Top Level Podcast (Standard)

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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

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 EDT

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 EDT

It's Christmas!

Unwrap another great Magic: The Gathering podcast with Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores.

This week - Whip of Erebos!

Direct download: TLP0006.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

To open, Mike "goes deep" (a la Patrick) to talk about THE TRUTH.

What is true? What does it mean to be true in Magic? Useful? ... A philosophy of Magic (and life) to start a discussion of transformational Magic: The Gathering card Jeskai Ascendancy!

Just how good is Jeskai Ascendancy? Mike has it -- at least possibly -- as the Number One Card in all of Standard Magic: The Gathering.

Can Jeskai Ascendancy crack Patrick's Top 10 for Standard? Top five? 

Listen and find out!

Direct download: TLP0005.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT

A discussion of historical, comparable, 3/3 haste creatures for three mana.

What puts Mantis Rider over the top, historically, in the 3/3 haste creature for three mana category?

The efficiencies and (positive) inefficiencies around Mantis Rider.

Leveling in deck design and choosing decks.

"You have to metagame against the winners' circle" and what that means.

Direct download: TLP0003.m4a
Category:Standard -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

Butcher of the Horde is Overrated (but still very good)

A different style of deck design...

The order to play your lands...

A Japanese thought experiment...

The realization of a dream...

How to choose between different good cards with similar costs and functions...

Shout outs to those who helped us get here!

Direct download: TLP0002.m4a
Category:Standard -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT

Three Cards With Siege Rhino

Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores bring you the first Top Level Podcast, about Siege Rhino and Abzan in Standard Constructed Magic: The Gathering.

Direct download: TLP0001.mp3
Category:Standard -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT