Episode 037 — Listener’s Delight

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show! In this episode, we field a wide array of listener questions. We reference our colleagues over at Leaving a Legacy podcast. Check them out at https://www.hipstersofthecoast.com/leaving-a-legacy/

We also make a couple updates to a sweet, non-Miracles, non-Baleful Strix control list we have been pushing for some months now. Find it below:

Grixis Control
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Young Pyromancer
3 Snapcaster Mage
1 Gurmag Angler
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Gitaxian Probe
3 Cabal Therapy
2 Thoughtseize
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Lightning Bolt
2 Fatal Push
1 Diabolic Edict
2 Kolaghan’s Command
4 Force of Will

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

3 Blood Moon
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Flusterstorm
2 Pyroblast
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Darkblast
1 Forked Bolt
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
1 Ancient Grudge

2 thoughts on “Episode 037 — Listener’s Delight”

  1. Good podcast overall, just wanted to add one thing to what you said to the humans of magic guy relating to how to prepare for a tournament. I think the most important thing to do, even more so then memorizing lists or developing the most uber sideboard plan, is to understand what your fundamental game plan is going to be for each of the top 10…20…30 decks. You need to try and come up with a scenario that puts you into the winning position and determine how you will work towards building that scenario. This requires at least a fundamental understanding of what each of the top decks are trying to accomplish to beat your strategy, but here’s an example. As a lands player I understand that in the 4c control match up punishing fire is going to be the most consistent way of winning. I won’t bore you with specifics as to why that’s the best plan, but just by knowing that information, I now know to make sure I’m playing to win with that specific mechanism. Now this is when having knowledge of their decklist is really going to pay off. If I know they play three surgicals and snapcasters or lotv, the only situation in which I’m able to lose when I don’t have three groves untapped or I don’t have any grips in my deck. Knowing that the pfire plan gives me inevitability I make sure that I work towards that plan, turning stages into groves and boarding in a couple grips. Obviously this is a simple example as we’re working with an extreme example of linear game plans, but the concept can and should be applied elsewhere. Is protecting Jace, the mindsculptor the way to push me into the winning seat in a particular match up? Am I working towards this situation in which I resolve a Jace and still have protection available? Just my 2 cents. Great Show once again!

  2. I really liked this episode: getting your guys’ thoughts and opinions and having questions answered by your caliber of players is very informative!

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