The First Pioneers
#27 - Brewing up a Storm

#27 - Brewing up a Storm

June 29, 2020

As with the past core sets before it, Kevin and I can barely contain our excitement for the newest one, M21. Each year the designers at Wizards of the Coast outdo themselves with better cards and great reprints, and this year is no different. With the M21 Core Set not legal in all formats until July 3rd, for this episode we thought it would be best to brew up some decks using the new cards and to share them with you. Whether it's aggro, combo, or one of the other popular archetypes, we got you covered. Be sure to join our Discord channel to check out our deck lists in full as well as to share yours! 

 

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# 26 - The M21 Pioneer Set Review

# 26 - The M21 Pioneer Set Review

June 19, 2020

Jonathan Medina joins the hosts of The First Pioneers once again to explore the impact of the newest Magic the Gathering set on the format. M21 is bringing some very welcome reprints to Pioneer from sets that were already legal in the format, but what makes it even more exciting are the other reprints from past sets that were not legal before. With the recent power creep in core sets, just what kind of dynamic will these cards create in Pioneer? What new decks are sure to spring up? What cards should you be prepared to face in the format? Be sure to listen and find out!

 

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#25 - Core Values

#25 - Core Values

June 15, 2020

With M21 on the horizon, we thought we'd warm our listeners up for the new metagame by talking about the "plane" that is the core sets. While not technically a "plane" of Pioneer, the core sets have a special place in the format. They might not have the highest number of playable cards but without them the format would be a very different place. Just where exactly do the core sets fit in? We hope to uncover that and more as we talk about the power creep, reprints, and the endless possibilities future core sets could bring to the Pioneer format.

 

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#24 - Losing Friends but Gaining New ones

#24 - Losing Friends but Gaining New ones

June 9, 2020

First time guest and one of the youngest players to ever make the Magic Pro Tour, Milan Bhayana, joins us on this week's episode to talk about the recent change in the companion rule and how it will affect the format as a whole. Should you still play companions in your deck? Should they be in the main deck or in the sideboard? What decks get worse with the rule change? Which decks get better? We discuss this and more in this installment to better prepare our listeners who are gearing up to play competitive Pioneer this summer. If you like the show and want to hear more like this be sure to follow us and share it with friends!

 

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# 23: Getting Technical

# 23: Getting Technical

June 1, 2020

Is Pioneer a difficult format to play? What challenges do players face in the format? How can you become a better Pioneer player? In today's episode we welcome Pioneer grinder Martin Porter from Scotland to talk about these topics as well as to focus on the technical side of the format. If you're looking to up your game and to take competitive Pioneer seriously, you'll definitely want to listen to this week's show.

 

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#22 - The Planeswalkers of Pioneer

#22 - The Planeswalkers of Pioneer

May 23, 2020

Special guest and long time friend Thomas Fletcher from our Frontier format days joins us in today's episode to talk about the best Planeswalkers Pioneer has to offer. While planeswalkers have lost quite a bit of power since the early days of the format when cards like Oko and Oath of Nissa were common place, they are still every bit as potent in a variety of strategies. With companions still shaking things up in the format, some previously powerful planeswalkers are struggling. Which ones still make the cut as playable in Pioneer, and which ones have lots of potential? Join us as we discuss this and more and see if your favorite planeswalkers made the list!

 

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#21 - Breaking Pioneer

#21 - Breaking Pioneer

May 11, 2020

While most people were focused on how commonplace and strong Companions are in the Pioneer format, the MTG Arena team quietly released their 3rd anthology for the Historic format. While very few of the cards this time around are actually Pioneer playable, it got us wondering if these older cards could actually break Pioneer. Aside from the historic only cards currently available, we discussed which cards from past sets before the Pioneer format could be reprinted without taking it to its breaking point.

 

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#20: Braving Ikoria  Pioneer

#20: Braving Ikoria Pioneer

May 5, 2020

With companions in some form or another looking more and more like they will become a big part of the Pioneer format, what’s a Magic player to do? In this episode Your hosts discuss just what players should expect from a future full of companions.

As less of a competitive player, Ryan tries to work out all the details of what a companion metagame will look like with the help of our resident Johnny/Spike player Kevin. If you’re still trying to wrap your head around this new meta and need some tips on how to approach it then be sure to give this episode a listen

#19: Good Company in the Ikoria Metagame

#19: Good Company in the Ikoria Metagame

April 28, 2020

Companions seem to have taken Pioneer by storm, just as they have done in almost every other Magic the Gathering format. In today's episode we take a look at recent Pioneer MTGO results and discuss just how much of an impact Companions have had on it. Will Companions stick around for long or will they be a 'flash in the pan'? Which companions can you expect to see in Pioneer from now on? How can you beat them? All this and more in this week's episode!

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#18 - The Breakouts and Brews of Ikoria

#18 - The Breakouts and Brews of Ikoria

April 20, 2020

With Ikoria still fresh off the presses and most events unlikely to explore the format in depth for weeks to come, the time is ripe to brew to your heart’s content in Pioneer. In today’s show we explore early brews people are playing with on Magic Online and also share some ideas we had for our own. Now seems like a great time to brew and have some fun playing Pioneer. How will YOU attack the metagame this season? Be sure to share your deck ideas with us after listening!