First Strike #28 – From Celebrity Status to Keeping Them Honest


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KYT, Robert Lombardi, and Bryan Gottlieb get together to debate celebrity Pro Tour invitations, crazy Japanese decklists, and what could possibly save Standard!

  • (00:02:42) Should celebrities receive special invites to the Pro Tour?
  • (00:15:45) Would promotional invitations be better at Grand Prix than the Pro Tour? How often is too much?
  • (00:27:03) Interesting Decklists from Grand Prix Kobe: Are the odd choices of cards in the Affinity and Esper Control lists sheer genius?
  • (00:37:03) The Modern metagame looks very diverse, what do they think of this? Is there a best deck in Modern?
  • (00:43:17) Is Krark-Clan Ironworks well-positioned in today’s Modern metagame?
  • (00:45:40) Is the Temur Energy deck that won the SCG Baltimore Classic the deck that Standard needs to diversify the format?
  • (00:49:13) Removing Censor from control decks in Standard, is this the right metagame move?
  • (00:56:07) Who does Robert have on his team for GP Cleveland team sealed? How is he preparing for the sealed format?
  • (01:03:57) How powerful in Standard that potential Hour of Devastation spoiler, and is it real? What about the leaked Commander cards?

You hosts on Twitter:

KYT – @kytmagic
Robert Lombardi – @RobertLombardi0
Bryann GottliebĀ – @BryanGo

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