Top 8 Magic #344 – You, Sir, Are No Squadron Hawk

Topics include:

  • Raphael Levy’s Mono-Green Deck
  • Americans!
  • Mike and Brian discuss how scary various mono-colored decks are / have been over the course of Magic history.
  • Which is scariest played by a master? Which is scariest played by “random kid”?
  • How could Mike become a better human bin? <– more than one way, fo shoo
  • “Zvi’s” [card]Kalonian Hydra[/card] deck: An explanation of who and what
  • The two holes in Mike’s strategic understanding of Magic
  • B/W Decks in Standard — [card]Bogbrew Witch[/card], [card]Angelic Accord[/card], or both?
  • Theros! Anax and Cymede… and the tv shows various of the USA Network

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Michael J Flores – @fivewithflores
Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall – @top8games

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Top 8 Magic #343 – Angelic Accord (from the future!)

Topics include:

  • Brian and Mike call you from the future (actually California); Brian is back.
  • Mike’s [card]Angelic Accord[/card] deck (or, the only deck Brian and / or WIll Pop will want to play for the next several months).
  • The relative value of [card]Sphinx’s Revelation[/card] versus [card]Bogbrew Witch[/card] card advantage.
  • [card]Rancor[/card] at the center — sorry centre — of Unified Standard in 2013.
  • That time Sam Black took the [card]Opportunity[/card] to ruin M14 draft for Brian.
  • How to live as a writer (and don’t just ask us).
  • Ashton Kutcher!
  • Living your life with passion, kindness, and generosity.
  • Wiffleball.
  • Did we mention BDM is back?

Brian says to play LoHGame.com
Mike would like you to read The Official Miser’s Guide and Deckade.

From Canada! (and California, and New York)

Your Hosts:
Michael J Flores – @fivewithflores
Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall – @top8games

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Top 8 Magic #342 – Deck Building and Life with Patrick Chapin

BDM is off at the World Championships but Mike soldiers on with a special guest!

  • Patrick Chapin Does a Terrible BDM Impression
  • Murderers’ Row
  • What Magic superstar broke Patrick’s ribs?
  • First World Problems: Chapin sings Beach Boys songs
  • THEY SUCCESSFULLY MADE “FETCH” A THING
  • Next Level Deck Building – The Culmination of Two Years of Patrick’s Life! (and Patrick’s favorite topic)
  • Mike’s bar for a book: “to what degree do I want to steal from this?”
  • Has Mike given Saito a raw deal? (BTW Mike is a huge Saito fanboy)
  • Q&A with Patrick Chapin! – Questions various from Twitter
  • The Fried Chicken Diet
  • “Any sufficiently advanced TCG is indistinguishable from Magic.”
  • Patrick deals with Mike’s “leaks”. <– listen up and learn something!
  • Why the Hall of Fame vote will look quite different starting next year.
  • Did we mention Patrick Chapin Does a REALLY TERRIBLE BDM Impression?

LOVE
MIKE

“Reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE isn’t going to win you any Magic tournaments.” -Patrick Chapin

Check out Patrick’s new book NEXT LEVEL DECKBUILDING at StarCityGames.com! – www.starcitygames.com/pages/nldb

(but not before you buy Mike’s books!)

To support Mike and Brian in other endeavors check out…

Brian’s Games, New and Existing:
LoHGame.com
ClashOfTheDragons.com
LegacyOfAThousandSuns.com
DawnOfTheDragons.com – now on iOS too!

Mike’s Books:
Deckade – http://amzn.to/Deckade
The Official Miser’s Guide – http://sales.starcitygames.com/omg/

Your Hosts:
Michael J Flores – @fivewithflores
Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall – @top8games

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Top 8 Magic #341 – The Moral Victory of 16 Thumbs and 7 Toughness

Apologies ahead of time: BDM and I get distracted in this podcast more than once… By beautiful women passing by. You. Would. Too.
-mjf

  • Greetings from Canada!
  • We may have prematurely deleted [card]Archangel of Thune[/card] :/ (we still got [card]Delver of Secrets[/card] right when no one else did!)
  • Stuff to do with [card]Spike Feeder[/card] / the world’s most annoying G/W deck (all the G/W decks according to BDM)
  • That time Mike dumped $160 on [card]Kalonian Hydra[/card]s (to wit: http://fivewithflores.com/2013/07/paying-the-naya-price-the-swot-of-kalonian-hydra/)
  • Mike’s previous #MTGFinance feats include paying $55 for [card]Baneslayer Angel[/card] and going 2-7 in a PTQ (2/7 is foreshadowing)
  • Mike knows nothing about From the Vault 20; Brian knows everything about From the Vault 20 / Commander / Hero’s Path / and why that soldier girl has no pants.
  • Mike does know what [card]Akroma’s Vengeance[/card] is.
  • “+1/+1 is basically deathtouch”
  • A bunch of stuff about the World Championships (go Reid!)
  • BDM’s iPad is wrapped in an iPad condom aka Ziploc bag
  • Mike’s Invitational decks / [card]Young Pyromancer[/card] in Legacy
  • Tom Martell claims to have the rules knowledge of a Level 5 judge (according to Mike) – Hi Mrs. Martell!
  • The return of TAUNTING JON BECKER.
  • Speculation on Jon Becker’s favorite play.
  • Did we mention Mike gets confused often? BRB another beautiful woman is walking by (“Isn’t this why we meet on this corner?” -BDM)
  • Sweet things to do with [card]Quicken[/card].
  • WMC / Unified Constructed strategies and tactics various.
  • BDM allegedly walks into a bar [between a sex toys shop and a burlesque theater] – YOU BE THE JUDGE.

LOVE
MIKE

To support Mike and Brian in other endeavors check out…

Brian’s Games, New and Existing:
LoHGame.com
ClashOfTheDragons.com
LegacyOfAThousandSuns.com
DawnOfTheDragons.com – now on iOS too!

Mike’s Books:
Deckade – http://amzn.to/Deckade
The Official Miser’s Guide – http://sales.starcitygames.com/omg/

Your Hosts:
Michael J Flores – @fivewithflores
Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall – @top8games

You can subscribe to all of the podcasts from the ManaDeprived.com network using this link:
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Top 8 Magic #340 – Save or Delete

ManaDeprived.com is happy to feature this special episode of Top 8 Magic where Flores and BDM go over the Hall of Fame and the entire set of M14. Brace yourself!

“Imposing Sovereign was spoiled in Top Decks… How bad could it be?” — Mike

  • Intros… or no intros?
  • Brian is executive producing a movie!?! ==> ENTER THE BATTLEFIELD <== “God forbid you would have told me.” — Mike
  • The Righteous Babe reunion / Patrick Chapin’s birthday party
  • About thirty minutes of Hall of Fame ballot chats – What makes some players’ results “too” good?
  • Brian somehow doesn’t believe / recall he did SCG coverage. Here it is:

http://www.top8magic.com/2008/12/philly-5k-top8-candidates-to-top-8/
http://www.top8magic.com/2008/12/philly-5k-five-wins-uphill-in-the-snow/
⁃ http://www.top8magic.com/2008/12/philly-5k-feature-match-mike-flores-vs-adsm-levitt/
⁃ etc. (go click around… BDM did tons of updates on his iPhone only)

  • Brian makes the case for Mihara; Mike counters with Eric Froehlich
  • Longtime listeners track the meteoric rise of Tom Martell to one of the best players — dare we say it? — of all time?
  • The plan is 30 minutes BS, 30 minutes M14 White, 30 minutes M14 Blue
  • Mike and Brian agree on the best deck designer in the world at about minute 25
  • Mike and Brian contrast the various styles of different historical best deck designers in the world a la Zvi Mowshowitz (inspiration), Patrick Chapin (exploiting inefficiency), Gerry Thompson (effort), and others.
  • Mike claims to re-start but doesn’t (about that… Mike’s iPhone was running out of battery so we cut out a couple of times. We’d apologize, but it’s not like you listen to this podcast for its audio quality).
  • Another hour or so of M14 SAVE OR DELETE -Mike and Brian somehow get through all of M14. You’re. Welcome.
  • Think we got something wrong on the M14 spoiler? Yell about it in the comments.

LOVE
MIKE

To support Mike and Brian in other endeavors check out…

Brian’s Games, New and Existing:
LoHGame.com
ClashOfTheDragons.com
LegacyOfAThousandSuns.com
DawnOfTheDragons.com – now on iOS too!

Mike’s Books:
Deckade – http://amzn.to/Deckade
The Official Miser’s Guide – http://sales.starcitygames.com/omg/

Your Hosts:
Michael J Flores – @fivewithflores
Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall – @top8games