First Strike #15 – From Affinity in Vancouver to Modern Masters 2017

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First Strike is a Magic: The Gathering debate-style podcast that discusses competitive and social aspects of the game. In this episode, KYT is joined by Grand Prix Vancouver Top 8 finisher Jon Stern to fiercely debate Magic the Gathering topics with Robert Lombardi and Bryan Gottlieb.

  • (00:03:13) Why did Jon Stern choose to play Affinity at GP Vancouver?
  • (00:05:00) Which cards does Jon switch up in his Affinity maindeck and why?
  • (00:06:58) Should [card]Mox Opal[/card] be banned in Modern?
  • (00:10:06) Is the Modern Ban List managed well, and is Modern really an enjoyable format?
  • (00:15:56) Is Mardu Ballista the best deck in Standard?
  • (00:23:45) What metagame adjustments are they expecting going into GP New Jersey?
  • (00:30:34) Is Magic Online data solving the metagames too quickly? Should it stop?
  • (00:41:28) Will bigger prize pools really be better for the game?
  • (00:52:24) The MM 2017 official preview for Molten Rain!
  • (00:56:08) Should the Zendikar fetchland reprints have been saved for a Standard set?

You hosts on Twitter:

KYT – @kytmagic
Jon Stern – @JonSternMTL
Robert Lombardi – @RobertLombardi0
Bryan Gottleib – @BryanGo