The First Pioneers
#74 - Salving the Pioneer Format

#74 - Salving the Pioneer Format

June 13, 2021

Pioneer has had many a problem since its inception but most have been at no fault of its own. Honestly, we at the First Pioneers have some 'beef' with how Pioneer has been handled, rolled out, and executed since it was born almost two years ago at the end of 2019. It seems that somebody or something is standing in its way and keeping it from succeeding at every twist and turn and we're tired of it so we're calling these problems out so the tired anti-Pioneer tropes and misinformation stops.

 

Aside from calling out the issues plaguing the format, we offer various solutions to each and explain how they should be implemented. I'm sure there have been some of you that have wanted to play Pioneer or have been trying to play Pioneer but there was something standing in your way. We're here to say that doesn't have to be the case anymore, and that if we work together as a community we can find a salve that will cure all the negativity and ignorance infecting the format.

 

If you want to chat more about this topic, join us on our Discord or find us on Twitter!

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# 73 - Pioneer 101: UR - What Izzet?

# 73 - Pioneer 101: UR - What Izzet?

June 7, 2021

This week Ryan takes a week off from the podcast not only because the topic has blue cards in it, but also because we wanted to jam pack this episode with guests. For the first time ever we have fellow MTGO grinders and Twitch streamers EkerossMTG and ClaudiohMTG on the same show!

 

Blue and Red decks have been around since the inception of the format (UR Prowess and UR Ensoul), but it took another big metashift from the Strixhaven Pioneer format and all the new Prismari cards to finally let it play with the big boys. However, just what IS the best UR deck to play now? Izzet Phoenix? Izzet Tempo? Izzet Arcanist?

 

Kevin, Amit, and Claudioh break down just what the deck is, what it wants to be, and what it could be in this week's show. If you've always been a fan of the archetypes or are interested in building in these colors be sure to listen to this week's episode! We talk about everything you need to know so you don't have to ask yourself, "What Izzet?"

 

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# 72 - Pioneer x Pioneer x Pioneer (Pioneer Cubed)

# 72 - Pioneer x Pioneer x Pioneer (Pioneer Cubed)

May 30, 2021

Not everybody is going to be able to go back to their local game stores right away later this year to play MTG, but I'm sure it will become a lot easier to get friends together at each other's places for some casual MTG. Cubing has been out for a few years but it's been growing in popularity year over year. The idea is simple: You take 360+ of your favorite cards, balance the colors, and then stick them in a box with some land. Once you have 6 or more people to play, you shuffle those cards up and then break them into 15 card "booster packs" which you and your friends then draft.

 

It's like drafting, but without the cost associated with having to buy packs all the time. You can use all of those Pioneer cards not already in your decks that are sitting your collection, and the beauty of it is that Cubes are highly customizable. Whether you like playing with big dumb creatures, combos, or control cards, Cubes have it all.

 

Special guest Dreams of Ashiok joins us once again to talk about the MTGO Pioneer cube that was available a while back. We talk about what cards we liked in the cube, what cards we'd love to see added to the cube, and also discussed all the variety of ways you could build your own personal cube in the future. It's a great way to introduce your friends casually into the wonderful Pioneer format and also to have something you can always take with you to events in the future!

 

Be sure to join our Discord or Twitter to discuss all the possibilities of Pioneer cubing and share your ideas with us!

 

Our Discord: https://discord.gg/SBRF8DH

Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/MtgPioneer

#71 - Building your Paper Pioneer Collection - Mono colored

#71 - Building your Paper Pioneer Collection - Mono colored

May 24, 2021

Vaccinations and masks permitting, the threat of pandemic will fade and we'll be back in our local game stores in the next few months playing Magic the Gathering with our friends. But if you're like Kevin and Ryan on the First Pioneers, then you probably haven't been buying a lot of MTG singles over the past year. Sure we had a lot of the pre-Covid cards in paper, but when it comes to everything that was released last year, our collections are severely lacking.

 

On a previous show, our guest Amit (EkerossMTG) had mentioned that because he plays most of his games on MTGO, that he actually has very few cards in Paper. So we got to thinking, there are probably a lot of other people out there in the same situation. If we plan to play the Pioneer format in Paper in a few months, we better be ready for it. Part staple and part finance episode, this new series will focus on what cards every Pioneer player should have in their paper collection. Sure there might be more staples in each color, but we feel like these cards are probably the most necessary in order to build either a large variety of decks or to play some of the best decks.

 

Luckily for our listeners, most of our suggestions in white, blue, black, red, and green don't break the bank! If you're itching to play Magic in Paper again and only got into the format during the pandemic, you definitely don't want to miss this! Also, if we missed a card you think should have been included be sure to @ us on Twitter or join the discussion in our Discord!

 

Our Discord: https://discord.gg/SBRF8DH

Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/MtgPioneer

#70 - Pleading the Fifth

#70 - Pleading the Fifth

May 17, 2021

Many, if not all of the other competitive Magic the Gathering formats, are defined by their speed. Some people might say that Legacy is a 1 or 2 drop format, Modern probably tops out at 3. Sure they can cheat out some bigger cards, but most decks are playing as low to the ground as they can go and as fast as they can go. This leaves out many of the other cards at 4 converted mana cost or higher. But where does Pioneer stand?

 

Is Pioneer the first 5 drop competitive eternal format? Can you safely play 5 drops and get value from them either right away or over a number of turns? Today we turn our focus to competitive 5 mana spells in the Pioneer format and talk about what makes a 5 drop good, why we should play them, which ones are our favorites, and also which 5 mana spells we'd love to see played in the format in the future.

 

Resident streamer and competitive MTGO grinder EkerossMTG joins us once again to evaluate the 5 mana cards of the format and to tell Ryan he's living in Magic Christmas Land while telling Kevin that he's absolutely right.

 

Join the discussion on Twitter and Discord if you have some other fun 5 drops you think we should have talked about!

 

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Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/MtgPioneer

#69 - The Strixhaven Pioneer “Amit”agame

#69 - The Strixhaven Pioneer “Amit”agame

May 10, 2021

MTGO grinder and Pioneer player extraordinaire EkerossMTG (aka Amit), visits this week's show to talk about the first few weeks of the Strixhaven Pioneer metagame and how the new set has affected the format. We go over what's been doing well in Pioneer, what hasn't, what new cards have shown up, cool deck ideas, and also what we're working on this season. 

 

Keep yourself up to date with everything that's happening in the format and what has changed since you last played! If you have thoughts on the current state of Pioneer or have some experiences you'd like to share, join the discussion in our discord channel and on Twitter!

 

Our Discord: https://discord.gg/SBRF8DH

Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/MtgPioneer

#68 - The First Pioneer’s Home for Wayward Cards

#68 - The First Pioneer’s Home for Wayward Cards

May 3, 2021

Following up our set review and brew episode, we had a lot of ideas for cards we thought were good but just couldn't find a home. Lots of these cards we considered from the Pioneer card pool seemed good, so why weren't they seeing any play? The First Pioneers needed a bigger brain to figure it out so we got the biggest brain we could think of, MTGO streamer ClaudiohMTG!

 

In this week's show we talk about which cards we think are good enough for Pioneer but haven't found a home yet (or currently don't have one). Claudioh plays the role of the "fun police", shutting down any cards that might be deemed too ridiculous to be playable, while Kevin and Ryan throw a wide range of ideas at him. We consider why these cards don't have a home, what archetype they could possibly fit into, and also what kind of deck would want them in the future. Whether you're a brewer or a competitive player looking for alternative cards for your decks, you'll want to listen to this week's episode!

 

As always, you can find our information on our Discord channel and are welcome to further discuss this topic so don't be a stranger and hop on in! You can also follow us on Twitter!

(NOTE: Apologies for some of the audio issues we had in recording this episode).

 

Our Discord: https://discord.gg/SBRF8DH

Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/MtgPioneer

 

#67 - Rough Draft: Spicy Strixhaven Brews!

#67 - Rough Draft: Spicy Strixhaven Brews!

April 25, 2021

Brewing around cards from a new set is one of my favorite times of the year, and it's also the one time I can convince my cohost Kevin to think as janky as possible. There are a number of build around cards in Strixhaven, and while we couldn't talk about all of them today we did do quite a few! We have combos, control, and killer cards galore in this week's episode! It's also our first time taking listener submitted decklists and talking about them on the show so if you want to share your brews next time and get a shoutout on air be sure to join our discord or follow us on Twitter!

(NOTE: All decklists can be found on our Discord if you'd like to see them in full!)

 

Our Discord: https://discord.gg/SBRF8DH

Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/MtgPioneer

 

#66.5 - Strixhaven Pioneer Set Review Part 2: Multicolor and Top 5

#66.5 - Strixhaven Pioneer Set Review Part 2: Multicolor and Top 5

April 19, 2021

Once more into the fray.

 

Jonathan Medina of Medina Streams on Twitch is back along with the First Pioneers to finish up all of the cards we couldn't talk about in last week's podcast. There are untold possibilities that Strixhaven could bring to the Pioneer format and we wanted to make sure all of our bases were covered. Today's topic centers around all of the Strixhaven two color school cards, as well as our top 5 for the whole set. 

 

As always you can count on Kevin to be the voice of reason and competitive cards, Jonathan to mix in some EDH and talk about the buzz that's been going around the MTG community, and Ryan to bring you some sweet, sweet jank. This episode has all of those in spades! Be sure to give it a listen!

 

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Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/MtgPioneer

#66 - Strixhaven Set Review Part 1

#66 - Strixhaven Set Review Part 1

April 12, 2021

It's that season again and after checking out the full Strixhaven spoiler last week the First Pioneers dialed up their good friend Jonathan Medina (from MedinaStreams on Twitch and medina_mtg on Twitter) and asked him to hang out and go over all of the Pioneer possibilities of the new set. We talked competitive cards, we talked jank, and we also talked about cards that we thought would be fun overall in the Pioneer format. This week's show covers only the mono colored cards so be sure to join us next week when we cover the multi-color and all the others!

If you have some suggestions about what cards will be good from Strixhaven that we didn't talk about, want to share some new brews, or want to add some information to what we said in the show, join our Discord chat or send us a line on Twitter! We'd love to have you in the discussion!

 

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Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/MtgPioneer

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