Pro Points

By PVDDR, Siggy and Sam Black

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We're a podcast that talks about various MTG things from the perspective of professional players

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Ep. 41 - Talkin' about Planeswalkers Part 3
01:31:16
With most of War of the Spark revealed, the guys are running through some of the last War of the Spark cards including Blast Zone, Mobilized District, Neheb, the Zombie Gods and the big bad himself, Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR
Apr 19, 2019
Ep. 40 - Talkin' about Planeswalkers Part 2
01:18:38
With more previews coming from War of the Spark, the guys continue to talk about some of their favorite cards revealed so far including Karn, Ral Zarek, Feather, Saheeli, and Roalesk! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR
Apr 12, 2019
Ep. 39 - Talkin' about Planeswalkers
01:18:59
Mike and Paulo are back from Boston with planeswalkers in tow! They're reviewing some of their favorite ones revealed so far from War of the Spark including Tezzeret, Teferi, Vivien, and more! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR
Apr 05, 2019
Ep. 38 - Q&A Session
01:11:13
We put out the call for questions and you all delivered well! This week, we're answering YOUR questions about Magic, life, and more! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR
Mar 23, 2019
Ep 37 - Navigating Modern
00:59:23
With no bans coming to Modern, the guys are talking about how to navigate the format from their upcoming events, including a discussion on the format at MC London! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR
Mar 15, 2019
Ep 36 - Whose Topic Is It Anyway?
01:14:48
Paulo is back this week and there are so many topics to talk about, they can't choose just one! From Bo1 testing to War of the Spark theories to dealing with tilt, this episode has a little bit of something for everyone! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR
Mar 11, 2019
Ep. 35 - Mythic Championship Cleveland Recap, Mulligans, and Modern
01:14:21
Mike and Sam are back from the Mythic Championship and are ready to share their thoughts on the weekend! Plus, a new mulligan rule has been announced and the guys go through some of their wish list cards in Modern Horizons! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR
Mar 01, 2019
Ep. 34 - Nexus Is Dead, Long Live Nexus!
00:49:06
This just in: Nexus of Fate was banned in Bo1! What does this mean for the format? What decks now rise to the top? Should there be more bans and should it be banned in Bo3? Find out on this episode of Pro Points! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: @lakeyinspired
Feb 15, 2019
Ep. 33 - Our Standard Testing Results
01:04:31
The guys have been hard at work testing Standard and they want to share the fruits of their testing with you! Check out some of their decklists below! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: @lakeyinspired DECKLISTS: BR Midrange: //Creatures (19): 4 Goblin Chainwhirler 3 Siege-Gang Commander 4 Dire Fleet Daredevil 4 Rekindling Phoenix 4 Rix Maadi Reveler //Planeswalkers (1): 1 Karn, Scion of Urza //Non-creature Spells (15): 2 The Eldest Reborn 2 Treasure Map 2 Banefire 2 Shock 4 Lava Coil 3 Carnival // Carnage //Lands (25): 4 Dragonskull Summit 1 Swamp 14 Mountain 4 Blood Crypt 2 Rakdos Guildgate //Sideboard (15): 1 Fight with Fire 1 The Eldest Reborn 4 Duress 2 Fiery Cannonade 2 Shock 3 Legion Warboss 2 Theater of Horrors Mono Blue Aggro: //Creatures (19): 4 Merfolk Trickster 4 Tempest Djinn 3 Mist-Cloaked Herald 4 Siren Stormtamer 4 Pteramander //Non-creature Spells (22): 1 Blink of an Eye 4 Wizard's Retort 4 Curious Obsession 3 Spell Pierce 3 Chart a Course 2 Dive Down 4 Opt 1 Essence Capture //Lands (19): 19 Island //Sideboard (15): 2 Deep Freeze 3 Negate 1 Search for Azcanta 2 Entrancing Melody 2 Exclusion Mage 3 Surge Mare 2 Faerie Duelist Esper Control: //Creatures (1): 1 Chromium, the Mutable //Planeswalkers (4): 4 Teferi, Hero of Dominaria //Non-creature Spells (29): 1 Cast Down 2 Moment of Craving 2 Negate 3 Vraska's Contempt 2 Search for Azcanta 3 Chemister's Insight 4 Thought Erasure 1 Precognitive Perception 4 Absorb 4 Kaya's Wrath 3 Mortify //Lands (26): 4 Isolated Chapel 4 Drowned Catacomb 4 Glacial Fortress 1 Island 1 Swamp 4 Watery Grave 4 Godless Shrine 4 Hallowed Fountain //Sideboard (0): 1 Cast Down 1 Lyra Dawnbringer 1 Moment of Craving 1 Negate 2 Hostage Taker 2 Duress 4 Thief of Sanity 3 Basilica Bell-Haunt Sultai Midrange //Creatures (23): 4 Llanowar Elves 4 Jadelight Ranger 2 Ravenous Chupacabra 4 Wildgrowth Walker 1 Hostage Taker 4 Merfolk Branchwalker 4 Hydroid Krasis //Planeswalkers (5): 2 Vraska, Relic Seeker 3 Vivien Reid //Non-creature Spells (8): 3 Cast Down 2 Vraska's Contempt 3 Find // Finality //Lands (24): 1 Hinterland Harbor 4 Woodland Cemetery 3 Drowned Catacomb 4 Forest 4 Overgrown Tomb 4 Watery Grave 4 Breeding Pool //Sideboard (0): 1 Cast Down 1 The Eldest Reborn 4 Negate 1 Hostage Taker 4 Duress 3 Thief of Sanity 1 Unmoored Ego Gates: //Creatures (14): 1 Knight of Autumn 1 Archway Angel 4 Gatebreaker Ram 4 Hydroid Krasis 4 Gate Colossus //Non-creature Spells (19): 4 Guild Summit 4 Circuitous Route 3 Deafening Clarion 4 Gates Ablaze 4 Growth Spiral //Lands (27): 1 Island 1 Forest 4 Izzet Guildgate 4 Selesnya Guildgate 1 Temple Garden 3 Azorius Guildgate 1 Breeding Pool 4 Gruul Guildgate 4 Plaza of Harmony 4 Simic Guildgate //Sideboard (0): 4 Negate 1 Star of Extinction 1 Ixalan's Binding 2 Crushing Canopy 1 Deafening Clarion 2 Archway Angel 3 Cindervines 1 Collision // Colossus
Feb 08, 2019
Ep 32: Analyzing the Mythic Invitational
01:16:26
This week, the guys are looking at and discussing the Mythic Invitational event being hosted at PAX East this year. They'll talk invitations, break down the Duo Standard format, and talk about the future direction of Magic!
Feb 01, 2019
Pro Points Ep. 31 - Opening the (Draft) Gates Strategy
01:11:26
This week with Paulo and Mike away at WOTC, we've got TWO special guests joining us for a draft discussion: Bob Maher and David Williams! They'll be discussing their 5 Color draft techniques to help you go infinite in MTG Arena and in paper! Shoutout to https://twitter.com/acdbob & https://twitter.com/dwpoker Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: @lakeyinspired
Jan 25, 2019
Ep. 30 - Building New Standard with Ravnica Allegiance
00:57:32
Everyone's brought a deck to the table for discussion on this week's podcast. Get an inside look at the brewing and deck refinement process for the new Ravnica Allegiance Standard format! Decklists: Paulo 4 llanowar elves 4 Incubation Druid 4 Growth-Chamber Guardian 4 Frilled Mystic 4 Mesmerizing Benthid 2 Carnage Tyrant 1 Zegana, Utopian Speaker 1 Dream Eater 3 Thrashing Brontodon 1 Jadelight Ranger 4 Incubation / incongruity 4 Hadanas Climb 4 Breeding Pool 4 Hinterland Harbor 7 Island 9 Forest Mike 4 Lightning Strike 4 Shock 4 Ghitu Lavarunner 4 Wizards Lightning 4 Viashino Pyromancer 3 Risk Factor 4 Theatre of Horrors 4 Rix Maadi Reveler 4 Skewer the Critics 1 Carnival/Carnage 4 Dragonskull Summit 4 Blood Crypt 4 Swamp 12 mountain 1 Angrath, Flame-Chained 1 Risk Factor 2 Banefire 4 Lava Coil 3 Fiery Cannonade 4 Rekindling Phoenix Sam 4 Benthic Biomancer 4 Incubation 4 Deeproot Elite 4 Silvergill Adept 4 Merfolk Branchwalker 4 Wildgrowth Walker 4 Jadelight Ranger 4 Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca 2 Deeproot Waters 2 Hadana's Climb 1 Tempest Caller 4 Unclaimed Territory 4 Breeding Pool 4 Hinterland Harbor 7 Forest 6 Island Sideboard 2 Deeproot Waters 2 Applied Biomancy 2 Spell Pierce 2 Negate 2 Tempest Caller 2 Dive Down 2 Merfolk Trickster 1 Shaper's Sanctuary Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: @lakeyinspired
Jan 17, 2019
Ep. 29 - Ravnica Allegiance Preview Discussion Pt. 2
01:23:11
We're continuing our discussion on the newest previews from Ravnica Allegiance with some of the best cards from the set! Check out the guy's thoughts on cards like Domri, Chaos Bringer, Prime Speaker Vannifar, and more! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: @lakeyinspired
Jan 10, 2019
Ep. 28 - Ravnica Allegiance Preview Discussion Pt. 1
01:06:56
Preview season has begun for Ravnica Allegiance and the guys are sitting down to talk about some of the hottest cards from the set so far! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: @lakeyinspired
Jan 03, 2019
Pro Points Ep. 27 - Breaking Down Ravnica Allegiance (So Far)
01:05:49
The guys are fired up over some of the preview cards released from Ravnica Allegiance so come listen to what they think is going to dominate the new format! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: @lakeyinspired
Dec 28, 2018
Ep. 26 - Esports and the Future of Magic
01:11:30
Magic's esports announcement has changed the game and Mike, Sam, and Paulo are ready to give you an insider's look on this latest change! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: twitter.com/PVDDR Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: @lakeyinspired
Dec 20, 2018
Ep. 25 - Understanding Deck Difficulty
01:17:25
This week our hosts work to understand deck difficulty and how that plays into your deck decision process. What are some of the easiest deck? What are some of the hardest? What goes into determining what a deck's difficulty is? Check out this week's episode to find out! Be sure to follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/propointscast You can follow the hosts here: Mike Sigrist: https://twitter.com/MSigrist83 Sam Black: https://twitter.com/SamuelHBlack Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa: https://twitter.com/PVDDR Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired
Dec 13, 2018
Ep. 24 - Our Favorite Casual Formats
00:56:03
This week, Mike, Sam, and Paulo are talking about their favorite casual formats of Magic and defining what's fun to each of them! If you're looking to take a quick break from Standard or Modern, give one of these casual formats a shot!
Dec 06, 2018
Ep. 23 - Preparing for Your Next Modern Event
00:58:09
This week, Mike, Sam, and Paulo are here to help you prepare for your next modern event! Get an inside look into what goes into preparing for any given Modern metagame, using personal shortcuts, and selecting the best deck for yourself! Music by LAKEY INSPIRED - Warm Nights Hear more from LAKEY INSPIRED: https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired
Nov 29, 2018
Ep 22 - Discussing Standard After GP Milwaukee
01:14:49
In this week's episode, we delve a bit deeper into Standard, talking about the innovative deck Sam Black played at GP Milwaukee, discussing the winning Jeskai list, and analyzing the direction we believe the format is going.
Nov 22, 2018
Ep 21 - Recapping Pro Tour Guilds Of Ravnica
01:11:57
Ep 21 - Recapping Pro Tour Guilds Of Ravnica by PVDDR, Siggy and Sam Black
Nov 14, 2018
Ep. 20 - Discussing Current The Modern Metagame
01:01:04
We're discussing the current modern metagame. Which decks are we thinking are competitive this week? We're identifying the trends we see players are reacting to in the past few weeks and breaking down which archetypes would be successful next week.
Nov 01, 2018
Ep. 19 - Fundamentals Of Play Testing
00:58:10
We're talking about the fundamentals of play testing. How many matches create a relevant sample size? How to work with your teammates to determine the correct upcoming meta? How should you play test potential sideboards?
Oct 26, 2018
Ep. 18 - Wading Into Guilds Of Ravnica Standard
00:54:48
This week it’s just us two, Mike and Sam. Paulo is on his honeymoon and will be out for a couple of weeks. We’re starting our testing with Guilds of Ravnica Standard. What archetypes are capturing our attention in this first round of testing? Which specific cards seem to be breakout hits? We’re giving you a head start on the format with our analysis, this week, on Pro Points.
Oct 18, 2018
Ep. 17 - Managing Travel To Tournaments
00:44:33
We're talking about how to manage travel to tournaments. We give our tips on booking flights, hotels, food, and our own personal advice that we've mastered in the decades traveling around the world playing Magic: The Gathering. Paulo is also getting married this week! So congrats to him on that! We talk about bit about Paulo's wedding and in the next few weeks, it's just going to be Mike and Sam.
Oct 10, 2018
Ep. 16 - Thoughts on MTG Arena And The New GRN Standard
01:07:16
We're talking about MTG Arena's open beta, and what we think the new standard rotation is going to look like now that Guilds of Ravnica is out. We've got some very interesting takes on whether or not MTG Arena is going to be viable as a playtest platform moving forward. And also what Arena's implications are going to be for Magic as a whole.
Oct 04, 2018
Ep. 15 - MTG World Championships 2018 Recap
00:44:11
We're recapping what happened at the Magic: The Gathering World Championships 2018. Our very own Mike Sigrist competed in Las Vegas. We discuss happenings from Worlds 2018, Gerry Thompson's protest by not playing, and also Ken Yukihiro's disqualification. We're also discussing future possible formats for Pro Tours and bringing back the ELO system for MTG.
Sep 26, 2018
Ep. 14 - Building New Standard Decks With Guilds Of Ravnica
01:09:13
We're diving into some new decks for standard using cards from Guilds of Ravnica! We recorded this on 9-15-18, so not all of the cards from Guilds of Ravnica have been previewed yet. There will be lots of changes as the metagame emerges, but we'll be taking a first look at what we think are competitive strategies.
Sep 20, 2018
Pro Points Guilds Of Ravnica Preview Card
00:09:01
We have a preview card from Wizards of the Coast that we're excited to share with you from the upcoming set Guilds of Ravnica! Justice Strike RW - Instant Target creature deals damage to itself equal to it's power.
Sep 17, 2018
Ep. 13 - Guilds Of Ravnica Preview Card and Set Discussion
01:06:36
We've sharing a preview card from Guilds of Ravnica and discussing our thoughts on some interesting cards that have been previewed so far. How will the new set change Standard, Modern, and Legacy? Also! Congrats on Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa for his 2nd place finish at GP Detroit, which is his 4th team Top 4 this year!
Sep 14, 2018
Ep. 12 - Magic In The Big Picture How To Think Of Life Beyond Magic
01:03:33
In this episode, we're discussing about how Magic: The Gathering fits into our goals and life in a broad sense. What would we do if Magic were no longer a part of our lives? What are our broader life goals? What advice do we have when people ask us about what's next?
Sep 05, 2018
Ep. 11 - Mind Tricks Fake Outs And The Mental Subgame
01:09:24
We're discussing all of the mind tricks, cleaver plays, fake outs, and the mental subgame that goes on in Magic: The Gathering. It's important for players of all levels to understand what techniques and strategies break the rules to deceive their rules and which ones bend the rules to your advantage.
Aug 30, 2018
Ep. 10 - Hall Of Fame 2018 Discussion
01:19:56
We're talking about our ballots for the Pro Tour Hall of Fame 2018. We discuss our thoughts on the top players on this year's ballot, the importance of integrity, and what it means to be in the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.
Aug 24, 2018
Ep 9 - Pro Tour 25 Discussion And The Standard Meta
00:58:47
We recap Pro Tour 25 and discuss the current Standard meta for upcoming GPs.
Aug 18, 2018
Ep 8 - Learning from the worst mistakes we've ever made
00:51:12
In today's episode, we go over mistakes that we normally make in games of Magic, so that you can avoid making them. We also talk about the biggest mistake each of us has ever made in a game.
Jul 26, 2018
Ep 7 - All about teams!
00:55:29
In this episode, we talk about Teams in Magic - whether a team is necessary to be successful at a high level, the best way to find a team, the best way to test, what qualities make for a good and a bad teammate, and so on.
Jul 19, 2018
Ep 6 - Sam Black Is Drafting All The Auras
00:41:18
In this episode, we talk about M19 draft and sealed, different approaches to deck selection, GP Sao Paulo, and Pre-releases in general.
Jul 11, 2018
Ep 5 - Paulo Just Wants To Get Dinner With Everyone
01:01:58
PVDDR, Sam Black and Mike Sigrist talk about the recent announcements from WOTC - the Deathrite Shaman & Gitaxian Probe Ban, the lack of ban on Stoneforge Mystic and Goblin Chainwhirler, and the controversial Silver Showcase.
Jul 06, 2018
Ep 4 - The Return of the core set, M19!
01:42:21
PVDDR, Sam Black and Mike Sigrist talk about the M19 spoilers and what cards we expect to be good in Standard, Modern and Legacy
Jun 28, 2018
Ep 1 - Pro Points
00:43:26
This is the first episode of a podcast by Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Sam Black and Mike Sigrist. In it, we talk about possible configurations for Unified Standard, what's different about it, and what we believe people should play.
Jun 07, 2018