Episode 86

Pioneer Format, Reborn


August 14th, 2020

1 hr 47 mins 8 secs

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About this Episode

This week we break down the post-ban Pioneer Challenges and Prelims and talk about what's over and under-performing. Then we head into the Dive Down to talk about our experiences playing Pioneer, our thoughts on the state of the format, and answer some listener questions!

The Break Down: Pioneer is Back, Baybee!
The Dive Down: Are We Having Fun Yet?
The Wind Down: Dive Down is that You? It's Me, Listeners.

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2:35 - Housekeeping
5:25 - The Break Down begins
7:58 - The overall competitive meta
25:27 - The winner's meta
28:17 - Cool decks!
36:10 - Hot takes on Pioneer
41:54 - The Dive Down begins
43:51 - What players were talking about
47:39 - What we were playing this week
50:49 - How did our decks feel?
1:03:00 - What we saw being played
1:10:25 - Was anything feeling under or overpowered?
1:16:00 - A digression - what makes Magic fun?
1:22:32 - Are the best cards and decks too good?
1:28:00 - Is the format healthier now?
1:31:20 - Listener questions! Does Uro make aggro unplayable?
1:35:28 - Does Pioneer need Bolt, Path, and better Counterspells?
1:39:10 - What would we play in a Pioneer GP?
1:41:25 - Will Pioneer be played when paper comes back?
1:45:12 - Closing out

Links from this week's episode:
Simic Spirits: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3283075#paper
Abzan Aristocrats https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3279021#paper
Inverterless Inverter https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/3283205#paper

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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