First Strike #44 – From the Impact of Ixalan to the Future of Limited


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KYT, Robert, Vince, and Bryan look at the varieties of Modern metagames, debate how Ixalan could change Standard after rotation, and try to find the perfect way to make Limited exciting for the average viewer.

  • (00:02:50) Eldrazi Tron took down the Face to Face Modern Open in Toronto last weekend. In what kind of metagame is Eldrazi Tron so good?
  • (00:16:22) In this e-sports era, could MTG Arena become the streaming platform for Pro Tours or Grand Prix?
  • (00:27:09) What changes could make Limited more interesting for viewers?
  • (00:45:16) Ixalan Prereleases are this weekend! What kind of changes will Ixalan bring to Standard in its first week, if any?
  • (00:55:30) Is Ixalan a lower-powered set, and if it is, is that good for the game?

You hosts on Twitter:

Kar Yung Tom – @kytmagic
Robert Lombardi – @AnarKisTMTG
Vince D’Agostino – @daggr4
Bryan Gottlieb – @BryanGo

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