The Dive Down

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

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 38: Settling the Wreckage: Stoneforge Ahoy!

    Episode  |  September 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 37 mins

    The Break Down: 24 to 32 Modern Decks
    The Dive Down: Reactions // Responses

  • Episode 37: Eldrazi Tron: Smash Back to Reality

    Episode  |  August 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 46 mins

    The Break Down: B&R Bonanza
    The Dive Down: All Hail Eldrazi Temple

  • Episode 36: Modern in Mathmagic Land

    Episode  |  August 23rd, 2019  |  1 hr 37 mins

    The Break Down: GP Birmingaak with a special focus on Mardu Death's Shadow
    The Dive Down: Probably Correct Math
    The Wind Down: Comboing Out

  • Episode 35: Turn Zero Gaaktions: Leylines in Modern

    Episode  |  August 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 36 mins

    The Break Down: GP Gaakiapolis
    The Dive Down: Leying Lines
    The Wind Down: What We Deck in the Shadows

  • Episode 34: All Decks Go To Heaven ft. Ross Merriam

    Episode  |  August 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 47 mins

    The Break Down: The 8/4/19 Modern Challenge - only 38% Hogaak
    The Dive Down: I've Abandoned My Bird
    The Wind Down: It's Not Easy Being Fair

  • Episode 33: Jund: The Matriarch of Midrange

    Episode  |  August 2nd, 2019  |  1 hr 38 mins

    The Break Down: MC IV: Karn's Comeback
    The Dive Down: For Those About To Jund: We Can Help You
    The Wind Down: Practice Makes Perfect

  • Episode 32: Down and Out at the Denver MCQ

    Episode  |  July 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 40 mins

    The Break Down: The Modern MOCS - Hogaak's Back
    The Dive Down: MCQs are Hard - Our experiences at MF Denver
    The Wind Down: The Modern Power 9

  • Episode 31: How to Casual Spike a Tournament

    Episode  |  July 19th, 2019  |  1 hr 35 mins

    The Break Down: MF Krakow's MCQ and Tobi Henke's GP Dallas Data
    The Dive Down: Deck Selection for GP Denver's MCQ
    The Wind Down: The Timing of MH1's Release

  • Episode 30: Cut to the Core

    Episode  |  July 12th, 2019  |  1 hr 27 mins

    The Break Down: Analyzing the Bridge from Below ban
    The Dive Down: Our picks to click for Core Set 20
    The Wind Down: What to do with all these cleared up sideboard slots

  • Episode 29: The Gaak Came Back

    Episode  |  July 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 48 mins

    The Break Down: SCG Pittsburgh Open & GP DFW
    The Dive Down: Hogaak Bridgevine Deck Dive
    The Wind Down: Randomness in Modern Magic

  • Episode 28: Sleeve It / Believe It / Heave It: Modern Horizons Edition

    Episode  |  June 28th, 2019  |  1 hr 37 mins

    The Break Down: We analyze the emerging meta and the Hogaak menace in MTGO tournament results.
    The Dive Down: Do we want to Sleeve, Believe, or Heave 4 Modern decks built around new Modern Horizons cards?
    The Wind Down: Mistakes were made.

  • Episode 27: Knights of the Necropolis ft. Riley Knight

    Episode  |  June 21st, 2019  |  1 hr 47 mins

    The Break Down: We talk about the latest MTGO 5-0 deck dumps and the last MTGO Modern Challenge.
    The Dive Down: Stan and Zak chat with CFB's Riley Knight.

  • Episode 26: Reply Guys

    Episode  |  June 14th, 2019  |  1 hr 30 mins

    The Break Down: We talk about the London Mulligan and the first Modern Horizons MTGO Modern Challenge
    The Dive Down: Modern Horizons Listener Questions!

  • Episode 25: Modern Horizons Set Review, Part the Second

    Episode  |  June 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 45 mins

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

  • 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.