Ancestral Recall #4 – JUSTICE

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What does it mean to be “results focused” and why does Mike thing we all should be (in the face of common, poker-descended, gamer wisdom)?

What is the relationship between great decision making and great results?

Is it truly better to be lucky than good?

All of this and more — and more Comic Sans than you can shake a stick smartphone at in “Top-Right, Bottom-Left, JUSTICE”

From “Top-Right, Bottom-Left, JUSTICE” (and coming soon to Ancestral Recall)

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Original Article: http://www.starcitygames.com/article/25607_Top-Right-Bottom-Left-JUSTICE.html?fb_comment_id=150447251779624_382787#fc67a56d00a4e8

Your hosts:

Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco

Ancestral Recall #3 – The Rogue Strategy

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Ever wonder why Mike is always playing (or advocating) weird decks?

“The Rogue Strategy”, his second-to-last article ever for legendary website The Magic Dojo might give you a bit of insight. Mike cites Hall of Famer Bob Maher Jr and his ability to win with a seemingly underpowered Mono-Blue Skies variant back at Pro Tour Chicago 2000 as a catalyst for a Magical life philosophy.

Bob’s deck:

Bob Maher’s Ankh-Tide all the way back from PT Chicago 2000 is central to this week’s Ancestral Recall podcast

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Is Rogue deck building still relevant? Or at least Mike’s take from nearly two decades ago? As usual, the Regional Champ weighs in with a modern perspective.

Original Article: Available at Deckade – http://amzn.to/deckade

Your hosts:

Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco

Ancestral Recall #2 – Who’s the Beatdown?

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It’s the dawning of a new (or new-old) day here at ManaDeprived. Mike Flores is joined by SCG Regionals Champion (and fellow Burn afficionado) Roman Fusco [http://sales.starcitygames.com/deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=111507] for a new weekly podcast revisiting the great articles of Magic’s strategic history.

Mike and Roman did a fairly long episode with “How to Win a PTQ” in the first episode of Ancestral Recall. This time around they opt for a short article that you may have heard of – Who’s the Beatdown?

Does Who’s the Beatdown? hold up?

It’s up to Roman to make that call… But here’s an excerpt from its originator:

“‘Who’s the Beatdown?’ is remembered because it was first, not because it was best.”
-Michael J. Flores

The duo shift in the second half of the podcast to a discussion of how to approach similar matchups today (e.g. B/G in Standard), Mike reminisces about Rebel Informer, and conclude on the process of deck selection.

Love it!

Original Article: Available at Deckade – http://amzn.to/deckade

Your hosts:

Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco

Ancestral Recall #1 – How to Win a PTQ

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It’s the dawning of a new (or new-old) day here at ManaDeprived. Mike Flores is joined by SCG Regionals Champion (and fellow Burn afficionado) Roman Fusco [http://sales.starcitygames.com/deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=111507] for a new weekly podcast revisiting the great articles of Magic’s strategic history.

Up first: How to Win a PTQ

Mike’s job – to curate and read from the old (hopefully “good old”) stuff.

Roman’s job – often experiencing these articles for the first time, Roman – an up and coming player of the current age – is tasked with contextualizing the articles. Are they still relevant today?

In any case, BRYang will probably be happy, J

Original article: Flores Friday – How to Win a PTQ

Your hosts:

Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @Top8Games