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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Episode | August 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 46 mins
This week we break down the 4 new bans in Pioneer, and talk about what this means for the format! In the Dive Down we go over the many flavors of Prowess in Modern: Red, Izzet, Gruul, Rakdos - how to choose?!
The Break Down: A Lovely Surprise Banning!
The Dive Down: Not Everyone's Tempo
The Dive Down, cont: We Could Bolt or Not Bolt Forever
Episode | July 31st, 2020 | 1 hr 47 mins
This week we take a look at one of the most popular and powerful cards in Modern - Mystic Sanctuary. What makes it good, how is it being played, and what can you do with it? Before that, we break down the Manatraders July Modern 15k tournament.
The Break Down: Modern Manatraders
The Dive Down: Making Mystic Mighty
Episode | July 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 49 mins
On this week's episode, the team does a long break down on what's happened in Pioneer and Modern in the week since our most recent bans. Takes are given... and returned? Moods are had... and worked out? Then we talk about what we've been playing lately. Ponza! White Tokens! UR Prowess! Mono Green Devotion! We'll let you guess who is who!
The Break Down: Modern/Pioneer: Similar/Same
The Dive Down: Our Decks: That's the Same Picture
Episode | July 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 50 mins
On this week's episode, friend of the show Evart Moughon aka Aspiring Spike drops in for a reaction to the latest Banned & Restricted announcement. Then we talk about some of Evart's latest takes on Modern Control.
Episode | July 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 50 mins
This week the team tries to just chill (for once) and ends up with a 60min+ Break Down of the last 6 months of Modern and Pioneer, some ban speculation (before the upcoming announcement was announced), and answering listener questions. Shane brings some takes. Stanislav disagrees with Dave. Dave opens packs on air in retaliation. It's another week on The Down Down!
The Break Down: 6 months of Modern + Pioneer
The Dive Down: Listener questions
Episode | July 7th, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
In this bonus episode, Stan sits down with Nick Valdez, AKA Deezy MTG to talk about the art of content creation, MTG comedy, and what it's like being the #1 Magic Tik Tok account in America and maybe the world!
Episode | July 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 52 mins
On this week's episode we take three (or more!) decks featuring Core Set 2021 cards through the Sleeve/Believe/Heave gauntlet. Did they have what it takes to get the coveted "Sleeve" rating? Following that, we discuss how new cards are impacting classic decks in Modern and Pioneer!
The Dive Down: Stanislav Snoops
The Dive Down, pt 2: Dave Stormwings
The Dive Down, pt 3: Shane Selesnyas
... And more!
Episode | June 26th, 2020 | 1 hr 50 mins
This week we dive into both Modern AND Pioneer to explore Naya Winota! Did she successfully recruit us into joining her forces, or did we remain unaffiliated? We also do a quick break down of the latest Modern Challenge to explore the variety of decks finding success, and wind down with some Patreon questions.
The Break Down: Stanislav <3s Modern
The Dive Down: History's Best BoP Deck?
The Wind Down: A Few Questions
Episode | June 19th, 2020 | 1 hr 51 mins
This week we receive a short but substantial ray of sunshine about Pioneer from Shane and then talk about our our second and final batch of picks to click from Core Set 2021!
The Break Down: Pioneer is Actually Good
The Break Down, cont: But What About Inverter? Stan Speaks
The Dive Down: Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers (again)
Episode | June 12th, 2020 | 1 hr 51 mins
This week we look at the post-Companion metas for Pioneer and Modern, then talk about our picks to click from the first batch of Core Set 2021 spoilers!
The Break Down: Our Companions Leave Us Alone
The Break Down, cont: Modern & Pioneer Metas
The Dive Down: Spoilers, Spoilers, Spoilers
Episode | June 5th, 2020 | 2 hrs 2 mins
The hosts of The Dive Down want to make our beliefs clear: Black Lives Matter.
We share the commitment of many of our listeners in educating ourselves on the unfathomable pain faced by people of color in the United States and beyond. All proceeds from this week’s episode will go to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and several other organizations that fight for justice on behalf of oppressed people and communities.
As for the episode itself: Join us this week as we have special guest Cavedan, of Faithless Brewing fame, on as we break down the latest B&R announcement and the companion rules change, talk about our thoughts and feelings about the game and meta-game of Magic, and quiz him about brewing.
Episode | May 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 53 mins
We dive into one of the most powerful and popular decks in Pioneer - Jeskai Lukka Yorion Sharknado Fires Control! Or whatever it's called!
The Break Down: The latest Pioneer SQ
The Dive Down: TapouT
The Dive Down, continued: Agents of Snap Concessions
Episode | May 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 55 mins
This week Aspiring Spike is back to help us understand the Companion metagame in Pioneer and Modern. What's good, what's not so good, and how to next-level your opponents!
The Break Down: Lotus Box Modern
The Dive Down: Shane Has Facts
The Dive Down, pt. 2: A Love/Hate Relationship
Episode | May 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 53 mins
This week we tackle a level-up prompt from a Patron of The Dive Down Nation - what does it mean to have advantage in a game of Magic? We explore what advantage can look like in different aspects of the game, how to use it in your game play, and how to play when you are ahead or behind.
The Break Down: Cool decks from recent challenges
The Dive Down: The Unified Theory of Magic
The Dive Down, pt. 2: Debunking the Unified Theory of Magic
Episode | May 8th, 2020 | 1 hr 51 mins
We take three more Companions and three new decks through the S/B/H process, and let you know what we thought about them! Maybe we even used that hippo one! (We didn't.)
The Break Down: The Lotus Box is a League
The Dive Down: Yorion, Lurrus (Again?), and Gyruda
The Wind Down: 3 Minutes About Hobbies
Episode | May 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 59 mins
This week The Dive Down boys test out some of the latest decks in Modern and Pioneer, all featuring Companions! Love them or hate them, they are certainly here for now. Listen and learn what we think about 3 of the newest popular Companions!
The Break Down: 2 Challenging Modern Challenges
The Dive Down: Our New Friends Lurrus, Obosh, and Zirda
The Wind Down: Funeral For a Friend