October 3, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Preparing for GP Montreal

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! We have just returned to one of my favourite planes of all time, Ravnica... for the third time. Ravnica was the first set that I played in competitively, and was even the format of my first Grand Prix (Toronto) back in 2006. Guilds of Ravnica brings back so many iconic limited cards from the original Ravnica with a splatter of new ones as well. GP Montreal and...


August 3, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Tracking Your Success

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! Unlike most hobbies, Magic has a competitive side where its best players compete in tournaments to win prizes in the form of special cards, invites to exclusive tournaments, and cold hard cash. Most players start off around their "kitchen table", playing for fun against friends before seeking more competition and eventually showing up at their LGS (local game...


July 29, 2018

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Going for the Gold: The Best Archetype in Core 19

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! Last week I kind of left you on a cliffhanger. We went through all of the good commons and uncommons in the set. I showed you why I thought that blue and black were the deepest colours since they had the best commons and uncommons. So, does that mean that UB is the best archetype? Definitely not! UB is very deep, so it can support multiple drafters. Howeverl...


July 20, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Drafting Core 19

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! World Cup Soccer fever is finally over. Now that France has taken the World Cup, I'm back to spending my time focused on Magic and Poker. It's sad to see Dominaria limited become irrelevant. It was one of the best draft formats in a long time. Going from an expansion set that introduced us to new mechanics and cycles of cards back to the basics is...


May 14, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Dominaria Standard

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! It's been a while since I've delved into the state of Standard so I figured now was as good a time as any. Of course, with the upcoming Pro Tour and team Grand Prix I would be remiss to share any of my brews. However, I can definitely discuss the current state of the Magic Online metagame, which is usually a great predictor for the upcoming tournaments. It...


May 7, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Team Limited in Columbus (27th)

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! The last weekend of April was the first set of team limited Grand Prix in Dominaria. Either Grand Prix Columbus or Grand Prix Bologna, depending on which side of the world you are on. And it was quite a showing. So many great teams showed up to transform eight Dominaria boosters into three playable limited decks complete with sideboards. Since I haven't played...


May 2, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Dominaria Archetypes

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! I'm actually in the middle of packing for my trip right now, so my attention is split! GP Columbus is this weekend and I've been spending a lot of time in the lab getting ready for this limited format. The format is team sealed instead of solo, so it's slightly different. Team sealed is typically as fast as the draft format, so I found that my time was better...


April 20, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Dominating your new Dominaria Prerelease

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! Finally! A fresh new Limited format that brings more promises than the super aggressive focus of Ixalan. This weekend is the Prerelease of this set at your LGS, and on Magic Online. I've been spending a bunch of time testing this format out on the Beta client, so I didn't have much time to get this article out for you and get you ready to crush your first few...

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