Your weekly insight into Modern, a competitive Magic: the Gathering format, with hosts Alex Kessler and Glenn Jones. We break down all different aspects of the format from deck archetypes to new releases and predictions!

War of the Spark Modern Set Review! Part 1

Apr 24, 2019 - Episode 212

War of the Spark Modern Set Review! Part 1

Alex and Ben break down War of the Spark, possibly the most exciting Magic set ever printed. There are so many good cards that we have to break up the review into multiple parts! Part one - Ajani the Great-hearted through Feather the Redeemed!

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War of the Spark Modern Set Review! Part 1

Apr 24, 2019 - Episode 212

War of the Spark Modern Set Review! Part 1

Alex and Ben break down War of the Spark, possibly the most exciting Magic set ever printed. There are so many good cards that we have to break up the review into multiple parts! Part one - Ajani the Great-hearted...
Mythic Championship London preparation with Nick Prince

Apr 10, 2019 - Episode 210

Mythic Championship London preparation with Nick Prince

Alex is joined by Nick Prince to discuss all things related to the upcoming Mythic Championship London! They discuss the new mulligan, the likely field of decks, the affect of Phoenix on the metagame,...
War of the Spark Preview Card & Giveaway!

Apr 1, 2019 - Episode 209

War of the Spark Preview Card & Giveaway!

Ben and Michael discuss their exclusive War of the Spark preview card - Gideon's Triumph! They follow it up with some discussion of how this card could fit into the landscape of Modern and brew a few decks....
Best 2-Color Card in each Pair plus Modern Horizons Speculation

Mar 28, 2019 - Episode 208

Best 2-Color Card in each Pair plus Modern Horizons Speculation

Episode 208 - 
Alex and Ben break down the best of the best for each of the ten two-color pairs; some are undisputed, some are hotly contested. The gang also speculates on the reprintability of...
Modern Horizons Speculation - Round 1

Mar 20, 2019 - Episode 207

Modern Horizons Speculation - Round 1

Episode 207 - A new product is on the Horizon and Alex & Ben have got some predictions for what's going to be in it. We also discuss the dominance of Izzet Phoenix in Bilbao, Tampa Bay, and Philly,...
Is the London Mulligan going to break Modern?

Mar 15, 2019 - Episode 206

Is the London Mulligan going to break Modern?

Episode 206 - Ben and Alex go deep discussing the Modern deck archetypes that gain significantly from the new London Mulligan. The guys also discuss the recent "No Bannings" announcement and go into a...
Ben Day 2'd Grand Prix LA! Izzet Phoenix Decktech!

Mar 6, 2019 - Episode 207

Ben Day 2'd Grand Prix LA! Izzet Phoenix Decktech!

Ben is joined by Michael Grothe to discuss making Day 2 of the Grand Prix LA with Izzet Phoenix, the very archetype that won the whole thing. Ben gos in deep about his match ups, his wins and losses, and...
New Show Sneak Peak - Best of One

Feb 20, 2019 - Episode 205

New Show Sneak Peak - Best of One

In this special episode, we preview a new sister podcast to the MMCast focused on Arena called "Best of One" with Alex, Ben, and friend of the show, Michael Grothe. 

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Modern Magic Finance with Chaz Andres

Feb 13, 2019 - Episode 204

Modern Magic Finance with Chaz Andres

Ben and Alex discuss the results of the GP Toronto and the SCG Classic, then talk to Magic finance guru Chaz Andres about price predictions. 

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200! Interview with Gavin Verhey

Jan 30, 2019 - Episode 202

200! Interview with Gavin Verhey

Ben and Alex welcome Gavin Verhey, Magic's Product Architect, onto the show to discuss the future of Modern and the recent banning of Krark Clan Ironworks! It's our 200th Episode! Learn more about your...
Grand Prix Portland Preview & No Changes to the Modern Banned List

Dec 4, 2018 - Episode 197

Grand Prix Portland Preview & No Changes to the Modern Banned List

The Masters of Modern 197: Michael Grothe returns to the show to discuss what Ben should play at Grand Prix Portland, and to react to the lack of modern bannings last week Learn more about your ad choices....
Bant Spirits Wins GP Atlanta, Ultimate Masters Reaction and More!

Nov 12, 2018 - Episode 195

Bant Spirits Wins GP Atlanta, Ultimate Masters Reaction and More!

The Masters of Modern Podcast #195: Bant Spirits Wins GP Atlanta, Ultimate Masters Reaction and More! Ben and Alex break down the top decks of GP Atlanta and react to the announcement of Ultimate Masters Learn...
Amulet Titan and the Undead Decks of Modern

Nov 3, 2018 - Episode 194

Amulet Titan and the Undead Decks of Modern

MMCast 194: Amulet Titan and the Undead Decks of Modern - Alex and Ben discuss the return of Amulet Titan at the top tables and the other decks in moderns history that have survived bannings Learn more...
The Rise of Arclight Phoenix and The Winner and Losers of GRN in Modern

Oct 29, 2018 - Episode 193

The Rise of Arclight Phoenix and The Winner and Losers of GRN in Modern

MMCast 193: The Rise of Arclight Phoenix in Modern - Alex returns to the podcast to discuss his favorite new card Arclight Phoenix, as well as several other awesome decks that have popped up in modern. Learn...
Is 6 Pro tours a Win for Magic the Gathering? Predicting Magic in 2020

Sep 21, 2018 - Episode 189

Is 6 Pro tours a Win for Magic the Gathering? Predicting Magic in 2020

The Masters of Modern Podcast 189: Reuben Bresler returns to the show to discuss the future of MTG and whether or not it's going to be in a better place in 2020. We talk pro play, online presence, finance...
The History of Control Decks in Modern

Sep 8, 2018 - Episode 187

The History of Control Decks in Modern

Ben is joined by Magic veteran Reuben Bresler to discuss the history of control decks in modern and the rise of blue white control as a tier 1 deck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Top Ten Blue/Red Cards in Modern

Aug 17, 2018 - Episode 184

Top Ten Blue/Red Cards in Modern

Ben and Alex return to the top ten series, counting down each of their top ten blue/red cards in modern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pro Tour 25th Anniversary Recap & Drafting Beta at GenCon

Aug 10, 2018 - Episode 183

Pro Tour 25th Anniversary Recap & Drafting Beta at GenCon

Ben and Alex recap the top modern decks from the Pro Tour and Michael Grothe returns to the show to discuss is epic qualification for the Beta draft at Gencon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
How Gavin Verhey accidentally designed modern, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Jul 26, 2018 - Episode 182

How Gavin Verhey accidentally designed modern, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Ben sits down with senior Magic designer Gavin Verhey to discuss the creation of the modern format and how Gavin unknowingly contributed to it's inception before working at WOTC. Learn more about your...
Breaking Down The Challenger Decks & Discussing Them For Modern

Jul 19, 2018 - Episode 180

Breaking Down The Challenger Decks & Discussing Them For Modern

Alex is joined by returning guest Michael Grothe to discuss the standard challenger decks and to ponder whether or not modern could have the same product available in the future. Learn more about your...
Stoneforge Mystic is  STILL BANNED & Ancient Stirrings Isn't

Jul 5, 2018 - Episode 178

Stoneforge Mystic is STILL BANNED & Ancient Stirrings Isn't

Ben and Kessler return to discuss the impact of this weeks banning announcement or lack thereof. With no immediate changes to the modern format they discuss when Stoneforge will be unbanned and what cards...
MTG Arena Update & Commander Cards in Modern?

Jun 2, 2018 - Episode 174

MTG Arena Update & Commander Cards in Modern?

The Masters of Modern are joined by The Command Zone's own Craig Blanchette & return guest Michael Grothe to discuss the newest MTG Arena updates, as well as the possibility of adding supplemental product...
Exclusive BattleBond Preview Card & Mono Blue Prison

May 23, 2018 - Episode 173

Exclusive BattleBond Preview Card & Mono Blue Prison

Ben and Michael Grothe premiere the newest MMCast preview card provided for free by Wizards of the Coast! They also discuss Mono Blue Prison is modern & the newly announced Guilds of Ravnica. Learn more...
​Breaking News: Inside the Magic the Gathering Movie

Feb 23, 2018 - Episode 164

​Breaking News: Inside the Magic the Gathering Movie

Alex, Ben and Michael Grothe are back to discuss their inside scoop on the development of the Magic the Gathering movie. This is a piece of news you won't want to miss! Learn more about your ad choices....
Gerry Thompson PT Interview, Jace & Bloodbraid Elf Unbanned!

Feb 13, 2018 - Episode 163

Gerry Thompson PT Interview, Jace & Bloodbraid Elf Unbanned!

Gerry Thompson returns to discuss his finals appearance at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, the CRAZY unbanning of Jace the Mind Sculptor & Bloodbraid Elf, and the future of the format. Learn more about your...
Will Lantern Control Be Banned? PT Rivals of Ixalan | #162

Feb 7, 2018 - Episode 162

Will Lantern Control Be Banned? PT Rivals of Ixalan | #162

Alex and Ben are back to discuss the Modern Pro Tour goodness from PT Rivals of Ixalan. Hang out while they break down each of the decks in the top 8 and ponder the potential future of Lantern Control!...
The Third Great Designer Search | #161

Jan 29, 2018 - Episode 161

The Third Great Designer Search | #161

Wizards of the Coast has begun the third Great Designer Search. Ben and Kessler give you a brief breakdown on the history of the last two Great Designer Searches, and then answer the essay questions from...
GP Santa Clara Tournament Report | #159

Jan 14, 2018 - Episode 159

GP Santa Clara Tournament Report | #159

KessCo game developer and returning guest Michael Grothe joins the podcast to talk with Ben about their GP Santa Clara experiences, the GP Top 8 and a weird new Pact of Negation brew Ben is messing with. Learn...
A Year in Review and GP Santa Clara Prep with Michael Grothe | #157

Dec 22, 2017 - Episode 157

A Year in Review and GP Santa Clara Prep with Michael Grothe | #157

​This is the last episode of 2017! Kessler and Ben break down their favorite moments, best episodes, and lay a ground work for where they plan to go in the future. Then special guest, game designer Michael...
Graveyard Shenanigans with Frank Fields | #156

Dec 10, 2017 - Episode 158

Graveyard Shenanigans with Frank Fields | #156

After weeks of messing around with “far too many graveyard brews”(Kessler), Ben takes over the cast with special guest and host of the Cooldown Podcast: Frank Fields. They go over all of the different...
Top Ten White Blue Cards in Modern | #155

Dec 1, 2017 - Episode 157

Top Ten White Blue Cards in Modern | #155

We’ve finished reviewing the color pairs and almost all of the permanent types. It’s time to start a series of top tens on the color pairs, starting with Kessler’s favorite pair UW. Which Azorius card...
Is Modern Too Expensive?

Nov 24, 2017 - Episode 156

Is Modern Too Expensive?

Over the last 4 years Wizards of the Coast has heavily increased reprint set cycles, has printed almost every major staple in Modern, and the format is now at an all time low in cost. But is it low enough?...
SUPER PARTY BATTLE | #153

Nov 18, 2017 - Episode 155

SUPER PARTY BATTLE | #153

Kessler’s first game Super Party Battle, was just released at Thinkgeek.com. Lead Developer Michael Grothe joins Kessler and Ben as they break down the design history of the game, and the key ways it plays...
The Standard Ban List in Modern | #152

Nov 11, 2017 - Episode 154

The Standard Ban List in Modern | #152

Kessler and Ben feel like the Standard Ban list may be a great resource for figuring out what cards may be undervalued in modern. Breaking down the history of the ban list, the see each era of bannings,...
The Worst Color Combos | #151

Nov 8, 2017 - Episode 153

The Worst Color Combos | #151

Sultai, Mardu, and (Gasp) Esper, have always had trouble breaking through in Modern Tier 1 play. Kessler and Ben break down why each has had trouble breaking through, what each color pair is missing, and...
State of Modern | #150

Oct 27, 2017 - Episode 152

State of Modern | #150

After a week off due to travel, the Masters of Modern Podcast is back! This week we break down the most recent Modern SCG events, the current power of Storm, Recent Ban List announcements and more! To...
Ranking the Colors in Modern | #149

Oct 9, 2017 - Episode 151

Ranking the Colors in Modern | #149

“Live” From the Dallas Toy Fair, Kessler and Ben break down all five colors in Magic (and maybe a 6th), discussing their strengths and weaknesses, and ranking them from best to worst. Which color comes...
Ixalan Modern Review | #148

Sep 29, 2017 - Episode 150

Ixalan Modern Review | #148

​Kessler and Ben go through every card that they think has a chance at seeing play in Modern from Ixalan. Listen to see what gems could be found exploring this brand new plane of Pirates, Dinosaurs, Merfolk,...
Is Modern a Turn 4 Format? | #157

Sep 22, 2017 - Episode 149

Is Modern a Turn 4 Format? | #157

After last weekend’s Star City Game tournament results, Kessler and Ben analyze the value of fast mana, and why it is important (or unimportant) that Modern be a turn 4 format.​ Modern Ban List: http://magic.wizards.com/en/gameinfo/gameplay/formats/bannedrestricted...
Masters of Modern 3 Year Anniversary Special | #156

Sep 14, 2017 - Episode 148

Masters of Modern 3 Year Anniversary Special | #156

With a new audio recorder setup, The Masters of Modern venture forth into their 3rd year of podcasting! This weeks episode asked you loyal listeners to send in your questions, and Kess and Ben each answer...
SPELL PIERCE Ixalan Preview and Top 8 Perma-Banned Cards | #146

Sep 6, 2017 - Episode 147

SPELL PIERCE Ixalan Preview and Top 8 Perma-Banned Cards | #146

The Masters of Modern are proud to present to you their preview card for Ixalan: SPELL PIERCE, in Standard for the first time and ready to counter instant and sorceries (As long as your opponent’s don’t...
Ixalan Mechanics & the Beginner’s Guide to a Modern RPTQ | #145

Sep 4, 2017 - Episode 146

Ixalan Mechanics & the Beginner’s Guide to a Modern RPTQ | #145

Special guest Alex Sheftel joins Ben as they review the new mechanics and rules changes incoming with Ixalan, and they discuss the process of getting into Modern for a Limited player that qualified for...
Commander 2017 Review and GenCon | #144

Aug 25, 2017 - Episode 145

Commander 2017 Review and GenCon | #144

Back from GenCon, Kess and Ben break down the new Commander 2017 sets and pick out a few cards they wish would be printed into the modern format. Are their ​​favorite cards fair? What decks will they see...
How to Sideboard in Modern in 2017 | #143

Aug 11, 2017 - Episode 144

How to Sideboard in Modern in 2017 | #143

Kess and Ben break down some tips and tricks to sideboarding in Modern, going through the different conceptual reasons to include cards in your 15, then taking each of the top tier decks in the format...
The Mono-Red Pro Tour & PPTQ Report | #142

Aug 2, 2017 - Episode 143

The Mono-Red Pro Tour & PPTQ Report | #142

As the Mono Red filled Pro Tour went down this weekend, Ben went on the grind through 3 Modern tournaments with Superior Burning CoCo. Kessler helps him break down the deck’s Strengths and Weaknesses,...
Comic-Con and Modern Pro Tours | #141

Jul 28, 2017 - Episode 142

Comic-Con and Modern Pro Tours | #141

Last week Wizards announced the return of the Modern Pro Tour while Kessler and Ben went to San Diego Comic-Con. So this week we break down what the Modern Pro Tour means for you, as well as all the happenings...
Friday Night Magic and Superior Burning Coco 2.0 | #140

Jul 19, 2017 - Episode 141

Friday Night Magic and Superior Burning Coco 2.0 | #140

This Monday, Wizards of the Coast made a big announcement in regards to their in-store programs. The biggest change are the promos, changed from Standard Uncommons to foil double sided tokens. Kessler...
Hour of Devastation Modern Set Review | #139

Jul 12, 2017 - Episode 140

Hour of Devastation Modern Set Review | #139

Nicol Bolas, the God-Pharaoh has arrived in style. After ten years of being in the background we are finally getting the Bolas themed set we’ve all wanted. Kessler and Ben review the most recent Magic...
Modern Ban Watchlist | #138

Jul 8, 2017 - Episode 139

Modern Ban Watchlist | #138

Though we do not believe that any cards need or will be banned very soon, we have decided that it would be good to have a running list on our episode right ups, of possible bannable cards, so that you,...
Top 30 Decks in Modern History

Jun 27, 2017 - Episode 138

Top 30 Decks in Modern History

Kessler and Ben once again employ the help of very technically capable Magic scientists to break down their picks of the top 30 decks in Modern History. To Download Lifelinker: https://collected.company/lifelinker/...
Claim // Fame – HOUR OF DEVASTATION Preview + GP Vegas Recap | #136

Jun 22, 2017 - Episode 137

Claim // Fame – HOUR OF DEVASTATION Preview + GP Vegas Recap | #136

Returning from GP Vegas Kessler and Ben have some awesome stuff to share! First the MMCast Exclusive preview card:​ Claim//Fame. Then Ben played commander for the first time and is ready to start brewing!...
Block Changes, GP Vegas, Mardu Eldrazi with Corbin Hosler | #135

Jun 14, 2017 - Episode 136

Block Changes, GP Vegas, Mardu Eldrazi with Corbin Hosler | #135

On the eve before GP Vegas, possibly the largest Magic event in history, Wizards of the Coast made one of the biggest announcements in regards to block structure, and the printing of standard sets ever....
The State of Modern, Summer 2017 | #134

Jun 7, 2017 - Episode 135

The State of Modern, Summer 2017 | #134

Last weekend Modern got two Grand Prixs: Copenhagen and Kobe. This week, Kessler and Ben break down the different metagames of each tournament and all the spicy techs introduced to the format. They also...
Effects of Masterpieces on Magic | #133

May 31, 2017 - Episode 134

Effects of Masterpieces on Magic | #133

Since Wizards of the Coast began printing Masterpieces in Standard, their effect on Magic pricing has been significant. Kessler and Ben break down how the sealed product economy works, and how Maseterpieces...
Back to the Future (Magic Planes) | #132

May 23, 2017 - Episode 133

Back to the Future (Magic Planes) | #132

Marshal James from the “Do I Still Love It” Podcast joins Kessler and Ben as they go through Magic’s past blocks and discuss which sets we are most likely to return to and why. Which Mechanics do you want...
The Best Tutors in Modern | #131

May 17, 2017 - Episode 132

The Best Tutors in Modern | #131

Do you like tool box strategies? Combo? Always having the card you need when you need it? Stretching your side board to its most Sideboardyness? In this weeks episode Kessler and Ben breakdown as many...
Casting the Magic Movie | #130

May 8, 2017 - Episode 131

Casting the Magic Movie | #130

A few years ago, Wizards of the Coast announced that they were teaming up with Fox to develop the Magic movie! Likely this movie will star the Gatewatch, so Kessler and Ben walk through each Gatewatch...
Modern Amonkhet Set Review | #129

Apr 25, 2017 - Episode 130

Modern Amonkhet Set Review | #129

After getting a chance to play with all of the new Amonkhet cards during the pre-release, Kessler and Ben go through the different cards in the set they think are most likely to make it in Modern. What...
Modern Masters Block Draft | #128

Apr 17, 2017 - Episode 129

Modern Masters Block Draft | #128

Coming to you live(ish) from Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, the Modern Masters podcast hosted a Modern Masters Draft! Which Modern Masters You ask? All of them? Pack 1 MM2013, Pack 2 MM2015, Pack 3 MM2017,...
GP San Antonio and Team Unified Modern Tournament Report | #127

Apr 9, 2017 - Episode 128

GP San Antonio and Team Unified Modern Tournament Report | #127

Ben was joined by Ryan Skonnar (Death’s Shadow) and Stephen St Clair (Infect) at GP San Antonio for Team Unified Modern. He took the sweet brew below, and did live recordings, so Kessler and Ben listening...
Amonkhet Preview card and Top Ten Black Cards in Modern | #126

Mar 30, 2017 - Episode 127

Amonkhet Preview card and Top Ten Black Cards in Modern | #126

In a surprise twist of events, the Masters of Modern Podcast gets to release their preview card right now! It is the long awaited reprint of Aven Mindcensor. This is followed by the podcast finishing the...
KessCo and Mental Magic | #125

Mar 27, 2017 - Episode 126

KessCo and Mental Magic | #125

Ben Interviews Kessler about the big project he has been working on all year, KessCo. They go over what Kessler’s start up is trying to do, talk about the process he went through to create and launch a...
Team Unified Modern | #124

Mar 18, 2017 - Episode 125

Team Unified Modern | #124

Kessler and Ben go over the unique format of GP San Antonio “Team Unified Modern” a format where teams of three compete, but no decks can contain the same cards. They also announce which MMcast listeners...
GP Changes & Best Modern Masters 2017 Reprints | #123

Mar 11, 2017 - Episode 124

GP Changes & Best Modern Masters 2017 Reprints | #123

Kessler and Ben break down their picks for the top cards reprinted in Modern Masters 2017 and go over fan picks for the biggest missed reprints. Magic news: big changes to GPs have happened and we discuss...
The Power Level of New Card Types with Patrick Chapin | #122

Mar 3, 2017 - Episode 123

The Power Level of New Card Types with Patrick Chapin | #122

Magic Pro, Hall Of Famer, and host of Top Level Podcast Patrick Chapin joins Kessler and Ben to go over the history of new card types like Equipment, Vehicles, and Planeswalkers. They discuss the design...
Modern Masters 2017 Preview! | #121

Feb 28, 2017 - Episode 122

Modern Masters 2017 Preview! | #121

Kessler and Ben preview 2 great cards from the Modern Masters set that are definitively pillars of the format. They go through trivia on each card without spoiling what the cards are first so try to guess!...
Patreon Deck Techs – Aether Revolt | #120

Feb 26, 2017 - Episode 121

Patreon Deck Techs – Aether Revolt | #120

Corey Burkhart joins Kessler and Ben to review new decks and brews submitted by Masters of Modern Patreon users. Every set the podcast uses brews submitted by Patreons that feature new cards from the most...
Official Three color Pair Rankings | #119

Feb 17, 2017 - Episode 120

Official Three color Pair Rankings | #119

Kessler and Ben have consulted with those same Magic Scientists who created the top 100 cards list to come up with the official unequivocal completely subjective ranking of the Top Ten 3-color-pairs (Wedges/Shards)...
Magic Digital Next and Pro Teams | #118

Feb 7, 2017 - Episode 119

Magic Digital Next and Pro Teams | #118

Magic has announced big plans in the digital space! Ben and Kessler breakdown their thoughts of what most likely to happen in Magic online’s future. They then discuss how Pro Tour teams can be a benefit...
Modern Masters 2017 Predictions | #117

Jan 28, 2017 - Episode 118

Modern Masters 2017 Predictions | #117

Masters of Modern namesake set “Modern Masters” is getting its latest edition this spring “Modern Masters 2017”. As is tradition, Kessler and Ben break down what they think each color pair’s draft archetype...
Ban Announcments & Aether Revolt Review | #116

Jan 20, 2017 - Episode 117

Ban Announcments & Aether Revolt Review | #116

Kessler and Ben break down the recent Banned and Restricted Announcements of Gitaxian Probe and Golgari Grave Troll and what they mean for Modern. They also discuss what the new schedule on announcing...
Twin 2.0 & The State of Combo in Modern

Jan 13, 2017 - Episode 116

Twin 2.0 & The State of Combo in Modern

Corey Burkhart, friend of the show and a Top 25 Magic Pro player, sits down with Ben to chat Felidar Guardian combos and the state of combo decks in Modern moving into 2017. Follow us on youtube! youtube.com/topdeckingTV...
Top Ten Green Cards in Modern | #113

Dec 24, 2016 - Episode 114

Top Ten Green Cards in Modern | #113

In time for the holidays, Kessler and Ben List off their Top Ten Favorite Green cards (like Christmas trees!) for Modern. To finish things off, they each present 5 Green cards they wish saw more play in...
What Can Be UNBANNED in Modern? w/ Corey Burkhart | #112

Dec 17, 2016 - Episode 113

What Can Be UNBANNED in Modern? w/ Corey Burkhart | #112

Corey Burkhart joins Kessler and Ben to go over each of the cards on the Modern ban list And discuss which cards are still too powerful to be unbanned, and which could potentially be let back into the...
Best of 2016 Awards | #111

Dec 8, 2016 - Episode 112

Best of 2016 Awards | #111

Kessler and Ben break down the year 2016 month by month. going over ban list announcements, major tournaments, and set releases. Then they give their picks for Best of the Year in the following Categories:...
New Format “Frontier” and World Championships

Dec 3, 2016 - Episode 111

New Format “Frontier” and World Championships

Kessler and Ben go over the newest format to hit the tournament scene: “Frontier.” They discuss where it came from, what decks are popular, and why there may be a need for a new competitive format to exist....
Thanksgiving Thanks to Our Patrons

Nov 22, 2016 - Episode 110

Thanksgiving Thanks to Our Patrons

Kessler and Ben are joined by “Musical” guest Josh Kim to update everyone on where the patreon will be going in 2017, and to thank everyone who has donated IN SONG! to remind people of the updates: Swag...
Magic and Esports with Josh Kim

Nov 17, 2016 - Episode 109

Magic and Esports with Josh Kim

Josh Kim from All Chat and Riot Games joins Kessler and Ben as they go over what Magic is currently doing in Esports and how it could improve. They then go over a sweet RUG Bedlam Reveler+Traverse the...
Grand Prix Dallas with Corey Burkhart

Nov 11, 2016 - Episode 108

Grand Prix Dallas with Corey Burkhart

Corey Burkhart joins Kessler and Ben after an insanely impressive finish at GP Dallas, losing only a single match to Skred red in the finals. Corey goes over his deck choice, why he went with the specific...
Building a Mana Base and Commander 2016

Nov 3, 2016 - Episode 107

Building a Mana Base and Commander 2016

Kessler and Ben go over the news for the last week, breaking down what a few easter eggs in the Commander 2016 set could mean for modern. They then break down the best practices for how to build your mana...
From Platinum Pro to Making Magic with Andrew Brown

Oct 28, 2016 - Episode 106

From Platinum Pro to Making Magic with Andrew Brown

Ben Interviews Platinum Pro Player and soon to be Wizards R&D Employee Andrew Brown about his journey as a pro player, and his new job with Wizards of the Coast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Best Modern Cards from Kaladesh (2/2)

Oct 20, 2016 - Episode 105

Best Modern Cards from Kaladesh (2/2)

In Part 2 of our Kaladesh set review, Kessler and Ben finish discussing the top 11 picks from their favorite 25 cards from Kaladesh. From brew potential to powerhouse bombs, Kaladesh has a lot to offer....
Modern Cards from Kaladesh

Oct 15, 2016 - Episode 104

Modern Cards from Kaladesh

Kessler and Ben go through their 25 favorite cards from Kaladesh. Over two weeks they will go over each card they think has potential to effect the format; from brew potential to powerhouse bombs, Kaladesh...
September/October Deck Doctors

Oct 5, 2016 - Episode 103

September/October Deck Doctors

Welcome to the next edition of our Brew/Deck Doctor episode, where we take Patreon Member submitted deck lists and give tips and tricks on how to make the deck stronger/more competitive. This week Ben...
Top 20 Cards in Modern’s History

Oct 3, 2016 - Episode 102

Top 20 Cards in Modern’s History

For their 100th episode Ben and Kessler counted down the Top 100 cards in Modern. Since Kessler is out of town, here are the top 20 cards from that countdown if you missed it! Check out the full episode...
Magic’s Ten Uncompleted Card Cycles

Sep 22, 2016 - Episode 101

Magic’s Ten Uncompleted Card Cycles

Kessler and Ben break down the Ten different cycles throughout Magic’s history that have we want to see completed! Discussing what cards remain in the cycle and what the completed cycle could possibly...
Top 100 Cards in Modern’s History + Kaladesh Preview Card!

Sep 12, 2016 - Episode 100

Top 100 Cards in Modern’s History + Kaladesh Preview Card!

For the 100th episode of the podcast, Kessler and Ben are pulling out all the stops. First you get their Preview Card “Blossoming Defense”. Then, in honor of 100 episodes they set out to accomplish the...
PAX WEST: World Championship and Kaledesh first thoughts.

Sep 8, 2016 - Episode 99

PAX WEST: World Championship and Kaledesh first thoughts.

A lot of awesome stuff happened at PAX West this last weekend from the Kaledesh Spoiler season kicking off to the Magic World Championship. Kessler and Ben break down the World Championship and go over...
Is Modern Diverse? & Triple Modern GP Weekend

Sep 1, 2016 - Episode 98

Is Modern Diverse? & Triple Modern GP Weekend

Kessler and Ben go over the recent Modern GP Top 8s to analyze whether or not the Modern Format is more Diverse then it was pre-Splinter Twin Ban. Does an aggressive format with many archetypes make a...
Conspiracy 2 and Modern Reprints

Aug 26, 2016 - Episode 97

Conspiracy 2 and Modern Reprints

Kessler and Ben go over the newest supplemental Magic Set: Conspiracy 2! They break down which cards were reprinted, which cards were missing from the set, and which new cards they wish Wizards would reprint...
Top 10 Ravnica Block cards for Modern

Aug 18, 2016 - Episode 96

Top 10 Ravnica Block cards for Modern

In a continuation of their Modern Block reviews, Kessler and Ben break down their picks for the Top 10 best Modern cards that the original Ravnica block has to offer. As always this is followed by a “5...
Everything You Need to Know About Tempo / Modern Vampires

Aug 10, 2016 - Episode 95

Everything You Need to Know About Tempo / Modern Vampires

Kessler and Ben break down the need-to-know basics of playing Tempo decks in Modern. This includes the history of tempo in the format, different key decks, the difference between tempo and combo, and the...
From the Vault: Lore, Deck Doctors, and Modern Spirits!

Aug 2, 2016 - Episode 94

From the Vault: Lore, Deck Doctors, and Modern Spirits!

Now that we know what cards are coming in From The Vault: Lore, Kessler and Ben breakdown what's in the box and what they like and don't like about it. Then it's onto TWO Patreon Donation Deck Techs, followed...
Top 10 Eldritch Moon Cards for Modern

Jul 27, 2016 - Episode 93

Top 10 Eldritch Moon Cards for Modern

Get ready for the next Top 10 off between Kessler and Ben as they compare their top 10 lists for the best cards for Modern from Eldritch Moon. We'll examine the strengths and weaknesses of the cards as...
Twitter Question Marathon

Jul 5, 2016 - Episode 92

Twitter Question Marathon

We asked everyone on Twitter a ton of interesting and thought-provoking Magic questions - now it's our turn to answer those same questions on the podcast! Hear what our answers are to "What type of land...
Eldritch Moon First Thoughts with Matt Sperling

Jun 29, 2016 - Episode 90

Eldritch Moon First Thoughts with Matt Sperling

Channel Fireball's Matt Sperling joins Kessler and Ben as they break down and react to each of the new mechanics in the upcoming Magic set: Eldritch Moon. They break down what each mechanic's potential...
Let’s Ban Blood Moon!

Jun 22, 2016 - Episode 89

Let’s Ban Blood Moon!

Kessler and Ben are joined by TheMeadery.Org Blogger Scott Campbell as they debate if Blood Moon should be banned. Kessler and Scott know which side they would take - who will convince Ben to join their...
Top 10 Cards from Eternal Masters we want to see in Modern

Jun 14, 2016 - Episode 88

Top 10 Cards from Eternal Masters we want to see in Modern

Kessler and Ben go through the newly released Eternal Masters to see which cards printed in the set would, if reprinted in Modern, offer the most fun changes to the format. They use diversity, impact,...
Deck Doctors: June Edition

Jun 11, 2016 - Episode 87

Deck Doctors: June Edition

Kessler and Ben break down three decks submitted by viewers and discuss different ways to make the lists more competitive. We're addressing Mono Black Blood Artist, Zombies, and Temur Thing in the Ice. Learn...
Eternal Masters and GPLA / GP Charlotte

May 31, 2016 - Episode 86

Eternal Masters and GPLA / GP Charlotte

Kessler and Ben go over the recently spoiled Eternal Masters set and what it does and does not have available for Modern. They then go over the winning decks and Top 8s of both of the recent Modern Grand...
Top 10 Favorite Cards: Live! From #GPLA at LA LIVE

May 24, 2016 - Episode 85

Top 10 Favorite Cards: Live! From #GPLA at LA LIVE

Thanks to our sponsors Don't Make This Weird and our Patreon supporters we were able to put on a podcast recording in front of a Live "Studio" Audience! at the Staples Center in LA Live. Ben and Kessler...
GPLA Preview + Best Sideboard Cards per Color with Sam Pardee

May 18, 2016 - Episode 84

GPLA Preview + Best Sideboard Cards per Color with Sam Pardee

Get ready for Grand Prix Los Angeles with MTG Pro and Chann el Fireball writer Sam Pardee. We discuss what the meta game is looking like going and all the different plans of attack. They then each share...
Magic Lore with Shaun Penrod- LIVE!

May 10, 2016 - Episode 83

Magic Lore with Shaun Penrod- LIVE!

Shaun Penrod from MTG Pro Tutor joins Kessler and Ben to explain what is going on in the Magic story. They break down each of the major villains of Magic, and then go into exactly what is happening right...
The Working Player’s Guide to Tournament Prep

May 3, 2016 - Episode 82

The Working Player’s Guide to Tournament Prep

Kessler and Ben, sick and battered, discuss some best practices when preparing for a major tournament. From GPs to PreTQs they go over important sideboarding tips, meta gaming choices, and playtesting...
Modern Pro Tours and Platinum Rewards Changes with Paul Rietzl

Apr 26, 2016 - Episode 81

Modern Pro Tours and Platinum Rewards Changes with Paul Rietzl

Paul Rietzl joins Kessler and Ben as they break down the recent Wizards of the Coast announcement in regards to the reduction of Platinum level rewards, as well as the cancelling of all future Modern Pro...
Everything You Need to Know About Mill

Apr 19, 2016 - Episode 80

Everything You Need to Know About Mill

Kessler and Ben break down the history of milling: what milling is, how it's seen competitive play in Modern, the best ways to use mill safely, why friends don't let friends play Mill decks, and what the...
Sweet New Brews: Werewolves, Zombies, Thopters, Oh My!

Apr 12, 2016 - Episode 79

Sweet New Brews: Werewolves, Zombies, Thopters, Oh My!

With all the new cards and the unbannings, Kessler and Ben take deck doctor submissions from our Patreon subscribers. Then, new brews they've been working on since the Banning announcement and release...
History of the Modern Ban list

Mar 29, 2016 - Episode 77

History of the Modern Ban list

In preparation for Monday's Ban and Restricted List announcement, Alex and Ben go over the history of Modern's Ban list, going through each announcement and explaining Wizards' reasoning behind it. They...
All 61 Modern Legal Planeswalker Rankings (Pt. 2/2)

Mar 22, 2016 - Episode 76

All 61 Modern Legal Planeswalker Rankings (Pt. 2/2)

Kessler and Ben have decided to finally put down in stone the exact power ranking of all Modern Legal Planeswalkers. Now see who the best of the best are, as well as some underplayed gems. Learn more about...
All 61 Modern Legal Planeswalker Rankings (Pt. 1/2)

Mar 15, 2016 - Episode 75

All 61 Modern Legal Planeswalker Rankings (Pt. 1/2)

Kessler and Ben have decided to finally put down in stone the exact power ranking of all Modern Legal Planeswalkers. See who the worst of the worst are, as well as some underplayed gems. Tune in next week...
Eldrazi GP Weekend with Gerry Thompson – Bonus Episode!

Mar 11, 2016 - Episode 74

Eldrazi GP Weekend with Gerry Thompson – Bonus Episode!

Thanks to our Patreon subscribers we are now able to do this epic bonus episode! Magic All-Star Gerry Thompson joins the cast to discuss his Top 8 finish at GP Detroit. We also talk about what could or...
Shadows Over Innistrad and Patreon Deck Doctor…LIVE!

Mar 8, 2016 - Episode 73

Shadows Over Innistrad and Patreon Deck Doctor…LIVE!

Recorded in front of a live Twitch.tv studio audience, Kessler and Ben go over all of the sweet happenings on the plane of Innistrad. During this to much time may be spent on the possibility of actual...
Top 10 Cards in Kamigawa Block for Modern

Mar 1, 2016 - Episode 72

Top 10 Cards in Kamigawa Block for Modern

Kessler and Ben break down their picks for the Top 10 best Modern cards that the Kamigawa block has to offer. As always this is followed by a "5 Most Under Played Kamigawa Cards Contest," follow us on...
Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch: The Real Rise of the Eldrazi

Feb 9, 2016 - Episode 69

Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch: The Real Rise of the Eldrazi

Kessler and Ben discuss the results of the most recent Pro Tour: Oath of the Gatewatch where 6 Eldrazi decks made it into the Top 8. They then go into the best ways to beat our new Eldrazi overlords from...
Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch Preview with Shaun Penrod

Feb 2, 2016 - Episode 68

Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch Preview with Shaun Penrod

Kessler and Ben are joined by Shaun Penrod, the host of the "MTG Pro Tutor" Podcast as they break down the inner workings of a Magic Pro Tour. They breakdown what to expect from the Modern Pro Tour: Oath...
SPLINTER TWIN BANNED?!?!? (also Summer Bloom)

Jan 19, 2016 - Episode 66

SPLINTER TWIN BANNED?!?!? (also Summer Bloom)

Last Friday in a surprise turn of events, Wizards of the Coast announced the banning of format staple Splinter Twin alongside the more predictable Summer Bloom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
The Modern Bubble is a Comin’ and Oops All Turns

Jan 12, 2016 - Episode 65

The Modern Bubble is a Comin’ and Oops All Turns

Corbin Hosler of Wizards coverage, Brainstorm Brewery, and MTGPrice.com joins Kessler and Ben to break down some of the recent price spikes in Modern and reasons why more cards are going to start spiking...
Top Ten Blue Cards In Modern

Jan 6, 2016 - Episode 64

Top Ten Blue Cards In Modern

Alex and Ben take on the best color in Magic as they break down and compare their Top Ten Blue cards in Modern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oath of the Gatewatch Predictions with Josh Lee Kwai

Dec 19, 2015 - Episode 63

Oath of the Gatewatch Predictions with Josh Lee Kwai

Alex and Ben are joined by the Command Zone's very own Josh Lee Kwai as they go over what was spoiled for Oath of the Gatewatch and try and predict (and may have already gotten wrong) what is going to...
Should we Unban Stoneforge Mystic? Alex & Ben Answer Your Questions!

Dec 8, 2015 - Episode 62

Should we Unban Stoneforge Mystic? Alex & Ben Answer Your Questions!

Alex and Ben are answering listener submitted questions on today's episode! "Is there a control deck in Modern?" "Does the Stoneforge Mystic GP promo mean we are getting an unban?" "Is Living End the most...
GP Pittsburgh with Top 8 Finalist Corey Burkhart

Dec 1, 2015 - Episode 61

GP Pittsburgh with Top 8 Finalist Corey Burkhart

Alex and Ben interview Corey Burkhart who finished in the Top 8 at Grand Prix Pittsburgh with his Grixis Control list. They cover his tournament experience, how he came about choosing the deck, which innovative...
Tribes by the Colors

Nov 24, 2015 - Episode 60

Tribes by the Colors

For this week's Thanksgiving episode, Kessler and Ben discuss everything involving Tribes and Creature Types in Modern. What does tribal mean in Magic and Modern? What is the main tribe for each color?...
November 2015 Brew off + Double Deck Doctor

Nov 17, 2015 - Episode 59

November 2015 Brew off + Double Deck Doctor

You voted for it, now they battle! You decided this month's competitors: Jace, Vryn's Prodigy and Vengevine are featured in November 2015's Brew Off, where Ben Bateman and Alex Kessler must brew decks...
Top 10 Most Influential Cards in Mirrodin Block

Nov 10, 2015 - Episode 58

Top 10 Most Influential Cards in Mirrodin Block

Alex and Ben move onto Mirrodin Block to go over their top ten picks for the most influential cards in Modern. They then battle it out to see who has the coolest list of cards from Mirrodin Block that...
Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy and RPTQ Report with Andrew Brown

Nov 4, 2015 - Episode 57

Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy and RPTQ Report with Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown joins Alex and Ben as they go over his recent Top 4 finish at the San Diego Regional Pro Tour Qualifier. Followed by a break down of the new card on everyone's mind, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. Learn...
Top Ten Commons in Modern

Oct 27, 2015 - Episode 56

Top Ten Commons in Modern

Alex and Ben break down the Top Ten Commons in Modern and five more Commons they wish saw more play. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Top Decking and Anniversary Prize Give Away

Oct 20, 2015 - Episode 55

Top Decking and Anniversary Prize Give Away

Alex and Ben are joined by Oliver Brink, the director of the Magic: the Gathering webseries Top Decking to discuss what it was like to make the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The New Scry & Steal of the Geist Head Brew

Oct 13, 2015 - Episode 54

The New Scry & Steal of the Geist Head Brew

Alex and Ben break down what the new Vancouver Scry Mulligan rule means for Modern and tournament play, followed by a Deck Tech on Ben's new Steal of the God Head + Geist of Saint Traft deck. Learn more...
Best Cards to Pick Up After Rotation and the Banning Announcements

Oct 6, 2015 - Episode 53

Best Cards to Pick Up After Rotation and the Banning Announcements

It's our one-year anniversary episode! Alex and Ben discuss what the new set rotation means for Modern, what the best Theros Block pick ups are, and what the Banned and Restriction announcement should...
Is Hearthstone a Competitor to Magic: The Gathering?

Sep 15, 2015 - Episode 51

Is Hearthstone a Competitor to Magic: The Gathering?

We discuss what Hearthstone and ask the important question: "Does Hearthstone compete with Magic: The Gathering? Our esteemed guests this week are Josh Sutherland, formerly of IGN and Blizzard, and Reuben...
A Year in Review with Magic Developer Tom Lapille | #50

Sep 8, 2015 - Episode 50

A Year in Review with Magic Developer Tom Lapille | #50

Tom Lapille, former member of Magic R&D, joins Alex and Ben as they look back at everything that happened in Modern and Magic over the last year. Check out Episode 49 for more from Tom! Learn more about...
The World Magic Qualifiers and Favorite Khans Moments with Tom Lapille

Sep 4, 2015 - Episode 49

The World Magic Qualifiers and Favorite Khans Moments with Tom Lapille

The World Magic Cup Qualifiers are this weekend, so we've got you with an early look with Tom LapIlle so you can get all of the info you need to rock it. Tune in next week for the full episode where we...
Cosplay, Battle for Zendikar Spoilers, and RG Tron with Ashlen Rose

Aug 24, 2015 - Episode 48

Cosplay, Battle for Zendikar Spoilers, and RG Tron with Ashlen Rose

Twitch streamer and Cosplayer Ashlen Rose joins Kessler and Ben as they go over the new Battle for Zendikar mechanics and her history as a Magic cosplayer. They then break down RG Tron. Learn more about...
Speed Round Brews with Travis Woo

Aug 21, 2015 - Episode 47

Speed Round Brews with Travis Woo

We had too much content from our podcast with Travis Woo a few weeks back, so we separated the game we played at the end for a special bonus episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
An Interview with Patrick Chapin / Card Advantage vs. Velocity

Aug 17, 2015 - Episode 46

An Interview with Patrick Chapin / Card Advantage vs. Velocity

Magic Hall of Famer Patrick Chapin joins Kessler and Ben as they go over his history as a Magic player, followed by an explanation on the different forms of Card Advantage and why it is so important to...
Grixis Control Deck Tech with Patrick Chapin

Aug 14, 2015 - Episode 45

Grixis Control Deck Tech with Patrick Chapin

The "Innovator" Patrick Chapin joins Kessler and Ben in this bonus Deck Tech episode as they go over Grixis Control just in time for the last Modern PreTQs of the season. Make sure to tune in Monday for...
Pro Tour: Magic Origins and #TeamGeist with Scott MacCallum

Aug 9, 2015 - Episode 44

Pro Tour: Magic Origins and #TeamGeist with Scott MacCallum

Scott MacCallum from the Eh Team Podcast joins Alex and Ben as they break down Pro Tour: Magic Origins and what new cards from Standard may see play in Modern. Followed up by an awesome Deck Tech on the...
Magic Philosophizing with Travis Woo

Aug 4, 2015 - Episode 43

Magic Philosophizing with Travis Woo

Travis Woo, Magic brewmaster and Philosopher, is back to join Alex and Ben as they discuss why Magic is good for the world, what makes a good Magic card, and what is "interaction." Learn more about your...
Pro Tour Teams with Paul Rietzl and CoCo Naya

Jul 27, 2015 - Episode 42

Pro Tour Teams with Paul Rietzl and CoCo Naya

Paul Rietzl, currently ranked as the 6th best player in the world, joins the cast to talk about his Magic career, professional Magic teams, and break down his Naya Collected Company list from GP Charlotte. Learn...
Tournament Food and Health / Jeskai Miracles

Jul 20, 2015 - Episode 41

Tournament Food and Health / Jeskai Miracles

Ben's back in town to help Alex break down the best eating and exercise habits you can apply to take your tournament game to the next level. Then our first community submitted Deck Tech with Boris Fishman's...
Modern Merfolk Deck Tech with The Professor from Tolarian College

Jul 17, 2015 - Episode 40

Modern Merfolk Deck Tech with The Professor from Tolarian College

There was just TOO MUCH STUFF from our episode with The Professor from Tolarian Community College earlier this week, so here's a Merfolk Deck tech as a bonus mini cast! Learn more about your ad choices....
Top 10 Magic Origins Cards with The Professor from Tolarian College

Jul 13, 2015 - Episode 39

Top 10 Magic Origins Cards with The Professor from Tolarian College

The Professor from Tolarian Community College fills in for Ben this week as he and Kessler break down the top 10 new cards from Magic Origins and which of those will show up in your next Modern tournament. Learn...
The Modern Price Spike with Jason Alt from Brainstorm Brewery

Jul 5, 2015 - Episode 38

The Modern Price Spike with Jason Alt from Brainstorm Brewery

We're joined by Jason Alt of MTGPrice and Brainstorm Brewery Podcast fame and Jimmy Wong to talk about the recent Modern price spikes that has everyone running for the hills. Learn more about your ad choices....
Aggro and Zoo with Adrian Lopez from MTG Focus

Jun 28, 2015 - Episode 37

Aggro and Zoo with Adrian Lopez from MTG Focus

Adrian Lopez, co-host of the podcast MTG Focus: Spikes, joins Alex and Ben as they break down what Aggro means in the Modern format. Followed by a Deck Tech on the king daddy of all Aggro decks: Modern...
The Planeswalkers of Origins / Lantern Control with Zac Elsik

Jun 21, 2015 - Episode 36

The Planeswalkers of Origins / Lantern Control with Zac Elsik

Ben and Alex discuss the playability of the new dual-faced Planeswalkers from Magic: Origins in Modern. Then Zac Elsik, the pilot who took Lantern Control to 15th place at GP Charlotte, joins to discuss...
The Power of Versatility and Superior Burning CoCo

Jun 13, 2015 - Episode 35

The Power of Versatility and Superior Burning CoCo

With the recent success of Kolaghan's Command, Alex and Ben discuss the different modal cards Wizards has created and the powered offered by versatility. Followed by a Deck Tech on Ben's new brew: Superior...
GP Vegas Recap: A Trip Through the Desert

Jun 6, 2015 - Episode 34

GP Vegas Recap: A Trip Through the Desert

Kessler and Ben recap their experience at the largest Magic: the Gathering tournament ever while driving back home through the desert between GP Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices....
Top Ten White Cards in Modern

May 8, 2015 - Episode 31

Top Ten White Cards in Modern

Jimmy Wong of VGHS and The Command Zone podcast joins Alex and Ben as they count down the top 10 White cards in Modern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir & Looking Back at Khans Block

May 2, 2015 - Episode 30

Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir & Looking Back at Khans Block

Pro Tour competitors Andrew Brown and Cliff Chen join the cast to talk about their experiences at Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir, followed by a look back at how the Khans of Tarkir block has effected Modern. Learn...
Which Legacy cards should be in Modern?

Apr 24, 2015 - Episode 29

Which Legacy cards should be in Modern?

Kessler and Ben go through each color, artifacts, gold cards, and lands to see what Legacy legal cards should be reprinted to be allowed into the Modern format. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Liliana of the Veil / Modern Burn

Apr 17, 2015 - Episode 28

Liliana of the Veil / Modern Burn

Kessler and Ben breakdown the early history of Planeswalkers and focus on one of the best Planeswalkers in Modern: Liliana of the Veil. Followed up with a deck tech on an allstar in Modern - Burn. Learn...
The Problem with Modern Pro Tours with Magic Designer Tom LaPille

Apr 10, 2015 - Episode 27

The Problem with Modern Pro Tours with Magic Designer Tom LaPille

Famed Magic developer Tom LaPille joins Ben and Alex in discussing how having a Modern Pro tour has affected the format, why it could be a problem, and possible fixes so that both Pros and grassroots players...
Magic Swag: the Pro Tour Grimoire / Affinity 2

Apr 3, 2015 - Episode 26

Magic Swag: the Pro Tour Grimoire / Affinity 2

John Lau, creator of the Pro Tour Grimoire from Wizardry Foundry, joins Alex and Ben as they discuss everything from Card Sleeves to Deck boxes and any other weird things they may bring with them from...
Modern Masters 2015 Predictions

Mar 27, 2015 - Episode 25

Modern Masters 2015 Predictions

Alex and Ben break down what has been spoiled so far with Modern Masters 2015 and with that information what they think will be in the soon to be released set. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Top 10 Cards in Dragons of Tarkir

Mar 20, 2015 - Episode 24

Top 10 Cards in Dragons of Tarkir

Alex Kessler and Ben Bateman count down their top 10 favorite cards from Dragons of Tarkir and explain why each card has the chance to break into the Modern format. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Modern Finance with Chas Andres

Mar 13, 2015 - Episode 23

Modern Finance with Chas Andres

Chas Andres, finance expert from StarCityGames.com, joins Alex and Ben as they the talk about some of the ins and outs of Modern finance as well as how upcoming sets like Modern Masters and and Dragons...
The Art of the Brewmaster / Living End with Travis Woo

Mar 6, 2015 - Episode 22

The Art of the Brewmaster / Living End with Travis Woo

Travis Woo of ChannelFireball.com joins Alex and Ben as they talk about how he goes about building some of the coolest decks in modern. They then break down the deck that put Travis on the map: Modern...
Is Modern Broken? With Matt Sperling

Feb 26, 2015 - Episode 21

Is Modern Broken? With Matt Sperling

Matt Sperling of ChannelFireball.com joins Alex and Ben as they ask the question "Is Modern Broken?" We discuss the issues pros think the format suffers from and then break down if those issues are a real...
Pro Tour Fate Reforged Breakdown / Amulet Bloom Combo

Feb 13, 2015 - Episode 20

Pro Tour Fate Reforged Breakdown / Amulet Bloom Combo

Pro Tour Competitors Eugene Hwang and Austin Bach join Alex and Ben as they digest what happened during Pro Tour Fate Reforged and what it was like to compete at the event. Followed up by the only deck...
Format Warping Answers / Modern Aristocrats

Feb 7, 2015 - Episode 19

Format Warping Answers / Modern Aristocrats

Alex and Ben break down some of the best answers in Modern and how they change the way the format works. Followed by a deck tech on a port from Standard's past- Modern Aristocrats. Learn more about your...
Highlander Roulette with Game Designer Erich Weidetz

Jan 30, 2015 - Episode 18

Highlander Roulette with Game Designer Erich Weidetz

Alex and Ben break down their favorite casual format, Highlander Roulette, with the format’s creator and Erich Weidetz (game designer at Mattel). Find out more about Highlander- http://highlanderroulette.blogspot.com/...
Ban List Review / GP Denver Champion Andrew Brown

Jan 24, 2015 - Episode 17

Ban List Review / GP Denver Champion Andrew Brown

GP Denver Champion Andrew Brown joins Alex and Ben as they discuss the changes to the Ban and Restricted list, they also break down how Andrew went about winning a GP including some insight into the best...
Fate Reforged / Ban List Preview

Jan 16, 2015 - Episode 16

Fate Reforged / Ban List Preview

Craig Blanchette joins Alex and Ben as they go through their top picks from Fate Reforged for Modern. Check out the two decks Alex has brewed in the show notes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
8th and 9th Edition Review / RG Tron

Dec 20, 2014 - Episode 14

8th and 9th Edition Review / RG Tron

Kessler and Ben review all of the important cards in 8th and 9th edition for Modern. This week's deck tech is on the giant spaghetti monster himself: Emrakul, the Red Green Tron. Learn more about your...
Good Competitive Play / Soul Sisters

Dec 12, 2014 - Episode 13

Good Competitive Play / Soul Sisters

Travis Bouise from Channel Fireball joins Kessler and Ben as they break down a few good habits to keep in mind while playing competitive magic. Followed up with a deck tech on the Life Gainiest deck in...
Welcome to the PRE-TQ / Abzan Junk Midrange

Dec 5, 2014 - Episode 12

Welcome to the PRE-TQ / Abzan Junk Midrange

Josh Lee Kwai of the Command Zone joins Kessler and Bateman as they explain the recent changes with paths to the Magic Pro Tour. Then a deck tech on the classic big bad of the modern format Black Green...
In & Outs of the Mulligan / Modern Scapeshift

Nov 21, 2014 - Episode 11

In & Outs of the Mulligan / Modern Scapeshift

Andrew Brown of HiDeHo comics joins Kessler and Bateman as they explain the best things to keep in mind when dealing with the most difficult part of Magic; the Mulligan. This is followed by a deck tech...
Top 10 Modern Red Cards / Blue Red Delver

Nov 14, 2014 - Episode 10

Top 10 Modern Red Cards / Blue Red Delver

Jimmy Wong joins Kessler and Bateman as they each go through what they think are the best 10 Red cards in Modern. This is followed by a deck tech on the new big bad of Modern: UR Delver. Learn more about...
Sweet Brews / Master Architect

Nov 8, 2014 - Episode 9

Sweet Brews / Master Architect

Kessler and Bateman break down a sweet brew that attacks the new Modern meta game, and with it the best processes for creating new decks in the Modern format. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Modern Pro-Tours: A History / Splinter Twin

Oct 31, 2014 - Episode 8

Modern Pro-Tours: A History / Splinter Twin

For Glenn Jones' last episode as Co-Host, Ben Batemen joins the show to discuss four of the most important Modern Tournaments in it's history and how each one shaped the face of the format. Followed by...
An Aside on the Sideboard / Modern Merfolk

Oct 17, 2014 - Episode 6

An Aside on the Sideboard / Modern Merfolk

Alex and Glenn explain the mysteries behind the sideboard and the best ways to take advantage of it. Followed by a in Depth Deck Tech on Modern Merfolk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Modern Banned List / Melira Pod

Oct 10, 2014 - Episode 5

The Modern Banned List / Melira Pod

Alex and Glenn are joined by Jules Robins of Gathering Magic and Goblin Artisans as they Delve into the Modern Banned list. Followed by a sweet Deck Tech: Melira Pod. Learn more about your ad choices....
Judges Are Your Friend! / Modern Storm

Oct 2, 2014 - Episode 4

Judges Are Your Friend! / Modern Storm

Alex and Glenn are joined by Judge Leo Maros and discuss the Magic Judge program and why you should consider judges your friends! Followed by an awesome Deck Tech: Modern Storm. Learn more about your ad...
Modern Masters 2 Predictions / Jeskai Control

Sep 25, 2014 - Episode 3

Modern Masters 2 Predictions / Jeskai Control

Jimmy Wong joins Alex and Glenn as they predict the awesomeness that is to come with "Modern Masters 2". Followed by an awesome Deck Tech: Jeskai Control! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Khans of Tarkir Modern Review

Sep 19, 2014 - Episode 2

Khans of Tarkir Modern Review

We interrupt your regular Masters of Modern broadcast to bring you an emergency review of Khans of Tarkir and its impact on modern! Special guest: comedian Marshal James. Learn more about your ad choices....
Standard vs. Modern / Affinity

Sep 11, 2014 - Episode 1

Standard vs. Modern / Affinity

Welcome to The Masters of Modern! In our first episode, hosts Alex Kessler and Glen Jones break down the differences between Magic's major competitive formats, Standard and Modern and deck tech Affinity. Learn...