Friday Dec 25, 2020

Naughty or Spice? Gerry Thompson Reviews Your Brews

Zendikar Rising, Episode 17: 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!



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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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