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 Jul 7, 2022

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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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Tolarian Terror: There’s Always a Bigger Zombie Fish
01:11:04

Season 15, Episode 14: Roundup (Brothers’ War Previews) + Brew Session (Tolarian Terror) + Flashback (Meria, Scholar of Antiquity)

Veteran players remember Gurmag Angler, the sleek delve threat once seen in decks like Grixis Shadow and Hollow One. At one mana, the Zombie Fish was brutally efficient and surprisingly hard to kill — so much so that Legacy players once thought Gurmag might need to be banned in their format (until cooler heads prevailed and identified Deathrite Shaman as the culprit).

The Zombie Fish has mostly disappeared from today’s Modern as removal has gotten better, black has gotten weaker, and stronger 1 mana threats have emerged. But what if Gurmag came with Ward? That’s the promise of Tolarian Terror, a new one mana threat from Dominaria United. Terror is in a much stronger color and doesn’t consume the graveyard, meaning that it’s possible to deploy multiple Serpents in one turn, while also leaving mana open for additional interaction. Sure, the opponent can kill them, but only at a tremendous tempo deficit thanks to Ward 2.

We are starting to see early returns on Tolarian Terror in both Modern and Pioneer. But questions remain. How far we can lean into the graveyard before exposing ourselves to hate? Can Terror earn its spot over even bigger options like Murktide Regent? Or can they perhaps be played together? Morde and Cavedan investigate this week, looking at several new decks.

On the Flashback, the crew shares their preliminary findings with Meria, Scholar of Antiquity, including Hullbreaker Horror Combo, Song of Creation Combo, and Artificers tribal Thopter-Sword. They also study the early previews from The Brothers’ War, including Urza, the Mightstone and Weakstone, and Surge Engine.

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Decklists and Timestamps

[2:19] The Brothers’ War First Look

[7:24] The Mightstone and Weakstone

[9:51] Urza, Lord Protector

[13:53] Queen Kayla bin-Kroog

[16:01] Mishra’s Foundry

[18:18] Surge Engine

[20:22] Recruitment Officer

[21:24] Special promos

[24:59] Brew Session: Tolarian Terror

[27:32] Lessons from Pauper

[33:49] Grixis Tolarian Tempo by Selfeisek

[39:58] Izzet Prowess by MonkeyDBaboo

[42:21] Dimir Third Path Control by strangledangles

[48:05] Flashback: Meria, Scholar of Antiquity

[50:12] Dan’s Meria Hullbreaker Combo

[57:12] David’s Meria Song of Creation

[1:00:52] Emi’s Artificers Thopter-Sword Combo

[1:08:27] Final thoughts on Meria

Oct 04, 2022
What’s Wrong with Modern? Can It Be Fixed? (Brewer’s Mailbag)
01:12:17

Season 15, Episode 13: Brewers’ Mailbag

Does Modern have a “five color problem”? If so, how can it be fixed? Has the format become hostile to brewing? And why has black become such a weak color?

Today, Cavedan and Morde open up the Brewers’ Mailbag to field listener questions about the state of Modern and Pioneer after several weeks of Dominaria United. Many listeners want to know, “What’s wrong with Modern?” and more importantly, what can be done about it? After a bit of soul searching (and weeping and gnashing of teeth), the crew has some recommendations to help you get the most out of these formats.

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Timestamps

[4:17] Checking in

[7:33] White Rhinos by HamburgerJung

[10:02] Housekeeping

[12:15] Why not The Raven Man?

[14:55] Emi’s Micromancer Wizard Control

[22:36] The RCQ system: is it working?

[28:42] Brewing in Modern after MH2

[33:49] Are efficient answers good for brewing?

[35:27] Does Modern have a “5 color problem?”

[41:41] Search hate: pros and cons

[47:31] Rakdos Scam and how to beat it

[52:01] Deck building heuristics

[56:04] Should Morde be banned from Yorion decks?

[58:12] Deck diversity in Pioneer

[1:00:26] Reprints we want for Pioneer

[1:01:43] Why black is the worst color in Modern

[1:06:35] All time favorite limited format

[1:08:45] Card designs we want to see

Sep 30, 2022
Five Color Legends?! Jodah, the Unifier in Modern and Pioneer
01:23:43

Season 15, Episode 12: Brew Session (Jodah, the Unifier) + Flashback (Soul of Windgrace)

The people have spoken! The votes have been tallied for our next monthly project, and two cards stood head and shoulders above the rest. Mechanized Production, an intriguing alternate win con using artifact tokens, was bested by the narrowest of margins, losing only to a card that is even more insane: Jodah, the Unifier.

For five mana, in WUBRG colors, we had better be getting an amazing deal. Jodah has a ridiculous text box that certainly gives you a massive advantage while he is in play. But five mana without an ETB effect is a very tall order. That’s Niv-Mizzet mana, after all, and we know that Niv can win the game just by entering the battlefield once. Jodah is going to make us work harder, to guarantee that either his anthem effect or his “buy one, get one” coupon for legends is enough to put the game away. Cavedan has some ideas for how to pursue this, so let the brewing commence!

On the Flashback, the crew also reviews their testing results with Soul of Windgrace, a card that is enjoying a breakout week of finishes. Morde stuck to more traditional Yorion good stuff shells, while Cavedan ranged further afield with Bard Class, Shigeki Fires, and Titania’s Fury. If Soul is on track to become a staple of Modern and Pioneer, what can we expect from this card?

 

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[2:19] Voting results

Brew Session: Jodah, the Unifier

[7:24] Rules notes

[10:47] The Tibalt loophole

[14:30] Getting Jodah into play

[24:04] Building for anthem vs. building for cascade

[29:04] Micro-syngergies

[33:17] Jodah Pyre Humans by Rich Ellis

[36:39] Jodah Pyre Humans by DJeffMTG

[38:47] 5c Humans Company by IslandGoSAMe

[41:38] Dan’s 5c Jund Tibalt

[45:14] Jodah Winota by Mildpro

Flashback: Soul of Windgrace

[52:39] 5c Domain Delirium by aspiringspike

[54:17] Emi’s 5c Yorion Domain Delirium

[1:01:01] Jund Windgrace by claudioh

[1:04:09] Dan’s Jund Bard Class

[1:07:21] David’s Jund Shigeki Fires

[1:10:46] Dan’s Titania’s Fury

[1:16:50] Final thoughts on Soul of Windgrace

Sep 27, 2022
Better Than Urza? Meria Is Desperately Wanting to Be Good
01:07:59

Season 15, Episode 11: Weekly Roundup + Brew Session (Meria, Scholar of Antiquity)

Artifact strategies have been around forever, but Urza, Lord High Artificer was a game-changer. Urza unlocked massive amounts of mana, in quantities not seen since Tolarian Academy, and even gave you somewhere to spend that mana by playing free cards from your deck. On top of that, Urza brought a large Karnstruct friend, ensuring good value from your 4 drop even if your opponent succeeds in foiling whatever combo or big mana nonsense you are up to. This made Urza a perfect engine: explosive when unchecked, but also a viable standalone threat.

Imagine our surprise, then, when Dominaria United brought a new, cheaper Urza in Gruul colors. Meria, Scholar of Antiquity trades blue mana for green but retains the ability to draw large amounts of cards while also providing boatloads of mana. Meria is a full mana cheaper (a huge upgrade) and draws cards at an even faster rate. In exchange, we lose out on the Karnstruct and the ability to tap tokens, but those are merely bonuses, not the core of what makes Urza powerful.

Today on Faithless Brewing the crew takes a close look at Meria in several new builds in Modern and Pioneer. The intersection of Big Mana and Big Card Draw is a potent brewing space, as long as we’re willing to get our hands dirty and get into the weeds looking for the right artifact support. Meria has already earned trophies in combo decks like Paradox Engine, Thopter-Sword, and Hardened Scales, but are there more homes waiting to be unearthed? It will take a brilliant archaeologist to unlock Meria’s full potential, so let’s roll up the sleeves and get to work!

 

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Decklists and Timestamps

[2:06] Housekeeping

[5:57] Unfinity spoilers

[14:43] Magic 30 woes

Brew Session: Meria, Scholar of Antiquity

[19:32] Rules notes

[29:41] Key interactions

[40:26] Paradox Engine Combo by mouthbreather1

[43:23] David’s Meria Song of Creation

[49:04] Dan’s Hullbreaker Horror Combo

[52:40] Gruul Hardened Scales by maxxattack

[55:53] Thopter Sword Combo by MTGBullent

[58:52] Meria Howling Mine Combo

Sep 24, 2022
Soul of Windgrace: The Love Child of Omnath and Primeval Titan
01:21:43

Season 15, Episode 10: Brew Session (Soul of Windgrace) + Flashback (Aether Channeler)

Three Faithless Brewers looked at a new Dominaria United card. One said, “That’s a Primeval Titan.” Another said, “No, that’s Solemn Simulacrum.” The third brewer said, “Actually, that’s Jund Omnath.”

Soul of Windgrace has the potential to be all of these things, and maybe more. Legendary four drops that generate mana and card advantage have the potential to be format-defining centerpieces of strong, unfussy decks. Or, they could completely flop like the Sad Robot himself (sorry Jens Thoren, we still love you). For those who like to dream big, Soul of Wingrace even has echoes of Prime Time, but at a much more affordable mana cost.

Today we put our theories to the test and build a half dozen decks with Soul of Windgrace. From proven strategies like Jund Sagavan and 5c Omnath, to ambitious brews like Bard Class, Titania Ramp, and even some attempts to bring Jund land ramp into Pioneer. Who is right, and who is getting high off their own mana supply? There’s only one way to find out!

 

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Decklists and Timestamps

[1:01] Updates on the kittens

[6:10] Housekeeping

Brew Session: Soul of Windgrace

[12:27] Rules notes

[15:54] Key questions

[22:15] Comparisons: Omnath, Primeval Titan

[30:39] Jund Sagavan by YungDingo

[33:18] Emi’s 5c Omnath

[40:03] Dan’s Jund Bard Class

[45:02] Dan’s Jund Titania’s Fury

[50:04] Naya Maverick by ChaosVeiler89

[51:52] David’s Jund Titan Ramp

[1:00:15] David’s Shigeki Fires 2.0

Flashback: Aether Channeler

[1:06:13] Emi’s Bant Soulherder

[1:08:38] David’s Bant Teleportation Circle

[1:13:26] Dan’s Mono Blue Devotion

[1:17:54] Bant Humans by StarwalkeroO

[1:18:47] Bant Company by FreeMyFelidar

[1:19:47] Closing thoughts

 

Sep 20, 2022
14 Terrible Cards That Might Actually Be Sweet (Serum Visions #4)
01:30:28

Season 15, Episode 9: Faithless Brewing x Serum Visions #4

The Serum Visions gang returns to wrap up our third monthly project. Last time, the listeners voted for Resurgent Belief, a challenging card that asks us to combine two dubious strategies: reanimator, and enchantments. Fortunately, these strategies get new tools all the time, with powerful sagas like Fable of the Mirror-Breaker or surprising removal like Leyline Binding and Temporary Lockdown. Unfortunately, a few decent enchantments does not a playable deck make. Was the crew able to crack the code on Resurgent Belief before the clock ran out? Or does this strategy need some new printings to replenish its hopes?

After that recap, we turn our attention to new and wonkier things. 14 cards are on the ballot for next month’s project, running the gamut from Commander favorites like Jodah, the Unifier and Lithoform Engine, to nasty combo enablers like Erayo, Spreading Algae, and Necrotic Ooze. There’s something for everyone in this eclectic mix of cards, and possibly even a few hidden gems. What card will we brew next? Only you can decide!

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Timestamps

Flashback: Resurgent Belief

[5:38] Zach’s BTL Resurgent Seals

[13:47] Dan’s Leyline Cascade Resurgence

[22:38] Concluding thoughts on Resurgent Belief

Nominees for Next Month’s Project

[31:02] Aggressive Mining

[35:52] Spreading Algae

[39:27] Lotleth Troll

[41:56] Ingenious Infiltrator

[44:39] Erayo, Soratami Ascendant

[48:51] Kamahl’s Druidic Vow

[52:10] March of Burgeoning Life

[58:15] Jodah, the Unifier

[1:02:31] Mechanized Production

[1:08:39] Bayou Groff

[1:12:00] Shepherd of the Flock

[1:15:41] Necrotic Ooze

[1:19:37] Danitha, Benalia’s Hope

[1:21:48] Lithoform Engine

 

Sep 17, 2022
Aether Channeler: The Triple Threat Wizard
56:48

Season 15, Episode 8: Brew Session (Aether Channeler) + Flashback (Leyline Binding)

Aether Channeler isn’t the best at any one job, but it always gives you something meaningful. Is this style of card strong enough for today’s Modern and Pioneer? That’s the question that we set out to answer today on Faithless Brewing.

We’ve seen multiple modes on 3 drops before, most notably on Callous Bloodmage, a card that barely saw play. Channeler offers two similar abilities (make a token, draw a card) but replaces the niche graveyard hate with an always-solid bounce any permanent effect. This raises the floor of the card significantly, making Channeler a meaningful play whether you are ahead or behind. What’s more, the ability to bounce a planeswalker is an effect previously missing from the blink strategies where ETB triggers are known to thrive.

On the Flashback, David and Morde share their results testing various brews with Leyline Binding. The card has quickly established itself as a staple in top tier Modern archetypes (hopefully you bought your copies early, we tried to warn you!). But can Binding also power up silly synergies with Enigmatic Incarnation and In Search of Greatness? The better the card, the more hope there is for enabling some true nonsense.

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Timestamps

Brew Session: Aether Channeler

[4:05] What makes this card good?

[9:07] David’s Naban Wizards

[15:30] David’s Teleportation Circle

[21:50] Morde’s Bant Soulherder

[24:55] Morde’s WU Sun Titan Taxes

Flashback: Leyline Binding

[31:49] David’s Enigmatic Greatness

[45:08] Morde’s 5c Restoration Angel

[49:19] Morde’s Shadow Prophecy Reanimator

Sep 12, 2022
Paragons of Innovation: Week 1 Winners & Losers
01:03:32

Season 15, Episode 7: Weekly Roundup

David and Morde review the top innovations from Week 1 of #MTGDMU, starring Serra Paragon, Yotia Declares War, Meria, Scholar of Antiquity, and more.

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Timestamps

[1:51] Housekeeping

[5:03] Leyline Binding

[18:41] Liliana of the Veil

[28:18] Meria, Scholar of Antiquity

[34:11] Yotia Declares War

[42:12] Serra Paragon

[52:37] Evolved Sleeper

[55:25] Rundvelt Hordemaster

[58:02] Leaf-Crowned Visionary

Sep 09, 2022
Brew This, Not That! Dominaria United Top 5s
01:07:15

Season 15, Episode 6: Dominaria United Top 5s With Mordeka1ser and Cavedan

 

Preview season is a heady time. Cards are flying fast and furious, the air is thick with new ideas, and big dreams take flight on wings of hype and hopium.

And when the dust has settled… well, it’s a lot! We covered more than a hundred cards in the blink of an eye. Which are the cards that really matter? Which ones are going to make a big impact on the meta, and which cards are we most excited to brew with? And of course, which are the cards that other people are just flat wrong about?

Cavedan and Morde are here to set the record straight on Dominaria United, as they compare their respective Top 5 lists for most impactful cards, most exciting cards, and most overrated and underrated. How do your own lists stack up? What did we get wrong, and where should we be looking next?

 

 

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Timestamps

[5:31] Housekeeping

[7:08] Top 5 Most Impactful: Modern

[18:55] Top 5 Most Impactful: Pioneer

[27:15] Top 5 Most Exciting to Brew

[42:32] Top 5 Overrated

[50:07] Top 5 Underrated

[1:00:35] Top 5 Random Power Creep

 

Sep 06, 2022
Leyline Binding Is the Truth
01:22:55

Season 15, Episode 5: Brew Session (Leyline Binding, Shadow Prophecy)

So here’s the deal. Oblivion Ring for a single white mana, at flash speed, is an unreal Magic card. It’s so insanely powerful that when we first discussed Leyline Binding, many listeners thought it was fake. Had we been duped by the folks at r/custommagic, they wondered? And it’s a fair question. It’s not every day we get a removal spell that can rival Swords to Plowshares.

Not only is Leyline Binding very real, it’s also the real deal. But don’t just take our word for it. Now that Dominaria United is available online, it’s time to put theory into practice and set this card loose on the hapless Modern and Pioneer metagames.

We see Leyline Binding fitting into several existing Modern strategies: 4c Omnath, UWx Control, Reanimator, Indomitable Creativity, Domain Zoo, and Crashing Footfalls, to name just a few. It may even revive the Enigmatic Incarnation deck, thanks to its nutty ability to tutor a 7 drop directly into play. Swords to Plowshares with combo potential? You bet. In Pioneer, Enigmatic is a much more proven deck, and 5c Niv is also well set up to support Leyline. You can even go for synergistic nonsense like In Search of Greatness, Zur, Eternal Schemer, or Resurgent Belief.

Building a Domain manabase is no mean feat, but the rewards have never been higher. Not only do we get Leyline Binding, but also there is Shadow Prophecy, a juiced up Fact or Fiction that can fill your graveyard on the cheap while providing card advantage and selection. Morde and Cavedan are high on Prophecy, but can it crack the top tier of Modern? There’s only one way to find out.

 

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Decklists and Timestamps

 

[2:23] Update: the kittens

[7:50] Housekeeping

Brew Session: Leyline Binding + Shadow Prophecy

[12:01] Rules notes

[17:41] Key questions: power level

[23:57] Mana considerations

[28:14] Which existing decks want Leyline?

[30:42] Morde’s UWx Leyline Control

[31:54] How good is Shadow Prophecy?

[38:27] Morde’s 5c Reanimator

[44:16] 5c Archon Creativity

[47:37] Modern Enigmatic Incarnation

[59:16] Pioneer Enigmatic Incarnation

[1:09:28] David’s Naya In Search of Greatness

[1:13:35] David’s Bant Enigmatic Greatness

[1:15:35] Modern Domain Zoo

[1:18:19] Cavedan’s Resurgent Belief

Sep 02, 2022
Leveling Up in Modern with Cameron Lantz, SCG Baltimore Champion
01:00:06

Season 15, Episode 4: Q&A with Cameron Lantz

Fresh off her victory at the SCG Baltimore Team Trios $25K, Cameron Lantz joins Morde to share her insights on the current state of Modern and Pioneer and her preferred approach to deck selection for team events. She also weighs in on the last batch of Dominaria United spoilers, including some final-day surprises like Shadow Prophecy, Flowstone Infusion, and The Cruelty of Gix.

 

Where to find Cameron:

Twitter: @sometimesIscry

Articles: Owl Central Games

Read Cam's SCG Baltimore Winner's Report for more insight on her preparation and deck selection process, and her team’s winning decklists in Pioneer, Modern, and Legacy.

Cameron also offers one on one coaching for eternal formats. Contact her on Twitter for more details.

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Sep 01, 2022
Set Review, Part 3: Final Look at Dominaria United Previews in Modern and Pioneer
01:33:35

Season 15, Episode 3: Brewer’s Guide to Dominaria United, Vol. III

While the final batch of Dominaria previews did not sport such mighty cards as Leyline Binding, it is still filled to the brim with brew arounds that catch the eye of our Faithless Brewers.

Ivy, Gleeful Spirit leads the 2 drop charge with a new twist on its effect that makes the Nephilim of old nothing but envious. Ivy allows us to not only get bonuses out of our own spells but also nullify our opponent's ones (or at least get the same value they will get), while also being a "MAY" ability, stopping us from getting blown out with a removal. The fact it works with any sort of spell and not just instant and sorceries is just icing on the mutated cake.

Vodalian Hexcatcher is the runner up as the second best lord of the set, making sure that Merfolk do not lag too far behind Goblins. This flash lord allows you to transform your Merfolk into Jwari Disruption for noncreature spells. Meanwhile the Elf lord, Leaf-Crowned Visionary, ensures you never run out of gas as you can keep cycling through your deck with an interesting twist on Glimpse of Nature.

Finally, Read Ahead sagas like The Elder Dragon War are extremely versatile spells, balancing value against tempo. Will they lead Morde down the Brought Back rabbit hole once more? Perhaps some 4/4 Dragons are just what the card needs to return to the Modern spotlight, or even better, make a surprise appearance in the Pioneer format. Tune in for all the info, hope you enjoy and happy brewing!

 

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S15E03 Timestamps

Set Review: Dominaria United, Part 3

[3:27] Housekeeping

[5:41] Thran Portal

[8:40] Combat Research

[11:24] Tail Swipe

[12:49] Runic Shot

[13:14] Battlewing Mystic

[15:23] Elas il-Kor, Sadisitic Pilgrim

[17:22] Shadow-Rite Priest

[21:19] Weatherlight Compleated

[24:37] Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief

[28:10] Baird, Argivian Recruiter

[31:48] Phyrexian Missionary

[33:16] Balmor, Battlemage Captain

[36:22] Leaf-Crowned Visionary

[38:13] Vodalian Hexcatcher

[40:15] Yotia Declares War

[42:29] Impulse

[44:33] Shanna, Purifying Blade

[46:05] Anointed Peacekeeper

[50:02] Meria, Scholar of Antiquity

[54:42] Braids’s Frightful Return

[57:16] Ertai’s Scorn

[58:48] Haughty Djinn

[1:02:35] Relic of Legends

[1:04:35] Lagomos, Hand of Hatred

[1:06:44] Aether Channeler

[1:08:56] Vodalian Mindsinger

[1:10:52] Astor, Bearer of Blades

[1:12:41] Nael, Avizoa Aeronaut

[1:14:37] Sheoldred’s Restoration

[1:15:51] Ertai Resurrected

[1:20:28] The Elder Dragon War

[1:24:17] Timeless Lotus

[1:26:43] Rith, Liberated Primeval

 

Aug 26, 2022
The Best Dominaria United Cards for Modern and Pioneer: Set Review Part 2 (ft. Manacymbal)
01:34:03

Season 15, Episode 2: Brewer’s Guide to Dominaria United, Vol. II

Three of the most important cards for Modern and Pioneer headline the second installment of our Dominaria United Set Review.

Rundvelt Hordemaster powers up Goblins decks in a huge way. The first true 2 mana Goblin lord is also a tremendous source of card advantage and resiliency. Turning every death (including tokens, including itself) into fresh draws while also curving out well in aggressive starts is a game changer. Hordemaster also pairs with cost reduction effects and has combo potential with Skirk Prospector. We already liked Squee, Dubious Monarch, and now we like it a whole lot more.

Leyline of Binding is stunningly powerful. It may be the most powerful removal spell since Swords to Plowshares. Leyline provides a massive incentive to assemble a Domain mana base, and will be format-defining removal in both Pioneer and Modern. On top of its raw power, it can even synergize with proven engines like Enigmatic Incarnation or Enchantress to pull off some crazy feats.

Finally, low curve decks have a new enemy to fear in Temporary Lockdown. Certain strategies like Hammer, Hardened Scales, or tribal aggro get absolutely devastated by Culling Ritual. Temporary Lockdown makes this effect cheaper and even repeatable, thanks to Yorion and Teferi, Time Raveler.

From there, the offerings get more speculative, but no less interesting. Tolarian Terror has Gurmag Angler vibes with huge upside, but relying on the graveyard is a risk. Founding the Third Path may subsidize delve or See the Truth. And of course it wouldn’t be a Faithless Brewing Set Review without Cavedan going crazy over new kicker cards for his Drake Whack deck.

Prodigal co-host Zach “Manacymbal” Ryl returns today to help us break down all the hits and misses, and to catch up on the latest MTG news. Happy brewing!

 

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S15E02 Decklists and Timestamps

Roundup: MTG News

[3:41] Housekeeping

[6:03] Praise from SaffronOlive

[8:58] Follow-up on Dan’s LotR conspiracy theory

[13:12] 4c Yawgnota by Darshik

[14:46] SCG Baltimore Winner

[16:12] eBay buys TCGPlayer: what does it mean?

[22:18] Catching up with Zach “Manacymbal” Ryl

Set Review: Dominaria United, Part 2

[34:38] Plaza of Heroes

[37:43] Tolarian Terror

[42:18] Leyline of Binding

[50:47] Rona’s Vortex

[54:03] Phoenix Chick

[57:09] Rundvelt Hordemaster

[1:03:03] Joint Exploration

[1:06:04] Yavimaya Iconoclast

[1:06:37] Fires of Victory

[1:07:13] Stronghold Arena

[1:10:05] Founding the Third Path

[1:13:13] Temporary Lockdown

[1:16:23] Llanowar Greenwidow

[1:18:09] Karn, Living Legacy

[1:23:10] Ratadrabik of Urborg

[1:25:49] Defiler of Vigor

[1:28:07] Defiler of Faith

Aug 23, 2022
Set Review: The Best of Dominaria United in Modern and Pioneer, Part 1
01:46:08

Season 15, Episode 1: Brewer’s Guide to Dominaria United + Magic in 2023

Today on Faithless Brewing we kick off our set review with the first batch of previews from Dominaria United. The set looks beautiful, but the criteria for playability in Modern and Pioneer are stricter than ever as the formats keep getting powered up. Do any of these new cards have a shot?

Squee, Dubious Monarch stands out as a multi-format staple. While it invites initial comparisons to Goblin Rabblemaster, the cards play very differently. Squee gets on the board faster (3 power with haste across 2 bodies), works better with lords, and provides unlimited access to a Den of the Bugbear-class threat. Rabblemaster, by contrast, spends most of its time in the graveyard after dying to removal.

Liliana of the Veil, the former jewel of Modern, looks humble in comparison to the endless value from cards that cost 2R. Liliana will be powerful but not broken in Pioneer; her existential struggle against Squee and Fable of the Mirror-Breaker for the soul of Rakdos will be a trend to watch.

Beyond those blue chips, the pickings get more speculative. Braids, Arisen Nightmare is a sneakily great draw engine masquerading as a punisher effect. Soul of Windgrace has Primeval Titan vibes at a decent mana cost. And Archangel of Wrath delivers a massive life swing, albeit on a clunky body. It will take some work to unlock these cards, but the power is there.

We also kick things off with a lighthearted look at the major announcements for Magic’s upcoming lineup in 2023. What cards did we miss on, and what did we get right? Tune in to find out.

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S15E01 Decklists and Timestamps

Roundup: “Wizards Presents” Announcements

[2:55] Is D&D more popular than Magic?

[5:36] Housekeeping

[7:14] Dan’s article: Mastering Variance with Sultai Crabvine

[10:03] Lord of the Rings conspiracies

[15:51] Magic in 2023 release schedule

Set Review: Dominaria United

[27:27] Pain land cycle

[32:03] Radha’s Firebrand

[35:47] Guardian of New Benalia

[38:40] Jhoira, Ageless Innovator

[41:07] Raff, Weatherlight Stalwart

[42:52] The Raven Man

[48:11] Benalish Sleeper

[49:43] Nishoba Brawler

[52:27] Impede Momentum

[53:29] Squee, Dubious Monarch

[59:31] Ajani, Sleeper Agent

[1:02:52] Resolute Reinforcements

[1:03:20] Micromancer

[1:04:55] Lilliana of the Veil

[1:09:34] Zur, Eternal Schemer

[1:11:29] Braids, Arisen Nightmare

[1:14:44] Soul of Windgrace

[1:17:23] The Phasing of Zhalfir

[1:20:16] Sheoldred, the Apocalypse

[1:24:05] Archangel of Wrath

[1:26:42] Nemata, Primeval Guardian

[1:30:07] Sol’Kanar, the Tainted

[1:33:03] Defiler of Dreams

[1:34:54] Sphinx of Clear Skies

[1:36:07] The World Spell

[1:40:56] Herd Migration

 

Aug 19, 2022
Vivien and the Arkbow: A Tale of 10 Brews
01:24:10

Season 14, Episode 37: Brew Session (Vivien’s Arkbow, Getaway Car) + Flashback (Heart of Kiran, Rielle the Everwise, Humble Defector, Ugin’s Nexus)

David and Cavedan brew with Vivien’s Arkbow, the runner up in this month’s voting. Morde is a believer, but the old men will need some convincing. Are there ways to cheat on the activation cost? Make use of the discard outlet? Or perhaps even enable sweet Werewolves brews?

David also takes a crack at Getaway Car, an odd little vehicle that leans aggressive but can enable shenanigans with Voldaren Epicure and other ETB effects.

On the Flashback, the crew shares their testing results with Grixis Heart of Kiran, an updated Izzet Looting build with Rielle the Everwise, Mardu Charming Prince + Humble Defector, and a new attempt to crack Ugin’s Nexus.

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S14E37 Decklists and Timestamps

[3:00] David’s picks: movies from the 1990s

[12:00] Brewing Vivien’s Arkbow

[20:38] David’s Bant Renowned Arkbow

[28:24] Emi’s GW Devoted Druid

[30:58] Gruul Werewolves by Judge Rob

[35:00] BG Werewolves by pugsonchairs

[38:22] Brewing Getaway Car

[41:18] David’s Boros Getaway

[45:41] David’s UW Getaway

[51:22] Flashback: Grixis Week etc

[51:43] David’s Grixis Heart of Kiran

[59:27] David’s Izzet Rielle 2.0

[1:06:21] Dan’s Mardu Charming Defector

[1:11:48] David’s Jund Ugin’s Nexus

 

Aug 15, 2022
What Is This? A Tournament for Ants? Magic 30 Las Vegas
01:02:01

Season 14, Episode 36: Week in Review

The party of the year is happening in Las Vegas, and the tickets are already gone. The four Modern Qualifiers feeding the Beta draft sold out in mere hours (and the VIP badges went even faster than that). Is this insane demand or artificial scarcity? A genius marketing move or another Wizards blunder?

As for tournaments you can actually play: Cavedan took his trusty Crabvine deck to a local Regional Championship Qualifier, with the express goal of mastering the art of the mulligan and collecting some hard data on the variance of a graveyard deck.

After that, we continue our exploration of Resurgent Belief. Morde brewed up a spicy little number with Bring to Light and Seals. The deck showed promise, but can it be powered up further? Meanwhile David took the enchantment reanimation concept to Pioneer, where related effects like Starfield of Nyx and Brilliant Restoration might hold the key to victory.

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S14E36 Decklists and Timestamps

[2:49] Housekeeping

[5:00] Magic 30 Las Vegas

[17:05] Dominaria United

[20:33] Dan’s Sultai Crabvine (Modern RCQ Report)

[35:08] Emi’s BTL Resurgent Seals

[44:54] Bloodbraid Marauder Cascade by TheGreenSpeed

[47:25] David’s Bant Starfield of Nyx

[57:00] Mardu Brilliant Restoration by LurkingEvil

 

Aug 12, 2022
Beyond Belief: Resurgent Brews for the Modern Enchanter
01:07:13

Season 14, Episode 35: Brew Session (Resurgent Belief)

Our third monthly project kicks off with a look at Resurgent Belief, the surprise winner after an intense round of voting. Belief promises to restore the glory of Replenish decks of old. But do the tools exist to compete in today’s Modern? Our task this month is to find out.

At first glance, Belief resembles Living End and follows simple steps. 1. Put enchantments in the graveyard. 2. Find and cast Resurgent Belief. 3. Win with whatever you got back. But each stage is rife with challenges.

For starters, most enchantments don’t put themselves into the graveyard. Beyond a handful of cards with cycling or channel (Colossal Skyturtle, Shark Typhoon, Lay Claim, Cast Out), we need to choose either Sagas or use non-enchantment effects to loot cards away. As always, if we lean too far into the graveyard angle, we risk getting devastated by graveyard hate.

Finding and casting the namesake card is also tricky. Cascade is the most effective method, but most support cards for cascade have little to do with putting enchantments into the graveyard. Weaker options like As Foretold and Fires of Invention could support an enchantments-matter theme. There is even the possibility that Bring to Light is a viable option: Replenish was busted at 4 mana, so is Belief really so far-fetched at 5 mana?

The last step, winning the game, ought to be the simplest. Yet even here, we find that few enchantments are truly game winning by themselves. Unlike Living End, Resurgent Belief does nothing to wipe the board or disrupt the opponent, so we need enchantments that will catch us up and pull way ahead in one fell swoop, which is a tall order.

All of this combines to make Resurgent Belief a powerful, challenging card that is well worth the effort to crack open. We discuss a few possible directions today on Faithless Brewing, including some intriguing builds proposed by our Discord community. Can we solve the puzzle of Modern Replenish? What directions should we explore next?

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S14E35 Decklists and Timestamps

[3:06] Brew Session: Resurgent Belief [4:38] The original Replenish deck [12:24] Rules notes [13:31] Key questions [19:53] Game-winning enchantments [26:21] Cycling, channel, and self-sacrificing enchantments [36:29] Prison enchantments [38:16] Combo enchantments [40:25] Utility enchantments [43:58] Graveyard related enchantments [45:04] UW Belief by Gionax (5-0 league) [49:00] UW Ancestral Belief by Jim Davis [51:26] 4c As Foretold Electro by IPlayBadDecks [55:54] 4c BTL Resurgent Reanimator by 1stTurnNegator [1:01:01] 4c BTL Seals by Epochally [1:04:48] Closing thoughts

 

Aug 08, 2022
How to Win with Bad Decks (ft. IPlayBadDecks)
01:23:29

Season 14, Episode 34: Modern 5-0s with Anthony Mannino

Few Modern players these days are willing to embrace “bad” cards. With the format powered up heavily by MH2 and years of aggressive designs, the older tier 2-3 strategies have simply faded away. They were fringe to begin with, the thinking goes, and so they certainly can’t compete in this day and age.

Enter Anthony Mannino (IPlayBadDecks on Twitch and MTGO). Anthony is the last brewer of Modern’s golden age, a player not afraid to sleeve up the discarded tools of bygone eras and put them to the test in new configurations. He has been rewarded with a string of truly spectacular 5-0 finishes, starring such hits as Ulamog’s Nullifier, Braids, Cabal Minion, Kethis, the Hidden Hand, Michiko’s Reign of Truth, and Voice of Resurgence, to name just a few.

Today on Faithless Brewing, Anthony joins Cavedan and Morde to discuss the art of brewing (and winning) with bad decks. He shares his latest creations, from an unholy mashup of Winota and Yawgmoth, to a hybrid Dimir Inverter and Eldrazi Processors brew, to the latest tech in Sultai Crabvine. These decks exemplify Modern at its very best, when all things are possible for those who believe in the heart of the cards.

 

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S14E34 Decklists and Timestamps

[3:07] Housekeeping

[13:41] 4c Yawgnota

[32:10] UB Valki Processors

[47:44] BW Braids Smallpox

[1:02:16] UW Michiko’s Affinity

[1:04:23] Kethis Grinding Breach

[1:11:52] Sultai Crabvine

Aug 06, 2022
What If Innistrad Were Added to Pioneer? Brewer’s Mailbag (July-August 2022)
01:22:26

Season 14, Episode 33: Brewer’s Mailbag

Today on Faithless Brewing we open up the mailbag and field listener questions about everything under the Modern and Pioneer sun. Who is the most impactful brewer of all time? What if Innistrad block were legal in Pioneer? Which cards could be tweaked or updated for Modern? What if Prismatic Vista was the only legal fetchland?

These conundrums and many more will be answered as David, Morde, and Dan weigh in on the questions of the day. Happy brewing!

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[2:29] Housekeeping

[3:49] What card would you tweak to make it Modern playable?

[8:37] What if Prismatic Vista was the only legal fetchland?

[12:21] Who is the most impactful brewer of all time?

[18:57] Which 4 decks would you play for the rest of your life?

[23:31] How many cards different does a deck need to be considered a brew?

[28:55] What is your favorite pet card?

[33:20] Which Faithless Brew are you most proud of?

[38:31] Which classic card should be updated for MH3?

[43:56] Why do many people like either Modern or Pioneer, but not both?

[48:45] Do you see yourself playing Magic when you’re 60?

[50:02] What is the most elegantly designed card of the last few years?

[53:08] What are the signs that a deck is warping a format without dominating it?

[55:45] During preview season, what traits indicate playability? Why did many players miss on Ledger Shredder, Hearse, Graveyard Trespasser, Fable?

[1:03:18] Which cards from Innistrad block would be good or bad for Pioneer?

[1:07:52] What card would you like to see get a promo treatment?

[1:08:25] Aetherflux Reservoir + Bolas’s Citadel: why isn’t this a thing?

[1:10:53] Why is durdling so good in 4c Omnath, but bad in other shells?

[1:19:11] David’s top 3 movie recommendations

Aug 01, 2022
Dominaria United First Look and a $100k Grudge Match
01:02:31

Season 14, Episode 32: Weekly Roundup

David, Cavedan, and Morde reunite this week to take on a grab bag of topics. With the sneak preview of Dominaria United we have five new cards to dissect plus a host of Legends lost and found to puzzle over. Morde falls in love with chonky Omnath, Cavedan airs grievances against an MTGO grinder, and David backs an unexpected horse in a grudge match against Post Malone.

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S14E32 Decklists and Timestamps

[3:01] Housekeeping

[9:04] A cheating scandal

[15:00] Dominaria United first look

[18:57] Evolved Sleeper

[26:13] Llanowar Loamspeaker

[32:43] Temporal FIrestorm

[34:47] Shivan Devastator

[37:55] Jaya, Fiery Negotiator

[42:55] Legends Retold

[46:28] Textless Omnath

[50:10] Explorer Anthology 1

[55:45] A $100k Grudge Match

 

Jul 29, 2022
Sweet 16: Vote for Our Next Card!
01:15:18

Season 14, Episode 31: Nominees for Monthly Project #3

Another vote approaches! The mad brewers in our Discord community have put their heads together to put sixteen cards on the ballot for Monthly Project #3. These are the creme de la creme, the spiciest of the spice, the cards that should probably never see the light of day but we can’t resist trying to combo with them so we brew them anyway. Many brews are sure to be forged and many tickets are sure to be lost. Which card will we feature next? That’s up to you!

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S14E31 Decklists and Timestamps

[4:13] Housekeeping

[6:25] Sedgemoor Witch

[9:45] Marionette Master

[13:38] Monastery Mentor

[17:32] Weaver of Harmony

[22:49] Painter’s Servant

[27:43] Animation Module

[32:10] Fight Rigging

[37:03] Resurgent Belief

[40:55] Unexpected Results

[44:22] Damon’s 5c Niv vs. Unexpected Tron (GP Minneapolis 2019)

[51:28] Fevered Visions

[53:48] Moderation

[57:15] Necrotic Ooze

[1:01:30] Death Cloud

[1:03:51] Vivien’s Arkbow

[1:07:23] Pyre of Heroes

[1:10:29] Big Score

 

Jul 25, 2022
Five Reasons Why Token Decks Fail (ft. Serum Visions)
01:01:12

Season 14, Episode 30: Monthly Project Wrap-Up (Jinnie Fay, Jetmir’s Second)

Token decks are one of the most beloved themes in Magic, appearing in set after set. Yet we rarely see token decks make inroads into constructed. Is there a fundamental flaw with the basic premise of token strategies? Are we lacking specific tools to make tokens competitive? Or have the metagames in Modern and Pioneer just gotten too tough?

Today on Faithless Brewing, the crew regroups with the Serum Visions gang to share their findings with token decks and wrap up Project Jinnie Fay. Five decks were put through the ringer, from proven classics like GW Tokens with Venerated Loxodon and Game Objects with Academy Manufactor, to more off the wall brews like Glimmer Bairn Aggro, GW Yorion Blink, and 5c Galazeth BTL Shape Anew. After a month of testing, did anyone crack the code and learn how to make it rain cats and dogs?

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S14E30 Decklists and Timestamps

[1:19] Catching up with Serum Visions [6:50] Housekeeping [8:10] Brian’s RG Glimmer Bairn Tokens [27:17] Arun’s WG Token Blink by Tombocatcher [40:47] Dan’s 5c Galazeth BTL Shape Anew [50:28] Emi’s GW Loxodon Tokens by MerynMoon [54:27] Emi’s 4c Academy Manufactor Game Objects [57:22] Final thoughts

Jul 22, 2022
Maestroful Brews with Corpse Appraiser, Humble Defector, Rielle, the Everwise & More
01:12:39

Season 14, Episode 29: Brew Session (Maestros / Grixis Week)

 

Season 14, Episode 29: Brew Session (Maestros / Grixis Week)

Today on Faithless Brewing we return to Pioneer to brew up new lists in the Grixis colors. Corpse Appraiser has been the standout card thus far, appearing in both midrange shells and a new style of Vampires. But David has his eye on spicier interactions. His first build turns to Maestros Ascendancy as a resilient engine to complement the Young Pyromancer / Sedgemoor Witch package. Then he dusts off Heart of Kiran as a way to navigate the changing removal suite in Pioneer and the shift to aerial combat.

After that, we turn to some oldies but goodies. The 1-2 punch of Charming Prince and Extraction Specialist has potential, and David thinks Humble Defector could complete the three-way synergy. Rielle, the Everwise has new toys thanks to Ledger Shredder, Collective Defiance and the channel lands. Shigeki, Jukai Visionary is a powerful mana sink to complement Fires of Invention, and for the Sultai stans there’s even a midrange brew with Sidisi, Brood Tyrant.

Which of these decks has the right skills to compete in today’s metagame? There’s only one way to find out.

 

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S14E29 Decklists and Timestamps

[5:52] David’s Maestros Ascendancy Pyromancer

[11:17] Grixis Pyromancer by DemonicTutors

[17:37] David’s Grixis Heart of Kiran

[24:41] Corpse Appraiser Midrange by DJeffWx

[30:05] Grixis Evelyn Vampires by kyon2014

[34:36] David’s Boros Charming Defector 1.1

[41:26] David’s Mardu Charming Defector

[45:28] Naya Dubious Challenge (Modern)

[49:03] Boros Death & Taxes (Modern)

[51:52] David’s Izzet Rielle Looting

[56:55] David’s Sultai Sidisi Midrange

[1:03:12] David’s Jund Shigeki Fires

 

Jul 18, 2022
Ten Decks, 20 Lessons: Fundamentals of Brewing
01:07:24

Season 14, Episode 28: Weekly Roundup

Every deck tells a story, and every piece of tech holds a lesson. Today on Faithless Brewing, Cavedan and David look at ten intriguing decklists that have found success recently in Modern and Pioneer. What lessons can we learn from the choices made by these decklists, and how can we apply them to our own deckbuilding process?

 

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S14E28 Decklists and Timestamps

[4:10] Housekeeping

[10:48] Bloodtithe Niv-Mizzet by cftsoc3

[17:57] Mana Confluence Gruul Midrange by Sinisstar61

[23:13] Esper Goryobrand by Titasun

[29:11] Song of Creation Combo by Xenowan

[33:35] Izzet Bedlam Pyromancer by N1klas

[40:00] Jeskai Can’t Lose by Zaphod_Beeblebrox

[43:48] Vesperlark Urza by UsaZ

[49:13] Boros Kirin Conjurant by aspiringspike

[53:50] Kethis Combo by IPlayBadDecks

[1:00:10] Boros Virtue Hammer by CuteChandra19

 

Jul 15, 2022
Mausoleum Secrets: The Last Demonic Tutor (ft. 1stTurnNegator)
01:33:42

Season 14, Episode 27: Brew Session (Mausoleum Secrets) ft. Soren Wellman

How far would you go for an instant speed Demonic Tutor? Compared to the slowness of Profane Tutor, a two mana instant is way above rate. But Mausoleum Secrets offers precisely this bargain. It can only fetch black cards, with mana value tied to your graveyard. But the power of Secrets has already yielded some spectacular 5-0s in black-based toolbox strategies.

 

Today on Faithless Brewing, Soren Wellman aka 1stTurnNegator joins Morde to unlock the secrets of the mausoleum and share his passion for brewing toolbox style control and tempo decks. Soren has a long history of success at the intersection of control decks and combo finishes: from Izzet Through the Breach, to Blue Moon, to Izzet Murktide, Reanimator and more. He also isn’t afraid to go deep into the tank and hone some truly impressive brews. Soren has been eyeing Mauseoleum Secrets for a while now, and is likely foremost expert on the card. What are the constraints of Mauseleum Secrets, and what new strategies can it unlock in Modern? We’re heading deep into the undergrowth today to find out.

 

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View the full show notes from today’s episode, with many additional brews: https://brass-grain-edd.notion.site/S14E27-Mausoleum-Secrets-ft-Soren-Wellman-1stTurnNegator-3a419d655c6f406ea50cb8e9fd7f6f63

 

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S14E27 Decklists and Timestamps

 

[1:20] Q&A with Soren Wellman (1stTurnNegator)

 

[8:39] Why do you brew?

 

[14:49] Brewing toolbox strategies

 

[18:36] When to play a meta deck vs. when to play a brew

 

[21:55] Housekeeping

 

Brew Session: Mausoleum Secrets

 

[23:47] Rules notes

 

[29:03] Why play tutors?

 

[35:30] Toolbox decks in the age of Yorion

 

[40:44] Limiting factors of Mausoleum Secrets

 

[48:07] The best black cards to tutor for

 

[58:33] Setting up undergrowth efficiently

 

[1:04:16] Dimir Shadow

 

[1:06:35] Grixis Mausoleum Reanimator

 

[1:09:27] Mardu Reanimator

 

[1:16:02] Tin Fins Reanimator by WalkedAir

 

[1:17:30] Grixis Rielle the Everwise

 

[ 1:18:34] Time Sieve Asmo Food

 

[1:24:00] RB Mausoleum Midrange

 

[1:26:21] 5c Death Denied Elementals

 

[1:30:03] Closing thoughts

 

Bonus decklists from 1stTurnNegator

 

Grixis Shredder (Mausoleum Toolbox Sideboard)

 

GB Hardened Scales

 

BW Maus Rack

 

Esper Maus Foretold

 

Jul 11, 2022
The Enigmatic Architect of Tameshi Bloom (ft. Daviusminimus)
01:25:00

Season 14, Episode 26: Interview with Daviusminimus

With the CEO on vacation, Morde is joined by legendary brewer David Hassell (daviusminimus), the creator of Tameshi Bloom, Enigmatic Incarnation, and other crazy decks you may not have seen. They discuss Davius's greatest hits in Modern, from Zur the Enchanter, to Summoning Trap Kiki-Jiki, Bring to Light control and much more. Davius also weighs in on the challenges and rewards of brewing in the current Modern format.

Where to find Davius: twitch.tv/daviusminimus

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S14E26 Decklists and Timestamps

[4:56] Q&A with Daviusminimus [8:11] Why do you brew? [14:42] 5c Enigmatic Incarnation [18:59] Bring to Light Kiki-Jiki [19:31] 5c Zur the Enchanter [23:06] Summoning Trap Combo [31:27] Davius’s 5-0s: Fauna Shaman, Prime Speaker Vannifer, Proto-Amulet [39:38] Tameshi Bloom [1:01:46] Current brewing projects [1:17:17] The challenges of brewing in Modern [1:22:41] Where to find Davius

Jul 08, 2022
Ob Nixilis, the Adversary: What Went Wrong?
01:01:02

Season 14, Episode 25: Brew Session (Ob Nixilis, the Adversary) + Flashback (Moderation, Jinnie Fay)

 

 

 

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Jul 04, 2022
Activist Deckbuilding: Changing Technology in Modern and Pioneer
01:12:29

Season 14, Episode 24: Weekly Roundup

 

 

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S14E24 Decklists and Timestamps

[1:03] Checking in after Roe v. Wade

[22:08] Housekeeping

“Activist” deckbuilding with Sacred Ground

[23:28] RG Titanshift by swiftwarkite2

[26:49] Sacred Ground Cascade by TheWatchWander

Experimenting with Illuminator Virtuoso

[32:42] Boros Heroic by ura_frst

[34:32] Mardu Auras by OneModel

[35:42] GW “Half Hexproof” by moyashi6498

[38:21] Modern Boros Ground Rift by aspiringspike

Indomitable Creativity: new endgames

[43:51] Izzet Gearhulk Creativity by LBBL

[45:41] Izzet One-Shot Creativity by MrRaeb

[49:31] Big Score Hullbreaker Control by _Togno

Red decks: an experimental frenzy of brews

[50:39] Chonky Red by Stranger99

[52:32] Gruul Embercleave by Tarzi

[53:42] Naya Magda Showdown by rapter995

Dubious Combo decks

[57:31] Vannifar Pod Combo by Iuriper

[1:01:31] Grinning Ignus Combo by Togec

[1:03:41] Naya Combat Celebrant by Iuriper

New Modern decks

[1:05:16] Boros Imperial Kitchen by Migli

[1:06:53] Jeskai Fervent Stoneblade by Snowga

[1:08:20] Upheaval Affinity by ShzockChan

[1:08:53] Sultai Crabvine by Anthony Mannino

Jul 01, 2022
Moderation: The Anti-Ledger Shredder
01:03:15

Season 14, Episode 23: Brew Session (Moderation) + Flashback (Fight Rigging)

I’ll be honest: I don’t like birds. It seems like Ledger Shredder is everywhere these days, and players in all formats are addicted to casting two spells a turn. What’s worse, those conniving little squawkers get to trigger off MY spells. It’s greedy, and frankly quite rude.

Today on Faithless Brewing we push back against the Ledger Shredder trend. What if we NEVER cast two spells in a turn? And what if we got paid off hugely for doing so? Enter Moderation. This forgotten gem from MH2 has one of the most powerful lines of text imaginable: “Whenever you cast a spell, draw a card.” Yes, the drawback is debilitating, but a payoff that strong is worth brewing for. And we’ll never have to trigger those pesky Ledger Shredders again.

Recent sets have brought tons of new cards that play nicely with Moderation. Instant speed is at a premium, ensuring that we draw on both halves of the turn cycle. Solitude, Force of Negation, Subtlety, The Wandering Emperor, and March of Otherworldly Light are a great start. Teferi, Time Raveler is at the peak of his powers , and he lets us bounce Moderation when we are done with it. Beyond that, we have sneaky effects that let us use mana without casting spells: channel lands (Boseiju, Otawara), cycling (Shark Typhoon), and even eternalize (Timeless Dragon) all work great. The pieces are in place, so let’s see if there’s a great Moderation deck to be discovered.

On the Flashback, our testing with Fight Rigging from last week also pushed us into anti-Ledger Shredder territory. What’s a great card against both the 1/3 flier and the Spirits deck that is trending up right now in Pioneer? Kraul Harpooner! This techy little insect is a great sideboard card right now, and its ETB can also trigger Fight Rigging all by itself. We share our findings with the unique hideaway enchantment, and suggest more directions to explore.

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S14E23 Decklists and Timestamps

[1:38] Housekeeping

[3:37] Double Master 2022

Brew Session: Moderation

[9:40] Theorycrafting

[12:09] Sam Black’s original design of Moderation

[17:00] Power level questions

[23:26] Getting around the drawback

[27:42] More staple inclusions

[30:51] Card draw and countermagic

[32:59] Emi’s Bant Moderation (Y)

[41:50] Other cards to consider

Flashback: Fight Rigging

[46:41] David’s Sultai Valki Rigging

[48:58] Dan’s Mono Green Company Rigging

[58:39] Final thoughts

 

Jun 27, 2022
The State of Brewing in Modern (June-July 2022)
01:15:11

Season 14, Episode 22: Modern State of the Format + Picks of the Week

Two weeks ago, WotC declared Modern healthy and functioning as intended. No deck has too large of a meta share, the most popular deck (Izzet Murktide) is beatable, and plenty of people still succeed with their brews.

But at high level Modern tournaments, the top tables tell a different story. Three archetypes duel for dominance: the best control deck (4c Good Stuff), the best disruptive tempo teck (currently Izzet Murktide), and the best combo deck (currently Living End). It is a rock-paper-scissors dynamic that lesser decks struggle to disrupt.

Today on Faithless Brewing we put Modern under the microscope and dig into the top decks. Morde has been crushing with 4c Midrange lately (including a Top 32 finish in the Showcase Challenge two weeks ago) and shares his insights into the delirium package, the Elementals package, the importance of Wrenn and Six, and the strategy’s inherent variance. At the same time, other players have turned to big mana combos like RG TitanShift and alternative tempo shells like Grixis Ledger Shredder (formerly Grixis Death’s Shadow) to attack the format.

Finally, for the brewers at heart, we look at six under the radar decks that have recently found success in MTGO leagues. The rogue strategies pair forgotten classics like Vendilion Clique, Serum Powder, and Frantic Inventory with surprising new tech like Experimental Synthesizer, Michiko’s Reign of Truth, and Haktos the Unscarred. There’s still plenty of space to innovate in Modern if you are willing to brew outside the box!

 

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S14E22 Decklists and Timestamps

[3:32] Housekeeping

Modern State of the Format: The Top Tier

[6:14] The best cards in Modern right now

[9:43] 4c Midrange vs Izzet Murktide vs Living End

[12:08] When does a brew become a tier deck?

[17:41] The Elementals package vs traditional 4c Midrange

[21:32] The delirium package: Traverse the Ulvenwald, Emrakul, + Unholy Heat

[26:15] Can any ban hurt 4c Midrange?

[30:38] Wrenn and Six is the most important card

[36:05] RG TitanShift: a deck to slay Omnath

[39:08] Grixis Death’s Shadow

[43:36] Dealing with variance in Yorion decks

The State of Brewing: Spicy Lower Tier Decklists

[49:25] Mono Blue Tempo ft. Vendilion Clique

[51:57] Colorless Prison Tron ft. Serum Powder

[55:42] Shrapnel Red ft. Experimental Synthesizer

[57:37] Dreadnought Affinity ft. Michiko’s Reign of Truth

[1:01:31] Next Level Blue Moon ft. Frantic Inventory

[1:05:51] Mardu Ice Nine Special ft. Haktos the Unscarred

[1:09:45] Bant Soulherder

[1:13:53] Concluding thoughts

 

Jun 24, 2022
Impossible 5-0 Lists with Fight Rigging
01:15:44

Season 14, Episode 21: Brew Session (Fight Rigging) + Flashback (Jinnie Fay, Jetmir’s Second)

 

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S14E21 Decklists and Timestamps

[2:07] Housekeeping [4:32] Double Masters 2022 [6:55] Magic 30th Anniversary Brew Session: Fight Rigging [9:39] Rules notes [14:49] Power level considerations [17:12] Fair vs unfair plans [20:35] Best creatures to unlock hideaway [28:59] Best payoffs [31:18] Other synergies [31:57] David's Sultai Valki Release [37:30] BG Collected Company by SuperCow12653 [40:53] David's Selesnya Rigged Scales [46:51] Sultai Rigging Ultimatum [50:09] BG Massacre Wurm [54:04] Simic Monkeys on Ice [57:48] Future directions to explore Flashback: Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second [1:01:10] Dan's Cabaretti Kitchen [1:07:26] Dan's 5c Gingerbread Galazeth BTL

 

Jun 20, 2022
The Reality Chip: Uploading the Newest Pioneer Tech
59:01

Season 14, Episode 20: Weekly Roundup + Brew Session (The Reality Chip)

One week after the B&R, a new metagame is taking shape with Mono Green and Rakdos at the top. But beneath the surface, an ocean of spice is brewing. An amazing 54 decks were in Monday’s 5-0 deck dump, the highest number since January 2020.

Today on Faithless Brewing, Cavedan and David look at six of the most interesting lists from the post-Winota world. These include new experiments with Raffine and Extraction Specialist, red-less Arclight Phoenix, a re-imagining of Vampires, and multiple attempts to break Omnath with Pioneer’s available fetch lands. 

After that, we plug in The Reality Chip to see if there are more brews to discover with the legendary Jellyfish. Reality Chip shows up in Modern Stoneforge packages as well as some of the more spectacular Pioneer combos (Song of Creation, Jeskai Ascendancy, Paradox Engine). But can pairing the Chip with Tezzeret unlock a new style of midrange deck? Only time and testing will tell.

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S14E20 Decklists and Timestamps

Weekly Roundup: Pioneer After the B&R [4:28] Tier 1 winners: Mono Green + Rakdos [11:57] Fetchland Niv-Mizzet by forenmagra [19:29] Dimir Phoenix by Veraquios [22:48] Esper Raffine Humans by ilidioTheBrabo157SL [26:41] Bant Pyre Humans by AlabasterWolfie [31:59] 5c Widespread Thieving by tara [36:30] Grixis Vampires by Arianne Brew Session: The Reality Chip [40:38] David's Bant Tezzerator 2.0 [46:04] Grinding Breach by Jiggywiggy [47:08] Fervent Stoneblade by YungDingo [48:13] Combo decks: Song of Creation, Paradox Engine, Jeskai Ascendancy [49:50] Izzet Antiquities War by New_Player-123 [54:19] Other directions to explore

Jun 17, 2022
The Truth About Cats & Dogs: Jinnie Fay in Modern and Pioneer
01:13:37

Season 14, Episode 19: Brew Session (Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second)

 

Today on Faithless Brewing we explore the Cabaretti capo, Jinnie Fay, Jetmir’s Second. Jinnie won our patron vote by a wide margin and it’s not hard to see why. Token engines are always fun and Jinnie is very open ended. But is she powerful? That’s what we hope to find out.

As a general rule, the worse the original token, the more Jinnie’s upgrade ability is worth. Food, Clues, Treasures, and Blood stand out here, as the difference between a noncreature token and a 2/2 haste Cat or 3/1 vigilance Dog is huge. Tokens with drawbacks, such as decayed Zombies from Jadar, Ghoulcaller of Nephalia, are also ripe for upgrades. Mechanics that generate 0/0 tokens like Germs or Fractals also become attractive; can we interest you in a 6/6 Batterskull with Haste? Jinnie also plays nicely with cards that generate tokens tapped and attacking (hello, Den of the Bugbear), or that create a token and then separately give it haste (hello, Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance).

The possibilities for Jinnie are nearly limitless, so we’re going to need several attempts to find the most promising configurations. Today we discuss six possible shells in Modern and Pioneer where Jinnie Fay’s cats and dogs are ready to get their party on. Where should we look next?

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S14E19 Decklists and Timestamps

[1:27] Results of the last vote [3:29] The Reality Chip [5:12] Moderation [8:42] Mausoleum Secrets Brew Session: Jinnie Fay, Jetmir's Second [11:16] Rules notes [22:35] The best tokens to upgrade [30:01] Synergies with individual cards [50:03] GW Tokens by MerynMoon (Modern) [53:50] Emi's Naya Tokens (Modern) [56:56] Dan's Naya Company Kitchen (Modern) [1:01:47] Emi's Sultai Lonis Kitchen (Modern) [1:05:21] David's Gruul Jinnie Ramp (Pioneer) [1:09:13] David's GW Tokens (Pioneer) [1:11:31] More directions to explore

 

Jun 13, 2022
Good Ban / Bad Ban: Pioneer after Expressive Iteration & Winota
01:05:23

Season 14, Episode 18: Weekly Roundup + Flashback (Extraction Specialist)

 

 

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S14E18 Timestamps

[2:51] Housekeeping Roundup: News of the Week [5:21] Analyzing the Pioneer B&R [7:52] Winota: Good ban or bad ban? [13:14] Expressive Iteration: Good ban or bad ban? [24:23] Predictions: the future of the Pioneer meta [36:39] A new Pioneer tier list [38:29] Health check: the state of Modern [42:00] More bans coming soon? Flashback: Extraction Specialist [44:05] Emi's Esper Hatebears w/ Dark Confidant [51:58] David's Esper Raffine Aggro [56:13] Dan's Orzhov Coveted Prize  [1:03:10] PSA: MTGO All Access

Jun 10, 2022
Hidden Gem? Extraction Specialist Is Seeing Play in Every Format
01:11:11

Season 14, Episode 17: Brew Session (Extraction Specialist) + Flashback (Jund Week)

Extraction Specialist looks unassuming, but packs a huge punch. A fully powered Specialist returning a high value 2 drop rivals Collected Company in power but costs 1 less and asks for minimal deckbuilding costs. 3/2 lifelink impacts the battlefield in ways that Renegade Rallier never could, and more importantly, the ETB effect just plain works — no fiddly revolt setups required.

All of this combines to make Extraction Specialist a quiet star from Streets of New Capenna and perhaps the most successful white card from the set. It is already seeing playing in Modern Humans and Legacy Taxes decks. But the card is capable of even more, especially in smaller formats.

Today on Faithless Brewing we tackle the newest addition to white’s 3 drop arsenal. We explore basic Humans tribal, sacrifice synergies with Pyre of Heroes, wombo combos with Archfiend’s Vessel, and even dust off the party mechanic to try to make Coveted Prize happen. What else can Extraction Specialist do? Let’s find out!

In the Flashback segment, we report on our testing results from Riveteers week. We tried builds with Riveteers Ascedancy, Tenacious Underdog, Riveteers Charm, and Ziatora’s Envoy in Modern and Pioneer. Which deck was able to achieve the “Jund 5-0”?

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S14E16 Decklists and Timestamps

[4:12] Housekeeping [11:46] Gruul Lukka Trasmogrify [19:54] Mono Green Stompy w/ Fight Rigging [25:44] Boros Midrange (Boat Brew 2022) [30:55] Bant Nine Lives Combo Prison [36:36] Simic Paradox Engine w/ Courier's Briefcase [40:19] GW Angel Company + Bant Angel Company [44:31] Esper Angel Pyre w/ Angel of Suffering Combo [49:11] Rakdos Waste Not w/ Ob Nixilis, the Adversary [55:02] Rakdos Madness Vampires [1:00:17] Esper Greasefang w/ Raffine + The Modern Age [1:04:38] The state of brewing in Pioneer

Jun 06, 2022
10 New Decks That Will Restore Your Faith in Pioneer
01:07:01
Season 14, Episode 16: Weekly Roundup

Pioneer is a brewer’s paradise and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. While the top tables at the weekly Challenges may have familiar archetypes, look a little further and you will find no shortage of spice. In today’s episode of Faithless Brewing we dissect 10 fun Pioneer decks from recent leagues and challenges that found success far off the beaten path. We look at Fight Rigging Stompy, Nine Lives Prison, Paradox Briefcase Combo, Angel Pyre with Angel of Suffering Combo, and much more. These are best Pioneer lists to nourish a brewer’s soul and restore your faith in the heart of the cards. Will any of them become a fixture in the meta? That part is up to you.

 

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S14E16 Decklists and Timestamps

 

[4:12] Housekeeping [11:46] Gruul Lukka Trasmogrify [19:54] Mono Green Stompy w/ Fight Rigging [25:44] Boros Midrange (Boat Brew 2022) [30:55] Bant Nine Lives Combo Prison [36:36] Simic Paradox Engine w/ Courier's Briefcase [40:19] GW Angel Company + Bant Angel Company [44:31] Esper Angel Pyre w/ Angel of Suffering Combo [49:11] Rakdos Waste Not w/ Ob Nixilis, the Adversary [55:02] Rakdos Madness Vampires [1:00:17] Esper Greasefang w/ Raffine + The Modern Age [1:04:38] The state of brewing in Pioneer

 

Jun 03, 2022
Jund ’Em Out: Riveteers Brews to Go 3-2 In Style
01:11:30

Season 14, Episode 14: Brew Session (Riveteers Week) + Flashback (Raffine, Scheming Seer)

 

Watch our Esper Raffine deck in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FU4Va2HN58&t=2291s

 

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S14E15 Decklists and Timestamps

[4:44] Housekeeping Brew Session: Riveteers Week [8:05] What is the essence of Jund? [11:21] Ziatora, the Incinerator [12:32] Ognis, the Dragon's Lash [13:40] Riveteers Charm [18:49] David's Jund Delirium [27:36] BG Rock w/ Invoke Despair [30:29] Jund Delirium by claudioh [32:21] David's Jund Riveteers Charm [37:28] Jund Midrange w/ Ziatora's Envoy [44:14] Emi's Riveteers Ascendancy Flashback: Raffine, Scheming Seer [53:21] Dan's Esper Raffine Aggro [1:01:56] Emi's Raffine Taxes

Jun 01, 2022
Make Your Choice! 11 Spicy Cards to Brew in June 2022 (ft. Serum Visions)
01:38:05

Season 14, Episode 14: Monthly Project Recap (Invoke Calamity) + Brewers' Choice Nominees

 

As our first monthly brewing project draws to a close, we summon Brian Madden and Arun "Jiggywiggy" Singh from the Serum Visions Podcast to discuss our findings with Invoke Calamity. Between Land Destruction, Turbo Fog, Body of Research Fling Combo, and Collected Conjuring with Rhinos, was the crew able to find a promising home for our 1RRRR friend?

After that, it's time to unveil the ballot for next month's brewing project. 11 cards have been submitted for consideration by the Faithless Brewing community and they are juicy. From ancient classics like Painter's Servant and Boomerang, to new legends like Jinnie Fae and Toluz, Clever Conductor, there's no shortage of spice to choose from. Voting starts this week, so come join our Discord if you'd like to get in on the action!

 

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S14E14 Serum Visions #2

Project Recap (May 2022): Invoke Calamity [5:34] Brian's Gruul Land Destruction [19:07] Temur Turbo Fog by MMP [28:45] Dan's Body of Research Fling Combo [33:11] Emi's Temur Collected Conjuring [40:33] Finale of Promise vs. Electrodominance vs. As Foretold [46:12] Closing Thoughts on Invoke Calamity Make Your Choice: 11 New Cards to Brew [52:14] Efreet Flamepainter [55:53] Jinnie Fae, Jetmir's Second [59:40] Moderation [1:05:34] Getaway Car [1:09:00] Ashaya, Soul of the Wild [1:12:53] Mausoleum Secrets [1:17:51] Painter's Servant [1:21:04] Skybind [1:24:05] Boomerang [1:26:47] The Reality Chip [1:30:34] Toluz, Clever Conductor

 

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May 29, 2022
Esper Week: Obscure Problems with Raffine, Scheming Seer
01:06:02

Season 14, Episode 13: Brew Session (Obscura Week)

 

The time for the Shards has returned. Last week we had a little tour around New Capenna, visiting the Broker´s HQ, now its time for the Obscura. With the release of the new Triome, alongside a few amazing Esper cards, can the shard return to competitive play? First firing our rounds into Pioneer. David takes his beloved Obscura Interceptor for a test in his Esper midrange build, followed by falling in love with Raffine Itself as he sees its true power in a token build. Meanwhile in Modern, is it time for Esper reanimator to take the spotlight once more? Or is Tainted Indulgence not good enough to carry it on its own? Tune in to see on today´s episode 

 

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May 24, 2022
Ban This, Not That: State of Pioneer (May 2022)
01:10:40

Season 14, Episode 12: Brew Session (Showdown of the Skalds) + Pioneer Discussion

 

With the announcement that the first paper Pro Tour is gona have Pioneer as its format of choice, there has been a huge influx of new players into the format. What at first seemed like a beautiful thing has caused the amount of discourse regarding the format to escalate, and with that the claims for bans are reaching levels that had not been seen since the Underworld Breach era. However, our local Pioneer Expert has quite a different perspective from that, is the future of pioneer in Unbannings cards? Followed by that, our brewers dig into the last Runner-up from the Monthly Project, showing some grindy brews around a fan favourite: Showdown of the Skald 

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May 21, 2022
Shredding Through the Streets of New Capenna
01:10:44

Season 14, Episode 11: Brew Session Ledger Shredder

Ledger shredded has only grown in popularity since released and it has evolved into one of, if not the most, played card from Streets of New Capenna. With it seeing play in not only Modern and Pioneer, but also Legacy and Vintage, its no surprise its price has surged over the 30 tix line.

With all this hype around the card, it seems like the perfect time for our Faithless Brewers to take a look into it, and try to find the perfect home for our beloved bird. 

 

Finally, you can checkout Cavedan´s bant flash gameplay in our youtube channel, to see how our flashback brews have performed: https://youtu.be/GPWhvp9XV2I

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May 17, 2022
Putting the ”Flash” Back in Flashback
01:08:00

Season 14, Episode 10: Brew Session Cunning Nightbonder + "Flash Week"

 

For the past few weeks the Faithless Gang has been putting their efforts into brewing around the winner of the monthly project "Invoke Calamity". However, during the voting, there were a few cards that captivated our audience and were extremely close to taking it home: Among these 2 runner ups was (somehow) fan favorite "Cunning Nightbonder".

Per Morde’s suggestion, each of the runner-ups in the voting will get a one-off segment. One week only. Our Faithless Brewers will each play 1 list and report on it. They will also highlight other ideas for Cunning Nightbonder / flash decks.

Finally, it has come to our attention that today was our 3rd year anniversary and we can do nothing but thank everyone that has supported us over these years, be it our listeners, patrons, guests or supporting friends. Thanks so much for being here and trust us, this is only the beginning.

This episode might not be the celebration you might have expected, but we promise that is coming when the original crew gets back together next week.

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May 14, 2022
Triome Trouble: Bant Week ft. Spara’s Headquarters
56:48

Season 14, Episode 9: Brew Session (Spara's Headquarters) + Flashback (Luxior, Giada's Gift)

 

The allied-color Triomes give a huge boost to three color decks in Pioneer. When paired with shocks and "check" lands (e.g. Glacial Fortress, Hinterland Harbor), reactive three color decks can now cast color-intensive spells from turn 2 onward in a way that Pathways simply didn't allow.

The biggest winner on this front is Bant. Simic has powerful spells, most notably Growth Spiral, but the lack of removal in blue and green makes it necessary to splash a third color. White is the perfect complement, thanks to The Wandering Emperor, March of Otherworldly Light, Absorb, and other useful interaction.

This week we put Spara's Headquarters to the test in Bant Tempo and Bant Control lists. Are these lands enough to finally make Bant happen? We won't know until we Triome!

Meanwhile, on the flashback, we test Luxior, Giada's Gift in two different Modern combo shells, and track developments in our monthly project with Invoke Calamity.

 

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S14E09 Decklists and Timestamps

[1:24] Housekeeping Brew Sesion: Spara's Headquarters [5:48] Why Triomes? Why Bant? [7:40] Building Pioneer Mana Bases: Triomes vs Pathways [8:43] David's Bant Flash w/ Nightpack Ambusher [15:39] David's Bant Lotus Field Control [23:46] Emi's Bant Yorion Blink (Modern) Flashback: Luxior, Giada's Gift [30:18] Dan's Jeskai Saheeli Triple Combo [38:17] Dan's Gruul Devoted Karn [43:28] Monthly Project: Invoke Calamity [46:00] Emi's Temur Collected Calamity 1.1 [48:37] 4c Collected Calamity by KilgoreTrout503 [50:59] Izzet Gearhulk Control by rapter1551 [52:20] Thousand-Year Storm by Haksu

May 09, 2022
Eight New Capenna Staples for Modern and Pioneer (Week 1 Roundup)
01:05:38

Season 14, Episode 8: Weekly Roundup

 

The first week of New Capenna is in the books, and the new technology is taking to the streets. In this episode of Faithless Brewing we take a look at the breakout cards from week 1 of the latest release.

 

In Modern, Shadow of Mortality helped Calibrated Blast decks put up their best results ever, with multiple top finishes in Challenges, while Vivien on the Hunt exceeded expectations with multiple successful combo shells. Tainted Indulgence put up solid results in both Reanimator and Control strategies, while Ob Nixilis, the Adversary popped up in any decklist that could afford it.

 

For Pioneer, the talk of the town is Ledger Shredder, which has put up results as far back as Legacy and Vintage. The bird has the right stats to make an impact, but it remains to be seen how it stacks up to other threats that xerox-style blue decks might play. Giada, Font of Hope and Topiary Stomper pushed their respective strategies up a notch, while Ob Nixilis, Tainted Indulgence, and the new Triomes showed promise.

 

This is sure to be an exciting season of brewing. Who knows what the next week will bring?

 

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May 06, 2022
Oh, the Calamity! Dangerous Brews with Invoke Calamity in Modern and Pioneer
01:00:37

Season 14, Episode 7: Brew Session (Invoke Calamity) On today's episode Cavedan and Morde take their first steps into the iterative brewing pool with a close look at Invoke Calamity, the winning card from our monthly project vote.

We start with an analysis of the card's strengths and weaknesses, drawing inspiration from previous posted results in various formats. Invoke has already made inroads into Pioneer in the Neoform Velomachus Turns deck, and in Standard it powers an intriguing one-shot combo with Body of Research and Kazuul's Fury. Can either of these concepts translate to higher powered formats?

Then, we develop our first concepts and ideas for brand new brews playing to Invoke Calamity's advantages. Morde explores Collected Conjuring in Modern, while David is interested in copying ritual effects and Cavedan has his eye on land destruction. Can they crack Invoke Calamity before the return of the Serum Visions gang? Tune in to find out. Happy brewing!

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Timestamps

 

[2:31] Housekeeping

[5:20] Invoke Calamity - Rules notes [25:25] Musings from the Faithless Family

[28:35] (Standard) Izzet body of research [30:45] (Pioneer) Body of Research [36:36] (Pioneer) Neoform Velomachus [40:50] (Modern) Temur Collected Calamity [53:38] (Pioneer) Irencrag Calamity

May 03, 2022
Never Look a Gift Sword in the Mouth: 10 Ways to Play Luxior, Giada’s Gift
01:14:52

Season 14, Episode 6: Brew Session (Luxior, Giada's Gift)

On today´s episode, we witness the return of Daniel Schriever, better known as Cavedan online. Alongside Morde they will explore the limits of his favorite card from New Capenna, Luxior, Giada´s gift. We will look into its potential not only in Modern combos, but also in Pioneer, where the card might find a house that´s a lot more fair than its modern Counterpart. Will be able to find this beautiful gift a spot?

 

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Apr 29, 2022
First Brews with New Capenna: Ob Nixilis, Vivien on the Hunt, Luxior and More
54:15

Season 14, Episode 05: First Brews with New Capenna The time of brewing is upon us. With the release of New Capenna in just a few days there is nothing to do but take a seat and commence the Brewing. David has gone deep into the Ob Nixilis tank, pushing forward 3 different concepts, ranging from more down on Earth, to the most dreamiest scenarios possible (involving a black legendary creature from Dominaria). On the other hand, Morde went for some broader strokes, providing sample builds for 3 different cards that he hopes will have an effect in modern. Happy brewing, and hope you enjoy the show

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Apr 27, 2022
Top 10 cards from New Capenna
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On tonight´s episode, David and Morde discuss their top 10 picks from New Capenna. As David makes a deep analysis of how it might affect Pioneer, Morde focuses on the more Modern side of things. Some new brews ideas start to emerge as they analyze the impact their favorite (or at least most interesting) cards will have in their format of choice. Will they agree on most cards? Will the ripples caused by New Capenna be completely different in Modern and Pioneer? Will Morde ever stop loving ETB effects and putting them on every list he makes? Can David stop claiming 2/1s that loots is one of the best cards in each set? Tune in to find out, hope you enjoy this iteration of Faithless Brewing, Morde

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Timestamps

[1:50] Housekeeping

[5:58] Weekly roundup

[13:04] Pioneer top 10

[13:16] Actual Factual great cards for Pioneer

[21:03] Interesting cards for Pioneer

[44:17] Closing thoughts regarding Pioneer

[46:54] Modern top 10

[47:07] Great cards for Modern

[56:58] Interesting cards for Modern

[1:03:49] Closing thoughts

Apr 24, 2022
A New Brewing Project (ft. Serum Visions)
01:28:17

Season 14, Episode 3: Serum Visions x Faithless Brewing Monthly Project #1

 

The Brewer's Choice Poll is back, with a twist! This episode kicks off a new collaboration with our friends at the Serum Visions Podcast, in which we spend a month testing and iterating on a spicy new card. What card will be brew around first? That's up to you! Patrons of Faithless Brewing get to vote on the card we will feature next. 12 cards are on the ballot this time around. What will you choose?

 

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Apr 21, 2022
Set Review, Part 2: The Best of New Capenna for Modern and Pioneer
01:58:33

Season 14, Episode 2: Brewer's Guide to New Capenna, Part 2

Cavedan and Morde look at 30 New Capenna cards that might hit in Modern and Pioneer, from combos with Vivien on the Hunt and Riveteers Ascendancy to new Pioneer staples.

 

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Apr 18, 2022
Set Review: The Best of New Capenna for Modern and Pioneer, Part 1
01:36:53

Season 14, Episode 1: Brewer's Guide to New Capenna, Part 1

 

Streets of New Capenna is right around the corner, which means it is Christmas once again for us brewers. This set brings intriguing new mechanics and the return of shards, alongside their respective Charms and Ascendancies. Riveteers Ascendancy is an efficient engine alongside evoke elementals and Seasoned Pyromancer seems like the Riveteers (Jund for the boomers) dream. Obscura Charm seems built for Esper control, threatening to instantly reanimate a Teferi, Time Raveler – even more so with the aid of Tainted Indulgence, one of the best cards we have seen of its kind thanks to instant speed. But more importantly than any spell, the Triomes (even if not called Triomes) are back to finish one of the most important cycles in the last couple of years. Will UW finally splash green now that a Bant triome exists? Is Esper going to make a comeback as the new Charm and Triome push it forward? Only time will tell. Finally, we can’t forget some of the most powerful Planeswalkers we have seen in a while. Ob Nixilis, the Adversary is a nightmare for control. The capability of playing it on curve and presenting two planeswalkers seems like something most UW decks will struggle to beat. Vivien on the Hunt brings a new Pod chain into Modern thanks to Felidar Guardian. We can dream of Planebound Accomplice allowing for instant turn two wins. With all of these and more, this is certain to be a fun season of brewing as the formats adapt around the new guests. So, what do you think of New Capenna? Is the power level good enough for our formats? Will it make big waves, or just small fading ripples? No one can say for sure, but it certainly won’t be boring!

 

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Decklists and Timestamps

 

[4:20] Housekeeping

[6:10] Luxior, Giada's Gift

[20:00] Errant, Street Artist [22:16] Unlucky Witness

[24:48] Witness Protection

[27:31] Knockout Blow

[30:26] An Offer You Can't Refuse

[34:23] Strangle

[37;08] Courier's Briefcase

[39:53] Tainted Indulgence

[43:43] Aven Heartstabber

[54:42] Raffine's Informant

[49:07] Shadow of Mortality

[55:08] Gala Greeters

[56:50] Unlicensed Hearse

[1:02:09] Ob Nixilis, the Adversary

[1:13:51] Extraction Specialist

[1:21:14] Tolus, Clever Conductor

[1:26:53] Professional Face-Breaker

[1:30:01] Void Rend

[1:34:05] Closing thoughts regarding New Capenna

Apr 15, 2022
Everything You Need to Know to Get Back into Pioneer
01:18:23

Season 13, Episode 21: Pioneer State of the Format (March-April 2022)

 

There is tremendous interest in Pioneer right now. The format was already picking up some buzz, but the return of the Pro Tour and the upcoming Regional Championships, both of which will feature Pioneer, have kicked things up to another level. If you’ve been on the fence, now is the perfect time to jump back in and (re-)learn the format.

 

This episode is intended to be a resource for newer players who are not caught up on Pioneer, or veterans who are returning to Pioneer after an absence. We are going to run through the most important decks in the meta and give you the info you need to get started in Pioneer.

 

For each deck, we’re going to explain: 1. What the deck does at a high level; 2. Key cards and interactions to be aware of (including recent technology); and 3. Ways to fight against the strategy and key sideboard considerations.

 

Happy brewing and welcome back to Pioneer! 

 

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S13E21 Decklists and Timestamps

[2:38] Housekeeping [5:51] UW Control [12:21] Izzet Phoenix [18:02] Naya Winota [25:28] Lotus Field Combo [32:30] Rakdos Sacrifice [39:10] 4c Jeskai Ascendancy [45:13] 5c Niv to Light [48:26] 5c Enigmatic Incarnation [52:57] 4c Transmogrify Fires [55:50] Mono Green Devotion [59:29] Bant Spirits [1:00:29] Mono Blue Spirits [1:05:21] Rakdos Midrange [1:07:10] Jund Sacrifice [1:08:51] Mono Red Aggro [1:12:32] Other decks [1:13:24] Closing thoughts: the state of Pioneer

 

 

Apr 11, 2022
Last Call Neon Dynasty: Kaito Shizuki, Invoke Despair & Tezzeret Remastered
01:10:21

Season 13, Episode 20: Weekly Roundup + Brew Session (Kaito Shizuki, Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh, Invoke Despair, Fable of the Mirror-Breaker)

 

In the last few years the Modern format has experienced more severe changes than at any point in the past. For the constant player, this has been progressive in nature and exciting to follow (even if expensive and a tad overwhelming), however not so much for casual enjoyers of the format or people taking a break. In today’s episode we try to extend a helping hand to those people.

 

Today on Faithless Brewing we are responding to one of the most common questions we got during our last mailbag episode: “How can I get started in Modern?” or “How can I get back into Modern after a break?"

 

This episode is intended to be a resource not only for new and returning Modern players, but also for anyone seeking a broader understanding of the best decks after the ban of Lurrus of the Dream-Den.

 

Our goal is to provide a clear idea of the strategies the most popular decks are employing, the key cards they utilize, and (more importantly for our beloved spike rogues) how to play around them. We cover a dozen tier 1 Modern decks and give our best matchup and sideboarding advice for tackling the meta in 2022.

 

So, is it possible to get back into the loop after being away from it? Absolutely yes! We hope this format guide is a stepping stone for anyone that needs it.

 

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S13E20 Decklists and Timestamps

 

Roundup: Tournament Reports

[2:00] Housekeeping

[4:44] Damon's UW Standstill (1st place, Legacy 1k)

[14:12] Damon's 4c Kaheera Pile (Top 8, Modern 1k)

[21:09] Cavedan's Sultai Crabvine

[24:24] When is a deck a serious contender?

New Capenna Previews

[32:43] Brokers Charm

[37:59] Riveteers Charm

Brew Session: Tezzeret, Kaito Shizuki, Invoke Despair

[41:34] UW Wandering Tezzerator (Pioneer)

[48:34] Bant Tezzerator Clues (Pioneer)

[55:34] Naya Fable Enchantress (Pioneer)

[58:33] Sultai Kaito Draw Two (Pioneer)

[1:03:58] Grixis Invoke Despair Fires (Pioneer)

 

Apr 08, 2022
Regional Championships Are the Future of Competitive Magic
01:10:23

Season 13, Episode 19: Weekly Roundup + Flashback (Fable of the Mirror-Breaker)

 

We have seen the future of competitive Magic, and it is Regional Championships. The Pro Tour is back in a big way, and with it comes a surprising Pioneer renaissance. The lynchpin of the new system is an event that has not existed before: the Regional Championships, which will feed each Pro Tour three times per year. Part Nationals, part regional PTQ, part Magic Fest, Regional Championships are by far the most exciting component of the new organized play system. 

 

In this episode of Faithless Brewing, Cavedan and Morde analyze the new structure and explain why Regional Championships are a very good thing. We also take a look at six early previews from Streets of New Capenna, and report on our testing results with Fable of the Mirror-Breaker in Modern and Pioneer.

 

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S13E19 Decklists and Timestamps

Roundup: Return of the Pro Tour [4:19] The new system explained [8:17] Pioneer is back [13:17] What are Regional Championships? [18:50] What's missing from the new system [25:28] The verdict New Capenna Previews [31:56] Maestros Charm [37:18] Obscura Charm [42:24] Cabaretti Charm [43:07] Jetmir, Nexus of Revels [44:10] Raffine, Scheming Seer [46:14] Lord Xander, the Collector Flashback: Fable of the Mirror-Breaker [52:20] Mardu Reanimator Blink [1:00:41] David's Mardu Fable Showdown v2

Apr 04, 2022
Everything You Need to Know to Get Back into Modern
01:44:28

Season 13, Episode 18: Modern State of the Format (March-April 2022)

 

In the last few years the Modern format has experienced more severe changes than at any point in the past. For the constant player, this has been progressive in nature and exciting to follow (even if expensive and a tad overwhelming). However, the brisk pace of change is more challenging for casual Modern fans or people coming back after a break. Today on Faithless Brewing we are responding to the most common questions we got during our last mailbag episode: “How can I get started in Modern?” and “How do I get back into the format after a break?" This episode is intended to be a resource not only for new and returning Modern players, but also for anyone seeking a broader understanding of the top tier meta and the best decks after the Lurrus ban. Our goal is to provide a clear idea of the strategies the most popular decks are employing, the key cards they utilize, and (more importantly for our beloved spike rogues) how to play around them. We cover a dozen top decks and give our best gameplay and sideboarding advice for tackling the meta. So, is it possible to get back into the loop after being away from it? Absolutely yes! We hope this format guide is a stepping stone for anyone that needs it and can help kickstart your journey (back) into Modern. Happy brewing!

 

 

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S13E18 Decklists and Timestamps

Tier 1 [7:48] 4c Omnath, 4c Yorion, Money Pile [17:58] Living End, "Grieving End" [25:27] Izzet Murktide [37:19] Hammer Time [46:06] Grixis Death's Shadow, Grixis Shadow, "GDS" Tier 1.5 [50:14] UW Control, Azorius Control [58:32] Boros Burn [1:02:03] Mono Green Tron [1:05:58] Temur Rhinos, Footfalls, "Crashcade" [1:13:52] Amulet Titan Tier 2 [1:22:14] Esper Reanimator [1:28:07] Indomitable Creativity, 4c Creativity [1:32:56] Golgari Yawgmoth

Apr 01, 2022
What We’d Like to See from Organized Play
53:13

Season 13, Episode 17: Weekly Roundup + Flashback (Transmogrify, Séance, Commune with Spirits)

 

Last week's Arena economy stream turned out to be a big nothing burger. But they did confirm that a true-to-tabletop non-rotating format is in the works. Will "Pioneer lite" be enough to pull holdouts onto the platform? That all depends on the next announcement in the pipeline, regarding the future of organized play. Dan and David lay out their hopes and fears for what we'd like to see.

On the Flashback, we review our testing results with four different decks in Modern and Pioneer: Temur Transmogrify with Careful Cultivation and Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant; Grixis Reanimator Transmogrify with The Modern Age and Fable of the Mirror-Breaker; 80-card Boros Seance; and Selesnya Enchantress with Mana Bloom.

 

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S13E17 Decklists and Timestamps

Weekly Roundup [3:20] Follow up thoughts on the Arena economy stream [10:41] Our hopes for the future of organized play Flashback: Transmogrify, Seance, Commune with Spirits [21:33] David's Temur Jin-Gitaxias Transmogrify [30:40] David's Grixis Transmogrify Reanimator 1.2 [37:35] Dan's Boros Séance [45:41] Dan's GW Mana Bloom

Mar 27, 2022
Why Is Everyone Suddenly Playing Fable of the Mirror-Breaker?
01:03:20

Season 13, Episode 16: Brew Session (Fable of the Mirror-Breaker)

 

Fable of the Mirror-Breaker has exploded from nothing to multi-format all star in just two weeks. Fable is dominating Pioneer and has even notched a handful of Modern trophies, in about a dozen different styles of deck. What are the best ways to build aggro, control, and combo decks with the new Kiki-Jiki Saga?

 

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S13E16 Decklists and Timestamps

[4:14] Why is Kiki so hot right now? [9:13] Rules notes [16:39] Key synergies [23:19] Assessing the power level of Fable Brewing with Fable: Pioneer Decklists [27:07] Rakdos Midrange / Rakdos Blood [30:02] 4c Transmogrify Fires  [31:59] Naya Winota [35:44] Enigmatic Incarnation [39:20] Mardu Greasefang [41:53] Storm Herald Combo [44:38] Gruul Kiki Combat Celebrant Combo Brewing with Fable: Modern Decklists [51:30] Fable of the Mirror-Breaker vs. Seasoned Pyromancer [54:01] Boros Blink [54:28] Rakdos Undying [55:09] Mardu Evoke Reanimator [56:07] Gruul Ponza [59:07] Mono Red [1:00:43] Closing thoughts: the future of Fable

Mar 25, 2022
Transmogrify This! Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant and Careful Cultivation
55:42

Season 13, Episode 15: Brew Session (Transmogrify) + Flashback (Commune with Spirits)

 

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S13E15 Timestamps

[2:42] Tameshi Bloom Combo by daviusminimus [9:16] Fable of the Mirror-Breaker Brew Session: Transmogrify [12:52] Temur Jin-Gitaxias Transmogrify [20:30] Grixis Reanimator Transmogrify [26:39] A rant about The Wandering Emperor Flashback: Commune with Spirits [33:34] Dan's GW Mana Bloom [39:59] GW Kami of Transience Aggro by LurkingEvil [42:17] David's 5c Call Your Sister [44:24] David's Sultai In Search of Greatness [46:21] Damon's GB Heartless Titan [51:38] The best build of 4c Yorion Pile

Mar 21, 2022
Séance: The $3.5 Million Dollar Modern Deck That Never Was
52:20

Season 13, Episode 14: Brew Session (Seance)

 

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S13E14 Timestamps

Weekly Roundup [2:31] Legacy Stoneblade  [5:53] Housekeeping [8:44] Set Championships, Arena economy, etc. The Bizarre History of "Seance Guy" [13:49] Bounties for destroying copies of Séance [18:08] 90 Bitcoin for making top 8 with Séance [21:08] A secret think tank of MTG pros Brewing with Séance in 2022 [24:02] Rules notes [25:49] Key synergies [32:26] Abzan Séance Rhino by IPlayBadDecks [34:00] Emi's 4c Wandering Mind Séance Reanimator [43:58] Emi's Abzan Yorion Séance  [46:31] Mardu Blink by Rhianne [48:32] Closing thoughts: is Séance finally good now?

Mar 18, 2022
Super Ponder for Enchantments? Brewing Commune with Spirits
01:14:51

Season 13, Episode 13: Brew Session (Commune with Spirits) + Flashback (Hinata, Dawn-Crowned + Spirit-Sister's Call)

 

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Mar 13, 2022
Requiem for a Dream-Den: Modern After Lurrus
01:16:43

Season 13, Episode 12: Weekly Roundup + Flashback (Isochron Scepter)

 

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Mar 11, 2022
King Kirin: 5-0 with Hinata, Dawn-Crowned
01:33:54

Season 13, Episode 11: Brew Session (Hinata, Dawn-Crowned) + Flashback (Tameshi, Reality Architect)

 

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Mar 07, 2022
Farewell
01:23:12

Season 13, Episode 10: Brewer's Mailbag

 

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Mar 04, 2022
Call Your Sister: Brewing Reanimator in the Modern Age
01:11:50

Season 13, Episode 9: Brew Session (The Modern Age) + Flashback (Experimental Synthesizer)

 

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S13E09 Timestamps

Brew Session: Modern Age Reanimator [3:03] The #MTGNEO Pioneer Meta [4:02] Sultai Blood for Bones [16:46] 4c Call Your Sister [24:47] Sultai Kami of Transience Flashback: Experimental Synthesizer [33:48] Emi's Rakdos Shrapnel Burn [38:08] Dan's Boros Synth Aggro [47:04] Rakdos Sacrifice by Steppelhoff [51:24] David's 4c Song of Ascendancy [59:36] Rakdos Oni-Cult by Tunaktunak [1:02:29] Dan's Rakdos Soulripper

Feb 27, 2022
Tameshi Bloom: Brewing Modern’s Newest Combo Deck
01:09:04

Season 13, Episode 8: Brew Session (Tameshi, Reality Architect)

 

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S13E08 Timestamps

[2:40] Housekeeping [4:22] Understanding Tameshi [8:14] Fair uses: Urza's Saga, Mishra's Bauble [11:45] Lotus Bloom [14:14] Cultivator Colossus [22:41] Ashaya, Soul of the Wild [26:57] Sculpting Steel + Darksteel Citadel [32:16] Emrakul, the Aeons Torn [33:59] Seismic Assault + Dryad of the Ilysian Grove [37:56] Amulet of Vigor + Artificer's Intuition [44:05] Sketch #1: Wargate Tameshi by daviusminimus [52:39] Sketch #2: Ashaya Combo by geegoat [55:19] Sketch #3: Amulet Intuition Tameshi by Ari Lax [59:11] Sketch #4: Tameshi Titan by Ari Lax [1:04:13] Final thoughts

 

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Gameplay from daviusminimus: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC9V5f68FPNRH54oHf4KH7Q

Feb 25, 2022
Experimental Synthesizer: This Egg Is Cracked
01:21:42

Season 13, Episode 7: Brew Session (Experimental Synthesizer) + Flashback (Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh)

 

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S13E07 Timestamps

Brew Session: Experimental Synthesizer [4:10] Rules notes [6:13] Key synergies [17:25] Mono-Red Crack the Earth [22:13] Jeskai Urza ThopterSword [24:58] Grinding Breach [27:52] Boros Fiddlebender [29:32] Rakdos Burn [33:37] Kuldotha Red [36:40] Affinity [38:31] Rakdos Oni-Cult [42:55] Izzet Paradox Engine Flashback: Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh [50:39] Izzet Mechrabbit Aggro [54:27] Esper Greasefang [1:03:23] Dimir Blood Herald [1:08:28] Azorius Karn Control

Feb 20, 2022
Week 1 Tech-Wreckers: The First Modern Decklists with Neon Dynasty
01:11:09

Season 13, Episode 6: Weekly Roundup

 

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S13E06 Timestamps

[5:41] Amulet Titan ft. Boseiju, Who Endures [6:47] Selensya Taxes ft. Boseiju [10:09] Slogurk Assault Loam ft. Boseiju [10:33] Liquimetal Ponza ft. Boseiju [13:29] Hammertime ft. The Reality Chip + Lion Sash [16:40] Grinding Breach ft. The Reality Chip [19:11] Azorius Affinity ft. Moonsnare Prototype [21:59] Mono Blue Affinity ft. Moonsnare Prototype + The Reality Chip [25:21] 4c Omnath ft. March of Otherworldly Light [29:31] Belcher ft. March of Reckless Joy [30:34] 5c Humans ft. Secluded Courtyard + Upriser Renegade [36:26] Boros Burn ft. Reinforced Ronin [39:21] Dreadnought Affinity ft. Mech Hangar [42:21] BG Rock ft. Tribute to Horobi + Soul Transfer [45:30] Faerie Ninjas ft. Moon-Circuit Hacker [52:29] Breach Ascension ft. Discover the Impossible [58:01] Jeskai Dance of the Manse ft. Hinata, the Dawn-Crowned

 

Feb 18, 2022
Mastering Artifice with Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh
01:04:08

Season 13, Episode 5: Brew Session (Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh)

 

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Feb 13, 2022
The Top 10 Cards to Brew in Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
01:13:54

Season 13, Episode 4: Kamigawa Top 10 for Modern & Pioneer

 

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Feb 11, 2022
Set Review, Part 3: The Complete Guide to Kamigawa in Modern and Pioneer
01:42:24

Season 13, Episode 3: Kamigawa Neon Dynasty Set Review, Part 3

 

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S13E03 Timestamps

[7:44] Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire [11:17] Roadside Reliquary [16:16] Mech Hangar [19:09] Greasefang, Okiba Boss [27:06] Commune with Spirits [30:41] Experimental Synthesizer [35:01] Voltage Surge [38:16] Kumano Faces Kakkazan [41:20] Rabbit Battery [44:24] Reinforced Ronin [47:51] Sky-Blessed Samurai [50:04] Generous Visitor [51:22] March of Reckless Joy [55:37] Michiko's Reign of Truth [58:03] Careful Cultivation [1:02:45] Blade of the Oni [1:06:06] Ogre-Head Helm [1:07:55] Mnemonic Sphere [1:10:09] Containment Construct [1:13:40] Disruption Protocol [1:15:12] Colossal Skyturtle [1:16:17] Mirrorshell Crab [1:19:26] Thirst for Knowledge [1:20:23] Mindlink Mech [1:24:59] Hinata, Dawn-Crowned [1:29:42] The Long Reach of Night [1:34:48] Explosive Singularity

Feb 07, 2022
Brewer’s Guide to Kamigawa, Part 2: Neon Dynasty Set Review for Modern & Pioneer
01:21:07

Season 13, Episode 2: Kamigawa Neon Dynasty Set Review, Part 2

 

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S13E02 Timestamps

[4:25] Follow-up on the B&R [8:32] Housekeeping [9:44] Takenuma, Abandoned Mire [14:32] Otawara, Soaring City [22:42] Moon-Circuit Hacker [29:42] Lion Sash [34:03] Mobilizer Mech [38:00] Tribute to Horobi [42:45] Oni-Cult Anvil [45:00] Light-Paws, Emperor's Voice [47:14] Weaver of Harmony [50:08] Fable of the Mirror-Breaker [55:42] The Restoration of Eiganjo [58:23] Hidetsugu Consumes All [1:01:16] Circuit Mender [1:04:10] Anchor to Reality [1:08:18] Invoke Justice [1:10:54] Spirit-Sister's Call [1:13:30] Reality Heist

Feb 04, 2022
Set Review: Kamigawa Neon Dynasty in Modern & Pioneer (Part 1)
01:28:21

Season 13, Episode 1: Kamigawa Neon Dynasty Set Review, Part 1

 

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S13E01 Timestamps

[1:27] Initial impressions [5:29] Boseiju, Who Endures [13:17] Sokenzan, Crucible of Defiance [17:12] Secluded Courtyard [19:13] March of Otherworldly Light [25:31] Moonsnare Prototype [28:55] Thousand-Faced Shadow [32:05] Hotshot Mechanic [33:21] Kappa Tech-Wrecker [37:09] The Reality Chip [41:50] Spirited Companion [45:01] "Gloomshrieker" [46:33] Life of Toshiro Umezawa [49:01] The Modern Age [50:28] The Dragon-Kami Reborn [52:42] Tatsumari, Toad Rider [57:02] Biting-Palm Ninja [59:00] Tameshi, Reality Architect [1:04:48] The Wandering Emperor [1:11:03] Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh [1:14:32] Junji, the Midnight Sky [1:17:17] Tamiyo, Compleated Sage [1:21:03] Kairi, the Swirling Sky [1:23:24] Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant [1:26:31] The verdict so far

 

Jan 30, 2022
Deadly Dispute: If We Could Rebalance Modern
01:21:53

Season 12, Episode 25: Roundup (B&R Day) + Brew Session (Deadly Dispute)

 

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Jan 28, 2022
Isochron Scepter in Modern: Copy, Cast, Repeat
59:00

Season 12, Episode 24: Brew Session (Isochron Scepter) + Flashback (Mirrodin Besieged; Thrasta, Tempest's Roar)

 

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Jan 24, 2022
The Great Faithless Debate: Our 15 Hottest MTG Takes
01:14:52

Season 12, Episode 23: The Great Faithless Debate

 

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[3:57] "Companions are great and we need at least 10 more." [14:41] "Modern and Pioneer should have a Format Panel." [21:17] "Arena should embrace that it is not actually Magic, and should separate completely from paper." [27:48] "There are too many formats." [33:18] "Magic is fundamentally not a good game to watch on stream." [40:14] "Canadian Highlander is the best format." [44:50] "Dropping leagues at 0-1 to win the Modern trophy race is messed up." [51:06] "MH2 and F.I.R.E. design killed brewing in Modern." [53:11] How can we get Post Malone into Pioneer? [56:16] What is your favorite free spell? [57:04] What is Gandalf going to look like in the LotR set? [59:15] "If you only play Magic in paper, you are a casual." [1:01:35] "Expressive Iteration will be banned or nerfed in one or more formats this year." [1:03:53] "Riot's TV show succeeded where WotC's will fail because..." [1:09:17] "MTGO is a better client for playing Magic than Arena."

Jan 21, 2022
The Ultimate Guide to Sultai Crabvine (ft. Anthony Mannino)
01:15:03

Season 12, Episode 22 (Bonus): Sultai Crabvine Deep Dive

 

Anthony's list

Dan's list

 

Where to find Anthony

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Amannino33

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/iplaybaddecks

 

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Timestamps

[2:54] Rotting Crabvine: origins of the build [5:18] The basics: core game play and mulligan heuristics [9:26] Wonder is great [12:27] Glimpse the Unthinkable is bad [14:58] Tuning the mana base [17:51] Prismatic Ending: worth the splash? [22:50] Hardcasting Vengevine [27:25] Rejected cards & cards to test [33:50] Sideboarding [37:59] Best and worst matchups [41:21] Why play Crabvine instead of Dredge? [51:02] Tips, tricks, and sequencing pitfalls to avoid [54:17] Q&A with Anthony Mannino [1:09:29] Where to find Anthony

 

Jan 20, 2022
Walking a Mile with Fireshoes (ft. Robert Taylor)
01:07:31

Season 12, Episode 21: Interview with Robert Taylor

 

Donate to Robert's Extra Life Fundraiser: https://www.extra-life.org/participant/478379

Then follow Robert on Twitter (@Fireshoes) to have your card added to his Battle of Wits deck :)

 

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Jan 16, 2022
Zach Is Sailing Away: Farewell Brews with Mirrodin Besieged, Siege Rhino, and Thrasta
01:19:41

Season 12, Episode 20: Brew Session (Mirrodin Besieged, Siege Rhino, Thrasta, Tempest's Roar)

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Jan 14, 2022
Try These Decks Before Polukranos Rotates: Fun Modern & Pioneer Brews for 2022
01:14:08

Season 12, Episode 19: Weekly Roundup

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Jan 10, 2022
Cast Your Vote! 14 Cards to Brew With in 2022
01:22:53

Season 12, Episode 18: Brewer's Choice Nominees

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Jan 07, 2022
The Best and Worst Brews of 2021
01:19:01

Season 12, Episode 17: Year in Review, Part 2

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Jan 02, 2022
The Cards that Mattered in 2021: Modern and Pioneer Year in Review
01:18:08

Season 12, Episode 16: Year in Review, Part 1

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Dec 31, 2021
Olivia Weds Edgar: Stylish Brews for Vampire Week
01:40:29

Season 12, Episode 15: Brew Session (Vampire Week) + Flashback (Chandra, Dressed to Kill)

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Dec 27, 2021
Neon Christmas: Our Wish Lists for Modern in 2022
01:27:36

Season 12, Episode 14: Neon Christmas Spectacular

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Dec 25, 2021
The Girl on Fire: Chandra Is Dressed to Kill in Every Format
59:26

Season 12, Episode 13: Brew Session (Chandra, Dressed to Kill) + Flashback (Galvanic Iteration + Concealing Curtains // Revealing Eye)

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Dec 19, 2021
A Couple Hits from Ragavan Won‘t Kill You: Modern Fairy Tales & Sweet Pioneer Brews
56:47

Season 12, Episode 12: Weekly Roundup

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Dec 17, 2021
Double Trouble: Time Walking with Galvanic Iteration in Modern
01:46:00

Season 12, Episode 11: Brew Session (Galvanic Iteration + Concealing Curtains // Revealing Eye) + Flashback (Blood Fountain)

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Dec 12, 2021
Alchemy Is Coming For Your Format Too
01:36:19

Season 12, Episode 10: Weekly Roundup (Innistrad Championships Tournament Report, What Alchemy Means for Your Format + Picks of the Week in Modern and Pioneer)

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Dec 10, 2021
Blood Fountain and the New Affinity in Modern
01:13:26

Season 12, Episode 9: Brew Session (Blood Fountain) + Flashback (Hullbreaker Horror)

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Dec 05, 2021
How to Become Store Champion in Modern
01:11:18

Season 12, Episode 8: Weekly Roundup

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S12E08 Timestamps

[4:08] Picking a Modern Deck for Your Store Championship [20:44] Innistrad Championships Preview: The 7 Best Decks in Historic [22:31] Selesnya Humans [23:59] Heliod Company [28:00] Golgari Food [30:22] Jeskai Control [32:18] Izzet Phoenix [34:49] Azorius Auras [35:38] Selensya Enchantress [41:05] Picking the Best Deck in Standard Picks of the Week [49:42] David's Pick: Esper Midrange by Ghost11157 [59:23] Cavedan's Pick: Golgari Deathless Regisaur by praisesiegrhino [1:03:26] Damon's Pick: Izzet Hullbreaker Turns by sneakymisato

Dec 03, 2021
RELEASE THE KRAKEN! Hullbreaker Horror in Modern, Pioneer, and Historic
01:41:58

Season 12, Episode 7: Brew Session (Hullbreaker Horror) + Flashback (Dollhouse of Horrors)

 

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Nov 29, 2021
I Called a Judge (and I Liked It): Lessons from Vegas
01:14:38

Season 12, Episode 6: Weekly Roundup

Morde's comprehensive guide to 4c Yorion can be found here: https://medium.com/@emilianosagasti/modern-4c-yorion-pile-c5aa9ab3c222

 

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Nov 26, 2021
Little Dollhouse of Horrors
01:22:22

Season 12, Episode 5: Brew Session (Dollhouse of Horrors) + Flashback (Wandering Mind)

 

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S12E05 Timestamps

Brew Session: Dollhouse of Horrors [4:14] Theorycrafting [13:09] Zach's Oswald Dollhouse [14:48] Zach's Esper Urza Dollhouse [19:58] David's Grixis Trashy Dollhouse [24:42] Zach's Esper Blood Fountain Whirza [29:01] David's BW Marionette Master [33:14] David's Jeskai Treehouse of Horrors Flashback: Wandering Mind [38:24] MrRaeb's Fires Turns [41:12] Emi's 4c Omnath Blink [46:58] Emi's 4c Eladamri's Brought Back [48:53] Dan's Showdown of the Minds 1.0 [54:36] Dan's Showdown of the Minds 1.1 [1:00:46] David's Jeskai Wandering Sun [1:05:53] David's Grixis Notion Thief [1:10:18] Damon's Treehouse of Wandering Horrors

 

Nov 21, 2021
A Crimson Debut: Spicy Week 1 Decks in Modern and Pioneer
52:29

Season 12, Episode 4: Weekly Roundup

 

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S12E04 Timestamps

Weekly Roundup [4:18] Damon's Crimson Vow Top 5 for Modern [11:30] David's Crimson Vow Top 5 for Pioneer [22:42] Cavedan's Izzet Hotline Bling (5-3 Pioneer Showcase) Picks of the Week [30:59] David's pick: GW Thalia Company by claudioh [36:35] Damon's pick: RW Ancestral Prowess by  [42:18] Cavedan's pick: Moonveil Ponza by TeamGameWarning

Nov 19, 2021
Wandering Mind Brews + Crimson Vow Top 5
01:12:13

Season 12, Episode 3: Brew Session (Wandering Mind)

 

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Timestamps

Roundup: Crimson Vow Top 5s [4:24] Cavedan's Top 5 [12:01] Manacymbal's Top 5 [23:48] MordeToLight's Top 5 Brew Session: Wandering Mind [33:17] Theorycrafting [39:10] Turbo Turns by MrRaeb [45:41] Morde's Song of Creation [46:50] Zach's Storm the Festival [49:41] Morde's Omnath Blink [51:14] Yorion Rhinos [53:44] David's Grixis Notion Thief [56:40] David's Galazeth BTL Wheels [58:57] David's Treehouse of Horrors

 

Nov 14, 2021
Brewer‘s Guide, Part 2: The Best of Crimson Vow, ft. Challenge Winner Manacymbal
01:54:22

Season 12, Episode 2: Crimson Vow Set Review, Part 2

 

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S12E02 Timestamps

Roundup: Challenge Wins and Near Misses [3:27] Manacymbal's 1st place in Modern Challenge [7:26] Cavedan's 3rd place in Pioneer Challenge [15:34] Housekeeping Set Review: Crimson Vow, Part 2 [21:12] Overall impressions [24:37] Blood Fountain [29:25] Voldaren Epicure [32:36] Cobbled Lancer [36:35] Flame-Blessed Bolt [38:13] Dread Fugue [42:05] Ancestral Anger [44:33] Wash Away [48:00] Lantern of the Lost [52:00] Cemetery Gatekeeper [57:15] Reckless Impulse [1:02:17] Skull Skaab [1:07:18] Necroduality [1:07:51] Jakob Hauken, Investigator [1:11:51] Kaya, Geist Hunter [1:18:36] Welcoming Vampire [1:22:35] Eruth, Tormented Prophet [1:25:43] Cemetery Illuminator [1:28:23] Faithbound Judge [1:32:42] Katilda, Dawnheart Martyr [1:38:11] Edgar, Charmed Groom [1:41:43] Cartographer's Survey [1:46:35] Hullbreaker Horror

Nov 12, 2021
Set Review: The Best of Crimson Vow for Modern and Pioneer, Part 1
02:03:32

Season 12, Episode 1: Crimson Vow Set Review, Part 1

 

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Timestamps

[3:47] Heuristics for Card Evaluation [10:36] Voldaren Estate [14:56] Concealing Curtains // Revealing Eye [18:44] Dig Up [24:06] Edgar's Awakening [27:36] Voice of the Blessed [31:39] Dorothea, Vengeful Victim // Dorothea's Retribution [35:51] Thalia, Guardian of Thraben [39:54] Graf Reaver [44:24] Cemetery Prowler [46:56] Wandering Mind [53:57] Headless Rider [58:27] Inspired Idea [1:03:04] Dominating Vampire [1:05:59] Fell Stinger [1:09:07] Geistlight Snare [1:13:11] Path of Peril [1:15:10] Torens, Fist of Angels [1:19:02] Chandra, Dressed to Kill [1:24:10] Alchemist's Gambit [1:28:06] Sorin, the Mirthless [1:32:20] Bloodvial Purveyor [1:36:37] Henrika Domnathi // Henrika, Infernal Seer [1:39:15] Scattered Thoughts [1:42:19] Olivia, Crimson Bride [1:46:19] Cultivator Colossus [1:51:50] Dollhouse of Horrors [1:58:46] Old Rutsein

Nov 07, 2021
Pro Tour Bound! Cavedan Wins at SCGCON with Crackling Drake
01:15:15

Season 11, Episode 18: Weekly Roundup

Faithless Brewing is going to the Innistrad Championships! Cavedan will be joining MordeToLight thanks to a win in Pioneer at SCGCon. Is Crackling Drake the solution to an Izzet Phoenix metagame? For this weekend it was. But now the real challenge begins: can we crack Standard and Historic in time for next month's PT?

Meanwhile, in Toronto, Manacymbal notched a top 8 of his own with Indomitable Creativity at the Face 2 Face Open, while MordeToLight lit up the Modern queues with a spicy Song of Creation build. Plus testing with Carth the Lion, Esper Rite of Oblivion, and more.

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Nov 04, 2021
Last Call for Midnight Hunt: 8 Decks to Try Before the Clock Strikes Midnight
58:43

Season 11, Episode 17: Brew Session (Midnight Hunt Potpourri)

 

 

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Oct 31, 2021
A New Era of Brewing
01:22:05

Season 11, Episode 16: Weekly Roundup

 

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