LEVEL UP: Answering Plans, Not Cards


This week, we bring a first to the Arena Craft Podcast: we do a level up episode on the topic of answering what an opponent is trying to DO, not trying to answer the CARDS they are playing in their deck. We are so used to thinking of level 1 sideboarding plans like bringing in Wilt against Henge, negate against Nissa, gust against Cleave, etc. This episode dives deeper into thinking in terms of how does my plan match up against my opponent’s plan? Does my deck play more powerful cards than my opponent’s? What are the key turns / mana amounts I need to be interacting with my opponent? Is my best plan to answer a card, or just to go over the top of it? Asking these questions, and then trying to answer them in your games on the ladder, will level up your game tremendously.

Also, ACP turns 1 year old next week! We are doing an AMA featuring questions from our lovely community to celebrate! Go to the #1yr-anniversary-questions thread in our Discord server and post your galaxy-brain questions there to have them read, and answered, on air. Help us to make our birthday as EPIC and MEMORABLE as it can possibly be! We love you all. Thanks so much for being dedicated listeners this past year.

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This show features the track ‘Real Virtuality’ from Eero Johannes released on the Sound Pellegrino label and is used with permission.