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Gerry Thompson is one of the best players in the world, fresh off a Top 8 in Modern with the deck everyone is talking about, and he happens to be a former member of R&D, so he has insight into the thought process that might lead to potential bannings—he's a heck of a guest for Masters of Modern. If Modern is your jam, this is a must-listen episode.
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The gang tackles the latest news, tournament action, and answers the listener question "Should my local game store offer women packs of Magic to entice them to come to events?" Hence the title.
It seems like we're starting to see every possible flavor of Eldrazi in Standard these days—blue, blue-red, Abzan, white-black, black, purple, orange-chartreuse, and everything in between. Today's deck comes to us from a 5-0 Standard League performance by SleepNoWinTheFire, who played what amounts to a pile of cheap disruption and removal followed by some of the heaviest hitters in Standard. Chandra, Flamecaller? Check. Reality Smasher? Check. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet? Check. Goblin Dark-Dwellers? Check.
But it's also interesting to look at the mana base. Notice anything? The section title might have given you a hint.
No fetch lands.
That's right, this deck is actually 100% rotation-proof, featuring only cards from Dragons of Tarkir forward. I can't say if SleepNoWinTheFire was testing the deck on those merits, but either way, it looks like it passed with flying colors. Could this be one of the new faces of Standard next month?
SleepNoWinTheFire's 5-0 Standard League Black-Red Eldrazi