The First Pioneers
#16: Pioneer on MTG Arena

#16: Pioneer on MTG Arena

April 6, 2020

A few weeks back the MTG Arena team let slip that they were working on releasing Amonkhet block, as well as a Pioneer Masters set for the free to play online Magic the Gathering software. Both of these announcements bring us one step closer to being able to play Pioneer any time and anywhere with an internet connection. In today’s topic we discuss how the current Historic format will slowly morph into Pioneer lite with the new sets, as well as which cards need to be included in Pioneer Masters to make Arena the closest thing to Pioneer online for the masses.

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#15: Here comes A New Challenger (deck)!

#15: Here comes A New Challenger (deck)!

March 23, 2020

Wizards of the Coast has been releasing challenger decks for years and while there have been more misses than hits, they’ve been doing a lot better as of late. Back when we were a Frontier podcast we had fun making our own starter/challenger decks for people getting into that format, but now that the Pioneer metagame has started to solidify we thought it would be good to revisit this topic. Prices are starting to go up on some cards and players getting into the format need to have a good jumping off point to get them started. Challenger decks seem like a great way to deal with both problems. In today’s episode Kevin and I pick 6 of the strongest decks in Pioneer and discuss how we’d make a cheap challenger deck for new players as well as a budget deck that’s a bit more expensive but also more powerful.

For those of you interested in the Frontier starter deck episode you can find it here: Frontier Archive Project Ep. 40 - Building Frontier Starter Decks, https://www.podbean.com/ei/pb-4sqaw-c2a49a

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#14: The Planes of Pioneer - Zendikar (First Live Show)

#14: The Planes of Pioneer - Zendikar (First Live Show)

March 16, 2020

Luckily the Eldrazi never took over Pioneer like they did in the other eternal formats, but the same can't be said for Zendikar. In today's episode we continue our series about the Planes of Pioneer and discuss how each one fits into the format. Zendikar brought us a lot of interesting cards that form up the backbone of many decks. Its cards also helped to fill in gaps of others where they were lacking. While most if not all of the Plane's mechanics were utter failures, the block itself still has a lot of potential in Pioneer. Join us as we explore the verdant lands of Zendikar!

Thank you for joining us during our first live show! Did you miss it? No worries, there will be more. Be sure to join the Discord so join our next live podcast! 

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#13 - Right foot Forward

#13 - Right foot Forward

March 10, 2020

When Wizards first announced there was going to be a post-modern format, Kevin and I were still doing a Frontier podcast. Having played that casual format for so long, we felt we had a pretty good handle on what Wizards of the Coast needed to do in order to start this new format off on the right foot. In this episode we look back on our advice to see if Wizards of the Coast has followed any of our suggestions and if so how this decision affected Pioneer. We also discuss Pioneer’s current health heading into the last stretch of the season as well as what Wizards can do to further improve the format.

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#12 - The Road Ahead

#12 - The Road Ahead

March 2, 2020

With plenty of results to look at, Kevin and Ryan believe that the Pioneer metagame is starting to settle. But where do we go from here? In this episode we discuss what we think the rest of the season will look like, talk about what we think the best decks of the format are, and also which cards are currently format all stars.

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#11: Brew Ha Ha

#11: Brew Ha Ha

February 24, 2020

Taking a break from the Pioneer grind and metagame, Kevin and Ryan spend this episode nerding out about cards we'd love to brew around in the format. If you're a lover of jank and unloved cards, this episode is for you. We talk about how we'd build a deck around our favorite "pet" cards, how that deck would try and win the game, and also what these decks would need in the future to become viable as a competitive deck. 

Calling all "Timmy" power gamers! 

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#10 - Mind over Meta

#10 - Mind over Meta

February 19, 2020

Substantial results before the first Pioneer Players Tours and Grand Prix in Europe/Japan were few and far between but leading up to the events we had some really good tournament results come out of Japan. In this episode we discussed how the Pioneer metagame had changed since since the start of the year, took a look at some interesting decks from Japan, and also made some predictions about what we thought we’d see at the first competitive Pioneer tournaments.

 

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#9 - Part 2 - Theros Beyond Death set Review: All the Rest and Our Top 5

#9 - Part 2 - Theros Beyond Death set Review: All the Rest and Our Top 5

February 10, 2020

After the first week of the Theros Beyond death meta the First Pioneers met up once again to finish our thoughts on where the format was going before the Players Tour. While some of our picks might not have panned out we hit the nail on the head on some of them. Listen to find out which cards we called, which have potential, and what cards we thought would have the biggest impact in Pioneer. Special guest Jonathan Medina ( https://twitter.com/medina_mtg ) joins us once again in hyping up the new Pioneer metagame!

 

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#9: Theros Beyond Death set Review Part 1: White to Green

#9: Theros Beyond Death set Review Part 1: White to Green

February 2, 2020

With the first ever Pioneer players tours and Grand Prix in the books, we saw a lot of cool decks and cards being used in ways we had never even considered before. About 2 weeks back we recorded this set review for the new set to discuss what cards we thought would show up in Pioneer and how they would impact the format. Were we right? Did your choices for playable cards in THB match ours? Listen to find out! Special guest Jonathan Medina joins us in hyping up the new Pioneer metagame.

#8: The Planes of Pioneer - Ixalan and Amonkhet

#8: The Planes of Pioneer - Ixalan and Amonkhet

January 27, 2020

Are you new to Pioneer and not sure where to start? Don't know which cards are good and which aren't? Join Kevin and Ryan as we further explore the planes of Pioneer and how they fit into the new format. In today's episode we talk about what archetypes, cards, and strategies the Ixalan and Amonkhet blocks bring to Pioneer. Whether you're building your collection of playable cards or trying to get into competitive Pioneer, we got you covered!