The First Pioneers
#47 - Martin’s Magic Meta Moment

#47 - Martin’s Magic Meta Moment

November 23, 2020

We've had Martin Porter (aka Harry13 on MTGO) on our show more times than we can count so we thought it was only fair to give him his own series. Personally my vote was for Mr. Martin's Metahood but Magic Meta Moment slides off the tongue much easier.

 

We welcome him back this week to talk about the big Pioneer events that happened in November, both online and at paper events in Tokyo. With most of the events averaging 100+ people and one even reaching over 200, it seemed like a good time to check in on how the Pioneer metagame has been developing since we last talked with him at the beginning of the Zendikar Rising season.

 

Martin gives us his insight on what decks are doing well, what decks aren't, how people should be preparing for the Pioneer metagame if they plan on playing over the next 2 months before the new set comes out, as well as what he'd like to see happen to the format in order to make it more engaging and fun to play. A must listen for competitive Pioneer players or anybody getting ready to play in tournaments!

 

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#46 - Becoming Competitive in Pioneer: Preparation

#46 - Becoming Competitive in Pioneer: Preparation

November 15, 2020

Israel National's 2018 champ and a member of the runner up team from the World Magic Cup in the same year, Amit Etgar, joins us on today's First Pioneer podcast to give advice on how to become a better competitive player in Pioneer.

Amit, also known as EkerossMTG on Twitter and Twitch, has been a notable fixture on the Pioneer MTGO scene since the format shifted largely online earlier this year and has been honing his skills every week there. He's no stranger to making tough plays and trying new strategies, so for this week's episode we hit him with a variety of difficult questions about the current Pioneer format.

He talks about his approach to preparing for big events like Pro Tour Qualifiers, such as how to test decks out, what kind of archetypes seem to work best in the format, what the best decks are in each major archetype, as well as what type of cards you should have answers for. If you're looking to improve your competitive Pioneer skills in the coming months before paper Magic returns, or plan to start playing the format on MTGO, be sure to give this episode a listen! 

 

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#45 - Historically Speaking: Kaladesh Remastered

#45 - Historically Speaking: Kaladesh Remastered

November 8, 2020

The addition of Kaladesh Remastered to MTG Arena in November brings us one step closer to a fully realized Pioneer format on the platform. But how close? In this week's episode we talk about what the new cards from the plane of Kaladesh bring to the Historic format and also discuss how to build some of your favorite Pioneer decks that use cards from the set on Arena. Other topics include what cards didn't make it into the set, what set we'd like to see remastered next, and which archetypes from Kaladesh are no longer viable.

 

Whether you're a competitive Historic player and want to know what cards you should be looking out for, or a Pioneer player patiently biding their time and collecting singles to build some of your favorite archetypes, this episode has a little bit of everything. If you like the episode be sure to subscribe and share it with your friends!

 

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#44 -Pioneer 101: 5 Color Niv Mizzet

#44 -Pioneer 101: 5 Color Niv Mizzet

November 2, 2020

Pioneer continues to grow both in popularity and in card pool size, and with each new season new decks pop up. Not all decks survive the seasonal change and bannings, but a few have withstood the test of time. In this new series The First Pioneers hope to dig to the depths of the most popular and powerful decks in the format in order to enlighten our listeners, whether you are a competitive or a casual player.

 

Special guest, MTGO grinder, and 11 time Pioneer league trophy winner ClaudioMTG joins us from Brazil in this week's episode to talk about all things 5 Color Niv Mizzet. He's gained a lot of notoriety in the MTGO community with this archetype and has mastered the ins and outs of it. We pick his brain and listen to his insights on the deck, so if you currently play it and want some tips or if you're thinking of building it, this is a must listen episode!

 

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#43 - Pioneer Halloween Special: Tales from Tormod’s Crypt

#43 - Pioneer Halloween Special: Tales from Tormod’s Crypt

October 26, 2020

With Halloween less than a week away we thought we'd treat our listeners to an episode based around the holiday season. Using only Pioneer legal cards the First Pioneers crew and guest Jonathan Medina 'boo'rewed up some spooky decks to get you in the mood to play some Pioneer. You'll be terrified by some of the janky decks we came up with, but you might even be more scared to know there are some playable ones as well! Listen and choose "witch" decks you think are the best!

 

We'd like to invite all of our listeners to share their own spooky Pioneer deck ideas with us, so if you have some free time join our Discord and post them in the decklist channel!

 

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#42 - Ghosts of Standards Past

#42 - Ghosts of Standards Past

October 19, 2020

Some people just love to make the argument that Pioneer (and Frontier before it) was just all the old, best standard decks put into one format. But is it true?

We've discussed a few old decks before, but in today's episode the First Pioneers try to put that tired old trope to rest and set out to explore which of these past "best decks" in standard survived the test of time. Is it true that you can pick up any of those old standard decks and that they are still viable in the Pioneer? Or did some decks falter and fail in their transition to this new eternal format? If so, how could we update them to be competitive again? Listen to find out if your favorite old standard deck can still cut it!

 

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#41 - What you need to know for the Zendikar Rising Pioneer Metagame

#41 - What you need to know for the Zendikar Rising Pioneer Metagame

October 12, 2020

Whether you're a competitive player looking to win some games on MTGO, a casual player playing with friends at home, or a brewer that wants to see if your deck can beat the "big boys" of the format, it's in your best interest to keep up with all the new tools, tricks, and types of strategies Pioneer has to offer.

Martin Porter, aka Harry13 joins us from Scotland once again fresh off a few weeks of Pioneer on MTGO and gives us the lowdown on what you need to know about the Zendikar Rising meta; whether it be a new card, a new archetype, or a new way to build a previous deck. Make sure to listen and get all the data you can from today's episode before diving into the deep end of Pioneer!

 

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#40 - The Planes of Pioneer: Theros

#40 - The Planes of Pioneer: Theros

October 5, 2020

Our journey through the planes of Pioneer continues as we make a stop at Theros to talk about how much the plane impacted the format. Many people thought Wizards of the Coast was taking a big risk when they added Theros block, RTR block, and M14 into what was basically the casual "Frontier" format. Many people who had played during Theros block remembered the pain that Thoughtseize brought with mono black decks, and how it single handedly let Abzan aggro take over the following Khans of Tarkir meta. But are those fears unfounded? Just how many Theros cards have what it takes to make it into Pioneer?

Be sure to listen as we go over each color and talk about the best cards from them, as well as what Theros has to offer in terms of archetypes and strategies to the format.

 

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#39 - The Party People of Pioneer

#39 - The Party People of Pioneer

September 27, 2020

What's up PARTY PEOPLLLLE! "DJ" Hobbyist and Icky Fink of the First Pioneers comin' at you LIVE from the rising of Zendikar to bring you the sickest hits and some of the hardest Warriors, Clerics, Wizards, and Rogues Pioneer has to offer.

 

We're bringing some of the maddest beats each tribe has in the format and hope you'll consider raising the roof for some of them before you kick them out to the curb. Drop the needle and listen to us spit the truth of the heartiest, partiest people!!

 

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#38.5 - Zendikar Rising Pioneer Set Review Part 2

#38.5 - Zendikar Rising Pioneer Set Review Part 2

September 18, 2020

Continuing our discussion from last time, the First Pioneers and guest Jonathan Medina dive deeper into the the stony depths of Zendikar Rising to see what makes it tick. In part 2 we talk about red, green, multicolor, artifacts, and lands. Does red bring the "fire" and green bring the "beats"? Are the lands actually relevant if they don't have another mode on them? And which cards are not quite good enough for Pioneer play? Be sure to listen to the rest of our set review to find out, and join our Discord and follow our Twitter to see what cards we ended up choosing for our top 5! 

 

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