The Dive Down

A Magic: The Gathering podcast for the casual spike, focused on the Modern and Pioneer formats.

About the show

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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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Bonus 8: Big on Tik Tok w/ Deezy_MTG

    Episode  |  July 7th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In this bonus episode, Stan sits down with Nick Valdez, AKA Deezy MTG to talk about the art of content creation, MTG comedy, and what it's like being the #1 Magic Tik Tok account in America and maybe the world!

  • Episode 80: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Core Set 2021 Edition

    Episode  |  July 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 52 mins

    On this week's episode we take three (or more!) decks featuring Core Set 2021 cards through the Sleeve/Believe/Heave gauntlet. Did they have what it takes to get the coveted "Sleeve" rating? Following that, we discuss how new cards are impacting classic decks in Modern and Pioneer!
    The Dive Down: Stanislav Snoops
    The Dive Down, pt 2: Dave Stormwings
    The Dive Down, pt 3: Shane Selesnyas
    ... And more!

  • Episode 79: Naya Winota: Joining Forces in Modern & Pioneer

    Episode  |  June 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 50 mins

    This week we dive into both Modern AND Pioneer to explore Naya Winota! Did she successfully recruit us into joining her forces, or did we remain unaffiliated? We also do a quick break down of the latest Modern Challenge to explore the variety of decks finding success, and wind down with some Patreon questions.
    The Break Down: Stanislav <3s Modern
    The Dive Down: History's Best BoP Deck?
    The Wind Down: A Few Questions

  • Episode 78: Pioneer Possibilities & Core 21, pt. 2

    Episode  |  June 19th, 2020  |  1 hr 51 mins

    This week we receive a short but substantial ray of sunshine about Pioneer from Shane and then talk about our our second and final batch of picks to click from Core Set 2021!
    The Break Down: Pioneer is Actually Good
    The Break Down, cont: But What About Inverter? Stan Speaks
    The Dive Down: Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers (again)

  • Episode 77: Companions Crash & Core 21, pt. 1

    Episode  |  June 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 51 mins

    This week we look at the post-Companion metas for Pioneer and Modern, then talk about our picks to click from the first batch of Core Set 2021 spoilers!
    The Break Down: Our Companions Leave Us Alone
    The Break Down, cont: Modern & Pioneer Metas
    The Dive Down: Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers

  • Episode 76: Gathering the Magic ft. Cavedan

    Episode  |  June 5th, 2020  |  2 hrs 2 mins

    The hosts of The Dive Down want to make our beliefs clear: Black Lives Matter.
    We share the commitment of many of our listeners in educating ourselves on the unfathomable pain faced by people of color in the United States and beyond. All proceeds from this week’s episode will go to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and several other organizations that fight for justice on behalf of oppressed people and communities.
    As for the episode itself: Join us this week as we have special guest Cavedan, of Faithless Brewing fame, on as we break down the latest B&R announcement and the companion rules change, talk about our thoughts and feelings about the game and meta-game of Magic, and quiz him about brewing.

  • Episode 75: Pioneer Jeskai Lukka: Superfriendly Fires

    Episode  |  May 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 53 mins

    We dive into one of the most powerful and popular decks in Pioneer - Jeskai Lukka Yorion Sharknado Fires Control! Or whatever it's called!
    The Break Down: The latest Pioneer SQ
    The Dive Down: TapouT
    The Dive Down, continued: Agents of Snap Concessions

  • Episode 74: Complicated Companion Questions ft. Aspiring Spike

    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 73: Diving Deeper: How Do I Know If I'm Winning?

    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 72: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Constant Companions, v.2

    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 71: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Constant Companions, v.1

    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 70: Ponza: Sprawling Out

    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 69: Ikoria: A Lair of Spoilers, Pt. 2

    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

  • Bonus 7: Mono-Red Prowess ft. Ryan Overturf

    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 68: Ikoria: Lair of the Spoilers, Pt. 1 ft. Aspiring Spike

    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 67: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Pioneer Budget Decks

    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)