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KYT, Derek, Elliot, and Andy are joined by Barrie Open champion Stephen Kerr to look at Azorius Control in Modern, the new Duo Standard format, and pick favourites for the first ever Mythic Invitational.

(00:01:17) Stephen Kerr played Azorius Control to the finals in both Opens, is it really a good choice for Modern? What matchups does Azorius Control hope to face?
(00:13:35) Derek is still prepping for Mythic Championship London, and is Izzet Phoenix still the best deck? Will the new Mulligan Rule change things at the Mythic Championship? What is the stock Azorius Control list?
(00:21:31) What about the Duo Standard format that is going to be used for the Mythic Invitational? Does this validate the best-of-1 format? Will the format be more or less skill-intensive than traditional best-of-3? Who will it favour? Who are favourites to watch in the Mythic Invitational?
(00:38:52) Is ghosting a streamer opponent cheating? If a tournament were “Duo Modern”, what two decks would you bring?
(00:50:30) Who are each of the First Strike picks for the four players to make it through each Mythic Invitational group this weekend?
A) Elliot: Owen Turtenwald, Gerry Thompson, Alex Hayne, Matt Nass
Andy: Yuuya Watanabe, Alex Hayne, Owen Turtenwald, Gerry Thompson
Derek: Owen Turtenwald, Yuuya Watanabe, Javier Dominguez, Ondrej Strasky
B) Elliot: Shahar Shenhar, Ben Stark, Luis Salvatto, Christian Hauck
Andy: Luis Salvatto, Shahar Shenhar, Zachary Kiihne, Ben Stark
Derek: Luis Salvatto, Eric Froehlich, Shahar Shenhar, Christian Hauck
C) Elliot: William “Huey” Jensen, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Luis Scott-Vargas, Reid Duke
Andy: William Jensen, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Seth Manfield, Reid Duke
Derek: William Jensen, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Luis Scott-Vargas, Reid Duke
D) Elliot: Brad Nelson, Martin Juza, Piotr Glogowski, Lucas Esper Berthoud,
Andy: Marcio Carvalho, Martin Juza, Piotr Glogowski, Lucas Esper Berthoud
Derek: Marcio Carvalho, Thiago Saporito, Martin Juza, Piotr Glogowski

Your hosts on Twitter:
Kar Yung Tom – @kytmagic
Elliot Fortier – @elliot_fortier
Andy Robdrup – @AndyAWKWARD
Derek Pite – @misplacedginger

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