Constructed Resources

By Luis Scott-Vargas and Andrew Baeckstrom

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 Oct 7, 2020

 Sep 2, 2020


Every week, LSV and BK cover all things Constructed, from the newest decks to Constructed fundamentals.

Episode Date
Constructed Resources #57 - Threat and Response

For every threat, there's a proper response - LSV and BK go over the different kinds of threats in Standard, why they are good, and how to answer them.

Deck of the Week
Legacy Dwarf Bugs

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Sep 24, 2021
Constructed Resources #56 - On a Midnight Hunt Goin' Anywhere

BK and LSV break down the sweet stuff from day 1 of Innistrad's release, highlighting the cards and decks that stood out in Standard and Modern.

Decks of the Week
Huey's RG Werewolves
LSV's Dimir Control

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Sep 17, 2021
Constructed Resources #55 - The Best Deck in Historic and Innistrad First Takes

With the Arena Open this weekend, LSV and BK go over the metagame and the deck to beat, as well as covering the Innistrad cards that have caught their eye.

Decks of the Week
Jeskai Control

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Social Media

Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Sep 10, 2021
Constructed Resources #54 - Izzet Good?

LSV just submitted his decklist for the highest-stakes tournament of the year - listen as the guys break down the list, as well as cover the "Ethical Gray Area" of the week.

*Note that the start of the tournament got pushed back a day, so Friday is the new start day, not Thursday as said in the podcast*

Decks of the Week
Izzet Yorion

Sep 01, 2021
Constructed Resources #53 - Historic Horizons with Sam Pardee

BK is joined by special guest (and newest MPL member) Sam Pardee to break down what Historic Horizons has to offer!

Deck of the Week

Modern Calibrated Blast

Social Media

Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Aug 27, 2021
Constructed Resources Episode 52: Anniversary Q&A

It's been a year of Constructed Resources and LSV and BK are taking this episode to answer all of your questions! 

Aug 20, 2021
Constructed Resources #51 - Keeping Your Mental Game Strong

Magic is a mental game, and this week the guys talk about how to keep yours on point (including a very relevant example of LSV putting these lessons in action).

Decks of the Week
Historic Jeskai
Standard Naya

Aug 13, 2021
Constructed Resources #50 - Winota Deep Dive

Naya Winota is the best deck in Standard right now, so BK and LSV take a deep dive on how to build it, how to play it, and how to beat it. If you're playing Standard, you won't want to miss it!

Deck of the Week
Jund Citadel

Aug 06, 2021
Constructed Resources #49 - The State of Standard (and Jumpstart)

You asked, we answered - BK and LSV give you a full Standard format breakdown just in time for the Arena Open this weekend (and chat about Historic Jumpstart too).

Deck of the Week
Standard Winota

Jul 30, 2021
Constructed Resources #48 - Brainstorm's Glorious End

With Brainstorm suspended, BK and LSV tackle the reasons why, how winrates can be deceptive, and what the shape of Historic is now.

Decks of the Week
Modern Mill
Pioneer Enigmatic Incarnation

Jul 23, 2021
Constructed Resources #47 - Everything You Need to Know About Standard 2022

If you're wondering what Standard 2022 is and it feels like to late to ask, BK and LSV have got you. They go over the format, why it exists, and what's good in it, as well as looking to what implications it has on the future.

Jul 16, 2021
Constructed Resources #46 - (Demi)Liches Get Stitches

Demilich is the most exciting AFR card previewed so far, and there's plenty more on top of that. The guys chat about their picks for the new set, and venture into the dungeon mechanic while they are at it.

Decks of the Week
Oops, All Elementals

Jul 02, 2021
Constructed Resources #45 - White: Weakest Color or Underrated Gem?

BK and LSV are back with another Prismatic episode, this time focusing on White. They cover everything from strengths to weaknesses, and tackle the age-old question of where it fits in the overall rankings.

Decks of the Week
Jeskai Stoneblade
Naya Enchantress

Jun 24, 2021
Constructed Resources #44 - A Tale of Two Sagas

Urza's Saga is making a huge impact on both Legacy and Modern, and it's not the only MH2 card to do so. LSV and BK give you the rundown, and even touch on the recent Historic ban.

Decks of the Week
Jeskai Mutate
Undying Combo

Jun 10, 2021
Constructed Resources #43 - Modern Horizons Returns

LSV and BK talk all things MH2, with a look at what they think will make a big impact.

Decks of the Week
Jeskai Turns
Sultai Ultimatum

Jun 04, 2021
Constructed Resources #42 - A Tainted Format

With Thassa's Oracle getting the axe in Historic, LSV and BK delve into what comes next, and why they think the Tainted Pact deck is far from dead.

Decks of the Week
Historic Jeskai
Twiddle Storm

May 20, 2021
Constructed Resources #41 - The End Of An Era

In a special episode of Constructed Resources, LSV and BK talk about the recent Organized Play announcement, their takes on how we got here, and some thought on what may come next.


May 14, 2021
Constructed Resources #40 - A Grab Bag of Announcements

With a huge announcement drop yesterday, BK and LSV cover their reactions, thoughts on topics such as rotation, and more!

Decks of the Week
Sultai Titan's Nest
Modern Orzhov Hatebears

May 07, 2021
Constructed Resources #39 - Advanced Plays for Advanced Players

Keeping 1-landers, killing your own stuff, and setting strange Arena stops - these are all advanced plays that are sometimes right. BK and LSV cover high strategy, and where you should diverge from conventional wisdom.

Decks of the Week
RG Valakut
4c Bring to Light

Apr 30, 2021
Constructed Resources #38 - The Tron Episode

Love it or hate it, Tron has been one of the pillars of Modern for the last decade. BK and LSV break down everything you need to know to understand it, play it, or beat it.

Decks of the Week
Historic Rogues
Historic Jeskai Opus

Apr 23, 2021
Constructed Resources #37 - A Historic New Era

Everything in Historic changed when the Mystical Archive attacked. LSV and BK cover what's hot and what's not on day 1 of the new Historic era.

Decks of the Week
Sultai Ultimatum
Pioneer 4c Lukka

Apr 16, 2021
Constructed Resources #36 - Strixhaven Honor Roll

With the full Strixhaven card list available, LSV and BK see which cards have high marks and which get flunked (and not without disagreeing on the way).

Decks of the Week
Modern Izzet Prowess
Pioneer Mono-Green

Apr 09, 2021
Constructed Resources #35 - Arclight Phoenix Rises From The Ashes

LSV and BK couldn't be more excited about the addition of Faithless Looting to Historic - they chat Arclight Phoenix, other Mystical Archive cards, and even review LSV's outstanding performance with Pig-Blade in the KHM Championship.

Decks of the Week
Historic Cycling
Modern Golgari

Mar 31, 2021
Constructed Resources #34 - Will LSV Get Away With It Again?

BK grills LSV on his Kaldheim Championship decklists, and comes to the conclusion that trying to pull a fast one may not work out. The lads also cover Strixhaven previews, and even have one of their own!

Decks of the Week
Temur Adventures
Abzan Anti-Jund

Mar 26, 2021
Constructed Resources #33 - Don't Mulligan This Episode

In an episode worth keeping, LSV and BK go over everything you need to know about mulligans, ending with a review of a bunch of sample hands.

Decks of the Week
Modern Heliod Company
Historic Turbo-Valki

Mar 19, 2021
Constructed Resources #32 - Burn, Baby, Burn

LSV and BK investigate the way of the Lava Spike this week, with a full breakdown on Burn decks. How to play 'em, how to beat 'em, and a look at the Top 10 Burn cards of all time.

Decks of the Week
Lee Shi Tian Burn
Matt Sperling Burn

Mar 12, 2021
Constructed Resources #31 - You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

LSV and BK bust out the mailbag, and answer questions about Constructed, Organized Play, why LSV played Mono-Red, and much more!

Decks of the Week
Pioneer Jund Sacrifice
Naya Midrange

Mar 05, 2021
Constructed Resources #30 - Solving Standard (and Time Spiral Preview Cards)

LSV and BK got some sweet Time Spiral Remastered preview cards from Wizards, so they discuss those (as well as breaking down what's hot and what's not in Standard right now).

Decks of the Week
Arcanis Chord
Blue Living End

Feb 26, 2021
Constructed Resources #29 - The Aftermath of the Banpocalypse

Wizards dropped the hammer on every format except Standard, and BK and LSV are ready to pick up the pieces. They weigh in on each format, with predictions as to what decks will rise and where you should look next.

Decks of the Week
Mono-White Aggro
4-Color Cycling

Feb 17, 2021
Constructed Resources #28 - A New Standard Emerges

LSV and BK take a good look at Standard, and one deck in particular has caught their eye. Emergent Ultimatum is a game-changer, and they explain how it's already started to take over the format (and some potential answers to it).

Decks of the Week
Rune Dragon Combo
Sultai Ultimatum

Feb 11, 2021
Constructed Resources #27 - This Episode Is Bullsh*t

BK and LSV are on their usual BS this episode, as they talk about all the nonsense decks, from Tibalt's Trickery to Oops, All Spells! and more.  If you want to learn how to play them or how to beat them, this is the episode for you.

Decks of the Week
Boros Showdown
Modern Elves

Feb 03, 2021
Constructed Resources #26 - Kaldheim is as Good as Gold

Kaldheim's first day at school was a big one, and LSV and BK have all the goods, from LSV's obsession with Goldspan Dragon to whether land destruction is great in Standard.

Deck of the Week
UR Flash

Jan 28, 2021
Constructed Resources #25 - Our Top Constructed Picks for Kaldheim - Draft Style!

BK and LSV try something a little different this week, as they draft their top picks from Kaldheim for Constructed impact. Will LSV force snow? Is BK going to be reasonable? Find out in this episode!

Decks of the Week
Hammer Time
Historic Temur Ramp

Jan 22, 2021
Constructed Resources #24 - It's Snowtime!

Kaldheim previews are in full swing, so LSV and BK go deep on Giants, Snow, and more!

Deck of the Week
Historic Splinter Twin

Jan 14, 2021
Constructed Resources #23 - Year in Review

BK and LSV close out 2020 in a light-hearted review of the misses, the hits, the other misses, and everything else that happened in 2020.

Jan 02, 2021
Constructed Resources #22 - A Deep Dive On The Best Deck in Historic

With a big Historic tournament coming up this weekend, LSV and BK take a deep dive into Sultai Midrange. They go over how to build it, how to play it, and how to sideboard, as well as recommending the list they would play.

Decks of the Week
Modern Rakdos Midrange
Historic Paradox Engine

CR-Approved Sultai List
Historic Sultai Midrange

Dec 16, 2020
Constructed Resources #21 - Historic and Pioneer Roundup

This week, LSV and BK run down everything you need to know about Historic and Pioneer, along with recommendations for decks they would play in each format.

Decks of the Week
Historic Nine Lives
Pioneer Cleansing Wildfire

Dec 11, 2020
Constructed Resources #20 - Decklist of Champions

LSV and BK are both competing in the Zendikar Rising Championship - find out what they are playing and why, as they break down both Historic and Standard.

Decks of the Week

Esper Yorion
Jund Sacrifice

Dec 03, 2020
Constructed Resources #19 - The Ultimate Guide to Aggro-Control

Aggro-Control is the hardest archetype to play, and often the best. LSV and BK break down everything you need to pilot the most frustrating archetype to face.

Decks of the Week

Modern Yorion and Taxes
Standard Obosh Temur Adventures

Nov 25, 2020
Constructed Resources #18 - Black is the New Black

LSV and BK kick off a new cycle of episodes, each focusing on what a color brings to Constructed. They start with Black, covering its strengths, weaknesses, and ways to make your black decks better.

Decks of the Week
Mono-Blue Nykthos
Cleansing Wildfire Jeskai

Black Review - 11:30

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Nov 20, 2020
Constructed Resources #17 - Mastering Kaladesh Remastered

LSV and BK chat Kaladesh Remastered, a set which is sure to shake up Historic. Whether you want to spin the wheel with Aetherworks Marvel or grind the opponent out with Torrential Gearhulk, this episode is for you.

Decks of the Week
Mono-Green Food
Modern Electrodominance

Kaladesh Review - 10:00

Nov 11, 2020
Constructed Resources #16 - Mailbag Marauders

BK and LSV go to the mailbag for this episode, answering questions on topics that range from Constructed to the best players of all time.

Decks of the Week
Rakdos Mill
Enduring Ideal

Nov 05, 2020
Constructed Resources #15 - Be Aggressive, Be Be Aggressive

LSV and BK break down everything you need to play aggro - how to build your decks, how to play against removal, how to sideboard, and more.

Decks of the Week
Modern GW Eladamri's Call
Standard Gruul

Aggro Action - 10:00

Oct 29, 2020
Constructed Resources #14 - A Guide to Rogues Deckbuilding

Rogues is one of the best decks in Standard, and has multiple distinct versions. BK and LSV break down the merits of each, and discuss ways to get the most out of your aggro-control decks.

Decks of the Week - 01:45
Rogues Deckbuilding - 07:45

Modern RB Prowess
Standard GW Yorion

Oct 22, 2020
Constructed Resources #13 - How to Approach This New (Old) Standard

With bans completely changing the Standard landscape, LSV and BK discuss how to approach the wide-open format, and which decks have the most promise.

Standard Bans -  04:10
How to Approach The New Format - 34:00
Initial Metagame List - 51:25

Decks of the Week

Oops, All Spells
Dimir Rogues

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Oct 13, 2020
Constructed Resources #12 - Did We Break Standard and Historic?

With Grand Finals decklists in, LSV and BK break down both the lists LSV submitted, and go over the full Standard and Historic metagames.

Decks of the Week - 02:00
Standard Metagame - 06:31
Historic Metagame - 35:00

Omnath Adventures
4c Turbo-Pig

Oct 06, 2020
Constructed Resources #11 - How To Play Like A Pro

LSV and BK go deep on gameplay, with tactics on how to improve your in-game decision-making. They talk about leveling, sequencing, and everything from your first land drop to how to close out a game.

Decks of the Week - 02:27
How To Play Like a Pro - 8:28

Decks of the Week

Sep 30, 2020
Constructed Resources #10 - Zendikar First Impressions

CR returns, with LSV and BK taking a deep dive on Double-Faced Lands, Zendikar, and how the new cards are impacting various Constructed formats.

Decks of the Week: 02:26
Standard Metagame Overview: 08:26
Zendikar Reviews: 17:27

Decks of the Week
RG Modern Belcher:
GW Auras Pioneer

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Sep 23, 2020
Constructed Resources #9 - A Historic Chat About The Invitational

With Mythic Invitational decklists in, BK grills LSV on what he's playing, why, and what to expect from the biggest Historic event to date.

Zendikar Previews of the Week - 02:00
Invitational Historic Breakdown - 07:25

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Sep 09, 2020
Constructed Resources #8 - Zendikar Previews and Q&A

Zendikar previews are popping off, so LSV and BK talk about all the most exciting ones for Constructed before tackling a wide variety of listener questions.

Deck of the Week
Mono-Black God-Pharaoh's Gift

Deck of the Week: 01:48
Zendikar Previews: 06:06
Q and A: 37:55

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Sep 02, 2020
Constructed Resources #7 - How to Beat Control Decks

In this week's Constructed Resources, LSV and BK go deep on how to play against control decks - they talk gameplay, deck construction, sideboarding, and more.


How to Beat Control Decks - 07:00
Bad Ways to Fight Control Decks - 44:00

Decks of the Week

Rakdos Lurrus
Kiki Yorion

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Aug 26, 2020
Constructed Resources #6 - Double Deep Dive

LSV and BK do a pair of deep dives this week, covering everything you need to know about playing Temur Adventures in Standard and Jund Citadel in Pioneer. They talk sequencing, common interactions, sideboarding, and more!


Standard Temur Adventures - 03:00
Pioneer Jund Citadel - 37:17


Temur Adventures decklist
Jund Citadel

Aug 19, 2020
Constructed Resources #5 - Mastering Amonkhet Remastered

On this week's episode of Constructed Resources, LSV and BK review Amonkhet Remastered, with an eye to which new decks it will create in historic, capped with their top 10 picks from the set.

Decks of the Week - 03:50
Amonkhet Set Review - 07:00
Top 10 AKH Remastered Cards - 55:30

Decks of the Week:

Temur Elementals:

Pioneer Simic Reclamation:

Aug 14, 2020
Constructed Resources #4 - The Banhammer Drops

On this week's Constructed Resources, LSV and BK evaluate the recent bannings, and give a comprehensive list of decks they are looking at for the rebooted Standard and Pioneer formats.

Standard Bans and Decks to Watch - 05:50
Pioneer Bans and Decks to Watch - 32:00
The Historic Arena Open - 53:00

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Decks of the Week
Azorious Control:

Izzet Prowess:

Aug 04, 2020
Constructed Resources #3 - Seven Deadly Sideboarding Traps and How to Avoid Them

On this week's Constructed Resources, LSV and BK tackle the seven most common sideboarding traps, and give you tips on how to avoid them.

Sideboarding Traps - 06:00

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Decks of the week

Mardu Winota
Chandra’s Incinerator Burn

Jul 29, 2020
Constructed Resources #2 - When to Beat 'Em, and When to Join 'Em

When one deck stands above the rest, should you play it, try to beat it, or go even deeper? LSV and BK go over the different approaches, common traps, and what they'd do in the current Temur-dominated Standard.

03:10 - Decks of the Week
08:00 - Formats with a Best Deck
43:00 - How to Approach Current Standard

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

White Weenie in Standard
Vintage Paradoxical Bazaar

Jul 22, 2020
Constructed Resources #1 - Let's Get Down to Business

LSV and BK kick off their first episode of Constructed Resources, a weekly podcast devoted to covering everything Constructed. They start by evaluating the bans/unbans, and cover what M21 brought to Standard, as well as their current Standard Power Rankings.


Deck of the Week: 4:30
Ban Discussion: 8:00
Standard Additions and Power Rankings: 25:00

Social Media
Andrew Baeckstrom - @abaeckst
Luis Scott-Vargas - @lsv

Deck of the Week (4c Reclamation)

Jul 14, 2020