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Pro Tour champion and MPL member Alexander Hayne chats Magic: The Gathering with KYT over food/coffee.

Table for 2 - An MTG Arena Podcast Alexander Hayne & Kar Yung Tom

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    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

Pro Tour champion and MPL member Alexander Hayne chats Magic: The Gathering with KYT over food/coffee.

    Alex top 8s Players Tour Online 4!

    Alex top 8s Players Tour Online 4!

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    (1:45) Alex talks about playing Temur Reclamation to a PT Online 4 top 8 finish
    (4:00) KYT asks Alex to clarify the differences between all the tournaments that have been running
    (18:55) KYT gets Alex to go more in-depth on his tourney prep, how'd he know how to adjust
    (28:00) Is the format skill intenstive or skill rewarding?
    (31:45) KYT comments how well the game is doing - Ikoria & Core Set 2021 doing great
    (39:30) What can we learn from the recent chess hype?
    (57:45) Alex asks KYT how chess has been going for him, KYT obsessed with exploitative chess

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Reacting to Organized Play with a Mix of Strategy

    Reacting to Organized Play with a Mix of Strategy

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    Apologies on minor mic friction noise

    (1:55) Alex details the recent Organized Play announcements and gives his reaction. Is this the death of competitive Magic?
    (16:05) Reacting to Matt Sperling's glass-half-full tweet
    (31:00) KYT has gotten Alex hooked on two chess streams: GMHikaru & BotezLive
    (48:00) Tactics in chess and how it can relate to MTG
    (1:01:00) Chess coaches often recommend playing slow games
    (1:14:30) Answer a Q by Nikachu on Twitter: why don't MTG players review their games? KYT suggests an improvement routine.
    (1:18:00) KYT has identified auto-pilot leaks by recording his poker play

    • 1 hr 28 min
    The Companion Mechanic, Chess, Best Move vs. Easier to Play

    The Companion Mechanic, Chess, Best Move vs. Easier to Play

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    (0:00) What we've been up to and which games we've been playing
    (3:45) Is Alex still a Rival and for how long?
    (29:15) What does Alex think of Ikoria and the Companion mechanic?
    (57:00) In chess, even the very elite might not play the best move and opt for an easier to play line. Does this happen in MTG?
    (1:12:24) KYT links the discussion to poker: some players trying to copy solvers, GTO vs. exploitative
    (1:18:00) KYT is happy to see people tweet about being proud to hit 2000+ ratings on MTGO. Can there actually be a mix of ELO in the ladder?

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Organized Play - WWAD

    Organized Play - WWAD

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    (0:00) Thoughts on Play Design
    (11:45) Reaction to Organized Play announcements - what would Alex do? First 2 vs. best 5?
    (29:30) Alex thinks people who were able to mix a job and MTG as a hobby did it right
    (31:30) Alex reveals roughly how much he earned as an MPL player in 2019
    (1:01:00) London mulligan strategy
    (1:11:00) Helping finalnub win a Realease Weekend Limited Grand Prix

    • 1 hr 18 min
    MTG Outlook for 2020

    MTG Outlook for 2020

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    (2:00) How does Alex feel post-Arena Mythic Championship? How hard will he work to get back in the MPL?
    (24:00) Success stories vs. survivorship bias. The dark side of MTG addiction.
    (38:00) Javier Dominguez - best in the world?
    (42:20) Reacting to some OP changes

    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Pressure of this Mythic Championship

    The Pressure of this Mythic Championship

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    (1:45) Reacting to the current landscape of MTG content
    (13:10) Tyler Nightingale asks us how we'd get people more invested in the MPL
    (21:40) The pressure of the upcoming Arena Mythic Championship, how did Alex prepare
    (34:20) Good Game culture, turning emotions on/off
    (41:45) Alex is asked what's the difference between him and the average grinder
    (53:00) Tactics vs. strategy in Magic
    (57:20) Analyzing the Pinnacle odds for the Arena MC. The level of disrepect!

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Nice banana ,

Real help on MTG fundamentals

The unique, deep insights that can actually improve your game. Rare but really valuable.

Kuebal ,

Great MTG Podcast!

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a few months now, loving it! It’s always nice to get inside the mind of an Arena Super Cup Champion like KYT... and I guess the other guy used to win tournaments also?
Thanks for killing many hours of windshield time, appreciate the knowledge!

TheComingOfDoug ,

Hayne a treasure...

Granted a Canadian treasure-- but a treasure nonetheless! This is 2 guys just riffing on (mostly) all things magic. No real structure but immensely entertaining. Nice job fellas.

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