The Dive Down

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

About the show

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

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 107: Kaldheim Spoilers: Hot Takes on Cool Cards, Vol. 1

    Episode  |  January 15th, 2021  |  1 hr 46 mins

    The first batch of Kaldheim spoilers have dropped, and we're here to provide our patent-pending hot takes. We answer important questions like: what Izzet card will Stan overrate, what Green 5-drop will Shane think just might work, and what reasonable stance will Dave take on every card we discuss? Prior to that we finish up our mutual journey through Zendikar Rising by finding some Cool Decks for our latest installment of Cool Decks, Inc.
    The Break Down: Gazpacho Decks, Inc.
    The Dive Down, pt 1: Cards Dave Loves
    The Dive Down, pt 2: Cards Shane & Stan Hate

  • Episode 106: Modern: Stop. Hammertime.

    Episode  |  January 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 47 mins

    This week we asked our patrons to tell us what deck to do our next dive on, and they chose one of the up-and-comers of Modern: Hammer Time. And what do you know, it performed incredibly well at the ManaTraders Modern Tournament and put 4 decks into the latest Challenge top 8. What timing! We first go deep on the ManaTraders tourny, then head into the Dive Down to provide a thorough overview of Hammer Time: how do the pieces work together, how you should think about playing it, and how people will try to hate you out.
    The Break Down: Modern Manatraders Meta Madness
    The Dive Down: The 0s and 1s
    The Dive Down, cont: The 2s and +10/+10s

  • Episode 105: 2020: A Real Year.

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

    2020 is a year that did, in fact, happen. And we are here to talk about the year of Magic: The Gathering and our place in it. And maybe make fun of our bad takes. We review Modern, Pioneer, and Historic through 2020, talk about our favorite (and least favorite cards) from the year, review our best (and worst) picks to click, and more! Thanks for your amazing support through 2020. We appreciate you.

  • Episode 104: Must-Knows For (Today's) Modern Tournaments

    Episode  |  December 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 54 mins

    This week we take a journey into the ManaTraders Modern Tournament Series. We talk about the decks we played with and against, potential mental and strategic approaches to events like these, and some hot hot takes about Modern and Magic. We also spend some time talking about Stan's recent successes, and the first batch of Kaldheim spoilers!
    The Break Down: Stan's Satellite Results!
    The Dive Down: Our Manatraders Results!
    The Wind Down: Kaldheim Spoiler Results!

  • Episode 103: The Best Decks in Historic

    Episode  |  December 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 55 mins

    This week The Dive Down goes back to Historic. After bursting out briefly in song, the crew breaks down the metagame from last weekend's SCG Satellite Tournaments and reels in shock from one or two insights. Dave manages to make a recap of the Arena Open all about him. Stan is unsurprised. Shane is amused. After that we dive down into three of the best decks in Historic... that we haven't spoken about that much yet.
    The Break Down: Satellite Results
    The Break Down, pt 2: Customer Servicing into Day 2
    The Dive Down: Best Titans, Best Wizards, Best Cats

  • Episode 102: A Tribal Quest: Hives, Grenades, and Skeletons

    Episode  |  December 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 59 mins

    It's time for another top-tier Patron request episode! This time, long-time citizen of the nation Sean asked us to talk about tribal decks. We cover the history of tribes in Magic, common aspects of tribal decks, and do a Sleeve/Believe/Heave of some of the less popular tribes of Modern. Prior to that, we spend a long time breaking down the Historic decks and meta of the Zendikar Rising Championship that took place last weekend!
    The Break Down: A Historic Championship
    The Dive Down: Tribe Talk
    The Dive Down, cont: Which Deck Will Stan Qualify With?

  • Episode 101: Historic 101: An Intro For Casual Spikes

    Episode  |  December 4th, 2020  |  1 hr 51 mins

    For the first week of our NEXT 100 episodes, we finally took the plunge into Magic Arena's non-rotating format: Historic. We will help you understand how to assess and buy into Historic, what the decks and meta are like, what playing on Arena is like, and our thoughts on if Best of One is really Magic.... Enjoy the beginning of a new podcast adventure!
    The Dive Down: 88 Goblins
    The Dive Down, cont: Pants, Pants, Pants
    The Dive Down, cont: Gruul Smash

  • Episode 100: One. Hundred. Decks.

    Episode  |  November 20th, 2020  |  2 hrs 26 mins

    It's Episode 100, so we pulled out all the stops for a live streamed recording of mini-dives into the 100 most important/cool/powerful decks of Modern, from inception to today. That's... a lot of decks! Join us for an extra-long episode full of fun and surprises!
    The Break Down: One
    The Dive Down: Hundred
    The Wind Down: Decks

  • Episode 99: A Few of Our Favorite Things

    Episode  |  November 13th, 2020  |  1 hr 49 mins

    We took things a little easy this week as we prepare for the big episode 100 live stream, and asked The Dive Down Nation to prompt us with: "What's your favorite ______?" We got a TON of awesome questions, so thank you, Nation! We talk about our favorite spells, overheard conversations, books, draft formats, and more. Prior to that we have an installment of Cool Decks, Inc, where we talk about a few recent... well... cool decks that we've seen popping up in Modern.
    The Break Down: Cool Decks Inc.
    The Dive Down: All of our favorite stuff!

  • Episode 98: Auditing Modern Mono-White Taxes

    Episode  |  November 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 50 mins

    We spend this week looking at an up-and-coming deck in Modern: Mono-White Taxes. We spend some time looking at the history of Taxes decks, how this deck works, and if we think it's actually that good. Before that we breeze through some Modern Challenge and Qualifier results from Magic Online.
    The Break Down: Challenging Tournaments
    The Dive Down: Challenging Sandwiches
    The Dive Down, cont: Challenging Playpatterns

  • Bonus 10: Songs About Cards ft. MTGRemy

    Episode  |  November 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins

    In our latest bonus episode, musician and comedian MTGRemy joins us for a conversation about making Magic-inspired parody songs and sketches for YouTube.

  • Episode 97: Pioneer: A G.O.O.D. Format?

    Episode  |  October 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 50 mins

    On the one year anniversary of Pioneer, we give the format a performance review. We look at what happened over the last year, and what are the Goals, Obstacles, Opportunities, and Decisions that we can evaluate and make for the newest competitive Magic format.
    The Break Down: A Call From Corporate
    The Dive Down: A History Lesson
    The Dive Down, cont: A Performance Review

  • Episode 96: The Unifying Theory of Good Magic Formats

    Episode  |  October 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 42 mins

    This week Stan and Shane pair up to explore what can make Magic great, and why Modern has been a fan favorite in 2020. Before that, we look at a quartet of Modern and Pioneer challenges to see where the meta is headed.
    The Break Down: Breaking it Down
    The Dive Down: Building it Up
    The Wind Down: Moving it Around

  • Episode 95: We Did It For Science: The Titanic Power of Uro and Omnath

    Episode  |  October 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 47 mins

    In the first installment of "We Did It For Science," we look at two cards we just aren't (or weren't) that interested in playing with: Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath and Omnath, Locus of Creation. Are these cards good, REALLY good, or TOO good? You're going to have to listen to find out. Before that, we take a (fairly) quick look at a few recent Challenges to see what's going on in the metagame.
    The Break Down: Always Challenging
    The Dive Down: Jump Into the Pile
    The Dive Down, cont: Four Arms to Hold You

  • Episode 94: Zendikar Rules! New Innovations in Modern & Pioneer

    Episode  |  October 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 49 mins

    Stan and Shane are on their own this week, so they talk about their recent playtesting in Modern and Pioneer in a vaguely Sleeve/Believe/Heave part two. Before that, they go over the weekend's Pioneer and Modern Showcase Challenges to see what's performing well and what the meta looks like. And then they finish with an extended Wind Down where they answer a bunch of listener questions.
    The Break Down: Dave's Not Here, Man
    The Break Down, pt. 2: Just Kidding
    The Dive Down: Stan and Shane Play Decks!
    The Wind Down: Getting Personal

  • Episode 93: Sleeve/Believe/Heave: Zendikar Rising Edition

    Episode  |  October 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 48 mins

    This week we apply our patent-pending Sleeve/Believe/Heave rating system to 3 potentially breakout Modern and Pioneer decks. Are they the real deal, or not worth your time? Only one way to find out. Prior to that, we look at the winning decks and statistics from the most recent Manatraders Modern tournament.
    The Break Down: Manatraders Modern 15k
    The Dive Down: Oops All Spells!
    The Dive Down, cont: Oops No Life!