The Magic Final Frontier podcast might be the longest running Frontier podcast out there, but it wasn't the first. Episode 8 of the podcast brings back the original Frontier hypemen, Tony Cameron and Matt Mealing. I listened to their Frontier podcast back when I was first getting into the format and they got my really excited about the format. They brought a unique gravitas and excitement to Frontier that has been hard to duplicate since. The Final Frontier podcast crew and them had an great conversation on the state of the format and shared some spicy card interactions and deck ideas.
With over 70 people in attendance, the 10th God of Frontier tournament at Hareruya in Tokyo, Japan was a great look at what what the format had the potential to do. The podcast crew uses their deep knowledge of the Frontier format to compare competitive decklists between Japan and North America and to discuss what they liked and didn't like from the God of Frontier tournament.
There are quite a lot of playable tribes in Frontier, but which are the best? The podcast crew talks about decks like Bant Humans in today's episode and they debate which tribe is the strongest in the format. Good building blocks for future Historic decks if you're looking for where to start with your favorite tribe as well.
As a bonus, the hosts also discuss the numbers of Ixalan cards that showed up in decks at a recent Frontier tournament in Japan to give you an idea of what made the biggest impact.
The hosts take a break from talking about the Frontier metagame in Episode 5 of the podcast to talk all about sideboarding. They cover what cards work against the best decks in the format, as well as what the best sideboard cards were in Frontier at the time. While not all of the cards or advice might be viable depending on where the Historic format starts set wise, there are some valuable nuggets of information from 3 very accomplished Frontier Magic players.
In episode 4 of the Frontier podcast, the crew pours over recent tournament results and talks about various deck types and card choices in the popular and winning decks. The focus is definitely more on the competitive nature of Frontier, and if you're looking to get some ideas on deck building for Historic later this year, this is another great episode that helps you to evaluate what cards are playable after Ixalan was introduced to the format.
It's important to know that unlike Modern and Legacy which are self sustained in terms of metagames, Frontier is more like standard and influenced by new sets as they come out.
By the time the 3rd episode of the Magic the Final Frontier podcast came out, the full Ixalan spoiler had just been released. While it usually takes weeks for cards to be fully tested in order to gauge their impact on the format, the podcast crew come up with a list of what cards they thought would change the Frontier format.
Since the new Historic format will be starting from Ixalan, this would be a good episode to listen to get an idea as to what's playable from the set and whats not. While not all of the picks might have panned out, the guys were right on quite a few of them.
At the height of Frontier's popularity in North America, the North America Championship was held by Face to Face games in Canada. In episode 2 of the Magic the Final Frontier podcast, the hosts interview the winner of the event. They discuss the match ups, the metagame at the time, as well as what they thought would happen in Frontier after the event.
As stated in my my blog article on www.thejapanhobbyist.com, I'll be working on archiving all of the Magic the Final Frontier podcasts for posterity. I've been working on the Frontier podcast project for quite a long time, and I feel that a lot of information we covered over our two years doing the show could be helpful to people when the Historic format finally becomes a thing later this year on MTG Arena. The podcast starts from around the time Ixalan block entered the Frontier format, so a lot of the topics we talk about should have some relevancy to Historic.
Episode 1 is the introduction to the format to our listners, and a discussion of what was happening in Frontier at the time of the post.
For episode 8 of the Code of the Cardboard Samurai podcast I thought I'd try something new. I took the show on the road last week at Eternal Weekend and met up with a good Japanese Magic friend of mine from Aichi prefecture, who is also a level 2 judge; Ken Sawada.
In this episode I interviewed Ken about what being a judge in Japan is like. We discussed some of the things that make the Japanese judge system different from others, he gave me a Japanese point of view on the new Judge Academy system that Channel Fireball is rolling out in the near future, and we talked about what direction he sees the Judge community going.
I hope to have more Japanese players on the show in the coming months, and while we might not always be able to communicate perfectly all the time, I look forward to telling their stories and allowing them to share their thoughts with an English speaking audience. If you have any ideas or topics for future podcast episodes, be sure to leave them in the comment section!