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26 minutes | Apr 3, 2019
Nivix Laboratories Episode 176: The Importance of Shuffling
Shuffling is a topic that is often overlooked. It is one of the most integral parts of the game. Not only does it prevent stacking/cheating, but it improves gameplay. Shuffling increases the number of keepable hands and reduces mulligans. Sufficient randomness should always be an objective.
35 minutes | Jan 25, 2019
Nivix Laboratories Episode 15: Metagame Talk and What Tournament Results Actually Mean
The Metagame. What does that mean? What do those tournament results actually indicate? Well, it isn't just about what is the best. It indicates match-ups, tournament size, who is playing in that tournament, confidence, fear, experience and etc. Top Eight results can reflect a combination of different things. Follow along as I feebly attempt to separate these ideas and their impact on tournament results.
30 minutes | Jan 14, 2019
Nivix Laboratories Episode 14: The Problems with Traditional Modern Jund
Traditional Modern Jund has been falling out of favor in the current metagame. I will cover the two big problems with modern Jund. The first being the lack of maximizing the biggest threat in the deck: Tarmogoyf. The second problem is the lack of another big threat. At the end, I discuss how a hybrid version between traditional Jund and Traverse Shadow may be the key to bringing back its dominance.
20 minutes | Jan 11, 2019
Nivix Laboratories Episode 13: Magic Stereotypes are Bad for Magic
This is an impromptu episode. After experiencing a high volume of Magic stereotypes, I felt the need to talk about this self-perpetuating stereotypes of Magic players. For one, it is simply false. Magic players are like everybody else. Two, it hurts the game and disenfranchises other segments of the Magic community. Also, Magic players hurt themselves with self-fulfilling prophecies and self-deprecation. We as Magic players need to stop with the use of "Us Magic players are X".
40 minutes | Jan 7, 2019
Nivix Laboratories Episode 12: Translating Magic the Gathering into Cinema
Translating the Magic the Gathering card game into cinema has always been a difficult task. The main problem has always been the elusive mana system. Today, I offer an idea that could solve all of these issues and answer the mana problem once and for all.
30 minutes | Dec 21, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode11:Exploring the Idea and Advantages of Jamming
In this episode, I explore the under explored topic of jamming. I give a few examples of when it is advantageous to throw caution to the wind and to simply slam down those spells. Knowing when to jam can push out wins when a loss is all but assured.
31 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
Nvixi Laboratories Episode 10: State of Magic Articles and Future of Magic Content
I talk about the my experience with writing Magic articles and the why the current quality of articles are trending downwards. It isn't all doom and gloom. I talk about the future of Magic content moving towards podcasts and video. In the end, I think this future will be good for Magic content as it pushes for quality as content creators see more profits for their work.
38 minutes | Dec 12, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode 9: Playing Devil's Advocate with the Reserved List
I play devil's advocate with the reserved list. The idea comes from that we most often hear about the player perspective. In this installment, I wanted to try and look at it from WotC's perspective. As stated in the podcast, I do no represent WotC or have any affiliation. I just wanted to put the shoe on the other foot for a change.
26 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode 8: Legacy Sultai Reanimator - Breaking Worldly Tutor
Reanimator Decks have always been powerful in Legacy. However, I don't love the inconsistency of the current BR builds. I'm brining back part of an old list of BU by adding Green for Worldly Tutor. What? Using Show and Tell to dump Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play. Sign me up.
38 minutes | Nov 8, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode 7: Some Basic Science Behind Nutrition and the Daily Vitamin
Since the topic of nutrition is always seems to be an interest of the Magic player community, I decided to give it a go and talk about the science behind it. Yes, science. The advice is nothing fancy. Eat your fruits and vegetables, keep a balanced diet, drink water and get your sleep.
28 minutes | Nov 6, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode 6: The Problems with the Color Pie and How to Fix Them
This isn't a troll. I genuinely talk today about the problems with the color pie and how to fix them. This is about making Magic better and how the ambiguous color pie dictatorship must end.
35 minutes | Nov 2, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode 5: Phyrexians are Bad for a Magic the Gathering Movie
Talking again about the hurdles of making a Magic the Gathering Movie. Today, I talked about the problems with Phyrexians and the other logistics into making a MTG movie.
40 minutes | Nov 2, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode 4: Talking Honestly about Modern infect
An honest evaluation of Infect in the Modern format. I talk about the sideboards and specific cards. I also touch on BG and BUG list and their inherent advantages and disadvantages.
38 minutes | Nov 2, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode 3: Double Strike for Modern
Re-examining Double Strike as a deck for Modern. WotC has given us new toys in recent sets. Let's put them to good use.
21 minutes | Oct 18, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode 2: Adaptive Enchantment Review
As a long enchantment player, I felt it only appropriate to review the latest 2018 Commander Deck: Adpative Enchantment.
18 minutes | Oct 11, 2018
Nivix Laboratories Episode 1: Magic the Gathering Movie Rules
Welcome to Nivix Laboratories; Home of the Guild who believes the pursuit of knowledge is always worth the risk. In today's episode, I explore the idea of rules and how I think it is a net positive for an MtG movie. Following as I explore this idea and defend my hypothesis.
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