Top Level Podcast
About This Show
Competitive Magic: The Gathering podcast by Pro Tour Hall of Famer and Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin + Michael J Flores. Focus of Top Level Podcast is on improving the tournament results of competitive Magic players.
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Yahenni's Expertise and the Aether Revolt Spoilers
6 days ago
Yahenni's Expertise is like a Languish married a Bloodbraid Elf It's that time again! Top Level Podcast's favorite time... Spoiler season. Early Aether Revolt spoilers bring us three new cards to talk about: Yahenni's Expertise, Trophy Mage, and Scrap Trawler. Yahenni's Expertise -3/-3 hits a surprisingly sweet spot in the current Standard. Not only is -3/-3 for all creatures not all that bad for 2BB, tons of the best creatures in Standard have three toughness, like Reflector Mage and Spell Queller. While Yahenni's Expertise doesn't give the full -4/-4 that Languish does, the additional ability to cast a card for no additional mana might make this card a powerhouse. For example, you can sweep the board and cast a card drawing spell in one move. In Modern, you might play Yahenni's Expertise and pop an Ancestral Vision! The secondary ability on Yahenni's Expertise can act as a kind of color fixing. Don't be surprised if players cheat a little with this card, splashing additional colors they wouldn't easily be able to cast. Trophy Mage Trinket Mage and Treasure Mage* have a new cousin! The number of cards you can find with this is huge, varied, and highly flexible. For instance you can lock some opponents out with Ensnaring Bridge... And lock others out with Crucible of Worlds. Psst... Oblivion Stone costs three mana. Scrap Trawler Four words "Even. More. Card. Advantage." Our first stab at Aether Revolt! * Incidentally, Patrick made Top 8 of PT Paris a few years ago packing Treasure Mage for Mindslaver and Wurmcoil Engine only!