Author Archives: Allied Strategies

Episode 219 – A Good Standard Format

After several waves of bannings, we’ve finally moved into a Standard Format that our hosts find to be quite good. This week’s show, we’re taking a broader look at the characteristics of good standard formats for us, drawing from our full breadth of Magic and Game Design experience.

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Episode 218 – RB Fires

This week we’re covering Red Black Fires – Ben’s been playing the deck a ton so he has a bunch of information to share!

Here’s John Rolf’s list:

4 MIDNIGHT REAPER
4 CAULDRON FAMILIAR
4 CAVALIER OF FLAME
4 MAYHEM DEVIL
4 GOD-ETERNAL BONTU
4 STORMFIST CRUSADER
Sorceries:
2 COVETOUS URGE (this is the most flexible spot in the list)
Artifacts:
4 WITCH’S OVEN
Enchantments:
4 FIRES OF INVENTION
Lands:
7 SWAMP
2 MOUNTAIN
4 FABLED PASSAGE
4 BLOOD CRYPT
4 STEAM VENTS
2 CASTLE LOCTHWAIN
3 BLOODFELL CAVES
Sideboard:
3 DURESS
1 FLAME SWEEP
4 RITUAL OF SOOT
2 SCORCHING DRAGONFIRE
1 REDCAP MELEE
2 BEDEVIL
2 COVETOUS URGE

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Episode 217 – Pillars of Pioneer with Carolyn

This week’s Episode is coming out early, partially due to holiday timings, and partially so you can hear it before too many of the Pioneer PTQs that are scheduled for this week are in the past! We’re taking a look at the format through the lens of the Pillars of the Format, like Thoughtseize, and Field of the Dead, and will try to help explain what the field looks like and what strategies work well against each other.

We also have a Special Guest this week, Carolyn Kavanagh, host of the FAM: Friends and Magic Podcast! Check it out anywhere you can find a Podcast, or find her at https://www.twitch.tv/themightylinguine and https://twitter.com/MightyLinguine

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Episode 214 – MCVI Prep

This week we’re diving into Ben and Sam’s Mythic Championship prep by going over the decks they’ve been working on – tune in this weekend to discover what they ended up playing! We’ll be back next week with a regularly recorded episode.

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Episode 213 – Oko: What Went Wrong?

Oko, Thief of Crowns looks like a format-warping mistake, and one that causes serious problems for the format beyond mere power level considerations. What causes led to this card making it to print?

For reference, here’s Ari Lax’s article on the subject: https://armlx.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-actual-problem-with-oko-thief-of.html

And here’s Jon Finkel’s tweet: https://twitter.com/Jonnymagic00/status/1188918066824011782?s=20

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