The Dive Down is a podcast focused on Magic: The Gathering's Modern and Pioneer formats, with the casual spike in mind. Each week your hosts Dave, Shane, and Stanislav discuss decks, events, and level-up topics related to the latest non-rotating formats.
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Episode | May 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 55 mins
This week Aspiring Spike is back to help us understand the Companion metagame in Pioneer and Modern. What's good, what's not so good, and how to next-level your opponents!
The Break Down: Lotus Box Modern
The Dive Down: Shane Has Facts
The Dive Down, pt. 2: A Love/Hate Relationship
Episode | May 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 53 mins
This week we tackle a level-up prompt from a Patron of The Dive Down Nation - what does it mean to have advantage in a game of Magic? We explore what advantage can look like in different aspects of the game, how to use it in your game play, and how to play when you are ahead or behind.
The Break Down: Cool decks from recent challenges
The Dive Down: The Unified Theory of Magic
The Dive Down, pt. 2: Debunking the Unified Theory of Magic
Episode | May 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 51 mins
We take three more Companions and three new decks through the S/B/H process, and let you know what we thought about them! Maybe we even used that hippo one! (We didn't.)
The Break Down: The Lotus Box is a League
The Dive Down: Yorion, Lurrus (Again?), and Gyruda
The Wind Down: 3 Minutes About Hobbies
Episode | May 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 59 mins
This week The Dive Down boys test out some of the latest decks in Modern and Pioneer, all featuring Companions! Love them or hate them, they are certainly here for now. Listen and learn what we think about 3 of the newest popular Companions!
The Break Down: 2 Challenging Modern Challenges
The Dive Down: Our New Friends Lurrus, Obosh, and Zirda
The Wind Down: Funeral For a Friend
Episode | April 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 53 mins
We hang out with our old friend Klothys and her minions as we do a deck dive into the latest tier 1 Modern deck, Ponza!
The Break Down: Challenge of the Companions
The Break Down, cont: The Takes You're Looking For
The Dive Down: 2 Glorybringers on Turn 3
Episode | April 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 49 mins
Dave is back and we tackle a second batch of spoilers from Ikoria, and give you our picks to click in Pioneer and Modern! Then we wind things down with The Dive Down Nation's spoiler survey.
The Break Down: The latest Pioneer Super Qualifier
The Dive Down: More Monsters, Fewer Problems
The Wind Down: The Nation's spoiler survey
Episode | April 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 21 mins
In this bonus episode, Dave and Stan got to chat with Ryan Overturf about Mono-Red Prowess! Who doesn’t love an explosive Lightning Bolt deck? We chat about the deck’s evolution in Modern, how to evaluate its threats, side boarding and more!
Episode | April 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 48 mins
We have Evart Moughon, aka Aspiring Spike, on as a guest host to go over the first batch of Ikoria spoilers!
The Break Down: Modern Showcase!
The Dive Down: Behemoth Spoilers!
The Wind Down: Listener Questions!
Episode | April 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 42 mins
This week we each take a budget deck through the S/B/H process, and share our experiences testing out some novel options in Pioneer!
The Break Down: Talking Two Pioneer Super Qualifiers
The Dive Down: Ox Talk (and some other things)
Episode | March 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 53 mins
This week we head back for another Heliod deck dive, this time in Pioneer!
The Break Down: Super MTGO Qualifiers in Modern and Pioneer
The Dive Down: Infinite Clicks 'n' Damage 'n' Stuff
Episode | March 20th, 2020 | 1 hr 51 mins
This week's a weird one, because things are weird. We first go over the Modern and Pioneer MTGO Challenges, then head into a grab bag of listener questions!
The Break Down: Business as Usual
The Dive Down: Staying Healthy, and Staying Positive
Episode | March 13th, 2020 | 1 hr 49 mins
This week we're doing a bit of a news show — we're covering and discussing a bunch of current topics in Modern and Pioneer including Monday, March 9th's B&R, Pioneer on Arena, and SCG Regionals in Modern. Join us as we break down and break down and break down the last week of mtg.
The Break Down 1: Pioneer Masters
The Break Down 2: B&R
The Dive Down: SCG Regionals (Modern)
Episode | March 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 49 mins
This week we are looking at some of the newest (and oldest) tech and decks in Modern and Pioneer! Mono G Walkers in Pioneer, Grinding Station Breach in Modern, and... Shadow of Doubt?
The Break Down: The Modern and Pioneer Showcase Challenges
The Dive Down: Innovations in Modern and Pioneer
Episode | February 28th, 2020 | 1 hr 56 mins
The gents explore a Patreon request - Orzhov Sram Auras - in Pioneer! Who's wearing the pants in this format? Listen to find out!
The Break Down: SCG Indy Pio Open
The Dive Down: Some Hate, Some Hope, Some Pants
The Wind Down: Hey... Whacha Doin?
Episode | February 25th, 2020 | 1 hr 23 mins
In this bonus episode, Stan interviews a fixture of the MTGO leagues and Modern Blue Moon aficionado, Jacob Cumiskey aka ThePenSword. They talk about the ins and outs of Blue Red control decks, ranging from Thing in the Ice to Through the Breach, and gush over some of their favorite counterspells.
Episode | February 21st, 2020 | 1 hr 51 mins
We take a dive into Heliod Company Combo in Modern. How it works, what we learned, and how annoying it is to play on Magic Online!
The Break Down: NRG Indianapolis
The Dive Down: Infinite Life and Infinite Misclicks
The Wind Down: Manners, Schmanners