November 25, 2015

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GP Pittsburgh: Meta summary

GP Pittsburgh's high attendance (over 2,500 Modern players) gives us a significant sample size to analyze. When over 300 decks are making Day 2, you can rely a little more on the data that comes out of the event as you have additional granularity with your data. For the uninitiated, I'll be referencing the articles provided by the mothership: Day 2 Metagame Breakdown and Day 1 Undefeated...


November 18, 2015

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How to make sure everyone has fun in EDH

We have all seen it before. You sit down with your friends or a new EDH group. And someone, or a few people, seem to consistently win, completely demolishing the others. It doesn’t bother some people but it may leave others feeling dejected and put off by the group or the format. If less people want to play with you or less people want to play the format, that is not good. Though multiplayer...


November 11, 2015

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Where are all the Modern Mardu decks?

Until the Khans of Tarkir block, one of my main goals was trying to get a Grixis deck to work. I wasn't alone. There was no shortage of discussion threads in communities like Reddit talking about how to put together some sort of combination of s, s, and even . With the Khan’s block, , and dropped onto our laps cementing their roles in a number of competitive Grixis variants. All it took was a...


October 14, 2015

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Easing into competitive modern

It should not surprise anyone that Magic is an expensive hobby. It becomes even more expensive to be able to compete at a competitive level. With competitive staples ranging from $5 into the hundreds, a complete tournament-quality deck can command a significant sum. Though not as expensive as Legacy, Modern decks come with hefty price tags with current top Modern decks ranging from $430 to $1950...


September 23, 2015

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Building Scapeshift (A Primer)

With Scapeshift making more and more appearances on MTGO, it seems appropriate to talk about the deck. quietly withdrew from top tier after the banning of Dig Through Time. It seems to be making a comeback which I can only attribute to mainboards filling up with creature removal. For those unfamiliar with , it's quite simple. Amass 7+ lands and cast searching for 1 or 2 (if you don't already have...


August 24, 2015

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Grishoalbrand

With high profile performances from Grishoalbrand and Bloom Titan in Modern this year, we saw the costs of key cards skyrocket: Azusa, , to name a few. People bought out these cards anticipating the next best combo deck. However, if we look at the metagame now, they don't look like the powerhouses they once seemed. According to mtggoldfish.com (at the time of this article), Bloom Titan accounts...


July 15, 2015

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Grixis Control is here to stay and here’s why

Not too long ago, a successful Grixis control deck in Modern was a dream. If you were like me, you always felt it was missing… something. Keranos, , or even more optimistically, , all seemed to fall short as finishers, and staying alive long enough to cast them was a challenge. Most matchups were uphill battles where win percentages usually started off in your opponent’s favour as you...


July 9, 2015

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Hallowed Moonlight: Is there room in Modern sideboards?

Note: I won't talk about the card in Legacy or Standard. For the former, it's unlikely it will surpass Containment Priest's utility. As for Standard, with a meta that changes weekly, we would have to see how Origins plays out. Social media was excited for Hallowed Moonlight as soon as it was spoiled. Readers quickly saw its applications against many Modern decks: - Token decks ( or otherwise) -...

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