In a special patron-requested episode, our three friends provide a roadmap to improvement for key Magic skills and other useful habits. We also kick off the show with run downs and reactions to the latest Magic Arena announcements for Explorer and Pioneer.
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The Break Down: An Explorer Exposition Dump
The Dive Down: Getting Better at Magic: Stan Proposes Practice
The Dive Down, 2: Getting Better at Magic: Dave and Shane Reject Practice
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4:28 - Housekeeping
7:30 - The Break Down - Explorer!
18:16 - How are we feeling?
26:05 - The potential decks of Explorer
32:35 - What are we playing in Explorer?
34:40 - An artistic diversion
37:57 - The Dive Down - How to get better at Magic
39:39 - 1) Play more Magic
42:20 - 2) Play both sides of the battlefield
49:42 - 2a) Do the math
1:03:24 - 3) Identify the decks you excel at
1:10:38 - 4) Mulligan better
1:22:15 - 5) Treat your games as experiments
1:41:49 - 6) Get feedback on your play
1:48:00 - Some conclusions
Links from this week's episode:
The announcement of Explorer: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/mtg-arena-state-game-streets-new-capenna-2022-04-21
PVDDR's Best plays in Magic history: https://pvddr.substack.com/p/the-best-plays-in-the-history-of?s=w
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