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 263: What Are We Playing in Chicago? Plus NRG... Chicago

    Episode  |  February 22nd, 2024  |  1 hr 51 mins

    The MagicCon is finally upon us. We prepare for a weekend full of side events by looking at the most exciting innovations for our favorite formats, and figure out how to win the most tickets for the coveted prize wall.

  • Episode 262: Rainbow Rhinos and 19,442 Matches of Modern

    Episode  |  February 15th, 2024  |  1 hr 34 mins

    Join us this week as we discuss how Modern has gone rainbow. The full compliment of Rhino Boys — Dave, Devon, Shane, and Stan — are together for the first time this year. We're talking about Modern in upheaval and the results from all the RCs this last weekend.

  • Episode 261: SCGCON Hartford & MKM Cards Appear!

    Episode  |  February 8th, 2024  |  1 hr 13 mins

    RC Denver is coming up. MagicCon Chicago is coming up. As a bit of an amuse bouche for these giant upcoming events, this week Dave and Shane take a look at SCGCON Hartford — Modern $10ks, Pioneer Events — and talk about MKM cards that we've seen pop up across our formats. Leyline? Surveil? More?

  • Episode 260: Modern RC in Ghent & MKM Previews pt.2

    Episode  |  February 1st, 2024  |  1 hr 40 mins

    This week Shane returns, and in celebration we take a quick trip to Ghent to recap the Modern RC this week. What's going on in Modern as we make our way towards the next RC in Denver? But first (well, second, actually) — the last cards we like from MKM, and our top 5 lists!

  • Episode 259: Only Murders in the Guilding (Previews, v1)

    Episode  |  January 25th, 2024  |  1 hr 37 mins

    It's a simple show this week... or is it? Dave and Devon dive into the previews to date of the latest set — Murders at Karlov Manor!

  • Episode 258: What is Standard Right Now?

    Episode  |  January 18th, 2024  |  1 hr 35 mins

    Join Shane and Devon as they embark on an epic journey through the realm of... Standard. Yes, Standard. With RCQ season in full swing, it's time to look over all the decks you need to know to be prepared.

  • Episode 257: What is Modern Right Now?

    Episode  |  January 11th, 2024  |  1 hr 22 mins

    It's time for The Dive Down to get back to work! We're fully into 2024 and this week Shane and Dave are diving deep into what Modern is right now.

  • Episode 256: New Year... New Formats?

    Episode  |  January 4th, 2024  |  1 hr 41 mins

    This week's episode is not about about Modern or Pioneer! Instead, we fire off our free passes to MTGO's Vintage Cube and figure out how D00mwake became one of the format's trophy leaders. We also dust off our Arena accounts to play a little Timeless. Are we picking up new formats for the show? Only one way to find out!

  • Episode 255: The Birds Are Back in Town, ft. CCR & OafMcNamara

    Episode  |  December 28th, 2023  |  1 hr 44 mins

    Izzet Phoenix is back on the menu so we're diving in for the first time in 5 years! Stan is joined by CCR from MTG Grindcast, along with the Pioneer trophy leader & Izzet Phoenix aficionado OafMcNamara to break down the deck in all its controlling glory.

  • Episode 254: RC Atlanta is Over and So is 2023

    Episode  |  December 21st, 2023  |  1 hr 48 mins

    With all the discourse swirling around Dreamhack Atlanta, the Dive Down boys decide to avoid it at all costs and just look at the cold hard facts - which decks did well, which decks did poorly, what did the matchup spreads look like, and where does Pioneer go from here. We also wrap up the show with an extended wind down recapping some of our favorite moments from Magic, podcasting, and pop culture.

  • Episode 253: RC Atlanta Preview: Amalia, Copters, & More

    Episode  |  December 14th, 2023  |  1 hr 31 mins

    RC Atlanta is looming, so this week the team is diving into Pioneer. Dave, Devon, and Shane take a spin through what's happened to the format since the bans early last week. But before that we spend some time on the Modern main from the LET in Barcelona.

  • Episode 252: Four Bans, Too Furious

    Episode  |  December 5th, 2023  |  1 hr 32 mins

    The mad lads did it! Fury... banned. Up the Beanstalk... banned. Karn, the Great Creator... banned. Geological Appraiser... banned. Smuggler's Copter... used to be banned, now unbanned. We react to the bombshell B&R, consider which decks win and lose from the announcement, and think about what looks good for RC Atlanta.

  • Episode 251: Regional Championships and Unusual Discoveries in Pioneer

    Episode  |  November 30th, 2023  |  1 hr 29 mins

    On this week's show, The Dive Down breaks down results from a variety of Pioneer RCs that took place in Asia, Latin America, and Canada. Our eyes pop out at some numbers from the new Discover decks, and we check-in on the final NRG Series open of the year.

  • Episode 250: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Lost Caverns Edition

    Episode  |  November 23rd, 2023  |  1 hr 25 mins

    On this week's show, The Dive Down take some new cards from Lost Caverns of Ixalan for a spin in Modern and Pioneer. They cast Tishana's Tidebinder, Geological Appraiser, Warden of the Inner Sky, and more!

  • Episode 249: These Rhinos Ride Again

    Episode  |  November 16th, 2023  |  1 hr 38 mins

    This week on The Dive Down we get back to basics. Stan and Shane focus on the three things The Dive Down does best: a) break down a large Modern tournament (SCG Pittsburgh), 2) give some takes about Rhinos, and iii) have a heartfelt conversation about MTG Universes Beyond. Mono White Hammer, Halo Forager, Sheoldred, and Captain America – what do they have in common? They're all here for this week's episode of The Dive Down.

  • Episode 248: The Last Caverns of Ixalan (Spoilers Part 2)

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

    It's time for the final spoiler episode of 2023! We think? We go through the full spoiler from The Lost Caverns of Ixalan and talk about the cards we think will have the most impact... that we haven't already spoken about.