It's hard to think that Mardu vehicles from Kaladesh block standard could get any better, but that's exactly what it did in Frontier. In this show Kevin and I interviewed another player from the online Frontier community to talk about not only his top 8 Mardu Vehicles deck, but also the various Black/Red/White Mardu archetypes. We discussed what was viable in the format as well as which cards in those colors stood out the most. A great in-depth talk for people that want to explore what the Frontier format was like, as well as the possibilities of Historic if it goes back to Kaladesh block or earlier.
The online Frontier community had been around almost as long as the format itself. One of the regulars who played on platforms like Xmage and Cockatrice was Csquared. He had amazing success with mono black Eldrazi over a few seasons, making many top 8s and winning a few as well. We had him on to talk about strengths of the deck and why it was so good against the other Frontier decks season after season. If you're interested in decks that are unique to Frontier, this is a great episode.
Frontier is a fast format. There's no shortage of quick creatures at 1 and 2 mana that can bring the pain quickly against an opponent. But how about on the opposite side of the coin? What cards at the top of your curve that cost 5 mana are the best in Frontier? In this episode the crew and a special guest discuss what 5 'drops' make the biggest impact in the format, including the newest set to be added to Frontier, Dominaria. There are a decent amount of cards from Historic legal sets to make it worth listening to if you're getting ready for the new format's launch this fall.
In episode 28 of the Final Frontier podcast, Kevin, Matt, and I hold a thought experiment about what the pros would play if the Frontier format suddenly became a competitive format that was played in pro level events. We cover a large amount of decks and cards and touch on many archetypes. This episode would be a good starting point if you planned on playing Historic in the future and wanted to see which cards from recent sets were playable in the format, as well as get some deck ideas so you can pick up and play right away.
One of the unique selling points of Frontier is that you get a chance to play with a lot of cards that don't see much, if any play in other formats. The lower power level than Modern, and bigger card pool than standard, put the format in an interesting place. Also in this episode, I join the podcast crew as a permanent member to talk about my experiences overseas in Japan, as well as to connect the two metagames together. Very fun topic that allows you to explore the format more in depth.
The crew talks about initial Dominaria decklists in episode 26 and run them through the Frontier metagame from past seasons to see if they have what they take. A very 'spikey' episode focusing heavily on competitive Frontier decks and strategies. These guys have played a lot of Frontier and can teach you a thing or two about what cards and archetypes you should be looking at when Historic becomes a thing.
With the new season just around the corner, the hosts talk about which cards they are most excited about and talk about their testing process for the next online Frontier tournament season. Having a week to sit on the spoiler and think of Dominaria, the hosts come up with some rather interesting combinations! They also talk about the 11th God of Frontier event in Tokyo at Hareruya that happened the week prior to the podcast and go over the results. Another good resource for Historic players to see what to play from Dominaria!
Another great podcast to listen to if you're thinking of getting into Historic this fall. Episode 25.1 covers the entire Dominaria spoiler and how we thought it would affect the Frontier format. If you've been following us this far, then you know that in Frontier EVERY new set that comes out has a substantial impact on the format. Which cards from Dominaria made the cut? Well, you'll have to listen!
With so many new mechanics and new playable cards, Dominaria definitely brought a lot of excitement into Frontier. As a pre-cursor to the set review episode, the podcast boys discussed what they liked about how Dominaria was designed and speculated on the use of quite a few cards in the Frontier format.
With only a few tournaments every season to explore the Frontier metagame, a large amount of decks never see any of the limelight or top 8's because there simply aren't enough people to play them and showcase what the deck has. In this episode, the hosts talk about archetypes they really like in Frontier that haven't really put up results or seen a lot of play in the format at all. Lots of cool deck ideas and cards to discuss, and a great starting point for Historic players looking to see what other decks might be playable.