How to Win with Bad Decks (ft. IPlayBadDecks)


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Season 14, Episode 34: Modern 5-0s with Anthony Mannino

Few Modern players these days are willing to embrace “bad” cards. With the format powered up heavily by MH2 and years of aggressive designs, the older tier 2-3 strategies have simply faded away. They were fringe to begin with, the thinking goes, and so they certainly can’t compete in this day and age.

Enter Anthony Mannino (IPlayBadDecks on Twitch and MTGO). Anthony is the last brewer of Modern’s golden age, a player not afraid to sleeve up the discarded tools of bygone eras and put them to the test in new configurations. He has been rewarded with a string of truly spectacular 5-0 finishes, starring such hits as Ulamog’s Nullifier, Braids, Cabal Minion, Kethis, the Hidden Hand, Michiko’s Reign of Truth, and Voice of Resurgence, to name just a few.

Today on Faithless Brewing, Anthony joins Cavedan and Morde to discuss the art of brewing (and winning) with bad decks. He shares his latest creations, from an unholy mashup of Winota and Yawgmoth, to a hybrid Dimir Inverter and Eldrazi Processors brew, to the latest tech in Sultai Crabvine. These decks exemplify Modern at its very best, when all things are possible for those who believe in the heart of the cards.


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Decklists for this episode can be viewed at


S14E34 Decklists and Timestamps

[3:07] Housekeeping

[13:41] 4c Yawgnota

[32:10] UB Valki Processors

[47:44] BW Braids Smallpox

[1:02:16] UW Michiko’s Affinity

[1:04:23] Kethis Grinding Breach

[1:11:52] Sultai Crabvine

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