Episode 134 – Dominaria’s Gold Uncommons

You can learn a lot about a format from its cycle of multicolored uncommons. At the very least, they hint at what sort of archetype each two color pair might default to, but their relative power level can also influence which of those color pairs is strongest to draft. This week on Allied Strategies we’re taking a thorough look at all ten of Dominaria’s gold uncommons, discussing how they might play, and eventually ranking them on power level.

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Episode 133 – Dominaria Limited Predictions

Everybody’s talking about all the exciting implications of Dominaria for constructed (including us, the past two weeks,) but this week we’re going to look at how the cards might play in limited.

There are a few powerful auras that might produce all-in battlecruiser strategies, but there are also some very efficient pieces of removal and massive sources of midgame card advantage. On top of all this, there are massive late-game payoffs, including some cards which are also excellent in the early game due to kicker. How might all these cards in the same environment interact? Listen to this episode and learn what we think!

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Episode 132 – Dominaria Cards that Might be Great

Last week we were excited by the cards that had been spoiled from Dominaria. This week things have gotten even more promising, with a bunch of spoilers that offer great potential to the deckbuilder willing to build around them. We’ve picked some such cards to talk about to try to determine which might be Standard all-stars and which might not pan out.

We also have each created our very own Signature Spellbooks in our newest and flashiest segment, ‘This Week in Magic.’ There’s a twist though – we each reveal seven of our eight cards, then the other hosts guess the final one. How well do we know each other? Find out in this episode!

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Episode 131 – Cool Dominaria Cards and Llanowar Elves

There are so many cool cards in the Dominaria spoiler that it’s a good thing we have a few extra weeks to talk about them! This week we’ve picked out just a few to discuss in the context of Standard (mostly). In addition to the cool cards of Dominaria, somehow Llanowar elves made its way into the set as well, and as excited as Tristan is to play with the card again, all three of us are worried about the impact it will have on the format, and we discuss that in this episode as well.

We also debut a new segment in this episode – “This Week in Magic!” The segment will focus on news from the Magic community in the past week, as astute listeners may have discerned from its name. This week in “This Week in Magic” we talked for a bit about sportsmanship and the handshake issue that arose recently.

Next week’s podcast will air about a day late because we’re recording on a different day than usual!

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Episode 130 – Krark-Clan Ironworks

This week, Ben joins us to talk about the Krark-Clan Ironworks combo deck that he and his friends played to exceptional results last weekend at GP Phoenix. If you’ve never played or heard of the deck before, you’ll love hearing about all the crazy stuff that it can do, and you’ll be ready if you ever do face it in battle. If you are interested in picking up the deck, this is the perfect starting point, as in just one hour, you’ll gain wisdom from hundreds of hours of Ben’s work with the deck.

Here is the decklist that Matt Nass made top 8 with at Phoenix:

1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Hangarback Walker
2 Myr Retriever
4 Scrap Trawler
4 Ancient Stirrings
2 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
2 Engineered Explosives
4 Ichor Wellspring
4 Krark-Clan Ironworks
4 Mind Stone
1 Mishra’s Bauble
4 Mox Opal
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
4 Terrarion
4 Darksteel Citadel
3 Aether Hub
2 Buried Ruin
2 Forest
4 Grove of the Burnwillows
3 Inventors’ Fair


1 Collective Brutality
2 Defense Grid
2 Ghirapur Aether Grid
2 Guttural Response
4 Nature’s Claim
2 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Wurmcoil Engine

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Episode 129 – Masters 25 Limited Predictions

Masters 25 is here and there are a lot of things going on in the limited format. After a very studious half-hour or so, Tristan and Neal have identified a number of potential archetypes, combos, and synergies that are present in the set. Today we share those with you!

We also briefly cover the Dominaria Leak, though we don’t talk about any of the cards in this episode. Expect some content related to that set in the coming weeks!

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Episode 128 – Modern at the MOCS

Playing a Magic tournament with only a dozen or two other players is a very different experience from the large fields of a Grand Prix or even a Pro Tour. Especially with a format like modern, you can make metagame predictions based off your knowledge of other players’ preferences, such as Reid Duke’s Jund, Craig Wescoe’s Thalia, and Corey Burkhart’s Grixis.

This week we took a close look at the recent MOCS event and discussed how to approach tournaments like it, using some knowledge gained from Ben’s experience at last year’s MOCS. We also spent some time talking about Modern in general, and how great Bloodbraid Elf is.

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