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The Dive Down is a podcast focused on Magic: The Gathering's Modern and Pioneer formats, with the casual spike in mind. Each week your hosts Dave, Shane, Stanislav, and Zak discuss decks, events, and level-up topics related to the latest non-rotating formats.
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The Dive Down is a podcast focused on Magic: The Gathering's Modern and Pioneer formats, with the casual spike in mind. Each week your hosts Dave, Shane, Stanislav, and Zak discuss decks, events, and level-up topics related to the latest non-rotating formats.
Proudly sponsored by ManaTraders, the best Magic card rental service for both Magic Online and paper! Get 15% off your first 3 months of ManaTraders! https://www.manatraders.com/?medium=thedivedown and use code "thedivedown"
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    Episode 57: Oh Lord He Comin': Chonky Red ft. Todd Anderson

    Episode 57: Oh Lord He Comin': Chonky Red ft. Todd Anderson

    This week The Dive Down crew welcomes special guest Todd Anderson to join us on our first Pioneer-focused Deck Dive — Chonky Red! Listen to find out why it's not an aggro deck, how tightly you should hold your Rabblemasters, and how to really bring the glory.


    The Break Down: Todd and All Things Todd
    The Dive Down: Chonk and All Things Chonk
    The Wind Down: Listener Questions


    You can find Todd at: https://www.twitch.tv/strong_sad or https://twitter.com/strong_sad


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    Timestamps:
    3:30 - Housekeeping
    4:30 - The Break Down: An interview with Todd!
    33:12 - The Dive Down begins: Chonky Red!
    34:52 - What is the Chonk?
    36:30 - Why all those lands?
    42:00 - What makes this deck popular?
    45:00 - The development of the Chonk
    53:30 - The construction of the Chonk - the aggro creatures
    1:09:00 - The burn spells
    1:12:24 - The creatures that are also burn spells!
    1:22:09 - The goldfish cards
    1:31:26 - The… Chandra
    1:35:33 - Sideboard considerations
    1:42:23 - The future of the Chonk
    1:46:02 - The Wind Down: listener questions!
    1:52:23 - Where to find Todd


    Links from this week's episode:
    Todd's recent Chonky Red article on SCG, including his most recent decklist: https://articles.starcitygames.com/premium/its-not-big-its-chonky-all-things-chonky-red-in-pioneer/


    Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name?


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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Episode 56: Bans & Theros: Beyond Hyped, Vol. 2

    Episode 56: Bans & Theros: Beyond Hyped, Vol. 2

    We take another look at Theros Beyond Death, and share some of our picks to click in Pioneer and Modern!
    The Break Down: Irrelevant top 8s and, oh yeah, HUGE MODERN BANS
    The Dive Down: Theros Beyond Death Picks to Click - Again!
    The Wind Down: The Dive Down Nation's favorite cards from Theros Beyond Death


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    Timestamps:
    4:10 - Housekeeping
    5:18 - The Break Down begins - Some outdated Top 8s
    8:34 - A closer look at Golgari Yawgmoth
    14:30 - 3 Modern bans!
    33:20 - The Dive Down begins - Shadowspear
    39:53 - Nylea, Keen Eyed
    46:45 - Underworld Breach
    55:06 - Gallia of the Endless Dance
    1:00:26 - Shatter the Sky
    1:08:45 - Klothys, God of Destiny
    1:16:42 - Quick Picks begin - Thassa, Deep Dwelling
    1:18:05 - Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
    1:19:52 - Eidolon of Obstruction
    1:22:00 - Escape Velocity
    1:23:52 - Thassa’s Oracle
    1:25:40 - Gravebreaker Lamia
    1:27:52 - Fruit of Tizerus
    1:30:34 - The Wind Down - The Picks to Click Listener Survey
    1:40:22 - Closing out


    Links from this week's episode:
    Jan 13 B&R announcement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/january-13-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement?n
    MagicFest Austin coverage: https://coverage.channelfireball.com/event/47
    SCG Knoxville Open coverage: https://old.starcitygames.com/events/110120_knoxville.html
    Golgari Yawgmoth deck tech: https://old.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/golgari_yawgmoth_with_aaron_ba.html


    Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name?


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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Episode 55: Theros: Beyond Hyped, Vol. 1

    Episode 55: Theros: Beyond Hyped, Vol. 1

    The crew takes a first look at Theros Beyond Death, and share some of their favorite, standout cards.
    The Break Down: MTGO Modern Championship
    The Dive Down: Theros Beyond Death Picks


    Timestamps:
    1:52 - Housekeeping
    3:26 - The Break Down begins
    6:00 - MTGO Modern Championship
    15:00 - SCG Open Columbus
    16:33 - Bryan Gottlieb’s Hot New Deck
    28:55 - The Dive Down Begins
    29:39 - Our New Card Wishlists
    38:17 - How We Evaluate Cards
    42:45 - Tectonic Giant
    49:12 - Escape Discussion
    51:12 - Ox of Agonas
    59:52 - Heliod, Sun-Crowned
    1:11:12 - Polukranos, Unchained
    1:20:05 - Whirlwind Denial
    1:26:54 - The RB and UG Titans


    Links from this week's episode:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/ModernMagic/comments/ekmpp3/mtgo_modern_champs_top_32_decklists/
    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-champs-2020-01-05
    https://twitter.com/BryanGo/status/1213962888194318336/photo/2


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    Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name?


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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Bonus 4: Casual Spike Meets Aspiring Spike

    Bonus 4: Casual Spike Meets Aspiring Spike

    In this installment of our monthly bonus episodes, Shane talks to the popular streamer Evart Moughon, better known as Aspiring Spike, about Pioneer, Modern, streaming, and playing with and against control decks.


    Find the Aspiring Spike:
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/aspiringspike
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/moughonevart


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    Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name?


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 54: The Many Moods of Monastery Mentor

    Episode 54: The Many Moods of Monastery Mentor

    The lads see if Monastery Mentor has what it takes to succeed in Pioneer by testing 3 different decks!
    The Break Down: Looking over the post-Oko Pioneer Preliminaries (plus some Modern Prelims)
    The Dive Down: Making mistakes with Monastery Mentor
    The Wind Down: Holiday listener questions


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    Timestamps:
    1:53 - Housekeeping
    3:20 - The Break Down begins - Pouring over the post-Oko Pioneer Prelims
    13:22 - Looking more closely at Green Ramp in Pioneer
    21:56 - A brief look at the Modern Prelims
    29:40 - The Dive Down begins - There's a Mentor in my Monastery!
    36:40 - Exploring Mentor in Pioneer
    38:46 - Shane with GW Mentor Tokens
    48:30 - The verdict on GW Mentor
    55:22 - Dave with Mardu PyroMentor
    1:09:35 - The verdict on Mardu PyroMentor
    1:11:29 - Stan with Esper Mentor
    1:20:16 - The verdict on Esper Mentor
    1:29:52 - Lessons learned on Monastery Mentor
    1:34:13 - The Wind Down - Listener questions


    Links from this week's episode:
    Shane's GW Mentor Tokens: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2587692#paper
    Dave's Mardu PyroMentor: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2590187#paper
    Stan's Esper Mentor: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2587940#paper


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    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 53: Diving Deeper: 5 Pioneer Takeaways

    Episode 53: Diving Deeper: 5 Pioneer Takeaways

    This week we Dive Deeper into the Pioneer format, and bring you 5 ways to level up your play!
    The Break Down: The latest Pioneer bans, and WOTC's new B&R schedule
    The Dive Down: Level up your Pioneer thinking with 5 takeaways
    The Wind Down: We answer some listener questions


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    Timestamps:
    3:02 - Housekeeping
    4:19 - The Break Down begins - The latest Pioneer bans
    19:07 - WOTC's new B&R schedule, or lack thereof
    29:18 - The Dive Down begins - Observations on Pioneer
    30:18 - Non-basic lands.... can be good!
    43:17 - Taking the advantage back on the draw
    57:25 - The 3 toughness challenge
    1:11:00 - The casting cost mindshift, 1 mana cards in Pioneer
    1:19:30 - Counterspells in Pioneer
    1:26:30 - The Wind Down: Listener questions on Pioneer


    Links from this week's episode:
    The 12/16/19 Pioneer bannings: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/december-16-2019-pioneer-banned-announcement
    The 12/16/19 B&R annoucement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/december-16-2019-banned-and-restricted-announcement


    Our opening music is Nowhere - You Never Knew, and our closing music is Space Blood - Goro? Is That Your Christian Name?


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    • 1 hr 39 min

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