Cody DeBos

Cody is a competitive player and full-time freelance writer from northeast Ohio. His favorite formats include Standard, Modern, and Pioneer. ​ For business inquiries, reach out to cody@boltthebirdmtg.com.

The Bolt Zone is a competitive Magic: the Gathering Podcast hosted by Cody DeBos and world champ Nathan Steuer.

The Bolt Zone Episode 19: Building Better Magic Software with Ev from Spicerack.gg

Show Notes:  With Nathan deep in PT testing, Cody is joined by a SPICY guest this week, Ev, the founder of Spicerack.gg. He talks all about building software for Magic players and unveils details about the new Spicerack tournament app. To support the show, consider subscribing to our Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/boltthebird.  Check out our new …

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The Bolt Zone is a competitive Magic: the Gathering Podcast hosted by Cody DeBos and world champ Nathan Steuer.

The Bolt Zone Episode 18: How to Read Your Opponent’s Mind (and Hand)

Show Notes:  We’re talking about the most broken thing in Magic… reading your opponent’s mind. No Jace’s here though. Learn how to analyze your opponent’s hand based on their play, pick up on body language tells, and disguise your own to gain an edge. Plus, a look at Modern ahead of a busy weekend of …

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The Bolt Zone is a competitive Magic: the Gathering Podcast hosted by Cody DeBos and world champ Nathan Steuer.

The Bolt Zone Episode 17: Modern Yawgmoth Deep Dive with Brandon Osborne (aka Control4Daze) 

Show Notes:  In today’s episode, Control4Daze (aka Brandon Osborne) joins the show to talk about his pet deck in Modern, Yawgmoth. The boys are taking a deep dive into the archetype and offering tips and tricks to improve your play with one of the format’s most intricate decks.  To support the show, consider subscribing to …

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The Bolt Zone is a competitive Magic: the Gathering Podcast hosted by Cody DeBos and world champ Nathan Steuer.

The Bolt Zone Episode 16: We’re So Back! Let’s Catch Up on Comp. MTG (Feat. Tandy)

Show Notes:  The Bolt Zone is back after a few weeks off and we’re excited to talk about all three big competitive formats! Standard, Pioneer, and Modern all deserve some attention right now, so let’s look at what’s going on in each one and what you should be paying attention to. Plus, hear our interviews …

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Dragon Shield Dual Matte Sleeve Review: The Best MTG Sleeves Around (Updated for 2024!)

Every Magic player knows that sleeves are essential. But they aren’t all created equal. Here at Bolt the Bird, we take the work out of testing sleeves so you don’t have to. Today, we’re looking at our top pick for the best MTG sleeves on the market. Our Dragon Shield Dual Matte review will give …

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The Bolt Zone is a competitive Magic: the Gathering Podcast hosted by Cody DeBos and world champ Nathan Steuer.

The Bolt Zone Episode 14: A Pioneer Check-In and First Look at Lost Caverns of Ixalan Spoilers

This week, Cody recaps his RCQ win on Rakdos Scam. Then the guys take a look at what’s been happening in the Pioneer metagame, including talk about the Boros Convoke deck and how Izzet Phoenix is shaping the format. Lastly, they break down some constructed spoilers from Lost Caverns of Ixalan.  To support the show, …

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The Bolt Zone is a competitive Magic: the Gathering Podcast hosted by Cody DeBos and world champ Nathan Steuer.

The Bolt Zone Episode 13: Talking ‘Bout Deck Size. Is Bigger Really Better?

Magic is in a wild place right now and the decklists floating around prove it. Today, the guys look at some examples of decks going above 60 cards, talk about the theory behind numbering in deckbuilding, and help you understand why (or why NOT) you should be straying from 60 cards.  To support the show, …

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The Bolt Zone is a competitive Magic: the Gathering Podcast hosted by Cody DeBos and world champ Nathan Steuer.

Episode 12: World Championship Recap + Inside Tourney Prep

Nathan is back from Las Vegas and the guys are recapping the World Championship. They go over everything happening in Standard and talk about what goes into testing for the most important Magic tournament all year.  To support the show, consider subscribing to our Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/boltthebird.  Check out our new line of merch at: https://www.boltthebirdmtg.com/shop!  We …

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