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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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Brewer’s Guide to Strixhaven, Part 3: Creatures and MDFCs

Brewer’s Guide to Strixhaven, Part 3: Creatures and MDFCs

April 11, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 4: Full Set Review, Part 3 of 3

 

The full set of Strixhaven has been revealed and that means it's time for our comprehensive Set Review! This episode completes our Brewer's Guide with a look at the creatures and MDFCs that hold the most promise for brewing in Modern and PIoneer.

 

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Brewer’s Guide to Strixhaven, Part 2: Instants and Sorceries

Brewer’s Guide to Strixhaven, Part 2: Instants and Sorceries

April 9, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 3: Full Set Review, Part 2 of 3

 

The full set of Strixhaven has been revealed and that means it's time for Part 2 of our comprehensive Set Review! This episode tackles the Lesson mechanic and the most important spells. On Sunday we'll cover the best creatures and MDFCs.

 

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An Abundant Harvest of Brews: Alrund’s Epiphany, the Mystical Archive, and Narset Bring to Light

An Abundant Harvest of Brews: Alrund’s Epiphany, the Mystical Archive, and Narset Bring to Light

April 4, 2021
Strixhaven, Episode 2: The Mystical Archive + Kaldheim Potpourri
 
Strixhaven's Mystical Archive is not coming to Pioneer or Modern, but at least one card that we know of will be included in Modern Horizons 2. What does the future hold for Abundant Harvest? Meanwhile, Faithless Looting is back in the headlines, for all the wrong reasons.
 
On the Flashback, we tested some truly speculative builds with Peace of Mind and "Oops All Legends." The good news is that Alrund's Epiphany has been stronger than anticipated, and David's Narset Bring to Light deck might be just be the best deck in Pioneer.
 

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Brewer’s Guide to Strixhaven, Part 1: Recruitment Week

Brewer’s Guide to Strixhaven, Part 1: Recruitment Week

April 1, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 1: Week 1 Previews

 

It's Recruitment Week at Strixhaven University and the previews are coming fast and furious. New double face cards, a cycle of Elder Dragons, turn 2 kills with "super-prowess," and a mechanic that tutors from the sideboard are just some of the early highlights. There's plenty of juicy cards to brew around, so let's dive in!

 

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