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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Urza's Saga: Is There a Problem Here? (ft. Urchin Colley)

Friday Jun 11, 2021

Modern Horizons 2, Episode 6: Weekly Roundup   There were two big storylines from the first weekend of MH2 events. First, there are SO MANY COOL DECKS, and they look awesome. Modern is great right now. Second, there are SO MANY URZA'S SAGA DECKS, and they look terrifying. Modern may be in trouble if Saga is as broken as it seems.   Special guest Urchin Colley returns this week to help us sort through the coolest innovations with Modern Horizons standouts. We also peer deep into the crystal ball to see what the future holds for Urza's fourth-favorite land. Appearing in decks as wide-ranging as Amulet, Affinity, Foodgaak, Hardened Scales, HammerTime, Lantern, Dice Factory, UW Control, and even Tron, it’s hard to escape the feeling that there might be a another chapter on the horizon. I: Add mana. II: Make token. III: Fetch artifact. IV: Get banned?   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** A full transcript for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com  

The Underworld Cookbook by Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar

Sunday Jun 06, 2021

Modern Horizons 2, Episode 5: Brew Session   **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! ****   Sketch 1: Asmora Hollow Vine Sketch 2: Sultai Food Manufactor Sketch 3: Manufactor Grinding Clock Combo Sketch 4: Food Bombardment    **** A full transcript for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com    

Comprehensive Brewer's Guide to Modern Horizons 2, Part 4

Friday Jun 04, 2021

Modern Horizons 2, Episode 4: Brewer's Guide to Modern Horizons 2, Volume IV   Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community!   ****   MH2 #4 At a Glance: [6:19] Murktide Regent[10:00] Suspend[12:38] Dress Down[16:16] Upheaval[18:32] Fire/Ice[21:16] Imperial Recruiter[24:39] Goblin Bombardment[26:53] Faithless Salvaging[29:50] Obsidian Charmaw[32:42] Dauthi Voidwalker[35:21] Persist[38:10] Tourach, Dread Chanter[41:08] Magus of the Bridge[43:33] Solitude[46:01] Endurance[50:03] Esper Sentinel[54:17] Quirion Ranger[56:22] Dermotaxi   ****   A full transcript for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com  

Modern Horizons 2 Full Set Review, Part 3

Wednesday Jun 02, 2021

Modern Horizons 2, Episode 3: Brewer's Guide to Modern Horizons, Volume III   MH2 #3 At a Glance: [3:36] Initial impressions [7:21] Titania, Protector of Argoth [11:27] Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth [15:21] Fury [22:05] Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer [28:08] Bloodbraid Marauder [32:15] Dragon's Rage Channeler [34:31] Svyelun of Sea and Sky [35:19] Tide Shaper [39:30] Seal of Removal [41:54] Hard Evidence [45:48] Karmic Guide [51:01] Archon of Cruelty [55:02] Sterling Grove [58:05] Enchantress's Presence [58:05] Sythis, Harvest’s Hand [59:20] Sanctum Weaver [1:01:11] Tireless Provisioner [1:06:39] Thought Monitor [1:10:36] General Ferrous Rokiric [1:13:42] Shardless Agent [1:19:39] Scion of Draco [1:22:04] Calibrated Blast [1:26:00] Moderation   **** A full transcript for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! ****

Grist for the Mill: More MH2 Previews + Strixhaven Testing Results

Sunday May 30, 2021

Modern Horizons 2, Episode 2: Previews, continued MH2 #2 At a Glance [4:25] Hollow One Conspiracy[10:02] Sultai BTL Quandrix Landcraft[14:26] 4c BTL Quandrix Landcraft[20:48] Grixis Prismari Thief[24:40] Dakkon, Shadow Slayer[29:27] Sword of Hearth and Home[31:54] Grist, the Hunger Tide[35:22] Yusri, Fortune's Flame **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! ****

Good Grief! A Brewer's Guide to Modern Horizons, Part 1

Thursday May 27, 2021

Modern Horizons 2, Episode 1: Preview Week   MH2 #1 At a Glance [4:02] Grief[9:03] Is Free Evoke Broken?[14:31] Subtlety[20:49] Profane Tutor[23:50] Cabal Coffers[28:25] Wonder[31:51] Kitchen Imp[36:36] Rishadan Dockhand[40:37] Zabaz, the Glimmerwasp[43:53] Ravenous Squirrel[47:19] Unmarked Grave[48:58] Priest of Fell Rites[53:40] Flametongue Yearling[57:57] Void Mirror[1:01:29] Chatterstorm[1:01:44] Thrasta, Tempest’s Roar[1:04:43] Fractured Sanity[1:09:49] Rise and Shine **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! ****

Last Call for Strixhaven: Conspiracy Theorist, Quandrix Apprentice, Prismari Command

Sunday May 23, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 16: Brew Session + Flashback Modern Horizons is here, which means it's last call for brews at the School of Mages. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. We're emptying out the canister this week with a few miscellaneous brews. Quandrix Apprentice showed promise last week, so David is keen to push it to the limit. Conspiracy Theorist has us hoping for a Hollow One revival. Prismari Command can force your opponent to draw and discard, which means Notion Thief is back on the menu.Meanwhile on the Flashback, our Izzet decks from last week acquitted themselves well, including a 5-0 with Expressive Iteration. But Galazeth Prismari managed to make a believer out of Dan, in Modern no less, leading to some truly crazy 5 color builds. **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** STX #16 At a Glance [4:32] Temur Quandrix Scapeshift  [12:48] Sultai Landcraft  [20:05] Hollow Conspiracy  [26:01] Grixis Prismari Command  [31:51] Expressive Death’s Shadow  [40:05] Gingerbread Galazeth BTL  [48:47] Izzet Galazeth Dragons  [55:06] izzet Rielle Looting   

20 Cards We Don't Want to See in Modern Horizons 2

Friday May 21, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 15: This Week in Brewing Episode overview Roundup: The end of the MPL, the future of Magic content, and what it all means for Modern and the average brewer. Brew Review: Silvergaak by Brian M. What if Hogaak and KCI had a baby? This is a wild combo list that has our heads spinning and our gears turning. Mailbag: A closer look at Fires of Invention, and a list of 20 proposed reprints for Modern Horizons 2. Would these cards be healthy for Modern or would they break the format?   **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** STX #15 At a Glance [2:11] The end of the MPL[8:21] Would you still attend a Grand Prix?[17:35] The future of Magic content[20:22] Modern: the format Pros forgot[22:14] Brew Review: Silvergaak by Brian M[36:30] Why doesn’t Fires of Invention see more play?[42:56] Quick hits: Would these cards break Modern?[43:21] Punishing Fire[44:05] Palace Jailer[45:00] Recruiter of the Guard[45:35] Council’s Judgment[46:29] Archon of Valor’s Reach[47:40] Force of Will[47:51] Misdirection[48:59] Careful Study[50:10] Tendrils of Agony[50:50] Toxic Deluge[52:58] Hymn to Tourach[54:10] Sneak Attack[55:01] Sulfuric Vortex[55:37] Chaos Warp[56:19] Price of Progress[57:27] Leovold, Emissary of Trest[57:57] Fire // Ice[58:55] Baleful Strix[1:00:03] Rishadan Port[1:00:46] Crystal Vein

Express Yourself: Galazeth Brews for the Prismari Virtuoso

Sunday May 16, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 14: Galazeth Prismari, Expressive Iteration   Expressive Iteration is making its presence felt. Already a staple in Izzet Prowess in Modern, more and more decks are realizing that they might be able to get good use from this powerful Prismari sorcery. Meanwhile, Galazeth Prismari himself continues to pose a riddle: make artifacts, to cast instants and sorceries, while also winning with medium sized Dragons. Its a formula that David just can't quit as he's back again with four new decks to test in Modern and Pioneer.Meanwhile on the Flashback, Sedgemoor Witch had a tough outing. Whether in more speculative Golgari token brews, or in the tried and true Rakdos shells, it was hard to unlock the promise of the Witch, even if the combo with Tend the Pests was decidedly sweet. Still, the Witch keeps showing up in Modern 5-0s, and Dan has some ideas for promising new directions.   **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community! **** STX #14 At a Glance [3:17] Prismari Command[5:19] Izzet Rielle[13:22] Galazeth Dragons[18:19] Expressive Shadow[22:53] Jeskai DragonBlade[28:15] BG Tend the Pests[31:00] BG Sedgemoor Adventures[35:06] Mardu Pyromancer[41:45] Mardu Mediums[46:54] Sultai Landcraft    

Is It Safe to Play Paper Magic Again?

Friday May 14, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 13: This Week in Brewing (May 14, 2021) Paper Magic is returning on May 28, and Wizards is promising a legendary summer. But should you feel comfortable going to the LGS? There's lots to think about, but it all starts with getting vaccinated. If you have the ability to get your shot, go do it!As for the Summer of Legend the biggest hype is surely going to be Modern Horizons 2. The sneak peek alone gave us a format defining Counterspell, a Legacy powered creature, and a Saga that could very well reshape the format -- not to mention a pair of sweet callbacks to Lion's Eye Diamond and Brainstorm. We also analyze the five sneak peek cards from Dungeons and Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, headlined by Portable Hole.A lot has happened in the two days since we recorded this, including the disbanding of the Magic Pro League and new CDC guidance for vaccinated people and mask wearing. But spoiler hype is evergreen. Modern Horizons 2 already looks like game changer and we still have 240 more cards to go! STX #13 At a Glance [3:19] The Summer of Legend[5:38] Paper Play Is Back[12:50] MH2 Finance[19:29] Counterspell[25:43] Sanctum Prelate[29:12] Urza’s Saga[41:11] Brainstone[47:28] Diamond Lion[53:04] Portable Hole[57:33] Prosperous Innkeeper[1:00:42] Power Word Kill[1:01:41] Vorpal Sword[1:04:01] Tiamat **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community!

Sedgemoor Witch: 99 Problems But a Witch Ain't One

Sunday May 09, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 12: Sedgemoor Witch At first glance, Sedgemoor Witch looks like more of the same: Monastery Mentor and Young Pyromancer are already fine options, and neither sees widespread play in Modern or Pioneer. Giving up Lurrus of the Dream-Den is a huge cost, and the Witch also doesn't get triggers from Mishra's Bauble, planeswalkers, or the like. But look closely at that wall of text -- peer deep into the Witch's haunting, hollow eyes -- and a unique skill set begins to emerge that neither Pyromancer nor Mentor can boast. Aggressive stats and more useful tokens are just the beginning. Copying your spells, particularly with synergistic pieces like Plumb the Forbidden or Flusterstorm, opens up entirely new lines of attack. And most importantly, Sedgemoor Witch is black, bring the power of the pyromancer to archetypes and mana configurations that previously did not have access to the effect.Rarely to do we get a chance to brew around a card that is making waves in Legacy and even Vintage but has been quiet so far in Modern and Pioneer. Let's fire up the cauldron and see what the witch can do! **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community!

Through the Breach with Velomachus Lorehold

Friday May 07, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 11: This Week in Brewing (May 7, 2021) Velomachus Lorehold has arrived in Modern, posting a Top 8 and Top 32 finish in the weekend Modern Challenges and becoming a mainstay of the 5-0s. The Temur shell with Indomitable Creativity is powerful, but are there other ways to cheat the dragon into play? We tune up a reanimator variant proposed by Velomachus expert Zach "Manacymbal" Ryl. Manacymbal wasn't the only Faithless Family member rocking the Challenges this weekend. Soren Wellman, a frequent author on our website, notched a Challenge Top 8 with his version on Izzet Through the Breach, featuring Prismari Command, Torrential Gearhulk, and Magma Opus. We take a close look at Soren's proposed update, as well as some spicy decks that popped up in the Modern 5-0s. **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community!

Elite Spellbinder: Putting Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa to the Test

Sunday May 02, 2021

Strixhaven, Episode 10: Elite Spellbinder Reigning world champion PVDDR is perhaps the greatest to ever play the game. With the release of Strixhaven's Elite Spellbinder, Paulo Vitor now gets his own Magic card. The Power of Paulo can be yours for just 2W, but what decks can make use of this effect? And is the competition at 3 mana just too stiff? **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community!

8 Spicy New Decks: Velomachus Turns, Brought Back, Paradoxical Galazeth, and More

Friday Apr 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.   **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community!

Everything Is Magma Opus: Five Brews for the Prismari Virtuoso (ft. ManaCymbal)

Sunday Apr 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.   **** Decklists + a full transcipt for this episode can be viewed at FaithlessBrewing.com **** Like our content? Support us on Patreon and join our brewing community!

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