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 215: New Sets, First Looks: Shadows Over Hobbiton

    Episode  |  March 23rd, 2023  |  1 hr 28 mins

    Sure it's 3 months away, but if that doesn't stop WOTC from sharing The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth spoilers, what should stop us from talking about the summer's straight to Modern set? Then we dust off our old Arena accounts to play some new Innistrad cards.

  • Episode 214: Deckfest 1: Tyvar Sac, Spirits, Elves, Calibrated Blast, and Humans, ft. d00mwake

    Episode  |  March 16th, 2023  |  2 hrs 6 mins

    Our international relations split today's show into two sections, and a new episode tradition was born. Join us for a multi-format look at some our favorite tribes, a new take on Calibrated Blast, and the latest version of Pioneer Sac.

  • Episode 213: Let There Be Combo, ft. Ryan Donkin

    Episode  |  March 9th, 2023  |  1 hr 15 mins

    Fresh off the heels of his RCQ win with Amulet Titan, our Twitter friend Ryan Donkin joins us to break down the power of Mycosynth Garden, pour one out for Ad Nauseum, and how to count all the triggers in Glimpse of Tomorrow decks.

  • Episode 212: Modern's Back & So is Stanislav!

    Episode  |  March 2nd, 2023  |  1 hr 23 mins

    Well, here it is. The week you've all been waiting for — the Rhino Boyz finally get back their Rhino format. And also, Stanislav is back. We take a look at the Top 32 metas of all the MTGO Challenges from 2/10 – 2/24 and throw in some data on the Manatraders February final to boot. Hear what we sound like during a daytime recording (for the first time ever) and also hear what we sound like in British accents (hopefully for the last time ever).

  • Episode 211: 8 Takes from PT Phyrexia, ft. d00mwake

    Episode  |  February 23rd, 2023  |  1 hr 35 mins

    With Shane and Stan both gone this week, Dave called in returning guest host Devon O'Donnell, aka d00mwake, to talk about his hot Pro Tour Phyrexia takes. Is d00m buying what Dave's selling? That's to be determined. Buying or not, Dave and Devon first go over the expected and unexpected decks from the return of the Pro Tour, then chat about some of the early previews from March of the Machines.

  • Episode 210: Pro Tour Philly Preview, ft. d00mwake

    Episode  |  February 16th, 2023  |  1 hr 47 mins

    This week Dave and Shane invite Devon O'Donnell (aka d00mwake) over to help us prepare for the return of the Pro Tour! We go deep on Pioneer as we take a look at the recent meta and last weekend's MTGO Challenges (or whatever they're called), go over where established decks are picking up new tech from ONE, and lastly run through a bunch of sleeper decks and their potential for a PT break through.

  • Episode 209: ONE Weekend of New Decks & Techs

    Episode  |  February 9th, 2023  |  1 hr 16 mins

    This week Shane and Dave dive into results from the first weekend of Magic after ONE. It looks like the set has had more impact on Modern and Pioneer than we thought possible with upgrades coming to several decks and even a couple of new brews emerging.

  • Episode 208: Phyrexia: All Will Be One Spoilers, Part 2, ft. DarthJacen

    Episode  |  February 2nd, 2023  |  1 hr 34 mins

    It's time for Part 2 of our tour through Phyrexia: All Will Be One — but this time we brought in reinforcements in the form of Sky Mason aka DarthJacen.

  • Episode 207: Phyrexia: All Will Be One Spoilers, Part 1

    Episode  |  January 26th, 2023  |  1 hr 31 mins

    This week Shane and Dave dive into the weirdness that is Phyrexia: All Will Be One. Join us this week as we go through the cards we love, the cards we hate, and the cards we're just plain Perplexia'd by.

  • Episode 206: Modern Domain Zoo & NRG Champs

    Episode  |  January 19th, 2023  |  1 hr 28 mins

    This week Dave and Shane work on becoming Masters of their Domain with a quick dive into Modern Domain Zoo. But mostly we just gush about Tribal Flames. But first we talk about the exciting end of the 2022 NRG Championship Series and marvel at the decks and tiny tech choices people made in a field of 16 players.

  • Episode 205: 2023 Magic Kickoff: Modern & Pioneer

    Episode  |  January 12th, 2023  |  1 hr 24 mins

    Dave and Shane kickoff 2023 in Magic in our first Stan-less episode of his hiatus. We take a quick tour around the formats we love: we first spend time on a tour of Modern via recent MTGO events, then through Pioneer via Frank Karsten's most recent assessment of the combined RC meta. But first we talk about this weekend's NRG Championship Series Finals. And then before that we also cry some because we miss Stan.

  • Episode 204: Our 2023 Goals & an Intro to Heavy Play

    Episode  |  January 5th, 2023  |  1 hr 25 mins

    Surprise! We got one more episode out of Stan before he heads off to the UK — and it's a good one. It's time for our annual chat about our 2023 goals as Magic players, podcasters, friends, and frenemies. But before all that, we're excited to bring you a fun discussion we had with Randy Chiang, CEO and Founder of [Heavy Play]( — a brand new, player-centric take on deck boxes, playmats, and sleeves.

  • Episode 203: The 2022 Divey Awards & a Major Announcement

    Episode  |  December 22nd, 2022  |  1 hr 33 mins

    For our final episode of the year, we're kicking off with a huge announcement of things to come in 2023. Then we dive into the hottest cards and decks of the year.

  • Episode 202: Modern Jeskai Breach: Get on the Grind

    Episode  |  December 15th, 2022  |  1 hr 25 mins

    Jeskai Breach has been dominating the paper and MTGO scenes for months, and Stan's obvious pleas have finally been answered. The boys dive into the deck and break down the results from NRG Louisville.

  • 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!