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January 28, 2016

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Going Rogue: Mardu Flagstones

Hello and welcome back to Going Rogue, where winning isn't the goal but it often happens anyway! I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of getting run over by all these big-mana Tron and Eldrazi decks in Modern these days. Not only did they get a bunch of new powerful cards with recent sets, but the banning of and seems to have opened the door extra-wide for decks that take over at...

January 27, 2016

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Modern Brewing with Oath of the Gatewatch

Oath of the Gatewatch is here, quietly slipping a stack of brew-worthy cards into the Modern format. I say quietly because this set’s release has felt like background noise in contrast to the ban. The disappearance of Modern’s premier blue/red deck will undoubtedly have greater consequences for the format than the dozen or so Oath cards with Modern potential, but I’m still interested in...

January 26, 2016

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Musings of the Madman – Quick Review of Oath of the Gatewatch in Commander

Oath of the Gatewatch is finally among us! It brings a few additions to our decks, but may be slower to adapt into the Commander format by sheer lack of grotesque power or playability (or even adaptation, as was the case with the Theros gods). That said, there are a variety of utility cards therein that may find their way into your decks! Since we’ve already reviewed most of the set’s...

January 25, 2016

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Cosi, The Great Trickster

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed playing Standard, Modern and/or Limited events with Oath of the Gatewatch cards for the first time this weekend! It's something I'm looking forward to doing tomorrow! When I last discussed this set from an EDH standpoint I found it quite under-whelming, but the spoiler had not yet completed. Now? I still find it rather disappointing, but I will...

January 20, 2016

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Intro to Magic – Colourless Mana

With the release of Oath of the Gatewatch right around the corner, we must prepare ourselves to play! Let's take a look at the newest mechanic update to the game: the addition of colourless mana. In Oath of the Gatewatch, players will now be able to draft and build decks that include mana that is not associated to any colour. To answer why this is important, we must first take a look at what...

January 19, 2016

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Musings of The Madman – So Long, Simic Queen!

After years of infuriating play centered around and other blue-green value engines, the chief offender in Simic - the Simic Queen herself - , has finally met a deserved end on the Commander banned list. (If you hum the article’s title to the tune of Candle In The Wind, I’m sure the ensuing verses will form in your creative mind.) One of the more centralizing cards in the format is gone,...

January 19, 2016

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Going Rogue: Twinless Twin

Hello and welcome back to Going Rogue, where winning isn't the goal but it often happens anyway! Actually, this is a week about winning, or trying to at leastse. To no one's surprise, I didn't get any of my B&R wishes fulfilled. But a different interesting thing happened: Modern's supposed flagship combo deck, got its namesake card banned, and as a result, the deck is now a thing of Modern's...

January 18, 2016

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What happens after the Twin and Bloom bans?

Modern players were given an unexpected surprise after it was revealed 2 days early that and were banned. To summarize the rationale from Wizards of the Coast: Bloom Titan was winning too consistently, too early. Twin was stifling diversity and putting up tournament results that were too consistent. Whether we like the ban or not, it’s here to stay, at least until the next announcement. So what...

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