Top 8 Magic: Grand Finals Deck Review: Omnathematics

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The decklists are not fully revealed at the time of this recording but the metagame has been made public and many players have already shared their lists on social media. Omnath is towering over Standard with 72% of the field playing either one of the two big decks that have sprung up around the elemental. Only NINE players chose to play without it in Standard. 

Omnath has even nabbed the top of the metagame list for Historic at 34%, pushing Jund Sacrifice, Rakdos Arcanist and Goblins, which had been such a big part of the last event down into much smaller percentages of the field. 


Brian David-Marshall and Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz talk their way through the metagame breakdowns, look at the various publicly known lists, and make their predictions for who they think will emerge on top of the insanely competitive field. 

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Top 8 Magic: Omnath’s Bodyman

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With less than a week until the Grand Finals Brian David-Marshall and Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz discuss the state of Standard post-Uro ban and pre-grand reveal of the 32 Standard decks the players will bring to the virtual tables. 

Topics include:

-Has the over/under on the number of Omnath’s changed? 

-Why aren’t people playing Arboreal Grazer in their Omnath lists? 

-Red Bull Qualifier decklist discussion. 

-What does the Walking Dead Secret Lair mean? 

-Has WotC lost our trust? 

-Has the Free to Play Arena business model hurt Magic? 

-Why are the NY Giants and the NFC East soooooo bad right now?

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Top 8 Magic: Mythic Invitational Deck Review

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Normally Brian David-Marshall and Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz would be doing a preview show for the Mythic Invitational — showcasing the Arena-only Historic format — but with the decks being revealed so close to the starter pistol for the event that was not possible. Instead they are looking through the decks while the early rounds of the event play out in the background. 


Metagame Breakdown

Mythic Invitational Decklists

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Top 8 Magic: Quest for the Messed-up Magic Cards

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With Zendikar Rising previews in full swing, Brian David-Marshall and Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz go on a quest to find the most messed-up Magic cards in the set so far. The duo go through the 41 rares and mythics that had been previewed as of Thursday Sept 3rd looking for the cards that most like to party, which ones are going to impact your Commander games and which ones meet the highest honor Zvi can bestow upon a card — “That’s a messed up Magic card!”

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Top 8 Magic: Next Ban Up

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With the Temur Reclamation dominated Players Tour Finals in the rearview mirror, Wizards of the Coast announced a huge swath of bans in Standard, Pioneer, Historic, and even Brawl. The announcement takes the total number of banned cards in this Standard format to ten — a number of cards we have not seen banned at the same time since Urza’s Block.

Brian David-Marshall and Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz walk through the history of banned and restricted cards in Standard, talk about the impact of these bans in the various formats, and Zvi brews a Lukka deck for Standard that he is excited to play with in this new Reclamation-less Standard format.

Meanwhile… BDM has been playing Teferi Tribal in Historic and is now in need of a new deck. Badly. Ping him on Twitter and tell him what you are liking now that the format has been shaken up a little.

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Zvi Mowshowitz – @TheZvi

Top 8 Magic: Standard Wolf Ratios

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BDM and Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz climb back on the virtual bicycle to resume creating new episodes of the game’s longest running (okay, okay, walking) podcast about all things MTG. In this episode the duo talk about:

-Zvi’s wolf ratio — how often has he cried wolf accurately and how many times has it just been a stray dog? SPOILERS Wilderness Reclamation was a MF’n wolf.
-This weekend’s upcoming Player’s Tour Finals Top 8 and the various weapons the 8 players will be bringing to the table.
-Their picks for the winner of the event. SPOILERS: Zvi does some math. Brian plays a hunch.
-Gab Nassif’s Historic control deck and what Zvi has done to tinker with it for the upcoming Historic Open.

The Hat Squad
2 Oath of Teferi (DAR) 200
5 Island (SLD) 64
4 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221
3 Plains (SLD) 63
3 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria (DAR) 207
1 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria (DAR) GR6
4 Shatter the Sky (THB) 37
4 Shark Typhoon (IKO) 67
2 Elspeth Conquers Death (THB) 13
3 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58
4 Mind Stone (WTH) 153
1 Dovin’s Veto (WAR) 193
2 Omen of the Sea (THB) 58
1 Essence Scatter (IKO) 49
3 Narset, Parter of Veils (WAR) 61
4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
4 Glacial Fortress (XLN) 255
4 Raugrin Triome (IKO) 251
4 Field of Ruin (THB) 242
1 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244
1 Castle Ardenvale (ELD) 238

Sideboard
2 Aether Gust (M20) 42
3 Dovin’s Veto (WAR) 193
2 Essence Scatter (IKO) 49
1 Search for Azcanta (XLN) 74
3 Grafdigger’s Cage (M20) 227
2 Tale’s End (M20) 77
2 Cleansing Nova (M19) 9

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Brian David-Marshall – @Top8Games
Zvi Mowshowitz – @TheZvi