@sylvanlibrarian said in [Podcast] SMIP # 74: The 2017 Year in Review & "Moxies" Award Show:
Great content, as per usual.
One thing that I think you missed in your analysis of the Gush metagame spike in 2014 (~2h16 in) was the printing of Dack Fayden at the end of Q2 which, coupled with the Delve cards in KTK, made Gush much more attractive.
Pretty sure the timeline was
July 19, 2013 - Magic 2014 (Young Pyromancer really begins incentivizing Turbo Xerox, Free Spells like Gush, Probe and Skillstep and Skillstep wars. The blue stew is on the pot)
June 6, 2014 - Conspiracy 1 (Dack cranks the heat up and the stew starts boiling)
September 26, 2014 - Khans (Baby, you got a stew goin!)
January 19, 2015 - Cruise Restricted but the pot is boiling!
January 23, 2015 - Fate Reforged (Monk becomes an even more insane Young Pyromancer and we're on the road to the most recent restrictions starting with September 2015s Chalice / Dig restriction)
I've written about the paucity of Gush in prior years. Also about the diversity of Gush powered decks (combo, aggro control). That being said, cards are only evaluated in the pool in which they exist. It's unfortunate (IMO) that things like phyrexian mana and delve "broke" some other cards but maybe it's inevitable.