Top Level Podcast (New Cards)

Glorybringer is one of the flashy cards from the Amonkhet. The is a dragon perfectly poised answer to Gideon, Ally of Zendikar but has other applications.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:34am EST

Check out the Aven Mindcensor Masterpiece! Team Top Level's Craig Wescoe joins Mike and Patrick to show off the latest Amonkhet Masterpiece spoiler.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:27am EST

Saheeli Rai (with Felidar Guardian) threatens to become the dominating strategy in Standard. Learn about some different ways to play Saheeli Rai.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:40am EST

Aether Revolt is more than just broken combos and mana engines! Learn about the "fair" side, headlined by Gifted Aetherborn, here.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:59am EST

Half on the surprising new bans to Modern and Standard; half on the crazy combos and engines from Aether Revolt (especially Felidar Guardian &co.)

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:25am EST

Winding Constrictor is just one of several cards that Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin and Resident Genius Michael J Flores discuss in this week's podcast:

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:26am EST

Rishkar, Peema Renegade is our exclusive preview from Aether Revolt! Check out what Patrick and Michael have to say about this powerful new Legendary Elf.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 11:49pm EST

Oath of Ajani is a strategy-specific mana accelerator that might just change everything. It's great early in some decks, great late in others; just great.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 11:59pm EST

A discussion of the advantages of Dark Intimations from Aether Revolt, with points of comparison like Tidings and Cruel Ultimatum.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:08am EST

We know from Smuggler's Copter how good a two mana vehicle can be.

Aether Revolt is pushing that limit even more with Heart of Kiran. Make no mistake... This card might be bananas. Imagine playing Heart of Kiran on turn two, then following up with Liliana or Nissa on turn three. You can slam with the Heart of Kiran and still gain ground on the battlefield by destroying a threat or making a Plant.

There are two important things to take away from this card:

  1. You basically get to access Planeswalker loyalty twice per turn. The first use is the regular one; the second is a swing with Heart of Kiran.
  2. Because Heart of Kiran has vigilence, it can block. Got a spare loyalty? You can spring a 4/4 blocker on demand. The best thing? At least early in the Heart's career, you may be able to steal a body or two.

Some of the cards in Aether Revolt -- most notably Ajani Unyeilding -- imply a Planeswalker collective deck. Heart of Kiran might be great in that kind of deck, a two drop that comes down faster than any Planeswalker in Standard, and capable of thriving in a context rich with loyalty.

As explosive as the loyalty-leeching alternate crew cost may be, the regular crew cost on this card is challenging. Crew 3 is much harder to hit than Crew 1; Nissa was already struggling in a Smugger's Copter-first format, but at least Gideon could make 2/2 creatures. Now even [one of] Gideon's tokens need assistance. Not a fatal flaw to this card at all... But something, certainly, to be wary of as you select your creatures.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 2:29am EST

Yahenni's Expertise is like a Languish married a Bloodbraid Elf

It's that time again! Top Level Podcast's favorite time... Spoiler season.

Early Aether Revolt spoilers bring us three new cards to talk about: Yahenni's Expertise, Trophy Mage, and Scrap Trawler.

Yahenni's Expertise

  • -3/-3 hits a surprisingly sweet spot in the current Standard. Not only is -3/-3 for all creatures not all that bad for 2BB, tons of the best creatures in Standard have three toughness, like Reflector Mage and Spell Queller.
  • While Yahenni's Expertise doesn't give the full -4/-4 that Languish does, the additional ability to cast a card for no additional mana might make this card a powerhouse. For example, you can sweep the board and cast a card drawing spell in one move. In Modern, you might play Yahenni's Expertise and pop an Ancestral Vision!
  • The secondary ability on Yahenni's Expertise can act as a kind of color fixing. Don't be surprised if players cheat a little with this card, splashing additional colors they wouldn't easily be able to cast.


Trophy Mage

  • Trinket Mage and Treasure Mage* have a new cousin!
  • The number of cards you can find with this is huge, varied, and highly flexible. For instance you can lock some opponents out with Ensnaring Bridge... And lock others out with Crucible of Worlds. Psst... Oblivion Stone costs three mana.

Scrap Trawler

  • Four words "Even. More. Card. Advantage."

Our first stab at Aether Revolt!

* Incidentally, Patrick made Top 8 of PT Paris a few years ago packing Treasure Mage for Mindslaver and Wurmcoil Engine only!

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:48am EST

There were 32 copies of Smuggler's Copter -- the maximum number -- in the first SCG Open Top 8 with Kaladesh. Play any Smuggler's Copter deck you want.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:29am EST

Kaladesh is going to make Magic fast again... And Toolcraft Exemplar will be one of the best, and fastest (and not just in Standard).

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:10am EST

Voltaic Brawler will be the centerpiece of a new Energy Aggro deck.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:24am EST

Combustible Gearhulk completes the Kaladesh Gearhulk Cycle

 

 

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 2:38am EST

New set Kaladesh brings with it three (five?) great new Planeswalkers. Pro Tour Hall of Famer Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores walk through new Nissa, new Chandra; other new Nissa, other new Chandra + Saheeli Rai in this podcast.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:18am EST

Birds of Paradise. G. Creature - Bird. Flying. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. 0/1. Birds of Paradise is back in Conspiracy: Take the Crown!

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:51am EST

Should Vampires play mono-red?

Should Vampires play mono-black?

Eldritch Moon puts the kibosh on both ideas by giving us Bloodhall Priest. Bloodhall Priest is on-theme, on-mechanic, and on-tribe for both black and red, encouraging a light splash in either. It is part Obstinate Baloth, part Murderous Redcap, and part Inferno Titan... But all awesome for either black or red vampires.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:27am EST

Patrick and Michael talk Bedlam Reveler, tons of additional red cards, red vampires, black vampires, and revisit the colorless emerge wing of Eldritch Moon in “Floor, Ceiling, Bedlam Reveler”. Give it a listen!

 

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

Liliana, the Last Hope Joins the Gatewatch

Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin and Resident Genius Michael J Flores discuss Liliana, the Last Hope; Oath of Liliana; and a number of other flashy cards from Eldritch Moon in "Liliana, the Last Hope Joins the Gatewatch".

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:07am EST

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 1:53am EST

Gisela, the Broken Blade. 2WW. Legendary Creature - Angel Horror. 4/3. Flying, first strike, lifelink. At the beginning of your end step, if you both own...

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 11:32pm EST

Emrakul, the Promised End highlights the beginning of Eldritch Moon spoiler season

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:02am EST

Declaration in Stone. Sorcery. Exile target creature and all other creatures its controller controls with the same name as that creature. That player...

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:39pm EST

Arlinn Kord is a spectacular new Planeswalker from Shadows over Innistrad. Find out how to play Arlinn Kord and Sorin, Grim Nemesis here!

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:11pm EST

"Nahiri, the Harbinger is not obviously super powerful." -Mike "I think Nahiri, the Harbinger is obviously super powerful." -Patrick Well... Which is it?

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:58am EST

Epiphany at the Drownyard Exclusive Preview! Find out how players will draw (lots of) cards come Shadows Over Innistrad with this flexible new blue instant.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 9:06pm EST

Patrick and Michael discuss Archangel Avacyn, Thing in the Ice, and other exciting new spoiled cards from Shadows Over Innistrad.

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

Patrick and Mike go over some quick hits from Oath of the Gatewatch! How do you cost Oath of Chandra? More Volcanic Hammer or more Searing Blood?

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:55am EST

Is Remorseless Punishment the Next Cruel Ultimatum? And is 64 the New 60? A discussion of Oath of the Gatewatch and Ben Rubin's controversial Abzan deck!

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 8:43pm EST

Oath of Nissa from Oath of the Gatewatch is sure to be one of the highest impact cards in Standard and larger formats. Learn more about this new enchantment

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:01pm EST

Warping Wail is Top Level Podcast's exclusive preview via Oath of the Gatewatch. Find out why Warping Wail will be a "whale" of an instant "warping" formats

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

Jori En, Ruin Diver has got to be one of the top cards in Oath of the Gatewatch! But Spacial Contortion is the one that'll re-write the rules of deck design

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 7:31pm EST

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?

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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?

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:23pm 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!

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 4:43pm EST

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

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 12:45am 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?

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:30pm 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?

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Category:New Cards -- posted at: 10:59am EST