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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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 | 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.
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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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!