Episode 171 – RNA and Arena with Neal Oliver

The Prodigal Host returneth! Grand Prix Champion Neal Oliver, former host of this podcast, is back for the first time after his departure as co-host. We talk with him about Ravnica Allegiance, Magic Arena and the Best of One format, and we reprise an old segment to match the old host!

Let us know what cards from RNA you’re most excited about and we’ll try to cover them in future weeks! Download this episode here! (right click and “save as…”)

Episode 170 – RNA Previews with Matt Nass

We’ve got a host of exciting new Rares and Mythics to talk about this week, and we’re joined by Magic Pro League Competitor Matt Nass to do just that! Which card is his bold prediction for best card in the set? Which co-host is absent this week? Are either of the Planeswalkers playable? Find out in this week’s show!

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Episode 169 – Addendum to the Previous

We’ve got the full suite of Ravnica Allegiance mechanics now, and our hosts break down their implications for Limited, Standard, and Modern. We’ve also selected a few cards from the new set as we begin the Allied Strategies tradition of picking cards and talking about them.

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Episode 168 – Ravnica Allegiance Mechanics

A new set is finally on the way! We’ve taken a thorough look at the mechanics that have been revealed so far, and have analyzed their potential impact in Limited, Standard, and even older formats. Next week, we’ll cover the remaining mechanics and discuss more specific cards that we think are worth mentioning from those previewed.

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Episode 167 – Best Draft Formats

The History of Magic is littered with excellent draft formats, but today we’ve each identified our favorite three and explained why we love each format so much. We also spend a bit of time discussing a tournament from last weekend where two of our host clashed in an epic undefeated showdown.

Allied Strategies is planning to continue uninterrupted throughout this year’s holiday season, so stay tuned for new episodes every week on this feed!

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Episode 166 – Modern After Guilds

Few sets have impacted Modern as dramatically as Guilds of Ravnica. Today, we examine the specific cards behind this as well as the design paradigm shifts that they suggest, and the the implications this might have for the future of the format. We also speculate on the potential future playability of some sleeper cards from Guilds.

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Episode 165 – Deckbuilding with Matt Nass

If you’ve watched any Modern GPs this year, chances are you’ve seen Matt Nass in the top 8 with a deck he built or optimized. In both Standard and Modern, he’s been a remarkably successful tuner and crafter of decks, and today he’s a special guest on our show to talk about it! Find out how he does it and how his perspective differs from our hosts’.

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