Episode 73

Diving Deeper: How Do I Know If I'm Winning?


May 15th, 2020

1 hr 53 mins 32 secs

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About this Episode

This week we tackle a level-up prompt from a Patron of The Dive Down Nation - what does it mean to have advantage in a game of Magic? We explore what advantage can look like in different aspects of the game, how to use it in your game play, and how to play when you are ahead or behind.
The Break Down: Cool decks from recent challenges
The Dive Down: The Unified Theory of Magic
The Dive Down, pt. 2: Debunking the Unified Theory of Magic

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6:27 - The Break Down begins: Cool decks!
6:59 - May 11 Pioneer Challenge
20:42 - May 11 Modern Challenge
26:44 - UW Miracles ft. Counterbalance
31:52 - The Dive Down begins: Advantage in Magic
42:50 - What’s the first thing that comes to mind with advantage?
49:32 - Is there a way to talk about advantage in a single cohesive way?
57:58 - Thinking about actions instead of turns.
1:06:22 - Are some decks more sensitive to advantage?
1:09:39 - Does it all come down to deck plans?
1:12:05 - What about advantage in combo?
1:14:50 - How fragile is having an advantage in Magic?
1:23:45 - Does a format’s power level make advantage more important?
1:27:17 - Taking your plan to the next level with advantage.
1:30:14 - What to do with your knowledge of in-game advantage.
1:33:05 - How do you regain advantage?
1:41:02 - What to down you already have the advantage.
1:46:38 - How do we get from advantage to intuition?

Links from this week's episode:
The May 11th Pio Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/pioneer-challenge-2020-05-11#decklists
The May 11th Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-05-11#decklists
The May 10th Modern Challenge: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-challenge-2020-05-10

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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