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January 4, 2019

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We’re Better Together…

Hey there everyone, Happy New Year! It's been a busy time of year and my writing has been less frequent. But the Magic has been great and life is good! There was a little bit of a lull at the end of 2018 for me. Whenever I'm not playing tournaments all weekend, something feels off. I may have to get used to this new found free time over the weekends with the PTQ system making its return. This...

December 3, 2018

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Grinding With Abzan in Standard

Hi there everyone, This time I'm back with some thoughts and a deck list from a friend that's been doing relatively well in my local Standard. This deck really reminds me of Khans of Tarkir block, smashing  mirror matches, due to the grindy/value nature of the deck. I took this 75 from my friend, Nolan McDonald who had won a PPTQ with it on Saturday, November 10th, at Worlds Collide in Oshawa,...

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...

September 6, 2018

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Should we ban Ancient Stirrings?

That Tron deck just always casts Karn on turn three! That deck still combo’d me after all the graveyard hate I sided in! That Amulet Titan player just turn three’d me after I d him! Ban ! Rawr! We’ve all heard this before. Whether at your local game store, a competitive REL event, or just from some streamer on Twitch. Modern is by no doubt Magic: The Gathering's premier format for...

August 28, 2018

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Why you should be playing Jund Shadow, and not Grixis

Hello fellow Modern Grinders, my name is Peter Shmanka. Just like yourselves, I'm looking for edges to win local tournaments to qualify for RPTQ’s. I won’t bore you with specific details, or a matchup analysis in this specific article. Instead, I’m going to begin by explaining my overall philosophy of the deck and Magic in general. Then I'll present my rhetoric that if you choose to sleeve...

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...

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