September 14, 2017

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A Farewell to Standard – Prowess Fever

When I think about the deck my opponent is playing, I typically tend to describe it in one of two ways  - 'fun to play against', or 'not fun to play against'. In this week's Farewell to Standard, we're going to take the time to say good-bye to a deck that is rarely fun to play against - UR Prowess. Prowess is an interesting mechanic. In essence, it gives any creatures that have it +1/+1 until...


September 12, 2017

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Brewing with Ixalan – Primal Rage

is back, this time in the form of . Did I specifically combine it with Enrage cards so that I could make a deck called 'Primal Rage' full of dinosaurs and fiery death? Yes, yes I did. All that aside, does it have a chance as an archetype once Ixalan hits? I definitely think so. Do you remember the Primal Rage video game from the 90's? I sure do. It's a classic fighting game where players choose...


September 7, 2017

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Horse Control

We all know that guy at our LGS who latches on to an obscure subtype or archetype and just barrels down. With Ixalan around the corner, don't expect those guys to go anywhere. Every tribe, no matter how obscure, gains something from so many of the new Ixalan cards, either in the form of new cards that actually belong to the archetype - such as Shamans, Druids, Clerics, and Scouts - or just by...


September 5, 2017

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Brewing With Ixalan – Ju(nd)rassic Park

Okay, yes, it's a bad pun - but somebody had to be the first one to make it. Or at least the first to take credit for it on a public forum. Hurray for the internet! But in all seriousness, let's talk Jund. As I'm sure veteran players are sick to death of hearing by now, 'Jund' gets its name from the red, black, and green shard of the plane of Alara, and it was a massively popular archetype...


July 28, 2017

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U/W God-Pharaoh, Just Add Black!

If you've been online in the last couple days, you've probably seen that the internet is a-buzz, a-twitter, and a-netdeckin' over the newest take on Reanimator -  U/W God-Pharaoh's Gift, specifically the deck that Olivetti piloted to victory at last week's MTGO Standard PTQ. Reanimator as an archetype has been around for ages. Ages and ages, and it's a trend that is likely to go on for as long...


June 24, 2016

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Bad Brews: Brutal Explosion

Hello and welcome back to Bad Brews! This is the game we play each week as we crack open a fresh new booster pack of something from Standard, then we try to build a deck around its contents. As always, not all decks are created equal, but mine are especially bad. This week we are cracking open a pack of Battle for Zendikar, the set known for bringing back the Eldrazi, and giving us some sweet...


June 18, 2016

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Bad Brews: Stoneforge Masterwork

Hello and welcome back to Bad Brews! This is the game we play where we crack open a pack from one of the latest sets and build a standard deck out of it. This week we are tackling Oath of the Gatewatch, the set where the planeswalkers come together to assemble voltron or something. This set features fun cards like , or . In this week's pack we will find... And for the rare we find... But for...


June 3, 2016

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Bad Brews: Bygone Bishop

Hello and welcome back to Bad Brews! This is the game we play each week where we crack open a fresh new booster pack of something from standard and try to brew the best darn deck we can around its contents. As always not all decks are created equal, but these ones are going to be especially bad. This week we are cracking open a pack of Shadows over Innistrad, the set known for its flip cards are...

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