The Pioneer format has exploded in popularity in Japan recently due to the upcoming Magic Fest in Nagoya. GP Nagoya will be the first ever Pioneer GP along with GP Brussels in Belgium. As some of you might know, I started my blog around Avacyn Restored and soon afterwards I began keeping an up to date Japanese to English vocabulary page on my blog, www.thejapanhobbyist.com. If you've been listening to my past podcasts then you know that I posted another episode about basic Magic the Gathering vocabulary you need to know to play MTG in Japan. You can find that episode here. In today's episode I'm joined by a special guest and level one judge in Japan, Taichi Nishizawa. We go over all of the vocabulary from Return to Ravnica block to Theros Beyond Death, and explain how to use the vocabulary while playing a game in Japanese. If you're a Magic player living in Japan, visiting for a Grand Prix or other event, or just want to practice speaking Japanese, give it a listen!
Before the most recent rotation last summer, people were actually enjoying standard. Nowadays, not so much. No matter the season, standard usually has the most active players of any format. The power level of standard has been creeping up lately, and we thought that many of the decks might just have what it takes to be playable in Frontier. This can also be true of Pioneer. In all likeliness, you can take a standard deck and make a few changes and have a deck that is ready to go in Pioneer. One of the great things about having a format between standard and modern is that it's much easier to adapt standard to it. If you've played standard over the last few seasons and are thinking of making a Pioneer deck, listen to our suggestions on how to update it so you can play the new format right away!
We made a lot of claims over the months about how good card X and card Y were when we did our set reviews. But were we right? Did we sometimes get it wrong? In this episode we go over all of the picks from our past set reviews and talked about why some of our choices didn't pan out, while others were underrated. A good discussion on how the Frontier metagame evolved and grew in directions we couldn't predict, and what eventually became staples in the format. A good in depth episode for all of you Pioneer players out there.
After 3 new sets had been added to the Frontier format, it was time to take a look once more at tribal strategies. Quite a few new cards were added in Rivals of Ixalan, M19, and Dominaria so Kevin and I sat down to discuss which of those new cards either added to previous tribal decks or finally made some of them viable. Considering all of these mentioned sets are playable in Historic, this is a great topic to see how each deck would fare without the cards that were only in Frontier.
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.
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.
The topic of ban lists almost always came up in the Frontier circles. If people like the pros actually played the format, would they break it? Would a ban list be needed to restore order? During the entire time of Frontier's existence, not one card was ever banned. However, should some have been? In this episode, the Frontier podcast crew discusses which bans they think would be necessary in the format, and why. They also talk about leaks from the Dominaria set that happened before the set itself was released.