Episode 178

NRG Modern & Pio: Is 4c 2 Good 4 U?


June 16th, 2022

1 hr 33 mins 48 secs

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About this Episode

It's a hot one on The Dive Down this week. We take a deep look at NRG's recent set of Modern and Pioneer Trials in Lansing, Michigan and tackle the big questions about our favorite formats. Is 4c too good for Modern? What can even be done if it is too good? What's happened to Pioneer without Winota and Expressive Iteration? How many words can the three of us get beeped out in one episode? And more! Stan fights through jet lag and still brings the insights. Shane loves talking about bad decks that performed badly. And, finally, Dave gets his comeuppance.

The Break Down: An Intro for Our Times
The Break Down: NRG Modern: A Format With Great Playstyle Diversity
The Break Down: NRG Pioneer: No Alarms and No Surprises, Please

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4:30 - Housekeeping
6:15 - The NRG Lansing Event
9:40 - The NRG Modern overall metagame
15:39 - The Top 64 meta
36:10 - The Top 8
39:07 - Is 4-Color too good?
54:45 - Stan's back, and he smells good
57:30 - The NRG Pioneer metagame
1:02:33 - How the good Pioneer decks performed
1:21:20 - What decks didn't do well?
1:26:30 - The Top 8
1:28:47 - Even more thoughts on Pioneer
1:32:02 - Closing out

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NRG Modern $10k: https://mtgmelee.com/Tournament/View/9604
NRG Pioneer: $5k: https://mtgmelee.com/Tournament/View/9605

Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name?

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