Faithless Brewing MTG: Modern and Pioneer for the Spike Rogue

Faithless Brewing is a top-rated Magic: the Gathering podcast and here's why. Each week, we design spicy new decks around the coolest cards in Modern and Pioneer. We put our creations to the test in tournament play and share our findings on the air. Created by Dan Schriever (@CavedanMTG), David Robertson, and Damon Alexander. Whether you're a jank brewer, FNM hero, kitchen table end boss or Arena Mythic warrior, our goal is to inspire your next great Magic deck. Take the Oath of Brews and join our Discord community at patreon.com/faithlessbrewing, and visit our homepage FaithlessBrewing.com for all of our latest decklists.

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Otherworldly Gaze Is the Truth

2 days ago

Season 11, Episode 6: Otherworldly Gaze (Brew Session) + Faithful Mending (Flashback)   Otherworldly Gaze is the most polarizing card to come out of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. For some, the very idea of Gaze is anathema. “It doesn’t draw a card,” the haters say. “It’s Taigam’s Scamming all over again,” they say. “This effect is never worth a card.”   Haters are going to hate, but that doesn’t mean we have to listen to them. The truth is that any card with flashback does secretly say “draw a card” -- it’s just that the card you draw is always another copy of the spell. Then factor in that the flashback is often free if you manage to mill or discard Otherworldly Gaze (say, for example, off your first casting of Otherworldly Gaze). Both halves of Gaze are priced to move, at instant speed no less, and we already know that “surveil 3” is very powerful. If we can’t figure out how to make “surveil 3 twice” into a useful effect, that’s a deckbuilding failure, not a problem with Gaze itself.   Our testing last week with Faithful Mending already showed us the awesome power of Gaze, as we notched two 5-0 trophies (17-3 overall) with Jeskai Phoenix. Our build relies on Murktide Regent rather than Demilich, and uses a full boat of Otherworldly Gaze to find Arclight Phoenix and Ox of Agonas. We also tested out variations on Esper Reanimator, and found that Otherworldly Gaze has a nice home in that deck as well.   Today, we are going even deeper. Emboldened by his early successes, cavedan is looking to harness the power of Gaze in a slew of different archetypes in both Modern and Pioneer. There are infinite ways to get value from self mill + card selection, from old favorites like Pyromancer Ascension, Miracles, and Crabvine, to new toys like Calibrated Blast and Slogurk, the Overslime. We even get a little wild with a brew using Otherworldly Gaze to fuel Titan’s Nest and Willow Geist. And even this is just the tip of the iceberg. What other decks might be able to harness the power of the Gaze?   Happy brewing!   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   Timestamps [4:18] Flashback: Faithful Mending[6:08] Esper Reanimator by Spiderspace[15:18] Mulldrifter Reanimator by Watoo[18:32] Jeskai Demi Phoenix by aspiringspike[22:24] Jeskai Murktide Phoenix by cavedan[32:28] Deathless Peace of Mind by David[42:06] Brew Session: Otherworldly Gaze[45:46] Otherworldly Reanimator[49:53] Neoform + Gurmag Angler[52:11] Calibrated Blast[54:30] Echo of Eons[57:43] Crabvine[1:01:44] Sultai Titan's Nest[1:04:36] Jeskai Pyromancer Ascension[1:10:32] Izzet Phoenix[1:14:11] Closing Thoughts  

Faithful Mending: A Second Chance at Looting, a Second Chance at Love

7 days ago

Season 11, Episode 5: Brew Session (Faithful Mending)   The great thing about Looting? You always get a second chance. Faithful Mending has all the rules text we love: draw 2, discard 2, flash it back for value. It is an instant, which opens up reactive play patterns that Faithless Looting could only dream of. You even pick up some life for your troubles. This is, beyond doubt, one of the most powerful cards from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt for the non-rotating formats.   Still, it is no easy thing to learn to fall in love again. Faithless Looting offered speed and efficiency that we will never see again. Mending’s best draws will always be slower than Looting, and the mana of Mending decks is also likely to be much more complicated than Looting ever was. Can we simply slot Faithful Mending into all of our old Looting decks and call it a day? Clearly not, although people will certainly try.   Today’s brew session marks the beginning of what is sure to be a long affair with Faithful Mending. We start with obvious homes like Izzet Phoenix and Esper Reanimator, both of which already notched Top 8 appearances in this weekend’s Modern Challenge. We also consider Esper Urza’s Kitchen, Dredge, and Blue-White Control. But the gloves really come off in Pioneer, where David has plans for Faithful Mending in God-Pharaoh’s Gift and some truly wild decks with Peace of Mind and Paladin Class.    “What has been banned can be restored. Faithless Looting lives on within us.” If the card is good, we have to rename the podcast.   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   S11E05 Timestamps [2:13] Brew Session: Faithful Mending[6:49] Dredge[9:22] Jeskai Phoenix[13:25] Esper Reanimator[19:49] Esper Urza's Kitchen[24:36] UW Chalice Control[28:55] UW God-Pharaoh's Gift[35:30] Deathless Peace of Mind[42:16] Cleric Class Lifegain  

Innistrad Is Lovely This Time of Year (Midnight Hunt Set Review, Part 3)

Thursday Sep 16, 2021

Season 11, Episode 4: Midnight Hunt Set Review, Part 3 of 3   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   Timestamps [4:11] Homestead Courage[7:16] Otherworldly Gaze[11:45] Hallowed Respite[15:53] Cathartic Pyre[21:01] Fateful Absence[24:19] Smoldering Egg // Ashmouth Dragon[30:42] Dennick, Pious Apprentice // Dennick, Pious Apparition[36:15] Malevolent Hermit // Benevolent Geist[41:03] Katilda, Dawnheart Prime[45:35] Suspicious Stowaway // Seafaring Werewolf[48:13] Unnatural Moonrise[52:34] Geistwave[56:43] Outland Liberator // Frenzied Trapbreaker[57:50] Cathar Commando[1:00:32] Jerren, Corrupted Bishop // Ormendahl, the Corruptor[1:05:47] Slogurk, the Overslime[1:08:47] Teferi, Who Slows the Sunset[1:15:01] Sunstreak Phoenix[1:19:27] Memory Deluge[1:22:39] Search Party Captain[1:25:56] Burn Down the House[1:28:19] Storm the Festival[1:31:16] The Meathook Massacre[1:34:31] Wrap-Up: Final Predictions

So You Want to Brew in Historic: A 2021 Quickstart Guide

Sunday Sep 12, 2021

Season 11, Episode 2: Brewer's Guide to Historic in 2021 (ft. Rhett Wilfahrt and Matt Young)   Historic is Magic's most dynamic format, with tremendous potential for discovering sweet brews. It is also the format most challenging to break into if you don't already play it. Everything from card availability, to a volatile metagame, to even understanding the rapidly changing card pool can be a barrier for brewers on the outside looking in. But fear not! We have recruited two Historic masters, Rhett Wilfahrt and Matt Young, to guide us through the fast-paced world of Historic in 2021 after the release of Jumpstart: Historic Horizons. Whether you're new to the format or a seasoned mythic grinder, this Quickstart Guide has something for you.   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****  

Midnight Hunt Set Review, Part 2 + Introducing This Week in Modern

Thursday Sep 09, 2021

Season 11, Episode 2: Brewer's Guide to Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, Volume 2 + an Interview with Zach Ryl aka Manacymbal   Previews continue with a huge chunk of new cards. We talk through the most promising ones for  Modern and Pioneer. We kick things off with an interview with Zach Ryl aka Manacymbal to celebrate the launch of his brand new series, This Week in Modern (also available in podcast form).   Where to find Zach YouTube: youtube.com/manacymbal Twitch: twitch.com/manacymbal Twitter: @manacymbal Also check out "Randy Rootwalla" and This Week in Modern's "Mean Mono Green"     **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****     Timestamps [2:33] Introducing This Week in Modern (@TWIMMTG)[16:11] Where to find Manacymbal[16:57] Midnight Hunt Set Review, Part 2[18:10] Hostile Hostel // Creeping Inn[21:36] Has the flavor of Innistrad run dry?[25:05] Delver of Secrets[28:44] Willow Geist[32:05] Immolation[36:26] Turn the Earth[38:38] The Adversary cycle[41:40] Intrepid Adversary[45:50] Tainted Adversary[51:37] Spectral Adversary[56:12] Bloodthirsty Adversary[1:00:46] Faithful Mending[1:07:18] Sunset Revelry[1:09:40] Ghoulcaller's Harvest[1:12:47] Startle[1:15:22] Sacred Fire[1:17:51] Siphon Insight[1:22:12] Reckless Stormseeker // Storm-Charged Slasher[1:25:51] Briarbridge Tracker[1:27:54] Augur of Autumn[1:30:51] The Celestus[1:33:57] Adeline, Splendid Cathar[1:36:11] Dire-Strain Rampage[1:41:00] Moonveil Dragon[1:44:55] Closing thoughts: is Midnight Hunt the new Eldraine?  

The Hunt Begins: Innistrad Midnight Hunt Set Review, Part 1

Sunday Sep 05, 2021

Season 11, Episode 1: Brewer's Guide to Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, Volume 1 + Flashback (Harmonic Prodigy)   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   S11E01 Timestamps [5:13] Housekeeping[7:17] New land cycle[11:05] Secrets of the Key[14:48] Curse of Silence[20:35] Light Up the Night[26:09] Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia[28:52] Arcane Infusion[31:42] Can't Stay Away[34:29] Rite of Harmony[37:29] Flame Channeler[40:52] Bladestitch Skaab[42:39] Doll Stitcher[45:52] Tovolar, Dire Overlord[53:17] Graveyard Tresspasser[56:17] Arlinn, the Pack's Hope[1:01:48] Flashback: Harmonic Prodigy[1:02:42] Gruul Shaman Company[1:07:29] Izzet Harmonic Murktide[1:09:10] Red Harmonic Devotion[1:11:00] Eternal Harmonics

The Complete History of Waste Not (ft. Dylan_MTG)

Thursday Sep 02, 2021

Season 10, Episode 30: Q&A with Dylan Kruse   Some cards you spend a lifetime chasing. Deck after deck, brew after brew, always searching for that new tech or perfect configuration to finally break through. These are the cards that get into your blood. Dylan Kruse knows a thing or two about Waste Not. He has brewed literally hundreds of Waste Not decks over the course of six years. But his brewing range is much wider, including spice like the Calibrated Blast list that is currently rocking the Modern leagues. We sit down with Dylan to learn about his history with discard combo, tips and tricks for piloting Calibrated Blast, and listener questions from the Brewer's Mailbag.   Where to find Dylan: Twitter: @dylan_mtg Youtube: Dylan_MTG Twitch: Dylan_MTG   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   Timestamps [2:17] Q&A with Dylan Kruse (Dylan_MTG)[11:40] The state of play in Modern[16:30] Brew Session: Waste Not[26:04] Rakdos Waste Not Arcanist[29:53] Waste Not Storm[35:50] Deep Dive: Calibrated Blast[42:22] Mulligan heuristics[48:57] Sideboarding[54:09] Mailbag: Glimpse of Tomorrow[59:29] Semblance Anvil[1:07:33] The Waste Not Discord[1:10:36] Where to find Dylan

Harmonic Prodigy: Doubling Up with Shamans and Wizards

Sunday Aug 29, 2021

Season 10, Episode 29: Brew Session (Harmonic Prodigy) + Flashback (Portable Hole)   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   Episode at a Glance   [1:28] Brew Session: Harmonic Prodigy[6:52] Sketch 1: RG Shamans[15:06] Sketch 2: Fanatic Devotion[24:34] Naban Wizards by Darshik[32:25] Sketch 3: Jeskai Ephemerate Wizards[42:04] Sketch 4: 4c Eternal Harmonics[46:32] Sketch 5: Monored Prowess[48:58] Flashback: Portable Hole[49:43] 5c Galazeth BTL[1:00:55] Ingenious Teshar Combo  

What We're Excited For in 2022

Friday Aug 27, 2021

Season 10, Episode 28: Roundup (Magic in 2022) + Brew Session (Wizard Class, Werewolf Pack Leader, Lurking Roper, Calibrated Blast)   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   Episode at a Glance   [4:46] Housekeeping[5:40] What's Next: Magic in 2022[8:49] Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty[12:52] Streets of New Capenna[15:59] Dominaria United, The Brothers' War[19:00] Lord of the Rings in Modern[24:01] Does competitive play have a future?[26:16] Pioneer Challenger Decks[33:10] Brew Session: Last Call for the Forgotten Realms[33:58] Sketch 1: Wizard Class Combo[41:52] Sketch 2: Pack Leader Gruul[48:02] Sketch 3: Boros Winota Tokens[54:51] Sketch 4: Famished Roper Combo[1:02:45] Cavedan's Pick: Calibrated Blast by Dylan Kruse[1:09:12] David's Pick: Rakdos Midrange by laa11  

The White Fatal Push: Rehabilitating Portable Hole

Sunday Aug 22, 2021

Season 10, Episode 27: Brew Session (Portable Hole, Monk Class) + Flashback (Imperial Recruiter)   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   MH2 #27 At a Glance [5:44] Portable Hole: what went wrong?[10:05] Jeskai Whirza[12:40] UW Lurrus Ensoul[17:11] Sketch 1: 5c Galazeth BTL[22:23] Understanding Monk Class[24:26] Sketch 2: Jeskai Galazeth Monk Class[28:23] Sketch 3: Dragonlord Monk Class[33:02] Sketch 4: UW Teshar Combo[41:12] Bant Imperial Stoneblade[53:36] Boros Brought Back Showdown

Hard Evidence: Breaking Modern with Detective Crab

Friday Aug 20, 2021

Season 10, Episode 26: Weekly Roundup (Hard Evidence)   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   MH2 #26 At a Glance [5:04] Housekeeping[9:08] Investigating Hard Evidence[10:29] Indomitable EmmiKul by MrRaeb[13:12] Primer on classic Velomachus (article)[18:43] Grixis Indomitable Reanimator[19:48] Reamulator Titan[29:35] Alternative Creativity packages[32:23] Hard Evidence in fair decks[39:35] Brew Review: Liquimetal Prismari by 1stTurnNegator[52:41] Damon's pick: Monored Saga Walkers by Phisherman[57:11] Cavedan's pick: Mystic Tron by LORiWWA

Imperial Recruiter: 22 Years in the Making (ft. Mordeka1ser)

Sunday Aug 15, 2021

Season 10, Episode 25: Brew Session (Imperial Recruiter) + Flashback (Heartless Summoning)   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Where to find Emiliano: Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/mordetolight Twitter: @mordeka1ser MTGO: Mordeka1ser  

Innistrad First Look + Brewers' Choice Nominees (ft. Mordeka1ser)

Friday Aug 13, 2021

Season 10, Episode 24: Weekly Roundup (ft. Emiliano Sagasti aka Mordeka1ser)   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Where to find Emiliano: Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/mordetolight Twitter: @mordeka1ser MTGO: Mordeka1ser   MH2/AFR #24 At a Glance [1:51] Q&A with Mordeka1ser[4:29] 5c Niv-Mizzet[12:03] Tuning toolbox decks[19:09] The current state of Modern[23:09] Magic Online in Argentina[29:40] Innistrad: Midnight Hunt First Look[30:05] Consider[34:58] Champion of the Perished[38:46] Play with Fire[39:45] Infernal Grasp[41:38] Join the Dance[42:30] Triskaidekaphile[44:00] Wrenn and Seven[51:04] Brewer's Choice Nominees[52:17] Oswald Fiddlebender[56:12] Yarok, the Desecrated[58:21] Abiding Grace[1:00:40] Dress Down[1:07:23] Thrasta, Tempest's Roar[1:09:54] Echo of Eons[1:14:29] Harmonic Prodigy[1:17:58] Forsworn Paladin[1:19:41] Marauding Raptor[1:22:45] Mystic Reflection

Going Platinum with The Book of Exalted Deeds

Sunday Aug 08, 2021

Season 10, Episode 23: The Book of Exalted Deeds (Brew Session) + Esper Sentinel (Flashback) + Orb of Dragonkind (Flashback)   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   MH2/AFR #23 At a Glance [2:10] "Cards on the Modern Banlist" by Manacymbal[8:47] Theorycraft: The Book of Exalted Deeds[11:14] GW Angel Company[15:06] Yorion Book Blink[18:22] Orzhov Silversmote Book (Sketch)[27:33] Jeskai Transmogrify Book (Sketch)[37:46] Flashback: Esper Sentinel, Orb of Dragonkind[38:10] Esper Urza's Kitchen[42:08] Orzhov Saga Affinity[49:21] Grixis Dragons

Heartless Summoning 2: Still Chasing the White Whale

Friday Aug 06, 2021

Season 10, Episode 22: Brew Session Heartless Summoning   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** Decklists for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com ****   MH2/AFR #22 At a Glance [3:41] The Definitive Guide to Velomachus Turns by MrRaeb[7:32] Brew Session: Heartless Summoning[16:14] Esper Heartless Acererak (Sketch)[25:30] Jund Heartless Fury (Sketch)[30:35] Imperial Felidar Combo[37:59] Rooftop Storm Combo by Urchin Colley[47:55] David's pick: 4c Wish by Soondubu[53:53] Cavedan's pick: 4c General Ferrous by Aspiringspike

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Few things in Magic are more exciting than the shared discoveries of brewing with friends. Each week, we design new decks around cards that have unrealized potential. We put our creations to the test and share our findings on the air. Join us every week for fresh decklists and good friendship: a double shot of inspiration for your next 5-0!

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