The First Pioneers
#104 - Breaking the Mirror

#104 - Breaking the Mirror

January 16, 2022

The Pioneer format is heating up and with more events firing online and more events being held in Paper, there's a good chance you're going to be doing some tournaments this year. While the format is diverse and there are various builds of individual archetypes out there, every once in a while you will face the dreaded mirror match. If you're joining the metagame, and not attacking it, then you better be prepared to be your own worst enemy.

In this week's episode Kevin and Ryan talk about which decks are most likely to come face to face with themselves in the mirror match, and which cards you could be playing to break that mirror (and hopefully not get 7 years bad luck in the process). If your favorite deck is also many other's favorite deck, don't miss this show!

 

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#103 - Wrapping and Ramping Up the Crimson Vow Pioneer season

#103 - Wrapping and Ramping Up the Crimson Vow Pioneer season

January 10, 2022

ClaudiohMTG, streamer and S-tier MTGO player, joins us to wind down the Crimson Vow Pioneer season and to talk about what the future holds for the format. In this week's episode we go over how the format has evolved since the most recent set was released, the latest results from large events like the Pioneer PTQ at the start of January, how the SCG event announcement will affect paper Pioneer, as well as if Ryan is making a good or bad deck choice for next week's paper Pioneer event in Tokyo.

 

If you're looking to stay up to date with everything that's happened or is happening in Pioneer be sure to listen to this week's episode!

 

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#102 - Revisiting Mechanics

#102 - Revisiting Mechanics

December 27, 2021

In our last episode of 2021, the First Pioneers thought we'd wrap up the year with another look at the mechanics of Pioneer. Having already finished talking about the Planes of Pioneer, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about how the newer mechanics fit into the format from Ikoria forward. New mechanics mean new opportunities and we don't want to miss a chance. So which of the newer mechanics are worth playing? Which have potential? And how does the returning mechanic of Ninjutusu find its way into Pioneer? All this in more in our final episode of the year!

 

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#101 - Pioneer 101: Interview with a Vampire (player)

#101 - Pioneer 101: Interview with a Vampire (player)

December 20, 2021

We've been putting together Pioneer 101 shows for a while now to help new players and curious ones who want to know more about the decks of the Pioneer format, so it seemed like a perfect idea for our 101st episode. This also coincided with one of the most prestigious Vampire players making their comeback to Pioneer so of course we had to ask EkerossMTG to come on two weeks in a row to tell us whether or not vampires suck in the literal sense or just when they find their prey.

Whether you want to know how the deck plays, what cards are best for it, or how it matches up with the rest of the Pioneer metagame we got you covered! Luckily the last two sets gave the archetype a lot of new tools to work with so there is quite a lot to talk about. Listening to us talk about vampires for an hour might be a 'pain in the neck' but it's totally worth it! I promise!

 

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#100 - Pioneer 2021: A Format Odyssey

#100 - Pioneer 2021: A Format Odyssey

December 13, 2021

The were many ups and downs in 2021 for Magic the Gathering but after some shaky footing in 2000, the Pioneer format hit the ground running and never looked back. We had some bans, some new decks, some brave new strategies, but most of all we had a record number of players turn to the format. Just what lies in store for Pioneer in the future? Special guest EkerossMTG makes his triumphant return to the podcast (after his big move and new job) and joins The First Pioneers to close out the year and hype up our listeners for what's next!

 

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#99 - Throwing Down the (Pioneer) Gauntlet

#99 - Throwing Down the (Pioneer) Gauntlet

December 6, 2021

Are the cards banned in Pioneer really that bad? What if we were allowed to play one banned card in a deck? Which decks would come out on top and which cards would you choose? The First Pioneers are always looking for new ways to explore the format and in this week's episode we took a page out of the Modern Banned Guantlet that recently showed up on MTGO and decided to talk about something similar for the Pioneer format. I for one would love to see people getting the chance to experience the wild days of Pioneer's past and explore how these banned cards would fit into the current meta too.

With all the cards that have been added to the format since these bannings, are they still as dangerous or are they worse than before? We also talk about possible unbannings and how a Pioneer Alchemy format would look with "fixed" banned cards. If there is another banned card or deck you'd love to see return, be sure to share your thoughts in our discord or on Twitter!

 

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#98 - Pioneer Holiday Wish List

#98 - Pioneer Holiday Wish List

November 28, 2021

Which decks have been naughty and which ones have been nice this year? What decks should get shiny new presents next year and which ones should get coal? In this week's episode the First Pioneers make a holiday wishlist for the format and talk about what cards we'd love to see show up all nice and wrapped on top of our decks for next year. We also go over some spicy new decks that showed up in a recent Japanese Pioneer tournament, and take a look at the Pioneer PTQ from the previous weekend.

What kind of cards would YOU like to see your favorite deck get for next year? Be sure to join our Discord and follow our Twitter to describe your Wishlist!

 

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#97 - Crimson View: First look at the new Crimson Vow Pioneer Meta

#97 - Crimson View: First look at the new Crimson Vow Pioneer Meta

November 21, 2021

It's only been a week since Crimson Vow went live in Pioneer, but already we've had results pouring in from a variety of sources: A Pioneer Showcase, a 103 person paper event in Japan, and dozens of Pioneer leagues on MTGO. What are we to make of all this data? With so much information to go through The First Pioneers thought it best to have somebody who's been on the frontlines make odds and ends of it all.

Martin Porter, aka Harry13SCO, joins us from his MTGO grinding and Twitch streaming to talk about the current metagame as well as where he thinks it's going. We also touch on possible bans in the Pioneer format and Martin gives us a sweet deck tech on his newest UB control deck that carried him all the way to a top 4 finish in last weekend's online Pro Tour Qualifier! This episode is absolutely jammed pack so be sure to listen to it all from start to finish. You can also find the decklist Martin talked about on our Discord! Join the discussion!

 

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#96 - Crimson Vow Brews

#96 - Crimson Vow Brews

November 15, 2021

Special guest and MTGO grinder ClaudiohMTG joins the First Pioneers this week to talk about his newest green white Pioneer brew with cards from the Crimson Vow set and gives us feedback on our own unique brews. Is Cultivator Colossus any good in the format? Can Kaya, Geist Hunter cut it? We also discuss what other cards from the newest set might be worth brewing around. If you're looking for some new decks to try out or just want some ideas on something fresh and new in Pioneer be sure to check it out!

 

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#95 - Crimson Vow Pioneer Set Review

#95 - Crimson Vow Pioneer Set Review

November 8, 2021

We were barely able to scratch the surface of Innistrad in Midnight Hunt before Crimson Vow was spoiled, but there is no rest for the weary. Following our first ever card previews from Wizards of the Coast, MTGO grinder and part time Twitch streamer Dreams of Ashiok joins us in this month's set review to discuss what cards from the new set could possibly make an impact in the format. We have plenty of hot takes, some jank, competitive implications, and even the start of some brews in this set review episode! Whether your cards made the cut or not, swing by our Discord afterwards and talk about what cards you're most excited about from this new set and what you'd have in YOUR top 5!

 

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