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

Episode 018 — Lists and the 4-of Test

In this episode, Paul, Wilson, and Phil talk about some lists they have been testing on MODO before exploring the “4-of” rule, a logical exercise to help you make better deckbuilding choices.

0:00~16:00 Intro & Current State of ANT
16:01~26:50: TES discussion
26:51~36:00: Dark Belcher discussion
36:01~52:00 Predict Miracles
52:01~1:03:00 Response to CounterTop DeMentor criticisms/praise
1:03:01~END 4-of rule thought experiment discussion

The Brainstorm Show’s ANT List:

1 Bloodstained Mire
4 Brainstorm
4 Cabal Ritual
3 Cabal Therapy
4 Dark Ritual
4 Duress
1 Empty the Warrens
4 Flooded Strand
4 Gitaxian Probe
2 Grim Tutor
4 Infernal Tutor
2 Island
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
4 Lotus Petal
2 Past in Flames
4 Polluted Delta
4 Ponder
1 Swamp
1 Tendrils of Agony
2 Underground Sea
1 Volcanic Island

3 Abrupt Decay
1 Ad nauseam
2 Chain of Vapor
1 Ill-Gotten Gains
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Massacre
1 Thoughtseize
1 Tropical Island
3 Xantid Swarm

The Brainstorm Show’s Dark Belcher List:

4 Dark Ritual
4 Cabal Ritual
4 Rite of Flame
4 Desperate Ritual
1 Pyretic Ritual
3 Seething Song
4 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
4 Manamorphose
4 Land Grant
4 Lotus Petal
4 Lion’s Eye Diamond
2 Chrome Mox
1 Bayou
1 Taiga

4 Empty the Warrens
4 Infernal Tutor
4 Goblin Charbelcher

SB
3 Cabal Therapy
1 Ill-gotten Gains
1 Tendrils of Agony
3 Dark Petition
1 Seething Song
2 Past in Flames
2 Reverent Silence
2 Pyretic Ritual

The Brainstorm Show’s Predict Miracles:

4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
1 Preordain
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Counterspell
3 Snapcaster Mage
4 Counterbalance
3 Predict
4 Monastery Mentor
4 Force of Will
4 Terminus

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

SB
1 Mountain
4 Pyroblast
2 Wear // Tear
1 Pyroclasm
2 Surgical
1 Vendilion Clique
2 Flusterstorm
2 Blood Moon

 

Episode 017 — I, for One, Welcome Our Eldrazi Overlords! Plus a New Brew: ShardStill

In this episode, we:

1) Catch up with listener questions
2) Talk about Wilson’s SCG Philly experience and the Eldrazi metagame
3) Discuss the DeMentor deck and lessons learned from testing
4) Unveil our newest creation: ShardStill. Decklist below:

Creatures (18)
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Baleful Strix
4 Shardless Agent
2 Vendilion Clique

Spells (18)
4 Brainstorm
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Standstill
4 Force of Will
2 Umezawa’s Jitte

Lands (24)
4 Mishra’s Factory
1 Mutavault
2 Creeping Tar Pit
3 Underground Sea
3 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
1 Scrubland
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Polluted Delta
1 Misty Rainforest

Sideboard (15)
4 Meddling Mage
2 Thoughtseize
3 Leyline of the Void
2 Murderous Cut
2 Disfigure
2 Toxic Deluge

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

Episode 016 — Eldrazi Aggro is coming to Philly

In this episode, the cast talks Phil’s pro tour success, Eternal Masters, and the newest Tier 1 deck in Legacy, Eldrazi Aggro.

Feast your eyes on this beauty and tune in to SCG this weekend to see it in action in Philly.

Creatures (22)
4 Eldrazi Mimic
4 Phyrexian Revoker
4 Endless One
4 Thought-Knot Seer
4 Reality Smasher
2 Endbringer

Spells (14)
4 Chalice of the Void
2 Trinisphere
3 Warping Wail
2 Dismember
2 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Sword of Fire and Ice

Lands (24)
4 Ancient Tomb
3 City of Traitors
4 Eldrazi Temple
3 Eye of Ugin
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Wasteland
2 Mishra’s Factory

SB (15)
1 Dismember
3 Spatial Contortion
2 Ratchet Bomb
3 Winter Orb
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Mindbreak Trap

Small warning: Wilson’s microphone was doing strange things in this episode, so please pardon any sound issues on his end.

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

Episode 015 — CounterTop Dementor Deck Tech

The Brainstorm Show introduces its latest project: CounterTop DeMentor. The decklist can be found below. An updated sideboard is also provided.

CounterTop DeMentor

Maindeck (60):

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

Planeswalkers (2):
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

Spells (26):
4 Brainstorm
2 Ponder
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Counterbalance
4 Swords to Plowshares
2 Counterspell
1 Dimir Charm
1 Vindicate
4 Force of Will

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

Sideboard (15):
2 Duress
2 Thoughtseize
1 Meddling Mage
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Painful Truths
1 Notion Thief
1 Disenchant
2 Zealous Persecution
2 Disfigure
1 Path to Exile

Updated Sideboard (as of 1/30/15)
2 Surgical Extraction
3 Thoughtseize
1 Duress
1 Meddling Mage
2 Painful Truths
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Disenchant
2 Zealous Persecution
1 Path to Exile

Episode 014 — Back

The Brainstorm Show makes its triumphant return. Wilson, Paul, and Phil talk changes since they left, the current Legacy metagame, and their foray into MTGO waters. Enjoy.

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.