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!

Episode 026 — GP Chiba, Berenstain Bears, and Legacy Collected Company

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show. We are excited to give our thoughts on the (surprising?) results from Legacy GP Chiba. Also in this episode: disappearing decklist/alternate timelines, a trademarked Wilson Hunter rant about Daze in ANT, and a spicy new brew. And we do mean brew… Feast your eyes:

4-Color Collected Company
Creatures (25)
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Spell Queller
2 Flickerwisp
4 True-name Nemesis
1 Eternal Witness
2 Vendilion Clique

Spells (14)
4 Brainstorm
3 Abrupt Decay
4 Collected Company
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Batterskull

Lands (21)
2 Scrubland
2 Savannah
1 Tropical Island
1 Underground Sea
1 Bayou
1 Tundra
4 Windswept Heath
4 Verdant Catacomb
3 Marsh Flats
1 Flooded Strand
1 Mana Confluence

SB
4 Meddling Mage
4 Sanctum Prelate
2 Reclamation Sage
3 Leyline of the Void
2 Force of Will

Episode 025 — All the Parts of the Buffalo: SCG Baltimore, BR Reanimator, and more

In this episode we hit a wide range of topics, focused primarily around SCG Baltimore, where co-hosts Paul Michel and Phillip Braverman top 32ed and top 16ed respectively. Our lists can be found below, along with a spicy new brew (not ours) that popped up in the episode. Enjoy!

Phillip Braverman’s 13th Place Miracles Deck
Paul Michel’s 23rd Place BR Reanimator
Link to Miracle of Science page on The Source

Special Feature — Interview with author/podcaster James Hsu

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show! This episode we are very pleased to bring you an interview with author of “Magic: the Addiction” and host of the Humans of Magic podcast, James Hsu. We talk about his fresh take on Legacy podcasting, his experience writing a book about Magic, and his thoughts on Legacy past, present, and future.

Check out “Magic: the Addiction” here: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Addiction-20-Year-Gaming-Journey/dp/1532963874

Check out the Humans of Magic podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/humansofmagic

We hope you enjoy the discussion and James’ fantastic content!

Episode 024 — List updates, reports, and some rants

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show. This week Paul gives his thoughts on the Miracles Slayer Delver deck he piloted to a Top 8 at the Baltimore Legacy Classic. Wilson updates us on MentorBlade finishes (including his own) and Phil tees us up for a brief rant about Storm. Here are the most recent Brainstorm Show lists for MentorBlade and ANT:

MentorBlade:
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Counterbalance
4 Force of Will
4 Terminus

4 Stoneforge Mystic
2 Snapcaster Mage
3 Monastery Mentor
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull

4 Island
2 Plains
2 Tundra
2 Volcanic Island
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Arid Mesa

SB:
3 Pyroblast
3 Disenchant
2 Blood Moon
2 Vendilion Clique
1 Surgical Extraction
3 Flusterstorm
1 Sword of Feast and Famine

The Brainstorm Show’s ANT:
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Gitaxian Probe

4 Dark Ritual
4 Cabal Ritual
4 Lotus Petal
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond

4 Duress
3 Cabal Therapy

2 Grim Tutor
4 Infernal Tutor
2 Past in Flames
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Tendrils of Agony

2 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island
2 Island
1 Swamp
4 Polluted Delta
1 Bloodstained Mire
1 Misty Rainforest
2 Flooded Strand
1 Scalding Tarn

SB:
1 Tropical Island
2 Xantid Swarm
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Chain of Vapor
1 Massacre
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Thoughtseize
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Ad Nauseam
1 Ill-Gotten Gains

Episode 023 — Alternate Universes

This week we talk about decks we might have played in alternate universes where Legacy bannings actually happened. We also present a brand new list for you to take to battle in THIS universe: MentorBlade, AKA “Bring the Hammer.” Check it out below.

MentorBlade
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Counterbalance
4 Force of Will
4 Terminus

4 Stoneforge Mystic
2 Snapcaster Mage
4 Monastery Mentor

1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull

4 Island
2 Plains
2 Tundra
2 Volcanic Island
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Arid Mesa

SB:
1 Mountain
3 Pyroblast
2 Wear/Tear
2 Blood Moon
1 Vendilion Clique
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Flusterstorm
1 Sword of Feast and Famine
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U/W/R Punishing Mentor
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Punishing Fire
4 Counterbalance
2 Snapcaster Mage
4 Monastery Mentor
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Force of Will
2 Engineered Explosives

2 Island
1 Plains
1 Mountain
2 Tundra
2 Volcanic Island
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Arid Mesa
1 Cascade Bluffs
4 Grove of the Burnwillows

SB
3 Flusterstorm
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Vendilion Clique
3 Pyroblast
2 Pyroclasm
1 Path to Exile
2 Wear / Tear

Episode 022 — Miracles-Slayer Delver

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show, listeners! This week we take the ceaseless chatter about Miracles bans head on by showing you how you can take a common archetype and rethink it to be more competitive against the “best deck in the format.” We built a BUG tempo deck, and in this episode we walk through the card choices and some of the popular matchups. Take a look at the list below and the sideboard plan for the common decks in the current metagame. Enjoy!

Maindeck
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Nimble Mongoose
2 Vendilion Clique
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Stifle
4 Abrupt Decay
2 Dismember
2 Spell Pierce
4 Wasteland
3 Underground Sea
3 Tropical Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Verdant Catacombs

SB
2 Disfigure
2 Go for the Throat
2 Painful Truths
2 Winter Orb
1 Pithing Needle
1 Flusterstorm
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Thoughtseize

Sideboarding Guide
Miracles:
-2 Dismember, -2 Wasteland, -2 Daze
+2 Winter Orb, +1 Pithing Needle, +1 Flusterstorm, +2 Painful Truths

Shardless BUG:
-4 Force of Will, -2 Spell Pierce
+2 Go for the Throat, +2 Painful Truths, +2 Disfigure

Delver:
-4 Force of Will, -2 Spell Pierce
+2 Go for the Throat, +2 Painful Truths, +2 Disfigure

Eldrazi:
-4 Stifle
+2 Go for the Throat, +2 Thoughtseize

Storm:
-4 Abrupt Decay, -2 Dismember
+3 Surgical Extraction, +2 Thoughtseize, +1 Flusterstorm

Lands:
-4 Daze, -2 Dismember
+3 Surgical Extraction, +2 Winter Orb, +1 Pithing Needle

Death and Taxes:
-4 Stifle, -2 Pierce, -1 FoW
+2 Disfigure, +2 Go for the Throat, +2 Thoughtseize, +1 Pithing Needle

Sneak and Show:
-2 Abrupt Decay, -2 Dismember
+1 Flusterstorm, +2 Thoughtseize, +1 Pithing Needle

Infect:
-4 Force of Will, -2 Spell Pierce
+2 Go for the Throat, +2 Disfigure, +1 Pithing Needle, +1 Flusterstorm

Episode 021 — Shardless BUG Deck Tech

Welcome back to the show. This week we do a full 2-hour episode on Shardless BUG, running through all the popular matchups from both sides of the table. The list is below, along with a complete sideboarding guide. Enjoy!

The Brainstorm Show’s Shardless BUG:

Main deck (60)
Spells (23)
4 Brainstorm
4 Ancestral Vision
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Force of Will
2 Hymn to Tourach
2 Liliana of the Veil
2 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Creatures (16)
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Baleful Strix
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Shardless Agent

Lands (21)
1 Swamp
1 Forest
3 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
2 Bayou
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Polluted Delta
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Wasteland

SB (15):
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Disfigure
2 Hymn to Tourach
2 Toxic Deluge
2 Duress
1 Pithing Needle
1 Murderous Cut
1 Garruk Relentless

Sideboarding Guide:

Eldrazi Stompy
+2 Toxic Deluge, +1 Murderous Cut
-2 Hymn to Tourach, -1 Ancestral Vision

Grixis Delver
+2 Disfigure, +2 Toxic Deluge, +1 Murderous Cut, +1 Garruk Relentless
-4 Force of Will, -2 Hymn to Tourach

Mirror
+2 Disfigure, +2 Hymn to Tourach, +1 Murderous Cut, +1 Garruk Relentless
-4 Force of Will, -2 Abrupt Decay

Death & Taxes
+2 Disfigure, +2 Toxic Deluge, +1 Pithing Needle, +1 Murderous Cut
-4 Force of Will, -2 Hymn to Tourach

Miracles
+2 Hymn to Tourach, +1 Pithing Needle, +1 Garruk Relentless
-4 Baleful Strix

Maverick
+2 Disfigure, +2 Toxic Deluge, +1 Pithing Needle, +1 Murderous Cut
-4 Force of Will, -2 Hymn to Tourach

Aggro Loam
+4 Leyline of the Void, +2 Disfigure, +1 Murderous Cut
-4 Force of Will, -2 Hymn to Tourach, -1 Umezawa’s Jitte

U/G Infect
+2 Disfigure, +2 Toxic Deluge, +1 Murderous Cut, +1 Pithing Needle
-4 Ancestral Vision, -2 Hymn to Tourach

BUG Delver
+2 Disfigure, +2 Toxic Deluge, +1 Murderous Cut, +1 Garruk Relentless
-4 Force of Will, -2 Hymn to Tourach

Elves
+2 Disfigure, +2 Toxic Deluge, +1 Murderous Cut. +1 Pithing Needle
-2 Liliana of the Veil, -2 Hymn to Tourach, -2 Baleful Strix

DeathBlade
+2 Hymn, +2 Toxic Deluge, +1 Pithing Needle, +1 Garruk Relentless
-4 Force of Will, -2 Baleful Strix

Dredge
+4 Leyline of the Void, +2 Duress
-2 Liliana of the Veil, -2 Hymn to Tourach, -2 Ancestral Vision

UR Delver
+2 Disfigure, +2 Hymn to Tourach
-2 Maelstrom Pulse, -2 Liliana of the Veil

ANT
+4 Leyline of the Void, +2 Hymn to Tourach, +2 Duress
-4 Abrupt Decay, -4 Baleful Strix

TES
+2 Hymn to Tourach, +2 Duress, +2 Toxic Deluge
-4 Abrupt Decay, -2 Baleful Strix

Lands
+4 Leyline of the Void, +1 Pithing Needle
-1 Umezawa’s Jitte, -2 Hymn to Tourach, -2 Liliana of the Veil

RUG Delver
+2 Disfigure, +1 Murderous Cut
-2 Hymn to Tourach, -1 Maelstrom Pulse

Reanimator
+4 Leyline of the Void, +2 Hymn to Tourach, +2 Duress
-2 Maelstrom Pulse, -4 Abrupt Decay, -2 Baleful Strix

Sneak and Show
+2 Duress, +2 Hymn to Tourach, +1 Pithing Needle
-4 Abrupt Decay, -1 Baleful Strix

Burn
+2 Hymn to Tourach, +2 Duress, +2 Disfigure
-2 Maelstrom Pulse, -4 Ancestral Vision

Jund
+2 Disfigure, +2 Toxic Deluge, +1 Murderous Cut, +1 Garruk Relentless
-4 Force of Will, -2 Abrupt Decay

Episode 020 — GP Columbus: Top 8 with Miracles

Welcome back to the Brainstorm Show! This episode is a bit self-indulgent, but I’m sure our listeners will allow us to recompose ourselves after Wilson Hunter grabbed his 2nd Legacy GP Top 8. Next episode we look forward to coming back with a deck tech on Shardless BUG. Stay on the lookout.

Episode 019 — GP Columbus Through a Miraculous Lens

Miracles players rejoice! The Brainstorm Show is back on the deck and this week we are providing you with a lengthy discussion about our approach to building the deck in anticipation of GP Columbus. Wilson and Phillip have worked to produce the leanest, most flexible list they could while still taking advantage of the heavy hitters in many Miracles builds. This is a list designed with the wide-open GP field in mind. We hope you enjoy the analysis and find our sideboarding map useful.

The Miracles discussion starts at about 24:00. Below you will find the decklist, as well as a detailed sideboarding guide:

The Brainstorm Show’s GP Columbus Miracles List
Spells (34)
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
1 Preordain
2 Predict
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Terminus
1 Counterspell
4 Counterbalance
4 Force of Will
2 Engineered Explosives

Creatures (7)
4 Monastery Mentor
3 Snapcaster Mage

Lands (19)
4 Island
2 Plains
2 Tundra
2 Volcanic Island
4 Flooded Strand
4 Scalding Tarn
1 Arid Mesa

SB
1 Mountain
4 Pyroblast
2 Disenchant
2 Blood Moon
1 Entreat the Angels
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Surgical Extraction
2 Flusterstorm
1 Spell Pierce

Sideboard Map

Mirror:
+1 Mountain
+4 Pyroblast
+2 Flusterstorm
+1 Spell Pierce
+1 Vendilion Clique
-4 Swords to Plowshares
-4 Terminus
-1 Plains

Grixis/RUG Delver:
+1 Mountain
+4 Pyroblast
-4 Force of Will
-1 Counterspell

BUG Delver:
+2 Flusterstorm
+1 Spell Pierce
+1 Vendilion Clique
-4 Force of Will

Death & Taxes:
+2 Disenchant
+1 Entreat the Angels
+1 Vendilion Clique
-4 Counterbalance
(On the play, board in Spell Pierce over single Counterspell)

Eldrazi:
+2 Blood Moon
+2 Disenchant
+1 Spell Pierce
-4 Counterbalance
-1 Counterspell

Storm:
+2 Flusterstorm
+1 Spell Pierce
+1 Surgical Extraction
+4 Pyroblast
+1 Vendilion Clique
+1 Mountain
-4 Swords to Plowshares
-4 Terminus
-2 Plains

Sneak and Show:
+4 Pyroblast
+2 Flusterstorm
+1 Spell Pierce
+2 Disenchant
+1 Vendilion Clique
+1 Mountain
-4 Swords to Plowshares
-4 Terminus
-2 Engineered Explosives
-1 Plains

Lands:
+2 Blood Moon
+1 Vendilion Clique
+1 Surgical Extraction
+1 Entreat the Angels
+2 Disenchant
-4 Terminus
-1 Counterspell
-2 Predict

Elves:
+2 Disenchant
+2 Flusterstorm
+1 Entreat the Angels
-4 Force of Will
-1 Counterspell
(Judgment call here: might keep Force of Will vs. an inexperienced opponent because they could go all in the Natural Order plan)

Shardless BUG:
+4 Pyroblast
+1 Spell Pierce
+2 Blood Moon
+1 Entreat the Angels
+1 Vendilion Clique
+1 Mountain
-4 Force of Will
-4 Counterbalance
-2 Engineered Explosives