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Kaldheim Top 5s: Bold Predictions and Called Shots

Kaldheim Top 5s: Bold Predictions and Called Shots

January 31, 2021

New season, new podcast format! We're trying an experiment this week and releasing our usual show in three parts. Don't worry, the content you love hasn't gone anywhere, it's just being broken up into smaller chunks. Namely: two 25-minute episodes and a 50-minute episode, instead of one 100-minute episode.

 

The goal is to make our content more accessible, so that if you click on an episode called "Exciting Brews with Valki" it actually begins with us talking about exciting brews with Valki. Ditto for easily finding our discussions of testing results on the Flashback, or our Picks of the Week on the Roundup. We hope this will create a more listener friendly experience that lowers the barrier of entry to our show. Brewing is hard enough as it is!

 

That said, we know this change will take some getting used to, especially if you're very accustomed to our "one long show per week" routine. It may be confusing to see three shorter episodes suddenly appear on your podcast feed all on the same day. Just bear with us, and give this new format an honest trial run. Much like brewing, podcasting is also about iterating, experimenting, and improving. We are always happy for feedback, so get in touch with us @FaithlessMTG and let us know what you think!

 

Kaldheim Season, Episode 3: Set Review Roundup

 

This week marks the beginning of the Kaldheim brewing season, and we can't wait to dive in! First we put a bow on our preview episodes with a look back at our Top 5 cards, including the results of a listener poll of cards people are most excited to brew with. We also take a moment to declare our fearless predictions, boldest takes, and called shots. Who was right all along? And who will have already been proven wrong before this episode even goes live?

 

For the brew session, we have a Gods of Kaldheim double header. Wizards no longer restricts themselves to one card per card, so why shouldn't we also double up? The first cards up are Valki, God of Lies // Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor, and Alrund, God of the Cosmos // Hakka, Whispering Raven. You can find those episodes here:

 

Brew Session: Valki, God of Lies // Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor

Brew Session: Alrund, God of the Cosmos // Hakka, Whispering Raven

 

Also don't miss these new articles at FaithlessBrewing.com:

Learning Legacy: An Introduction for Modern Players

From the Ashes of the Astrolabe: Rediscovering Urza

Happy brewing!

Lie to Me, Valki: Turn One Tibalt and Other Tall Tales

Lie to Me, Valki: Turn One Tibalt and Other Tall Tales

January 29, 2021

Brew Session: Valki, God of Lies // Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor

 

Valki is lying to you. Says so right on the box. The front half of Valki is a lot worse than it looks, and Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor is too much mana. And yet, with their powers combined, they just might be something special.

 

This is not just about the power of options. No, we're talking about outright shenanigans: the weird interaction of MDFCs with free effects like cascade, Bring to Light, and Tibalt's Trickery provide a bevy of options for landing Big Tibalt way ahead of schedule. But what happens after that? Does a turn 1 Tibalt actually convert to a win, or is that just another one of Valki's lies? There's only one way to find out: let's head to the queues!

 

Decklists for Valki

Sketch 1: Turn 1 Tibalt

Sketch 2: Valki Jund

Sketch 3: Turbo Trickery

Sketch 4: Esper Valki Queller

Sketch 5: Black Amber (Serum Visions Podcast Special)

Sketch 6: Living End Fakeout

 

We're experimenting with a new format this week and releasing our usual show in smaller chunks (namely, two 25-minute episodes and one 50-minute episode, instead of a single 100-minute episode). The goal is to make our content more accessible, so that if you click on an episode called "Exciting Brews with Valki" it actually starts with exciting brews with Valki. Ditto for our testing results and discussion of innovations in the metagame.

 

We know this will take some getting used to, but please bear with us as we iterate a bit and work out the kinks. We're want to create a more listener friendly experience and we're always happy for feedback! With that said, here's where you can find the rest of this week's content:

 

Roundup: Kaldheim Top 5s + Called Shots

Brew Session: Alrund, God of the Cosmos // Hakka, Whispering Raven

Brewer’s Guide to Kaldheim, Part 2: The Best of the Rest

Brewer’s Guide to Kaldheim, Part 2: The Best of the Rest

January 22, 2021

Kaldheim is now fully revealed and you all know what that means: a full episode of spicy hot takes on icy cool cards. This week saw some important pieces fell into place (hello Doomskar) as well as some surprising build-around engines (hello Birgi). Which gods are the strongest? Are the Giant payoffs worth it? And what in the world is "Boros slow motion Splinter Twin"?

Our Kaldheim testing season kicks off next week, but today is all about the infinite possibilities. Happy brewing!

 

Visit our homepage FaithlessBrewing.com for articles, bonus decklists and more.

 

Gods and Main Characters
5:54 Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
9:13 Reidane, God of the Worthy // Valkmira, Protector’s Shield
14:39 Cosima, God of the Voyage // The Omenkeel
21:32 Birgi, God of Storytelling // Harnfel, Horn of Bounty
27:08 The World Tree
31:13 Path to the World Tree

Azorius
33:26 Doomskar
39:37 Glorious Protector

Boros
43:38 Goldspan Dragon
49:48 Forging the Tyrite Sword
53:21 Colossal Plow + Giant Ox
58:09 Runeforge Champion (+ the Rune cycle)

Izzet
1:01:40 Invasion of the Giants
1:06:44 Glimpse the Cosmos
1:08:27 Battle of Frost and Fire
1:10:48 Aegar, the Freezing Flame, Calamity Bearer, Quakebringer, Cyclone Summoner, Frostpyre Arcanist, Basalt Ravager

Simic
1:15:06 Masked Vandal
1:17:18 Orvar, the All-Form
1:20:32 Mystic Reflection

Snow
1:23:51 Faceless Haven, Ascendant Spirit, Frost Augur
1:28:14 Frost Bite, Tundra Fumarole

Golgari
1:31:00 Harald, King of Skemfar

Orzhov
1:32:58 Righteous Valkyrie
1:35:26 Resplendent Marshal
1:36:58 Firja’s Retribution

Gruul and Dimir
1:38:07 Arni Brokenbrow
1:40:25 Port of Karfell

The Best of the Rest
1:42:40 In Search of Greatness
1:44:48 Dual Strike
1:47:05 Crippling Fear
1:48:38 Usher of the Fallen

 

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Brewer’s Guide to Kaldheim, Part 1: Of Gods and Men

Brewer’s Guide to Kaldheim, Part 1: Of Gods and Men

January 15, 2021

Faithless Brewing, Episode 89: Kaldheim Previews, Week 1

Kaldheim is here and there is an absolute blizzard of spicy new previews. Gods! More gods! Epic sagas, snowy spells, boastful blokes, tricky Tibalts, and much more. This is sure to be our most Metal preview show ever (at least until Part 2 next week) so let's dive right in!

Also in this edition: testing results with Blood Sun Jeskai, Boros Sunforger (trophy hype!), and a word about the terrifying events at the US capitol.

 

Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com.

 

Timestamps

1:39 The US capitol riot 
12:00 Housekeeping 

Flashback: Valakut Awakening 
13:57 Jeskai Blood Sun: 4-1 league, 2-3 league 
21:58 Boros Sunforger: 5-0 league 

Kaldheim Previews, Volume 1 
30:57 The Mechanics of Kaldheim 
36:14 Valki, God of Lies // Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor 
44:27 Tergrid, God of Fright // Tergrid’s Lantern 
48:05 Kolvori, God of Kinship // The Ringhart Crest 
52:23 Jorn, God of Winter // Kaldring, the Rimestaff 
57:07 Toralf, God of Fury // Toralf’s Hammer 
1:01:31 Esika, God of the Tree // The Prismatic Bridge 
1:06:09 Egon, God of Death // Throne of Death 
1:10:09 Alrund, God of the Cosmos // Hakka, Whispering Raven 
1:14:06 Cosmos Charger 
1:17:30 Starnheim Unleashed 
1:19:58 Behold the Multiverse, Saw It Coming, Ravenform 
1:23:01 Niko Aris 
1:29:40 Binding the Old Gods 
1:31:46 Koma, Cosmos Serpent 
1:33:33 Old-Growth Troll 
1:35:48 Esika’s Chariot 
1:38:03 Tibalt’s Trickery 

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Valakut Awakenings: The Hidden Gems of Zendikar

Valakut Awakenings: The Hidden Gems of Zendikar

January 8, 2021

Faithless Brewing, Episode 88: Zendikar Rising Sunset Show

This week we bid farewell to Zendikar Rising with a look at the set’s hidden gems. First up: Valakut Awakening. The spell half of this MDFC is perfect for decks looking to dig for A + B combos, or trade away unwanted pieces for fresh cards. It's also one of the better ways to draw a big burst of cards in one shot. We discuss our testing with four new builds that exploit Valakut’s unique talents.

After that, we look at innovative 5-0 lists with Brushfire Elemental, Thieving Skydiver, Roiling Vortex, Lithoform Blight, and Wayward Guide-Beast. Zendikar’s roster turned out to be astonishingly deep for Modern and Pioneer. Let’s hope Kaldheim can provide a suitable encore!

Decklists for Episode 88 can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com.

Also in this edition: Geist-Honored Winota, As Foretold Living End, Bruna Gifts, and exploratory testing with Commander Legends. Happy brewing!

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The Best and Worst of 2020

The Best and Worst of 2020

January 1, 2021

Faithless Brewing, Episode 87: 2020 Year in Review

 

So long, 2020! It's been a remarkable year for Magic, with highs and lows that we couldn't have imagined before the year began. This week we look back at the best and worst of Magic in 2020. We also take stock of our year in brewing, picking our favorite decks and cards fromTheros, Ikoria, M21, and Zendikar Rising. Thanks for spending the year with us and see you in 2021!

 

View Decklists and Timestamps for Episode 87 on FaithlessBrewing.com

 

4:47 Nymris Flash (Modified Pioneer)
6:46 Unexpected Maelstrom (Modified Pioneer)
11:02 Toski, Bearer of Secrets
18:23 A Special Message

Roundup: Magic in 2020

21:56 The Aftermath of Eldraine
25:09 Three Turning Points
26:23 Theros: Beyond Death
29:04 Was Escape a Mistake?
32:26 Mardu Stoneblade by illsicknasty (Modern)
34:19 The Rise of COVID-19
38:17 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
40:22 Rogue Refinery (Faithless Brewing x WotC Video Series)
46:16 Core Set M21
48:33 Arcum’s Astrolabe
50:30 End of the Combo Era in Pioneer
54:55 Zendikar Rising

Flashback: Faithless Brewing in 2020

Theros: Beyond Death Season
1:03:00 Damon’s Picks: Narset’s Undoing (Pioneer)
1:05:34 David’s Picks: Blood for Bones Reanimator (Pioneer)
1:07:45 Cavedan’s Picks: Turbo Elesh Norn (Modern)

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Season
1:11:55 Damon’s Picks: Auratouched Winota (Modern)
1:14:52 David’s Picks: Jeskai Rielle Cycling (Pioneer)
1:17:50 Cavedan’s Picks: Lukka Cat Double Combo (Modern) and Curious Vadrok (Standard)

Magic 2021 Season
1:21:17 Damon’s Picks: Dark-Dwellers Blue Moon (Pioneer)
1:23:18 David’s Picks: Jolrael Enchantress (Pioneer)
1:26:25 Cavedan’s Picks: Liliana’s Vessels (Pioneer)

Zendikar Rising Season
1:29:20 Damon’s Picks: Heartless Urza (Modern)
1:32:05 David’s Picks: Channel the Truth (Pioneer)
1:34:24 Cavedan’s Picks: Drake Whack (Modern)

1:36:48 Special Episodes, Guests, and Thank Yous
1:40:00 The Final Verdict: Hits and Misses of 2020
1:42:36 New Years Resolutions

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