Episode 70

Ponza: Sprawling Out


April 24th, 2020

1 hr 53 mins 12 secs

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About this Episode

We hang out with our old friend Klothys and her minions as we do a deck dive into the latest tier 1 Modern deck, Ponza!
The Break Down: Challenge of the Companions
The Break Down, cont: The Takes You're Looking For
The Dive Down: 2 Glorybringers on Turn 3

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2:45 - Housekeeping
5:42 - The Break Down begins: a Pioneer super qualifier
6:28 - The top 8 (with maybe some Companion talk)
22:42 - The rest of the meta
25:48 - The immediate impact of Companions and our hot takes
39:25 - The Dive Down: Gruul Midrange/RG Ponza
45:10 - Our initial thoughts
48:40 - What this deck is trying to do
53:15 - The early game
58:22 - The midgame
1:00:58 - A special focus on Klothys
1:06:43 - Back to the ramp targets and midgame plays
1:13:20 - Closing out the game
1:21:01 - The Companion Variant
1:31:45 - Why is Ponza good now?
1:36:30 - Some good and kinda bad matchups
1:41:30 - Some helpful thoughts
1:45:30 - How to stop Ponza
1:48:50 - The future of Ponza in the meta
1:50:28 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
The Pioneer Super Qualifier: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-super-qualifier-2020-04-18
The “Classic” Ponza list: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2878672#paper
The Companion list: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2941115#paper

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