March 15, 2017

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The Bulk Rares of Modern Masters

Modern Masters 2017 is packed with valuable cards, but like every set it also has its share of low-value or “bulk” rares. A necessary evil, bulk rares make it possible to print valuable cards in a set and still have reasonable booster pack prices. So if I can draw your attention away from those enemy fetchlands for a moment, let’s have a look at how many rares under $3 each Modern Masters...


January 18, 2017

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Three Modern Decks That Welcome Fatal Push (but won’t play it)

Over the next few weeks Modern players will get a firsthand look at how will affect the format. I think the obvious impact is that linear aggressive decks are going to be worse, but this does not necessarily mean we enter an era where midrange or control decks are king. A format with less blisteringly fast aggro and more creature removal is a format ripe for the picking by decks that can dodge...


January 11, 2017

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Aether Revolt and Modern Thopter Control

As someone who rallied for the Sword of the Meek unban, it has been disappointing seeing how little impact the card has had in Modern. I was confident the combo would not be oppressive, but I still expected it to see competitive play. Of course each new set, each banned list update, and each metagame shift opens the possibility that Thopter/Sword’s time has come. Recently I have been...


January 4, 2017

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What’s Next for the Modern Banned List?

The next banned list update will take place on January 16th, which has many players wondering what changes Wizards may have in store for Modern. Whenever a banned list update approaches its a good idea to look back to the vision of Modern that Aaron Forsythe released in April and recall the four principles that guide banned list decisions: Modern should: Have a diverse top-tier metagame featuring...


December 27, 2016

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Casual Variants: Two new ways to play sealed

Despite the number of officially sanctioned formats in Magic, players can’t seem to help tinkering with the rules of the game. Sometimes it’s unintentional - like when I first learned the game from a 4th edition rule book and thought you had to pay the mana cost of a creature to untap it ( was so broken), but usually it’s small “house rules” like allowing one free mulligan or banning...


December 20, 2016

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Giving Frontier a Chance

If you have not yet heard, there’s a new format stirring in the world of Magic called Frontier. It is effectively “new Modern” with legal sets starting at Magic 2015 and Khans of Tarkir instead of 8th edition and Mirrodin, and nothing is banned. The format has no official support, but is being pushed by some large gaming stores in Japan and is making waves across the internet as players try...


November 22, 2016

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Building a Better Cube: A Retrocube Update

It’s been almost one year since I introduced MTGCanada readers to my pet project: The Retrocube. Built with cards from Alpha to Weatherlight, the Retrocube is an experiment that asks what would happen if Magic’s earliest sets had been used for draft. It is also a cube-building challenge - can an enjoyable limited format be sculpted from cards that were never meant for limited play? Initially...


October 25, 2016

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Tips for an Efficient Collection

For most players managing a collection of magic cards means a trade binder, some sleeved decks, and an ever-mounting pile of white boxes full of bulk commons and uncommons. I know that’s what I did for a long time, but eventually I started figuring out better ways to manage my cards. While the best method really depends on what you enjoy most about Magic, some of the techniques I use should be...

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