First Strike #71 – From Amulet Titan to Early Arena Impressions

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KYT and Derek are joined by Edgar Magalhaes, who recently made top 4 of the SCG Cincinnati Team Constructed Open playing Amulet Titan. Streamer and podcaster Travis “Semulin” Sowers joins up to talk about MTG Arena, now that the NDA has been lifted and he can stream and discuss it. Jonathan Medina joins in for another streamer’s take on MTGArena.

  • (00:02:25) What made Edgar choose Amulet Titan for Modern? What is Edgar’s take on Modern? Where are all the Jace decks?
  • (00:10:11) What matchups scare Edgar the most, playing Amulet Titan? Also, why isn’t Tireless Tracker in his list?
  • (00:17:00) How did Edgar and his team prepare for the Team Constructed event? Any changes Edgar or his teammates would make if he played Team Constructed again?
  • (00:26:43) Handshakes: Is it really an issue of the winner offers a handshake?
  • (00:35:44) Now that the NDA has been lifted for MTGArena, what do the guys think of it? Is MTGArena “real” Magic?
  • (00:47:33) How will MTGArena change the landscape of Twitch streaming Magic?
  • (00:50:38) How well does streamer Jonathan Medina feel MTGArena blends the paper card game with the video game experience?
  • (00:59:04) Grumpiness aside, what are some of the valid criticisms of MTGArena?

Your hosts on Twitter:
Kar Yung Tom – @kytmagic
Derek Pite – @misplacedginger
Edgar Magalhaes – @EdgarMTG
Travis Sowers – @Semulin
Jonathan Medina – @MedinaMakesGame

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

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