Ancestral Recall #16 – In the Style of Top 8 Magic

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Welcome to a very special [okay not special] episode of the Ancestral Recall podcast!

This week young Roman Fusco (@roman_fusco) failed in his one and only task [“YOU HAD ONE JOB, TARLY!”] of obtaining a professional recording studio at NYU. As such, Roman and michaelj (@fivewithflores) are relegated to wandering the streets of Manhattan like a pair of recording vagabonds.

Further, they have no script!

So instead, our arcane archaeologists review some recent episodes OF THIS VERY PODCAST, and talk about Roman’s recent successes… All of which occurred as a result of the lessons taught by Ancestral Recall.

1. How to Win a PTQ [http://manadeprived.com/ancestral-recall-1-win-ptq/]
The one that started it all! This podcast changed Roman’s life and catapulted him to a Regional Championship.

2. The Rogue Strategy [http://manadeprived.com/ancestral-recall-3-rogue-strategy/]
Are you a soulless boring who always plays “The Deck to Beat”? So was Roman… Until this episode. Roman learned to understand what makes different good (rather than just different), an appreciation without which he would never have cracked his first Classic Top 8.

3. Casting Blue Spells [http://manadeprived.com/ancestral-recall-14-casting-blue-spells/]
“I had never registered the card ‘Island’ in a competitive REL event before.” -Roman Fusco
Thank goodness he did this time around, though! Roman learned to play with a creatureless deck for the first time, and helped to cement one of the most popular decks in the current Standard with his most recent Classic Top 8.

Bonus!

Mike and Roman talk changes to Approach of the Second Suns:

Approach of the Second Suns update by @yayitsmichaelj and @romanfusco

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Your hosts:
Roman Fusco – @Roman_Fusco
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores

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Ancestral Recall #15 – Bits and Pieces

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Roman and Mike uncover crumbs of ancient deck design wisdom from Mike Flores’ 2007 article, “Bits and Pieces — The Traits of a Great Deck Designer”.

Original Article:
http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/misc/13967-Bits-and-Pieces-8212-The-Traits-of-a-Great-Deck-Designer.html

Your hosts:
Roman Fusco – @Roman_Fusco
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores

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Ancestral Recall #14 – Casting Blue Spells

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Roman and Mike take a look at Nick Spagnolo’s treatise on how to win at Magic by playing a certain colour, in “Casting Blue Spells”, from 2010.

Original Article:
http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article.asp?ID=9237

Your hosts:
Roman Fusco – @Roman_Fusco
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores

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Ancestral Recall #13 – The New Pool Halls

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Roman and Mike take a look at Brian Hacker’s hugely influential article on gambling and Magic, “The New Pool Halls”, from 2001.

Original Article:
http://web.archive.org/web/20010515014151/magic.mindripper.com/Index.cfm?ArticleID=43&SectionID=1&Show=All

Your hosts:
Roman Fusco – @Roman_Fusco
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores

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Ancestral Recall #12 – One Man’s Ballot

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Mike and Roman take a look at one of Mike’s favourite Pro Tour Hall of Fame ballot articles, from the second year of the Hall of Fame, 11 years ago.

Original Article:
http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/misc/12612_One_Mans_Ballot.html

Your hosts:
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @Roman_Fusco

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Ancestral Recall #11 – The Old Switcheroo

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Mike and Roman explore the classic strategy of swapping in an unexpected permanent type for games 2 and 3 to gain card advantage and invalidate the opponent’s sideboard plan, with this 2002 article from the Sideboard magazine at magicthegathering.com.

Original Article:
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=sideboard/strategy/20021015a

Your hosts:
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @Roman_Fusco

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