Brief Brainstorm 011 — Popeye Stompy

In this Brief Brainstorm, Paul and Wilson share their thoughts on the recent Popeye Stompy internet troll and its consequences for the Legacy community.

 

Episode 035 — The Best Laid Plans…

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show. In this episode, we provide you with a look at Wilson’s EE7 experience, a starting point for Czech Pile, and take a large helping of listener questions. Hidden in this episode is the secret to becoming a better Magic player. Spoiler alert: it’s not much of a secret. We hope you enjoy!

The Brainstorm Show’s “Czech Pile/4C Control” + Sideboard Guide:
4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Baleful Strix
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 Kess, Dissident Mage
1 True-name Nemesis

2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

2 Thoughtseize
1 Counterspell
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Lightning Bolt
2 Fatal Push
2 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Abrupt Decay
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will

4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Verdant Catacombs
3 Underground Sea
2 Volcanic Island
2 Tropical Island
1 Badlands
1 Swamp
1 Island

SB
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Flusterstorm
3 Pyroblast
2 Duress
1 Diabolic Edict
2 Pithing Needle
1 Toxic Deluge
1 Kess, Dissident Mage

Grixis Delver
-4 Force of Will, -1 Counterspell, -2 Thoughtseize
+2 Flusterstorm, +3 Pyroblast, +1 Toxic Deluge, +1 Diabolic Edict

Death & Taxes
-4 Force of Will, -1 Counterspell
+1 Diabolic Edict, +1 Toxic Deluge, +2 Pithing Needle, +1 Kess, Dissident Mage

Grixis Control
-2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor, -2 Thoughtseize, -1 Counterspell, -1 Force of Will
+3 Pyroblast, +2 Flusterstorm, +1 Diabolic Edict

Mirror
-4 Force of Will, -2 Thoughtseize
+3 Pyroblast, +2 Flusterstorm, +1 Kess, Dissident Mage

UWx Control
-4 Force of Will, -1 Counterspell, -1 Baleful Strix
+3 Pyroblast, +1 Toxic Deluge, +1 Diabolic Edict, +1 Kess, Dissident Mage

Storm
-3 Baleful Strix, -2 Fatal Push, -1 Lightning Bolt, -1 Umezawa’s Jitte, -2 Abrupt Decay, -1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor, -1 True-name Nemesis
+2 Duress, +3 Surgical Extraction, +3 Pyroblast, +2 Flusterstorm, +1 Kess, Dissident Mage

Dark Depths
+2 Flusterstorm, +2 Pithing Needle, +1 Diabolic Edict
-2 Thoughtseize, -1 Umezawa’s Jitte, -1 Toxic Deluge, -1 Fatal Push

Lands
+3 Surgical Extraction, +2 Pithing Needle, +1 Diabolic Edict
-1 Toxic Deluge, -2 Thoughtseize, -1 Lightning Bolt, -1 Umezawa’s Jitte, -1 Fatal Push

4C Loam
-4 Force of Will, -1 Counterspell, -2 Thoughtseize
+2 Pithing Needle, +3 Surgical Extraction, +1 Kess, Dissident Mage, +1 Diabolic Edict

Burn
-2 Thoughtseize, -2 Jace, the Mindsculptor
+2 Duress, +2 Flusterstorm

Elves
-2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor, -1 Baleful Strix
+1 Toxic Deluge, +2 Flusterstorm

BR Reanimator
+3 Surgical Extraction, +2 Flusterstorm, +2 Duress, +1 Diabolic Edict
-2 Jace, the Mindsculptor, -2 Fatal Push, -1 Lightning Bolt, -2 Abrupt Decay, -1 Umezawa’s Jitte

Sneak and Show
+2 Flusterstorm, +3 Pyroblast, +2 Pithing Needle, +2 Duress
-1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor, -2 Fatal Push, -1 Lightning Bolt, -1 Umezawa’s Jitte, -1 True-name Nemesis, -3 Baleful Strix

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Wilson Hunter’s Vintage Restricted Storm
1 Ancestral Recall
1 Brainstorm
1 Ponder
4 Preordain
1 Gitaxian Probe
1 Mystical Tutor
1 Vampiric Tutor
2 Dark Ritual
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Time Walk
4 Paradoxical Outcome
1 Tendrils of Agony
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Timetwister
1 Wheel of Fortune
1 Windfall
1 Yawgmoth’s Will
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mox Sapphire
3 Mox Opal
1 Lotus Petal
1 Manavault
1 Sol Ring
1 Mana Crypt
2 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Monastery Mentor
4 Force of Will

2 Flooded Strand
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Polluted Delta
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Underground Sea
1 Tundra
1 Volcanic Island
1 Island
1 Ancient Tomb

SB
1 Tinker
1 Blightsteel Colossus
4 Defense Grid
2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Steel Sabotage
1 Chain of Vapor
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Containment Priest
1 Yixlid Jailer

Episode 034 — This Whole Comeback Thing is Getting Old…

The Brainstorm Show boys get back in the pod-saddle for an episode with lots of updates, both personal and format-wise. We hope you enjoy while we get back on track with more regular competitive deckbuilding content!

Episode 033 — Lessons from GP Vegas

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show. All eyes were on Las Vegas for cues from the first major tournament since the banning of Sensei’s Divining Top. The results didn’t disappoint. In this episode, we talk about D&T, Miracles, some surprises from the Top 64, and where we see Legacy going over the next couple months.

GP Vegas Legacy Top 64 Breakdown
ALL CREDIT FOR THIS LIST GOES TO CALLUM SMITH AND THE HARDWORKING FOLKS AT MTGTHESOURCE.COM
11 Grixis Delver
5 Bant Deathblade
5 Show and Tell
5 Elves
4 BUG Delver
3 Miracles
3 4c Loam
3 DnT
2 Czech Pile
2 Food Chain
2 BR Reanimator
2 BG Depths
2 Lands
2 RUG Delver
2 UR Delver
2 Grixis Control
1 UW Stoneblade
1 UWr Stoneblade
1 UB Shadow
1 Eldrazi
1 Infect
1 Aluren
1 Merfolk
1 BUG Lands

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

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

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

SB
2 Blood Moon
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Thoughtseize
2 Flusterstorm
2 Pyroblast
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Darkblast
1 Ancient Grudge
2 Liliana, the Last Hope

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

Episode 032 — Storm Reborn

It is high time to revisit Storm, given that it has become a deck to beat over the past few weeks since Sensei’s Divining Top was banned. Find our list and sideboarding map below:

Storm (ANT) by The Brainstorm Show
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Duress
3 Cabal Therapy

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

4 Infernal Tutor
2 Grim Tutor / Dark Petition
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
2 Flooded Strand
1 Scalding Tarn
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Bloodstained Mire

SB
1 Ad Nauseam
2 Chrome Mox
1 Massacre
3 Chain of Vapor
3 Hurkyl’s Recall
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Leyline of the Void

Sideboarding Map:

Delver (assuming no Arcane Labs, adjust for g3 if needed):
+1 Inquisition of Kozilek
-1 Past in Flames

BUG/4c Midrange/Czech Pile:
No Changes

Sneak and Show:
+1 Ad Nauseam
+1 Inquisition of Kozilek
-1 Past in Flames
-1 Island

Death and Taxes (note no outs to Mindbreak Trap):
+1 Ad Nauseam
+2 Chrome Mox
+3 Chain of Vapor
+1 Massacre
+1 Inquisition of Kozilek
-4 Duress
-3 Cabal Therapy
-1 Past in Flames

Eldrazi:
+3 Hurkyl’s Recall
+2 Chrome Mox
+1 Ad Nauseam
+1 Inquisition of Kozilek
-2 Duress
-3 Cabal Therapy
-1 Island
-1 Past in Flames

Lands:
+3 Hurkyl’s Recall
+3 Chain of Vapor
+2 Chrome Mox
+1 Ad Nauseam
-1 Empty the Warrens
-1 Past in Flames
-3 Cabal Therapy
-4 Duress

BR Reanimator:
+4 Leyline of the Void
+2 Chrome Mox
+1 Ad Nauseam
-1 Island
-1 Past in Flames
-1 Empty the Warrens
-3 Cabal Therapy
-1 Duress

Storm Mirror:
+1 Ad Nauseam
+1 Inquisition of Kozilek
-1 Island
-1 Ponder

Burn:
+1 Ad Nauseam
+2 Chrome Mox
+1 Inquisition of Kozilek
+3 Chain of Vapor
-1 Past in Flames
-1 Island
-4 Duress
-1 Cabal Therapy

Elves:
+1 Ad Nauseam
+2 Chrome Mox
+1 Inquisition of Kozilek
+1 Chain of Vapor
-1 Empty the Warrens
-1 Past in Flames
-3 Cabal Therapy

Episode 031 — After the aTOPalypse

Hello, everybody and welcome back to another episode of The Brainstorm Show. In this episode we take on the recent banning of Sensei’s Divining Top, and cover which decks get better, which get worse, and where you probably want to be when the dust settles out.

Check out our latest brew, Natural Order BUG:

NO BUG
4 Deathrite Shaman
1 Noble Hierarch
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Tarmogoyf
1 Snapcaster Mage
2 Vendilion Clique
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 Tireless Tracker
1 Progenitus

1 Jace, the Mindsculptor

4 Natural Order
3 Green Sun’s Zenith

4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Thoughtseize
3 Fatal Push
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Maelstrom Pulse

1 Dryad Arbor
1 Forest
1 Swamp
1 Island
2 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
4 Verdant Catacombs
4 Misty Rainforest
3 Polluted Delta

SB:
1 Gaddock Teeg
4 Force of Will
1 Flusterstorm
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Reclamation Sage
2 True-Name Nemesis
1 Darkblast
1 Gurmag Angler

Episode 030 — How to Sideboard

Hi loyal listeners! We are back with more in-depth content. This time we step away from individual decks and cards to take a look at how The Brainstorm Show constructs sideboards. We dive into the theory we employ to build an optimal sideboard plan for an anticipated metagame. Check it out!

Episode 029 — Listener’s Choice

Hello faithful listeners of The Brainstorm Show! Apologies for the extended hiatus while we got back into the recording booth. In this episode we take on a bunch of questions that were generated from the Facebook community we have been building. Check us out at The Brainstorm Show Community Board.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebrainstormshow/

Special thanks to all the listeners who generated fun topics for us to discuss. We hope you enjoy!

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)