A Higher Standard – Creature-Lands
Something every reasonable magic deck has is lands. (Thanks for not letting me write all magic decks mana-less dredge!) You need it to cast your spells. The thing with lands though is that if you draw too many of them and not enough spells you could run out of action and fold to whatever your opponent is doing. The flip side of that coin is that if you draw too few you don’t get to play any...
Hello and welcome back to the multiverse new player. Now that we have a grasp on the basic turn order, as well as on some of the cards that appear in the game, it's time now to go over some of the abilities that appear in a game of Magic the Gathering. Abilities affect the game play of Magic the Gathering by changing the basic functions of many cards. Many of the abilities in the game have been...
Hello new player and welcome back to the multiverse. In our last article we took a look at how the phases of a turn worked in a game of Magic the Gathering, including a brief look at combat. Combat is one of the most important parts of Magic as it provides a player with his most consistent chance to do damage to another player. With that in mind, we will take a more detailed look at how different...
The Simic Problem
With the cardpool and manabase available in modern, all colour combinations should be equally viable. While the manabase certainly allows any combination of colours to work (up to and including 5-colour tribal flames) the cardpool isn’t quite so accommodating. The blue/green colour pairing in particular - Simic, for those following the Ravnica guilds - leaves a lot to be desired. Hampered by a...
Going Rogue: Modern’s 10-Best Build-Around-Me Cards
Hello and welcome back to another edition of Going Rogue, where winning isn't the goal but it often happens anyways. Today I want to highlight a subject near and dear to every Johnny's heart: The "build-around-me" card. What's a build-around-me card? A build-around-me-card is a card that is very particular about the deck it will call home, but once comfortable, acts as the central piece that the...
I’ll take a mulligan!
With increasing noise coming from all corners of the EDH rules committee (RC) that the Partial Paris will soon be extinct, let’s take a look at the reasoning and some alternative mulligans that could be used starting in January (the next rules update for Commander). To begin, the Partial Paris consists of exiling X cards from your hand face down, then drawing one less, repeating this process...
Introduction to EDH Part 2: Mono-Black
Last week, I discussed the baseline for how the EDH format works, as well as some of the diverse options in deckbuilding direction. Beginning this week, I'm going to give a breakdown of how the colour pie affects the format, providing a list of staples and sample decklists for each colour. I'm going to start with my personal favourite; Black. Self-sacrifice, Pain for Everybody, and Life Beyond...
Top 8 Decklist from the October 17th 2K Wizardtower.com Open Championship
Last Saturday the Wizard's Tower held one of its quarterly 2k Open Championships. The tournament started off with 5 rounds of Standard in which the top 24 players advance to 3 rounds of Draft. The finals involved a cut to top 8 Standard. There was a prize slit near the end, however based on final standings here are the top 8 decks. Enjoy the local meta data and congrats to the winners.