First Strike #35 – From Cosplay Excitement To the Countdown to Toronto


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KYT welcomes the talented cosplayer Courtney Polozzo, who will be at Grand Prix Toronto this coming weekend, and is joined by the full house of Rob Lombardi, Vince D’Agostino, Doug Potter, and Bryan Gottlieb to debate the current Standard, and the FNM and Game Day changes announced this week.

  • (00:02:28) What to expect from the official cosplayers at GP Toronto?
  • (00:07:12) How Courtney Pozzolo started cosplaying.
  • (00:14:25) Is Hour of Promise good in Standard?
  • (00:22:28) What other decks have the guys excited for Standard?
  • (00:26:53) Is Mardu Vehicles still a great choice for Standard going into the Pro Tour?
  • (00:37:20) FNM promos are being replaced by foil double-sided tokens. What does this move mean for in-store Magic?
  • (00:49:47) What about the transformation of Game Day to the end-of-season In-Store Championship?
  • (00:56:31) Grand Prix Toronto Hype: What is the best value if not playing the main event?
  • (01:02:53) What kind of prep have Doug and Rob put in to make sure they meet in the finals of the Grand Prix again?
  • (01:07:55) Vince is minus EV with Hour of Devastation on MTGO. Are draft leagues to blame? Should 8-man draft queues come back?
  • (01:17:23) Takeaways for the Hour of Devastation draft format?

You hosts on Twitter:

KYT – @kytmagic
Courtney “Purple Rogue” Polozzo – @purplerogue57
Doug Potter – @DougPkr
Bryan Gottlieb – @BryanGo
Robert Lombardi – @AnarKisTMTG
Vince D’Agostino – @daggr4

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