Despite some recently printed cards of questionable power, Wizards knows not to print a few specific things these days. One of those things is instant-speed, targeted discard. Understanding why only requires you to know that as the inactive player, you receive priority during your opponent’s draw step, allowing you (if you have instant speed discard) the opportunity to lock them into an empty hand.
This week, Lydia and JJ took some new topics for a spin. First, we reviewed our deckbuilding process, and not just another guide on how to select lands or build a curve. Instead we created a list of universal questions that help create the shape of any style deck.
One of the most interesting build-arounds to come out of the Kaladesh block was definitely Metallurgic Summonings. While 5 mana is a lot to ask in anything but a slow format, the power it provides if you can stick it is undeniable
Seven Dwarves is a powerful card in multiples, which is why we are nowhere near satisfied with just 7. Tune in to Season 4 Episode 4 of Clever Combo to hear how we made a deck with Twenty-Seven Dwarves.
This week Wizards of the Coast announced a brand-new format intended to help Standard players who are sick of Field of the Dead and Oko to transition to a new format where all those old banned cards are perfectly legal.
Hey everyone. We're very sorry to say that after recording last week for today's release, we found out there was a pretty big technical issue, and we weren't able to re-record.
Syr Konrad, the Grim presents us with an excellent opportunity for a combo kill. He triggers on just about anything a creature can do with the graveyard: dying, milling/discarding into it, and even leaving it.
This week we get into our Throne of Eldraine spoiler talk. We reviewed 27 cards that felt like Johnny Combo potential. Let us know what you’re brewing by hitting us up by email, on Twitter, or on Reddit.
Step into the ring with JJ’s 1-2 combo deck, Punch Thud Love. Built around the vague sense that JJ wishes [[Fling]] was still in standard, we have to make do with [[Gravitic Punch]], which is excellent because of Jump-Start, and [[Thud]] which thrives on the single mana cost. The key to a good fling-style deck … Continue reading Punch Thud Love
If you ever find yourself sick of the same old decks in the same old meta, we have the deck for you: hate on all of them equally with Color Screw!
Embodiment of Agonies is a clear build-around. You need as many mana costs as you can… but how do you balance that against consistency? Well, you start with the “Rule of 9” and then warp it to the “Rule of 18.”
Bolas’s Citadel is a clear build-around card, but what’s the right shell? Tune in to Clever Combo Season 3 Episode 2 to see how Lydia thinks Phyrexian Mana had it right all along. Also a discussion on the Rule of 9 and the Rule of 12!
Ever play one of those decks that loses 90% of the time, but those 10% wins are so utterly ridiculous, so totally devoid of anything sensible, that it’s totally worth it? Yeah, us too.
It’s time for the ultimate tie-breaker, Sudden Death! This week JJ put together an alternative take on Aristocrats, with explosive possibilities.
Ever wonder what the exact opposite of aggro looks like? Big butts and zero-power creatures?
Do you like R-Chupacabra? And getting caught in Notion Rain? OK, OK, Notion Rain isn't in this deck, but the Chup is, and so is Quasiduplicate, which means 12 opportunities minimum to 2-for-1 your opponent the easy way.
We took a pretty long break, due to a variety of work and personal needs. It's been a whirlwind, but we're really excited to be back. We want to deliver the best Johnny podcast we can, so we've made some updates...
Check out Season 4 Episode 3 of Clever Combo for three brand new Pioneer decks! This week was a very exciting week in magic. The banning of Field of the Dead paved the way for an equally linear and oppressive Oko-based Standard, but more importantly, WotC announced a new format. Pioneer! We covered the basics … Continue reading We’re Headed out West!