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Naughty or Spice? Gerry Thompson Reviews Your Brews

Naughty or Spice? Gerry Thompson Reviews Your Brews

December 25, 2020

Faithless Brewing #86: Brew Review Holiday Edition


The Brew Review is back for the holidays, and we asked listeners to send in their spiciest decklists. We also invited Pro Tour Champion and legendary deckbuilder Gerry Thompson to be a special guest judge! We've read your lists and checked them twice, so which ones are naughty and which ones are spice?


Gerry has built a career seeking information from far-flung places, and knows better than anyone that inspiration can come from anywhere. Can the crew get these lists pointed in the right direction? We also discuss Gerry's heuristics for card evaluation, and put them to the test on the latest batch of previews from Kaldheim. Happy brewing!


Decklists and Timestamps for Episode 86


Roundup: Kaldheim Previews + Picks of the Week


6:00 Gerry’s approach to brewing

15:10 Sarulf, Realm Eater

19:56 Realmwalker

22:26 Magda, Brazen Outlaw

26:10 Kaya, the Inexorable

29:48 Halvar, God of Battle // Sword of the Realms

33:03 Theme booster cards

35:35 Youthful Valkyrie

38:00 Pyre of Heroes


Picks of the Week


39:45 Damon’s Pick: Black Valakut by Lawson Zandi

45:34 Gerry’s Pick: Paradoxical Engine by sam_lawrence

53:26 Cavedan’s Pick: Mardu Transmogrify by mazenemaze

56:24 David’s Pick: Temur Midrange by cityofcards


Brew Review: Holiday Edition


59:45 Forsaken Eldrazi by Jon G

1:06:33 Paint Me, Like Your French Girls by Zach “Manacymbal” Ryl

1:12:38 Jeskai Ephemerate Wizards by Darshik

1:20:31 Mono-B Tron by Jiggywiggy aka Arun Singh

1:29:20 Flight of the Janklords by KilgoreTrout503

1:37:11 Song Besieged by Brian Madden

1:44:08 Next Level Grixis Control by Grixisism



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40 Cards We’d Like to See in Modern Horizons 2

40 Cards We’d Like to See in Modern Horizons 2

December 18, 2020

Faithless Brewing, Episode 85: Modern Wish List


The snow is falling, the previews are sizzling, and the holiday spirit is in the air. And what says "holiday spirit" better than a giant wish list of cards we'd like to see printed into our favorite format? Modern Horizons 2 doesn't release until later next year, but that hasn't stopped us from dreaming big. Let's just hope that Modern is on the "Nice" list this year!


Meanwhile on the Flashback, our testing with Heartless Summoning led us down wildly divergent paths, from the clickiest of click-heavy combos, to the fairest of the fair Jund decks, to the greediest of greedy Titan decks. When the dust settled, we'd notched a 24-11 record across seven leagues, and Heartless felt incredibly powerful in every build. Is it possible that the card has been slept on for too long?


Also in this edition: a first look at Kaldheim, Splinter Fin combo, and an unholy alliance of Rogues and Crabs.


Decklists for Episode 85 can be found here:


Happy brewing!


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Heartless Summoning, The White Whale of Modern

Heartless Summoning, The White Whale of Modern

December 11, 2020

Faithless Brewing, Episode 84: Heartless Summoning


Heartless Summoning holds a special fascination for Modern brewers. So much of the card screams “broken”: it’s low cost, splashable, and provides massive cost reduction. The drawback of shrinking your creatures can be a combo enabler in itself. Effects like this are very rare, and very dangerous.


And yet, after 10 years, the ugly truth is that Heartless Summoning has yet to find any tournament success. Many have tried, and many have failed. Just four 5-0s are recorded in the last three years. Most brewers have cut their losses and given up the quest. For a few, the card has become an obsession, such as this modern day Captain Ahab who has uploaded 106(!) Heartless lists to MTGGoldfish in the past six months alone. 


So what does the future hold for Heartless Summoning? Modern has changed drastically in the last two years, and new tools are always being added. Is it possible that a broken Heartless deck is just waiting to be discovered? Or are we also doomed to failure as we chase Modern’s white whale? We’ve got five new decklists and a half-dozen more bizarre ideas, so let’s find out!


Decklists for Episode 84 can be found here:


Also in this edition: 

* When Should You Play One-Ofs in Modern?
* Picks of the Week: Blood Sun Jeskai, Goblins, and Hysterical Emrakul
* Testing results with Sea Gate Stormcaller: Grixis Arcanist Shadow, Naban Vial Wizards, and Izzet Drake Whack


Happy brewing!


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When Snapcasters Go Bad: The Case for Sea Gate Stormcaller

When Snapcasters Go Bad: The Case for Sea Gate Stormcaller

December 4, 2020

Faithless Brewing, Episode 83: Sea Gate Stormcaller


Snapcaster Mage has been with us since 2011. In those ten years, we have learned an important lesson: Accept no substitutes! New printings might aspire to the throne, but no one can topple the King of Snap.


So what does that mean for a card like Sea Gate Stormcaller? The stats are similar, but the play pattern is entirely different: Stormcaller plays at sorcery speed, and only works on small spells that are still in your hand. The upside? You get a very tempo-positive turn, and a copy effect that interacts favorably with additional costs like Neoform or Village Rites. Stormcaller is a challenge to be sure, but a potentially rewarding one if we can crack the code. Time to put on our brewing caps and head to the queues!


Also in this edition: the impact of Lightning Bolt, Big Red in Pioneer, Mardu Smallpox in Modern, testing with Astral Drift, and more.


Decklists for Episode 83 can be found here


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