The Dive Down

A Magic: The Gathering podcast for the casual spike, focused on Modern, Pioneer, Explorer, and more!

About the show

The Dive Down is a Magic: The Gathering podcast focused on the latest decks, trends, and strategies for the casual spikes in Modern, Pioneer, Explorer, and more!

Each week your hosts Dave, Shane, and Stanislav discuss the latest innovations, competitive events, and level-up topics for paper and online players.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 29: The Gaak Came Back

    Episode  |  July 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 48 mins

    The Break Down: SCG Pittsburgh Open & GP DFW
    The Dive Down: Hogaak Bridgevine Deck Dive
    The Wind Down: Randomness in Modern Magic

  • Episode 28: Sleeve It / Believe It / Heave It: Modern Horizons Edition

    Episode  |  June 28th, 2019  |  1 hr 37 mins

    The Break Down: We analyze the emerging meta and the Hogaak menace in MTGO tournament results.
    The Dive Down: Do we want to Sleeve, Believe, or Heave 4 Modern decks built around new Modern Horizons cards?
    The Wind Down: Mistakes were made.

  • Episode 27: Knights of the Necropolis ft. Riley Knight

    Episode  |  June 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 47 mins

    The Break Down: We talk about the latest MTGO 5-0 deck dumps and the last MTGO Modern Challenge.
    The Dive Down: Stan and Zak chat with CFB's Riley Knight.

  • Episode 26: Reply Guys

    Episode  |  June 14th, 2019  |  1 hr 30 mins

    The Break Down: We talk about the London Mulligan and the first Modern Horizons MTGO Modern Challenge
    The Dive Down: Modern Horizons Listener Questions!

  • Episode 25: Modern Horizons Set Review, Part the Second

    Episode  |  June 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 45 mins

    The Dive Down: The gang reviews the OTHER half of Modern Horizons using the beloved sleeve / believe / heave grading system.

  • Episode 24: Modern Horizons Set Review, Part the First

    Episode  |  May 31st, 2019  |  2 hrs 19 mins

    The Dive Down: The gang reviews half of Modern Horizons using the beloved sleeve, believe, heave grading system.

  • Episode 23: UW Control: My Son Is ALSO Named Teferi

    Episode  |  May 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 48 mins

    The Break Down: 4 early preview cards from Modern Horizons.
    The Dive Down: The UW Control Deck Dive! What makes control decks tick, and why is UW seemingly better than ever?
    The Wind Down: A Patreon question about the Golden Age of Modern.

  • Episode 22: Sleeve It / Believe It / Heave It: War of the Spark Edition

    Episode  |  May 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 42 mins

    The Break Down: We look at some spicy new decks making their appearance in the Modern Challenge and the Modern MOCS Monthly.
    The Dive Down: Do we want to Sleeve, Believe, or Heave 4 Modern decks built around new War of the Spark cards?
    The Wind Down: When and how to buy into Modern?

  • Episode 21: Humans: Be Yourself, In Card Form

    Episode  |  May 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 41 mins

    The Break Down: 3 new decks courtesy of War Of The Spark
    The Dive Down: Deck Dives are back! We talk Humans - how it's constructed, some tips and tricks, and how you might try to beat this Tier 1 staple.
    The Wind Down: Why isn't UW Control more popular?

  • Episode 20: MC2: London Boogaloo

    Episode  |  May 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 22 mins

    The Dive Down: We break down the results and impact of Mythic Championship London.
    The Wind Down: We take some listener questions.

  • Episode 19: War of the Spec!

    Episode  |  April 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 48 mins

    The Break Down: Going over the final GP before Mythic Championship London: GP Yokohama.
    The Dive Down: Our picks to click from War of the Spark.
    The Wind Down: A philosophical tournament report from Stanislav.

  • Episode 18: London Mulling

    Episode  |  April 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 29 mins

    The Break Down: We talk about the latest Modern GP, Sao Paulo!
    The Dive Down: The London Mulligan: how does it impact modern? What we can learn from the latest Magic Online tournaments, and our own experiences.
    The Wind Down: Our predictions for MC London.

  • Episode 17: The Best Unplayables

    Episode  |  April 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 42 mins

    The Break Down: We talk the SCG Cleveland Modern Open and the latest MTGO Modern Challenge.
    The Dive Down: 4 cards (and a little bonus!) that aren't quite ready for prime time. Why they aren't there and what we're looking for to make them playable.
    The Wind Down: A special announcement many of you have been waiting for!

  • Episode 16: The Unholy Grail

    Episode  |  April 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 46 mins

    The Break Down: Dissecting GP Calgary, the Modern MOCS, and Tobi Henke's full meta packet of GP Bilbao.
    The Dive Down: How best to use, abuse, and understand Chalice of the Void.
    The Wind Down: Our first picks to click from War of the Spark.

  • Episode 15: 1+1+1=7

    Episode  |  March 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 45 mins

    The Break Down: Analyzing the results from SCG Cincinnati's Team Open and Modern Classic.
    The Dive Down: We dive down into the big green menace: TRON. How it works, what it's trying to do, and how you can try to stop it.
    The Wind Down: The crew answers a listener question about the Modern decks we miss most.

  • Episode 14: The Bird That Shan't Be Named ft. Ross Merriam

    Episode  |  March 22nd, 2019  |  2 hrs 9 mins

    The Break Down: Analyzing the results from GPs Tampa and Bilbao, and SCG Philadelphia.
    The Dive Down: We interview Ross Merriam about Izzet Phoenix, tournament preparation, Modern Horizons reprints, and more.
    The Wind Down: New decks the hosts are looking at.