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MSP #27 We’re back with the 1st AKH spoilers!

April 13th, 2017

MTG Speculator is back full time! This week Massimo and Matthew talk the first week of Amonkhet Spoilers. We also touch on a few discussion topics before talking up the new Gideon. Stay tuned for regularly scheduled episodes.

Episode recorded on April 6th, 2017

 

Timestamps:

8:00 Liliana, Death’s Magesty
13:21 Glorybringer
16:29 Cycle Lands
21:08 Regal Caracal
26:40 Kefnet the Mindful
34:05 Hazoret the Fervent
42:06 As Foretold
50:17 Toolcraft Exemplar, price memory and flashiness
1:01:01 Best time to buy Masterpieces
1:03:02 Gideon of the Trials

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MSP #26 Aether Revolt Specs

January 13th, 2017

This week we do out very first 4-person episode! Massimo, Scott, Matthew and Sam put our heads together and provide our best picks for speculation with the Aether Revolt prerelease prices. We did our best to make sure the episode wasn’t a complete disaster, but please let us know if you like the 4-person format, or if you’d rather us stick to 2-person podcasts. Also, look out for us next week; Sam and I will be doing our regular standard testing results episode!

Post-production note: This episode was recorded prior to the standard banning announcement

Timestamps:

0:07:30 Expertises
0:15:49 Master Trinketeer
0:19:45 Anguished Unmaking
0:20:43 Angel of Invention
0:22:10 Animation Module
0:23:15 Syndicate Trafficer
0:26:03 Pia’s Revolution
0:27:10 Battle at the Bridge
0:29:30 Herald of Anguish
0:33:08 Aetherflux Resevoir
0:35:25 Whir of Invention
0:38:28 Spire of Industry
0:45:06 Scrap Trawler
0:46:06 Metalwork Colossus
0:46:55 Gonti’s Aether Heart
0:50:54 Indominable Creativity
0:57:56 Aetherwind Basker
1:00:35 Stone Haven Outfitter & Sram
1:04:22 Part the Waterviel
1:05:38 Dark Intimations
1:07:17 Gonti’s Machinations (Foil)
1:10:18 Pia Nalaar
1:14:02 Rishkar, Peema Renegade

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MSP #25 Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2016

Happy holidays and a happy new year from MTG Speculator Podcast! As a special treat for the listeners Massimo, Sam and Matthew got together to record a fun holiday episode. We talk the early Aether Revolt spoilers, crack jokes and tell stories. This also marks the 1 year anniversary of MTG Speculator Podcast, which is pretty cool. A huge thank you to all our loyal listeners, new and old. This show wouldn’t be a success without you!

Timestamps
0:03:42 Tezzeret the Schemer
0:13:10 Battle at the Bridge
0:16:03 Yaheeni’s Expertise
0:22:42 Oath of Ajani
0:28:36 Heart of Kiran
0:41:30 Ajani, Unyielding
0:46:11 Pia’s Revolution
0:49:59 Scrap Strawler
0:53:05 Quicksmith Spy
0:56:11 Dark Intimations
1:01:43 Disallow
1:09:30 Tezzeret Master of Metal

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MSP #24 Expeditions and Commander 2016

December 5th, 2016

Sorry for the radio silence! This week Massimo and Matthew are talking the financial implications of the Masterpiece series and Expeditions as well as Commander 2016! We recorded this one mid-november, so keep that in mind when we provide numbers etc. We’ll be back in two weeks for Aether Revolt Spoilers!!!

Timestamps:

10:39 Expeditions and their impact
27:54 Commander 2016!
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MSP #23 A Critique of the New Standard Format

A different type of episode. This week Matthew and Massimo will be discussing the new changes to the standard rotation. We present our speculative reasons for the change, our analysis and our criticisms about the new model. We’d love to keep the discussion open and hear back from anyone who would like to pitch in, whether in favour of the change or not.

I’ve included a text description below, as well as on this reddit thread.

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Reddit Post (Essentially an episode summary)

Although old news, standard is changing from a three block standard to a four block standard. I’m creating this post to provide arguments for why this was a poor change overall, and provide some valid points that I feel haven’t been raised in the community.

A TL;DR is available, but I’d highly recommend you read the post. If anything, read the Negatives section.

Bit of a plug here: I’ve recorded an episode of MTG Speculator Podcast which details our arguments about the new rotation and features more of a back and forth discussion. You can find episode 23 here, if you prefer that medium:

[https://mtgspeculator.com/episodes/](https://mtgspeculator.com/episodes/)

Alright let’s get started

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#Wizard’s Incentives

Although I’m confident that Wizards has been getting complaints about rotations being too frequent, that alone is not enough for them to make this change so quickly. It’s clear that something about the 2 block paradigm is losing Wizard’s money, and enough for them to pull the plug on an otherwise great change. Now, the real question of focus is: “How is the 3 block rotation losing Wizard’s money?” Keep in mind that Wizards does not make money from people playing and buying into standard directly. Rather, they make money from people and vendors opening boxes whenever a new product is released. In this way, it seems as if a frequent rotation would *improve* Wizard’s bottom line, but clearly that’s not the case.

To me, there are three major factors that would incentivize Wizards to make this change. (Note that this is pure speculation based on logic alone and no private information from Wizards or vendors)

* 1) Complaints about quick rotations are justified in Wizard’s eyes

* 2) Diminishing or stunted growth of attendance of Standard Events (FNMs, GPs, etc)

* 3) Vendors becoming less incentivized to purchase new products

Let’s talk about each of these reasons

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# 1) Complaints about quick rotations (and why that’s a bad justification)

The first time that the player base was affected by the 6 month rotation was this April, 2016 (6 months ago) when SOI rotated in and KTK and FRF rotated out. This is the first time that sticking with Standard would hurt player’s wallets. In my opinion, 6 months of complaints is not enough time for Wizard’s to make such an immediate and drastic change. Specifically, Wizards has introduced the Masterpiece Series to lower the cost of standard. Realistically, Wizards should have waited to see if the Masterpiece Series would balance out the cost so the frequent rotation would be less of a problem for the average player. Additionally, Wizards released a large number of competing products this summer (EMN, EMA, CN2, KLD) so it would be expected that the average player would have less money to buy into Standard as they’re buying these supplemental products.

Moreover, correct me if I’m wrong, but there hasn’t been a huge outcry from the community about the rotations being too frequent, so I would expect that these complaints are coming from a small group of players and wouldn’t be so numerous that Wizards was forced to take immediate action.

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# 2) Less Standard Attendance (and why that’s a bad justification)

A major factor for Wizards making a large change to Standard is a drop in Standard event attendance. Bannings are a great example of this. Although Standard formats can occasionally be misbalanced, Wizard’s won’t ban a card unless Standard attendance is dropping (looking at the JTMS and Combo winter bannings here).

Let’s look back at the last year of Standard

* BFZ Standard (Four Colour Standard): JVP is $70+, and standard decks are costing $700+.

* OGW Standard (Hello CoCo): 4 Colour standard, still $700+ to play, but CoCo and Rally decks hit the scene hard.

* SOI Standard (CoCo and GW Tokens): GW Tokens is the ‘best deck’ but CoCo decks make up a large percentage of the metagame. People are fed up of CoCo.

* EMN Standard (More CoCo): Spell Queller pushes CoCo to 40% of the standard metagame. Sam Stoddard admits on the mothership that Standard is not balanced.

In the last year of standard, the audience has had 100% reasonable reasons to stay away from Standard. Obviously, the quick rotation is not a clearly measurable factor when there is so much disatisfaction around the format.

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#3) Vendors becoming less incentivized to purchase new products

Note, this argument relies on the logic that Wizard’s makes significantly more profit from vendors opening product than the average Magic player opening product.

This is, in my opinion, where Wizard’s was pushed to change the format back to a one year rotation. With the 3-block standard model, vendors have become significantly disincentivized to purchase and open new product. Looking at Khans of Tarkir, stores would have expected to have 2 years of relevant inventory from opening KTK boosters. But because of the new rotation, the value and fluidity of the set dropped dramatically as less people are willing to buy. It is much harder for stores and vendors to move the product, and it is to difficult to remain competitive in the MTG market. Moreover, a larger percentage of their inventory is becoming worthless faster. At this point, vendors are taking on significantly more risk by purchasing Fall products (KTK, BFZ, __KLD__) and are therefore going to purchase less product. It’s simply the smart thing to do.

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#Negatives

Now, whether or not you agree with the arguments above, there are a number of negatives which we will now have to deal with in the new system, some of which have not yet been brought up in the MTG community.

* Competitive/Semi-competitive standard becomes more expensive. This is simply a fact. As the number of sets in standard increase, the number of powerful cards in each set decrease meaning the EV of the set becomes skewed to fewer and fewer cards. As the number of playable rares and mythics in a set decrease, the individual cost of the playable cards increases. Moreover, the barrier to entry for casual players to become more competitive will be much steeper.

* Standard will be more complex than it has ever been, to both understand and develop. Every block has its own mechanical theme (don’t think about individual mechanics, but colourless matters block, graveyard matters block, artifacts matter block, etc). In the current standard rotation, there are 3 unique mechanical themes which the players must understand. In this way, there are only 3 mechanical pairings that players need to understand to play Standard. In the new system, there will be 4 block mechanic themes, meaning there will be 6 mechanical pairings available between blocks (double). This is by far the most complex standard has ever been, on a fundamental understanding level. The new barrier for entry for newer players is arguably twice as high as it is now, and six times as high as the old 2 block standard model.

* The last block of every rotation is going to be boring and low power unless substantially pushed in power level. This is because it has to compete with all the other sets already existing in standard. Historically, think about the last sets in the previous rotation. Journey into Nyx, Dragon’s Maze and Avacyn Restored were all highly disliked, partially because the sets weren’t great, but also because the power level was so low. This is largely because the new cards coming into standard have to compete with 6 other sets of powerful cards. The only way these sets are exciting for constructed play is if they are substantially pushed in power, which leads to power creep or later sets being extremely underpowered in comparison. Ahmonket will likely be affected in this way as it is the 7th set in a 7-set Standard (like AVR, DGM, JOU).

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#Positives

* Playing standard for the casual/budget player is cheaper. This is good news. The barrier to entry into kitchen table magic or casual FNM is lower, as there are more non-competitive standard cards, meaning it is cheaper to build a budget deck.

* Your cards are around longer in standard, and you have to buy less often? Exclusively for casual players, this is true. You don’t have to worry as much about when your cards rotate. For more competitive players however (FNM winning and above), you still need to buy cards every set to keep your decks up to date.

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#Closing Statements

Based on speculation alone, I believe that Wizards has made this change to incentivize vendors to purchase their sealed product. Given the slower rotations, budget and casual players are more likely to dip their toes into standard and purchase old standard cards from vendors, given that the cards will not rotate as quickly. Moreover, competitive players are now more likely to switch decks given that the rotations are slower. This is all good news for vendors, and by extension, Wizards. However, there are a number of downsides introduced by this change that should be seriously considered by the magic community.

This long essay aside, I’d love to hear your personal opinions on my points and the new rotation in general. Does the new standard rotation affect your MTG spending habits? Do you think its a net positive overall?

Thanks for reading

Massimo (Host of MTG Speculator Podcast)

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__TL;DR__: New rotation schedule is good for vendors. Standard will be more complex and expensive. Barrier to entry into semi-competitive standard for new players will increase, not decrease.


MSP #22 Kaladesh Standard Primer

October 5th, 2016

This week, Sam and Massimo share our Kaladesh Standard testing results. Although we typically like to have this episode out before the SCG Opens, we’re sure our insights will still be useful. Recorded on Thursday Sept 29th.

Timestamps:
0:00:00 Intro and general takeaways
0:20:43 Jund and Abzan Delerium
0:25:56 GW Tokens
0:38:32 Mardu Aggro
0:44:33 Temur Emerge
0:47:06 Bant Tamiyo
0:56:51 RG Ramp
1:02:42 Control Decks in general

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Decklists:

Jund Delirium – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kld-jund-delerium-1/

Abzan Delirium –  Currently unavailable, will be available soon

GW Token Midrange – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kld-gw-token-midrange/

GW Token Aggro – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kld-gw-aggro/

Mardu Aggro – Currently unavailable, will be available soon

WR Aggro – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kld-wr-aggro-1/

Temur Emerge – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kld-temur-emerge/

Bant Tamiyo – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kld-bant-midrange-tempo-1/

RG Ramp with Nissa – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kld-rg-ramp-v1/

RG Ramp with Chandra – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/kld-rg-ramp-v2-1/

Metallurgic Summonings Control –  Currently unavailable, will be available soon

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MSP #21 KLD Spoilers and Specs

September 18th, 2016

This week Massimo and Matthew provide our top picks for the Kaladesh spoilers and upcoming standard.


Timestamps:
05:14 Verduous & Cataclysmic Gearhulk
14:56 Smuggler’s Copter
18:29 Cultivators Caravan
21:23 Fleetwheel Cruiser
23:36 Gonti, Lord of Luxury
25:26 Lost Legacy
28:38 Paradoxical Outcome
29:13 Gilt Nest Crane (foil)
31:46 Declaration in Stone
32:48 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
34:12 Ruinous Path
35:57 Madcap Experiment(foil)
38:18 Oath of Nissa & Oath of Chandra
40:18 Stone Haven Outfitter
42:44 Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
45:03 Eldrazi Displacer

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MSP #20 KLD Spoilers Initial Impressions

September 10th, 2016

This week Massimo and Scott discuss the new splashy cards from the Kaladesh spoilers released thus far. Tune in next week (September 14th) for our specs for the Kaladesh Standard rotation.

Timestamps:
2:08 Fastlands
17:42 Saheeli Rai
31:05 Chandra, Torch of Defiance

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MSP #19 FTV Lore and Conspiracy 2!

August 27th, 2016

This week Massimo and Matthew discuss Modern and Standard changes. We also go in depth into the expected price changes from FTVs and discuss the new cards from Conspiracy 2.

Timestamps:
01:50 Standard and Modern
20:22 From the Vault: Lore
30:37 Conspiracy 2!
39:49 CN2 Cards

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MSP #18 PT EMN Top 8 and MTGO Speccing

August 12th, 2016

This week, Sam and Massimo review the results from PT Eldritch Moon, discussing the top 8 and Liliana. Afterwards, Sam talks guidelines on speccing on MTGO vs in paper. We will be releasing a bonus episode soon!

Timestamps:
1:06 PT EMN Top 8
12:56 UR Burn 9-1 at PT
17:43 Big cards of the PT
29:38 Speccing on MTGO

Decklists:

Esper Control – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/12-08-16-Bsb-emn-esper-control/
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MSP #17 EMN Standard Primer

July 21st, 2016

Massimo and Sam have done a bunch of EMN standard testing and are sharing our results with you, as well as our top specs moving into the new format. More of a strategy episode than a finance episode. Decklists available below.

Timestamps:

07:53 Bant CoCo
13:41 UW Humans
17:27 UG Tempo
20:34 UW Midrange
26:13 UW Tempo
27:17 UW Spirits
28:57 UR Eldrazi Control
33:39 BR Vampires
36:44 RG Ramp
45:21 GBu Delirium Control
49:12 Mono W Humans
50:51 Grixis Control
52:13 GW Tokens
54:07 GB Delirium Aggro
55:32 Building Control Decks
58:45 Jeskai Control

Decklists:

Bant CoCo – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-bant-coco-1/

UW Humans – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-uw-humans/

UG Tempo – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-ug-coco-emerge/

UG Flash Tempo – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-ug-flash-tempo/

UW Midrange – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-uw-midrange-1/

UW Spirits – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-uw-spirits-4/

UW Tempo – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-uw-tempo-1/

UR Eldrazi Control – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-ur-eldrazi-control-1/

BR Vampires – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-br-vampires-4/

RG Ramp – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-rg-ramp/

GBu Delirium Control – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-gb-delirium-control/

Grixis Offerings Control – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-grixis-offerings-control/

GB Delirium Aggro – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-gb-delirium-aggro/

Jeskai Madness Control – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/emn-jeskai-control/

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MSP #16 Eldritch Moon Spoilers

July 7th, 2016

This week Massimo and Matthew share our top buys, traps, and specs for the new Eldritch Moon spoilers.

Timestamps:

01:15 Liliana, the Last Hope
14:59 Tamiyo, Field Researcher
22:37 Mindwrack Demon
29:07 Baazar Trader
32:23 Emrakul Revisited
33:35 Warf Infiltrator
37:44 Bruna the Fading Light (foils)
41:07 Gisela the Broken Blade
47:35 Cryptbreaker
52:01 Stromkirk Condemned
57:02 Captivating Vampire (foils)
58:45 Voldaren Pariah
1:07:22 Geier Reach Sanitarium & Spirit of the Labyrinth
1:16:40 Elder Deep-Fiend

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MSP #15 What Makes a Good Spec

June 25th, 2016

This week Massimo and Matthew discuss the new Emrakul Spoiler, do a review of Mark Rosewater’s If/When, and share our guidelines on how to make a good spec.

Timestamps:
3:10 Emrakul, the Promised End
31:07 Mark Rosewater’s If/When is useless
38:36 EMA prices
51:40 How to Make a Good Spec

How to make a good spec flowchart

WhenToBuyDiagramFinal

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MSP #14 Eternal Masters Finance

June 3rd, 2016

Massimo, Matthew and Scott discuss and recap the impact from the Eterenal Masters spoilers, and highlight cards that were omitted. We also tell a story about a foil dack fayden, including lessons learned.

Timestamps:
01:38 Scott on Announcement Day
12:32 Foil Dack Fayden!
23:23 EMA current impact on prices
26:54 EMA impact on future MTGO prices
38:10 Cards missing from EMA

References:
We also recommend this great article from mtgprice
http://blog.mtgprice.com/2016/05/30/grinder-finance-eternal-masters-part-2-the-masters-quandry/

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MSP #13 Announcement Day and Nahiri

May 18th, 2016

Massimo and Matthew get hyped about Announcement Day and talk about all the financial implications surrounding the new products. They also discuss how Nahiri sets herself apart from other planeswalkers, highlighting key metrics for Modern and Legacy playability.

Timestamps:
05:41 Steamflogger Boss
09:36 EMN predictions
13:43 Duel Deck Nissa vs Ob Nix
14:36 Planechase Anthology
21:43 4 Colour Commanders
39:27 New Planeswalker Decks
52:39 Nahiri, the Harbinger

Post-Production Notes:
at 1:18:12 Matthew says ‘Dragon’s Maze’ instead of ‘Dragons of Tarkir’.

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MSP #12 PT SOI and GP TO Tournament Reports

May 13th, 2016

Bonus Episode! Sam discusses his lessons learned from Pro Tour SOI, and Massimo does a tournament report for GP Toronto. More of a general MTG strategy episode than a finance episode.

Timestamps:
01:31 PT SOI Lessons Learned
20:33 GP Toronto Tournament Report

References:
Massimo’s Grixis Control List – http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/soi-gp-toronto-grixis-control/

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MSP #11 Standard Results and Chord Dominance

May 5th, 2016

Massimo and Matthew discuss the Pro Tour SOI and GP Toronto results, and compare Secure the Wastes and Dromoka’s Command. They also discuss Abzan Company’s recent modern dominance.

Timestamps:
06:01 PT SOI Results and Prices
31:24 GP Toronto Results
42:13 Secure the Wastes vs Dromoka’s Command
46:36 Modern Abzan Company banning?

References:
MTG Price, Eldritch Moon to be expensive:
http://blog.mtgprice.com/2016/03/01/grinder-finance-not-everything-is-for-you/

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MSP #10 New Metagames

April 20th, 2016

This week Massimo and Scott discuss the new modern and standard metagames with the new unbannings and release of Shadows Over Innistrad.

Timestamps:
02:03 Modern Metagame
17:33 Modern Data Crunching
31:03 Standard Metagame
38:12 Archangel Avacyn
45:19 Goldnight Castigator
47:17 Mindwrack Demon
49:54 Languish
51:22 Wrap up topics

References:

Modern Jeskai Thopter Foundry
http://sales.starcitygames.com//deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=101129

Modern UW Thopters Gifts
http://sales.starcitygames.com//deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=101026#content_decks_modern-tab

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MSP #9 Secrets of PT Standard testing

April 6th, 2016

Massimo and Sam discuss the April 4th banned and restricted announcement and deep dive into the results of our Standard testing for Pro Tour SOI.

Timestamps:
01:12 Banned and Restricted Announcement
05:15 RG Eldrazi Ramp
11:21 Bant CoCo Humans
19:10 WB Control
21:07 WB Eldrazi Midrange
24:50 Colourless Eldrazi
27:13 RB Dragons
28:56 RB Vampires
30:41 GB Reanimator
34:03 Zombies
35:45 Westvale Abbey
41:54 Grixis Disciple Control

Post-production Notes:
at 23:00, Sam and Massimo mention Arashin Cleric in the sideboard, but it is rotating out of standard, so another lifegain creature will have to be chosen for the sideboard.

Decklists:

RG Eldrazi Ramp
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/soi-rg-eldrazi-ramp/

Bant CoCo Humans
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/soi-bant-coco-humans/

WB Control
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/soi-wb-control-2/

WB Eldrazi Midrange
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/soi-wb-eldrazi-midrange/

Colourless Eldrazi
http://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/standard-mono-red-eldrazi#paper
http://www.mtggoldfish.com/archetype/standard-mono-blue-eldrazi#paper

RB Dragons
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/soi-br-dragons-2/

RB Vampires
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/05-04-16-soi-br-vampires/

GB Reanimator
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/soi-gb-reanimator-1/

Grixis Disciple Control
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/soi-grixis-disciple/

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MSP #8 SOI Spoilers

March 30th, 2016

Massimo and Scott talk about the upcoming banned and restricted announcement and our top picks for the Shadows Over Innistrad presale prices. Bonus episode!

Timestamps:
0:04:49 Upcoming B&R Announcement
0:09:59 SOI Modern Impact
0:24:03 Deathcap Cultivator
0:27:11 To the Slaughter
0:33:22 Compelling Deterence (foil)
0:36:27 Corrupted Grafstone
0:41:40 Epiphany at the Drownyard
0:45:32 Mindwrack Demon revisited
0:49:33 Elusive Tormentor
0:54:45 Open the Armory (foil)
1:00:09 Triskaidekaphobia
1:03:31 Uvenwald Hydra
1:09:06 Goldnight Castigator

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MSP #7 SOI Standard Specs

March 23rd, 2016

Massimo and Matthew pinpoint the top movers for the upcoming Shadows Over Innistrad standard.

Timestamps:
0:08:14 Deathmist Raptor
0:13:52 Dragonlord Kolaghan
0:15:54 Dragonlord Silumgar
0:18:32 Ojutai’s Command
0:20:03 Anafenza, Kin Tree Spirit
0:22:32 Dromoka’s Command
0:27:12 Languish
0:29:19 Harbinger of Tides
0:31:52 Knight of the White Orchid
0:34:27 Ruinous Path
0:36:30 Greenwarden of Murasa
0:38:27 BFZ Dual Lands
0:43:45 Linvala, the Preserver
0:45:44 Goblin Dark Dwellers
0:47:26 Sea Gate Wreckage
0:48:37 Stoneforge Masterwork
0:52:56 Disciple of the Ring

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MSP #6 Chandra and SOI Spoilers

March 9th, 2016

Massimo and Sam talk about predicting the Chandra Flamecaller spike and the SOI spoilers.

Timestamps:
2:42 Chandra Flamecaller Case Study
15:10 Archangel Avacyn
25:26 Eerie Interlude
28:38 Mindwrack Demon
34:23 Brain in a Jar
38:54 Thing in the Ice
45:24 Relentless Dead

Post-production note:
The audio quality on this episode is lower than normal, will be corrected in future episodes.

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MSP #5 Eternal Masters and Conspiracy

February 24th, 2016

Massimo and Matthew talk about the Eternal Masters and Conspiracy 2 announcements and discuss the recent modern financial changes.

Timestamps:
01:26 Small items (the lols segment)
15:22 Eternal Masters Discussion
36:38 Modern Prices, Buys and Sells
45:48 Conspiracy 2

Post-Production Notes:
At 16:31 Massimo says that Tarmogoyf jumps to $150 at Pro Tour BNG, whereas he meant $190.

References:
MTGGoldfish on buying into the reserve list –
http://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/eternal-masters-reserved-list-cards-to-consider

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MSP #4 Modern Eldrazi Madness

February 10th, 2016

Massimo and Scott talk about the Modern metagame and the financial implications, and talk about the discontinuation of clash packs and event decks.

Topic Timestamps:
0:00:00 – Introduction and Updates
0:05:57 – The State of Modern and Financial Implications
0:16:19 – Future Modern Metagame
0:28:16 – Buys and sells from Eldrazi Deck
0:49:39 – Eye of Ugin Banning Timeline
1:08:46 – Event Decks and Clash Packs Discontinued

Post-production notes:
This episode focuses mostly on the Eldrazi deck’s impact on modern, but doesn’t really mention other players in the metagame. MTG Goldfish wrote a great article on other decks that had a good showing at the Pro Tour that you should look at to see what other decks have a fighting chance. You can read the article here:
http://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/pro-tour-ogw-eldrazi-winners-and-decks
Also, Modern Nexus had a similar article, for additional reference: http://modernnexus.com/keeping-perspective-and-calm-after-pro-tour-oath/

References:
Liliana of the Veil not reprinted –
http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/latest-developments/standard-power-level-2016-02-05

Discontinuation of Event Decks and Clash Packs –
[http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/138965504313/ogw-didnt-have-an-event-deck-or-clash-pack-and

CFBs Amulet Bloom VS Eldrazi –

What If? Modern Amulet Bloom vs. Eldrazi Aggro (Sam’s Side)

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 MSP #3 OGW Impact and Twin Banning

January 27th, 2016

Massimo and Scott talk about the financial aspects of OGW Standard, the Twin banning, and reprints in general. MTG Speculator Podcast now features noise cancelling!

Post Production Notes:
At 16:44 Massimo says UW Prowess but mean UR Prowess
At 1:00:05 Massimo says 4 sets of Serum Visions, whereas he means 2 playsets.
Massimo omitted to mention that Kozilek, the Great Distortion is seeing 1x play in Eldrazi Ramp, as expected.

Topic Timestamps:
05:00 OGW Standard Impact
30:50 Twin Banning
45:20 Post-Ban Modern landscape
56:10 Serum Visions Reprint?
1:06:40 Reprints in general.
1:15:20 Modern reprints in precon decks

References:

OGW Standard GP Atlanta decklists:

http://sales.starcitygames.com//deckdatabase/deckshow.php?&t%5BC1%5D=1&start_date=2016-01-23&end_date=2016-01-23&event_ID=19&city=Atlanta&state=GA&t_num=1&limit=8&start_num=0

Weekend modern results: http://sales.starcitygames.com/deckdatabase/deckshow.php?&t%5BC1%5D=28&start_date=01/24/2016&end_date=01/24/2016

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 MSP #2 Oath of the Gatewatch Spoilers

January 13th, 2016

Massimo and Matthew talk about the Oath of the Gatewatch spoilers, discussing their selected hits and misses for speculation.

Post production notes:
At 00:30, Massimo says 2015 instead of 2016.
At 1:17:15 Massimo stated that Duress is rotating in SOI, but in actuality Despise is rotating and Duress is not.
At 1:05:20, Matthew begins comparing Warping Wail and Monastery Mentor, but he actually means Monastery Swiftspear.

Topic Timestamps:
03:58 Kozilek, the Great Distortion
16:30 Eldrazi Displacer
25:57 Goblin Dark Dwellers
37:45 Mirrorpool
44:42 Matter Reshaper
51:49 Dimensional Infiltrator
58:43 Reality Smasher
1:04:47 Warping Wail
1:09:54 Sea Gate Wreckage

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 MSP #1 Introduction and Fetchlands

January 1st, 2016

Massimo and Matthew talk about MTG Finance and introduce the podcast. Recorded on Tuesday Dec 29th 2015.

Post-production note: Show was recorded on the 29th of December, Eye of Ugin sees a buyout on the 30th of December.

Topic Timestamps:
00:00 – Introduction
06:23 – Fetchlands are falling
17:47 – WB Eldrazi Ramp in Modern
34:14 – EDH Precons, lessons learned
49:50 – Liliana of the Veil reprint?

References:
http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/modern-constructed-league-2015-12-21

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