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May 25, 2015

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A Second PPTQ Attempt in a format I don’t play (and don’t like)

My dislike of the Modern format is a matter of public record. JitteDivision was hosting a Modern PPTQ at Multizone in Gatineau, and in the days leading up to the event I complained about the format on the Facebook group. I did, however, approve of the noon start time, and as a result was conflicted about attending. Sleeping in is great. Modern is not. You see my dilemma. My friend Dave asked me...

May 19, 2015

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Standard Mastery: Going Big with G/W Devotion.

So it's FNM and I'm sitting at a rough 1-3. I'm playing a deck that I believe to be well positioned. After all this archetype brought me 1 win away from cashing SCG Syracuse and top 4-ing a Sunday Super Series - only falling short due to loose play on my part. Big dummy. These finishes, recurring consistency and issues with lands in a few recent tournaments had me losing heart fast. There's a...

May 17, 2015

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Going Deep With Standstill

Normally, I play Miracles in Legacy, but that’s boring to write about (and Ron Elliot Mackenzie’s job anyway). Instead, I’m going to write about a deck I’ve been playing at the Legacy daily events in Ottawa recently: Landstill! Or, Mono blue control splashing . Since watching Lam Phan Top8 GP New Jersey with Landstill I have wanted to play the deck. Yet, I wanted to build a trolly version...

May 15, 2015

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GP Toronto and a PPTQ with Pusheen Junk

I hadn’t played standard in quite some time and I didn’t have a deck. Yet, I was planning on going to GP Toronto. I asked two people with a polar opposite approach to the game what I should play. Canadian Icon Phil Samms recommended Abzan Aggro, because he’s boring and old, and, to my surprise, Ron Mackenzie suggested a sort of Junk Hybrid deck he had been playing on MTGO. Normally Ron...

May 12, 2015

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Modern Masters 2015: What Could Have Been

On May 8th Wizards of the Coast released the full spoiler for Modern Masters 2015, a set designed to increase the supply of cards in high demand for modern play, but also to create an exciting (albeit short-lived and expensive) limited format. While the first 50 cards spoiled appealed to players looking for relief from high priced modern staples, the last 200 spoiled cards were almost exclusively...