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 Feb 9, 2019

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We create the best Magic: the Gathering content for competitive players, focusing primarily on the various constructed formats!

Episode Date
How to Approach a Format with an Obvious Best Deck
01:20:51
When the best deck is obvious, what do you do? Those formats often contain ways to gain easy edges, and Gerry and Bryan lay out the guidelines for when you should play the best deck or something that beats it.
Aug 23, 2019
OP Changes and is Scapeshift the Only Deck You Should be Playing in Standard?
01:30:48
Organized Play finally announced their new system for 2020 and there's a ton to unpack! Plus, with the MTGA WMCQ this weekend, Standard is on the minds of roughly 6000 people. If you want to win the tournament, should you be playing anything other than Scapeshift?
Aug 16, 2019
What Does it all Mean?
01:35:23
In this "level up" episode, Bryan presents Gerry with a simple scenario: Your opponent attacks their 2/2 into your 2/2. There's more than you think that goes into the decision of whether or not you block, and they use this scenario to illustrate how you should be thinking when faced with a decision. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Alex Stratton - 0:41 Bryan wins Fandom - 8:12 Main topic - 15:54 Question of the week - 1:24:16
Aug 08, 2019
MCIV Aftermath
01:18:52
Get the inside scoop on #MythicChampionshipIV from Gerry's point of view, his thoughts on Hogaak, how to beat it, and what decks could be great choices going forward.
Aug 02, 2019
Jund Deep Dive
01:28:32
Gerry and Bryan go DEEP on one of the fan favorites of Modern -- Jund! They discuss why it's suddenly viable again, how Gerry ended up picking it as his deck of choice, and what each of the most popular matchups look like. For fans of Jund (or Modern in general), this episode is for you.
Jul 25, 2019
Standard After #SCGWOR, Modern for MCIV
01:15:10
Last week, Gerry and Bryan made some predictions for #SCGWOR, which were both a hit and a miss. Now they have some idea of where Standard is headed. It's also time for Gerry to start his prep for MCIV, and he is not happy.
Jul 19, 2019
Top 8 Standard Decks for #SCGWOR
01:08:12
Gerry and Bryan have been immersing themselves in Standard and have their picks for the top choices going into this weekend. Temur Elementals, Nexus, and Esper are safe choices, but what do they think is going to be holding the trophy at the end of the tournament? Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Red Bull Untapped - 0:24 Modern ban - 5:13 Temur Flood - 13:12 Esper - 29:43 Feather - 35:16 Nexus - 40:22 Mono-red - 45:43 Mono-blue - 48:19 Tribal - 54:21 Question of the week - 1:02:27
Jul 11, 2019
M20 in Practice
01:20:48
Gerry and Bryan finally get their hands on #MTGM20! After two days of seeing the cards in action and playing with them themselves, they discuss which cards have been incredible, which have been misses, and how these new decks should be built.
Jul 05, 2019
M20 Top 10s
01:26:58
The shortest preview season of all time means there's only one episode on #MTGM20, and this episode has it all. Gerry and Bryan discuss how M20 differs from traditional Standard set design, the best reprints in the set, their honorable mentions, and their Top 10s. With two large Modern events this weekend, they also feel the need to briefly touch on Hogaak and exactly how much you should be respecting it. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Notable reprints - 7:48 Honorable mentions - 10:26 Gerry's #10 - 22:27 Bryan's #10 - 25:32 Gerry's #9 - 27:08 Bryan's #9 - 28:20 Gerry and Bryan's #8 - 30:02 Gerry's #7 - 33:20 Bryan's #7 - 36:33 Gerry's #6 - 39:25 Bryan's #6 - 42:23 Gerry's #5 - 44:25 Bryan's #5 - 47:25 Gerry's #4 - 51:01 Gerry's #3 - 52:32 Bryan's #3 - 58:03 Gerry's #2 - 1:01:58 Bryan's #2 - 1:03:38 Gerry's #1 - 1:11:41 Bryan's #1 - 1:12:29 Question of the week - 1:17:07
Jun 28, 2019
Modern Horizons in Practice
01:50:35
There have been three deck dumps in Modern since the release of MH1 and the set has had way more of an impact than just Hogaak. Gerry and Bryan go through the most recent deck dump, looking for buried treasure in Modern. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: B2L Kiki-Jiki - 10:11 As Foretold - 12:49 Mono-White Eldrazi - 15:38 Esper Control - 17:46 Jund - 20:13 Izzet Delver - 22:31 Rakdos - 26:26 Merfolk - 29:29 Thopter Sword - 31:50 Sultai Reclamation - 34:31 Naya Aggro - 35:24 Mardu Pyromancer - 37:19 Azorius Control - 42:25 Dimir Midrange - 43:00 Temur Delver - 47:21 Grixis Urza - 49:32 Jeskai - 51:54 Izzet Phoenix - 54:54 Izzet Kiln Fiend - 59:22 Esper - 1:00:45 Esper Shadow - 1:02:30 Bant Spirits - 1:05:31 Druid combo - 1:06:59 Ninjas - 1:20:33 Mono-Black Karn control - 1:12:35 Vampires - 1:14:32 B2L Scapeshift - 1:17:52 Faeries - 1:19:32 Temur stuff - 1:22:48 Mono-Green LD - 1:24:09 Hogaak - 1:24:36 Amulet Druid - 1:28:45 Burn - 1:33:48 Goblins - 1:35:45 Jeskai Humans - 1:39:12 Question of the week - 1:43:54
Jun 21, 2019
SCGCON Recap and MH1 Top 10
01:12:49
SCGCON is in the books and both Gerry and Bryan share their experiences. Plus, they share their Top 10s for Modern Horizons, which has already begun to shake up Modern! Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: SCGCON & Modern - 1:50 Collecting Power - 16:30 Honorable mentions - 25:00 Gerry's #10 - 28:57 Bryan's #10 - 31:06 Gerry's #9 - 33:13 Bryan's #9 - 34:58 Gerry's #8 - 37:38 Bryan's #8 - 39:21 Gerry's #7 - 41:22 Bryan's #7 - 42:24 Gerry's #6 - 43:37 Bryan's #5 - 45:01 Gerry's #4 - 46:28 Gerry's #3 - 49:35 Bryan's #3 - 50:57 Gerry and Bryan's #1 - 52:52 Question of the week - 1:02:01
Jun 13, 2019
The SCGCON Game Plan
01:08:56
SCGCON is upon us and both Gerry and Bryan are looking to crush the Invitational. They've been prepping for both Standard and Modern, and while they agree where the formats are, they've taken different approaches. Who will be right? Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Standard - 1:03 Modern - 33:47 Question of the week - 57:58
Jun 07, 2019
Modern Horizon Previews!
01:40:30
The second wave of MH1 previews are here! If you want an inside scoop on where these cards are going to show up and where, this is the place. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi On Thin Ice - 9:04 Winds of Abandon - 11:02 Generous Gift - 13:28 Vesperlark - 15:56 Echo of Eons - 17:18 Archmage's Charm - 20:30 Bazaar Trademage - 22:37 Future Sight - 24:22 Rebuild - 26:22 Yawgmoth, Thran Physician - 20:30 Dead of Winter - 34:56 Nether Spirit - 36:24 Carrion Feeder - 38:31 Plague Engineer - 41:11 Unearth - 43:00 Charming Vampire - 46:58 Hexdrinker - 48:14 Collector Ouphe - 49:50 Crashing Footfalls - 50:33 Genesis - 53:25 Weather the Storm - 54:35 Aria of Flame - 57:45 Pashalik Mons - 1:00:18 Shenanigans - 1:01:25 Kess, Dissident Mage - 1:02:29 Wrenn and Six - 1:05:39 Eladamri's Call - 1:07:52 Fallen Shinobi - 1:08:55 Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis - 1:10:52 Kaya's Guile - 1:13:21 Sword of Truth and Justice - 1:16:35 Sword of Sinew and Steel - 1:17:46 Talismans - 1:18:32 Mox Tantalite - 1:19:19 Arcum's Astrolabe - 1:21:15 Hall of Heliod's Generosity -1:23:17 cycle lands - 1:24:16 Question of the week - 1:29:59
May 30, 2019
Modern Horizons Cards to be Excited About, Plus Catching up on Standard
02:00:02
Previews for Modern Horizons are well underway and there have been some NICE ones. Gerry and Bryan divulge their favorites so far and where these new cards will fit into Modern. After that, they catch up on Standard, talk about how the metagame shifts have affected their deck of choice, and what they'd play this weekend!
May 24, 2019
The Standard Sleeper Picks
01:02:54
Gerry and Bryan know exactly what they’d play this weekend and they’re more than happy to share that info. See what they think about Jeskai Superfriends, Izzet Phoenix, Simic Manipulation, and more!
May 17, 2019
Expanding on Gerry’s MPL Resignation
00:40:43
The AD Cast (formerly The GAM Podcast) wants to talk about Standard this week, but before they do, Bryan had some questions he wanted to ask Gerry about the reasons for his resignation, how he feels about the MPL replacements, and what he’s going to do going forward. It ended up going longer than expected, so it became its own bonus episode!
May 17, 2019
The Rebrand, What We'd Play in Standard, and MTGWAR's Massive Modern Impact
01:22:55
The GAM Podcast is now known as the Arena Decklists Podcast! Gerry and Bryan discuss the rebrand and what it means for them, but then it's business as usual. With Standard MCQs starting up, Bryan needs to figure out what to play, but Gerry has all the answers. Then they discuss the 16 (!) MTGWar cards that have already been proven Modern contenders. Music: Mega Man 2 "Ending theme" Remix by zookun | Music composed by Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Standard - 5:00 Modern - 27:42 Blast Zone - 41:48 Narset and Teferi - 50:53 Finales - 53:57 Dreadhorde Arcanist - 1:00:06 Question of the week - 1:11:07
May 10, 2019
Nick Prince and his First Mythic Championship
01:11:41
In this bonus episode, Gerry and Bryan are joined by friend of the cast Nick Prince. After ten years of playing Magic competitively, Nick was able to qualify for MC London, which was more than enough of a special reason to finally get Nick on the cast. They talk about what changed before having an avalanche of strong results, how to approach a big tournament as someone without a large testing team, what his expectations were going in, and how he felt about being a guinea pig for the London mulligan, open decklists, and a prerelease MC. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Legend of Mana "Moonlit City Roa" (OC Remix #3904) • ReMixer: Platonist | Composer: Yoko Shimomura
May 10, 2019
The First Look at #MTGWAR Decklists
01:16:15
War of the Spark is out and the first results from Magic Online are in! Join Bryan and Gerry as they dissect those decklists, talk about what has and hasn’t worked in their testing, and the all-stars they missed for their Top 10s. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Mega Man X3 "Doppler Stage 1" (OC Remix #3903) • ReMixer: jnWake | Composer: Kinuyo Yamashita Timestamps: Modern - 1:35 WAR limited - 7:43 Big red - 23:58 Boros Heroic - 28:46 Gruul - 33:30 Mono-red - 37:44 Dimir midrange - 39:14 Simic Nexus - 42:36 W/B aristocrats - 47:27 W/B midrange - 50:48 Jeskai control - 53:57 Esper control - 56:37 Sultai - 59:48 Question of the week - 1:05:41
May 03, 2019
War of the Spark Top 10s!
01:06:42
War of the Spark has finally arrived in its entirety, and that means it’s time for Gerry and Bryan’s Top 10 lists! But there is so much more to this episode than just a couple of lists. The guys attempt to lay out exactly how they see the early weeks of new Standard unfolding, and believe it or not, they’re actually in agreement about the most powerful themes of the set. Don’t worry though! Debate still rages on individual card rankings. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Mega Man 2 "Air Man Stage" (OC Remix #3898) • ReMixer: DDRKirby | Composer: Manami Matsumae & Takashi Tateishi Timestamps: Honorable mentions - 6:21 Gerry's #10 - 9:59 Bryan's #10 - 12:17 Gerry's #9 - 14:00 Bryan's #9 - 17:51 Gerry's #8 - 22:17 Gerry's #7 - 25:11 Bryan's #7 - 27:12 Gerry's #6 - 31:22 Bryan's #6 - 33:34 Gerry's #5 - 37:26 Bryan's #5 - 39:39 Gerry's #4 - 40:19 Gerry's and Bryan's #3 - 43:05 Gerry's #2 - 46:20 Bryan's #2 - 49:20 Gerry and Bryan's #1 - 51:19 Question of the week - 58:34
Apr 25, 2019
The Final Wave of #MTGWAR Previews
01:47:26
@G3RRYT and @BryanGo are ready to put a bow on War of the Spark preview season. While the top tier cards came fast and furious until the bitter end, the guys are starting to identify some overhyped ones as well. Tune in and get your first warning about some trap cards that have people way too excited. Plus, the hosts share their thoughts on the return of old school MCQs, and Gerry finally tells his tale from the Mythic Invitational! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Hollow Knight "Greenpath" (OC Remix #3895) • ReMixer: Gabriel Tripp & RebeccaETripp | Composer: Christopher Larkin Timestamps: Finale of Glory - 13:18 Finale of Revelation - 16:46 Narset, Partner of Veils - 19:55 Commence the Endgame - 21:32 God-Eternal Kefnet - 23:36 Tamiyo's Epiphany - 27:17 Spark Double - 28:38 Silent Submarine - 31:04 Narset's Reversal - 32:50 Finale of Eternity - 35:30 Deliver Unto Evil - 38:37 The Elderspell - 41:30 Spark Harvest - 45:00 Bond of Revival - 45:49 God-Eternal Bontu - 47:45 Finale of Promise - 50:49 Sarkhan the Masterless - 54:50 Finale of Devastation - 58:22 Bond of Flourishing - 1:01:05 God-Eternal Rhonas - 1:04:42 Oath of Kaya - 1:11:13 Casualties of War - 1:12:57 Tamiyo, Collector of Tales - 1:14:28 Soul Diviner - 1:17:52 Ashiok, Dream Render - 1:20:37 Enter the God-Eternals - 1:23:29 Huatli, the Sun's Heart - 1:26:34 Firemind Vessel - 1:28:53 Blast Zone - 1:29:44 Question of the week - 1:33:14
Apr 19, 2019
Second Wave of #MTGWAR Previews
01:44:34
Previews for War of the Spark came out quickly, but we’re not done yet! @G3RRYT and @bryango dissect the latest cards that they think could make an impact. Plus, some unexpected news late in the podcast has them talking about the news right as it happens. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Skies of Arcadia "Valua City" (OC Remix #3893) • ReMixer: Bree & Kylok | Composer: Tatsuyuki Maeda & Yutaka Minobe Timestamps: Nissa's Triumph - 5:30 Forced Landing - 8:31 Chandra's Triumph - 9:12 Jaya's Greeting - 10:30 Heartfire - 12:31 Jaya, Venerated Firemage - 15:19 Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin - 17:10 Illharg, the Raze-Boar - 18:59 Mizzium Tank - 24:05 Vizier of the Scorpion - 28:55 Massacre Girl - 29:46 Kasmina, Enigmatic Mentor - 32:15 Fblthp, the Lost - 34:01 Tomik, Distinguished Advokist - 38:26 Single Combat - 41:31 Domri's Ambush - 45:37 Living Twister - 47:22 Ral's Outburst - 49:36 Feather, the Redeemed - 51:46 Solar Blaze - 54:00 Neoform - 54:51 Merfolk Skydiver - 56:12 Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves - 57:40 Deathsprout - 1:01:06 Storrev, Devkarin Lich - 1:02:44 Dovin, Hand of Control - 1:05:15 Saheeli, Sublime Artificer - 1:07:19 Nahiri, Storm of Stone - 1:09:15 Public decklists - 1:10:45 Mobilized District - 1:22:43 Question of the week - 1:24:14
Apr 12, 2019
Head GAMs E22 - Brains Are Jerks
00:50:06
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the twenty-second episode of Head GAMs! This week your hosts explore the automatic negative thoughts our brain creates. What do we do when our brain’s autopilot is getting in our way? What strategies have Bryan and Jonathan used in the past? Tune in to find out how to start battling all of the nasty thoughts your brain throws at you. Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Apr 08, 2019
Interviewing Autumn Burchett, the First Mythic Champion
01:06:16
In this bonus episode, The GAM Podcast welcomes @AutumnLilyMTG to the show! We discuss their meteoric rise to Magic stardom, the mindset that drove their success, and... why they like land destruction?!? If you only listen to one podcast this year, it should be this one. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Pokemon Red "Battle theme" (OC Remix #2194) • ReMixer: Fishy | Composer: Junichi Masuda
Apr 08, 2019
War of the Spark Previews!
01:37:11
War of the Spark Previews! With almost 100 cards previewed so far, Gerry and Bryan have a ton of ground to cover. What do Gerry and Bryan think of the new Planeswalkers, easily the most difficult cards to evaluate. Is Dreadhorde Invasion the new Bitterblossom? Will the Ral plus double Expansion combo ruin Standard? They cover all of these things and many more! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Mario Kart 7 "Victory Lap" (OC Remix #3892) • ReMixer: Lampje4life | Composer: Kenta Nagata Timestamps: Liliana, Dreadhorde General - 10:00 Dreadhorde Invasion - 16:00 Liliana's Triumph - 18:36 Bolas's Citadel - 19:57 Gideon's Blackblade - 22:36 Gideon's Triumph - 27:14 Jace, Wielder of Mysteries - 28:50 Augur of Bolas - 30:38 Flux Channeler - 34:25 Chandra, Fire Artisan - 36:31 Dreadhorde Arcanist - 38:57 Grim Initiate - 41:40 Nissa, Who Shakes the World - 42:25 Vivien, Champion of the Wilds - 44:50 Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter - 46:23 Vivien's Arkbow - 48:32 Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God - 50:28 Niv-Mizzet Reborn - 52:31 Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge - 54:53 Domri, Anarch of Bolas - 56:23 Ral, Storm Cauldron - 57:41 Sorin, Bengeful Bloodlord - 1:02:03 Cruel Celebrant - 1:03:55 Teferi, Time Raveler - 1:06:31 Time Wipe - 1:10:26 Dreadhorde Butcher - 1:12:17 Angrath's Rampage - 1:14:17 Widespread Brutality - 1:16:21 Angrath, Captain of Chaos - 1:17:48 Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner - 1:19:23 Roalesk, Apex Hybrid - 1:21:19 Ajani, the Greathearted - 1:23:44 Karn, the Great Creator - 1:25:35 Karn's Bastion - 1:28:28 Interplanar Beacon - 1:30:06 Question of the week - 1:31:26
Apr 05, 2019
No Bad Matchups: An Amulet Deep Dive
02:00:53
With Gerry focused on last-minute prep for the Mythic Invitational, Bryan is at the helm and is using the opportunity to do a deep dive on one of his favorite Modern decks: Amulet Titan! Bryan is joined by Amulet master Edgar Magalhaes, and the two leave no (mana) stone unturned in a mammoth exploration of what might be the most misunderstood deck of all time. Learn the ins and outs of the only Modern deck with #nobadmatchups! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Phantasy Star III "Town 1" (OC Remix #3824) • ReMixer: djpretzel | Composer: Izuho Numata Timestamps: Core decklist - 9:30 Manabase - 28:14 Sequencing - 35:53 Toolbox lands - 44:35 Possible card choices - 1:01:01 Sideboarding - 1:22:44 Question of the week - 1:55:14
Mar 29, 2019
HBMO's Impact on the Modern Metagame & Why BO1 Matters to You
01:18:42
Last weekend saw several large events (mostly) be dominated by Izzet Phoenix. Surprisingly, there was a different dominant deck at the Hunter Burton Memorial Open and a different take on Arclight Phoenix. There's also the Mythic Invitational in a week, so Gerry and Bryan discuss Duo Standard, best-of-one as a whole, and what sort of innovation there's been since players have been trying to break the format of the million dollar tournament. Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Chrono Cross "Victory theme" (OC Remix #3884) • ReMixer: Lemonectric | Composer: Yasunori Mitsuda Timestamps: Hunter Open Modern Metagame - 7:50 Mythic Invitational Testing - 16:27 Question of the Week - 1:11:21
Mar 22, 2019
B&R Updates, Modern, and Duo Standard
01:28:22
In the 121st episode of The GAM Podcast, there’s much to talk about. The Modern community was up in arms about the lack of changes to Modern, but why? Plus, Gerry has been busy testing Duo Standard for the Mythic Invitational. Is this format for real? Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Donkey Country 2 "Forest Interlude" (OC Remix #3875) • ReMixer: Mordi, Slaygon | Composer: David Wise Timestamps: Modern ban list - 0:48 Modern metagame - 18:09 Bo1 format - 49:04 Arena rankings - 1:12:38 Question of the Week - 1:18:50
Mar 15, 2019
Head GAMs E21 - Tilt
00:52:06
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the twenty-first episode of Head GAMs! Finally, the hosts are tackling their all-time most requested show topic—tilt! Why did Bryan and Jonathan resist discussing this topic for so long? Do the hosts have their own tilt-monsters lurking in their closet? Why does Bryan think tilting is fundamentally incompatible with the way he chooses to live his life? If you have been dying for a way to get your tilt under control, this is the episode for you! Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Mar 11, 2019
Modern Horizons and the Best Way to Approach a Linear Modern
01:13:02
We’ve gotten the first glimpse of what’s in store for us at the end of June with Modern Horizons, so Gerry and Bryan are eager to talk about it. Plus, the Modern metagame has some linear decks at the top, which makes it difficult to pick the correct deck. How should you approach it? Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music TMNT "Hudson River" (OC Remix #2409) • ReMixer: Shnabubula | Composer: Kozo Nakamura Timestamps: Modern Horizons - 0:56 Current Modern Metagame - 14:16 Whir Prison - 25:22 Amulet - 37:12 Question of the Week - 1:00:59
Mar 07, 2019
The Mythic Championship, Modern, and Legacy!
01:11:26
While the first Mythic Championship didn’t go Gerry’s way, he learned a lot and is ready to impart his knowledge. There’s also MF LA and RPTQs for Modern plus SCG Syracuse for Legacy this weekend, which Gerry and Bryan also cover. Congrats again to @AutumnLilyMTG for a dominating performance in Cleveland! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Pilotwings 64 "Hang Glider" (OC Remix #3356) • ReMixer: KingTiger & YoshiBlade | Composer: Dan Hess Timestamps: Gerry's MC report - 5:57 Esper control - 24:19 London mulligan rule - 31:37 Modern metagame - 46:33 Legacy - 58:52 Question of the week - 1:02:29
Feb 28, 2019
Can The GAM Podcast Call Three Tournament Winners in a Row?
00:59:50
They shot-called Mono-Blue Aggro for #SCGDFW then Rakdos Midrange for #GPMemphis. Can Gerry and Bryan go three for three with MC Cleveland this weekend? Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time "Sewer Surfin" (OC Remix #1730) • ReMixer: Juan Medrano & zircon | Composer: Harumi Ueko & Kazuhiko Uehara Timestamps: Hunter Burton memorial - 2:14 What deck should Gerry play? - 4:49 Limited discussion - 39:07 Question of the week - 52:45
Feb 22, 2019
Head GAMs E20 - Listener Questions
00:54:42
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the twentieth episode of Head GAMs! This week the hosts are tapping into their favorite source of inspiration—listener questions! Jonathan and Bryan help listeners address a plethora of issues including decision paralysis and fatigue, dealing with an opponents off-putting attitude, and keeping a growth mindset even in the face of tremendous setbacks and adversity. If you’d like to participate in future listener focused episodes, don’t forget to check out our Patreon page at patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast The Good Place Podcast: https://www.nbc.com/the-good-place/exclusives/tgp-podcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Feb 17, 2019
Questions that Need Answering in Standard
01:10:19
The first Mythic Championship is rapidly approaching and Bryan wants to get Gerry on the right track. They discuss Mono-Blue Aggro’s performance at #SCGDFW, the plethora of aggressive decks in the format, and finish off with some questions that Bryan would be asking himself if he were competing. Will Gerry pass or fail? Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Snowboard Kids "Avalanche" (OC Remix #3865) • ReMixer: Miso29 | Composer: Isao Kasai & Tomohiko Sato Timestamps: Mono-blue going forward - 5:29 Rakdos - 19:09 Where is mono-red? - 49:30 Question of the week - 1:03:14
Feb 14, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About Mono-Blue Aggro
01:56:56
As the Standard metagame moves closer to being dominated by Esper Control and Sultai Midrange, only one deck looks poised to take the crown — Mono-Blue Aggro. Whether you’re playing with or against it, you cannot miss this episode. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Star Fox "Sector Y" (OC Remix #3494) • ReMixer: Slimy | Composer: Hajime Hirasawa Timestamps: Mono-blue overview - 2:20 Main deck card analysis - 15:12 Sideboard - 55:57 Mulligans - 1:22:30 Matchups - 1:29:32 Question of the week - 1:47:25
Feb 08, 2019
Head GAMs E19 - Successful Laddering
00:56:17
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the nineteenth episode of Head GAMs! This week we get to hear about Bryan’s debut as a broadcaster and look back at how his preparation compared to the real thing. The hosts also discuss the nature of competitive ranked ladders in video games and the psychological dangers of committing completely to topping a ladder. Bryan and Jonathan leave you with tips to engage with ladders in a healthy way that maximizes how to increase your skill and find satisfaction. Don’t forget to head over to www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast to learn more about our exclusive bonus content! Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Feb 04, 2019
Standard is More Than Hydroid Krasis
01:24:50
It’s Episode 115 of The GAM Podcast and regular contributor Cedric Phillips is filling in for an ailing Gerry T. Cedric and Bryan were eye witnesses to the formation of the Week 1 standard metagame this past weekend in Indianapolis. What were their takeaways from the first SCG Tour event of new Standard? They’re happy to share and are also diving back into the Magic Online 5-0 decklists as they search for the next big thing in Standard! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Spyro the Dragon "Artisans" (OC Remix #3592) • ReMixer: Laarx | Composer: Stewart Copeland Timestamps: SCGINDY - 3:29 Rakdos aggro - 10:32 Sultai - 17:50 Midrange Gates - 22:39 Big Gruul - 28:02 Azorius aggro - 30:13 Bant tokens - 40:31 Esper midrange - 46:49 Mono-red aggro - 50:20 Izzet Drakes - 58:01 Mono-blue - 1:05:02 Question of the week - 1:15:44
Feb 01, 2019
Analyzing the First RNA Magic Online Decklists
01:47:53
In Episode 114 of The GAM Podcast, Gerry and Bryan break down the first published Standard results. What worked, what didn’t, and what’s the best builds of these decks going forward? Also, how the hell do you beat Mono-Red? They answer all of it! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Chrono Trigger "Save the Future" (OC Remix #3854) • ReMixer: StormSkuggan | Composer: Nobuo Uematsu & Noriko Matsueda Timestamps: Rakdos midrange - 10:43 Selesnya - 14:44 Mono-Blue aggro - 19:47 Bant midrange - 22:29 Sultai - 29:56 Esper Control - 35:38 Gruul - 39:19 Mono-Red aggro - 45:51 Temur Vannifar - 49:54 Simic - 53:07 Esper Control - 55:58 Mardu Judith - 56:58 Sultai - 1:00:14 Simic - 1:01:28 Temur Reclamation - 1:03:58 Mardu aggro - 1:06:51 Gruul - 1:07:48 Abzan - 1:10:42 Simic elfball -1:12:53 Boros - 1:15:26 Gruul - 1:17:14 Rakdos - 1:19:59 Big red - 1:22:11 Esper midrange - 1:23:29 Decks we would play at SCGINDY - 1:27:36 Question of the week - 1:34:53
Jan 24, 2019
Arena Changes and Our MTGRNA Top 10s
01:09:54
MTG Arena announced some BIG changes a couple days ago, so naturally Gerry and Bryan had to get those out of the first. After that, it’s all about their picks for the ten best RNA cards in Standard and how their expectations changed after watching those cards in action. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Suikoden "Theme of Sadness" (OC Remix #3852) • ReMixer: ilp0 | Composer: Hirofumi Taniguchi Timestamps: Arena is great - 2:00 Honorable mentions - 14:15 Gerry's #10 - 16:00 Bryan's #10 - 17:53 Gerry's #9 - 19:22 Bryan's #8 - 21:00 Gerry's #7 - 23:09 Bryan's #6 - 28:15 Bryan's #5 - 30:00 Gerry's #4 - 35:03 Gerry's #3 - 41:47 Gerry's #2 - 48:22 Bryan's #2 - 49:13 Bryan's #1 - 54:00 Question of the week - 1:02:54
Jan 18, 2019
Head GAMs E18 - Embracing a Growth Mindset
00:57:53
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the eighteenth episode of Head GAMs! This week the hosts are tackling one of Jonathan’s favorite topics—mindset. What does it mean to have a growth mindset? What potential benefits are there, in both competition and life, to embracing an effort to better yourself as a person? How can you change your view of the world in order to maximize your capability for growth? All of these questions and more will be answered on this week’s Head GAMs! Don’t forget to head over to www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast to learn more about our exclusive bonus content! Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Jan 14, 2019
A Massive Amount of Ravnica Allegiance Previews
01:46:48
Gerry may have been out last week, but nothing was going to keep him from talking about all the #MTGRNA previews we got over the last week. There’s no shortage of exciting cards to talk about! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Command & Conquer "On the Prowl" (OC Remix #417) • ReMixer: Scott Peeples | Composer: Frank Klepacki Timestamps: Domri, Chaos Bringer - 5:04 Ravager Wurm - 8:09 Thrash Threat - 11:04 Rhythm of the Wild - 14:12 Skarrgan Hellkite - 17:13 Warrant Warden - 22:24 Precognitive Perception - 27:39 Kaya's Wrath - 31:11 Consecrate Consume - 34:30 Seraph of the Scales - 37:10 Etheral Absolution 41:08 Revival Revenge - 43:19 Growth Chamber Guardian - 46:18 Incubation Druid - 48:25 Frilled Mystic - 51:29 Salamander Drake - 54:48 Theaters of Horrors - 59:29 Drill Bit - 1:02:03 Carnival Carnage - 1:03:24 Skewer the Critics - 1:06:38 Gutterbones - 1:08:18 Hero of Precinct One - 1:09:48 Angel of Grace - 1:13:40 Priest of Forgotten Gods - 1:18:20 Electrodominance - 1:21:22 Wilderness Reclamation - 1:25:08 Quench - 1:30:08 Scrabbling Claws - 1:32:59 Question of the Week - 1:35:48
Jan 11, 2019
GP Vancouver, More Rav Allegiance Previews, and a Special Guest!
01:15:18
Gerry's out sick this week, so Bryan takes over the hosting duties and even recruited a special guest. They talk about their GP Vancouver experience then get right down to evaluating the newest Ravnica Allegiance cards! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Super Paper Mario "Memory: Night" (OC Remix #3710) • ReMixer: AJ DiSpirito | Composer: Chika Sekigawa, Naoko Mitome Timestamps: GP Vancouver - 2:58 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper - 10:04 Dovin, Grand Arbiter - 20:46 Deputy of Detention - 30:01 Judith, the Scourge Diva - 36:22 Hydriod Krasis - 42:56 Biomancer's Familiar - 48:45 Mass Manipulation - 53:59 Sphinx of Foresight - 57:20 Question of the Week - 1:06:51
Jan 04, 2019
Head GAMs E17 - Start the New Year Right
00:51:31
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the seventeenth episode of Head GAMs! In the spirit of the new year, this week is all about the dos and don’ts of tackling New Year’s resolutions. Listen as the hosts spend time walking each other through their own plans for 2019. Will Bryan live healthier? How will Jonathan go about building his brand? You’ll hear how to use research proven methods for setting and attaining your goals. If you want to start off 2019 the right way, you can’t miss this episode! Also, don’t forget to head over to www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast this week for December’s workbook and other bonus content. Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Dec 31, 2018
Ravnica Allegiance Previews and the 2018 Year in Review
01:46:29
In the 110th episode, The GAM Podcast tackles the last few Ravnica Allegiance previews, the craziness of 2018 and what's coming in 2019. They also spend quite a bit of time on their question of the week, making this one of the longest episodes ever! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Sonic CD "The Jazzy Cosmos" (OC Remix #3702) • ReMixer: GCJ | Composer: Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi Hataya Timestamps: Absorb - 5:35 Emergency Powers - 17:05 Sphinx's Insight - 20:00 Gruul Spellbreaker - 29:04 Frenzied Arynx - 33:29 Incubation Incongruity - 34:52 MTG 2018 review - 39:32 Question of the Week - 1:27:21 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
Dec 28, 2018
GAM E109 - First Look at Ravnica Allegiance, with Cedric Phillips
01:30:03
Ravnica Allegiance previews are upon us. Does the man who calls the SCG Tour have what it takes to evaluate cards from the new set? Gerry and Bryan put him to the test! Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Mega Man 9 "Morricone Man" (OC Remix #2525) • ReMixer: Mazedude | Composer: Hiroki Isogai Timestamps: Zegana, Utopian Speaker - 6:04 Simic Ascendancy - 19:02 Aeromunculus - 20:11 Growth Spiral - 22:34 Rix Maadi Reveler - 34:22 Rakdos Firewheeler - 40:18 Light up the Stage - 43:41 Rafter Demon - 49:55 The Haunt of Hightower - 51:29 Lavinia, Azorius Renegade - 52:40 Tithe Taker - 1:01:28 Mortify - 1:06:48 Imperious Oligarch - 1:11:30 Gate Colossus 1:12:54 Question of the Week - 1:16:49 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
Dec 21, 2018
GAM E108 - Approaching Your Mental Flaws, with Jonathan Carter
01:03:53
Last week, Gerry and Bryan asked the GAM Discord for their biggest struggles in Magic, and they provided enough great examples to fill two episodes. This episode features things that are more on the mental spectrum of things, so they brought on Jonathan Carter, co-host of the HeadGAMs Podcast to provide his expertise.
Dec 20, 2018
Head GAMs E16 - How to Do Something New
00:51:53
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the sixteenth episode of Head GAMs! In celebration of this week’s topic, Jonathan takes over hosting duties as the cast focuses on strategies for learning and doing new things. Whether you’re on the cusp of a career change, picking up a new form of competition, or just want to be prepared when the time comes, Head GAMs has the advice that will set you up for success in your new endeavors! If you’d like to learn more about how you can support the Head GAMs podcast, check us out over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Dec 16, 2018
GAM E107 - Constantly Update the Narrative
01:22:21
Gerry and Bryan asked the GAM Discord what their biggest struggles with Magic were and the responses were enough for two whole episodes! A summary of the episode won’t do it justice, but if you’re looking to level up your game, you can’t miss this episode. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Jeanne d'Arc "Sword of God" (OC Remix #3714) • ReMixer: Juan Medrano | Composer: Takeshi Inoue https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
Dec 14, 2018
GAM E106 - Last Minute Modern Shakeups and the Cases for Amulet and Hollow Phoenix
01:24:00
Whether you're playing an RPTQ, #SCGINVI, or GP Portland, it's going to be a Modern weekend. Fair decks were out in force last weekend at #SCGBALT, but Arclight Phoenix took the top two spots. Did the Modern metagame suddenly shift? Is Jeskai Control good again? Gerry shares his experience with EdB's Mono-Red Hollow Phoenix, while Bryan goes over his prep with Amulet, and why they're likely going to register those decks this weekend. Gerry and Bryan's question of the week is a can't miss either. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Super Smash Bros. Melee "Choose Your Destiny" (OC Remix #3734) • ReMixer: DaMonz | Composer: Hirokazu Ando Timestamps: SCG Baltimore - 6:51 Bryan's deck for GP Portland - 24:30 Arclight Phoenix decks - 36:59 KCI - 57:08 Question of the Week - 1:09:28 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
Dec 07, 2018
Head GAMs E15 - Question Time
01:01:01
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the fifteenth episode of Head GAMs! The hosts have an incredible amount to be thankful for this holiday season, and an ever-growing cadre of Head GAMs listeners ranks near the top! The cast takes some time to express gratitude in the form of a new Patreon framework and an episode dedicated to answering listener questions on every conceivable topic. Tilt, intrusive thoughts, being old and uncool, and dealing with the change in seasons—this is the most free-flowing episode of Head GAMs ever recorded! If you’d like to learn more about how you can support the Head GAMs podcast, check us out over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Dec 03, 2018
GAM Podcast Episode 105
01:26:47
With GRN Standard (almost) in the books, Gerry and Bryan talk about the last couple evolutions of the format. From Adrian Sullivan's win at GPMKE to the last round of Magic Online decklists, Standard's evolution hasn't slowed down. For those who have been asking about Arena, Gerry and Bryan also give their takes on Magic's newest platform. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Brave Fencer Musashi "Me and My Game Boy" (OC Remix) • ReMixer: DDRKirby(ISQ) | Composer: Tsuyoshi Sekito Timestamps: U/R Drakes - 5:08 Big Red - 12:35 Esper Control - 16:30 Mono-Green Aggro - 19:02 Boros - 20:49 Quasiduplicate - 23:06 U/B Control - 24:30 Selesnya - 27:36 Jeskai Control - 31:37 Grixis Control - 34:37 G/R Monsters - 41:12 Golgari - 45:49 Mono-Blue - 48:51 Boros - 49:57 Golgari - 53:59 Mono-Red - 56:20 Arena - 57:26 Question of the Week - 1:13:39 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com https://www.patreon.com/thegampodcast Decklist Dump: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/competitive-standard-constructed-league-2018-11-26?fbclid=IwAR1Kz9mJpkSOkWGzjdnMVhM7rTfXZEgKLJ4vYwonHCX3CuvOK0ecpQzoyM4
Nov 30, 2018
GAM E104 - A Mammoth Modern Episode
01:45:54
Gerry and Bryan didn’t plan on talking about Modern for almost two hours, but here we are. Not only is there the data from GP Atlanta (courtesy of @averybigbear), but there’s been a constant metagame shift, a couple new archetypes, and a Modern decklist dump to cover. If you wanted help selecting your deck for GP Portland, SCGCON, or any other Modern tournament, look no further! Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Double Dragon "Bimmy Whatchu Got" (OC Remix #3285) • ReMixer: Shnabubula | Composer: Kazunaka Tamane Timestamps: Modern overview - 6:14 Infect - 20:24 Goblins - 22:37 Mono-Green Tron - 29:51 Bant Knightfall - 31:23 Mono-White Matyr - 32:24 Bring to Light Scapeshift - 33:26 Mono-Red Arclight - 34:40 Humans - 38:41 Elves - 42:06 Hardened Scales - 44:02 U/R Breach - 47:43 Amulet - 50:25 Control decks - 54:16 Bridgevine - 59:03 Ad Nauseam - 1:00:44 Bant Spirits - 1:03:46 D&T - 1:06:04 Jund - 1:09:32 Jeskai Ascendancy - 1:15:22 Enduring Ideal - 1:16:45 Dredge - 1:20:01 Traverse Shadow - 1:24:08 Mardu Pyromancer - 1:28:44 As Foretold Living End - 1:30:11 Question of the Week - 1:38:47 https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com https://www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
Nov 23, 2018
Head GAMs E14 - Top Tier Competition w/ Gerry Thompson
01:06:10
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the fourteenth episode of Head GAMs! How do you prepare for one of the biggest competitions of your year? We brought in one of the best Magic: The Gathering players in the world, Gerry Thompson, to talk about his approach prior to, during, and after his toughest tournaments. If you’re not a Magic player, fear not! The techniques discussed here are applicable across all forms of competition! If you’d like to learn more about how you can support the Head GAMs podcast, check us out over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Nov 19, 2018
GAM E103 - Pro Tour GRN Lied to Us
01:03:58
Six Boros decks in the Top 8 of PT GRN might seem scary, but the data tells a different story. Gerry and Bryan go through the data collected by @jaredlunsford and see who the real winners from the PT were. Here’s a hint: It ain’t Boros. Music: Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Final Fantasy Tactics (OC Remix #3757) • ReMixers: sschafi1, Tiago Rodrigues, PirateCrab, Marc Papeghin, Jordan Chin | Composers: Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Yukiko Mitsui, Yuko Miura Timestamps: Gerry's PT report - 1:38 Boros - 21:48 Golgari - 33:59 Control decks - 42:24 Selesnya tokens - 53:14 Question of the Week - 57:51 Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1h1bqHau4Z-bV0IKoC9_ku1-epYhJyW7fQuXJ-o_5m8Y/edit?usp=sharing
Nov 16, 2018
Head GAMs E13 - Listener Responses
01:06:00
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the thirteenth episode of Head GAMs! This episode is all about our listeners, and the hosts are taking the time to review listener responses to questions relating to our last two months of episodes. For fresh information regarding sleep, nutrition, strengths, weaknesses, and burnout, check out this cast! You can find out how to participate in similar episodes in the future and support the Head GAMs podcast over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Nov 12, 2018
GAM E102 - Bryan Tries to Guess Gerry’s Pro Tour Deck
00:58:44
In this special pre-Pro Tour episode, Bryan takes over the hosting duties! Gerry takes Bryan through his PT testing process and discusses the pros and cons of each archetype, including the deck Gerry broke the format with for all of two days. Since then, Boros Tokens showed up and ruined everything. At the end, Bryan takes a stab at what Gerry submitted for the tournament. Will he guess correctly? Intro music Mario Kart 64 "Dreaming Racing" (OC Remix #396) • ReMixer: prozax | Composer: Kenta Nagata Outro music Super Mario Kart "A Road That You Go" (OC Remix #3600) • ReMixers: DrThrex, DiscoCactus | Composer: Kenta Nagata Timestamps: Gerry's PT preparation - 1:52 Standard Metagame - 7:15 Fringe/sleeper decks - 39:24 Question of the Week - 52:09 Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
Nov 09, 2018
Head GAMs E12 - Jonathan's Favorite Studies
00:52:04
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the twelfth episode of Head GAMs! In a long-awaited episode, Jonathan is leading Bryan (and our listeners) through some of his favorite studies and tidbits relating to performance psychology. From the health-related benefits of optimism, to the physiological study of visualization, you won’t believe what some of Jonathan’s favorite studies have revealed! As always, Jonathan is quick to suggest potential uses for these facts in training and preparation regimens. See what science has to say and step up your own approach to competition and life! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Nov 05, 2018
GAM E101 - What the Double GP Results Mean for Standard
01:16:04
A pair of Standard Grand Prix means over 60 decklists to peruse and two wildly different winner’s metagames to compare. Gerry and Bryan waste no time in dissecting the results, why it went down the way it did, and what it means going forward. Bryan also discusses his GP New Jersey experience with Izzet Arclight. What worked, what didn’t, and how to tune the deck are all things you need to know. While Bryan was busy in NJ, Gerry was playing Magic Online with the same deck and weighs in with his own conclusions. GP Lille - 7:23 Mono-Blue - 10:37 Izzet decks - 13:05 Golgari - 22:00 GP New Jersey - 30:38 Boros decks - 31:57 Jeskai - 46:36 Selnesnya Tokens - 51:39 Modern - 1:01:10 Question of the week - 1:04:54 Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
Nov 02, 2018
GAM E100 - Meet Your World Champion
00:58:50
In this benchmark, incredible episode, Gerry and Bryan welcome reigning World Champion Javier Dominguez to the podcast, fresh off his Top 4 finish at GP Lille. They discuss Javier’s incredible run the last few years, his gaming history, and how to got to be where he is now. If you want to know how a World Champion approaches competitive gaming, you can’t miss this episode. Music: Witcher 3 - Kaer Morhen Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
Oct 31, 2018
GAM E99 - How to Pick a Deck for GP New Jersey, Featuring Josh Cho
01:19:51
Picking a Standard deck is tough these days. Is Golgari by far the best? Is it Selesnya’s time to reclaim glory? Has Mono-Red Aggro been a sleeper this whole time? Gerry and Bryan have Josh Cho join the show to discuss Standard, what they like, where the format is headed, and what to play this weekend. By the end of the episode, all three are on the same page! Music: Jamestown - Chyptune Timestamps: Decks we're leaning towards - 3:46 Golgari - 12:42 Jeskai Control - 27:51 U/R Arclight Phoenix - 35:58 Selesnya Tokens - 53:12 Metagame predictions - 59:18 Question of the week - 1:04:24 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
Oct 26, 2018
Head GAMs E11 - Psychological Strengths
00:53:47
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the eleventh episode of Head GAMs! As promised, the hosts are continuing the discussion from last week’s episode, but this time they are focused on their greatest psychological strengths. What one aspect of Bryan’s psychological makeup has been most instrumental in shaping his approach to life? Why is Jonathan able to find success dealing with adverse times? How have these strengths improved not only the hosts’ lives, but also their approach to competitive performance? All this and so much more on this week’s Head GAMs! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Oct 22, 2018
GAM E98 - Everything About Golgari, Including How to Beat It
01:12:29
Golgari is the deck to beat in Standard! Gerry and Bryan dissect the winning lists, talk about what they like and dislike, and where they would take Golgari moving forward. They also discuss what the other top decks can do to have a better chance against Golgari. What decks should you stay away from and which look poised for a breakout? Timestamps: Music: Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo - Character Select Golgari's Dominance - 5:00 Control Decks - 28:01 GW - 49:46 Question of the Week - 1:03:53 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
Oct 19, 2018
Head GAMs E10 - Psychological Weaknesses
01:00:42
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the tenth episode of Head GAMs! The hosts kick off the show by discussing a surprising aspect of last week’s cast that generated a groundswell of support and interest amongst Head GAMs listeners. Then it’s on to the main topic, as both Bryan and Jonathan reveal and discuss what they consider to be their biggest psychological weaknesses. They hold nothing back, sharing some of their own regrettable moments as they try to inspire listeners to work on their own faults. How was Jonathan damaging some of his most important relationships? How did Bryan’s inability to check his ego hurt his legal career? Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom! Both hosts are optimistic that they can, and often do, control their worst faults, and they want to share with you how they’ve managed to do so. Plus, the hosts will be back next week to discuss their greatest psychological strengths! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Oct 15, 2018
GAM E97 - Analyzing the Second Wave of Standard GRN Decklists
01:57:29
You asked for it, so you got it! Gerry and Bryan tackle this week's mammoth decklist dump that contains 51 (!) unique decks. They'll be back to their normal metagame analysis next week, but this was too good of an opportunity to pop up. If you like Standard technology, brews, metagame discussion, and talk of what's over-performing or under-performing (and that's why you're here, right?), you don't want to miss this nearly two hour long episode. Decklist dump: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mtgo-standings/competitive-standard-constructed-league-2018-10-08 Music: Persona 5 Soundtrack - Will Power Why does MTGO exist? - 3:04 Abzan Control - 8:57 Jeskai Control - 11:50 Golgari Explore - 14:08 Boros Dragons - 16:46 Boros (ft. Path of Mettle) - 20:22 Jeskai Drakes - 24:44 Boros Angels - 26:05 Boros (ft. Miltia Bugler) - 28:19 Mono Red - 30:25 Grixis Control - 32:09 Abzan - 35:06 Mono Red Flame of Keld - 37:47 Golgari - 39:25 Izzet Drakes- 41:27 G/W - 43:39 Abzan - 44:58 Boros - 46:53 G/W - 49:03 Golgari - 50:47 Mono-Blue - 53:12 Esper Control - 54:51 Jeskai Angels - 57:13 Grixis Thieves - 59:37 Mono-Black - 1:00:57 G/W - 1:03:46 Golgari Elves - 1:06:19 Jeskai Control - 1:07:58 Izzet - 1:10:28 Mono-White - 1:13:16 Jeskai Control - 1:15:48 Boros - 1:17:31 Golgari - 1:18:46 Mono-Red - 1:20:36 Jeskai Control - 1:21:54 Mono-White - 1:24:54 Finder Golgari - 1:27:30 Sultai Control - 1:28:10 B/W Knights - 1:29:04 U/W Control - 1:30:49 Jeskai Control - 1:32:26 Boros Tokens - 1:33:36 G/W March - 1:35:07 Dawn of Hope Control - 1:37:27 Izzet Drake - 1:38:56 Izzet - 1:40:10 G/W Tokens - 1:40:30 Grixis - 1:41:22 U/B Surveil - 1:43:28 Golgari - 1:44:19 Mono-Green - 1:45:17 Boros - 1:45:31 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
Oct 12, 2018
Head GAMs E9 - Sleep and Nutrition, Continued
00:53:27
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the ninth episode of Head GAMs! Didn’t get enough sleep after our last episode? No worries, the hosts continue last week’s discussion, picking up with some unanswered questions. Can you really learn in your sleep? How do prescription drugs affect sleep? Jonathan then gives a helpful guide for evaluating the quality of your own sleep. Finally, the show closes with some brief tips for making sure your nutrition is optimized at your next competition. Try these tips before your next event and see what proper preparation can do for you! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Links: youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Oct 07, 2018
GAM E96 - Analyzing the First Winners from GRN Standard
01:18:34
Guilds of Ravnica is out on Magic Online and the first results are in! Gerry and Bryan analyze the 5-0 metagame, deck by deck, all the while discussing their own experiences in Standard. If you're playing a tournament this weekend (or just want a head start in the format) you can't miss this one! Music: Mega Man 11 Fuse Man Theme Timestamps MTG Arena - 3:37 Goblins - 7:21 Golgari - 10:37 Boros - 17:36 Mono Blue - 22:13 U/W Control - 24:45 Boros Angels - 28:54 Golgari Bryan's list - 30:22 Grixis Midrange - 31:17 U/B Surveil - 34:39 Mono Green - 39:18 Mono Red Dragons - 41:11 Boros Midrange - 42:54 Abzan - 46:20 Jeskai control - 48:10 G/W Tokens - 51:25 Mono Red - 55:50 G/W knights - 56:54 Bant Midrange - 1:01:02 Mono White - 1:04:01 Question of the Week - 1:12:36 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
Oct 05, 2018
Head GAMs E8 - Goodnight Sweet Podcast
00:48:27
Wake up people! Bryan and Jonathan are back for the eighth episode of Head GAMs! The hosts are putting on their pajamas, getting comfy, and leading a talk about settling down for a good night’s sleep. Why do so many of us treat sleep as an afterthought, when it has such a dramatic effect on our performance? What happens to us physiologically when we are sleep deprived? Are there potential solutions available for those among us who are problem sleepers? Bryan talks through his own historical problems with sleep and Jonathan drops his usual tidbits of knowledge throughout the cast, challenging our listeners to treat sleep as an important part of their performance regimen. Don’t sleep on this episode! Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Sep 30, 2018
GAM E95 - Gerry's Worlds Experience and Dispelling "Week 1" Myths
01:10:45
We try to not be a drama podcast, but Gerry's experience at the World Championship is something that must be talked about. Bryan had some personal questions regarding the weekend that he'd been pondering, and Gerry is happy to answer them. They also delve into the various myths surrounding the release of a new set. Is it strategically correct to play aggro or at least be proactive? How does having all purpose answers like Assassin's Trophy change the equation? Music: Braid Timestamps: Gerry protesting Worlds - 2:11 New Standard - 27:00 What we would play week 1 - 56:58 Question of the Week - 1:04:02 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
Sep 28, 2018
Head GAMs E7 - Burnout
00:48:17
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the seventh episode of Head GAMs! This week, the hosts are talking through their own experiences with burnout in the professional and competitive realm. After defining exactly what the term means, the hosts give helpful tips for identifying burnout in ourselves and others. Bryan then posits a controversial opinion regarding what he sees as a common and unjustified response to competitive burnout. And finally, as always, Jonathan has some concrete steps we can take to alleviate the stress of burnout. Don’t forget you can support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons (including the first of our newly announced vlogs!) over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Sep 24, 2018
GAM E94 - Our GRN Top 10s
01:01:52
The full Guilds of Ravnica preview is up, so it means time to do call our Top 10s from the set! Gerry and Bryan agree on a lot of things, but the top of their GRN lists aren’t it. Music: Undertale Bryan's honorable mention - 3:49 Gerry's honorable mention - 8:32 Gerry's #10 - 9:31 Bryan's #10 - 13:11 Gerry's #9 - 15:14 Bryan's #9 - 19:48 Gerry's #8 - 23:00 Bryan's #8 - 24:47 Gerry's #7 - 27:25 Gerry's #6 - 31:13 Bryan's #6 - 33:27 Gerry's #5 - 36:36 Bryan's #4 - 41:31 Bryan's #3 - 42:38 Gerry's #2 - 46:18 Question of the week - 57:06 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/theGAMpodcast
Sep 21, 2018
Head GAMs E6 - Listening to our Listeners
00:50:26
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the sixth episode of Head GAMs! This week, the hosts sent out questions related to past show topics to a bunch of listeners. Join Bryan and Jonathan as they explore and discuss listener responses related to past failures, issues with motivation, and so much more. If you’d like to participate in the next listener focused show, we’ve got good news for you. There are a limited number of participation slots available as a reward over on our brand-new Patreon page! Come support the Head GAMs podcast and check out the great perks we’re offering our patrons over at www.patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast Contact and Support: patreon.com/HeadGAMsPodcast twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Sep 17, 2018
GAM E93 - The Best Guilds of Ravnica Cards
01:19:03
It’s preview season and, as expected from a Ravnica set, the hits don’t stop coming! Join Gerry and Bryan as they tackle cards like the format defining Assassin’s Trophy, the difficult to evaluate Dream Eater, Vraska, Niv-Mizzet, Izoni, and everything else. Music : Celeste Timestamps: Assassin's Trophy - 3:29 Vraska, Golgari Queen - 6:49 Find Finality - 10:45 District Guide - 14:17 Izoni, Thousand-Eyed - 19:21 Molderhulk - 21:35 Nullhide Ferox - 24:28 Mausoleum Secrets - 27:41 Midnight Reaper - 29:28 Deafening Clarion - 32:10 Response Resurgence - 35:40 Goblin Cratermaker - 37:42 Niv-Mizzet, Parun - 38:55 Expansion Explosion - 42:12 Ionize - 44:18 Chemister's Insight - 45:54 Arclight Phoenix - 52:17 Dream Eater - 55:45 Notion Rain - 58:32 March of the Multitudes - 1:03:24 Bounty Agent - 1:06:02 Beast Whisperer - 1:07:21 Guildmage's Forum - 1:11:10 Question of the Week - 1:13:34 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
Sep 14, 2018
Head GAMs E5 - Motivation
00:46:20
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the fifth episode of Head GAMs! The listeners have spoken again, and they asked us to spend this week’s episode discussing motivation. How does motivation relate to self-determination theory? What’s the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation? How can we tap into our core values to provide us the motivation to pursue self-improvement? All this and more on this episode of Head GAMs! Links: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ National Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-8255 Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Sep 10, 2018
GAM E92 - Guilds of Ravnica Card By Card
01:15:35
The first wave of Guilds of Ravnica previews are out, and we cover them all! From mechanics to manabases, everything is covered. Music: Donkey Kong Country 2 Timestamps: New mechanics - 0:58 The mana - 8:31 Legion Warboss - 12:33 Ral, Izzet Viceroy - 16:29 Thought Erasure - 20:42 Underrealm Lich - 26:43 Emmara, Soul of the Accord - 30:11 Boros Challenger - 33:54 Quasiduplicate - 35:12 Sinister Sabotage - 37:43 Macabre Hatchery - 38:48 Impervious Greatwurm - 40:20 Firemind's Research - 41:48 Narcomoeba - 43:59 Status and Statue - 51:31 Conclave Tribunal - 57:00 Moodmark Painter - 1:00:02 Question of the Week - 1:09:36 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
Sep 07, 2018
Head GAMs E4 - Impostor Syndrome
00:43:29
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the fourth episode of Head GAMs! This week, listeners chose the topic of discussion via Twitter poll, and people wanted to hear all about Impostor Syndrome. How does Jonathan define Impostor Syndrome? Who among us is suffering from this pervasive form of self-doubt? How does Impostor Syndrome affect our ability to perform, and what can we do to overcome this mode of thinking? Bryan and Jonathan share experiences from their own battles with Impostor Syndrome and provide advice designed to help put Impostor Syndrome behind you. All this and more on this episode of Head GAMs! Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Sep 03, 2018
GAM E91 - Unlock
01:05:26
It’s the week before preview season, and that means it’s perfect time for a “level up” episode, heavily inspired by the workings of Michael Majors! Gerry and Bryan talk about decks from Magic’s past that seemingly showed up out of nowhere, even though the pieces were there the whole time. They make the case for devouring information and not dismissing anything, even if it’s not quite there yet, in the hopes that their listeners can be on the forefront of technology. What do each of these decks and engines have in common? Bryan’s Friday article on StarCityGames.com is the perfect companion piece. Music: Dragon Ball FighterZ Timestamps: Rotation & Head GAMs - 3:30 Main topic - 8:12 Question of the week - 53:50 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
Aug 31, 2018
Head GAMs E3 - We're Talking About Practice
00:46:00
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the third episode of Head GAMs! This week, the hosts are talking about practice. Not a game… practice. The discussion starts with the oft-cited “10,000 hour” rule. Does it really take 10,000 hours to become an expert at something? Jonathan then introduces his four-step system for effective practice and references his experience working with some of the top esports competitors in the world, including stories about how the best of the best practice their craft. Your preparation for your next big event starts here—with Head GAMs! Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Aug 26, 2018
GAM E90 - The Secrets That Will Help You Win Your RPTQ
00:57:25
Despite having to drop out of Grand Prix Los Angeles due to a migraine, Gerry learned two key secrets to winning in Standard. While it might be too late for him to utilize that knowledge, it’s perfect timing for those trying to win an RPTQ in the coming weeks. Even Bryan is on board! For those playing Modern this weekend, Bryan shares his perfect metagame deck. Oddly enough, Gerry agrees with him! The GAM Podcast is in perfect harmony this week. Music: Starcraft Protoss Victory Theme Timestamps: GPLA - 2:02 Sorcerous Spyglass - 10:16 R/B - 21:34 Grixis - 38:22 Modern - 44:54 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
Aug 24, 2018
Head GAMs E2 - Optimizing Failure
00:50:55
Bryan and Jonathan are back for the second episode of Head GAMs! This week, the hosts are talking about coping with failure. Bryan talks through one of his greatest failures, as Jonathan clues him in on exactly what is happening in the brain when humans experience failure. How does failure relate to the five stages of grief? What are some exercises you can do during a potential failure to help avert disaster? Should failure be an essential part of your practice routines? All of this and more on this episode of Head GAMs! Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Aug 20, 2018
GAM E89 - Everything About Turbo Fog
01:16:35
Bryan has been working hard on perfecting Turbo Fog for Grand Prix Los Angeles. Some, including Gerry, have thought Turbo Fog was dead now that people know about it, but Bryan disagrees! They talk about Standard's winners and losers heading into the weekend, but after that, it's all Turbo Fog, all the time. Gerry plays devil's advocate, grilling Bryan on each of his card choices and the viability of Turbo Fog in general. Music: Scott Pilgrim vs the World Time stamps: Announcements - 1:47 Standard metagame - 7:29 Turbo Fog - 26:23 Gerry's deck choice - 59:59 Question of the week - 1:06:47 Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com https://www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
Aug 17, 2018
Head GAMs E1 – Intros and the Quickest Roads to Mental Improvement
00:49:13
Welcome to the very first episode of Head GAMs! Jonathan Carter is an accomplished performance psychology consultant who has worked with some of the best in e-sports. Bryan Gottlieb is a guy who talks a bunch. Together, they want to make you great at everything. Head GAMs is a discussion of the mental aspects of competition. No matter how you compete, Head GAMs will do its best to help you take your mental game to the next level! In this first episode, the hosts introduce themselves and discuss the genesis of Head GAMs. Bryan then puts Jonathan immediately to the test, asking for the highest impact adjustments he can make to his mental game to see improvement today. Links: Five-minute Journal – https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-five-minute-journal What Good Are Positive Emotions by Barbara L. Fredrickson – http://www.unc.edu/peplab/publications/Fredrickson%201998.pdf Contact and Support: twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/JonathanACarter twitter.com/HeadGAMsPodcast headgamspodcast@gmail.com
Aug 13, 2018
GAM E88 - The Future of Standard, Modern, and Legacy
01:26:47
With PT25A finally in the books, it's time to look ahead to future events, like GP Orlando and GP Brussels, and how PT25A is going to shape them. While Gerry's team had a dismal performance, was it because of their deck choices? If Gerry or Bryan were playing this weekend, what would be their weapon? This week's show wraps up with some HUGE announcements that you won't want to miss. Make sure you stick around for the entire episode! Music: Persona 4 Arena Time Stamps: Limited on the Pro Tour - 2:04 Legacy metagame at PT25A - 6:27 Standard - 27:03 Modern - 46:17 Question of the week - 58:49 Big announcements - 1:09:07 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
Aug 09, 2018
GAM E87 - Breaking PT25A
01:21:13
GAM E87 - Breaking PT25A The decklists are submitted and it’s time to battle! Gerry thinks he may have broken the format for PT25A and Bryan has many questions! The decks Gerry, Josh Cho, and Matt Severa settled on might surprise you, but they needed to make bold decisions to gain an edge. Get an update on what’s happening in each format and what’s going to stand out at PT25A in this all-encompassing episode. Music: Tactics Ogre Timestamps: Team Pro Tours - 7:29 Standard - 19:49 Modern - 32:17 Past Pro Tour decisions - 48:45 Legacy - 56:09 Question of the week - 1:10:33 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
Aug 03, 2018
GAM E86 - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The GAM Podcast
03:07:09
GAM E86 - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The GAM Podcast Ever wanted to know who would replace Gerry or Bryan if they left the cast? Thanks to our wonderful Patrons from Patreon.com/thegampodcast, we now do five episodes per month. In this bonus episode, Gerry and Bryan solicited questions from The GAM Podcast Discord channel. They. Answered. Them. All. In this mammoth episode, you get to hear Gerry’s and Bryan’s takes on coverage, relationships, pizza, and everything in between. Music: Soul Blazer Contact and Support: https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com https://www.patreon.com/thegampodcast
Jul 31, 2018
GAM E85 - Going Deeper In Modern
01:23:04
For the first time ever, Gerry and Bryan take a deep dive into the Modern Magic Online decklists. They discuss each of the 46 decklists, talking about what they like and dislike, while also giving their opinion on each deck’s place in the format. From Vengevine to Death’s Shadow and Cragganwick Cremator to Erayo, this is an episode Modern players won’t want to miss! Music: Demon's Crest Timestamps: Goblins - 3:10 G/R stuff - 10:09 Infect - 15:27 KCI - 17:10 Mono-Blue Tron - 21:20 Dredgevine - 22:36 Bant Spirits - 28:05 Jeskai Control - 31:00 U/B Mill - 33:52 Amulet - 37:08 Reveler Jund - 44:09 G/R Eldrazi - 45:24 R/W Prison - 49:40 Esper Midrange - 53:16 Ponza - 1:02:32 Humans - 1:07:32 U/W Control - 1:12:26 G/R Valakut - 1:16:18 Modern match stats across the last 3 modern GP's: https://www.reddit.com/r/spikes/comments/907n9x/modern_last_3_gps_combined_stats/?st=JK2QA0GU&sh=0bc53577 Credit to https://www.reddit.com/user/Erzel_ Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
Jul 27, 2018
GAM E84 - The Sleeper Decks Of Core Set 2019 Standard
01:01:58
Goblin Chainwhirler is unplayable! Nah, just kidding, but it does seem to be just another great card in a sea of great cards. Is the reign of Goblin Chainwhirler finally over? Has Steel Leaf Champion taken the throne? How do Nicol Bolas, Sai, and the rest of Core Set 2019’s all-stars fit into the mix? Is Paradoxical Outcome the real deal? Gerry and Bryan cover all this, plus the Core Set 2019 card that’s poised to have the biggest impact in Modern! Music: We Love Katamari Timestamps: Militia Bugler in Modern - 1:30 Standard - 9:31 Vine Mare - 19:10 Zombies & Sarkhan's Unsealing - 33:02 Paradoxical Outcome - 38:20 Question of the week - 53:03 Contact and Support: twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
Jul 20, 2018
GAM E83 - Taking A Hard Look At The First Core Set 2019 Standard Results
01:23:29
Core Set 2019 is officially out on Magic Online and the brewers have been doing work! Gerry and Bryan take a deep dive into the first 17 decklists to go 5-0 on Magic Online and pick out their favorites for the upcoming weeks. Who was the big winner from Core Set 2019? Is Stitcher's Supplier as great as Gerry predicted? Is Nicol Bolas running amok? Where do you want to be going forward? The GAM Podcast answers all these questions and more. Music: Donkey Kong Country Decks we've been playing - 7:34 B/U GPG - 13:23 Sifter Wurm - 22:11 Jeskai Control - 25:06 Grixis Midrange - 29:27 Zombies - 32:55 Steel Leaf Stompy win percentage - 46:04 B/U Midrange - 56:27 W/B Knights - 1:01:49 Question of the Week - 1:11:05 Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
Jul 12, 2018
GAM E82 - Ten Modern Cards To Stay Away From
01:14:24
There’s more than one way to prepare for a tournament. Most of the time, you’ll narrow down your deck choice from among the best options, but what if you started in reverse? Gerry and Bryan break down the recent Modern events, talk about where the format is heading, and talk about things that absolutely won’t work in Modern going forward. None of your favorite decks are safe! Music: Cuphead Timestamps: GP Barcelona & SCGATL - 2:44 B&R Announcement - 12:39 Cards you shouldn't be playing in Modern - 21:52 Gerry's #1 - 27:30 Bryan's #2 - 34:09 Gerry's #2 - 36:58 Bryan's #3 - 39:01 Gerry's #3 - 43:52 Bryan's #4 - 48:54 Gerry's #4 - 50:20 Bryan's #5 - 52:01 Gerry's #5 - 56:37 Question of the week - 1:03:04 Contact and Support twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
Jul 06, 2018
GAM E81 - Our Core Set 2019 Top 10s For Standard
01:24:41
With Core Set 2019 fully previewed, it's time to fully break down the set and talk about what looks good for Standard. Yes, there are Goblin Chainwhirler issues, but with the Standard metagame stabilizing and this set being chocked full of power, there will be cards from Core Set 2019 to make their way into Standard. Gerry and Bryan both have some surprises on their Top 10's. Can you guess which ones? Music: Legend of Zelda Four Swords Adventures Time Stamps Gerry's #10 - 5:53 Bryan's #10 - 10:45 Gerry's #9 - 11:48 Bryan's #9 - 16:13 Bryan's #8 - 19:51 Gerry's #7 - 23:58 Bryan's #7 - 29:19 Gerry's #6 - 36:21 Gerry's #5 - 38:44 Gerry's #4 - 43:38 Bryan's #4 - 48:21 Gerry & Bryan #3 - 53:01 Bryan's #2 - 55:56 Gerry's #1 - 57:21 Question of the Week - 1:12:22 Contact and Support https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com patreon.com/thegampodcast
Jun 28, 2018
GAM E80 - Mardu, KCI, Infect, And More Core 2019 Previews
01:09:47
Grand Prix Las Vegas is in the books, and Krark-Clan Ironworks emerged victorious again. Gerry played trusty Mardu Pyromancer to a respectable 12-3 finish and shares his thoughts on the archetype. There was also the Modern PTQ on Magic Online that was won by... Goblins?! Infect is also silently crushing it, so where is Modern going next? Core 2019 continues to impress with reprints and new cards alike. Is there anything in the set that can contend with Goblin Chainwhirler?
Jun 21, 2018
GAM E79 - SCGCON, RPTQs, GP Las Vegas, and Core 2019 Previews!
01:18:00
Despite so many different events happening at the same time, The GAM Podcast aims to cover them all! Hear Gerry’s take on the B/U Midrange deck he played at the SCGINVI and his thoughts on Mardu Pyromancer leading up to Grand Prix Las Vegas. There’s also the RPTQ metagame and some talk about the first batch of cards previewed from the return to core sets.
Jun 15, 2018
GAM E78 - The Daddy Returns
01:14:55
Thanks to our wonderful Patrons for helping us reach our stretch goal -- The GAM Podcast now happens five times a month! These episodes are meant to be timeless classics, either as "level up" episodes or those interviewing guests. With that in mind, The GAM Podcast is proud to present our first returning guest: Kevin "The Daddy" Jones! Kevin talks about his monumental run at Pro Tour Dominaria that ultimately lead to him finishing a heartbreaking 17th place. Join Gerry, Bryan, and Kevin as they discuss the highest highs and lowest lows of playing on the Pro Tour. Daddie! Music: Smash Brothers Melee
Jun 14, 2018
GAM E77 - How To Squander A Pro Tour And The Unified Standard Metagame
01:09:44
At Pro Tour Dominaria, Gerry blew a 3-0 start with a mediocre Standard record with R/B Midrange. Get his thoughts on the PT, the prevalence of red in general, and what to do going forward. Bryan spent the weekend glued to coverage, so he’s got his own thoughts on the matter as well. What’s more important is the RPTQs coming up and how to configure your team’s lineup. If you’re not sure what decks to play, The GAM Podcast has you covered! Music - Wave Race 64 Time Stamps PT Dominaria - 2:53 RPTQ prep - 31:41 Seat assignment & communication - 53:02 Question of the week - 1:01:28 Contact and Support https://twitter.com/g3rryt https://twitter.com/bryango https://twitter.com/TheGAMPodcast thegampodcast@gmail.com Patreon.com/thegampodcast
Jun 07, 2018
GAM E76 - The New Best Deck In Modern
01:17:04
There will be a Pro Tour Dominaria recap next week (and some recommendations for Team Unified Standard), but for now, it's time to talk Modern! Is Jeskai Control the best deck in the entire format? Despite what Bryan says, it sure as hell isn't Tron. What about Humans? Mardu Pyromancer? Where do all these decks stand at the moment and what's the deck to play for SCG Regionals? Gerry and Bryan share their picks for the weekend! There will be a Pro Tour Dominaria recap next week (and some recommendations for Team Unified Standard), but for now, it's time to talk Modern! Is Jeskai Control the best deck in the entire format? Despite what Bryan says, it sure as hell isn't Tron. What about Humans? Mardu Pyromancer? Where do all these decks stand at the moment and what's the deck to play for SCG Regionals? Gerry and Bryan share their picks for the weekend!
Jun 01, 2018
GAM E75 - The GAM Podcast Goes To Toronto, Plus Finding The Truth
01:15:47
Gerry and Bryan (along with Todd Anderson) teamed together for Grand Prix Toronto and learned plenty of valuable lessons along the way. Hear about what The GAM Toddcast chose to play in each format, why, and what they would change. After last weekend, Gerry is confident he may have broken the team constructed format and can’t wait to put it into practice. There’s also a nice rant about Finding The Truth, what that means, why matchup percentages are irrelevant, and how to utilize it in your preparation.
May 25, 2018
GAM E74 - Goblin Chainwhirler was a Mistake
01:19:05
W/B Aggro may have won the Magic Online PTQ, but R/B Aggro was the dominant force at Grand Prix Birmingham. Six copies made the Top 8 and eventually took it down, and that sort of success came seemingly out of nowhere. Gerry was on the ground floor at GP Birmingham, so he knows how it all went down. Goblin Chainwhirler is having a massive effect on Standard, to the point where Llanowar Elves may not be playable. Is Goblin Chainwhirler a more egregious Rampaging Ferocidon? How did this happen? How is Standard going to evolve going forward? Also, don't miss the biggest "I told you so" moment in GAM Podcast history!
May 18, 2018
GAM E73 - W/B Vehicles Is Better Than You Think It Is.
01:11:48
Dominaria has caused some massive shifts on the Standard landscape. White has completely supplanted black as the midrange and control color of choice, but why? And why should it have happened sooner? What should you be doing to combat this new format? Gerry and Bryan have the answer!
May 11, 2018
GAM E72 - The Scarab God is Unplayable
01:11:08
Dominaria has caused some massive shifts on the Standard landscape. White has completely supplanted black as the midrange and control color of choice, but why? And why should it have happened sooner? What should you be doing to combat this new format? Gerry and Bryan have the answer!
May 03, 2018
GAM E71 - The First Week of Dominaria Standard
01:10:22
The first Magic Online results are in for Dominaria! Gerry and Bryan go through the first wave of decklists one-by-one, talking about what they like, what they dislike, and where you want to be heading into Week 1 of Dominaria Standard. Initial thoughts on Standard - 2:19 Mono-Blue - 9:36 R/B Aggro - 11:44 New Perspective - 12:57 Mono-white tokens - 13:49 U/W Eternalize -15:29 Esper Control - 16:32 G/R Dinos - 23:21 Sultai Constrictor - 24:16 G/B Saprolings - 25:19 Mono-red GPG - 27:01 Mardu Vehicles - 30:09 U/W Control - 33:06 G/W Explore - 36:01 Mono-Green - 41:37 U/B Control - 45:09 Sultai Karn - 45:58 U/R Wizards - 48:54 U/W Midrange - 52:09 U/R Control - 56:09 U/R Flash - 1:00:23 Bant Ramp - 1:03:02 Question of the week - 1:05:30 twitter.com/thegampodcast twitter.com/g3rryt twitter.com/bryango patreon.com/thegampodcast
Apr 27, 2018
GAM E70 - Our Dominaria Top 10s!
01:14:41
The full Dominaria set has been previewed and Gerry and Bryan are both excited! They each break down their top 10 picks from the set, but it easily could have been a top 30. As always, they both have some picks that will surprise you and each other. GP Hartford experience - 1:05 Gerry's #10 - 6:56 Bryan's #10 - 9:48 Gerry's #9 - 18:18 Bryan's #9 - 21:14 Gerry's #8 - 26:53 Bryan's #8 - 30:52 Gerry's #6 - 34:43 Bryan's #6 - 35:18 Gerry's #5 - 36:51 Bryan's #5 - 39:22 Gerry's #4 - 41:26 Bryan's #4 - 44:33 Gerry's #3 - 50:26 Gerry's #2 - 54:49 Bryan's #1 - 1:01:52 Reprints - 1:03:40 Question of the week - 1:07:50 twitter.com/thegampodcast patreon.com/thegampodcast
Apr 20, 2018
GAM E69 - Selecting our Modern Decks for GP Hartford
01:07:47
Gerry and Bryan quickly discuss Grand Prix Seattle, Gerry's Top 4 finish with R/B Aggro, and whether this Standard format was a success or not. The real meat of the episode is about Modern, Grand Prix Hartford, and how Bryan doesn't know what to play. Should he default to playing Karn again? GP Seattle - 2:15 Was this a successful Standard format? - 19:25 DOM spoilers - 22:31 GP Hartford deck choice - 27:12 Question of the week - 57:26 patreon.com/thegampodcast twitter.com/thegampodcast
Apr 13, 2018
GAM E68 - Variable Ways to Solve the Same Modern Problems
01:22:57
There are format truths in Standard, Modern, and Legacy, but people don't always come to the same conclusions. In this episode, Gerry and Bryan agree on the truths of the formats, but take wildly different approaches to adapting to those truths. How do aggro decks hold their ground against Walking Ballista and a bevy of removal? How do you get an edge in the Hymn to Tourach / Kolaghan's Command grindfest in Legacy? Humans and Hollow One are the best decks in Modern, but how do you beat them? How is everyone else going to beat them? While this is "just" an episode about deck selection for the coming weeks, it's a fascinating look at how people can tackle the same problems in different ways. Tournaments we're attending - 2:56 Standard - 7:49 How Gerry prepares for tournaments - 16:25 Modern - 20:28 Living End & Hallow One - 32:41 Bring to Light Scapeshift - 36:45 Why does Hollow One play bolt? - 52:05 Legacy - 57:05 Question of the week - 1:08:28 twitter.com/thegampodcast patreon.com/thegampodcast
Apr 06, 2018
GAM E67 - Greatness, at any Cost
01:25:39
In what could be the greatest episode yet, Gerry and Bryan tackle the subject of greatness. What does it mean to be "great" at something? What does it take to get there? What are some traits shared by people with the capability for greatness? Inspired by the movie "Whiplash," this is a can't miss "level up" episode, no matter your skill level. Whiplash the Movie - 3:15 Main topic - 5:49 How to measure greatness - 11:58 Finding the truth - 24:54 Being honest with yourself - 32:33 Time management - 41:51 Progress - 1:06:13 Question of the week - 1:16:51
Mar 30, 2018
GAM E66 - A GP Phoenix Report and More Dominaria
01:20:20
After dipping his toes back into the waters of Modern, Gerry recounts his experience playing the innovative Human Company deck. What was good about the deck, and what fell short? There's still more Dominaria previews to go over and one hour wasn't nearly enough last time. As it turns out, this podcast wasn't enough either!
Mar 23, 2018
GAM E65 - Dominaria is the Best Set of All Time
01:10:33
Gerry and Bryan waste some precious minutes bragging and talking about recent Standard and Modern trends, but then it's time for Dominaria! Classic characters as planeswalkers, new card types, beloved reprints, and homages position Dominaria to be the greatest Magic set of all time, and it's not enough to cover in just one episode.
Mar 16, 2018
GAM E64 - The Best Deck in Legacy and Catching up on Modern and Standard
01:10:23
Between SCG Worcester, the Magic Online Championship Series, and Gerry finally streaming Standard, there's a lot to talk about! Hear about Bryan's Legacy experience, what Gerry and Bryan thought about the MOCS results and their impact for Modern, and what Gerry likes in Standard. Grixis Delver - 1:34 MOCS - 10:51 Guillaume Bant - 13:06 Bogles & Tron - 15:42 Standard - 22:54 Grixis Energy - 28:01 Mono Red - 30:36 U/B Midrange - 32:12 Decks we might play - 57:42 Question of the week - 1:04:28
Mar 09, 2018
GAM E63 - Bryan is Always Right, The Future of Standard, and Legacy
01:05:35
Bryan's Standard predictions are all coming to fruition! Is it time for Gerry to concede that he's been right all along? What happened at Grand Prix Memphis and where does Standard go from here? Also, what's going on in Legacy? Profane procession - 1:00 Hunter Burton Memorial Open - 6:42 GP Memphis - 10:50 Tyler's winning list - 18:51 Climb/Hydra list - 21:52 Mardu Vehicles - 26:44 B/R Aggro - 31:59 Brad's U/B Midrange - 34:00 U/B Control 37:57 Legacy 45:54 Legacy as Pro Tour format - 55:35 Question of the week - 58:37
Mar 02, 2018
GAM E62 - The Best Deck for GP Memphis and a Look at Modern
01:08:31
Neither Standard nor Modern are in a solved state, so Gerry and Bryan share their thoughts on both formats thus far. Bryan convinces Gerry on a great choice for Standard and both discuss what the best Jace deck is. Standard level 0 decks 4:56 U/B Control - 8:42 Grixis - 13:56 G/W Aggro - 18:49 W/U Sram - 29:50 Modern 43:52 Zoo - 45:05 Modern Challenge decklists - 49:07 Jace decks - 53:04 What decks would we play? - 1:02:20 Question of the week - 1:06:15`
Feb 23, 2018
GAM E61 - PTRIX, GP Toronto, and JACE???
01:07:02
There's so much to cover in this episode! From Gerry's Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan experience to Bryan's near miss at Grand Prix Toronto and the unbannings, get ready for the craziest Modern episode yet. With Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf unleashed on Modern, where does the format go? Are Gerry and Bryan's decks of choice still viable? Gerry's Pro Tour recap - 2:17 Staticaster play & Top 8 - 19:04 HOF possibilities - 32:46 Unbans - 47:40 MTGO decklist change - 1:01:13 Patreon question - 1:04:05 https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/273374#paper https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/194915#paper
Feb 16, 2018
GAM E60 - Week 1 Standard Fun Facts and the Modern Pro Tour
01:04:58
The first results of RIX Standard are in. What's killing it, what's underperforming, and what looks well-positioned in the coming weeks? Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan is coming up, and it's Modern! Find out how Gerry and Bryan would approach selecting a deck for that tournament and what they have their eyes on. Standard week 1 price is right - 3:20 Mardu Vehicles - 8:05 Merfolk - 15:40 Modern Pro Tour - 26:07 Midrange decks - 33:19 Humans - 36:35 Will there be bans post pro tour? - 40:33 Amulet - 49:45 What are we playing in Standard? - 54:42
Jan 26, 2018
GAM E59 - Arena's Economy, Standard Bans, and Why Temur and Hazored Aren't Dead
01:03:51
Gerry and Bryan go deep on a number of topics, including why everyone is in an uproar about the proposed economy for MTG Arena, why the Standard bannings are great (and why they're not), and what looks good going forward. Are Temur and Hazored dead? What have the two of them been playing in the "new" Standard format? Arena - 2:55 Standard bans - 8:28 The new metagame - 14:22 Profane Procession - 19:06 Mono-Red - 21:50 Temur - 25:31 Manabases - 32:46 Green's color identity in Standard - 35:54 Macro archetypes - 41:31 What decks are we playing - 48:57 Patreon question - 59:59
Jan 19, 2018
GAM E58 - Rivals of Ixalan Top 10s
01:15:01
Gerry and Bryan reveal their Top 10 lists for Rivals of Ixalan and their lists aren't even close! Gerry #10 - 5:47 Bryan #10 - 9:48 Gerry #9 - 15:27 Bryan #9 - 20:27 Preorders - 24:12 Gerry #8 - 25:25 Bryan #8 - 25:27 Gerry #7 - 30:25 Bryan #7 - 36:23 Gerry #6 - 43:08 Bryan #5 - 47:49 Bryan #6 - 49:04 Gerry #5 - 52:55 Gerry #4 - 53:45 Bryan #4 - 55:25 Gerry #3 - 57:44 Bryan #3 - 58:55 Gerry #2 - 1:00:53 Gerry #1 - 1:01:55 patreon.com/thegampodcast twitter.com/thegampodcast
Jan 12, 2018
GAM E57 - A Little Bit of Everything
01:03:48
With Magic in a lull for a couple weeks, The GAM Podcast brings you a little bit of everything, including time stamps for your convenience! Favorite holiday movie - 2:03 Modern metagame - 4:19 Modern Pro Tour - 11:06 Printing only Modern legal cards - 14:39 Lantern (and polarizing decks) - 17:32 B/G Midrange - 30:55 Standard - 34:19 Yuuya Temur - 34:33 Big Sultai - 41:00 Bans in Standard? - 44:09 What to play in Hearthstone - 47:07 Christmas gifts - 49:09 GAM merchandise - 51:48 Patreon question of the week - 55:38
Dec 22, 2017
GAM E56 - Modern, Building Your Sideboards, and U/W Control
01:12:47
This episode is all things Modern! We talk about the rise of big mana, how to approach building a sideboard in Modern, and why Gerry had to go back on his word regarding U/W Control.
Dec 15, 2017
GAM E55 - Why You Should Be Playing Sultai
01:06:16
Gerry breaks down his World Magic Cup experience, how he went 8-1 with Sultai, plus the hows and whys of his success. Sultai is much better than people think it is! There have been some whispers of a potential Attune with Aether ban in Standard, but what do Bryan and Gerry think about that? With Grand Prix Oklahoma City coming up, there's also some Modern talk at the end.
Dec 08, 2017
GAM E54 - Analyzing Our Weaknesses
01:05:05
In this timeless episode, Gerry and Bryan volunteer up some of their many weaknesses and discuss how they apply to Magic and life. Playing games competitively isn't as simple as playing the games. Sometimes it takes some real self-awareness to fix your weaknesses.
Nov 24, 2017
GAM E53 - New Ways to Attack Standard
01:05:38
Despite spending a lengthy amount of time talking about Temur Energy and Ramunap Red, the real story of Standard is the new decks that are popping up. How do Temur and Red deal with these new threats and where does the metagame go next? Spoiler: Cut your Disenchants this weekend!
Nov 17, 2017
GAM E52 - PT Ixalan and Six Undervalued Standard Decks
01:06:43
In this episode, Gerry breaks down his Pro Tour Ixalan experience, including the changes he made to his Temur Energy list to combat the field. Past that, there were six decks that did well at Pro Tour Ixalan that might still be under the radar.
Nov 10, 2017
GAM E51 - The Modern Deck Selection Process
01:12:31
What if Pro Tour Albuquerque was Modern? How would Gerry and Bryan go about deciding what deck to play? Where would it lead them? One of Bryan's greatest skills is deck selection and Gerry has been working on honing his. This is probably our best episode yet!
Oct 27, 2017
GAM E50 - All About Temur Energy
01:09:25
Whether you're playing with it or playing against it, you're going to need to be familiar with Temur Energy. Gerry and Bryan both worked on the deck for US Nationals, so they have a lot to say about Temur and its place in the metagame. Why is the deck built how it is, what are the flex slots, and what should the sideboard look like?
Oct 20, 2017
GAM E49 - The World Championship Experience
00:55:06
Gerry passes the hosting reigns over to Bryan for this episode since he's got a ton of questions for Gerry's World Championship experience! Find out how he ended up playing U/B Control, what the tournament was like, and how U/B looks going forward.
Oct 12, 2017
GAM E48 - A Tribute and Our Top 10's from Ixalan
01:08:27
Everyone loves a Top 10 list, and Gerry and Bryan give each of theirs for Ixalan. As always, their lists differ by more than a couple cards, and each of them have their own spicy picks! Their Top 10 lists frame the discussion of what's going to be good Week 1, what the standouts from Ixalan are, and what sorts of brews are out there. This episode has it all!
Sep 22, 2017
GAM E47 - Merfolk, and Evaluating Ixalan's Transform Cards
00:58:01
Gerry and Bryan have meticulously combed through the Ixalan previews, looking for new deck ideas and how to fill out the already existing archetypes like Pirates and Dinosaurs. Merfolk is by far the most misunderstood tribe, but Gerry knows what a successful Merfolk deck is going to look like. The transform cards are also a mystery, but they're excited by more than a few of them!
Sep 15, 2017
GAM E46 - Ixalan Hits and Misses
01:00:52
Our first episode discussing Ixalan cards! The Dinosaurs look great! They're the most straight-forward tribe, whereas Pirates, Merfolk, and Vampires are a tad confusing. What are we supposed to be doing with them? Also, what do the reprints of Duress, Spell Pierce, Opt, and Lightning Strike mean for Standard? Is Opt the next coming of Preordain?
Sep 08, 2017
GAM E45 - What We Like in Standard and Modern
01:00:55
This week we tackle a little bit of Standard and a lot of Modern! With Grand Prix Washington DC this weekend, it's the last chance to play Battle for Zendikar in this ever-changing Standard format. Who is going to come out on top? Modern has gone through some shakeups lately, and conveniently enough, it's the first time Gerry and Bryan have gotten to talk about Modern. See what Bryan's approach to the format has been, why Gerry is off Grixis Death's Shadow, and what the new Modern metagame looks like. Next week: Ixalon previews!
Sep 01, 2017
GAM E44 - One Standard Rule
00:52:01
Gerry has one rule for Standard that he's going to put to good use at Grand Prix Washington DC. If you've got a Standard tournament coming up, the rule could greatly inform your deck selection. This Standard format has been mostly defined by deck selection and reading the metagame correctly. Where's it headed next?
Aug 25, 2017
GAM E43 - Rapid Standard Evolutions
00:56:06
It looked like W/U Monument was poised to take over the format, then Ramunap Red, then Zombies and B/G -- How is Standard moving so quickly? How has the dissemination of information changed things? What's the next step in staying on top of Standard?
Aug 10, 2017
GAM E42 - Pro Tour Hour of Devastation Time!
00:54:30
It's time for Pro Tour Hour of Devastation! What do Bryan and Gerry think about Standard right before the Pro Tour? What are the best decks? What's going to break out? What beats Mono-Red?
Jul 27, 2017
GAM E41 - MTGO Information and the Standard Metagame
01:02:30
Magic Online is changing how it releases results from tournaments, but what does that mean for us grinders? How do we adapt to this new world with less information? Aside from that, we have the first big results for Hour of Devastation Standard. What looked good and what underperformed? Why was the Magic Online PTQ so much different from SCGCinci?
Jul 21, 2017
GAM E40 - Inside Our MTGO Testing
00:55:13
We've been testing Standard with Hour of Devastation on Magic Online! Get the insight into what we like, what we've seen, and what we want to work on. @bryango's G/R Ramp decklist: 3 Chandra, Flamecaller 2 Hour of Devastation 3 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger 4 Thought-Knot Seer 2 Abrade 2 Dissenter's Deliverance 4 Sheltered Thicket 4 Shrine of the Forsaken Gods 1 Sanctum of Ugin 4 Hashep Oasis 1 Ishkanah, Grafwidow 4 Hour of Promise 4 Beneath the Sands 4 Traverse the Ulvenwald 4 Ramunap Ruins 3 Forest 2 Mountain 1 Scavenger Grounds 3 Sweltering Suns 4 Walking Ballista 1 Evolving Wilds Sideboard 1 World Breaker 4 Tireless Tracker 3 Magma Spray 4 Reality Smasher 1 Struggle//Survive 1 Nissa's Defeat 1 Manglehorn
Jul 14, 2017
GAM E39 - Our MTGHOU Top Ten Lists and Standard Updates
01:01:14
We have the complete set list for Hour of Devastation! In this episode, we discuss our Top 10 lists from Hour, what new Standard is going to look like, how the old decks fare, and even discuss new archetypes that are showing promise.
Jul 07, 2017
GAM E38 - New Co-host and Hour of Devastation Previews!
00:52:12
RIP Michael Majors! Majors took a job with Wizards of the Coast and their Play Design team, so that means it's time to find a new co-host. I did it, and he's great! You'll just have to listen to find out who. We spent the rest of the cast talking about the Hour of Devastation previews and what has us excited so far.
Jun 29, 2017
GAM E37 - Mailbag!
01:04:14
We took your questions and answered them! Find out a bunch of cool stuff, including what we do wrong, what mistakes people make when playtesting, and how important it is to have a team.
Jun 08, 2017
GAM E36 - Modern is the Best Format
00:54:35
Gerry and Majors break down what happened in the Modern Grand Prix, their picks for the best decks, the best builds of those decks, and some cool technology that popped up. If you enjoy Modern, you can't miss it!
Jun 06, 2017
GAM E35 - Everything You Need to Know About Aetherworks Marvel
00:56:33
Is it just the best? How do you beat it? What version is the best? In this episode, Gerry and Michael break down Standard's most hated archetype. Even if you're not planning on spinning the Marvel yourself, you need to know how to beat it. They also get into some interesting theory points, such as how many reactive cards you want on the play. It's basically a can't miss episode.
May 25, 2017
GAM E34 - Andrew Drops By, Gerry Wins PT, Majors T16s
00:50:34
Andrew Brown takes the reins for this special episode all about Pro Tour Amonkhet and the first and sixteenth place finishes for Gerry and Michael. They talk about their preparation, the Standard metagame, and even a little bit about Amonkhet draft.
May 18, 2017
GAM E33 - Why Mardu Dominated SCGATL
00:58:39
Gerry and Michael investigate why Mardu seemed to be absolutely annihilating everyone at #SCGATL. Were the bannings short-sighted? Are we in for a one deck format instead of a two deck format? They don't seem to think so, and even have some thoughts on decks that didn't dominate the weekend, but definitely looked like they had the tools to succeed.
May 05, 2017
GAM E32 - Our Initial Testing Results
00:58:22
Note: This episode was recorded before Felidar Guardian was emergency banned. Most of the information is still good though! With Amonkhet officially out on Magic Online, Gerry and Michael finally get to work on tackling Standard. What are the early winners and losers of their testing, and what has everyone else been playing? If you like the show, we'd appreciate any support you could give at Patreon.com/thegampodcast. Thank you so much!
Apr 27, 2017
GAM E31 - The Best Decks For Amonkhet Standard
00:56:38
We have some exciting news to share -- The GAM Patreon is now live! If you like the show, we'd be honored if you'd show your support by donating, as we want to make the podcast the best it can possibly be. You can find it at www.patreon.com/thegampodcast. Other than that, we talk Amonkhet! First we talked about brews, but now it's time to get into the decks that we think have the best shot of doing well in Week 1.
Apr 21, 2017
GAM E30 - Amondecks!
00:56:55
Amonkhet preview season is in full swing! On this episode, Gerry and Michael talk about ten decks for Amonkhet Standard, both new and old! Which one do you think has the most promise?
Apr 14, 2017
GAM E29 - Official Amonkhet Previews of Manglehorn and Magma Spray!
00:52:57
This week we get not one, but two preview cards for Amonkhet - Manglehorn and Magma Spray! Find out why Michael and Gerry think Manglehorn will be one of the most impactful cards in the entire set. Plus, we talk about everything else from Amonkhet that's been previewed so far!
Apr 06, 2017
GAM E28 - First Amonkhet Impressions!
00:47:39
Amonkhet preview season begins! It's pretty light so far, so Gerry and Michael mostly talk about the mechanics and their implications. There's also some Grand Prix San Antonio stuff toward the end.
Mar 31, 2017
GAM E27 - The Top 15 Modern Decks
01:05:13
Wondering what's going on in Modern and why? Is there a deck you think is overplayed (or underplayed) and don't really know why? Gerry and Michael break down the best performing decks in Modern and give their thoughts on each archetype.
Mar 24, 2017
GAM E26 - Planeswalkers and Deck Selection
00:51:41
This week we cover some general topics. What goes into deck selection? How do we rate ourselves? But first, we talk about planeswalkers, what they're doing to Magic, and whether or not that should change.
Mar 23, 2017
GAM E25 - Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know About Mardu Vehicles
00:51:41
Whether you're playing with or against Mardu Vehicles, it's important to know what's going on with Standard's best deck. In this deck tech episode, G&M go over the history of the deck, why it's built the way it is now, and how to tweak it to great success in the future. With Grand Prix New Jersey on the horizon, you can't miss this episode!
Mar 10, 2017
GAM E24 - Racking up Top 8s with Death's Shadow
00:49:22
This week, it was Michael Majors who took Death's Shadow to a Top 8 finish in Modern. We talk about Death's Shadow, updates, potential color swaps, and Modern as a whole. There's also a good bit of Standard talk in there. Plus, we get a sign off from a special guest!
Mar 03, 2017
GAM E23 - Shadows and Birds
00:50:57
Gerry and Majors both played some Modern last weekend. While Gerry's deck was broken, Majors was... Interesting. They talk about Modern, Death's Shadow's impact on the format going forward, and what to do this weekend. What needs to happen in order for Majors's deck to be great? See y'all at #SCGINDY!
Feb 23, 2017
GAM E22 - We're Gaming This Weekend!
01:01:21
We're both playing in Modern tournaments this weekend! Tune in and see what our plans are for both GPVAN and SCGBALT. They've both made some interesting deck choices...
Feb 18, 2017
GAM E21 - What Happened to Saheeli?
00:52:15
Michael and Gerry had wildly mediocre Pro Tour performances! They talk about their testing process, the Pro Tour itself, how Mardu came to dominate. As always, they get a liiiiiittle off topic...
Feb 10, 2017
The GAM E20 - Rating the Decks from #SCGCOL
00:53:35
Michael and Gerry break down the popular decks from #SCGCOL. What they liked and didn't like will probably surprise you...
Jan 26, 2017
GAM E19 - Surprise B/R List Announcement and the Implications
00:59:58
These bannings are crazy! But possibly crazy good. What are the implications? Warning: We go off on some weirrrrrd tangents.
Jan 12, 2017
GAM E18 - Why Tezzeret is Great (And Other AER Cards)
00:56:33
We lost a Platinum pro, but we're keeping this train moving. Aether Revolt preview season was enough to get us out of retirement. Tezzeret the Schemer is the most underrated card in the set, and Majors has a card he thinks is legitimately broken. Gerry and Michael talk about some of the better cards in AER that aren't on anyone's radar.
Jan 06, 2017
GAM Podcast E17 - Goodbye Andrew
00:51:09
Andrew leaves the podcast for green pastures. But we discuss going to wizards and the future of the GAM itself!
Oct 28, 2016
Gam Podcast E16 - Kaladecks!
00:57:34
The only hyper-competitive Magic: the Gathering podcast featuring one Gold and two Platinum players! Kaladesh season is in full swing and the guys are brewing and playtesting already. What do they think is looking good so far?
Sep 22, 2016
GAM E15 - Our Top 4 Kaladesh Cards
00:50:22
In this week's episode the each members of the GAM talk about their top 4 favorite new cards for the brand new Standard format.
Sep 15, 2016
GAM E14 - B. BBD. BBD. BBDEEEEEE.
00:43:02
The only hyper-competitive, Constructed-focused Magic: The Gathering podcast, featuring two Platinum and one Gold pros. This week we welcome our second guest, World Champion Brian Braun-Duin! He talks about his approach to a unique tournament like Worlds, the decks he played, and what's in store for the future. Also, did Andrew meet his future wife at PAX? It's a more interesting story than you might think!
Sep 08, 2016
GAM E13 - Improving Your Game, One Step at a Time
01:04:09
This week we discuss a bit about worlds and a lot about improving your game.
Sep 01, 2016
Gam E12 - Majors Broke Standard
00:50:28
This week we discuss Major's top 4 finish at the invitational, how he broke standard, and some modern musings for this weekend.
Aug 25, 2016
GAM E11 - What is Actually Good
00:52:31
Two platinums and a gold level pro talking about their weekend playing magic and figuring out what is actually good this week.
Aug 18, 2016
GAM E10 - Emerging Platinum!
00:55:48
Now we're one Gold and two Platinum pros! Andrew Brown talks about his journey into the #PTEMN Top 8 with his Temur Emerge deck! No games, just business.
Aug 12, 2016
GAM E9 The Mindset of Top Level Magic
00:59:06
GAM E9 The Mindset of Top Level Magic by Arena Decklists
Jul 22, 2016
GAM E8 - The Six Decks People Will Play Week One
00:48:10
What are people going to play Week 1? The guys go over what they expect, while talking about each deck and their experiences with them. How they should be built, how they fit into the metagame, and more. If you're playing Standard next week, you shouldn't miss this.
Jul 14, 2016
Gam E7 - The Sky is Falling
00:56:17
First, some spoiler talk, then why #MTGEMN is going to break Standard. No games this time.
Jul 08, 2016
Gam E6 - The Daddy Has Arrived!
01:01:42
The only hyper-competitive, Constructed-focused Magic: The Gathering podcast, featuring one Platinum and two Gold pros. Kevin "Daddy" Jones is our first guest star. How did he get his nickname anyway? He walks us through life as a Metagame Guru and his SCG DFW Modern Open winning Grixis Delver deck. We get to play some games with Daddy at the end. This is easily our most fun episode to date. http://metagamegurus.com/ Kevin's deck: http://sales.starcitygames.com//deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=104444 http://www.kirwansgamestore.com/ https://www.twitch.tv/kirwansgamestore @g3rryt @murk_lurker @michaeljmajors @thegampodcast @kjvsthehighway
Jun 30, 2016
Gam E5 - Why Metagaming is Wrong and Emrakul is Great
00:55:59
The only hyper-competitive, Constructed-focused Magic: The Gathering podcast, featuring one Platinum and two Gold pros. Find out how Andrew did at the WMCQ with UW NICE and discuss the pros and cons of trying to hate out G/W Tokens with Rattlechains. Also, spoilers! Not many people seem to like Emrakul, the Promised End, but The Gam Podcast is very excited about it. How should you be evaluating spoilers this season? Hugo Terra's deck: http://sales.starcitygames.com//deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=103739 Brennan DiCandio's deck: http://sales.starcitygames.com//deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=104166 Andrew's deck: 4 Port Town 4 Prairie Stream 7 Island 10 Plains 4 Thraben Inspector 2 Hanweir Militia Captain 3 Declaration in Stone 4 Knight of the White Orchid 3 Clash of Wills 2 Always Watching 4 Eldrazi Skyspawner 4 Reflector Mage 3 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar 2 Archangel Avacyn 4 Dragonlord Ojutai Sideboard 1 Dispel 2 Scatter to the Winds 1 Westvale Abbey 2 Linvala, the Preserver 1 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar 1 Declaration in Stone 2 Secure the Wastes 2 Silkwrap 3 Tragic Arrogance
Jun 23, 2016
GAM E4 - Legacy, Andrew's Tech for the WMCQ, and NBA Jam
00:54:50
The only hyper-competitive, Constructed-focused Magic: The Gathering podcast, featuring one Platinum and two Gold pros. Gerry and Michael highlight their Grand Prix Columbus experience with Grixis Control and Mono-White Eldrazi. What deck does the cast think everyone should be playing in Legacy? With the WMCQ and #SCGORL coming up, find out what Andrew is hoping to crush G/W Tokens with. Should Michael attend the WMCQ? As always, there are some games at the end...
Jun 16, 2016
GAM E3 - G/W Tokens Deck Tech
00:57:41
The only hyper-competitive, Constructed-focused Magic: The Gathering podcast, featuring one Platinum and two Gold pros. We try something new this week, focusing almost entirely on G/W Tokens and Gerry's recent 15-0 run at #SCGATL. What made his deck so special? This podcast should give you everything you need to know about the best deck in Standard. As always, there are some games at the end... @thegampodcast @g3rryt @michaeljmajors @murk_lurker 4 Archangel Avacyn 2 Declaration in Stone 4 Oath of Nissa 4 Sylvan Advocate 4 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar 4 Gideon, Ally of Zendikar 4 Hangarback Walker 2 Evolutionary Leap 2 Den Protector 4 Dromoka's Command 2 Westvale Abbey 4 Fortified Village 4 Canopy Vista 9 Forest 7 Plains Sideboard 2 Declaration in Stone 2 Linvala, the Preserver 3 Planar Outburst 2 Stasis Snare 1 Enlightened Ascetic 2 Nissa, Vastwood Seer 1 Den Protector 2 Secure the Wastes
Jun 09, 2016
GAM E2 - G/W Tokens and Cheating in Magic
01:01:31
The only hyper-competitive, Constructed-focused Magic: The Gathering podcast, featuring one Platinum and two Gold pros. This week, the guys discuss what happened at GP Minneapolis and GP Manchester. Where did the GW Tokens resurgence come from? Also, why are people cheating? Martin Mueller's Mono-Blue 4 Engulf the Shore 1 Rise from the Tides 4 Nagging Thoughts 4 Pore Over the Pages 4 Part the Waterveil 4 Jace's Sanctum 4 Hydrolash 4 Prism Ring 3 Day's Undoing 4 Anticipate 24 Island Sideboard 2 Invasive Surgery 4 Thing in the Ice 4 Jace, Vryn's Prodigy 1 Displacement Wave 4 Negate As always, there are some games at the end... @thegampodcast @g3rryt @michaeljmajors @murk_lurker
Jun 02, 2016
GAM E1 - Welcome!
00:44:42
The only hyper-competitive, Constructed-focused Magic: The Gathering podcast, featuring one Platinum and two Gold pros. This week, everyone discusses their experiences playing Modern at the Grand Prix level with three different decks (Jeskai Nahiri, Ad Nauseam, Infect) and want to play in Standard this week. There's also "The Game" at the end...
May 26, 2016