 99 Problems But a Witch Ain’t One

May 9, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 12: Sedgemoor Witch

At first glance, Sedgemoor Witch looks like more of the same: Monastery Mentor and Young Pyromancer are already fine options, and neither sees widespread play in Modern or Pioneer. Giving up Lurrus of the Dream-Den is a huge cost, and the Witch also doesn't get triggers from Mishra's Bauble, planeswalkers, or the like. But look closely at that wall of text -- peer deep into the Witch's haunting, hollow eyes -- and a unique skill set begins to emerge that neither Pyromancer nor Mentor can boast. Aggressive stats and more useful tokens are just the beginning. Copying your spells, particularly with synergistic pieces like Plumb the Forbidden or Flusterstorm, opens up entirely new lines of attack. And most importantly, Sedgemoor Witch is black, bring the power of the pyromancer to archetypes and mana configurations that previously did not have access to the effect.

Rarely to do we get a chance to brew around a card that is making waves in Legacy and even Vintage but has been quiet so far in Modern and Pioneer. Let's fire up the cauldron and see what the witch can do!

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Through the Breach with Velomachus Lorehold

Through the Breach with Velomachus Lorehold

May 7, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 11: This Week in Brewing (May 7, 2021)

Velomachus Lorehold has arrived in Modern, posting a Top 8 and Top 32 finish in the weekend Modern Challenges and becoming a mainstay of the 5-0s. The Temur shell with Indomitable Creativity is powerful, but are there other ways to cheat the dragon into play? We tune up a reanimator variant proposed by Velomachus expert Zach "Manacymbal" Ryl.

Manacymbal wasn't the only Faithless Family member rocking the Challenges this weekend. Soren Wellman, a frequent author on our website, notched a Challenge Top 8 with his version on Izzet Through the Breach, featuring Prismari Command, Torrential Gearhulk, and Magma Opus. We take a close look at Soren's proposed update, as well as some spicy decks that popped up in the Modern 5-0s.

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Elite Spellbinder: Putting Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa to the Test

Elite Spellbinder: Putting Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa to the Test

May 2, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 10: Elite Spellbinder

Reigning world champion PVDDR is perhaps the greatest to ever play the game. With the release of Strixhaven's Elite Spellbinder, Paulo Vitor now gets his own Magic card. The Power of Paulo can be yours for just 2W, but what decks can make use of this effect? And is the competition at 3 mana just too stiff?

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8 Spicy New Decks: Velomachus Turns, Brought Back, Paradoxical Galazeth, and More

8 Spicy New Decks: Velomachus Turns, Brought Back, Paradoxical Galazeth, and More

April 30, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 9: This Week in Brewing (April 30, 2021)

Strixhaven may not be the flashiest set but that doesn't mean there isn't still new spice to savor. With the CEO on vacation, David and Damon take a look at some of the wildest tech from last week: 5c Reclaimer Scapeshift, Velomachus Time Warps, Brought Back Control, and Inspiring Statuary Paradoxical Outcome, to name just a few. They also lend a critical eye to two listener submitted decks using Birgi, God of Storytelling in this week's Brew Review.

 

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Everything Is Magma Opus: Five Brews for the Prismari Virtuoso (ft. ManaCymbal)

Everything Is Magma Opus: Five Brews for the Prismari Virtuoso (ft. ManaCymbal)

April 25, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 8: Magma Opus (Brew Session) + Kasmina, Enigma Sage (Flashback)

Eight mana, no problems. Big, flashy mythics are usually destined for Commander rather than serious constructed play, but Magma Opus might be different. The option to make a quick Treasure, while conveniently stashing your payoff spell in the graveyard, opens up a whole canvas of possibilities. From big mana engines to Torrential Gearhulk, there's plenty of options for the Prismari combo virtuoso. We break down five new decks for cheating out Magma Opus in Modern and Pioneer, with a little help from returning guest Zach "ManaCymbal" Ryl.

Meanwhile on the Flashback, last week's decks with Kasmina, Enigma Sage racked up way more wins than expected (and a healthy dose of losses as well). Clearly Kasmina is a synergy piece with very little standalone power, but which payoffs unlock her -8 most effectively? Enter the Infinite notched a 4-1, but Obliterate, Emergent Ultimatum, and even Body of Research made cameo appearances in our test leagues.

 

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The Top Innovations from Week 1 of Strixhaven (ft. Zach Ryl)

The Top Innovations from Week 1 of Strixhaven (ft. Zach Ryl)

April 23, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 7: This Week in Brewing (April 23, 2021)

 

Zach Ryl aka ManaCymbal makes his triumphant return to break down the first week of Strixhaven results in Modern and Pioneer. Among the top tier decks, Dredge got a new toy and Prowess got a new color, but there were also a few surprises in the 5-0s. The crew also lends a critical eye to two different listener takes on Galazeth Prismari in the Brew Review.

 

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Real Ultimate Power: Planeswalker Combo with Kasmina, Enigma Sage

Real Ultimate Power: Planeswalker Combo with Kasmina, Enigma Sage

April 18, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 6: Kasmina, Enigma Sage

What if every planeswalker had an extra +2 loyalty ability, and a powerful -8 ultimate? For some, it would make no difference at all. For others, these new abilities would be a game changer. Teferi, Master of Time would gain loyalty at a frightening rate. Many walkers would now be able to ultimate the turn after coming into play. For others, such as Narset, Parter of Veils, the bonus +2 could fuel even more activations of a powerful minus. On top of all that, every planeswalker now gets a wonky ability to make tokens, if push comes to shove.

These are just some of the riddles posed by Kasmina, Enigma Sage. On the surface Kasmina is an underpowered card, barely giving you back a full card worth of value unless you happen to reach her -8. Everything depends on the synergies that Kasmina unlocks. But there's no denying some of these combinations are powerful. We're pushing Fractals to the limit this week with a half dozen new takes on Kasmina in Modern and Pioneer. Let's see what she can do!

 

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Strixhaven 101: Codie, Emergent Sequence, and Ecological Appreciation

Strixhaven 101: Codie, Emergent Sequence, and Ecological Appreciation

April 16, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 5: This Week in Brewing + Brew Review

Some sets have blue chip brew-arounds, cards that everyone is clamoring for, cards that shatter download records as soon as our new episode drops. Other sets have... Codie, Vociferous Codex? We asked our listeners which Strixhaven cards they most wanted to see in action, and the #1 request was the Curious Codex. A bold choice to be sure -- suffice to say, there's a reason we skipped this card during our preview episodes!

Meanwhile, we check in on the state of Modern and tweak out Narset's Undoing to keep crushing in Pioneer. After that, the Brew Review returns with a look at two spicy lists submitted by listeners, featuring Emergent Sequence and Ecological Appreciation. This is going to be a wild season, let's start brewing!

 

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