First Strike #99 – Exploring Modern with finalnub and solving Standard

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KYT, Andy, and Derek welcome Jonathan Zhang, aka Finalnub, to the show to look at something new in Modern, what’s going on in Standard, and is the Standard format solved going into the Pro Tour in November?

  • (00:02:02) What was Andy’s reaction to the Lanthier cheating scandal, and the subsequent plea for a lifetime ban? What is Jonathan’s take?
    (00:13:24) Reactions to the Todd Stevens firing revelation?
    (00:22:01) What’s the most surprising thing about the Runaway Steam-Kin deck that won the Face to Face Modern Open in Toronto last weekend? Can it beat Dredge? What deck would Jonathan recommend for a Modern GP coming up?
    (00:31:16) Is there a way out of the Green-Black mess in Standard? Is Abzan with Immortal Sun the answer?
    (00:41:00) Does Andy think it’s crazy to play Jeskai now?
    (00:48:17) How is White Weenie positioned in Standard right now? Is a Boros version viable?
    (00:52:53) Has Militia Bugler fallen out of favour in Modern?
    (00:56:35) Is there anything left to break in Standard? Should you be afraid of Disinformation Campaign? Is the Standard format solved going into the Pro Tour?
    (01:04:30) What is the state of Magic streaming right now?

Your hosts on Twitter:
Kar Yung Tom – @KYTmagic
Derek Pite – @misplacedginger
Andy Robdrup – @AndyAWKWARD

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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