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March 7, 2019

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Displacing the Modern Meta with Eldrazi and Taxes

It doesn't take much to notice that the Modern meta has been undergoing a shift lately, and that's not even getting into the recent ban. The current top contenders are without a doubt Death's Shadow, Izzet Pheonix, Dredge, Burn, Tron, and Spirits. These decks are fast, reliable, and hard to disrupt. Of course, that is why to unseat them, we have to look towards aggressive disruption and timely...

March 6, 2019

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Canadian Team MTG: Presenting The Chilled Guild!

Hi everyone, I'm back after a few weeks and excited to talk about Team Magic and a newly assembled Magic team from my locale. This time I'm focusing on the jam-packed stable of talent: The Chilled Guild. The Chilled Guild at MagicFest Toronto 2019 Representing their partners: Black Knight Games (Hamilton, ON) The members of this Southern Ontario based Magic team (from left to right above) are:...

February 17, 2019

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The Difference Between Good Bans and Bad Bans

No matter the format, whether it's competitive or casual, card legality is an important issue. Banlists are an important part of any format. While cards may be banned for a variety of reasons the reasoning is usually the same: the card is too powerful. However, in other cases the reasons may seem confusing or even downright nonsensical. But what makes a good or bad ban? That is a topic of...

February 4, 2019

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The Art of Magic: Knowing Your Meta

There has been a lot of discussion over what makes someone a good Magic player. Some say that the deck makes the player, some say it's how the deck is played. Others go as far as to say that dedication to the brand and flavour is the way to go. It's all subjective because the fun of the game comes from so many things. I can't tell you how to enjoy the game. What I can do is give you some tips on...

January 30, 2019

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How Wizards Saved My Prerelease

How Wizards Saved My Prerelease... ...and a look at my draft weekend! Hey there MTGCanada readers! Ravnica Allegiance is fresh on the shelves and has been an absolute blast right from the midnight Prerelease. I wanted to look back at my first shot at Ravnica Allegiance Limited, my decks, and do a little story-telling along the way. As someone who isn't particularly comfortable with Limited...

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...

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