Friday Jan 01, 2021

The Best and Worst of 2020

Zendikar Rising, Episode 18: 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!



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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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