Mike sits down with two of the best Melira Pod players in the world to talk about the deck and their latest takes before the start of Round 4 of Grand Prix Richmond. Check out the video below for words of wisdom if you are thinking of picking up the deck before your next event!
In this week's episode of At Your End Step, the team takes a look back at the week that was and discuss the standard events they have been playing at in the central Ohio area. Gameday happened and in this episode you can hear the stories of Born of the God's Gameday!
The crew looks at the Starcity Games Standard Top 8 lists and explores the resurgence of Esper and the continuing dominance of Domri Rade and his monsters! In similar fashion, this episode covers GP Melbourne as the dreaded Mono Black strikes again and familiar decks like Esper and Mono Blue make appearances in the top 8 lists.
In case all of this wasn't enough, the team gives an outlook to GP Richmond. What lists is everyone playing, what are the decks to beat, and how many people will ultimately show up? This is already the largest constructed Grand Prix of all time, will it pass Grand Prix Las Vegas?
In this most recent episode of At Your End Step, the team catches up with you by reviewing their most recent excursions into the competitive Magic: The Gathering competitive scene. You can hear how did the boys fair at their respective GPT's this weekend and reminisce in the stories of battle that they share. Morgan and Mike participated in a Grand Prix Trial for GP Cincinnati and thus played the standard format while Jordan competed in a GPT for GP Detroit and played his beloved Tron deck.
Of course, any respectable podcast would not be complete without discussion regarding Pro Tour Born of the Gods complete with many glorious puns from Mr. Luis Scott Vargas himself during the top 8 coverage. At Your End Step discusses some of the top 8 decks and provides an outlook on the Modern format as a whole. PT Coverage is also discussed as the team continues to delve into how to making Magic more accessible to the new spectator and the experienced grinder.
If you're in the know in terms of the Ohio Magic community, then you already know Carl from Empirecards.com ran the sickest Standard release event last Saturday to announce the incoming Born of the Gods set.
Well, the results are in, and below you will find all top 8 decklists from the event this weekend. Wanna play one of the lists you see here? Well then At Your End Step encourages you to go www.empirecards.com and purchase all the singles you'll need for the PTQs you're playing in this weekend.
Marshall Arthurs (1st)
4 Last Breath 3 Syncopate 4 Dissolve 4 Detention Sphere 4 Supreme Verdict 4 Sphinx's Revelation 3 Elspeth, Sun's Champion 1 Azorius Charm 3 Kiora, the Crashing Wave 3 Jace, Architect of Thought 3 Mutavault 4 Temple of Enlightenment 4 Hallowed Fountain 4 Plains 6 Island 3 Temple of Plenty 3 Temple of Mystery
Sideboard: 3 Brimaz, King of Oreskos 4 Gainsay 2 Pithing Needle 1 Ætherling 1 Negate 4 Revoke Existence
Dan Musser (Dan Musser)
4 Thoughtseize 3 Bile Blight 3 Devour Flesh 4 Underworld Connections 4 Hero's Downfall 4 Pack Rat 4 Nightveil Specter 4 Desecration Demon 4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel 4 Mutavault 4 Temple of Deceit 18 Swamp
Sideboard: 2 Erebos, God of the Dead 2 Drown in Sorrow 2 Doom Blade 3 Dark Betrayal 3 Duress 3 Lifebane Zombie
Kyle Thomas (3rd/4th)
4 Desecration Demon 4 Nightveil Specter 4 Pack Rat 4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel 4 Thoughtseize 4 Underworld Connections 4 Bile Blight 2 Devour Flesh 4 Hero's Downfall 4 Mutavault 4 Temple of Deceit 18 Swamp
Sideboard: 4 Duress 3 Lifebane Zombie 2 Erebos, God of the Dead 2 Dark Betrayal 3 Drown in Sorrow 1 Doom Blade
Jonathan Benson (3rd/4th)
4 Dissolve 4 Last Breath 1 Ætherling 4 Sphinx's Revelation 4 Detention Sphere 4 Supreme Verdict 3 Syncopate 2 Azorius Charm 4 Jace, Architect of Thought 2 Elspeth, Sun's Champion 1 Fated Retribution 5 Island 3 Plains 2 Godless Shrine 3 Mutavault 4 Temple of Enlightenment 4 Temple of Deceit 2 Temple of Silence 4 Hallowed Fountain
Sideboard: 3 Dark Betrayal 1 Opportunity 1 Fated Retribution 3 Gainsay 4 Archangel of Thune 3 Doom Blade
Corey Perkins (5th-8th)
3 Pack Rat 4 Nightveil Specter 4 Desecration Demon 4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel 4 Thoughtseize 3 Bile Blight 3 Ultimate Price 4 Hero's Downfall 4 Underworld Connections 1 Whip of Erebos 4 Mutavault 4 Temple of Deceit 18 Swamp
Sideboard: 3 Drown in Sorrow 3 Lifebane Zombie 3 Duress 2 Dark Betrayal 2 Erebos, God of the Dead 2 Doom Blade
James Parkinson (5th-8th)
4 Cloudfin Raptor 4 Judge's Familiar 4 Tidebinder Mage 4 Frostburn Weird 4 Nightveil Specter 4 Thassa, God of the Sea 4 Master of Waves 2 Jace, Architect of Thought 2 Bident of Thassa 2 Rapid Hybridization 1 Cyclonic Rift 20 Island 4 Mutavault 1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Sideboard: 1 Rapid Hybridization 1 Dispel 1 Negate 4 Gainsay 3 Dissolve 1 Curse of the Swine 2 Domestication 1 Bident of Thassa 1 Jace, Architect of Thought
Long Song (5th-8th)
5 Plains 4 Island 2 Temple Garden 4 Hallowed Fountain 4 Temple of Enlightenment 4 Breeding Pool 4 Temple of Mystery 4 Supreme Verdict 4 Azorius Charm 4 Dissolve 4 Sphinx's Revelation 4 Detention Sphere 2 Syncopate 1 Last Breath 1 Ratchet Bomb 1 Ætherling 3 Kiora, the Crashing Wave 3 Jace, Architect of Thought 2 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
Sideboard: 4 Fog 4 Mistcutter Hydra 2 Pithing Needle 2 Negate 2 Dispel 1 Unravel the Æther
Joshua Milliken (5th-8th)
Deck Name "Beast Wars" 4 Experiment One 4 Elvish Mystic 4 Aspect of Hydra 4 Swordwise Centaur 4 Kalonian Tusker 4 Reverent Hunter 4 Boon Satyr 2 Bow of Nylea 2 Polukranos, World Eater 3 Nylea, God of the Hunt 2 Enlarge 3 Mutavault 20 Forest
Sideboard: 2 Pithing Needle 3 Mistcutter Hydra 2 Plummet 2 Witchstalker 4 Nylea's Disciple 2 Primeval Bounty
In this episode of At Your End Step, the team takes a look at all of the great, exciting new standard decks that showed themselves at SCG Nashville this week…(just kidding). PTQ discussions will be had and in this episode you can find what the team will be bringing to the big PTQ this weekend!
After some more community related news, the team returns to the popular segment, “Going to Turns…” Morgan and Jordan battle for the spot of the wittiest co-host of the week!
• SCG Nashville Open Decklists (http://sales.starcitygames.com//deckd...)
• Empire Cards Standard Release Event
• FTV Annihilation
Make sure you go check out empirecards.com!
In this 30th episode of At Your End Step, the team recaps their Born of the God’s prerelease experiences! Listen as the team talks about the colors they registered with, the decks they played, and their varying success rates. Blue is apparently really good.
Of course, the show would be amiss if we didn’t discuss the Banned and Restricted List announcements that came out this week. You’re probably well aware that Deathrite Shaman is modern legal no more, and Wild Nactle and Bitterblossom now have their time to shine in the format. What type of zoo deck will you be brewing?
At Your End Step also would like to introduce a new segment to the show called “Going to Turns…” in this Rapid Fire questionnaire that mimics a sports time talk show, two of the hosts are bombarded with difficult and opiniated questions that they only have 30 seconds apiece to answer. The third host serves as moderator and chooses a winner for each question round. Five turns in extra time, five questions for our hosts. Let us know what you think about this exciting new segment!
As always, thank you to FogofDuskColumbus.com for giving us a place to record our podcast.
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What was your favorite deck of this Theros season? Did you absolutely love the mono-black and mono-blue matchups every single week, or did you absolutely abhor it? Did you have an affinity for green red monsters, or did you prefer to reside on the shard of Esper?
In this week's episode of At Your End Step, the crew + Dave look at the standard season in review and talk a little bit about the forefront of Born of the God's Standard season. What do you guys think about the playability of most of these cards in constructed? The current assessment from AT Your End Step is not high.
Some ethical concerns also make their appearance on At Your End Step as the crew discusses what is and is not appropriate to have displayed on your playmat, sleeves, deck box, etc at tournaments and what messages you may send at any given event.
Big thanks again to Fog of Dusk for giving us a wicked place to record our show every week!
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Well, it isn't every day one of your regular hosts becomes the Starcity Games Open Series Standard Champion. But today isn't a regular day now is it? Huge congratulations to the man who cries the biggest of tears, Mike Keknee, for his back-to-back top 8 performances and a huge win this week!
After we recount everyone's SCG performances including our special guest Tim Larrick from Fog of Dusk, Mike recounts his tales of the journey to a championship. The top 8 was very interesting and certainly has some tales worth telling.
Mike's story is interesting and all, but we also took a look at Team City of Traitors and the mass exodus of Starcity Pro Tour Competitors to Team Channel Fireball and what that means for Pro Tour coverage and expansion of the scene.
Also you should probably follow us on Twitter on @atyourendstep. If you do that, and tell your friends, Mike is giving away a shockland. So go for that value!
This episode of At Your End Step, the crew welcomes on SCG Legacy Champion and local grinder Riley Curran to the podcast. Riley specializes in legacy, particularly the Combo Elves deck that Jordan is attempting to play.
The crew plus Riley discuss the new Modern event deck that has been spoiled by Wizards and speculate on the contents of such a deck. After that, SCG Standard at Orlando is the focus of discussion as the team recaps the return of Mono-blue to the top spot. Because Riley’s on the show, we would have been incorrect to not talk about the legacy open and the return of BUG Delver to the top tier.
Spoiled mechanics also make an appearance on the show.
In the return of the “Question of the Week”, the team probes Riley’s brain for information about the best way to buy into a new format that is expensive like legacy or modern.
At Your End Step would also like to thank Fog of Dusk for allowing us to host the podcast in their game room and improve the quality of our podcast!
Don't forget the contests we're running either! Go to our twitter page over at @atyourendstep (link in top left corner of the page) and follow us and retweet to be apart of our awesome giveaways! And as always make sure to check out Empire Cards, the fine folks behind At Your End Step.
If you like winning free stuffs, be certain to go check out our twitter page over at twitter.com/atyourendstep. We're currently running two contests!
This one is really simple. Once we hit 150 followers, we're giving away a free shock land to a random follower! Just like our modern fetch giveaway, this contest is simply to give back to you - the listener! So retweet us up and tell everyone at your LGS about At Your End Step because the quicker we hit 150 followers, the quicker you can win a shock land!
This one is pretty sweet. We're giving away an At Your End Step playmat! Go and retweet this tweet to be eligible to win! Notice how you can try to win one contest while advancing the other? C-c-c-COMBO.
Want a look at what the playmat looks like so that you know you're not applying to win hot garbage? Here ya go (tron deck not included in contest):