Episode 141 – Choosing a 75 for PT DOM

Nailing down a specific 75 card configuration for any event is a complicated process. It’s the kind of subject that takes much more theory than we can cover in one episode if we wanted to create a general guide, but this week we were able to go deep on a specific example with Ben’s constructed Mono-Red deckbuilding from Pro Tour Dominaria.

Join us as we inspect every single card in the 75 and talk about the choices that Ben got to make, as well as why he made each of them, and some adjustments he would make going forward with the deck.

Here are the 75 that Ben played at the Pro Tour, for reference:

4 Bomat Courier
4 Soul-Scar Mage
4 Earthshaker Khenra
3 Kari Zev, Skyship Raider
4 Goblin Chainwhirler
3 Ahn-Crop Crasher
4 Hazoret the Fervent
1 Glorybringer
3 Shock
3 Abrade
3 Lightning Strike
24 Mountain
2 Glorybringer
1 Abrade
1 Grasping Dunes
2 Fight with Fire
2 Walking Ballista
1 Release the Gremlins
3 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Chandra’s Defeat
1 Magma Spray

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Episode 140 – In-Depth PT DOM Draft Analysis

This week is an in-depth analysis of a single draft from the recent Pro Tour – we went over every single pick of the draft, an episode archetype that we have really liked doing at least once after each Pro Tour. In the history of the podcast, however, we have never disagreed with each other or the drafter (Thomas Hendriks, who did make top 8 after completing this draft) as much as this week. Maybe this draft was full of particularly interesting decisions, or maybe this is just indicative of the draft format being extremely rich and conducive to difficult drafts!

We also debriefed Ben about the constructed portion of the Pro Tour, bridging the gap between last episode where he told us about the decks he was testing and the event itself. Congratulations are in order because his 10-6 run was enough to lock up Gold!

This is the draft viewer if you want to follow along: http://gatherer.wizards.com/magic/draftools/draftviewer.asp?draftid=6_2_2018_1&player=7

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Episode 139 – PT Dominaria Prep

Ben joins us from the past this week for a special timeshifted episode to discuss the decks that he tested for Pro Tour Dominaria. This Pro Tour was notably different than most due to the longer time gap between the set’s release and the event – how did this affect testing? This set also brought an unusually high number of potentially great cards – what does that mean for a team’s Pro Tour testing plan? Find out answers to these questions and more on this week’s episode!

Next week we’ll return to our usual schedule with non-timeshifted content!

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Episode 138 – Mana Efficiency

Dive deep into Magic theory with us this week, as we cover the concept of Mana Efficiency. This week, we not only define and explain Mana Efficiency for the beginning or intermediate players, we also cover a number of extrapolations and corollaries that should be interesting for even the most grizzled veteran. What does Mana Efficiency have to do with Taplands? Which mechanics interact with the concept in a limited format? How should your opponent’s desire to be Mana Efficient affect your gameplay?

Next week there will be no episode due to Pro Tour prep, expect the next episode of Allied Strategies to air simultaneously with the Pro Tour.

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Episode 137 – Dominaria Limited Revisited

This week we return to Dominaria limited to examine the draft format now that we’ve gotten the chance to get a few dozen matches under our belts. What is the general texture of the format? How are our predictions about specific cards holding up? What archetypes are consistently viable draft strategies and what signals should one look for to indicate that a niche deck is available?

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Episode 136 – Brewing a Brawl Deck

This week we’re venturing in to a new format on Allied Strategies – Brawl! This 60-card singleton format features a commander but only standard legal cards, and is dominated by Baral and Ghalta on magic online in a way that formats are rarely dominated. We’ve decided to basically ignore that phenomenon, and brew up a sweet deck built around Liliana, Death’s Majesty.

Here’s a link to the decklist that we ended up with: tappedout.net/mtg-decks/allied-strategies-liliana-brawl-deck/

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Episode 135 – Dominaria in Modern

For the millionth week in the row we’re going to talk about Dominaria cards! Theorizing about this set hasn’t gotten old yet – and after prerelease weekend we got together to talk about how some of these cards might impact the Modern metagame, which is famously stable and diverse at the moment. Ben’s already gotten an unassuming 1-drop creature into a Modern deck, one that you may not even have heard of before this episode!

We’ve also got a twitter handle now, @alliedstrats!

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