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May 26, 2014

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March of the Multitudes: Come Play Modern!

Last week Wizards of the Coast released the decklist for the first modern event deck: “March of the Multitudes”. To the chagrin of current modern players, this $75 black/white tokens deck does not include a bitterblossom reprint, however for new players looking to break into modern the deck actually looks like a pretty good deal: Here is what you get: Of course $75 only goes so far, so we...

May 18, 2014

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Pro Tour Card Analysis

I'm sitting here with the Top 8 going on about 40 meters away... It's been an intense weekend - Tons of innovation and breakout cards have been seen. Explosive blowouts and grindy matchups.. what else could you possibly want in a format? Personally, I've gained a new respect for the Block Constructed format. In previous years, the decks I've seen never really inspired me to explore new cards -...

May 17, 2014

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Day 2 – Here We Go

Day 1 has come to a close - lets recap what some of the breakout cards were: It's hard to call a breakout card - everyone knew it was incredibly overpowered. With the ability to catch you up from behind, put you ahead on board, or simply kill your opponent, Elspeth is likely the most powerful card in the block. If you aren't playing Elspeth, you're either killing your opponent before Turn 6, or...

May 16, 2014

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3-0 At The Pro Tour

Rob Gillespie managed to take out Pro Tour Champion Craig Wescoe and 3-0'd his pod. Let's take a quick look at his deck! Going with the strategy of "No one drafts red, so I should draft red" - Rob ended up with a fairly big Red-White deck. "The main player was obviously , but the combination of and ended up being very powerful" - says Rob "The deck beats up on opponents who are just durdling...

May 16, 2014

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Learn to Burn: Updating R/W Burn for Standard

"Some have said there is no subtlety to destruction. You know what? They're dead." —Jaya Ballard, task mage Today I’m going to talk about a strategy that is near and dear to my heart, namely, tapping mountains and melting faces. Those who follow CFB might recognize my name. My friend and mentor James Fazzolari was kind enough to include me on his testing team leading up to GP: Melbourne and I...

May 9, 2014

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How to Have Fun and Make Friends on Magic Online

Today's article is brought to you by Ron Mackenzie! A good friend of mine and a regular at the Wizard's Tower. [header type="h4" align="left"]How to Have Fun and Make Friends on Magic Online[/header] Magic Online (MTGO) is the flagship software by which Wizard’s of the Coast (WotC) enables eager planeswalkers to sling spells and cast creatures online. If you haven’t used it before, have a...

May 7, 2014

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Casual Encounters- Playing with Class

Usually I sit down to write about cards, or decks, or other fun parts of Magic. However every once in a while I experience something that I can only describe as being “wrong” and it sets me off. So, today I’m going to take that rant and run with it. This past weekend my brother and his roommate went off to the Local Game Shop to play in a Sunday afternoon draft. Their experience can only be...

May 5, 2014

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Nic’s Nyx Picks – Top Commons and Uncommons for Journey into Nyx Limited

Read Part 1 here Part 2 – Red, Green, Gold, Artifacts Red Common has always been good (or at least ok) in limited, and I think in this format it will be better than average. It’s a fact that fast aggro decks are very real here, and if you don’t have a way to interact with them early you will lose to them. This is basically the best answer to cheap fast threats; it itself is cheap, it’s...

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