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 151: TDD Live in Vegas, ft. Reid, Evart, Joe, Gal, Tannon, Sam, Eli, Michael, Joel, Levi, & Steven

    Episode  |  November 24th, 2021  |  2 hrs 1 min

    We come to you LIVE (well, sorta) from the recent MTG Las Vegas event, where we tapped some cards, hung out with friends, and talked to some big name players! We talked to some current and future household names about Modern, the decks they brought, and their tournament experiences. Thanks to our old and new friends Joe Lossett, Tannon Grace, Yamakiller, Aspiringspike, Sam Pardee, Reid Duke, Eli Loveman, Michael Rapp, and top 8 finishers Joel Lapray, Levi Sprung, and Steve Pearlman for the fun and insightful conversations!
    The Dive Down: Shane & Stan went to Vegas!
    The Dive Down, cont: For some reason Dave is here too!
    The Dive Down, cont again: More interviews than you can shake your deck at!

  • Episode 150: The Road to Las Vegas IV: Preparing to Win, ft. Zach Allen

    Episode  |  November 17th, 2021  |  1 hr 55 mins

    It's episode 150!! In our final Road to Las Vegas segment, we are joined by SCG grinder, former host of Turn One Thoughtseize, and all around great guy Zach Allen. We first talk over the weekend's Challenges, then head into The Dive Down to talk about the decks of Modern, leveling up as a player, playing in a big tournament, why Aether Gust is the best card in Modern, and more. It's a can't-miss episode!
    The Break Down: A Huge Challenge
    The Dive Down: Preparation Makes Perfect
    The Dive Down, cont: The End of the Road

  • Episode 149: ManaCymbal Crashes & Crimson Vow Spoilers, II

    Episode  |  November 11th, 2021  |  1 hr 52 mins

    This week the three friends go through the second half of spoilers from Crimson Vow and consider which ones they'd marry for Modern (and other formats). But first, friend of the pod Zach Ryl (aka Manacymbal) stops by to talk us through his Modern Challenge Victory on Saturday, November 6.

  • Episode 148: Events, Reanimator, and Crimson Vow Spoilers

    Episode  |  November 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 44 mins

    The title says it all! We first talk the MOCS, the SCG Invitational, and some Modern Challenges to try to wrap our head around the Modern meta. Then Shane makes up for being off last week with a discussion of Esper Reanimator. Then we go over the first batch of Crimson Vow spoilers and talk about some Cool Cards, Inc.
    The Break Down: Several Events
    The Dive Down: Esper Reanimator
    The Dive Down, cont: Crimson Vow Spoilers

  • Bonus 15: Undoubtable Creativity ft. Manacymbal

    Episode  |  November 1st, 2021  |  1 hr 28 mins

    Streamer, musician, podcaster, and ever-present Magic personality Zach Ryl, aka Manacymbal, joins Stan to talk about the Indomitable Creativity deck in Modern, content creation, and music!

  • Episode 147: The Road to Las Vegas III: It's Elementalry!

    Episode  |  October 28th, 2021  |  1 hr 43 mins

    Shane's gone so Stan and Dave are finally free to do whatever they want. And what they want to do is play too many colors and evoke some elementals! At least that's what they thought they wanted to do — we think? That's right, for the third in our Road to Vegas series we tackle the element... als. But first enjoy a tour of one of last week's Modern Challenges and a live paper tournament from NRG. Stan talks about cool things. Dave reminisces about when he seemed cool. Somewhere, Shane is being cool.

  • Episode 146: The Road to Las Vegas II: Jund, UW, Hammer

    Episode  |  October 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 54 mins

    This week we dive into part two of our series in our anticipation of the return to paper Magic — The Road to Vegas. Dave, Stan, and Shane go through the ins and outs of the next tier of Modern's meta. We're looking at two boomer decks — Jund (secretly zoomer?) and UW Control — and one newmer deck in Hammer. Find out which one we think is best positioned for MTG Vegas. Before that we talk about the latest Historic changes, and go through the results of one of last week's MTGO Modern PTQs. Stan controls. Shane hammers. Dave ionizes.

  • Episode 145: The Nation Speaks — Your Questions Answered

    Episode  |  October 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 49 mins

    This week's ep is a Patreon request by one of the first citizens of The Dive Down Nation - KilgoreTrout, aka Jason! He asked us to do a Q&A episode, and to make it even more fun we brought in some new technology to get audio submissions. We got questions from citizens around the world about Magic, collecting, and podcasting - so thanks to everyone who got involved! And special thanks to Jason for being a true citizen for so long!

  • Episode 144: The Road To Las Vegas: Murktide v. Burn

    Episode  |  October 7th, 2021  |  1 hr 44 mins

    In the first episode of a new miniseries (???), Stan and Shane talk about their experiences testing two of the top decks in the format in their preparation for the CFB Vegas event in November. How do Izzet Murktide and Boros Burn perform right now? Why are they good, and what might be their fatal flaws? Only one way to find out!
    The Break Down: Dave's Not Here, Man
    The Break Down, cont: Some Good Good Challenges
    The Dive Down: Matchups and Putdowns

  • Episode 143: The People's Meta: A Deeper Modern

    Episode  |  September 29th, 2021  |  1 hr 52 mins

    On this week's episode Shane and Dave explore the depths of Modern in what we are calling.... "The People's Meta." We look at every deck from a recent 5-0 League dump to discuss their place in the metagame, what makes them interesting, and how they are implementing new cards and strategies. Before that, we go through Saturday's Showcase Challenge to look at what people are bringing to the top tournaments.
    The Break Down: Showcasing Modern
    The Dive Down: Mainstreams and Roguestreams
    The Dive Down, cont: More. Patron. Shoutouts.

  • Episode 142: Consider This: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Midnight Hunt ed.

    Episode  |  September 23rd, 2021  |  1 hr 35 mins

    The latest set has hit the digital shelves of Magic Online and Arena, and we are here to dig into a few new decks and run them through the Sleeve/Believe/Heave wringer! We first look at Esper Reanimator and Jeskai Phoenix in Modern, then head over to Magic Arena and dive into Izzet Delver in Historic. Do the cards of Midnight Hunt have what it takes to make an impact? Let's find out!

  • Episode 141: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Spoilers, Pt. II

    Episode  |  September 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 55 mins

    This week, Stan leave Dave and Shane to their own devices as he returns to a parental-leave induced bliss. With dad gone, the last two friends decide to go wild and cover SCG's recent Historic satellites in a quick and fun break down followed by arguing about too many cards for far too much time. And they thought this would be a short one! Dave considers light up the night. Shane says the world "cool" 500,000 times in two hours. Somewhere, in the midst of a dream, Stan cringes.

  • Episode 140: Midnight Hunting & The Latest Historic Decks

    Episode  |  September 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 50 mins

    This week we're getting to band back together. Stan returns to take Shane and Dave through a tour of the format he's been playing most recently — Historic. He's learned a lot from playing at all times of the night and day and night and who knows what time it is anyway? After that, the team fully jumps into the Midnight Hunt. Dave likes some cards. Shane doesn't like them. Stan knocks the rust off.
    The Break Down: Stan's Back... But For How Long?
    The Break Down, cont: A Taste of Historic
    The Dive Down: Midnight Hunt, Part 1

  • Episode 139: Spiking the New Modern, ft. Aspiringspike

    Episode  |  September 1st, 2021  |  1 hr 52 mins

    This week, Dave and Shane recruited our old friend Evart Moughon, aka Aspiringspike, to help us wrap our heads around all things Modern. We talk about his deck selection at the HBMO, the ever-changing Modern metagame, and his thoughts about the best decks in the format. Before that, we discuss Magic's 2022 product release roadmap. Does Spike think Hobbit aggro will be the new tier 0? Listen and find out!
    The Break Down: All About 2022
    The Dive Down: Dress Down Dive Down
    The Dive Down, cont: Just a Lot of Questions About Modern

  • Episode 138: Evaluating the Impact of Modern Horizons 2, ft. Mishra's Babble

    Episode  |  August 25th, 2021  |  1 hr 58 mins

    With Stan and Dave out this week, Shane recruited the hosts of Mishra's Babble for another crossover episode. They spend time evaluating the metagame and decks from the Hunter Burton Memorial Open, then head into The Dive Down to evaluate the impact of MH2 on the meta, their deck selection, and how they think about the format.
    The Break Down: Meet The Babblers
    The Break Down Pt.2: HBMO
    The Dive Down: MH2 is Still Crushing It

  • Bonus 14: My Other Hammer is Also Red ft. MHayashi

    Episode  |  August 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins

    MTGO grinder and deck designer, Matt Hayashi, aka MHayashi, joins Stan to talk about Mono Red Obosh, Hammer of Bogardan, and some of Matt's other favorite strategies in Modern.