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Posted by on Dec 13, 2016

First Strike #4 – From Pro Tour Teams to Magic Online Draft Leagues

First Strike #4 – From Pro Tour Teams to Magic Online Draft Leagues

First Strike isĀ a Magic: The Gathering debate-style podcast that discusses competitive and social aspects of the game. In this episode, KYT moderates the debate topics between Edmonton’s Magic the Gathering end boss Doug Potter, and Pro Tour and Grand Prix stalwart Bryan Gottlieb.

  • (02:27) Pro Tour Team Series – What do they think of this new program?
  • (22:36) Aether Revolt spoilers – Heart of Kiran, is it good? What about Disallow?
  • (34:49) Scooping – Should the player who is behind always scoop to avoid a draw?
  • (41:29) Tournament Improvements – Should there be a standard way to pre-decide who chooses to play first?
  • (55:24) Competitive draft leagues – Are they worse than 8-4 draft queues?

You hosts on Twitter:

KYT – @kytmagic
Doug Potter – @DougPkr
Bryan GottliebĀ – @BryanGo

  • Chris Lanci

    Love the Podcast, miss the BOOSH. #kingofthenorth

    If MTG coverage could only capture the drama of all girl Japanese Rock, Paper Scissors tournament.

    • Thanks Chris! As long as Jay is cool, we should be able to have him guest to give us his thoughts on Aether Revolt mechanics.

      I wonder if a different approach might be needed. You know how UFC really needs to pump up their fighters in order to make their fights compelling? More work needs to be pumped to create superstars.

      • Chris Lanci

        SCG did this. Focused on the individuals and the player of the year race.. I think it worked but I don’t have data to support it. I like what they are doing with teams to drive more compelling story lines. Smaller teams will also create more diversity in the format. When one of those super teams breaks the format and it is nothing but mirror matches at tables it sucks.

        Here is a good question for the cast.

        Do you think the match loser should be required to be interviewed after a feature match?

        I know it sucks but answering the what went wrong question makes for a very compelling interview and you can learn a lot. Salty cry baby interviews are also very compelling albeit not professional. Pro athletes who lose still have to get on the podium and face the media. Losing a top 8 Pro Tour match is not nearly as bad as losing the Super Bowl or blowing a 3-1 finals lead. Man up and be a professional. This is the Pro Tour after all.