First Strike #37 – From Standard Evolution To The Mental Reset


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The day after Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, KYT welcomes Brian Gottlieb and Rob Lombardi to look at the events and surprises of the tournament.

  • (00:00:52) Why was Mono-Red such a large part of the metagame at the Pro Tour? Were there different builds of the archetype?
  • (00:10:01) Was Black-Green disadvantaged going into the final? Can the deck be well-positioned against Mono-Red going forward in Standard? How does Zombies fit in now? Black-Red?
  • (00:22:24) How do you prepare for this rapidly-changing metagame? Why is it evolving so quickly?
  • (00:29:57) Is Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa a GOAT (the greatest of all time)? Even over Jon Finkel and Kai Budde?
  • (00:37:02) Is “range” dead? Is the room any more for the best players to be deck specialists?
  • (00:42:41) PV’s Pro Tour semi-final win over Yam Wing Chun: how do you overcome a blunder like this when the pressure is on?
  • (00:57:13) Watching the Pro Tour stream: is suspensefully drawing from the top of your deck slow play? Is it worse than lands in front?
  • (01:03:18) Magic Online Player Reward changes: the new player reward packs? Is this more value?

You hosts on Twitter:

KYT – @kytmagic
Bryan GottliebĀ – @BryanGo
Robert Lombardi – @AnarKisTMTG

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