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 24: Modern Horizons Set Review, Part the First

    Episode  |  May 31st, 2019  |  2 hrs 19 mins

    The Dive Down: The gang reviews half of Modern Horizons using the beloved sleeve, believe, heave grading system.

  • Episode 23: UW Control: My Son Is ALSO Named Teferi

    Episode  |  May 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 48 mins

    The Break Down: 4 early preview cards from Modern Horizons.
    The Dive Down: The UW Control Deck Dive! What makes control decks tick, and why is UW seemingly better than ever?
    The Wind Down: A Patreon question about the Golden Age of Modern.

  • 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?"