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


Episode 008 — Lands

Hello loyal listener-folk and welcome back! We do apologize for the long wait between episodes. We had a long series of technical issues and scheduling conflicts, but we are back on track and back to our old habits. This week we take on Lands, specifically RG Combo Lands. Enjoy and as always your feedback is welcome and appreciated. Also, follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

The Brainstorm Show’s RG Combo Lands List:

Lands (34)
1 Forest
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Glacial Chasm
4 Grove of the Burnwillows
3 Maze of Ith
1 Misty Rainforest
4 Rishadan Port
2 Taiga
4 Thespian’s Stage
2 Tranquil Thicket
1 Verdant Catacombs
4 Wasteland
1 Windswept Heath
1 Wooded Foothills
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale
3 Dark Depths

Spells (26)
4 Mox Diamond
4 Exploration
2 Manabond
4 Crop Rotation
4 Punishing Fire
4 Gamble
4 Life from the Loam

Sideboard (15)
1 Chalice of the Void
4 Sphere of Resistance
2 Thorn of Amethyst
1 Zuran Orb
1 Ghost Quarter
4 Krosan Grip
1 Karakas
1 Dark Depths


Episode 007 — Legacy in the Land of the Rising Sun

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back! This week the Brainstorm crew talks GP Kyoto. There were some crazy card choices and a metagame very different from the US’s or Europe’s showed up. Given the limited information Wizards released about the event, we did our best to go over what was popular, what dominated, and what was new. Please refer to the links below for the Top 8 decklists and a really quality SNL sketch.

GP Kyoto Top 8 Decklists

SNL’s Maine Justice

Episode 006 — A Mélange of Myths and Mulligans

In this episode we take a freeform approach to discussing a few interesting Legacy and strategy topics. Join us on our quest to create the most awkward segues and puns available to the human race. We take on Dragons of Tarkir, mulligans, Extirpate effects, the hot new rW Death & Taxes, and we even brew up a Jeskai Delver deck we would be proud to take to a tournament. We hope you enjoy the (jarring) ride!

Table of Contents:

1:30 — DTK Review
12:30 — The New Jeskai Delver
20:40 — Discussion of Gitaxian Probe
26:15 — Red-splash Death & Taxes
37:15 — Mulligans in Legacy
52:25 — Extirpate effects

Jeskai Delver List:

Creatures (13):
4x Delver of Secrets
4x Young Pyromancer
3x Myth Realized
2x Monastery Mentor

Spells (28):
4x Brainstorm
4x Ponder
4x Gitaxian Probe
4x Daze
4x Force of Will
2x Spell Pierce
4x Lightning Bolt
2x Swords to Plowshares

Lands (19):
4x Polluted Delta
2x Misty Rainforest
2x Flooded Strand
3x Tundra
3x Volcanic Island
1x Underground Sea
4x Wasteland

SB (15):
4x Cabal Therapy
2x Meddling Mage
2x Rest in Peace
3x Pyroblast
2x Wear//Tear
2x Swords to Plowshares

Red-splash Death & Taxes List:

3x Magus of the Moon
2x Imperial Recruiter
4x Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4x Mother of Runes
4x Flickerwisp
3x Phyrexian Revoker
4x Stoneforge Mystic
2x Serra Avenger

1x Umezawa’s Jitte
1x Batterskull
1x Sword of Fire and Ice
4x Æther vial
4x Swords to Plowshares

4x Wasteland
4x Rishadan Port
3x Karakas
4x Windswept Heath
2x Flooded Strand
2x Plateau
4x Plains

3x Sudden Demise
2x Ethersworn Canonist
2x Rest in Peace
2x Council’s Judgement
2x Cataclysm
2x Enlightened Tutor
1x Manriki-Gusari
1x Circle of Protection: Red
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WUBRGxyz Twitch Channel
Drew Levin’s “The Ultimate RUG Delver Primer”

Episode 005 — Invi (and Other Deadly Sins)

The Brainstorm Show is back after a weekend off playing at the SCG Invitational in Richmond. In this (much shorter) episode, we discuss how Phil and Wilson chose their deck, how the metagame felt, and which decks you should consider for the near future. The Richmond Invitational was full of bittersweet moments, and some utter depravity. We hope you enjoy!

Episode 004 — Miracles

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Brainstorm Show. In this episode, we bring back Phil Braverman for his first episode as an official co-host! This week we give Miracles the same treatment we gave ANT, with deck building philosophy and two-way matchup analysis. If this show format appeals to you and you want us to continue doing these deep deck analyses, please let us know in the comments. Links to referenced decklists are including below. Enjoy the show!

Phil Braverman’s current list (March 2015)

4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Swords to Plowshares
3 Counterbalance
2 Counterspell
1 Vendilion Clique
1 Councils Judgement
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Force of Will
4 Terminus
2 Entreat the Angels
3 Dig Through Time

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

1 Pithing Needle
1 Spell Pierce
2 Flusterstorm
2 Pyroblast
1 Red Elemental Blast
1 Wear//Tear
2 Rest in Peace
2 Stoneforge Mystic
1 Batterskull
2 Blood Moon

Phil’s GPNJ Top 8 List (Stoneforge Miracles)
RiP/Helm Miracles
Joe Lossett’s Legendary Miracles
Philipp Schonneger’s Ponder Miracles
Jim Davis’ BUG Delver

Episode 003 — The Good Side of Bad

After a short hiatus, Wilson and Paul are back to talk about the “bad” decks in Legacy and why you should not only be prepared for them but also appreciate them. Phillip “Tremaine” Braverman is off galavanting on a nude beach somewhere with his parents, so Wilson and I decided to have a little fun with this episode. Next week, expect Phil and Wilson to tell everyone how they approach Miracles, its matchups and how to play/combat it. For your reference, below you will find links to the most recent and highest placing finish of each deck that we discuss here. Hope you enjoy!

LED Dredge
Manaless Dredge
Oops! All Spells
Big Zoo
MUD (Metalworker)
Enchantress (G/W)
Dragon Stompy

Episode 002 — Ad Nauseam Tendrils (ANT)

In this episode, we invite GP New Jersey Top 8 competitor, Phillip Braverman, onto the show to help us discuss ANT. Wilson and Phil go back and forth about key matchups, what cards matter in each, and how to craft the game from both sides of the table.

We also talk about Wilson’s most recent ANT list and we hear why he thinks you shouldn’t even be playing Ad Nauseam in the mainboard! Here is the list for your reference:


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

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

4x Brainstorm
4x Ponder
4x Gitaxian Probe

4x Duress
3x Cabal Therapy

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


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

Episode 001 – Overview of the Legacy Metagame

In this, the inaugural episode of the Brainstorm Show, Wilson and Paul talk a little bit about themselves and a lot bit about the Legacy metagame as it stood in February 2015. We lay out our philosophy as a show — that we will never take card choices as givens and we will seek to objectively analyze the deckbuilding decisions we make to compete in various metagames.