Author Archives: Allied Strategies

Episode 238 – Ikoria Draft Overview

With dozens of drafts under our belts, this week we’re breaking down the fundamentals of the Ikoria Draft format – how each Archetype works, the key cards in each strategy, and cards that have surprised us by over- or under-performing.

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Episode 237 – Modern Zirda Combo

Sam’s cooked up a spicy Modern Combo deck built around Zirda, with a Collected Company shell and some cards you may recognize from decks such as his beloved Birthing Pod. The inspiration for this deck comes partly from Friend of the Podcast Raymond, who submitted a Pioneer deck for discussion last week.

Here’s the rough draft of the deck that Sam was working with – though there are several changes he’s already made (discussed during the show).


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Episode 236 – Ikoria’s Potential in Pioneer and Modern

This week Ben and Sam have picked out some Ikoria cards that have potential in Pioneer and Modern, and Tristan has picked bad cards that he should be ashamed for picking and will deservedly be made fun of.

Check out Friend of the Podcast Raymond’s Bant Blink pioneer deck:

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Episode 235 – First Look at Ikoria

Ikoria spoilers are here, and we’re taking a look at them and discussing the mechanics of the set. Companion in particular has drawn a lot of scrutiny from the community, so we’re weighing in with our thoughts.

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Episode 234 – Guess That Sound

We’ve created a new segment for the show! Find out what it is towards the end. For our main topic, we’re discussing new Organized Play changes in response to the changing global situation. It’s impacted the amount of Magic we’ve been playing too, but we hope to return to strategy content next week with some MTGO Modern Horizons drafts under our belts.

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Episode 233 – The Deeper Problems of this Standard

Allen Wu (@nalkpas on Twitter) tweeted about this Standard format having the characteristics of a good one, yet not being fun. This week we’re discussing that theory, in addition to the news of Magic’s enhanced online offerings in this era of no tabletop play.

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Episode 232 – Video Games for Magic Players

This week we’re taking a look at a selection of the Video Games we’ve enjoyed most. If you’re finding yourself inside more often these days, you may be interested in picking up one of these to help pass the time, and we’ve got recommendations for every type of person, including how the different games relate to Magic.

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Episode 231 – Beating Bombs

Staring down a Dream Trawler, a Citadel Siege, or a Glorybringer can be a daunting prospect, but the best Magic players find ways to edge out a few extra percentage points in these situations and we’re going to give an overview of some of those strategies for both Draft and Sealed.

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Episode 230 – Pioneer Mono Blue

Sam’s been messing around with a mono blue list in Pioneer – here is the list:

4 Thassa’s Oracle

4 Ashiok’s Erasure

4 Omen of the Sea

2 Thassa, Deep-Dwelling

4 Gadwick, the Wizened

2 Brazen Borrower

4 Witching Well

2 Agent of Treachery

2 Reflector Mage

2 Temple of Enlightenment

2 Thassa, God of the Sea

4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

4 Leyline of Anticipation

4 Hallowed Fountain

4 Glacial Fortress

10 Island

2 Teferi, Time Raveler


1 Tidebinder Mage

4 Mystical Dispute

2 Aether Gust

2 Reflector Mage

3 Detention Sphere

2 Rest in Peace

1 Teferi, Time Raveler

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