Top Level Podcast

The 2019 MOCS featured amazing innovations in both Modern and Pioneer! And for once (?) the best decks paved the way for the Champion!

Direct download: 2019_MOCS_Decks.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 11:56pm EST

FOR SURE Modern decks have become a hotbed for well built designs and using new cards in innovative ways. But completely busted? Find out!

Direct download: Modern_Decks.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 10:42pm EST

Aetherworks Marvel is about to hit the Historic format via Kaladesh Remastered! What are the most exciting ways to play this boom boom?

Direct download: Aetherworks_Marvel.mp3
Category:Historic -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

It might just say something about the metagame if Mono-Red Beatdown is playing main deck Ox of Agonas. We tell you what!

Direct download: We_Have_Reached_the_Main_Deck_Ox_of_Agonas_Stage.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 1:26am EST

All about the newfound rise of Ruin Crab offense in Dimir Rogues and the competing Yorion strategies in post-bans Standard

Direct download: The_World_According_to_Ruin_Crab.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 12:08am EST

Escape to the Wilds is banned in Standard alongside Omnath and Lucky Clover. Patrick and Michael speculate on the next big things

Direct download: What_Do_We_Do_Now_that_Escape_to_the_Wilds_is_Banned.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 12:47am EST

Patrick and Michael talk about the best in various formats. Standard Temur Adventures with Omnath [+ without Uro], the PT Mount Rushmore, and more!

Direct download: What_Does_It_Mean_to_be_the_Best_in_the_Format.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41am EST

Omnath, Locus of Creation from Zendikar Rising is ALREADY dominating Standard! Will it be banned almost before the card sees print in paper?

Direct download: Is_Omnath_Locus_of_Creation_Next_on_the_Chopping_Block.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:42am EST

In this "modal double-faced" ep, we check out the 2020 Mythic Invitational, then more Zendikar Risking cards, some or which are actually modal double-faced!

Direct download: Modal_Double-Faced.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 9:40pm EST

Patrick and MichaelJ take a deep look at upcoming formats, armed with the full Zendikar Rising Spoiler. What's good? What's completely unplayable?

Direct download: Taking_a_Look_at_the_Full_Zendikar_Rising_Spoiler.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 2:04am EST

The introduction of Murasa Brute from Zendikar Rising, plus discussion of many new cards and mechanics from the exciting upcoming set!

Direct download: Zendikar_Rising_Exclusive_Preview_-_Murasa_Brute.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:27am EST

Field of the Dead got banned... Again! This time in Historic. Meanwhile Yuriko the Tiger's Shadow leads an elite squad of undercosted Ninjas in Legacy!

Direct download: Sneaking_in_Yuriko_the_Tigers_Shadow.mp3
Category:Legacy -- posted at: 2:22am EST

It's a tour of the current Modern format! Shark Typhoon is cool in StoneBlade, Chandra's Incinerator in Burn, Lightning Skelemental in Elementals, & more

Direct download: Shark_Typhoon_in_StoneBlade_and_much_more_Modern.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 1:24am EST

Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath might be the best card left in Standard; check out its performance in a near-consensus best deck... AND a brand-new challenger!

Direct download: Let_s_Talk_About_Uro_Titan_of_Nature_s_Wrath.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 12:24am EST

Teferi, Time Raveler and Wilderness Reclamation are [FINALLY] banned in Standard (and elsewhere). Why did so many cards get cut... And what's next?

Direct download: Teferi_Time_Raveler_BANNED.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 2:56am EST

The Top 8 is set for the Players Tour Finals! The talk of the tournament was Growth Spiral, but enterprising rogues were also able to succeed. Learn how...

Direct download: Lets_Talk_About_the_Players_Tour_Finals.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:48pm EST

Historic is a brand new format featuring all the legal cards on Magic: The Gathering Arena. It's fresh, different, and super exciting to explore!

Direct download: A_HISTORIC_Episode_of_Top_Level_Podcast.mp3
Category:Historic -- posted at: 12:23am EST

Arcum's Astrolabe banned in Modern. Oath of Nissa un-banned in Pioneer! GOOD RIDDANCE to common troublemakers in Historic. Tons of formats; tons of changes.

Direct download: Arcums_Astrolabe_is_Banned_in_Modern.mp3
Category:Pioneer -- posted at: 1:08am EST

Rotting Regisaur is once again the biggest bad on the block, the meanest monster in the metagame! Old is new! But new is also new in Standard. Find out why:

Direct download: Everything_Old_is_New_Again_in_Standard.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

Michael Flores and Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin take their first look at the new Standard decks powered by Core Set 2021!

Direct download: First_Looks_at_Core_Set_2021_Standard.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

Is Alpine Houndmaster the Squadron Hawk of Core Set 2021? What's required to make this the set's best card and are we willing to pay the deck building cost?

Direct download: Is_Alpine_Houndmaster_the_Best_Card_in_M21_.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

Terror of the Peaks is an awesome Dragon when you're playing fair... But did you know the M21 monster also enables an infinite combo?

Direct download: Terror_of_the_Peaks.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:08am EST

Llanowar Visionary is kinda sorta an upgraded Borderland Ranger. Except instead of no one wanting to trade with it, many a mage will! Find out why here.

Direct download: Llanowar_Visionary_is_a_Titan.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:42am EST

Today is a big day for announcements! The Companion rule was fundamentally changed; and two cards (including Agent of Treachery) were banned in Standard!

Direct download: Agent_of_Treachery_Banned.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EST

Zirda, the Dawnwaker and Lurrus of the Dream-Den are the first Companions to feel the ban hammer! Where do we go from here?

Direct download: Zirda_the_Dawnwaker_is_Banned_in_Legacy.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:59am EST

Companions are rocking Modern and Pioneer! Our favorite this week uses Stoneforge Mystic to set up a fast Colossus Hammer and a stack of Kor for quick kills

Direct download: We_Adore_This_Colossus_Hammer_Deck.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 1:16am EST

Yorion, Sky Nomad is up! The Legendary Bird Serpant (and its 80 best friends) have taken over Standard with tons more card advantage than everyone else!

Direct download: The_Many_Faces_of_Yorion_Sky_Nomad.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 12:42am EST

Keruga, the Macrosage is just one of the awesome Companions we highlight in this week's episode... But it's not the coolest. Think Yorion + Demonic Pact :)

Direct download: Keruga_the_Macrosage_Dominates_Standard.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:31am EST

Companions from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths are already dominating every format, even Vintage! This week we examine some specific Companion-cases for Standard

Direct download: The_First_Week_of_Standard_with_Ikoria__Lair_of_Behemoths.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 12:48am EST

Kogla, the Titan Ape from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is just one of the exciting cards we discuss in this week's podcast. Check it out!

Direct download: Were_Bananas_for_Kogla_the_Titan_Ape.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:37am EST

Lurrus of the Dream-Den is one of the most exciting Companions from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. You already know why in Modern... But Vintage? TELL ME MORE

Direct download: Lurrus_of_the_Dream-Den.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 11:35pm EST

Cavalier of Thorns really does help Sultai Escape rocket to the next level, doesn't it? Learn how this card helped this archetype to its most recent big win

Direct download: How_Cavalier_of_Thorns_Makes_Sultai_Escape.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 12:36am EST

The #mtgtogether qualifief events have already started to spawn some amazing innovations and powerful solutions in Standard. We've got them all right here!

Direct download: Hottest_Standard_Tech_from_mtgtogether.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 12:03am EST

Mono-Red wins the Grand Prix and Mike likes... Bant? Find out why, and also why we like the Phoenix of Ash so much in Red Decks anyway ;)

Direct download: Lets_Talk_About_Phoenix_of_Ash_in_Mono-Red.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:39pm EST

Underworld Breach headlines some of the most broken decks in not just Pioneer... But Modern and even Legacy! Check 'em out here.

Direct download: Underworld_Breach_Decks.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 1:54am EST

Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger is chomping on Modern! Check out the Jund, Death Shadow, and brand new archetypes Kroxa is escaping out of and into the meta!

Direct download: Kroxa_Titan_of_Deaths_Hunger_in_Modern.mp3
Category:Modern -- posted at: 6:54pm EST

Worlds 2020 is in the books and PV adds "World Champion" to his impressive resume. But for the rest of us? What are the most exciting decks to play?

Direct download: The_Most_Exciting_Decks_from_Worlds_2020.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:37pm EST

Patrick and Michael discuss the best decks in Pioneer after Players Tour Phoenix. It's Dimir Inverter meets Lotus Breach and even more Red Decks than usual!

Direct download: The_Best_Decks_in_Pioneer.mp3
Category:Pioneer -- posted at: 11:56pm EST

Inverter of Truth... Is the truth in Pioneer! This week we talk about some of the FIVE Inverter decks from the PT Nagoya Top 8 (and the rest of them, too)

Direct download: Inverter_of_Truth_in_Pioneer.mp3
Category:Pioneer -- posted at: 9:52pm EST

Pro Tour Hall of Famer Patrick Chapin and newly minted Players Tour competitor Michael J Flores talk all the new Pioneer Deck Lists!

Direct download: So_Many_Pioneer_Deck_Lists.mp3
Category:Pioneer -- posted at: 11:30pm EST

Theros Beyond Death has powered up Mono-Black Devotion! Learn the ins and outs, tips and tricks, for navigating this rediscovered cornerstone of Standard

Direct download: The_Return_of_Mono-Black_Devotion.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 11:41pm EST

What makes Dream Trawler "everything to everyone"? Come find out as we discuss cards from the full Theros Beyond Death spoiler!

Direct download: The_Masterful_Design_of_Dream_Trawler.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:59am EST

Thassa, Deep-Dwelling is a neat centerpiece from Theros Beyond Death. What are some of the great combos and synergies you an exploit alongside this God?

Direct download: Thassa_Deep-Dwelling.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:41am EST

Heliod, Sun-Crowned is getting our creative juices flowing! Find out all the ways he can deal infinite damage, gain infinite life, or just beat down!

Direct download: Heliod_Sun-Crowned.mp3
Category:New Cards -- posted at: 11:48pm EST

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