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#110 - GP New Jersey Recap & the MTG Arena Mythic Invitational

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#111 MagicFest Toronto & War of the Spark Prerelease
KYT, Elliot, Derek, Andy, and Jonathan talk about their experiences at Magic Fest Toronto, the Modern metagame, and a Prerelease as a Grand Prix??? (00:01:20) Andy played Izzet Phoenix to great results on both Friday and Saturday of MF Toronto, and Elliot rode the Phoenix to top 8 of the Sunday MFQ. Is it the best deck in Modern? But can the Whir Prison deck lose to anything? What cards in Modern can beat it?  (00:15:16) Why did Derek wear chainmail all weekend at MF Toronto? Is Burn well- or poorly-positioned in Modern right now? Why Burn will never be broken. (00:21:08) Are pros less likely to attend Magic Fests? Are the Pro Tour Qualifiers a better event to play? Are the events softer as a result?  (00:25:48) How is the Standard Mythic grid going for Derek on MTGArena? Why is Sultai not good on MTGArena, even though it's great in paper? Why Jonathan thinks White-Blue Aggro is well-placed going into his RPTQ this weekend. What would Derek play in the RPTQ this weekend, if he weren't already qualified? How do you predict the metagame? (00:39:04) Prerelease Grand Prix at Magic Fest London! Reactions? Is this an amazing opportunity for the players or just a grab by CFB for money from local stores?  (00:48:54) KYT was providing independent coverage of the Magic Fest for Face to Face Games this weekend. Is the trade off of less official coverage for more Magic Fest events worth it? Is third-party coverage the right move in an MTGArena future? 
February 13, 2019
#110 - GP New Jersey Recap & the MTG Arena Mythic Invitational
Elliot, Derek, and Andy look at Ravnica Allegiance sealed in the wake of Grand Prix New Jersey, Modern decks, and find lots to get excited about in the MTG Arena Mythic Invitational Announcement.
February 2, 2019
#109 - Nostradamus Soorani Returns!
KYT, Derek, and Andy are joined by Shaheen Soorani, who first predicted on First Strike last year that KCI would be the piece to be banned from that deck. How will Modern look without KCI, how will Standard look after this weekend, and is playing on MtG Arena better than MTGO?
January 25, 2019
#108 - Getting ready for Ravnica Allegiance!
KYT, Derek, Andy, and Elliot are joined by SCG Leaderboard warrior and Toronto ex-pat, Tariq Patel, to discuss the fate of KCI in Modern, the strategic importance of taking the draw, and Top 5 Picks for Ravnica Allegiance.
January 18, 2019
Mythic Champions and the Cult Guildmage
KYT, Andy, Derek, Elliot, and Jon are joined by Markus Thibeau so we have not one but TWO people qualified for the first Mythic Championship! Also, stay tuned right to the last for the exclusive free official Ravnica Allegiance preview card, Cult Guildmage!
January 8, 2019
First Strike #106 – Taking KCI to the Mythic Championship
Click here to learn how to join the First Strike Nation! KYT, Andy, Derek, Elliot, and Jonathan celebrate Elliot’s top 4 Modern victory at the RPTQ to earn a spot in the very first Mythic Championship. (00:02:54) Elliot top 4’d his RPTQ to qualify for the very first Mythic Championship! How much experience did he […]
December 13, 2018
First Strike #105 – $10M DOLLARS… The World Will Know!
The First Strike crew gives their first impressions on the $10 million dollars announcement.
December 7, 2018
First Strike #104 – Choosing a Modern deck for the RPTQ
KYT, Andy, Derek, Jonathan, and Elliot explore what impact general entry fees might have on Grand Prix attendance, what deck to play in Modern for the upcoming RPTQs, the state of Standard, and a DQ at Grand Prix Warsaw.
November 29, 2018
First Strike #103 – Teaming up to win SCG Vegas
KYT, Andy, Derek are graced by two thirds of the SCG Vegas Team Open winners, Markus Thibeau and First Strike's own Jonathan Zhang, as they look at making a team, the Standard metagame, and choosing Modern decks.
November 22, 2018
First Strike #102 – Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica and Modern Musings
KYT, Andy, Derek, and Jonathan Zhang look at the Pro Tour top 8 and top PT constructed decks, Dredge in Modern, and the new Format-focussed event path to the Magic Online Championship. And Fish.
November 14, 2018
First Strike #101 – Breaking Down Ultimate Masters
KYT, Andy, Derek, and Elliott make Standard predictions for Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica this weekend, talk frankly about Modern feelings, and welcome Jonathan Medina for his take on Ultimate Masters and those two dread words: Magic Finance.
November 7, 2018
First Strike #100 – Chilling with GP New Jersey champ Eli Kassis
KYT, Andy, and Derek invite special guest Eli Kassis, winner of GP New Jersey to dissect his GP victory with Jeskai in Standard, why Green-Black had such a poor top end showing, and what impact this will have on Pro Tour Standard deck selection.
November 1, 2018
First Strike #99 – Exploring Modern with finalnub and solving Standard
KYT, Andy, and Derek welcome Jonathan Zhang, aka Finalnub, to the show to look at something new in Modern, what's going on in Standard, and is the Standard format solved going into the Pro Tour in November?
October 24, 2018
First Strike #98 – From Stomping on cheating to that Amu-LIT Titan
KYT and Derek are joined by Edgar Magalhaes, Bryan Gottlieb, and Jonathan Zhang to look at a recent Canadian cheating scandal, why Amulet Titan is currently well-positioned in Modern, and can anything beat Black-Green in Standard?
October 17, 2018
First Strike #97 – Guilds of Ravnica Early Impressions
KYT, Andy, and Derek are joined by the official new Team Face to Face Games captain, Shaheen Soorani. Together they share their early impressions of Guilds of Ravnica Limited, which cards they are excitied to play in Standard, and look forward to Grand Prix Montreal this weekend.
October 3, 2018
First Strike #96 – RB Aggro tops Worlds & Guilds of Ravnica top 5
KYT, Andy, and Derek invite Elliot Fortier to help them uncover all of the surprises and drama of the World Championship. Then Andy, Derek, and Elliot pick apart each other's lists of the Top 5 constructed cards in Guilds of Ravnica, so you can know which cards to get at your prerelease this weekend!
September 26, 2018
First Strike #95 – SCG Modern Top 8 with UW Control
KYT, Andy, and Derek couldn't help but bring back Dan Lanthier, who took his trusty UW Control to the top 8 of the SCG Syracuse Modern Open last weekend. Join them as they look at Modern, how the new Guilds of Ravnica cards will affect Standard, and the ramifications of cheating, or alleging cheating.
September 19, 2018
First Strike #94 – Clinching Gold in Detroit
KYT and Derek welcome GP Detroit top 4 semi-finalist Dan Lanthier back to the show, and are joined by Edgar Magalhaes to discuss what they each gained and learned from Team Unified Modern, the changes to the Pro Tour for 2019, and then look at some of the previewed Guilds of Ravnica cards.
September 12, 2018
First Strike #93 – Pro Player Consultant Eduardo Sajgalik & the Return of Bryan G
KYT and Andy get to welcome back First Strike alumni Bryan Gottlieb, as the three chat with newly-appointed Pro Player Consultant and Commentator Eduardo Sajgalik about Bryan's new HeadGAMe podcast, Eduardo's PT Hall of Fame ballot, and Pro Player feedback.
August 29, 2018
First Strike #92 – From Blue-Black to DreamHack, via the Hall of Fame
KYT, Andy, and Derek get together with Edgar Magalhaes fresh off a Standard top 8 at Grand Prix Providence, and none other than Gerry Thompson himself to talk about the GP, the Hall of Fame, cheating, and DreamHack in Montreal.
August 22, 2018
First Strike #91 – From Pro Tour levels to the Hall of Fame ballot
KYT and Andy welcome Pro Tour titans Jon Stern and Alex Majlaton to discuss Thursday's Organized Play announced changes, the differences between Pro Tour Club levels, Pro Players advising Organized Play, and their thoughts on the 2018 Pro Tour Hall of Fame ballot.
August 17, 2018
First Strike #90 – Teaming the Pro Tour and genuine content
KYT and Andy are joined by Shaheen Soorani who helps deconstruct his team's 22nd place finish and the team Pro Tour experience, while Travis "Semulin" Sowers comes on to debate Limited's place on the Pro Tour and how his experiences growing as a streamer and digital content creator.
August 8, 2018
First Strike #89 – The return of Rob, more Bugler and crushing with Saheeli
KYT and Andy welcome Rob Lombardi back to the show, as well as Jay Lansdaal to discuss the pitfalls of prize splitting, Saheeli Combo in Modern, Militia Bugler, and the Core M19 draft format.
August 1, 2018
First Strike #88 – Militia Bugler is the truth
KYT is back! And he's joined by Derek and Andy, as well as Edgar Magalhaes, to look at the newest Modern Humans tech, Standard leading to the team Pro Tour, and the Commander 2018 preview of Vedalken Humiliator.
July 25, 2018
First Strike #87 – From Grishoalbrand to Infect and MtG tariffs
Elliot, Andy, and Derek are joined by Jonathan Zhang to chat about movement in the Standad metagame, the importance of versatility in Modern, and the impact of tariffs on drafting in Canada.
July 18, 2018
First Strike #86 – The impact of Core Set 2019
Elliot, Andy, and Derek meet to share their M19 Prerelease impressions and lessons learned, as well as to share what they have observed--and what they predict--for the impact the new Core Set will have on Constructed formats going forward.
July 11, 2018
First Strike #85 – Canadian Nationals aftermath
Elliot, Andy, and Derek are joined by Edgar Magalhaes on the show after a nearly triumphant result at Canadian Nationals last weekend to take Dominaria draft, the Standard metagame, and where the banhammer did and didn't fall.
July 4, 2018
First Strike #84 – Countdown to Canadian Nationals
KYT, Andy, and Derek are joined by Kingston's Elliot Fortier (clandestine Level 2 judge) to talk about lessons learned at the Team Constructed RPTQ and Grand Prix Pittsburgh, as well as start the countdown to Canadian Nationals this coming weekend.
June 27, 2018
First Strike #83 – Canadian Nationals and Alpine Moon
KYT and Andy are joined by Kelly Ackermann from F2F Toronto and Edmonton's Brian Ziemba, to get hyped about Canadian Nationals in two weeks, and even more hyped for Core Set 2019 with the free exclusive Core Set 2019 preview card from Wizards of the Coast, Alpine Moon!
June 19, 2018
First Strike #82 – The First Strike Late Night Show
KYT, Derek, and Andy take First Strike to the late night slot, with topics like how to next-level Raff Capashen in Dominaria draft, a new home for Geist of Saint Traft in Modern, and riding the Blue-Black train in Standard.
June 13, 2018
First Strike #81 – Ninth at Pro Tour Dominaria with Morgan McLaughlin
KYT, Andy, Derek, and Rob chat with Morgan McLaughlin about his 9th place finish at Pro Tour Dominaria, the Standard deck he chose, and some of the judge calls on coverage.
June 6, 2018
First Strike #80 – From team Twitter chemistry to competitive take-backs
KYT, Derek, and Andy welcome GP DC winner Andrew Tenjum and Calgary's Brian Ziemba to talk team limited, takesy-backsies, and the Battle Bond set release.
May 30, 2018
First Strike #79 – Team Crotts/Blum/Smith top 4s Toronto!
KYT, Derek, and Andy are joined by Jennifer Crotts, Tyler Blum, and Robert Smith after their top 4 appearance in the Team Trios Constructed Grand Prix Toronto last weekend.
May 23, 2018
First Strike #78 – Fournier drives Standard Vehicles for the win online
KYT, Derek, and Andy welcome Daniel Fournier, fresh off winning an MTGO Standard PTQ with BW Vehicles and Dean McLaren, winner of the Red Deer F2F Modern Open with Krark-Clan Ironworks.
May 15, 2018
First Strike #77 – Streaming and mulligans with Gab Tsang and David Rood
KYT, Andy, and Derek welcome Pro Tour Atlanta 2005 Team winners and Canadian Magic legends Gabe Tsang and Dave Rood, as well as veteran streamer Travis Sowers.
May 9, 2018
First Strike #76 – From teaming up for the Grand Prix to flashing in Legends
KYT and Andy and are joined by two/thirds of the Grand Prix Columbus Team Sealed winners, David Goldfarb and Edgar Magalhaes, to discuss Dominaria Limited and team events.
May 1, 2018
First Strike #75 – From the battlefield collage to early Dominaria impact
KYT, Rob, and Derek are joined by guests Bryan Gottlieb and Connor Bryant, to cover new game board layout policy changes, and how Dominaria is already changing Modern, Standard, and Limited.
April 24, 2018
First Strike #74 – Krark-Clan Ironworks reveals its secrets
KYT, Rob, Derek, and Andy chat with Shaheen Soorani on how broken the Krark-Clan Ironworks is in Modern. Or is it?
April 17, 2018
First Strike #73 – From a Legacy top 16 to Dominaria previews!
Andy and Derek welcome Keith Capstick, who has returned to Canada after a top 16 finish in Legacy at GP Seattle last weekend, as they talk Legacy plays, choosing a deck for the Modern metagame, and take a close look at the ManaDeprived's two official Dominaria preview cards: War-Cry Phoenix and Blackblade Reforged!
April 10, 2018
First Strike #72 – Returning to the Pro Tour
KYT, Andy, and Derek welcome Alex Bianchi to talk Rivals of Ixalan Sealed, the dominant decks in Standard, and peek at the Modern metagame with Jonathan Zhang.
April 3, 2018
First Strike #71 – From Amulet Titan to Early Arena Impressions
KYT and Derek are joined by Edgar Magalhes, Travis Sowers, and Jonathan Medina to talk Modern Amulet Titan, handshakes, and streaming the beta MTGArena.
March 30, 2018
First Strike #70 – From an Affinity for Metal to an Affinity for Cheating
KYT, Derek, and Andy welcome the Affinity master himself, Alex Majlaton to talk about Affinity in the Jace Modern, as well as discussing playing after bans, and the new Magic 25 Limited format.
March 20, 2018
First Strike #69 – KYT’s birthday saga
KYT, Robert, Derek, and Andy invite the First Strike viewers to help celebrate KYT's birthday by looking at Modern decks, Standard tournaments, and the newly-previewed Dominaria enchantment card cycle, the Sagas!
March 13, 2018
First Strike #68 – From Legacy Mavericks to the Fairy Godmother of Modern
KYT, Robert, Derek, and Andy welcome Karim Badrubin to the show to lay some Legacy wisdom on them. They cover the rest of the constructed formats by looking at Modern from the MOCS Championship and Derek wins a Standard PPTQ!
March 6, 2018
First Strike #67 – Return of the Snake
KYT, Robert, Derek, and Andy look at the new Challenger decks and the Standard metagame after GP Memphis, then welcome Edgar Magalhaes to learn the best Modern deck for JTMS.
February 27, 2018
First Strike #66 – Daggr4 Returns!
KYT, Robert, Bryan, and Vince comes on to talk about his game café, Waypoint Games. The cast is joined by Derek Pite to look at all the possible decks in the current Standard.
February 20, 2018
First Strike – Modern Burn with Jon Stern
KYT and Andy Peters are joined by Alex Biancchi and the one and only Grand Prix Toronto finalist Jon Stern, to take about playing Burn at the Pro Tour and Grand Prix, and other Modern matchups.
February 14, 2018
Jace the Turn Four Win
KYT and Rob Lombardi, are joined by Shaheen Soorani, Derek Pite, and Grand Prix Toronto virtual top 8 finisher Cody Gravelle to react to the news of the hot unbannings in Modern, tell stories from the Grand Prix, and look to the future of Modern.
February 13, 2018
Two Weeks of Modern: Grand Prix Toronto Prep
KYT and Rob Lombardi, are joined by Derek Pite and Robert Anderson to discuss two weeks of Modern: the Pro Tour in Bilbao Spain last weekend, and the Grand Prix coming up in Toronto this weekend.
February 6, 2018
From Pyromancing Young to Raving with the Chupacabra
KYT, Bryan Gottlieb, Andy Peters, Matthew Dilks, and Alex Bianchi get together to discuss fair decks in Modern, Grixis in Standard, and when a disqualification can be right but unfair.
January 31, 2018
First Strike – The Spirit of the Rules
KYT, Robert Lombardi, and Andy Peters get togther to discuss Rivals of Ixalan sealed from Grand Prix Indy, new Modern decks for Grand Prix Toronto, can new content segments save Grand Prix video coverage?
January 24, 2018
First Strike – From New Standard Bannings to Rivals Game Policy
KYT, Bryan Gottlieb and Andy Peters and Jonathan Goud, Canada's regional Judge Coordinator, meet to chat about the announced major changes to this great game of Magic.
January 16, 2018
From the Tower of Power to Rivaling Pauper
KYT and Robert are joined by old friend of the show Shaheen Soorani, to talk Modern for the Pro Tour, Control decks, and Rivals of Ixalan Standard.
January 9, 2018
From Wayward Swordtooth to Rivals of Standard
KYT, Robert, joined by streamers Derek "Trophy Hunter" Pite and Travis "Semulin" Sowers, have the pleasure to introduce ManaDeprived's official preview card, Wayward Swordtooth!
January 5, 2018
From Challenger Decks to Challenging Content
KYT, Robert, and Andy Robdrup meet up with Jonathan Medina to talk about GP New Jersey, the new Challenger decks for Standard, and how to improve everything from Magic tournament video to the Grand Prix experience.
December 20, 2017
Unstable Mulligans
KYT, Robert, and Bryan get together to look at the decks to play in the current Modern metagame, the viability of a Pauper Grand Prix, and Ixalan sealed. Then they are joined by Jonathan Medina to discuss the success of the goofy set, Unstable.
December 13, 2017
From Team Trios Energy To The Magic Cup Curse
KYT is joined by Andy Peters and Alex Bianchi, who after figuring out the best deck in Standard and Modern, they tackle the mystery of why Team Canada can't do well at the World Magic Cup. Then Jonathan Medina shows up for the last half of hour of the show to debate the financial merits of Iconic Masters over Unstable.
December 5, 2017
Ya Gotta Love a Lava Spike
Michael J Flores might just have an opinion on what decks are best in Modern and Standard.
November 28, 2017
From Energy in Portland to One Year of First Strike
KYT, Rob Lombardi, and Bryan Gottlieb mark ONE WHOLE YEAR of the podcast by looking at Standard decks, Modern RPTQ results, and reflect on the lessons that one year of First Strike has helped them learn.
November 22, 2017
From Grixis in Atlanta to Setting Smart Goals
KYT, Rob Lombardi, and Vince D'Agostino welcome special guest First Strike Nation member Sergio Ferry, who made 9th place at last weekend's Grand Prix Atlanta playing Grixis Midrange in Standard!
November 14, 2017
From Extended Souls To Playing Control
KYT and Rob Lombardi get all the details from Pro Tour Ixalan, as Team First Strike 9-7 member Doug Potter and ever-popular guest Shaheen Soorani, Pro Tour Control Club member, share their experiences.
November 7, 2017
From Colourless Legacy to Capacity for Change
KYT, Bryan, and Vince are joined by Seth Black and Chantelle Campbell to discuss Legacy, Modern, and a better community.
October 31, 2017
From Legacy Weekend To The Pro Tour Prep
KYT, Doug, and Robert are joined by special guest Matthew Diltz, winner of the Legacy showdown at Canadian Nationals, to compare Legacy/Modern, and how to prepare for the Pro Tour.
October 24, 2017
From Becoming the Champ To Making the Best Deck Worse
KYT and Robert get to chat with 2017 Canadian champ Kale Thompson, along with Andy "FOOTBALL" Peters, about Temur Energy, the Nationals format, and how Kale once got "Lombardied".
October 17, 2017
From Canadian Nationals to the World Championship
KYT, Robert, and Vince are joined by Kelly Ackermann from Face to Face Games Toronto, host of the 2017 Canadian Nationals.
October 11, 2017
First Strike #46 – From Drafting for Science To Standard for Nationals
KYT and Bryan have returned from Grand Prix Providence, and are joined by Rob to discuss the usual variety of topics.
October 3, 2017
First Strike #45 – From the Policy Changes to Ixalan Prereleases
KYT, Doug, Vince, and Canada Regional Coordinator Jonathan Goud look at the new Communication policy changes, and lessons leared from Ixalan Prereleases.
September 26, 2017
First Strike #44 – From the Impact of Ixalan to the Future of Limited
KYT, Robert, Vince, and Bryan look at the varieties of Modern metagames, debate how Ixalan could change Standard after rotation, and try to find the perfect way to make Limited exciting for the average viewer.
September 19, 2017
First Strike #43 – From Examining the Arena To Looking Like a Conquistador
KYT, Robert, and Vince reveal two exclusive Ixalan previews, and take an in-depth look at the newly-announced MTGArena digital game.
September 12, 2017
First Strike #42 – From MODO PTQ Champion To The End of Byes
KYT, Robert, and Bryan chat with special guest Connor Bryant about his recent Magic Online PTQ win, the state of Modern, and Ixalan cards.
September 6, 2017
First Strike #41 – From Legendary Planeswalkers?! To Ixalan Sleepers
KYT returns to a dino-sized week of Ixalan spoilers, so he joins Bryan Gottlieb and Vince D'Agostino, to look at all the news surrounding the newest Magic set.
August 29, 2017
First Strike #40 – From The Sweetness of Standard To More Phantom Drafting
Doug Potter leads the discussions with Robert Lombardi and Vince D'Agostino, covering everything from Standard to why MTGO needs more Phantom Drafts.
August 23, 2017
First Strike #39 – From Eldrazi Tron King To Breaking Standard
KYT, Rob Lombardi, and Bryan Gottlieb welcome Dan Musser to the show, as they talk Modern, all the decks of current Standard, and showing emotion when the pressure is on.
August 15, 2017
First Strike #38 – From That Zombie Metagame To Modern Matchup Roulette
KYT, Robert Lombardi, and Vince D'Agostino welcome Derek "Misplaced Ginger" Pite and Andy "Awkward" Peters to share their views on Standard, Modern, GP coverage, and MtG Arena.
August 9, 2017
First Strike #37 – From Standard Evolution To The Mental Reset
The day after Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, KYT welcomes Brian Gottlieb and Rob Lombardi to look at the events and surprises of the tournament.
August 1, 2017
First Strike #36 – From Toronto Top 8 To Charging on the Bus
KYT welcomes the newly crowned champion of Grand Prix Toronto, Robert Anderson, along with dethroned champ and co-host, Robert Lombardi, returning Grand Prix Top 8 competitor Doug Potter, and co-hosts extraordinaire Bryan Gottlieb and Vince D'Agostino to tell stories from the Grand Prix and discuss the new Limited format.
July 25, 2017
First Strike #35 – From Cosplay Excitement To the Countdown to Toronto
KYT welcomes the talented cosplayer Courtney Polozzo, who will be at Grand Prix Toronto this coming weekend, and is joined by the full house to debate the current Standard, and the FNM and Game Day changes announced this week.
July 18, 2017
First Strike #34 – From Reading New Cards To Reading the Hive Mind
KYT welcomes amazing streamer Travis "Semulin" Sowers, Rob Lombardi and Vince D'Agostino to debate early lessons from Hour of Devastation limited, to whether feeding the hive mind decklists is really what is killing Standard?
July 12, 2017
First Strike #33 – From Improving at Magic to Prerelease Pointers
Modern's best decks, improving at Magic while balancing life's demands, and a look at some spicy Hour of Devastation cards!
July 4, 2017
First Strike #32 – From Team Limited Lessons To the Hollow One
Robert Lombardi, Bryan Gottlieb, and KYT is back to talk with special guest, Mani Davoudi (@zapgaze), winner of the Grand Prix Las Vegas Modern event, and to reveal the exclusive HOU preview card, Hollow One!
June 27, 2017
First Strike #31 – From Vegas New Modern to the Hour of Revelation
Robert Lombardi, Bryan Gottlieb, and Vince D'Agostino find themselves hosted by none other than Doug Potter, and boy did Grand Prix Las Vegas give them lots to talk about!
June 20, 2017
First Strike #30 – From Happy Metamorphosis To Hall of Fame Exclusivity
KYT, Robert Lombardi, Bryan Gottlieb, and Vince D'Agostino get together to debate the ch-ch-ch-changes of Metamorphosis 2.0!
June 13, 2017
First Strike #29 – From Why Temur Dragons to Why Master Magic?
KYT, Robert Lombardi, Bryan Gottlieb, and Vince D'Agostino get together to debate Standard Pro Tour diversity, MTGO PTQ changes, and those leaked Hour of Devastation spoilers!
June 6, 2017
First Strike #28 – From Celebrity Status to Keeping Them Honest
KYT, Robert Lombardi, and Bryan Gottlieb get together to debate celebrity Pro Tour invitations, crazy Japanese decklists, and what could possibly save Standard!
May 30, 2017
First Strike #27 – From Fidget-Spinning Marvels To Amonkhet Revelations
KYT, Robert Lombardi, Vince D'Agostino are joined the day after Grand Prix Montreal by Top 8 competitor Daniel Fournier to discuss the GP, Standard, and more!
May 23, 2017
First Strike #26 – From Trying to Break It to the Team That Made It
KYT, Robert and Bryan debrief after the Pro Tour to sound off on choosing the right deck, Amonkhet draft, and Standard going forward.
May 16, 2017
First Strike #25 – From Limited Haymakers to Twitch Chat Solutions
KYT, Robert, and Vince get together less than a week before Robert goes to the Pro Tour, to sound off on banning cards in Limited, the Standard deck to beat, and whether Twitch chat is really too toxic?
May 9, 2017
First Strike #24 – From Mardu Vehicle Overload to Sealed Success
KYT, Robert, and Bryan shuffle up their opinions on the Mardu Vehicle-heavy top 8 from the most recent SCG Open, Amonkhet Sealed as a format, and even Frontier.
May 2, 2017
Double Strike: Emergency Felidar Guardian Ban!
KYT, Robert, and Bryan join you this week for a SECOND First Strike podcast, to bring you their reactions to the announcement of the emergency banning of Felidar Guardian.
April 27, 2017
First Strike #23 – From Standard Reactions To Limited Receptions
KYT, Robert, and Vince have something to say about the pre-Amonkhet Banned & Restricted announcements, and share their experiences with the new Limited format.
April 25, 2017
First Strike #22 – From Amonkhet Standard to Beyond the Prerelease
KYT, Bryan, and Robert are itching to get into Amonkhet Standard, and share the questions on their minds leading into the Amonkhet Prerelease weekend.
April 18, 2017
First Strike #21 – From the Magic Art Show to More Bricks!
First Strike is joined by Mike Linneman, who shares his plans for the Magic Art Show for GP Vegans and the crew unveils two new Amonkhet preview cards!
April 11, 2017
First Strike #20 – From Team Unified Modern to Gods of Amonkhet
First Strike welcomes the Expensive Sorcery Master himself, none other than Shaheen Soorani, as he joins Robert Lombardi and Vince D'Agostino to debate all the Magic news from Team Unified Modern to new Amonkhet cards.
April 4, 2017
First Strike #19 – From Laying Bricks to the Hall of Fame
First Strike works their way through the new mechanics of Amonkhet to controversial opinions over the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
March 28, 2017
First Strike #18 – From Grand Prix Admission to Modern Masters Draft
KYT moderates the discussion between Bryan Gottlieb and Doug Potter, as they cover Grand Prix Admission costs, a widening Standard metagame, and a weird Amonkhet spoiler card.
March 21, 2017
First Strike #17 – From New Jersey to No New Bans
Three First Strikers went to Grand Prix New Jersey, and one battled all the way to 8th place!
March 14, 2017
First Strike #16 – From Playing It Forward to Renting a Deck
In this episode, KYT welcomes guest Chantelle Campbell, Grand Prix Vancouver 24th place and Play It Forward winner!
March 7, 2017
First Strike #15 – From Affinity in Vancouver to Modern Masters 2017
KYT is joined by GP Vancouver Top 8 finisher Jon Stern to fiercely debate MTG topics with Robert Lombardi and Bryan Gottlieb, and reveal a Modern Masters 2017 preview card: Molten Rain!
February 28, 2017
First Strike #14 – From Real Content to Modern’s Future
KYT along with Doug Potter and Bryan Gottlieb, welcome Grand Prix Vancouver Top 8 competitor Gerry Thompson to the show!
February 21, 2017
First Strike #13 – From Jeskai Saheeli to the New Nationals
In this episode, KYT along with Robert Lombardi and Vince D'Agostino, welcome Grand Prix Pittsburgh Top 8 competitor Daniel Fournier to talk about Jeskai Saheeli in the post-Pro Tour Standard.
February 14, 2017
First Strike #12 – From the New Metagame to Rules Controversy
Pro Tour Aether Revolt is in the books, and KYT moderates the debate topics ranging from what happened at the Pro Tour to what lies after.
February 7, 2017
First Strike #11 – From FNM Promo Cards to Pro Tour Predictions
Pro Tour Aether Revolt is just around the corner, and KYT moderates the debate topics between Robert Lombardi, Doug Potter, and Bryan Gottlieb.
January 31, 2017
First Strike #10 – From the New Metagame to Commons for Limited
The first weekend of Aether Revolt Standard is in the books, and KYT moderates the debate topics between Robert Lombardi and Vince D'Agostino.
January 24, 2017
First Strike #9 – From Prerelease Card Battles to the Digital Future
Aether Revolt Prereleases have just passed, so KYT moderates the debate topics between Doug Potter and Robert Lombardi.
January 17, 2017
First Strike #8 – From Standard Bans to Pre-Pro Tour Writing
In this episode, the banhammer has dropped and KYT moderates the debate topics between Doug Potter, Robert Lombardi, AND Bryan Gottlieb.
January 10, 2017
First Strike #7 – From Legacy Decks to Being in the Zone
In this first episode of 2017, KYT moderates the debate topics between Doug Potter and Bryan Gottlieb.
January 3, 2017
First Strike #6 – From Masterpieces to Grand Prix Day Two
Captain Canada KYT moderates the debate topics between Hamilton Hero Robert Lombardi and Jaded Master Bryan Gottlieb.
December 27, 2016
First Strike #5 – From Standard Bannings to Tezzeret the Schemer
KYT moderates the debate topics between Toronto's Grand Prix winner Robert Lombardi and special guest veteran streamer Vince D'Agostino, covering Standard bannings to Aether Revolt spoilers to MTGO pet peeves.
December 20, 2016
First Strike #4 – From Pro Tour Teams to Magic Online Draft Leagues
KYT moderates the debate topics between Edmonton's Magic the Gathering end boss Doug Potter, and American stalwart Bryan Gottlieb.
December 13, 2016
First Strike #3 – From Aetherworks Marvel to Magic as an E-Sport
Captain Canada himself moderates the debate between Pro Tour and Grand Prix stalwart Bryan Gottlieb, and Robert Lombardi of Hamilton.
December 6, 2016
First Strike #2 – From Eldrazi Tron to Frontier MtG
In episode two, KYT and the guys look at Eldrazi Tron in Modern, the All-VIP GP in Chiba Japan, PTQs vs PPTQs, and the Frontier MtG format.
November 29, 2016
First Strike #1 – World Magic Cup to Underrated Players
Welcome to the inaugural episode of First Strike podcast! KYT, Doug Potter, and Robert Lombardi debate everything from the World Magic Cup to underrated Canadian players.
November 22, 2016
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