Top 8 Magic: Grand Finals Deck Review: Omnathematics
The decklists are not fully revealed at the time of this recording but the metagame has been made public and many players have already shared their lists on social media. Omnath is towering over Standard with 72% of the field playing either one of the two big decks that have sprung up around the elemental. Only NINE players chose to play without it in Standard. Omnath has even nabbed the top of the metagame list for Historic at 34%, pushing Jund Sacrifice, Rakdos Arcanist and Goblins, which had been such a big part of the last event down into much smaller percentages of the field. Brian David-Marshall and Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz talk their way through the metagame breakdowns, look at the various publicly known lists, and make their predictions for who they think will emerge on top of the insanely competitive field. Your Hosts: https://twitter.com/TheZvi https://twitter.com/Top8Games
October 8, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Omnath's Bodyman
With less than a week until the Grand Finals Brian David-Marshall and Magic: The Gathering Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz discuss the state of Standard post-Uro ban and pre-grand reveal of the 32 Standard decks the players will bring to the virtual tables. Topics include: Has the over/under on the number of Omnath's changed? Why aren't people playing Arboreal Grazer in their Omnath lists? Red Bull Qualifier decklist discussion. What does the Walking Dead Secret Lair mean? Has WotC lost our trust? Has the Free to Play Arena business model hurt Magic? Why are the NY Giants and the NFC East soooooo bad right now? Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - @TheZvi
October 6, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Mythic Invitational Deck Review
Normally Brian David-Marshall and Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz would be doing a preview show for the Mythic Invitational -- showcasing the Arena-only Historic format -- but with the decks being revealed so close to the starter pistol for the event that was not possible. Instead they are looking through the decks while the early rounds of the event play out in the background. Metagame Breakdown Mythic Invitational Decklists Your Hosts: https://twitter.com/Top8Games https://twitter.com/TheZvi
September 10, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Quest for the Messed-up Magic Cards
With Zendikar Rising previews in full swing, Brian David-Marshall and Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz go on a quest to find the most messed-up Magic cards in the set so far. The duo go through the 41 rares and mythics that had been previewed as of Thursday Sept 3rd looking for the cards that most like to party, which ones are going to impact your Commander games and which ones meet the highest honor Zvi can bestow upon a card -- "That's a messed up Magic card!" Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - https://twitter.com/Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - https://twitter.com/thezvi
September 4, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Next Ban Up
With the Temur Reclamation dominated Players Tour Finals in the rearview mirror, Wizards of the Coast announced a huge swath of bans in Standard, Pioneer, Historic, and even Brawl. The announcement takes the total number of banned cards in this Standard format to ten -- a number of cards we have not seen banned at the same time since Urza's Block. Brian David-Marshall and Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz walk through the history of banned and restricted cards in Standard, talk about the impact of these bans in the various formats, and Zvi brews a Lukka deck for Standard that he is excited to play with in this new Reclamation-less Standard format. Meanwhile... BDM has been playing Teferi Tribal in Historic and is now in need of a new deck. Badly. Ping him on Twitter and tell him what you are liking now that the format has been shaken up a little. Your Hosts: Brian David-Marshall – @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz – @TheZvi
August 4, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Standard Wolf Ratios
BDM and Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz climb back on the virtual bicycle to resume creating new episodes of the game's longest running (okay, okay, walking) podcast about all things MTG. In this episode the duo talk about: Zvi's wolf ratio -- how often has he cried wolf accurately and how many times has it just been a stray dog? SPOILERS Wilderness Reclamation was a MF'n wolf. This weekend's upcoming Player's Tour Finals Top 8 and the various weapons the 8 players will be bringing to the table. Their picks for the winner of the event. SPOILERS: Zvi does some math. Brian plays a hunch.. SPOILERS Zvi does some math. Brian plays a hunch. Gab Nassif's Historic control deck and what Zvi has done to tinker with it for the upcoming Historic Open. The Hat Squad 2 Oath of Teferi (DAR) 200 5 Island (SLD) 64 4 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221 3 Plains (SLD) 63 3 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria (DAR) 207 1 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria (DAR) GR6 4 Shatter the Sky (THB) 37 4 Shark Typhoon (IKO) 67 2 Elspeth Conquers Death (THB) 13 3 Mystical Dispute (ELD) 58 4 Mind Stone (WTH) 153 1 Dovin's Veto (WAR) 193 2 Omen of the Sea (THB) 58 1 Essence Scatter (IKO) 49 3 Narset, Parter of Veils (WAR) 61 4 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251 4 Glacial Fortress (XLN) 255 4 Raugrin Triome (IKO) 251 4 Field of Ruin (THB) 242 1 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244 1 Castle Ardenvale (ELD) 238 Sideboard 2 Aether Gust (M20) 42 3 Dovin's Veto (WAR) 193 2 Essence Scatter (IKO) 49 1 Search for Azcanta (XLN) 74 3 Grafdigger's Cage (M20) 227 2 Tale's End (M20) 77 2 Cleansing Nova (M19) 9 Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - @TheZvi
July 29, 2020
Top 8 Magic: You Still Had All These
The longest running Magic podcast is back with a new (and long-running) episode. Brian David-Marshall is once more joined by Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz as the pair discuss the upcoming Players Tour, recent bannings, the changes to companions, and how Zvi's Stompy deck has found a lane in the Standard metagame. With Magic 2021 spoilers coming fast and furiously they spend the rest of the episode going through the cards and trying to determine if the reprinting of Baneslayer Angel means that we are going to see R&D start to shift further away from Mulldrifters over the coming year in an effort to pump the brakes on the crazy Standard rollercoaster we have been on for the last year and a half. Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - @TheZvi
June 10, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Bob Barker Says, Spay and Neuter Your Pets
The much heralded Banned and Restricted announcement has come and gone. While there is some immediate relief for Vintage and Legacy players from Lurrus, if you are a Standard player looking to avoid getting paired against a Companion deck anytime soon you are not going to be happy. There was an interesting nugget buried in the last paragraph of the "Other Formats" section of the announcement in which Ian Duke said, "If we see signs of long-term health issues resulting from high metagame share of companion decks, we're willing to take steps up to or including changing how the companion mechanic works." So what does that mean exactly? Brian "BDM" Marshall had one easy suggestion on Twitter while Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz prefers the nuclear option. https://twitter.com/Top8Games/status/1262400478731796483?s=20 The two of them put on their snazziest R&D/Organized Play hats and triaged the different options which ranged from forced mulligans to killing access to sideboard during games to some kind of Bark in the Park alternative Standard format. Zvi also talked about his Mono Green Stompy deck -- Senior Stompy as BDM call it -- and whether or not it could be a real deck in the metagame moving forward. Here are links to his deck and to a similar but more mid-range build that did well in the past weekend's Redbull Untapped event. https://www.coolstuffinc.com/a/zvimowshowitz-05182020-the-return-of-senor-stompy https://mtgazone.com/deck/mono-green-stompy-by-rint-red-bull-untapped-international-qualifier-1/ If you have any questions, feedback, or even an idea for a show topic you can find the hosts on Twitter at BDM: @top8games Zvi: @thezvi The now elusive MichaelJ: @fivewithflores
May 18, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Mythic Choices with Zvi
BDM and Zvi catch up early in the week as Zvi mulls his options for the upcoming Mythic Qualifier on MTG Arena, which he qualified for largely by playing Limited and rarely sporting more than 13 lands in his decks. Fortunately that same deck -- with not that many more lands -- is reasonably playable in Standard. The duo talk through some of the recent metagame shifts from the Weekend Championship which former Rookie of the Year Oliver Tiu won with Jeskai Yorion Fires. Standard is not only pet-friendly right now it is downright mandatory. As Zvi settles firmly into the Top 8 Magic family the scope of the conversation broadened to include baller groceries and favorite TV shows. Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - @TheZvi
May 6, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Cycling Through Ikoria Limited with Zvi: Part 3 - Rares and Mythics
At this point it is widely accepted that Ikoria Limited's shining star is the cycling deck that features uncommon build-arounds like Flourishing Fox and Valiant Rescuer; super-efficient red removal like Flame Spill and Fire Prophecy; and other key cards like Drannith Stingers and Healers, Ominous Seas, and Zenith Flare. There is a plethora of cheap options all at common or uncommon. As Brian and Zvi get to the rare and mythic cards in their set review they do so with an eye to how many of the pricey rares rise above the high standards of the pauperific staples of the cycling deck. How many cards in the rare slot would YOU take over a Flourishing Fox? Over a Fire Prophecy or Pacifism? Play along as Magic the Gathering Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz digs into which ones rise above the bar for him. Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - @TheZvi
April 25, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Cycling Through Ikoria Limited with Zvi: Part 2
Part 2 of BDM and Zvi's journey through Ikoria limited. This episode covers Red, Green, Multicolored, Artifacts, and Lands. Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - @TheZvi
April 22, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Cycling Through Ikoria Limited with Zvi: Part 1
Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz has gotten as low as 13 lands in the Ikoria Limited decks thanks to the power of "Cycling 1." He sits down with co-host Brian David-Marshall to look at the commons and uncommons in White, Blue, and Black as they try to figure out which cards make this draft format tick. They have already discussed the Companions and each other them have had success with them in Draft but is this a Prince or Pauper format? Do the commons and uncommons dominate the strategies or dies it all come down to the rare inhabitants of Monster Island? Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - @TheZvi
April 20, 2020
Top 8 Magic: The Ikoria Companion Piece
BDM and Zvi braved the scary new world of Skype-casting so the Hall of Fame Magic player and game designer could vent about free cards. Free cards are fun but not when everybody has them on exactly the turn they need them. Join Brian and Zvi for a brief discussion about the 10 cards with Companion and why Zvi is very wary about them. Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - @TheZvi
April 15, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Worlds 2020 Vision
Brian "BDM" David-Marshall is joined by Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz as they discuss the similarities and differences between the 16 Standard decks being played this weekend at the 26th World Championship.
February 14, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Totally Lost in Phoenix
Just another day at the office for BDM and Zvi as the Hall of Famer returns from his weekend in Phoenix to play in his first regional Players Tour event. Topics covered in this episode include: - The Mono Blue Devotion deck designed by Sam Black and played by Zvi - Zvi gets Fblthp'd - How Mike Flores "saved some money" on a hotel room - OH. MY. GOD! Was that an Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis in the Top 8?? - Are bans called for? (spoilers: they are not) - Does a regional Players Tour "feel" like a Pro Tour? Mono Blue Devotion Zvi Mowshowitz -- Pioneer 4 Brazen Borrower 2 Fblthp, the Lost 4 Gadwick, the Wizened 2 Spectral Sailor 4 Thassa's Oracle 1 Thassa, Deep-Dwelling 2 Thassa, God of the Sea 2 Mass Manipulation 4 Witching Well 4 Ashiok's Erasure 4 Leyline of Anticipation 4 Omen of the Sea 17 Island 2 Mystic Sanctuary 4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Your hosts: Brian David-Marshall - @Top8Games Zvi Mowshowitz - @TheZvi
February 11, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Theros Beyond One Part - Part 3
With the Prerelease coming up this weekend, Brian and Zvi talk their way through the newest Magic set with an eye toward what decks get some new toys and what building blocks will allow for some new decks. This episode covers gold, artifacts and lands. .
January 14, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Theros Beyond One Part - Part 2
With the Prerelease coming up this weekend, Brian and Zvi talk their way through the newest Magic set with an eye toward what decks get some new toys and what building blocks will allow for some new decks. This episode covers black, red and green cards.
January 14, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Theros Beyond One Part - Part 1
With the Prerelease coming up this weekend, Brian and Zvi talk their way through the newest Magic set with an eye toward what decks get some new toys and what building blocks will allow for some new decks. This episode covers white and blue cards.
January 14, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Hanging Out at the Mall (Again)
Brian "BDM" David-Marshall and Mike "MichaelJ" Flores get together for another episode of the longest-running Magic podcast. BDM's office is in the process of moving to a new building so they duo went back to the mall to sip iced tea and talk about some of the new cards that have been coming out for Theros: Beyond Death, Topics covered in the discussion include: -Valuable life advice MichaelJ picked up from his dad. -The incredible editing and Magical prowess of Roman Fusco -Some Theros cards -The worst ways to lose -A potential pie bet between Mike and Zvi
January 7, 2020
Top 8 Magic: Constellations of Cake: Part 2
For Part 2, Michael J Flores showed up with cake from Carlos's bakery in Hoboken to celebrate his PTQ win -- more than 23 years after his first PTQ win -- as is the tradition in NY. Topics included the PreTQ, PTQ, and what makes a good Magic format. Followed by some spoilerific discussion of the season finale of WATCHMEN as well as the first three parts of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. Simic Flash by Michael J Flores 2 Aether Gust 2 Brazen Borrower 2 Mystical Dispute 1 Negate 3 Quench 3 Sinister Sabotage 4 Frilled Mystic 2 Hydroid Krasis 4 Growth Spiral 4 Nightpack Ambusher 4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World 3 Paradise Druid 4 Breeding Pool 2 Castle Vantress 2 Fabled Passage 7 Forest 7 Island 4 Temple of Mystery Sideboard 1 Ugin, the Ineffable 2 Aether Gust 2 Mystical Dispute 2 Hydroid Krasis 4 Cavalier of Thorns 2 Lovestruck Beast 2 Shifting Ceratops
December 17, 2019
Top 8 Magic: Constellations of Cake: Part 1
The whole gang is together for this one -- sort of. First Brian David-Marshall and Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz chatted about ***spoilers*** Michael J's PTQ win this past weekend, the state of Standard, and what Zvi is hoping to find under his Utopia Tree this holiday season from the slowly-being-revealed Theros Beyond Death set.
December 17, 2019
Top 8 Magic: Mythic Championship VII Preview Show
We got your new deck hot takes hot off the presses. With Mike Flores on the road for business, BDM and Zvi had to maintain the homefront and get down to the business of looking at the decks for this weekend's MC. They started recording minutes before the decks went live and kept going until they had covered at least one of each of the archetypes with an eye out for the Dune Award for the deck with the most spice.
December 5, 2019
Top 8 Magic: The State of Standard with Zvi
BDM and Zvi look ahead to Mythic Championship VII and see where the Hall of Famer feels Standard is poised after three major events in pretty rapid succession -- not even accounting for the Twitch Rivals event where Zvi went 6-0 on Day One with his Jeskai Cavaliers deck. Other topics include: Zvi's crazy brew that combines Fires of Invention, Cat Food, and Niv-Mizzet Reborn into one deck that has a little something for everyone to hate on. His other version of Cat Food that uses Emry, Lurker of the Loch and -- why not? -- Vantress Gargoyle. While the metagame of Mythic Championship VI may not have been the most inspiring, it was some of the best played games either of the pair can recall in quite some time. After his 14th Top 8 finish where does Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa rank in the all time Magic pick order? With Veil of Summer banned, how the hell are you supposed to fight the recently unlocked Casualties of War from decimating your side of the table? Where are the aggro decks? Zvi has been streaming and guess what? He really likes it. You should follow him at twitch.tv/zvimowshowitz if you want more crazy decklists like the ones discussed here. You can also follow him at @thezvi on Twitter (and if you don't already follow BDM he can be found talking about food, Magic, nonsense, and probably some more food at @top8games on that infernal website).
November 28, 2019
Top 8 Magic: Wrong Answers Only
Brian David-Marshall (aka BDM) and Michael J. Flores (aka MichaelJ) [aka co-hosts of the longest-running Magic podcast in the game] get together outside Montasy Comics NYC where MichaelJ can normally be found FNMing his heart out. This Friday brought a different mission. Mike was preparing for what we assume is a lame duck Standard format with a PTQ on his docket for Sunday -- ONE DAY BEFORE A MUCH ANTICIPATED BANNED ANNOUNCEMENT SHOULD SHAKE THE FORMAT BY ITS LAPELS. *It is important to note that 5th Avenue in the heart of midtown is miles away from the quaint and cozy corner of Waverly and Gay or the peaceful shores of the Hudson River in Hoboken. NYC was in full throat with actual f***ing jackhammers, ambulances, and hobo commentary.* Mike was taking the night off from his beloved FNM to just test for the PTQ and there were plenty of options on the table -- including Karn? -- to deal with what should be Oko's last hurrah. In the meanwhile Mike and BDM took the opportunity to be spectacularly wrong by guessing which cards would get crushed by WotC's banhammer before this podcast is even posted on Monday. How'd we do?
November 18, 2019
The Top 8 Magic Mythic Championship VI Zvi-View
Brian David-Marshall and Magic Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz sat down at the Upper Westside location of Hex and Company (a burgeoning chain of NYC gaming cafes) to talk about Zvi's preparation for the upcoming Mythic Championship in Richmond. He walked through his approach to draft and why he thinks it is actually easy being green in Throne of Eldraine. He also reveals the deck that was almost his weapon of choice. At the time of recording he was pretty set on playing Cavaliers but was still hoping to go back to his ElkBlade brew; a deck that combines elements of the ubiquitous Food decks with the finishing power of Questing Beast and Embercleave. Hear how one of the greatest minds in the history of the game tackles one of the most frustrating metagames in his long memory of the game.
November 7, 2019
Top 8 Magic: A Slow News Day
With the shining NYC skyline as a backdrop, BDM and MichaelJ enjoyed one of the few remaining gorgeous days of the year to talk about all the big news of the day. What were the biggest flavor fails of Mythic Championship V? What will Standard look like in two weeks at Mythic Championship VI now that Field of the Dead has been banned in Standard? Which mountains will Mike use for the new Pioneer format? Exactly how many cards will be banned in Pioneer by the time the Pro Tour rolls around for it next year?
October 22, 2019
Top 8 Magic Presents: The Mythic Championship V Preview Show
It was a dark and stormy night... No seriously. It was both dark and stormy. What better weather to huddle up in the office and pore over pages and pages of decklists. The Top 8 Magic team was out in full force with Brian "BDM" David-Marshall, Michael "MichaelJ" J. Flores, and Zvi "The Zvi" Mowshowitz breaking down the Mythic Championship V field just days before the event happens. With decks being locked in more than a week before the actual event was to be played, how much innovation got locked out in the tight turnaround time? With 29 of the 68 decks featuring some flavor of Golos/Field of the Dead, and other two dozen+ sporting Oko, will something actually get banned on Monday? If it does, would another week of time given the field enough time to defeat the enemy? Find out what the trio thinks as all the regular members of the longest running Magic podcast are together again for the first time. This one is wall to wall Magic and you won't want to miss it (unless you are here for the TV/movies/basketball talk).
October 17, 2019
Zvi’s Standard Adventures with the Doom Patrol
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.
October 9, 2019
Zvi’s PT Prep: Limited
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.
October 8, 2019
Zvi’s Adventures in Eldraine Parts 1 & 2
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.
September 18, 2019
Mardu Burn... for the machines
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.
September 9, 2019
Brian Got a Microphone
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!
August 28, 2019
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.
August 20, 2019
Future of Magic eSports: First Takes/Hot Takes
BDM and Zvi with their immediate reactions to the new esports announcement.
August 14, 2019
BDM & Mike Flores react to the aftermath of Hogaak Summer at the most recent Mythic Championship in Barcelona.
July 31, 2019
Top 8 Magic #434 - The Worlds Best Comic Podcast
*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.
July 11, 2019
Top 8 Magic #483 - Core Set 2020 Preview: White Mike and Zvi
With BDM out of town, Mike tags in Pro Tour Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz to preview the White cards from Core Set 2020.
July 2, 2019
Top 8 Magic #482 - Tablet for Two: Topical Island
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.
June 28, 2019
Top 8 Magic #481 - Daze of Future Past
Mike and BDM get together again on the eve of Mythic Championship III for another Top 8 Magic. Followed by a special bonus section of Zvi and BDM analyzing the MCIII decklists!
June 22, 2019
Top 8 Magic #480 - Playing weirdo Tetris
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.
June 13, 2019
Top 8 Magic #479 - The eternity of the Internet
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).
June 5, 2019
#478 - On the Horizons
BDM and Mike Flores are back together, a little less noisy, and going over all of the White, Blue, Black, Red, and Green cards from Modern Horizons previewed so far, that aren't slivers!
May 30, 2019
#477 - Breaking vases since 1999: a talk with Zvi Mowshowitz
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.
May 24, 2019
#476 - The week that was
BDM and Mike discuss the Magic events of the past week (as well as some non-Magical ones as well).
May 17, 2019
Group game Magic
Mike and BDM get together in a mysterious mall to talk the best new cards in Standard, while Brian turns Mike on to a strange new way of playing "group game" Magic.
May 14, 2019
Top 8 Magic #474 - Commence the Endgame!
SPOILERS ALERT!! 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!
May 1, 2019
Top 8 Magic #473 - Turret Ogre still has reach!
Mike and BDM get together again a second time this week to discuss comics, more War of the Spark story and preview cards, and once again confirm a key piece of prerelease advice.
April 20, 2019
Top 8 Magic #472 - Turret Ogre Has Reach!
Mike and BDM get together at Brookfield to hash out their Game of Thrones death pools, War of the Spark preview cards, and the key piece of prerelease advice you that will win you games.
April 17, 2019
Top 8 Magic #471 - The 64.5th Best Player in the World
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!
April 3, 2019
Top 8 Magic #470 - The Return to Waverly and Gay
Mike Flores and Brian David-Marshall return to the their old haunt of Waverly & Gay, ghosts and all, to discuss the best burger in New York, Modern bannings, War of the Spark, and more.
March 13, 2019
Top 8 Magic #469 - Not a Blue Ravnica Allegiance review
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.
March 5, 2019
Top 8 Magic #468 - Curmudgeons with Cards Getting Coffee
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 Basketball Other things 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. *Curmudgeonum Vitae
February 11, 2019
Top 8 Magic #467 - Ravnica Allegiance review: Red
Mike Flores and Brian David-Marshall return to the soundwaves from the streets of NYC to continue their review of Ravnica Allegiance by poring through the Red cards.
January 31, 2019
Top 8 Magic #466 - Ravnica Allegiance review: Multicoloured cont., Artifacts, Lands
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.
January 30, 2019
Top 8 Magic #465 - Ravnica Allegiance review: Multicoloured
Mike Flores and Brian David-Marshall return to the soundwaves from the streets of NYC to continue their review of Ravnica Allegiance with the Multicoloured cards.
January 22, 2019
Top 8 Magic #464 - Ravnica Allegiance review: Green
Mike Flores and Brian David-Marshall return to the soundwaves from the streets of NYC to celebrate nine years of Top 8 Magic, and review the Green cards of Ravnica Allegiance.
January 18, 2019
Top 8 Magic #463 – To Whom the beatdown may be concerned
Mike and Brian wander the West Village for a new episode of Top 8 Magic!
July 20, 2018
Top 8 Magic #462 – Single Beckering a Third Gaea’s Blessing
Imagine the rate Mike and Brian are going to have to hit to fit in another 50 eps this year! Woah!
May 29, 2018
Top 8 Magic #461 – Fifty-Two
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!
March 31, 2018
Top 8 Magic Year in Review
Mike and Brian run down 2017 while watching Star Wars: Rogue One
December 22, 2017
Top 8 Magic – Ixalan Review: Red
Mike and Brian go over the Red cards from Ixalan.
October 5, 2017
Top 8 Magic – Ixalan Review: Black
Mike and Brian go over the Black cards from Ixalan. Does Mike show a little contempt for what this colour has to offer?
September 26, 2017
Top 8 Magic – Ixalan Review: Blue
Mike and Brian go over some cool new cards from Ixalan (and the not-cool blue ones, too).
September 25, 2017
Top 8 Magic – Ixalan Review: White
MichaelJ and GreedyM weather the weather to start their epic Ixalan review with the White cards!
September 21, 2017
Top 8 Magic #455 – Julian Returns!
Julian Levin returns to Top 8 Magic this week after an adventure to Grand Prix DC with Matt Ferrando.
September 6, 2017
Top 8 Magic #454 – Hours and Hours of Devastation: Green
In this final Hours and Hours of Devastation, Mike and Matt cover the Green and Artifact cards.
July 21, 2017
Top 8 Magic #453 – Hours and Hours of Devastation: Red
In this fourth instalment of Hours and Hours of Devastation, Mike and BDM are joined by Matt Ferrando to cover the Red cards.
July 17, 2017
Top 8 Magic #452 – Hours and Hours of Devastation: Black
In this third instalment of Hours and Hours of Devastation, Mike and BDM are joined by Matt Ferrando to cover the Black and Aftermath cards.
July 14, 2017
Top 8 Magic #451 – Hours and Hours of Devastation: Blue
In this second instalment of Hours and Hours of Devastation, Mike and BDM cover the Blue and Multi-coloured cards.
July 13, 2017
Top 8 Magic #450 – Hours and Hours of Devastation: White
In this first instalment of Hours and Hours of Devastation, Mike and BDM cover the White and Land cards.
July 12, 2017
Top 8 Magic #449 – A Special Kind of Idiot
This week BDM and MichaelJ opened the metaphorical phone lines to take discussion requests from their audience.
July 8, 2017
Top 8 Magic #448 – Bagpipe Rays
Recorded the week after Grand Prix Omaha, Mike and BDM get together in a park with a piper to talk Marvel Aetherworks, basketball, and movies.
June 23, 2017
Top 8 Magic #447 – Who’s the Beatd—Snyder?
It's a beautiful--albeit windy--day and BDM is back from Pro Tour Amonkhet to discuss with Mike some decks, players, and being memed.
May 19, 2017
Top 8 Magic #446 – The Nadir of Nerdiness
The brewing begins with Brian trying his hand at a more Exert-focused, land-heavier build of R/W Exert. Mike also has a wacky idea on how to break... okay, bend, New Perspectives.
May 5, 2017
Top 8 Magic #445 – As Good As It Amonkhets
BDM and Mike return for another episode of the longest running (sometimes walking, sometimes napping, somewhat audible) Magic podcast.
April 13, 2017
Top 8 Magic #444 – Stink Bomb
Brian insists on calling the deck that he and Mike are playing at GPNJ this weekend Stink Bomb. In the spirit of Gerry Thompson, Mike is revealing the aforementioned deck!
March 9, 2017
Top 8 Magic #443 – Dublin to PA
BDM and Mike return to discuss the Standard metagame, from the decks and players of Pro Tour in Dublin to the Grand Prix in Pittsburgh, PA.
February 20, 2017
Top 8 Magic #442 – The Best of 2016
BDM is back with a best of 2016 episode! Baseball, basketball, movies, comics, comic book movies, Magic moments of the year in review.
December 23, 2016
Top 8 Magic #441 – Double Victory Lap
Mike hangs out with Grand Prix badasses Osyp Lebedowicz and Phil Napoli, together on the Pro Tour for the first time in their decades-long BFF-ship.
November 11, 2016
Top 8 Magic #440 – Bedlam at Waverly & Gay
Mike is joined on Waverly and Gay -- the traditional home of Top 8 Magic -- by SCG Invitational standouts Matt Ferrando and Miles Rodriguez.
August 26, 2016
Top 8 Magic #439 – BDM Is Back!
It feels like it has taken most of the summer but BDM and MichaelJ are finally reunited for a new episode of the longest running Magic podcast.
August 23, 2016
Decks to Beat #002
Brian David-Marshall and Gabe Carlton-Barnes look at what shook out in Standard over the course of two Grand Prix events.
August 19, 2016
Decks to Beat #001
The premise is simple. It is The Decks to Beat, hearkening back to the days of scouring the Magic Dojo for the latest technology. With Briand David-Marshall and Gabe Carlton-Barnes.
August 12, 2016
Top 8 Magic #438 – PT, PPTQ
Mike and Osyp chat about Standard and Modern, the successes and opportunities presented by Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, and Mike's recent PPTQ win with Naya Burn.
August 12, 2016
Top 8 Magic #437 – Preach, Osyp, Preach
Mike did an interview with Osyp about his G/W win at SCG Baltimore.
August 5, 2016
Top 8 Magic #436 – Eldritch Moon: Black, and DFC
The next episode of Eldritch Moon: Wax or Wane resumes with Black, and all of the Double-Faced Cards.
July 23, 2016
Top 8 Magic #435 – Eldritch Moon: Red, Melds, and Lands
Eldritch Moon: Wax or Wane resumes with Red, Melds, and Lands.
July 15, 2016
Top 8 Magic #434 – Eldritch Moon, Green and Colourless
Mike and Brian take to the streets to bring you their review of the Eldritch Moon spoiler, starting with the Green and the colourless cards.
July 14, 2016
Top 8 Magic #433 – Mike Will Never Win at Limited Again
Why Mike will never win at Limited again, and Brian makes a nitro affogato.
July 8, 2016
Top 8 Magic #432 – Hot Take Inventory
MichaelJ, Brian, and and Grand Prix Top 8 competitor Phil Napoli talk bad friends, being bad at Magic, and more Eldritch Moon spoilers!
July 6, 2016
Top 8 Magic #431 – Nitro Moon Shots
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.
June 30, 2016
Top 8 Magic #430 – Resistance Training
Mike and Brian meet again to podcast while Mike plays a Standard tournament.
June 14, 2016
Top 8 Magic #429 – Grand Unified Theory
Mike and Brian compare pain. Whose pain is greater? U DECIDE.
June 7, 2016
Top 8 Magic #428 – First FNM
A new post-Khans Standard format, a new Modern, and a new Top 8 Magic begins at an FNM.
April 12, 2016
Top 8 Magic #427 – New Mixed Bag
Brian's got a brand new bag!
February 19, 2016
Top 8 Magic #426 – Oath of the Gatewatch Complete Review: Black, Artifacts, & Lands
The expedition to visit every single new card in Oath of the Gatewatch concludes with the Black cards, Artifacts, and Lands.
January 26, 2016
Top 8 Magic #425 – Oath of the Gatewatch Complete Review: White & Blue
Mike & Brian meander back to the beginning of the colour pie, with White and Blue.
January 22, 2016
Top 8 Magic #424 – Oath of the Gatewatch Complete Review: Green & Gold
Your semi-faithful hosts continue their RGWUB journey through the new cards in Oath of the Gatewatch with Green and multicolored.
January 14, 2016
Top 8 Magic #423 – Oath of the Gatewatch Complete Review: Red & Colorless
Mike and Brian start off their FULL REVIEW of Oath of the Gatewatch with Red.
January 11, 2016
Top 8 Magic #422 – New Year’s Resolutions: Oath of the Gatewatch 2
Mike and Brian continue with some early look Oath of the Gatewatch spoilers: blue and black cards, plus some artifacts & lands.
January 5, 2016
Top 8 Magic #421 – New Year’s Resolutions: Oath of the Gatewatch 1
Mike and Brian issue some New Year’s Resolutions around the podcast… And try to figure out what will “resolve” from Oath of the Gatewatch.
January 4, 2016
Top 8 Magic #420 – Emergents
Mike and Brian meet at The Uncommons in NYC for Brian's Emergents: Genesis event!
December 4, 2015
Top 8 Magic #419 – It Gets By Flores!
Flores and BDM get back to the business of podcasting to discuss a variety of topics, post-Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar.
October 28, 2015
Top 8 Magic #418 – Landfall and Fall TV
After a too-long hiatus Mike and Brian return to talk about some Battle for Zendikar (and fall tv)
September 30, 2015
Top 8 Magic #417 – Red Dragon
Mike and Brian come back together from a medium-long hiatus to talk about some Magic and lots of tv, comics, movies, and long-term format speculation.
August 21, 2015
Top 8 Magic #416 – Mike Pops His FNM Cherry
Gearing up for Pro Tour Magic Origins, Mike needs to get some Limited preparation in, and where better than Friday Night Magic?
July 20, 2015
Top 8 Magic #415 – Fetch Lansdell
Judge and podcaster extraordinaire Chris Lansdell joins Mike and Brian to run some post-ramen podcasting.
July 1, 2015
Top 8 Magic #414 – Fetch All the Lands
Mike and Brian meet at the Top 8 Magic offices to discuss Magic Origins, the "re-launched Top 8 Magic dot com", tee vee recapping and Magical Christmasland Co-Co scenarios.
June 26, 2015
Top 8 Magic #413 – Everything
BDM and Mike talk the Invitationals, basketball, comics... you know, everything!
June 12, 2015
Top 8 Magic #412 – Waverly, Gay, and Becker
At the corner of Waverly and Gay, and along came a Becker...
June 5, 2015
Top 8 Magic #411 – It’s a Mad Mad Mad (Men) Podcast
Pro Tour paperwork, Team Ultra Pro, and the Mad Men finale.
May 28, 2015
Top 8 Magic #410 – New York Surf & Turf
Mike and Brian are joined this week by Marshall Sutcliffe of Limited Resources for burgers, pigeons, and Magic!
May 15, 2015
Top 8 Magic #409 – Top 8 Magic on #Top8Cards
Mike and Brian talk about their #Top8Cards! Oh yeah! Mike won the Utah RPTQ with a crazy Mono-Blue / Five-colour Dragons list!
May 1, 2015
Top 8 Magic #408 – Drag-on or Drag-off: Green
Mike and Brian conclude their Dragons of Tarkir set review with Green!
April 10, 2015
Top 8 Magic #407 – Drag-on or Drag-off: Red and Artifacts
Mike and Brian continue the Dragons of Tarkir set review. This time: Red and Artifacts!
March 26, 2015
Top 8 Magic #406 – Drag-on or Drag-off: Black
Mike and Brian continue the Dragons of Tarkir set review. This time: Black cards!
March 25, 2015
Top 8 Magic #405 – Drag-on or Drag-off: White and Blue
Mike and Brian continue the Dragons of Tarkir set review! This time: White cards and Blue cards...
March 23, 2015
Top 8 Magic #404 – Drag-on or Drag-off: Gold and Lands
Mike and Brian sit down to begin the Dragons of Tarkir set review. Up first, Gold and Lands!
March 20, 2015
Top 8 Magic #403 – One Minute Later
Lots of Magic news, so you know how Mike will want to start this one... With comics recommendations! And Mike won a PPTQ with Dimir Control!
March 3, 2015
Top 8 Magic #402 – Fate Reforged Save/Delete/Set as Wallpaper: Green & Gold
Brian is (finally) back in town allowing the boys to finish their Fate Reforged review with green & gold!
March 2, 2015
Top 8 Magic #401 – Fate Reforged Save/Delete/Set as Wallpaper: Black & Red
The Top 8 Magic set review of Fate Reforged continues (albeit a bit tardily) with Black and Red cards!
January 30, 2015
Top 8 Magic #400 – Fate Reforged Save/Delete/Set as Wallpaper: Blue
Mike and Brian cheat (for Top 8 Magic anyway) and record indoors. I know, I know! Still, we bring you Blue in all its ten-save glory.
January 21, 2015
Top 8 Magic #399 – Fate Reforged Save/Delete/Set as Wallpaper: White & Colorless
Mike and Brian weather the cold to bring you the first segment of our Fate Reforged set review! In addition to favorite "Save and Delete" we add "Set as Wallpaper"!
January 16, 2015
Top 8 Magic #398 – Focus on Fate Reforged
Mike and Brian SUPER FOCUS on four Fate Reforged cards in anticipation of next week's multi-part Fate Reforged Save or Delete session.
January 7, 2015
Top 8 Magic #397 – Fate Reforged Prologue
The iPhone died just before the end of this podcast (and we didn't notice) because... You know... Top 8 Magic Podcast. You still have over an hour-twenty of... FATE REFORGED PREVIEW CARDS!
December 31, 2014
Top 8 Magic #396 – Dong Way
Magic Discussions: Legacy v. Holiday Cubes, Mike's sweet Cube decks v. mediocre non-winners, Good Heliod's Pilgrim decks in Standard - R/W Aggro and Four-color Abzan Constellation.
December 24, 2014
Top 8 Magic #395 – Maybe It’s Cold Outside
Ep 345 has drawing comics, TV villains... all this and Brian's trip to the World Championship! (i.e. Magic: The Gathering).
December 19, 2014
Top 8 Magic #394 – Cube Draft and Other Nonsense
Mike and Brian talk Legacy Cube, shuffling the top players for the World Championship, Brian's first tournament, the underwhelming Cavs, all that stuff.
November 21, 2014
Top 8 Magic #393 – Garbage Fight!
Brian returns from sunny Honolulu! Mike's Grand Prix Trial win! And an honest-to-gosh Garbage Fight in the middle of the street!
October 22, 2014
Top 8 Magic #392 – Khans of Tarkir: Red, Green, Artifacts, and Lands
Mike and Brian finish up all of Khans of Tarkir... Red, Green, Artifacts, & Lands! Let me tell you about these Red cards...
October 3, 2014
Top 8 Magic #391 – Khans of Tarkir: Black
Good chats at Waverly & Gay in this one; so good that Mike and Brian get through approx. 1 Khans of Tarkir card in 20 minutes. So they only did Black this time.
October 2, 2014
Top 8 Magic #390 – Khans of Tarkir: Blue & White
Khans of Tarkir: What white card did Mike change Brian's tune on? What blue card seems like it should be great (but neither of our intrepid hosts can imagine how)?
September 26, 2014
Top 8 Magic #389 – Single White Mana (aka Khans of Tarkir Gold)
Mike's favorite gold card! Brian's most underrated Ascendancy! Will the new names usurp BUG, RUG, or Junk? So it begins! Khans of Tarkir review: Gold.
September 18, 2014
Top 8 Magic #388 – I’m Gonna Need Another Dollar
Why does Mike owe a dollar? … Find out in the first seven minutes! After that it's our first wave of Khans of Tarkir reviews!
September 5, 2014
Top 8 Magic #387 – Mike Owes Pinkberry
Mike and Brian head back to The Uncommons (New York City's first and only board game cafe) for their weekly Standard tournament.
August 28, 2014
Top 8 Magic #386 – EmmyCast
A modicum of Magic but a bundle of boob tube at Waverly and Gay this week.
August 19, 2014
Top 8 Magic #385 – Post Pro Tour
Mike. Brian. Waverly. Gay. Pro. Tour. Magic. 2015. Be. There.
August 8, 2014
Top 8 Magic #384 – PreTQs, ReTQs, and PDX with GCB
With Brian on a West Coast road trip through San Diego Comic Con and Pro Tour Magic 2015 in Portland he connected with an old friend of the Top8Magic podcast in Gabe "Carlton" Carlton-Barnes
July 31, 2014
Top 8 Magic #383 – For6iven
Mike and Brian follow up on their five-part Magic 2015 Core Set set review with a two hour bonanza at Waverly & Gay.
July 21, 2014
Top 8 Magic #382 – M15 Set Review: Red & Artifacts
Join BDM and MichaelJ as they finish their review of the latest Core Set with the Red and the artifact cards.
July 15, 2014
Top 8 Magic #381 – M15 Set Review: Blue & Gold
Join BDM and MichaelJ as they work their way through the remaining 60% of the latest Core Set, continuing with the Blue and the Gold cards.
July 14, 2014
Top 8 Magic #380 – M15 Set Review: White
Join BDM and MichaelJ as they work their way through the remaining 60% of the latest Core Set, continuing with White.
July 11, 2014
Top 8 Magic #379 – M15 Set Review: Black
Michael J Flores and BDM resume discussing M15 and turn next to Black to see how much more oppressive things might become.
July 10, 2014
Top 8 Magic #378 – M15 Set Review: Green
It is time to discuss all the goodies contained within Magic 2015. Mike and BDM start in decidedly non-WUBRG order by looking at the cards in Green.
July 9, 2014
Top 8 Magic #377 – Big Gay Ice Cream
Mike has an idea that "like all truly ingenious" ones sounds crazy at first...
June 18, 2014
Top 8 Magic #376 – Excuses, Excuses
After a hiatus of almost a month, Mike and Brian return to Waverly and Gay for almost two hours of powerful podcasting.
June 5, 2014
Top 8 Magic #375 – Disinfomercial
Mike and Brian sit around and tell lies basically. Because hey, disinfomercial. Draft strategies, going infinite, Cube, and PTQ preparation.
May 9, 2014
Top 8 Magic #374 – Nyx or Ixnay: Green
Mike and Brian discuss Journey into Nyx Green cards. Which card that will surely become a tournament staple did Mike call unplayable?
May 6, 2014
Top 8 Magic #373 – Nyx or Ixnay: Red
Brian's favourite Red card in Journey into Nyx! Mike's favorite card in the set is Red! Journey into N---Waverly and Gay with your two favourite podcast hosts.
May 5, 2014
Top 8 Magic #372 – Nyx or Ixnay: Black, and Gold
Mike and Brian cover Journey into Nyx, Black and Gold.
April 30, 2014
Top 8 Magic #371 – Nyx or Ixnay: Blue
Mike and Brian have to cut this segment of the Journey into Nyx set review after Blue when the chicken appears.
April 29, 2014
Top 8 Magic #370 – Nyx or Ixnay: White, Lands, Artifacts
Journey into Nyx: White, Lands, Artifacts. Features all-new "save or delete" aesthetic of Nyx or Ixnay (don't think too hard about that one).
April 28, 2014
Top 8 Magic #369 – Pre-Katz’s Cast
Fresh off of Grand Prix Philadelphia duty Rashad Miller and Marshall Sutcliffe join MichaelJ on the corner of Waverly and Gay for a pre-Katz's cast!
April 15, 2014
Top 8 Magic #368 – Voice of Reason
Basketball aspirations, Staff of the Death Magus, writing, and tall tales on the corner of Waverly and Gay for an hour and a half.
April 4, 2014
Top 8 Magic #367 – Glorify My Name
After his trip to Valencia, PT Historian Brian David-Marshall rejoins "noted JayBoosh apologist" Michael J. Flores for a podcast at the Top 8 Magic offices.
March 3, 2014
Top 8 Magic #366 – Born of the Gods: Green & Red
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.
February 21, 2014
Top 8 Magic #365 – Gold, Artifacts, & Land
More Born of the Gods. Gold, artifacts, and land.
February 13, 2014
Top 8 Magic #364 – Born of the Gods: Blue & Black
More Born of the Gods. Blue, and black cards.
February 11, 2014
Top 8 Magic #363 – Born of the Gods: White
Forgive us for the delay. Blizzards, etc. Mike and Brian review the White cards from Born of the Gods.
February 8, 2014
Top 8 Magic #362 – It’s a Trap!
What trap did @fivewithflores spring on an unsuspecting @top8games?
January 31, 2014
Top 8 Magic #361 – Black Genesis
2+ hours of Born of the Gods chats with your host Brian David-Marshall, Mike Flores, and Steve Sadin.
January 25, 2014
Top 8 Magic #360 – A Lament for Gray’s Papaya
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 […]
January 15, 2014
Top 8 Magic #359 – A Standing Ovation for Bone Scrapings
Mike and Brian podcast from Uncommons NYC -- a Kickstarter'd LGS -- as Brian waits to Cube draft.
January 9, 2014
Top 8 Magic #358 – MichaelJ’s Greatest Hits, or KoldCast
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 […]
December 19, 2013
Top 8 Magic #357 – Walking, Talking, and Jaywalking in Seattle
Brian David-Marshall and Marshall Sutcliffe wander the streets of Seattle, and record a podcast!
December 12, 2013
Top 8 Magic #356 – Walkabout
Intensely envious of last week's background image, Mike demands to go to Baohaus to get some of what Brian was having.
November 22, 2013
Top 8 Magic #355 – Gauntlet
Mike and Brian are joined by former Star City Games editor and Grand Prix Champion Steve Sadin on the corner of Waverly and Gay for some bau, and how Steve took down a Grand Prix.
November 13, 2013
Top 8 Magic #354 – User Generated Content
Everything is up for discussion from Orson Scott Card to low land counts in draft; from Liz Phair's (maybe?) most underrated album to Mike "offending the entire Legacy community" (again?)
November 8, 2013
Top 8 Magic #353 – BDM is a Liar
Don't worry haters, the NBA talk is over inside of 11 minutes! Brian makes a bold prediction about Modern; Mike agrees.
October 25, 2013
Top 8 Magic #352 – Brian David-Marshall Sutcliffe
Mike is exiled from this week's ep as BDM is joined by Limited Resources wonder-caster Marshall Sutcliffe. The duo podcast straight from Dublin, Ireland at Pro Tour Theros!
October 11, 2013
Top 8 Magic #351 – All Roads Lead to Nykthos
Any time in the next two years someone asks you how you do such-and-such stupid thing on turn two, just figure out how you can be tapping a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.
September 24, 2013
Top 8 Magic #350 – Theros for Hire (5 of 5) “Bring On the Bad Guys!”
Green cards and artifacts meet crazy (literally crazy in some cases) NBA predictions and commentary in the final installment of their epic Theros review.
September 20, 2013
Top 8 Magic #349 – Theros for Hire (4 of 5) “Hero’s Downfall”
What's really happening in the Hero's Downfall art? Also: Black cards!
September 19, 2013
Top 8 Magic #348 – Theros for Hire (3 of 5) “Borderland Minotaur House Rules”
Borderland Minotaur and thirty-six other Theros Red cards await the scathing tongues of Top 8 Magic in this rip-roaring review!
September 18, 2013
Top 8 Magic #347 – Theros for Hire (2 of 5) “Blue and Gold”
This episode is about Mike's favourite cards in Theros, the Blue ones and the Gold ones!
September 17, 2013
Top 8 Magic #346 – Soldier of the Pantheon or Gods Willing?
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 […]
September 16, 2013
Top 8 Magic #345 – Exile on Gay Street
Was the Zombie Apocalypse caused by licking strippers' chests?
September 5, 2013
Top 8 Magic #344 – You, Sir, Are No Squadron Hawk
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?
August 27, 2013
Top 8 Magic #343 – Angelic Accord (from the future!)
Brian and Mike call you from the future (actually California)
August 20, 2013
Top 8 Magic #342 – Deck Building and Life with Patrick Chapin
BDM is off at the World Championships but Mike soldiers on with a special guest!
August 6, 2013
Top 8 Magic #341 – The Moral Victory of 16 Thumbs and 7 Toughness
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 / […]
July 26, 2013
Top 8 Magic #340 – Save or Delete
ManaDeprived.com is happy to feature this special episode of Top 8 Magic where Flores and BDM go over the Hall of Fame and the entire set of M14. Brace yourself!
July 22, 2013