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 170: Who Runs the Streets of New Capenna?

    Episode  |  April 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 48 mins

    The full set of New Capenna has been revealed, so on this week's show we complete our run through of all the cards in the set. But first, we spend some time looking through recent Pioneer results with a focus on Izzet Control.

  • Episode 169: The Families of New Capenna and Old Fort Worth

    Episode  |  April 14th, 2022  |  1 hr 48 mins

    The Dive Down visits sunny Texas for SCGCON Dallas! We chat about our very first free preview card from Streets of New Capenna, other highlights from the set so far, and our experiences playing paper Magic all weekend.

  • Episode 168: A Pre-Travel, Post-Lurrus Meta Deep Dive

    Episode  |  April 7th, 2022  |  1 hr 41 mins

    The gang is reunited this week for an episode full of new cards, pivot tables, and tournament surprises. We start off with our initial reactions to the new charms spoiled from Streets of New Capenna, and imagine the impact of the complete triome cycle on our favorite formats. Then we go over the results of March's Modern metagame, the Manatraders Modern tournament, and the latest NRG results to analyze the growing and shrinking popularity of various decks in a post-Lurrus metagame. Finally, we wrap up with a Wind Down of our plans for SCG Con Dallas. Turns out... it's technically in Fort Worth!
    The Break Down: Greetings from New Capenna
    The Dive Down: Greetings from Fort Wayne
    The Wind Down: Greetings from Dallas/Fort Worth

  • Episode 167: The Pro Tour Returns! ft. Dom Harvey

    Episode  |  March 31st, 2022  |  1 hr 53 mins

    This week Dave got lost in a cave while vacationing, so Dom Harvey joins the show to react and contextualize Wizard's official announcement that the Pro Tour is back! We break down the new competitive organized play systems, how it fits into the casual spike lifestyle, and how it supports Magic's highest level players. We warm up with a break down of some wild weekend top 8s.
    The Dive Down: Enter the Pyramid
    The Dive Down, cont: The Road to Regionals
    The Dive Down, cont: The Life of a World Champion

  • Bonus 19: Probably Better Known As ft. Saffron Olive

    Episode  |  March 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Dave and Stan meet Saffron Olive from MTG Goldfish, and talk about Seth's sleep schedule, his MTG origins, and how the deck names in MTG Goldfish get fixed.

  • Episode 166: All Shadow, No Doubt (ft. Michael Rapp)

    Episode  |  March 24th, 2022  |  1 hr 46 mins

    This week, Shane's on vacation and Stan's late so Dave gets to do whatever he wants. And what he's decided is to check in with friend of the show and certified shadow scientist Michael Rapp about where everyone's avatar is headed these days. That's right, it's time for a deep dive on (mostly) Grixis Death's Shadow (along with a few other things). But first, we chat about Michael's recent trip to Indy and break down the Modern meta there.

  • Episode 165: The People's Meta: Life After Lurrus

    Episode  |  March 18th, 2022  |  2 hrs 1 min

    We are back with the second installment of The People's Meta! With Lurrus gone, and the first big paper tournament happening in the Hunter Burton Memorial Open, there's no time like the present to take a look at what's happening in Modern. We categorize and talk about every deck in a recent 5-0 League dump and break down what's changing in the wide open world of Magic Online. We then take some time to look at the paper metagame of the HBMO, examine what's changing, and take a gander at what did well down in Texas.
    The Break Down: Dave Breaks Down
    The Break Down, pt.2: Dave Dissects a Dump
    The Break Down, pt.3: The 2022 HBMO

  • Bonus 18: How to Win a Pro Tour ft. Eli Kassis

    Episode  |  March 16th, 2022  |  49 mins 2 secs

    Shane and Stan sit down with the newly crowned Neon Dynasty Set Champion, Eli Kassis! We talk about Eli's deck selection and preparation for the Set Championship, the importance of a testing team, and more.

  • Episode 164: The Dream(-Den) is Over

    Episode  |  March 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 47 mins

    Well they finally went and did it. Wizards of the Coast (kinda) surprised the entire Magic Non-Rotating Format World by sending everyone's favorite Nightmare Cat back to her den to think about what's she's done. In case that previous sentence isn't clear, I'm trying to say that they banned Lurrus of the Dream-Den in Modern and Pioneer.
    The Break Down: What Happened
    The Dive Down: What We Think Will Happen
    The Wind Down: What We Hope Will Happen

  • Episode 163: Talking Magic in Trying Times

    Episode  |  March 2nd, 2022  |  1 hr 45 mins

    It's been a trying week. We needed a break. So this week, we're going to keep it positive by taking some time to discuss what we've been enjoying in Magic and beyond. It's a bit of a grab bag — we talk about the MOCS, Slogurk, Creativity, Oni-Cult, paper magic, hanging with Stan, hanging with Shane, and more. Stan gets a trophy. Dave loses creatively. Shane finds a deck he thinks is cool.

  • Episode 162: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Neon Dynasty pt.2 Ed.

    Episode  |  February 24th, 2022  |  1 hr 44 mins

    Turns out that sleevin' neon is so fun we had to do it for a second week. So here it is — three or four or maybe more new decks that feature cards from Neon Dynasty including Modern Assault Loam with Boseiju (and Slogurk!), Modern Death & Taxes with Boseiju, Pioneer Auras with Light-Paws, and Pioneer Burn with Reinforced Ronin. But before we state them and rate them, we first go through last weekend's Modern Showcase Challenge and discover many shades of innovation in... red... and... white? Dave has boeuf sweats. Stan believes it's slime time now. Shane plays a deck he hates... again.

  • Episode 161: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Fun With Artifacts ed.

    Episode  |  February 17th, 2022  |  1 hr 44 mins

    Turns out that Neon Dynasty may have had a little more impact on our formats than we originally anticipated. The reason why? Why, it's (mostly) thanks to Magic's favorite no-downside card type: Artifacts. Tune in as we try out builds of Urzaful/Urzaless Affinity and UW Hammer in Modern, Vehicle Tribal in Historic, and a whole new Ensoul Artifact build in Pioneer. But first, we take a look across 3 high level Modern MTGO events from the weekend. Dave asks for forgiveness. Shane withholds a harsh judgement. Stan gets chipped.
    The Break Down: Not many NEO cards in the Challenges
    The Dive Down: NEO cards in Leagues: Vehicles, Affinity, and Ensoul
    The Dive Down, cont: Stan's New Love: 4-0in' Prelims

  • Episode 160: A Dynasty of Neon Spoilers, Vol. 2

    Episode  |  February 10th, 2022  |  1 hr 48 mins

    In the epic conclusion of our Neon Dynasty picks to click, we scan the complete set spoiler and shout out our favorite dragon, counterspell, samurai, and skyturtle. Before that, we kick off the show with break down of January's Modern MTGO metagame with another installment of the monthly report, and wrap up with a brief love letter to Legacy.
    The Break Down: Monthly Modern Metagame: January
    The Dive Down: Mode Cards Than You Could Ever Reconfigure
    The Wind Down: Stan's New Love: Legacy

  • Episode 159: A Dynasty of Neon Spoilers, Vol. 1

    Episode  |  February 3rd, 2022  |  1 hr 38 mins

    It's time to head back to Kamigawa in the latest set... our Neon Destiny. I mean Density. I mean Dynasty. We take a look at cards from the first batch of spoilers we think are good in Modern, Historic, Pioneer, or just plain good! Before that, we break down the ManaTraders January Pioneer tournament.

  • Episode 158: We Thought There Would Be Bans, ft. SpiderSpace

    Episode  |  January 27th, 2022  |  1 hr 49 mins

    With Dave off this week, we are joined by streamer, former guest, and co-host of Mishra's Babble, Gabe Maxson, aka SpiderSpace! In the Break Down we talk about the (lack of) bans in Modern, then dive deep into the Modern Super Qualifier and SpiderSpace's second place finish. We then head into the Dive Down to discuss our recent play experiences, and in the Wind Down talk about the somber announcement from SCG of their ceasing their competitive content coverage.
    The Break Down: Companions Live On
    The Dive Down: And Spider Made the Finals!
    The Wind Down: But Star City Though...

  • Bonus 17: The VML, Sloths, Moose(s), and Linguine ft Carolyn Kavanagh

    Episode  |  January 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Stan and Dave sit down with the wonderful Carolyn Kavanagh to talk about the latest season of the VML, how we make new friends as adults, and which tree-dwelling mammal is the best animal of all. We also check in on Carolyn's current relationship with Modern and Mono-Green Tron.