Tuesday Feb 02, 2021

The Raven's Eye: Does Alrund Have a Home in Pioneer?

Kaldheim Season, Episode 5: Alrund, God of the Cosmos // Hakka, Whispering Raven


You've heard of bolting the bird, but why not blink the bird? Hakka, Whispering Raven doesn't look like much, but David thinks it has all the right moves. In Pioneer, a 2/3 blocker is well positioned, and Hakka can peck away at planeswalkers freely. But the real power lies in mischief: get a little tricksy, and you could unlock the mighty Alrund, God of the Cosmos several turns ahead of schedule.


It's a simple plan but one with many pitfalls. After all, how much is Alrund really worth? What can we expect from the end step trigger, assuming Alrund even makes it that far? And how much power can be gained from bringing Valki along for the ride? Join us as we search for answers the only way we know how: in the queues!


Decklists for Alrund // Hakka

Sketch 1: Grixis Release the Gods

Sketch 2: Dimir Release the Gods

Sketch 3: Esper Yorion Blink

Sketch 4: Azorius Alrund Tempo


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

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