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.


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

Special Feature — Interview with author/podcaster James Hsu

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show! This episode we are very pleased to bring you an interview with author of “Magic: the Addiction” and host of the Humans of Magic podcast, James Hsu. We talk about his fresh take on Legacy podcasting, his experience writing a book about Magic, and his thoughts on Legacy past, present, and future.

Check out “Magic: the Addiction” here: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Addiction-20-Year-Gaming-Journey/dp/1532963874

Check out the Humans of Magic podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/humansofmagic

We hope you enjoy the discussion and James’ fantastic content!

Episode 024 — List updates, reports, and some rants

Welcome back to The Brainstorm Show. This week Paul gives his thoughts on the Miracles Slayer Delver deck he piloted to a Top 8 at the Baltimore Legacy Classic. Wilson updates us on MentorBlade finishes (including his own) and Phil tees us up for a brief rant about Storm. Here are the most recent Brainstorm Show lists for MentorBlade and ANT:

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
3 Monastery Mentor
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor

1 Umezawa’s Jitte
1 Batterskull

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

3 Pyroblast
3 Disenchant
2 Blood Moon
2 Vendilion Clique
1 Surgical Extraction
3 Flusterstorm
1 Sword of Feast and Famine

The Brainstorm Show’s ANT:
4 Ponder
4 Brainstorm
4 Gitaxian Probe

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

4 Duress
3 Cabal Therapy

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

1 Tropical Island
2 Xantid Swarm
3 Abrupt Decay
2 Chain of Vapor
1 Massacre
1 Hurkyl’s Recall
2 Thoughtseize
1 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Ad Nauseam
1 Ill-Gotten Gains

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