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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...

September 15, 2017

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Czech Pile: The Adventures of Snapcaster Finn

Scene: The Ottawa Valley Time: Seven to eight days ago You don't know about Czech Pile, without you have read an article by the name of The Little Czech Pile: Legacy Control; but that ain't no matter. That article was made by Mr. Mike Gouthro, and he told the truth, mainly. There was some plays which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but bluffed one...

August 25, 2017

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The Little Czech Pile: Legacy Control

Once when I was just a few days younger I saw a magnificent deck on, called Czech Pile, about a four colour control deck. There was a picture of in the act of extending his arm for a handshake. Here is a copy of that photo. In the primer it said, “Leovold is like a super hatebear.” It draws all the removal spells and always two for ones an opponent. When he sticks around, he...

August 11, 2017

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Legacy Snicket’s A Sequence of Unfortunate Events

If you were going to give a trophy to the least lucky person on Earth, you would have to give that trophy to a person who had just snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and if you didn’t give it to them, they were the sort of person who would find another way to miss out on a trophy. Losing focus, losing track of the game state, and sequencing incorrectly. It is really a shame that I must...

July 28, 2017

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Legacy Stompy: Of Goblins and Men

A few kilometres west of the CN Tower, the Enercare Centre is located in close to the waterfront of Lake Ontario. The inside is warm too, for it contains hundreds of magic players in the middle of a Grand Prix, before counting the extras in the side events. On one side of the hall the dreamers of the Pro Tour battle in Limited formats, but on the other side the tables are lined with Legacy and...

July 21, 2017

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Eternal Weekend Testing: The Last Bastion of Vintage

Prologue The sound of his laboured breathing filled the space around the table as former Vintage Champs Top 8 competitor Mike Gouthro snapped the drawn card into his hand. His fingers trembled as he flipped the cards back and forth. He hated the outward manifestation of the fear of counterspells and tried to steady his hands. Taking a deep breath and slowly releasing it, he mentally counted to...

July 14, 2017

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The Grapeshots of Wrath: A Legacy TES Report.

To the city of Ottawa and part of the old city of Orleans, the last storm spell came gently, and it did not drain life or produce goblins. The grapes shot and re-shot tiny creatures. The last grapes shot at players and scattered fallen opponents and hate cards along the sides of the tables so that the city of Ottawa and the city of Orleans began to disappear under the power of the storm. Last...

July 7, 2017

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Legacy Combo: Paul Clifford does The Epic Storm (TES)

It was a dark and stormy night; the dice tumbled in torrents – except at occasion rolls off the table, when the Storm count was checked by a gleeful Flusterstorm which swept up all the copies (for it is in Ottawa that our scene lies), rattling over the Chalice of the Voids, and fiercely agitating the players of non-blue decks that struggled against the darkness. If there's any intro that is...

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