Author Archives: Allied Strategies

Episode 252 – Surprise Bans!

Here’s the B&R announcement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/august-8-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement

This week we’re discussing these bans and the kind of cards and strategies that may be enabled by them.

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Episode 251 – Benjamin Finally does OK at a Magic Tournament

Benjamin has experienced some uncharacteristic success and will be making an appearance in the top 8 over at twitch.tv/magic this weekend as the first seed! This week we inflate his ego further by discussing this, though we make sure to keep it in check with frequent backhanded compliments.

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Episode 250 – Untitled Podcast

This week we didn’t really have anything to talk about – the PT finals are coming up this weekend and both Ben and Sam have been prepping but neither felt like talking much about it, so instead we talked about all kinds of things. We hope to be back to magic soon, but we’re all a little burned out on it right now!

Here’s the image mentioned near the start of the show:

And here’s a link to the Quora post mentioned after the music at the end: https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-find-the-positive-integer-solutions-to-frac-x-y+z-+-frac-y-z+x-+-frac-z-x+y-4

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Episode 249 – What to do if you’re bad at the best deck.

As is tradition, there are some Organized Play changes that draw discussion from us as part of this week’s show. Here’s a link if you want to follow along: https://magic.gg/news/announcing-the-2020-2021-magic-esports-season

After that, we transition to our main topic – Benjamin’s getting ready to play the PT finals with a deck that he neither enjoys nor is any good at. This is not a situation that most players need to put themselves through, but it does at least partially resonate with many of us.

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Episode 248 – How to Save Pioneer

This week’s show goes into a few different moderately sized topics, including a discussion of Mana Advantages, the number of health that Healing Salve would need to restore to be as powerful as Ancestral Recall, and then we get to our main topic of how to save Pioneer, a format in which 3 of the last 4 Format Challenge tournaments have failed to fire.

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Episode 247 – M21 Limited with Sam Sherman

This week we’re joined by returning guest Sam Sherman, currently ranked #32 on the MTG Elo Project, putting him in a solid third place among members of this episode. He’s been jamming some M21 drafts and is here to educate you (and us!) about the format. He’s also just started streaming Magic at https://www.twitch.tv/samdsherman – throw him a follow!

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Episode 245 – Arena PT with Eli Loveman

This week we have Eli back on the show, coming off of a top 8 finish at the PT! We discuss the tournament itself, the process of playing an Arena/Discord tournament, and the decks that everyone settled on.

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Episode 243 – Where to go now in Standard

A massive rules change and banning has landed on the Standard format (in addition to all the others), and this week we’re taking a look at some of the strategies that may emerge (or have been left standing) from the destruction. Next week we’ll explore this further as the PT will be upon us.

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