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?
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?
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.
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!
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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?
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.
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.