The Dive Down

A Magic: The Gathering podcast for the casual spike, focused on the Modern and Pioneer formats.

About the show

The Dive Down is a podcast focused on Magic: The Gathering's Modern and Pioneer formats, with the casual spike in mind. Each week your hosts Dave, Shane, Stanislav, and Zak discuss decks, events, and level-up topics related to the latest non-rotating formats.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • 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.

  • Episode 13: Modern Modulation ft. GP LA Runner-Up Gal Schlesinger

    Episode  |  March 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 42 mins

    The Break Down: Digesting all the top 8 results from the SCG Regionals
    The Dive Down: Gal Schlesinger joins us for an interview to talk all things Hardened Scales
    The Wind Down: Another B&R announcement with no changes

  • Episode 12: Surgical Precision

    Episode  |  March 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 43 mins

    The Break Down: The Grand Prix Los Angeles metagame, fun and winning decks, and the power of Faithless Looting.
    The Dive Down: How to avoid and overcome 3 problems related to Surgical Extraction.
    The Wind Down: How Stan is prepping for this weekend's SCG Regionals.

  • Episode 11: Dredge: It's Confla-Great!

    Episode  |  March 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 48 mins

    First things first, we talk about the announcement of Modern Horizons!
    The Break Down - Feb 24 Modern Challenge and MagicFest Cleveland's Modern MCQ, as well as some spicy picks from this weeks Modern Leagues
    The Dive Down - an in-depth look at Dredge: how it works, how it wants to win, and how to try to beat it
    The Wind Down - We talk the newly proposed mulligan rule

  • Episode 10: Prime Real Estate

    Episode  |  February 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 18 mins

    We break down the GP Strasbourg and Magic Online Modern Mythic Champ Qualifiers, dive down into four different decks built around Primeval Titan, then wind things down with a conversation on what happens if your favorite deck gets banned.

  • Episode 9: Sleeve It / Believe It / Heave It: The Latest Developments in Modern

    Episode  |  February 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 20 mins

    We go over GP Toronto and the Nerd Rage Gaming 5k in Milwaukee, then rate 5 of the latest winning decks in Modern, and finally define the burning question: what is a "casual spike?"

  • Episode 8: To Tweak: Weak, or on Fleek?

    Episode  |  February 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 20 mins

    We talk about the Modern portion of the Team Constructed event at SCG Baltimore, then dive down into the highs and lows of tweaking decks for the metagame, and bring it home with a listener question.

  • Episode 7: When In Doubt, Burn 'Em Out!

    Episode  |  February 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 11 mins

    We go over the latest Modern Challenge and the new Pod, talk about Stanislav's awesome finish at the SCG Classic, then dive down into a discussion of the latest experiments with Burn.