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.

 

Brief Brainstorm 010 — Vintage Storm with Wilson Hunter

Wilson takes us through his EE7 Vintage Paradoxical Outcome list. Check it out!

Vintage Paradoxical Outcome
By Wilson Hunter

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 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 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 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 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 007 — Deep Dive on BUG Standstill

Hello loyal listeners! As a treat for those who enjoy Standstill, Wilson goes solo for 45 minutes and takes you through the ins and outs of BUG Standstill. You can check out the latest list we have been testing and tuning below:

4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Vendilion Clique
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

4 Brainstorm
3 Fatal Push
2 Counterspell
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Standstill
2 Toxic Deluge
1 Maelstrom Pulse
4 Force of Will

2 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
1 Forest
1 Swamp
1 Island
3 Mishra’s Factory
2 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Lumbering Falls
3 Verdant Catacombs
4 Polluted Delta
2 Misty Rainforest

SB
1 Flusterstorm
2 Thoughtseize
1 Duress
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Diabolic Edict
2 Pithing Needle
1 Null Rod
1 Darkblast
1 True-name Nemesis
1 Tombstalker

Episode 028 — How to (Fatal) Push It Real Good in Legacy

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show, ladies and gentlemen! Three big topics in this episode:
1. Fatal Push and its place in Legacy
2. Three decklists to get you started brewing with Fatal Push
3. The role of cantrips in Legacy and the question of color balance

Content Links:
Sean Brown’s “This Week in Legacy” column on MTG Goldfish
The Brainstorm Show’s Community Discussion Board

Decklists:

BUG Leovold Midrange
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Tarmogoyf
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
1 True-name Nemesis
1 Gurmag Angler

2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
2 Fatal Push
4 Abrupt Decay
1 Spell Pierce
1 Counterspell
1 Maelstrom Pulse
1 Painful Truths
2 Ponder
2 Thoughtseize

4 Polluted Delta
3 Verdant Catacombs
2 Misty Rainforest
3 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
1 Island
1 Forest
1 Swamp
2 Wasteland
1 Creeping Tar Pit

SB
2 Pithing Needle
1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Vendilion Clique
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Go for the Throat
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Garruk Relentless
2 Duress
2 Toxic Deluge

BUG Standstill
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Snapcaster Mage
2 Vendilion Clique
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

4 Brainstorm
3 Fatal Push
1 Spell Snare
2 Counterspell
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Standstill
2 Toxic Deluge
1 Maelstrom Pulse
4 Force of Will

3 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
1 Bayou
1 Forest
1 Swamp
4 Mishra’s Factory
2 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Polluted Delta
2 Misty Rainforest

SB
1 Flusterstorm
3 Thoughtseize
3 Surgical Extraction
1 Murderous Cut
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Pithing Needle
1 Null Rod
1 Garruk Relentless
1 Massacre
1 Darkblast

BUG Delverless
4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Nimble Mongoose
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
2 True-name Nemesis

4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Daze
4 Force of Will
4 Abrupt Decay
2 Fatal Push
2 Thoughtseize
2 Spell Pierce

2 Verdant Catacombs
2 Scalding Tarn
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Flooded Strand
3 Underground Sea
3 Tropical Island
4 Wasteland

SB
2 Winter Orb
1 Pithing Needle
1 Flusterstorm
2 Go for the Throat
2 Fatal Push
2 Painful Truths
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Thoughtseize

BUG CounterTop Control (by listener Christofer Vikstrom)
4 Deathrite Shaman
3 Snapcaster Mage
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest
2 True-Name Nemesis

2 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Counterspell
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Counterbalance
1 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Toxic Deluge
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Force of Will

1 Creeping Tar Pit
1 Forest
1 Swamp
2 Island
3 Misty Rainforest
3 Polluted Delta
3 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
4 Verdant Catacombs

SB
2 Flusterstorm
4 Fatal Push
1 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver
1 Engineered Plague
1 Vendilion Clique
2 Krosan Grip
4 Leyline of the Void

Episode 027 — GP Louisville, a History

Welcome back to the Brainstorm Show. In this episode we talk about our results and experiences at GP Louisville. We also take on some important topics about our community, and recommit ourselves to innovating great decks for all players to enjoy. Below you can check out our Brainstorm Show lists for the GP:

Wilson and Phil’s Mentor Miracles
4 Brainstorm
4 Ponder
4 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Counterbalance
2 Counterspell
1 Spell Snare
4 Force of Will
4 Swords to Plowshares
4 Terminus
2 Engineered Explosives

4 Monastery Mentor
3 Snapcaster Mage

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

SB:
1 Back to Basics
1 Containment Priest
2 Disenchant
1 Entreat the Angels
2 Flusterstorm
1 Mountain
3 Pyroblast
2 Surgical Extraction
2 Vendilion Clique

Paul’s Shardless BUG
4 Brainstorm
4 Force of Will
4 Abrupt Decay
4 Ancestral Vision
2 Hymn to Tourach
1 Maelstrom Pulse
2 Umezawa’s Jitte

4 Deathrite Shaman
4 Baleful Strix
4 Tarmogoyf
4 Shardless Agent
2 Leovold, Emissary of Trest

2 Wasteland
1 Creeping Tar Pit
4 Verdant Catacombs
3 Polluted Delta
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Swamp
1 Forest
3 Underground Sea
2 Tropical Island
2 Bayou

SB:
4 Leyline of the Void
2 Disfigure
1 Thoughtseize
1 Duress
2 Hymn to Tourach
2 Toxic Deluge
2 Garruk Relentless
1 Pithing Needle