Top Level Podcast

World Breaker & Endbringer are two large Eldrazi creatures rumored for Oath of the Gatewatch; why is the seven drop better positioned than the cheaper one?

Direct download: world-breaker.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

Chandra, Flamecaller is a rumored new Planeswalker from Oath of the Gatewatch. What do Patrick and Michael think of this splashy new six drop?

Direct download: chandra-flamecaller.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:23pm EST

Gather the Pack is great setup in Standard! Even when it "misses" it can give Spell Mastery to acceleration like Nissa's Pilgrimage. Plus, sometimes it hits

Direct download: gather-the-pack.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 12:06am EST

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim is a Legendary Creature - Kor Cleric rumored to be in Oath of the Gatewatch. Patrick and Michael chat about Ayli and Standard Naya.

Direct download: ayli-eternal-pilgrim.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

In addition to Standard chats about green two drops, Patrick and Michael peruse the recent Modern results and talk a little about the math and matchups of that format.

Direct download: heir-of-the-wilds.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 9:28pm EST

Kozilek, the Great Distortion is an exciting new card rumored to be in Oath of the Gatewatch. Patrick flies to New York for Kozilek speculation and more!

Direct download: kozilek-the-great-distortion.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 4:43pm EST

Patrick Chapin played a new Esper Control deck in Legacy, featuring Painful Truths and Monastery Mentor. Learn how he elevated both in a great new deck

Direct download: monastery-mentor.mp3
Category:Legacy -- posted at: 12:04am EST

Mage-Ring Network is a powerful innovation in Esper control decks, facilitating Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and great flexibility

Direct download: mage-ring-network.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:18pm EST

Patrick Chapin and Michael J. Flores go over three new-ish and cool Standard decks, two of which feature Battle for Zendikar uncommon Jaddi Offshoot.

Direct download: jaddi-offshoot.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:11pm EST

"Double Strike" is a double-length podcast going over all the Top 8 decks from Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar + additional interesting decks

Direct download: double-strike.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

Emeria Shepherd is one of the few awesome white cards that ISN'T talked about in the most recent Open Top 8. Don't worry, we riff on Emeria Shepherd anyway!

Direct download: emeria-shepherd.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

Patrick and Michael talk about the new Battle for Zendikar Standard strategies, but mostly Atarka Red; and largely about how Arashin Cleric isn't enough.

Direct download: arashin-cleric.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:35pm EST

This week Top Level Podcast takes on Ob Nixilis Reignited, his role in the Abzan archetype, or anywhere really.

Direct download: ob-nixilis-reignited.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 2:23am EST

Catacomb Sifter just might be the sleeper card of Battle for Zendikar. Find out what makes this Eldrazi Drone (and the rest of the Eldrazi) go in this cast!

Direct download: catacomb-sifter.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

We discuss Makindi Sliderunner, Snapping Gnarlid, and Pilgrim's Eye; three exclusive Battle for Zendikar preview cards!

Direct download: makindi-sliderunner.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:45am EST

Battle Lands! Find out the amazing synergies between Battle for Zendikar's new battle lands and longtime favorites, fetch lands. Best mana in seven years :)

Direct download: battle-lands.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar leads the discussion of new  Battle for Zendikar cards. What'll rotate? What'll matter? What'll Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger eat?

Direct download: gideon-ally-of-zendikar.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Abbot of Keral Keep (aka "the red Snapcaster Mage") is one of several new cards from Magic Origins that is poised to perform in the Modern format.

Direct download: abbot-of-keral-keep.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

Hangarback Walker strikes again! The most widely played card from Magic Origins met itself in an Abzan Aggro mirror match in the finals of Grand Prix London

Direct download: hangarback-walker.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:20pm EST

Sphinx's Tutelage is the true "scissors" of Standard (sorry Ensoul Artifact). Find out why some decks perform exceedingly well from the top tables

Direct download: sphinxs-tutelage.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:38pm EST

Eidolon of the Great Revel highlighted one of two Top 8 decks fielded by Team Ultra PRO at PT Magic Origins. Learn the secrets of Abzan and Red in this cast

Direct download: eidolon-of-the-great-revel.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

Oblivion Sower is a Window to the Future! What does Oblivion Sower do? What does it imply about Battle for Zendikar or the return of Eldrazi?

Direct download: oblivion-sower.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:59am EST

Michael J Flores & Patrick Chapin discuss three kinds of Flooded Strand decks in Standard: UW Heroic, Jeskai Tokens (with Jace!) & Hangarback Walker Control

Direct download: flooded_strand.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

Who knows how this Jace, Telepath Unbound will work? Patrick and Michael puzzle through some Magic Origins blue and call the best new cards from each color

Direct download: jace-telepath-unbound.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 7:04am EST

Michael J Flores and Patrick Chapin discuss Evolutionary Leap, Gaea's Revenge, Gather the Pack, and other new cards from Magic Origins.

Direct download: TLP0035.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

Patrick and MichaelJ discuss Magic Origins chase rares-to-be Woodland Bellower and Demonic Pact! Both cards are powerful but also potentially build-around

Direct download: woodland-bellower.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

Name a creature card. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards that name and exile them. Then that player shuffles...

Direct download: infinite-obliteration.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:03pm EST

Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores discuss the exciting new Nissa, Vastwood Seer (Nissa, Sage Animist) and other Magic Origins cards in this Magic podcast

Direct download: nissa-vastwood-seer.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

Michael J Flores and Patrick Chapin talk new Magic Origins card Kytheon, Hero of Akros / Gideon, Battle-Forged; Patrick's 9th Place Grixis, and more Modern!

Direct download: TLP0031.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 10:36pm EST

In addition to discussing PVDDR's Esper Dragons and Adrian Sullivan's Dimir Control, Patrick and Michael discuss GR Devotion and other recent top finishers.

Direct download: TLP0030.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

Patrick & Mike are joined by cosplayer extraordinaire (+ Rolling Stone star) Christine Sprankle for "the most ridiculous episode of Top Level Podcast ever"

Direct download: kaaliaofthevast.mp3
Category:Commander -- posted at: 12:12am EST

Fearsome Awakening is a card for people who need their Dragonlord Atarka +2/+2 bigger, two turns early. It is just one of many topics in this week's podcast

Direct download: How_Fearsome_Awakening_Won_the_Internet.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

All manner of Den Protector decks in this ep of Top Level Podcast! Abzan Dragons! Abzan Control! Bant Midrange... and the deck "that got there" (and more)!

Direct download: TLP0027.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 9:40pm EST

Michael J Flores and Patrick Chapin talk about Gerry Thompson's MOCS win with Abzan Aggro, and discuss other Abzan decks, plus Elspeth, Sun's Champion!

Direct download: TLP00026.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

Michael J Flores and Patrick Chapin review various recent tournament results, focusing on two new Collected Company builds, G/W and U/G Devotion.

Direct download: TLP0025.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:51pm EST

Utah RPTQ winner Mike Flores joins Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin to talk about Dragonlord Dromoka in their Five-color Dragons deck.

Direct download: How_to_Win_a_PTQ_with_Dragonlord_Dromoka.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

Patrick Chapin joins Michael J Flores in a discussion of Esper Dragons, control in general, and Silumgar’s Scorn… Until they end up brewing a Mardu list.

 

Direct download: Silumgars_Scorn_is_a_Messed_Up_Magic_Card.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:17pm EST

Polluted Delta Control decks were some of the most successful decks at the Pro Tour. Patrick and Michael discuss three-and-a-half takes on Standard control.

Direct download: TLP0022.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

Chapin and Flores discuss Patrick's current playtest situation with The Pantheon and 20+ years of tournament prep skills, techniques, tactics, and tech.

Direct download: TLP0021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm EST

Mike and Patrick bring you the epic twentieth episode of Top Level Podcast: "Speed, Nowhere, and Ojutai Exemplars" (from the middle of nowhere Belgium)

Direct download: TLP0020.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:41pm EST

Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores blow out Sidisi, Undead Vizier plus the best of black and white cards from Dragons of Tarkir. 

Direct download: Sidisi-Undead-Vizier.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

Michael J Flores and Patrick Chapin talk about Deathmist Raptor and explore the various resurgent "Devotion to..." options in Dragons of Tarkir.

Direct download: deathmist_raptor.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:47pm EST

Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores go over Anticipate and a host of other "control" cards from the upcoming Magic: The Gathering set, Dragons of Tarkir!

Direct download: Anticipate_a_Control_Revolution.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:21pm EST

We dig into some of the preliminary Dragons of Tarkir spoilers, focusing on the dragons, and one dragon in particular; an Elder Dragon, Dragonlord Silumgar.

Direct download: TLP0016.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:24pm EST

Find out why Patrick and Mike are going gaga over the -- not one, not two, not three -- but all four copies of Outpost Siege in Ben Stark's R/W tempo deck!

Direct download: All_Four_Outpost_Sieges.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores explore three archetypes from the past weekend: B/U Control, G/R Devotion, and Temur Ascendancy combo

Direct download: How_Does_Temur_Ascendancy_Work.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:46pm EST

Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores chat Become Immense and the Pantheon decks of Pro Tour Fate Reforged, but not before spontaneously brewing Standard!

Direct download: Become_Immense_and_Gurmag_Angler.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 10:31pm EST

 

Patrick Chapin (from the Pantheon house on the road) joins Michael J Flores for a first look at the Legacy format, post Treasure Cruise banning.

Direct download: The_Rise_of_Dig_Through_Time_in_Legacy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:03pm EST

Direct download: TLP0011.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 8:04pm EST

Earlier this week our lords and masters in Renton, WA dropped the ban hammer on formats various. Chapin and Flores discuss bans in Vintage, Legacy & Modern.

Direct download: TLP0010.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 9:39pm EST

Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores discuss the criteria for banning cards in Modern + the Tasigur, the Golden Fang and the best cards from Fate Reforged.

Direct download: TLP0009.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

A Magic: The Gathering podcast where Patrick Chapin and Michael Flores discuss Abzan Aggro, GP Denver, and Fate Reforged newcomer Warden of the First Tree!

Direct download: Abzan_Aggro_and_Warden_of_the_First_Tree.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

Chapin & Flores discuss changes to Mike's RW deck + Top 4 finish at the Star City Games Super IQ, then Fate Reforged (Soulfire Grand Master and Jeskai Sage)

Direct download: TLP0007.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:43am EST

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