Episode 174

Explorer’s First Ban & More Pioneer Testing


May 19th, 2022

1 hr 46 mins 16 secs

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About this Episode

This week's episode starts with Dave telling a shaggy dog story while fumbling through the Seinfeld theme on his bass — so you know it's going to be a loose one. Fortunately, Shane and Stan quickly bring the three friends back on track (within the first 4 minutes, we swear) and take us all through Winota's ban in Explorer, four different challenges across Modern and Pioneer, and finally some of their testing results with Winota and Izzet Phoenix in Pioneer. Stan rolls to a non-interactive 4-1. Shane can't stop shreddin. Dave can't stop slappin the bass.

The Break Down, I: Winota's Gone in Explorer!
The Break Down, II: Kicking Bass in a Bunch of Challenges
The Dive Down: Winota's Here in Pioneer! So is Phoenix!

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5:40 - Housekeeping
8:46 - The Break Down begins - The first Explorer bans
17:11 - Saturday's Pioneer Challenge
28:49 - Sunday's Pioneer Challenge
35:30 - Cool Decks, Inc - Pioneer ed.
38:48 - Saturday's Modern Challenge
46:23 - Sunday's Modern Challenge
52:26 - Public Smelling Stories
55:58 - The Dive Down - Stan's hot takes on Winota
1:00:16 - Fable of the Mirror breaker is a protection spell
1:04:00 - Esika's Chariot = Splinter Twin
1:06:58 - Deck mull good
1:09:25 - Enablers are good
1:12:05 - Modern vs. Pioneer gameplay discussion
1:20:05 - Shane casts blue and red cards
1:34:00 - Shane's thoughts on Izzet Phoenix in Explorer
1:41:56 - Stan cracks a pack
1:44:35 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
May 11 B&R: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/may-11-2022-banned-and-restricted-announcement
Saturday's Pio Challenge: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/pioneer-challenge-12418751#paper
Sunday's Pio Challenge: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/pioneer-challenge-12418755#paper
Saturday's Modern Challenge: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/modern-challenge-12418748#paper
Sunday's Modern Challenge: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/tournament/modern-challenge-12418754#paper
Naya Winota in Pioneer: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/4818484#paper
Izzet Phoenix in Explorer: https://mtgazone.com/explorer-izzet-phoenix-deck-guide/

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