December 16, 2015

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Daily Dose of Oath of the Gatewatch – New? Colorless Mana

Welcome all to another edition of the Daily Dose. This is the first one for Oath of the Gatewatch as we delve into some of the early previews for this second and final set from the Battle for Zendikar block. A majority of the preview for Oath of the Gatewatch will be coming out starting in early January, but they’ve given us some early Christmas presents in the form of a few preview cards....


December 11, 2015

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Bringing Light to Scapeshift

Six decks (see a Scapeshift primer) featuring (BTL) made Day 2 at GP Pittsburgh, outnumbering vanilla Scapeshift which only had one appearance. It also had numerous top 8 appearances at the most recent round of RPTQs. 5th (Prague) 2nd (San Diego) 1st (Rockville) 6th (Toronto) 1st (Montreal) I want to talk about how the card changes the deck and the toolbox it offers. What Scapeshift gained with...


December 10, 2015

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Rogue Tech Report: Christmas Edition 2015

Hello and welcome to Rogue Tech Report, the Going Rogue spin-off series where we look at some of the best cards you might never have expected to see in constructed play. Magic's 22-year history is packed with hidden gems that could be making a big splash in a deck you already play. This occasional column will highlight some of these gems that are either currently trending, or simply show far more...


December 9, 2015

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Four Tournaments with Esper Control

Back in early November I wrote an article on Esper Control, a deck I had good early success with and that seemed both consistent and effective. I’ve now played the deck in four separate 4-round tournaments putting up a total of 10 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws, hopefully an indication that this is a legitimate tier 2 modern deck. For those curious about the effectiveness of Esper control in...


December 8, 2015

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Let it snow in EDH!

Welcome back to another episode of Musings of a Madman! This week we’ll look at the Snow mana mechanic. Largely irrelevant at its inception in Ice Age, snow mana comes from, you guessed it, snow basic lands such as . The cards featuring it back then were either clunky for casual play or irrelevant for tournament play, so that was that, a cool idea with a poor execution. and its black...


December 7, 2015

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The 75% Commander Deck, and What That Means

Every EDH player has the age-old "competitive versus casual" debate at least once a month or so. This is because you have players who want to play grindy tournament-ready decks all the time, and people who think that their pre-con with only five cards added should be "allowed" to win. I find myself often being the rare middle-man in these arguments, and thinking that every deck type should be...


December 4, 2015

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A Higher Standard: Modern

Due to the GP Pittsburgh being a few weeks ago and the amount of successful modern tournaments I see everywhere I decided to write an article on my favourite modern deck even though I don’t currently like where modern is at all honestly. I hate that I could be playing 74 of 75 of a deck that did well last year and not have missed a beat. It’s the pure definition of stale. The high power level...


December 2, 2015

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Going Rogue: Sultai Dredgevine

Hello and welcome back to another edition of Going Rogue, where winning isn't the goal but it often happens anyways. This week I'm going to walk you through an alternate build of one of my favourite Modern archetypes, Dredgevine. For the unfamiliar, Dredgevine is a Black and Green-based archetype that aggressively fills up its graveyard using effects like Dredge, discard, looting, and other forms...

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