• Jordan’s last show :’(


  • Star City Games announces changes to the Open Series.

    • There will be one main event per weekend. New structure to mirror that of GPs.

    • Modern will now be a supported Open format

    • Two 5k Premier IQs will be run on Sundays for the formats not used in the main event.

    • Increased prize payout (along with increased entry fee to $50)

    • Byes will be returning for Opens and no longer available for Invitationals. Can be earned by being in the top 32 on the leaderboard or through Open Trials. (Good opportunity to talk about Comic Town’s Open Trial FNMs all next month.)

    • Invitationals will now either be Standard/Legacy OR Standard/Modern.

      • These changes seemingly will have a huge impact on the Legacy community. Are people overreacting?


  • What did we think of last week’s South Park episode? (We were all way off by the way)


  • Melissa Detora accepts an internship with Wizards R&D.

    • Frank Lepore chooses love over the Pro Tour and will move to Renton with her.


  • Ari Lax’s twitter post from the GP prompts discussion about the morph rule.

    • How do we feel about this situation? Should this rule be changed?




  • GP Ottawa (Limited)

    • Seth Manfield wins his 3rd GP. Top 8 was stacked with Shahar Shenhar, Lucas Siow, Sam Black, Neal Oliver, and Pascal Maynard also making it.

    • Matt Costa just missed, finishing 9th after an undefeated day 1.

    • Huey lost his win-and-in for yet another GP top 8.


  • SCG Richmond

    • Harlan Firer takes down the Standard Open with Jeskai Token Combo. Lots of sweet decks in the top 8, including Shaheen Soorani’s Esper Control, Aaron Barich’s Abzan Aggro, Kevin Jones’ Jeskai Aggro, and Brad Nelson’s 4-Color Midrange.

    • Return of Ali Aintrazi? Finishes 9th on breakers with UB Control.


  • European invasion at the Legacy Open! Marc Konig (Bahra on Twitch) wins with Death & Taxes.

    • Several European players that had traveled for GP NJ stuck around for another week to play in the Richmond Open.

    • Other Europeans placing highly included Tomas Vlcek (top 8), Philipp Schonegger (10th), Julian Knab (11th).

    • Joe Lossett top 8s again and loses in the finals. Ben Friedman also made top 8.

  • Modern IQ won by Niklas Kronberger playing Scapeshift.

    • 6th place list is adorable. Mono Skred!


  • Mike discusses his journey to the PTQ in Cleveland.




  • GP San Antonio (Standard) and GP Strasbourg (Limited) Nov 29-30

  • SCG Open will be in Atlanta this weekend as well.


  • Worlds Week starts next week in Nice, France!

    • Dec 2-3 will be first 2 days of the World Championship.

      • Day 1: 3 rounds of Vintage Masters Draft and 4 rounds of Modern.

      • Day 2: 3 rounds of KTK Draft and 4 rounds of Standard.

      • Top 4 will be played on Sunday, Dec 7th. Standard, best of 5.

      • Coverage will start at 3am EST on all days.

    • Who are we all picking to win?


    • Dec 5-6 will be the first 2 days of the World Magic Cup.

      • At the start of each day, teams must choose which members will play in each format. Cannot have the same configuration twice for the same format. Teams also choose which decks players will play.

      • Day 1: 3 rounds of KTK team sealed and 4 rounds of team unified Standard. Top 32 teams advance to day 2.

      • Day 2, Pool Play: 3 rounds of team sealed, top 2 teams from each pool advance. 3 rounds of team unified standard, top 2 teams from each pool advance to top 8.

      • Top 8 format is not currently showing on Wizards’ event page. I’m assuming it is unified Standard. Sunday, Dec 7th.

      • Coverage will start at 4am EST for days 1 & 2, 3am EST on Sunday.




  • What are we thankful for (in Magic) over the past year?




  • Less than 1 month left to leave us a review on iTunes for the contest!



  • We will be taking a show off next week as we mourn the loss of Jordan.


  • Jordan - parting words?

Direct download: AYES67.mp3
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  • GP: Madrid was capped at 1900. The cap was hit, but players like Patrick Dickmann and Jeremy Dezani were allowed to enter while others were turned away.

    • Players that were turned away got the option to play in a PTQ on Sunday (11/16)

    • How do we feel about this? Obviously Wizards would prefer to have pros play in the GP, but is this going too far?


  • The new MTGO Legacy Cube debuts on 11/19 and runs until 12/10. Will pay out in Vintage Masters packs.

    • Wizards set up a few preview drafts last week with notable pros and streamers to show off the new cube. (LSV, Paul Cheon, Tom Martell, Numot, Greg Hatch, etc.)


  • This week’s South Park episode will be partially about Magic. Thoughts?




GP: Madrid (Modern)

  • Won by Immanuel Gerschenson playing RUG (Temur) Delver.

  • Top 8 Decks

    • 2x Junk Pod (No Melira)

    • Melira Pod

    • G/R Through the Breach

    • RUG Delver

    • Mono W Martyr/Proclamation

    • Scapeshift

    • White Rock (With 4x Siege Rhino!)

  • Patrick Dickmann finished 9th with UR Twin (4 Dig Through Time)

  • Ivan Floch finishes 10th with Jeskai Delver

    • 11-16th decks

    • Blue Moon

    • UR Delver

    • Scapeshift

    • UR Twin

    • White Rock

    • Junk Pod


GP: New Jersey (Legacy)

  • 4003 players showed up. Largest Legacy tournament ever and 3rd largest GP of all time.

    • Twitch stream had over 20k viewers during the finals, rivaling Pro Tour coverage.

  • Coverage was excellent, as expected. SCG went out of their way to simplify the coverage for viewers not familiar with Legacy.

    • Examples: Format overview before the tournament started. Deck primer videos breaking down most archetypes in Legacy.

  • Won by Brian Braun-Duin playing Jeskai Stoneblade

    • Tom Ross and Dan Jordan also make top 8.

  • Top 8 Decks:

    • Jeskai Stoneblade

    • Infect

    • Storm

    • 2x UWr Miracles

    • UR Delver

    • MUD

    • UR Landstill

  • Other notables in the top 16 include Bob Huang, Ross Merriam, Eli Kassis, and Jarvis Yu (All now Q’d for the Pro Tour)



  • Jordan will be stepping down as an AYES host at the end of the month.




How do you balance Magic with other hobbies/responsibilities/real life?




  • Pimp my contest.

  • Shoutout to Comic Town.

  • Who is going to PTQ this weekend?

Direct download: AYES66.mp3
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  • GP New Jersey this weekend.  None of us are going, but could be good to talk about how big of a GP it is going to be.

    • Literal street signs to help players find tables

    • Brainstorm sleeves (omg)

    • 24 PortaPotties to accommodate bathroom necessities.

  • The PPTQ’s for Vancouver have been announced!

    • Plenty for Ohio: Mostly standard, some modern

    • This is...more than I anticipated.  How does this impact qualifying for the average grinder and what do we think in general about this (attendance size, good move or bad move for wizards, etc.)

  • Individual results from SCG Open.  How’d we do?

    • Jordan lol

    • Morgan?

    • Someone wanna speak for Mike?

    • Dave and the ole top 8 run (story time)



  • StarcityGames Columbus Standard Open

    • New in the news: Abzan still good.  Tournament won by Steve Rubin playing Abzan Midrange

    • 3 Mardu lists crack top eight and there are 6 in the top sixteen.

    • Otherwise diverse top eight: UW Heroic (Tom Ross), UB Control, and G/B Devotion all make appearances.

    • Burn, GR/x, and more abzan round out the top sixteen.

  • Modern IQ

    • 16 copies of treasure cruise to  3 U/R Delver decks and a Jeskai Ascendancy combo deck.

      • Is this card busted for modern?

    • Tron Tron Tron Tron!

    • Dave how’d you do here?

  • Legacy Open

    • 13 copies of treasure cruise to 3 U/R Delver decks and one in the Jeskai Stoneblade list.

    • Brad Nelson with a Sneak and Show top 8 and Elves makes an appearance in the finals not in the hands of Riley Curran.

    • Besides this U/R Delver epidemic, legacy seems open and healthy.


Reminder of Contest -

Direct download: AYES65.mp3
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  • Jared Boettcher suspended for 46 months, Rookie of the Year title revoked.

    • Title passes down to Ray Perez Jr, who will now attend worlds.


  • Commander 2014 will be released this Friday. Full spoiler is out.

    • What do we think of this release as a whole?

    • Are there any cards we think will impact Eternal formats?


  • Third set of Khans block will be Dragons of Tarkir. Release date March 27, 2015.

    • Pro Tour will be held in Brussels, Belgium on April 10-12, 2015.


  • MTGO overhauls the cube again, now dubbed the Legacy Cube since it has cards only legal in that format.

    • Mostly positive changes. Redesigned to encourage more interactive games (ex. no swords, TNN).

    • Will be back from 11/9 - 12/10. Vintage Masters draft will also be back during this time.



  • GP Santiago (Standard)

    • Won by Eduardo dos Santos Viera, playing a very different style of Abzan than what we’re used to (3 Hornet Queen, 3 Soul of Theros!).

    • Other top 8 headliners include Brazilians Willy Edel (Sidisi Whip) and Pedro Carvalho (Temur Aggro).

    • Top 8 Decks: 2x Abzan Midrange, Abzan Aggro, 3x Temur Aggro, Sidisi Whip, Mono Red


  • GP Nashville (Team Limited)

    • Won by Matt Nass, Jacob Wilson, and Jesse Hampton.

    • Stacked top 4 included teams of Martell/PVDDR/Shenhar, Black/Severa/Vidugiris, and Sharfman/Beasley/Cox.

    • Shoutout to Matt Sommerhalter, Riley Curran, and DeWitt Kane for their undefeated day 1.


  • SCG Oakland

    • Standard Open won by Ivan Jen playing an innovative Jeskai Heroic/Ascendancy deck! (More on Dave’s Deck Corner)

    • Top 8 Decks: Jeskai Heroic Combo, 2x BG Constellation, BG Devotion, 2x Abzan Midrange, Jeskai Aggro, Temur Aggro


    • Legacy Open won by Joseph Moreno playing Dredge. Glenn Jones and Joe Lossett also make an appearance in the top 8.

    • Top 8 Decks: Dredge, Sultai Delver, ANT, UR Delver, Miracles, Goblins, Sneak and Show, Lands.

    • 2 more Dredge decks in the top 16.


    • Modern Premier IQ won by Alan Marling playing Affinity.

    • Top 16 Decks



  • Break down of the Jeskai Heroic Combo deck that won the SCG Oakland Open.

    • Is this deck a flash in the pan or a legitimate player going forward?

    • How can decks adapt to fight this deck?




  • We will be playing in the SCG Open in Columbus! Which formats are we all planning on playing? What decks are we bringing?

Direct download: AYES64.mp3
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