• 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
Category:mtg -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT


  • 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
Category:mtg -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT


  • Trevor Humphries and Alex Bertoncini banned for cheating.

    • Is Jared Boettcher next? If so, how does this affect Worlds? (Chris Fennell would get in as the next at-large player.)


  • Format change for the World Championships announced.

    • Day 1: 3 rounds of IRL Vintage Masters draft (packs will be generated on MTGO and then physically re-constructed), 4 rounds of Modern.

    • Day 2: 3 rounds of KTK draft, 4 rounds of Standard.

    • Top 4 will be Standard.




  • Eternal Weekend

    • Legacy Championship won by Kevin Jones (UR Delver)

    • 6 Delver decks in the top 8, 1 Punishing Maverick, 1 UB Tezzeret

    • Vintage Championship won by Mark Tocco (Oath). Won with a virtual turn 1 kill in the final game!

    • Harry Corvese also made top 8, playing Oath.

    • 4 Delver decks in the top 8 here as well.


  • GP Stockholm (Standard)

    • Won by Matej Zatlkaj playing Jeskai Aggro.

    • Other notables in the top 8 included Christian Seibold (Sidisi Whip) and Lukas Blohon (BG Constellation).

    • Top 8 decks: Abzan Midrange, 2x BG Constellation, 2x Jeskai Aggro, Temur Aggro, Sidisi Whip, Mono Red

    • Top 16 Decklists: 2 More Sidisi Whip decks, 2 Mardu Midrange, etc.


  • SCG Minneapolis

    • Standard Open won by Andrew Johnson (Jeskai Aggro)

    • Top 8 decks: 2x Jeskai Aggro, UW Control(!), 2x Abzan Midrange, RG Monsters, Mardu Midrange, Temur Monsters

    • Brad Nelson (BW Aggro) and Jeff Hoogland (Temur Monsters) finished in the top 16.


    • Legacy Open won by Anthony Leen (Jeskai Delver).

    • Pretty diverse top 8, including Lands and Slivers!



  • TCGPlayer 50K Championship

    • Mike and Morgan attended. Any fun stories?

    • Won by Andrew Baeckstrom (Mardu Midrange).

    • Other notables in the top 8 included Josh McClain (Abzan Midrange), Raymond Perez (Abzan Midrange), and Caleb Durward (RG Midrange).

    • Top 8 Decks: 3 Mardu Midrange, 2 Abzan Midrange, Temur Monsters, RG Midrange, Jeskai Ascendancy Combo.

    • Top 16 featured Craig Wescoe (RW Aggro) and Melissa Detora (Mardu Midrange).


  • Dayton PTQ/SCG Elite IQ

    • Mike finished 11th at the PTQ

    • Shoutout to Riley for winning the PTQ!

    • Dave split in the finals of the Elite IQ on Sunday, was pretty lucky to do so.



  • Caleb Durward and Cody Lingelbach played on camera in the top 4 of the TCGPlayer 50K. Since the top 4 had split, they made a gentleman’s agreement to mulligan to 2 (or 4 for game 3).

    • While this is technically legal, do we feel like this made a mockery of the tournament and/or coverage? Caleb apologized to the community via Facebook, do we feel like this was necessary or are people making a big deal about nothing?




  • Contest!

  • Comic Town is having a Spooky Halloween FNM!

    • $25 gift certificates will be given away to both the best costume, and the funniest costume of the night!

Direct download: AYES63.mp3
Category:mtg -- posted at: 10:51pm EDT


  • This past weekend’s Standard Open and Modern IQ winner Trevor Humphries is under investigation by SCG for cheating (shuffling).

    • Prize money is being held until review is complete. If found guilty, prize will be donated to charity.

  • TCGPlayer 50k Championship is coming this weekend. Thoughts on the new schedule?



  • SCG Worcester Standard Open:

    • Top 8 headlined by Dave Shiels (playing Jeskai) and Andrew Boswell (playing Lax Abzan Midrange)

    • Top 8 decks: 2 Jeskai, 3 Abzan Midrange, 1 Boss Sligh, 1 Gb Devotion, 1 Temur Midrange

    • Won(?) by Trevor Humphries playing Jeskai. (0 Rabblemasters, 3 Brimaz and 1 Narset maindeck)

  • Legacy Open won by Ben Glancy playing Esper Deathblade featuring 3 Treasure Cruise.

    • Treasure Cruise is taking over! 4 decks with Treasure Cruise in the top 8 including 2 U/R Delver decks.

  • Modern IQ

    • Won(?) by Trevor Humphries.

    • 2 Naya Zoo in the top 8.

    • 4 U/R Delver in the top 16, all with Treasure Cruise.

    • Dig Through Time starting to show up in various lists, including Twin and Jeskai Geist.


  • Grand Prix Los Angeles:

    • Notable top 8 competitors: Brad Nelson (Mardu Midrange), National Team member Isaac Sears (Abzan Aggro)

    • Top 8 decks: 2 Abzan Aggro, 2 Abzan Midrange, 2 Boss Sligh, 1 GR Monsters, 1 Mardu Midrange

    • Won by Daniel Scheid playing GR Monsters.

      • Top 16 included Patrick Chapin (Abzan Midrange), Brian Kibler (Temur Monsters), Fabrizio Anteri (Abzan Midrange), and Valentin Mackl (Mardu Midrange)


  • Dave’s Deck Corner

    • Spotlight on the Mardu list played by Brad Nelson, Valentin Mackl, and Patrick Dickmann.


This Weekend


  • Mike and Morgan talk about preparation, what decks they are thinking of playing at the TCGPlayer 50k?
Direct download: AYESepi62.mp3
Category:mtg -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT



FNM Updates, Now you can play literally anything

Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir CoverageU


Pro Tour Decklists

  • Three of top lists are Jeskai Wins, three of top lists are some form of Abzan (two midrange, one aggro), one Jeskai Ascendancy Combo list, one UB control list (#idontneednogreen)


You Know What Really Grinds My Tears?





Pro Tour Fantasy Draft - Mike won! Yay!


Direct download: AYES61.mp3
Category:mtg -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT



  • Newest MTGO Fail of the Week

    • Half of the top 8 had auto-submitted 80 card decks.

    • Winner was asked by Mike Turian to re-play the finals, which he declined.

    • There will be a make-up top 8 played on Nov 2nd for another slot.




  • No Standard last week as SCG was off for GP Orlando (limited).


  • Won by Eugene Hwang, playing Mardu.

    • Solid top 8 headlined by the adorable duo of Melissa Detora and Frank Lepore. Other notables included Harry Corvese, Pierre Mondon, Sol Malka.

    • Tom Ross dominated the tournament until the final 2 rounds, where he took his only losses.

    • What do we think of the limited format, from what we have seen so far?



  • SCG Fall States

    • What are we all planning on playing?

    • Is the expected metagame any different now that we have some results?


  • At Your End Step Fantasy Pro Tour


Qualified Players:


Top 25 last year:



  1. Yuya Watanabe

  2. Josh McClain

  3. Patrick Chapin

  4. Stanislav Cifka



  1. Jeremy Dezani

  2. Owen Turtenwald

  3. Josh Utter-Leyton

  4. Jon Finkel



  1. Shuhei Nakamura

  2. Jared Boettcher

  3. Melissa DeTora

  4. Yuuki Ichikawa




  1. Reid Duke

  2. William Huey Jensen

  3. Tom Martell

  4. Tomoharu Saito

Direct download: AYES60.mp3
Category:mtg -- posted at: 11:05pm EDT



  • SCG Coverage Discussion

    • New Jersey had fine coverage, Indy eh….

      • No Deck Techs

      • No Feature Match Area

      • No Top 8 Profiles, etc.




  • Dual SCG Opens


  • How Did We Do?

    • Jordan and his awesome top 8, Mike Cashed

    • Format Discussion, AYES decks going forward



  • Legacy Opens

    • Indy top 4 featured 4 Elves decks. Riley finished top 4 while Bobby Colegrove took it down.

    • NJ was taken down by Bob Huang playing UR Delver featuring 4 Monastery Swiftspear and 4 Treasure Cruise. (Khans immediate impact on Legacy).

Direct download: AYES59.mp3
Category:mtg -- posted at: 10:46pm EDT

Khans of Tarkir New Standard Preview




  • Prerelease: Mike - Mardu, Jeskai, Dave - Temur. Morgan - Abzan

  • Thoughts on

    • New seeded rares/pack

    • Sealed Format

    • Outlook on Draft Format





Strategy Mailbag


Chase asks thoughts on Wingmate Roc in Abzan Midrange?


Zeb wants to know if a deck featuring Hardened Scales is possible?


Min wants more info about Jeskai - Jeskai burn specifically


Mike wants to know about Ktk  Wedges vs Shards Wedges (more fetches)

RG wants to know if any of the outlast cards are good enough with Ajani Steadfast?

Direct download: AYESEpisode58.mp3
Category:mtg -- posted at: 11:19pm EDT

Khans of Tarkir Spoiler Extravaganza!




  • The Community Cup

    • The Community winning means we get promos and formats

    • Coverage was entirely unwatchable

  •  Cube Invitational

    • Mike crushes it and all those who opose







Work through the colors hitting notable cards. (Discuss playability in Standard, Modern, Limited, Cube, Battlebox)


  • White - 0:21:00

  • Blue - 0:45:00

  • Black - 1:05:00

  • Red - 1:23:00

  • Green - 1:43:00

  • Multicolor, Artifacts, Lands -  1:54:00
Direct download: AYES57.mp3
Category:mtg -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT


  • The PAX Party

    • Cards Announced -

      • New Clan Charms - Utilizing New Formatting

      • All 5 Mechanics

        • Jeskai - Prowess

        • Mardu - Raid

        • Temur - Ferocious

        • Azban - Outlast

        • Sultai - Delve

      • Clan Enchantments

      • New Walkers: Sorin, Solemn Visitor, Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker

      • 5 Mana Wrath and more!

  • Reveal of Fate Reforged -

    • Sarkhan goes back in time to save Ugin

    • Connection to Zendikar/Eldrazi

    • Nicol Bolas spotted in the art

    • Pre-Mending Walkers?



Direct download: AYES56.mp3
Category:mtg -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT





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