Butcher of the Horde is Overrated! (but still very good)

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Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin joins Resident Genius Michael J Flores for the second episode of Top Level Podcast!

In this episode the intrepid duo cover a variety of topics, both Butcher of the Horde-related and not-so-Butcher of the Horde-related.

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In this episode…

  • A style of deck design you might not know about but that has taken down multiple Pro Tours!
  • Why it is important to play your lands in a particular order, and what to do when a card you draw might change your plan
  • The exciting (but ultimately not-ready-for-prime-time) “All-Stars” deck by Tomoharu Saito
  • The realization of Saito’s master plan by former Player of the Year Brad Nelson
  • A discussion of some very good cards that are all relatively similar in power level… How do you pick between Crackling Doom, Hero’s Downfall, Banishing Light, and Utter End?
  • Selecting cards on basis of mana cost versus mana curve
  • The one thing that setsĀ Butcher of the Horde ultimately on top of Sadisi, Brood Tyrant

Top Level Podcast is made possible by standing on the shoulders of giants. Patrick and Michael would like to thank…

  • Kar Yung Tom of ManaDeprived
  • Brian David-Marshall of Top 8 Magic
  • Marshall Sutcliffe of Limited Resources
  • Patrick’s mom (of being Patrick’s mom)

Episode 2: Butcher of the Horde is Overrated! (but still very good)

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Three Cards With Siege Rhino


Siege Rhino might beĀ the best card in Standard

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Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame member and Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx champion Patrick Chapin is joined by Resident Genius Michael J Flores for the first Top Level Podcast!

The first of infinite. Der infinite.

In this episode Patrick and Michael touch a little bit on Patrick’s recent play of Abzan on the Pro Tour and a Grand Prix, plus his preparation for the 2014 World Championships. The focus on this podcast is Abzan decks in Standard, and Siege Rhino in particular.

An extra Abzan “Mono-Green Devotion” deck discussed in this episode:

Abzan Whip

4 Whip of Erebos

4 Ashen Rider
4 Siege Rhino

4 Arbor Colossus
4 Courser of Kruphix
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Satyr Wayfinder
4 See the Unwritten
4 Sylvan Caryatid

4 Forest
4 Llanowar Wastes
1 Plains
4 Sandsteppe Citadel
4 Temple of Malady
2 Temple of Plenty
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
4 Windswept Heath

4 Drown in Sorrow
2 Hero’s Downfall
4 Thoughtseize
2 Sorin, Solemn Visitor
3 Reclamation Sage

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