The Dive Down

A Magic: The Gathering podcast for the casual spike, focused on Modern, Pioneer, Explorer, and more!

About the show

The Dive Down is a Magic: The Gathering podcast focused on the latest decks, trends, and strategies for the casual spikes in Modern, Pioneer, Explorer, and more!

Each week your hosts Dave, Shane, and Stanislav discuss the latest innovations, competitive events, and level-up topics for paper and online players.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 201: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: New Modern BROs

    Episode  |  December 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 21 mins

    Annnnnnnd we're back. Now that your faithful hosts have or have not recovered from Episode 200, Dreamhack, Thanksgiving, NRG Chicago, international travel, and other... ailments... it's time for the three friends to embark on the next 200 episodes of the show. To kick off the dawning of this new age of TDD, we're first going to spend some time talking about NRG Chicago and Stan's incredible performance there. After heaping praise upon our favorite son who came in 10th place, we dive into some next decks in Modern that feature cards from The Brothers' War.

  • Episode 200: 200 Modern Cards for the Casual Spike

    Episode  |  December 1st, 2022  |  2 hrs 17 mins

    Well, we finally made it — episode 200! To celebrate, we deliberated over a list of 200 important cards from Modern's past and present, broke them down into categories.... and then talked about them. Join us as we reminisce about Modern's past, celebrate its current form, and bring up every counterspell.

    A very special thanks to all of you Citizens of The Dive Down Nation who keep making this possible and for making our community the absolute best. We appreciate you!

  • Episode 199: RC Atlanta: Final Prep feat. darthjacen

    Episode  |  November 17th, 2022  |  1 hr 55 mins

    The anticipation is almost over. What started as a blink our collective eye way back in the spring has come to pass. It's time for RC Atlanta. As the rhino boyz prepare to head down to Dreamhack to... cover(?)... the event, we turn to new friend of the show Sky Mason, aka darthjacen, from Playing Pioneer to help us work through the latest decks, trends, and strategies for Pioneer.

  • Episode 198: Bromancing the (Power)stones, Part 2

    Episode  |  November 10th, 2022  |  1 hr 41 mins

    In this second installment of The Brothers' War spoilers, Dave and Shane lament the lack of Stan this week while chatting the plusses and minuses of 20-ish new cards that just might impact Modern and Pioneer. Is Third Path Iconoclast the new Seasoned Pyromancer? Will Woodcaller Automaton get Karn the Great Creator banned? Is Sarinth Steelseeker the sleeper card of the set? I guess we'll find out. But before all that, we spend some time assessing the Nerd Rage Gaming Team Trios $10k and Pioneer $5k that happened in Fort Wayne this past weekend.

  • Episode 197: Bromancing the (Power)stones, Part 1

    Episode  |  November 3rd, 2022  |  1 hr 34 mins

    Our first tour in The Brothers' War! We chat about the Modern and Pioneer potential for Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim, Phyrexian Fleshgorger, Urza's Command, Skitterbeam Battalion, and more. We also dip our toe in the latest version of 4C Control featuring Keruga, the Macrosage.

  • Episode 196: NRG Newark: Featuring Kaheera

    Episode  |  October 27th, 2022  |  1 hr 28 mins

    In this week's episode, we break down the Nerd Rage Gaming $10k Team Trios Trial and the $5k Modern Trial in Newark, Ohio. We look at the overall metagame, the new breakout decks in Modern, and what did well (and not so well). Following that, we take a bit of time to talk about some decks we've been playing in Modern and Pioneer!

  • Episode 195: The People's Meta: Post-Noodle Doodles

    Episode  |  October 20th, 2022  |  1 hr 48 mins

    What does Modern look like now that Yorion is banned? On this week's show we go through the complete Friday October 14 deck dump to discuss our expectations for the format's staples and other rogue decks.

  • Episode 194: Rakdos Scam: Midrange is Undead

    Episode  |  October 13th, 2022  |  1 hr 47 mins

    Yorion is banned, rejoice! To celebrate, we're scamming it up with Rakdos Scam aka Rakdos Elementals aka Rakdos Midrange aka Rakdos Blink. A deck that goes by many names but it's only got one thing on it's mind. Turn 1 Grief, baby! It's a Modern deck dive of undying proportions.

  • Episode 193: Creativity Can't Be Stopped feat. Zach Ryl

    Episode  |  October 6th, 2022  |  1 hr 11 mins

    Today is the story of a deck that has been floating around for a long time in Modern, a deck that we won’t let Dave forget about, a deck that inspired us to invite our old pal Zach "Manacymbal" Ryl... that's right, it's time for a Indomitable Creativity deck dive.

  • Episode 192: NRG Minneapolis & Trying Out Scapeshift & MonoG

    Episode  |  September 29th, 2022  |  1 hr 42 mins

    This week Dave and Stan review the results from the NRG Modern $10K in Minneapolis, where 5c Creativity beat Rakdos Scam in the finals. We also dip our toes in a couple new Modern decks to see if we like playing Scapeshift or Mono-Green Devotion.

  • Episode 191: My Sweet Lord(s): Goblins vs Merfolk vs Elves

    Episode  |  September 22nd, 2022  |  1 hr 35 mins

    The introduction of three new lords in Dominaria United was all the incentive we needed to do a tribal week on The Dive Down. We tested some Modern and a Pioneer deck featuring Leaf-Crowned Visionary, Vodalian Hexcatcher, and Rundvelt Hordemaster for another edition of Sleeve Believe Heave.

  • Episode 190: Domainaria & More: First Impressions of DMU

    Episode  |  September 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 22 mins

    This week it takes two to make a thing go right! And by two we me Dave and Shane. And by thing we mean podcast. This podcast. Stan is out this week, so Dave and Shane talk about early impressions of Pioneer and Modern with access to the powerful cards of Dominaria United.

  • Episode 189: NRG in STL & Dominaria United, pt 2 (ft Jesse Robkin & Aspiringspike)

    Episode  |  September 1st, 2022  |  2 hrs 6 mins

    Fresh of an amazing weekend at the NRG tournament in St. Louis, Jesse Robkin joins us to break down the Team Trios Trial and the Modern 5K. Then our old pal Aspiringspike drops in to go over the remaining cards from Dominaria United that have potential for constructed play.

  • Episode 188: Dominaria United Untied: Spoilers, Part 1

    Episode  |  August 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 45 mins

    This week it's all about the first batch Dominaria United spoilers as Dave and Shane talk through what cards have caught our eye so far. How much of a lock is Temporary Lockdown? Does Cut Down make the cut? What other cards does Shane think aren't constructed worthy imo. imo bb.

  • Episode 187: Liliana, Pain Lands, & Frank Karsten

    Episode  |  August 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 28 mins

    Our exciting first bit of Dominaria United spoilers are here, and the gang reacts to the addition of three new allied pain lands, Liliana of the Veil coming to Pioneer, and more.

  • Episode 186: These Ends Were Made for Living, ft. Chris Castro-Rappl

    Episode  |  August 11th, 2022  |  2 hrs 3 mins

    CCR from MTG Grindcast joins us to talk about all things Living End. On the heels of his RCQ win with the deck, Chris helps us break down the cards, the sickest plays, how to beat common hate strategies, and more!