Brief Brainstorm 009 — Predictions for GP Vegas + Grixis Control

Wilson keeps The Brainstorm Show alive in the month of June with a brief overview of his predictions for GP Vegas. Some are bold, some are obvious, and some are downright bizarre — we will know soon if he’s a real Nostradamus.

Check out this super fun Grixis Control list, too:

Grixis Control
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Young Pyromancer
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Gurmag Angler
1 Liliana, the Last Hope

4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Gitaxian Probe
3 Cabal Therapy
2 Fatal Push
2 Lightning Bolt
1 Dismember
1 Counterspell
2 Kolaghan’s Command
4 Force of Will

1 Island
1 Swamp
1 Mountain
3 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island
1 Badlands
1 Tropical Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Bloodstained Mire

SB
2 Blood Moon
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Forked Bolt
1 Marsh Casualties
1 Darkblast
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Pyroblast
2 Flusterstorm
1 Painful Truths
1 Garruk Relentless

Brief Brainstorm 008 — Kaladesh/Aether Revolt Limited Rankings

Hello dedicated listeners! In this very Brief Brainstorm, Wilson introduces some limited content to our lineup. He recently became addicted to the current draft/sealed formats, and wanted to share his thoughts about them and his rankings for each color. Check out his spreadsheet (PDF or Excel) available via the links below. We will get back to Legacy content shortly. Enjoy!

AER-KLD Draft Map (PDF)
AER-KLD Draft Map (Excel)

Brief Brainstorm 007 — Deep Dive on BUG Standstill

Hello loyal listeners! As a treat for those who enjoy Standstill, Wilson goes solo for 45 minutes and takes you through the ins and outs of BUG Standstill. You can check out the latest list we have been testing and tuning below:

4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Vendilion Clique
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

4 Brainstorm
3 Fatal Push
2 Counterspell
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Standstill
2 Toxic Deluge
1 Maelstrom Pulse
4 Force of Will

2 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
1 Forest
1 Swamp
1 Island
3 Mishra’s Factory
2 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Lumbering Falls
3 Verdant Catacombs
4 Polluted Delta
2 Misty Rainforest

SB
1 Flusterstorm
2 Thoughtseize
1 Duress
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Diabolic Edict
2 Pithing Needle
1 Null Rod
1 Darkblast
1 True-name Nemesis
1 Tombstalker

Brief Brainstorm 006 — Musings on Shardless vs. Miracles

Quick bit of extra content for all the loyal Brainstorm Show listeners out there. We received a donation from a friend of the show, and we fielded his questions about Shardless BUG vs. Miracles in this Brief Brainstorm. Enjoy!

Brief Brainstorm 005 — Listener update on CounterTop DeMentor

Current List:

Creatures (11)
4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Snapcaster Mage
4 Monastery Mentor
1 Vendilion Clique

Planeswalkers (1)
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells (27)
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Brainstorm
2 Ponder
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Counterbalance
1 Counterspell
1 Dimir Charm
1 Vindicate
2 Painful Truths
4 Force of Will

Lands (21)
3 Tundra
2 Underground Sea
1 Tropical Island
2 Island
1 Plains
1 Swamp
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
2 Marsh Flats
1 Creeping Tar Pit

SB
3 Thoughtseize
1 Meddling Mage
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Abrupt Decay
1 Disenchant
2 Toxic Deluge
2 Disfigure
1 Path to Exile

CFB article on Pat Chapin/Matt Sperling/Tom Martell Esper Mentor deck

Brief Brainstorm 004 — Update on CounterTop DeMentor

Wilson brings our listeners a fresh look at the CounterTop DeMentor deck that we discussed in Episode 015. The current list is found below:

4 Deathrite Shaman
2 Snapcaster Mage
4 Monastery Mentor
1 Vendilion Clique

1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Brainstorm
2 Ponder
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Counterbalance
2 Counterspell
4 Force of Will
1 Dimir Charm
1 Vindicate
1 Painful Truths

2 Underground Sea
2 Tundra
1 Scrubland
1 Tropical Island
2 Island
1 Plains
1 Swamp
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
2 Marsh Flats
1 Creeping Tar Pit

SB
3 Thoughtseize
1 Duress
1 Meddling Mage
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Disenchant
1 Painful Truths
2 Zealous Persecution
2 Disfigure
1 Path to Exile

Brief Brainstorm 003 — Esper DeathMentor with Paul

In Brief Brainstorm 003, Paul talks about the deck he is bringing to SCG D.C. Here it is below and the Carsten Kotter article that spawned it:

Carsten Kotter Article

Creatures (10)
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Monastery Mentor
2 Snapcaster Mage

Spells (31)
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Dig Through Time
4 Force of Will
4 Swords to Plowshares
3 Cabal Therapy
2 Counterspell
2 Spell Pierce

Lands (19)
3 Underground Sea
4 Tundra
1 Tropical Island
1 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Polluted Delta
4 Flooded Strand
2 Misty Rainforest

SB: 2 Disenchant
SB: 2 Zealous Persecution
SB: 2 Surgical Extraction
SB: 1 Cabal Therapy
SB: 1 Darkblast
SB: 1 Pithing Needle
SB: 4 Meddling Mage
SB: 2 Disfigure

 

Brief Brainstorm 002 — Wilson

Introducing the Brief Brainstorm! These will be short (5-10 minute) recordings where the hosts will share their thoughts on specific topics and answer listener questions/feedback. In this Brief Brainstorm, Wilson lets the listeners know what he has been testing in Legacy, answers some listener mail, and talks about decks as an extension of self.

Brief Brainstorm 001 — Esper Delver (Mentor Tempo)

The Brainstorm Show has been brewing and has a dedicated Monastery Mentor deck they have been trying. The idea is to use Deathrite Shaman to power out an early Monastery Mentor then protect it with free counters and power out an army of Wild Nacatls with a boatload of cantrips. Try it out and let us know what you think!

4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Monastery Mentor
1 Gurmag Angler
4 Force of Will
4 Daze
2 Spell Pierce
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Swords to Plowshares
1 Dismember
1 Murderous Cut
2 Misty Rainforest
4 Polluted Delta
2 Flooded Strand
1 Tropical Island
3 Tundra
3 Underground Sea
4 Wasteland
SB: 4 Cabal Therapy
SB: 1 Council’s Judgment
SB: 1 Disenchant
SB: 2 Disfigure
SB: 3 Meddling Mage
SB: 2 Nihil Spellbomb
SB: 2 Zealous Persecution