This week we're returning to Ben's concept of Synergy Theory and looking at MID limited under that lens! Drafting "decks not cards" is harder than it sounds, so we're here to help by looking at cards interacting with mechanics, their own color, other colors, and their strategy compatibility.
Original Episode: https://www.lordsoflimited.com/episodes/synergy-theory-episode-174
Ethan's Survivor Podcast: https://comeoninsurvivors.libsyn.com/
High stakes limited play is back with the opening day drafts at the World Championship! Ben & Ethan break down the two featured drafters, PVDDR and Seth Manfield, and go pick by pick in their two difficult seats!
Between Packs: https://imgur.com/a/HekvYlC
For the October Bonus Episode, your hosts are diving into the MID Team Draft vs Team Resources, where they went right, where they went wrong, and what the takeaways are for next time!
Drafts and Decks: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRlU_HNo44kWEMx0EyTWNXKUWuBRY3XoLXgGwwmVC_dC31FN9wxyNIHNS4eevhM7wMDYL_gX5biZSWj/pub
This week we're exploring all that MID's most misunderstood color has to offer. Even though Red is the worst color, it's nowhere near Blue in AFR, and actually has a lot of play to it if you unlock its secrets. Shout out to Ryan Saxe for his help with this episode!
Draft Log 1: https://www.17lands.com/draft/c3d93a02bb6b43f6a03cbd89df0494f3
Draft Log 2: https://www.17lands.com/draft/18816aa58e6f4c47b9c855bf1a3e6067
Ethan's return to the podcast has him trying his best to catch-up on the format and pick Ben's brain with a lot of questions. We then discuss a general approach to navigating drafts in MID and put that into practice with a couple of roundtable deep dives!
Draft Log 1: https://www.17lands.com/draft/e065cca5d4bf40b6b807f704941c9145
Draft Log 2: https://www.17lands.com/draft/d3d3c43747354934820ccf205a9dde0b
Episode 228 is here after the first weekend of playing with Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, and we've broken the format wide open. Dimir Zombies is the best deck in the format, and it is hungry for brains! We go over the big picture concepts of how to win in the format, overperforming cards, and rerank the top commons. Don't miss out on the opportunity to get a big edge on your competition this week!
We're welcoming in the newest limited format the only way we know how to on LOL: The Crash Course! Join us as we look through big picture concepts like creatures vs. removal, archetype support, incidental lifegain, flying and of course our top commons and uncommons in each color!
Grading Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQyvruGHlT3yRFp029_TewlLlHjxnLWXjWscKIdisMd-I-JBGLzLMfJnq4nAv6vbI94zR5X1Qeh_5CN/pubhtml
With Innistrad: Midnight Hunt right around the corner, your hosts are taking a deep dive on all the commons and uncommons previewed so far to try to get a sense of what to expect from this upcoming draft format in terms of mechanics, archetypes, build arounds, and more!
We're kicking off September with our monthly bonus episode dedicated entirely to the newly redesigned Tinkerer's Cube on MTGA! This cube captured the hearts and imaginations of both your hosts immediately and we're here to share everything we know about winning and having fun in this extremely well designed limited environment!
We're sending Adventures in the Forgotten Realms off in classic LOL fashion with our 50 Takes episode! What were our biggest takeaway from the format? Just how busted was Rakdos? What did 17lands data teach us? How did Venturing shake out? These questions and more answered in this 50 point rundown!
For our August Bonus Episode, we're joined by Data Scientist and Limited aficionado Carl AKA TwoDuckCubed! With the rise of data in the MTG Limited world, we wanted a chance to air our concerns and frustrations and put Data in the hot seat with Carl as its appointed defense attorney. Let the trial begin!
With Adventures in the Forgotten Realms almost on the outs, we return to a LOL staple and look at a bunch of "What's the Play" situations from various games in the AFR Draft Challenge Event on MTGA.
Play Along at Home: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQcqxasMPCepNTuVNz49qNBl5PXbchgX7ti5yceeHKuiR4fnjC4cjEO97AgjJM-zKDttStp0UCfCx-R/pub
Your hosts are back with an early mid-week episode to bring you up to speed on the newest MTGA announcement for limited players! From August 10-26, Arena is bringing back Amonkhet Remastered, Kaladesh Remastered, and Ikoria for 5 days each and is giving everyone a free draft entry for each format! Want to know how to win in each of these complex sets? Tune in and find out!
This week we're running back our Pass/Fail style episode, this time exploring all 6 non-blue decks in AFR; what are the strategies for each archetype, do they have multiple builds, and what are the overall takeaways for success in the format? Listen and find out!
Decks Discussed: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQw1DtFy9Zsk5GInHZx0nOp6QymVKOoRBChaYkf1-PogyRLktEdUhnsqffYri69YbOM8bRzmFzjw56D/pub
It's that time again: another review of a Lords & Chord Vs. Resources Team Draft! Follow along with your hosts as they take a look at all 6 draft logs and decks, where they may have gone wrong, and what pivotal picks dictated the wins and losses for each team!
Play along at home: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTMb2jNe24S0VMqT-gaykaoxl5bnjNende-H-xwUaVVj3iiSAbg1wLxLkhIdq0FxFTbK-5SeCk-hmN8/pub
Our July Bonus Episode has us looking at all 17 limited formats since starting the podcast and ranking them from worst to best! Take a trip down memory lane with us as we discuss the best deck in each set, what worked, what didn't, and which sets fully inhabited the 8 characteristics of a great limited format!
This week we're examining the outcast of Adventures in the Forgotten Realms: Blue. What are the reasons to draft and (more importantly) what are the reasons to not draft this color? What other colors does it pair best with and how should you be thinking about the commons and uncommons this color has to offer? Answers to all these questions and more in this episode!
It seems that in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, aggro is the name of the game. With so many mechanics and cards that can snow ball from a fast start, how can you combat these tier 1 aggressive strategies? That's exactly what we're here to discuss this week. What cards and archetypes are best when battling the red menace and what are they keys to beating aggro in AFR? Look no further than this episode!
With a weekend full of drafts under their belts, your hosts are here to give you as much info as possible on AFR to help you get a critical hit on your AFR draft. In this episode, we take a look at re-evaluating dungeons and venture, speed of the format, what decks and colors we've been winning with, and re-ranking the top commons!
AFR Tier List: https://www.lordsoflimited.com/tier-list
LOL Merch: https://www.lordsoflimited.com/merch
With only a day to spare before the release of Adventures in The Forgotten Realms, your hosts are here with their Crash Course episode to get you as prepared as possible! We take a look at how creatures size up against removal, the different mechanics and how often they show up, card grading differences, and top commons and uncommons for each color!
Our June bonus episode is here with an in-depth look at the new Chromatic Cube on MTG Arena. There is a definite recipe for success in this format and it's not like anything we've seen in Arena Cubes before. If you're looking to trophy your next Cube draft, this is one episode you won't want to miss!
LOL Merch @ Teepublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/lords-of-limited?ref_id=23850&utm_campaign=23850&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Lords%2Bof%2BLimited
Your hosts are here to send off Strixhaven the only way we know how to on Lords of Limited: The 50 Takes Episode! Official LOL Power rankings, Learn/Lesson and why it was so busted, The Golden Egg Award, Surprise Reach, and more all packed in to this episode bidding farewell to the semester at STX!
Merch at Teepublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/lords-of-limited?ref_id=23850&utm_campaign=23850&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Lords%2Bof%2BLimited
This week we're talking all things Team Draft and reviewing all 6 drafts and decks from the 4th installment of the Lords vs. Resources Showdown: MH2 Edition!
Follow Along: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQd-QgI5x81RaEv_hG0r1ElreJ6iDQtujlpOho63INMR57bPU9HR293nVqRd4h3U4zgeRv9YOQ8iTC5/pub
LOL Merch @ TeePublic: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/lords-of-limited?ref_id=23850&utm_campaign=23850&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Lords%2Bof%2BLimited
With over a week of MH2 drafts under their belts, your hosts are here to dump as much info as possible on this incredibly synergistic set! What are the archetypes trying to do? What are the best uncommons and top commons in the set? What have we been winning with? All these questions and more answered on this jam-packed episode!
As the days of drafting Strixhaven come to a close, we take the opportunity this week to look at which archetypes passed the test of this format and which ones failed. How were the best decks built, what led to less functional versions of each college, and where did they fall on the spectrum of aggro to control?
Decks Examined: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRzmEnbFvA39peE-jFms8k7tjrAcoCgdh7XTXGzBzIEg2L4ty9OekX8WYVPrCoWmfPucYzXdk5KAWAp/pub