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 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 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 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

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

Episode 009 — Deck Dissections for SCG Worcester

Happy days! The Brainstorm Show is back in action. This episode, we talk SCG Worcester Top 8 decklists — what we liked, what we didn’t like, and what changes we would make. As always, we hope you enjoy and want to hear from you. Hit us up on Twitter and Facebook! Ideas for future episodes or deck discussions are always welcome. If you want to send in a decklist for us to talk about, we would also enjoy doing that! Have a great week, everyone.

Disclaimer: It’s not all puppies and rainbows during our discussion of the decks. Please do not take our comments as a criticism of the individuals in the Top 8 — in fact, we want to congratulate every one of them for battling through two days and 15 rounds of competitive Legacy. That is a major accomplishment! Our aim is to create discussion around card choices and deckbuilding, and we find being open and honest most conducive to this objective.

SCG Worcester Top 32 Decks