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KYT, Derek, Andy, and Elliot are joined by SCG Leaderboard warrior, and Toronto ex-pat, Tariq Patel, to discuss the fate of KCI in Modern, the strategic importance of taking the draw, and Top 5 Picks for Ravnica Allegiance.

(00:02:21) So where was Tariq Patel in Competitive Magic, when he last lived in Toronto? Does he miss the Toronto Magic scene? How did Tariq come into choosing the Izzet Phoenix deck for the Modern SCG Open in Worcester?
(00:09:29) What will be the fate of the Krark-Clan Ironworks deck in Modern on Monday? Which cards should be hit with the ban-hammer?
(00:17:09) Is taking the draw in Modern one of the most strategically unexplored avenues to success? How much more important does that make scouting your opponents
(00:25:22) What time of Limited does Tariq like best? What is the best part of Week One Limited? How do you tell when Limited is a play or draw format? Is Guilds of Ravnica a play or draw format?
(00:40:59) Going into Prerelease weekend, what are everyone’s top 5 picks from Ravnica Allegiance for constructed? But first, who was voted having had the best picks from Guilds of Ravnica?
(00:42:22) Tariq’s Top 5 Picks: Wilderness Reclamation, Spawn of Mayhem, Pteramander, Theater of Horrors, Angel of Grace

(00:44:09) Elliot’s Top 5 Picks: Rhythm of the Wild, Rix Maadi Reveler, Gutterbones, Hydroid Krasis, Prime Speaker Vannifar

(00:53:29) Derek’s Top 5 Picks: Lavinia, Azorius Renegade, Judith, the Scourge Diva, Skarrgan Hellkite, Rix Maadi Reveler, Angel of Grace

(00:58:46) Andy’s Top 5 Picks: Priest of Forgotten Gods, Wilderness Reclamation, Growth Spiral, Growth-Chamber Guardian, Judith, the Scourge Diva

Your hosts on Twitter:
Kar Yung Tom – @KYTmagic
Derek Pite – @misplacedginger
Andy Robdrup – @AndyAWKWARD
Elliot Fortier – @elliot_fortier
Tariq Patel – @TariqPatel10

First Strike is a Magic: The Gathering debate-style podcast hosted that discusses the week’s hottest competitive and social topics of the game.