Aaaaaand they’re back not days after their last podcast. Zvi ran a Doom Patrol list — his modified version of the Doom Foretold deck Bryan Gottlieb has popularized for the new Standard — to a 12-1 finish in the big Arena Standard preview event over the weekend. He and BDM discuss the list, what changes might be made moving forward, and how the deck is positioned in the metagame.
While discussing the deck they digressed slightly into the Daryl Morey incident and the NBA reaction to his support of Hong Kong. This discussion happened BEFORE the Blizzard news about rescinding Blitzchung’s Hearthstone Grandmaster prize money and firing the casters of the event.
On the day of BDM getting to play with Throne of Eldraine cards for the very first time he sat down with Pro Tour champion and Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz to get his first takes on the new Limited format.
After the draft, BDM and Michael J. Flores connect to talk about the draft (***spoilers*** it did not go well) and discuss the cards Mike is thinking about buying from Face to Face Games for this new Standard format. After that the two discuss the new fall TV season and what they have been watching so far.
Once upon a time there was a Hall of Famer and Pro Tour champion named Zvi who was going to be attending the Mythic ball in Richmond. Before he could attend that ball the wicked tournament organizer said had to complete all his chores; poring over the new cards as they were released to public, thinking about building new decks, and talking about the new cards for multiple hours on the longest running Magic podcast on the game’s history.
Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz joins Pro Tour Historian emeritus for another episode — and then another one after that — of Top 8 Magic.
Find out which cards have the noted deckbuilder excited about the upcoming Standard format, which one he fully expects to get banned in Modern, and what the gamblers line would be for Hall of Famer-elect Reid Duke to register a copy of Garruk, Cursed Huntsman in his 75 cards for Richmond.
This podcast contains no actual modern Mardu Burn list but it does eventually get around to why not. There is extensive Magic talk though as your hosts Brian David-Marshall and Michael J. Flores both had a topic of interest.
BDM wanted to dwell on some of the new cards spoiled from Throne of Eldraine — specifically the possibility of the Adventure mechanic allowing for a Rube Goldberg-like buyback mechanic on the spell side.
MichaelJ was talking on the eve of a large local MCQ — no PTQ — wait? still an MCQ? — and he was in full pyro mode talking about his beloved burn deck and all the various permutations from Rakdos to Boros to Naya and even the apocryphal Mardu Burn.
After well more than an hour of Magic talk they turn their attention to what shows they have been watching — which for two very busy guys is a disturbingly large amount of television content.
The longest running Magic: The Gathering podcast returns to talk about this year's newly renamed Magic Hall of Fame, swings at some savage rumors, and finishes up on where Modern will be after a trio of key bannings and un-bannings. Pro Tour Historian, Emeritus Brian David-Marshall is joined by onetime Resident Genius Michael J Flores AND A BRAND NEW MICROPHONE for our, um, four hundred and eighty-seventh episode!
Michael J Flores and Brian David-Marshall are reunited and MichaelJ doesn’t feel so good. The classic line-up for Magic’s longest-running podcast is back together after a brief interruption. MichaelJ was away on vacation and after sleeping on a boat for close to two weeks he has been diagnosed with landsickness — which apparently is not what happens when you miss Lan D Ho but something much more serious.
The guys decided to celebrate by playing a little FNM. Mike played his MonoGreen Standard deck that BDM refers to as “last year’s model” while Brian opts for a little Core set draft. First couple of minutes are pretty noisy as “Table for 8” is a lot louder than one for two. After the noisy intro the guys take it to the streets after their rounds to recount the evening and then talk about the future of WPNQs, PTQs and all things related to the recent OP announcements.
*spoiler alert* If you haven’t watched Spider-Man: Far From Home you should STOP LISTENING WHEN BDM TELLS YOU TO. *spoiler alert*
Brian David-Marshall and Mike Flores are reunited for another episode of the longest running Magic podcast in the game. Before they did though, Brian met up with Top8Magic superfan, and professional comic book illustrator, Butch Mapa at Joe’s Coffee Shop on the iconic corner of Waverly and Gay in the West Village of NYC.
Later that day Mike and BDM reconnected to discuss their respective Prerelease weekends, why BDM thinks Prereleases should go away, and whether or not banning Bridge from Below will solve some of the problems that have emerged in the wake of Modern Horizons. (Spoilers; Mike thinks there may be a more problematic card that needs to be banned from that set and posits a new breakfast cereal/combo deck).
If you haven’t watched Spider-Man: Far From Home you should DEFINITELY STOP LISTENING WHEN BDM TELLS YOU TO. That’s pretty much the topic of conversation the rest of the way.
BDM and Zvi find themselves on the road again away from Brian’s trusty co-host MichaelJ. They huddled up around a tablet in some business class motel on the other side of the country to discuss a variety of timely topics from the results from Mythic Championship III to the Wild West metagaming of the Red Bull tournament series to some discussion of the previewed gold cards from Magic 2020 to see which ones Zvi feels might breakthrough in Standard despite obvious roles in Limited and Commander formats. There is even a smattering of politics to keep it extra topical.
Mike and BDM return to their old haunt at Waverly and Gay, to discuss crowd-funding travel for pro play, the weight of the impact Modern Horizons is already having on Modern (especially two specific cards), and the MPL challenger invitations.
BDM has returned from Canada, and he and Mike Flores get together to discuss Brian's Preprerelease first picks, more Modern Horizons cards that Mike is excited to try in Modern, and what they're watching (that isn't basketball).
BDM is in San Francisco this week, without Mike. But good thing he is, as this gave him the chance to connect and catch up with Pro Tour Hall of Famer and old friend, Zvi Mowshowitz about Magic the Gathering old and new.
Note to Listener: If you have not watched Avengers Endgame or the Battle of Winterfell episode of Game of Thrones... when BDM says “stop listening” at the half hour mark of the podcast you should really, really, REALLY stop listening and skip over the remaining hour or so of the recording. If you are not sure when to stop just immediately fling your headphones away when BDM says... COMMENCE THE ENDGAME!
Brian David-Marshall is back in NYC after competing in the Mythic Invitational, so he and Mike meet to talk:
the Mythic Invitational and the best-of-1 format
Mike shares the absolute worst deck he's ever played
2/3 is about War of the Spark spoilers!
Mike Flores and Brian David-Marshall return to the soundwaves from the streets of NYC to continue their review of basketball, Mythic Championship Cleveland, Magic coverage, and everything but the Ravnica Allegiance Blue cards.
Top 8 Magic presents: Curmudgeons with Cards Getting Coffee. aka Glorious Night of Soil's Betrayal
BDM was supposed to spend the day working on multiple deadlines but a man has to eat, right? Fellow curmudgeon Jon Becker was in the area and they went to a diner for eggs, burnt potatoes, bottomless coffee and absolutely no cheesecake.At some point they realize they are in a pilot episode for Curmudgeons with Cards Getting Coffee. Topics ranged across many lanes:
Why Becker loves Orzhov so much
Why you should block with your Sauroform Hybrid (which is...)
Why Brian wishes he could splash black in Simic
Ruminations on diners
Reminiscences about comic book stores
Shortcut names for new cards
Money draft culture aka "Late night" drafting
Becker's love for Ill-Gotten Inheritance
What to call Ethereal Absolution and getting to Glorious Night of Soil's Betrayal in real time.
John Wick, Hotel Artemis, and Atomic Blonde
If you like Curmudgeons with Cards Getting Coffee you should let BDM know on Twitter at @Top8Games and if you think you would be a suitable guest for a future installment be sure to send him your CV* for consideration.
Mike Flores and Brian David-Marshall return to the soundwaves from the streets of NYC to continue their review of Ravnica Allegiance by closing out Multicoloured cards, and then examining the Artifacts and Lands.
Brian and Mike convene on what is inevitably going to be the first of fifty-two 2018 Top 8 Magic podcasts. Topics include Brian's birthday, Brian's Kickstarter, different kinds of New York pizza, and, oh yeah! Magic: The Gathering Dominaria!
In this episode, your hosts Brian David-Marshall and Michael J. Flores take to the streets (and parks) of Hoboken, NJ jacked up on some nitro cold brew coffee that Michael J. is (justifiably) hyperbolic about.
With BDM at Pro Tour Born of the Gods, StarCityGames Invitational Top 8 competitors Joshua Ravitz and Thea Steele tag in with Mike for Green, Red, a little Gold, a little Modern talk, and some excellent coffee.
Also Born of the Gods! Mike and Brian talk about the closing of a New York institution and touch on some of the recent successes (and potential dinner bet liabilities) around the New York Knickerbockers. From Born of the Gods… Nyxborn Shieldmate Oreskos Sun Guide Archetype of Imagination Ashiok’s Adept Pain Seer Everflame Eidolon (would […]
Mike and Brian weather the kold to bring you the last Top 8 Magic of 2013! What are MichaelJ’s greatest hits? What do Mike and Brian consider the card of the year (Standard legal cards only)? What deck tickles their fancy beyond all others? Why do some teams get Gregg Popovich while Mike is stuck […]
Lovers of horrendous audio rejoice! Mike and Brian come to you for the first of five Five FIVE [with Flores] Theros-themed updates this week, here on ManaDeprived.com. Up first – Theros lands and white cards! What is Brian’s favorite White card? What is Mike’s? Can you tell from the title? This episode features the return […]
Topics include: Raphael Levy’s Mono-Green Deck Americans! Mike and Brian discuss how scary various mono-colored decks are / have been over the course of Magic history. Which is scariest played by a master? Which is scariest played by “random kid”? How could Mike become a better human bin?
Apologies ahead of time: BDM and I get distracted in this podcast more than once… By beautiful women passing by. You. Would. Too. -mjf Greetings from Canada! We may have prematurely deleted Archangel of Thune :/ (we still got Delver of Secrets right when no one else did!) Stuff to do with Spike Feeder / […]