Analyzing and Deck Building: Featuring Outpost Siege

A common question people ask is: “How do I build a deck?”  It’s easy to say just get one from the internet and play it tons of times to become proficient, but some people really just have a passion for making a deck themselves.  In my opinion, iterative deckbuilding is the best way to build …

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Will of the Noga: FKK Draft #2

If you found this article interesting, take a look at ProTrader from MTGPrice.com — it’s designed to help you make money from the game you love by giving you daily updates on all the hottest cards as well as powerful research tools. The cost per month is less than a pack of sleeves (and when …

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Brewing with Dragons of Tarkir

Welcome back for Brewing with Dragons of Tarkir! Today, I’ll go over eleven lists that I’ve come up with using some of the new cards from Dragons of Tarkir. These decks won’t have fully formed sideboards, since I don’t have time to test them all or complete knowledge of the metagame (the one exception being …

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Brainstorm Brewery #140 – Judge Dread

Brainstorm Brewery #140 – Judge Dread   All kinds of announcements this week and with Corbin out of commission with a debilitating migraine, it’s up to a very special guest to step in. Unfortunately, a very special guest could not be located and the gang was forced to resort to inviting Chris Lansdell (@lansdellicious) on …

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It’s Time to Tuck the Rules Committee

This week, the EDH Rules Committee announced a change to the format that set my Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook feeds abuzz: players are no longer able to deal with pesky enemy commanders by shuffling them into the opponent’s deck. Any time an ability would cause a commander to return to a player’s hand or be …

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Identity Crisis

Hey, everyone, it’s been awhile. For the past few months, I’ve been having an identity crisis with Modern. As the writer of half a dozen articles on Zoo for this very website, saying that I’m considering not playing Zoo now sounds like insanity, but I feel like I have settled down with the deck. I know …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #111 GP Cleveland

This week we go over the GP Auckland and GP Cleveland. The going over of Cleveland is a huge part of the show, since two of us were there. We talk about the change to 6-2-2-2 for any flashback drafts on MTGO. I give you guys the highlights of a two-hour sit-down interview that I …

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Will of the Noga: FKK Draft #1

Editor’s note: BSB is excited to welcome Steven Noga as a new contributor to the site. If you enjoy the below draft, let us know in the comments! If you found this article interesting, take a look at ProTrader from MTGPrice.com — it’s designed to help you make money from the game you love by …

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Commander Spotlight: Eight Great Ways to End a Game of Commander

Most people who love Commander love it because you can play all sorts of wacky cards and sweet theme decks that you can’t play in Standard.  But unfortunately, sometimes this leads to huge board stalls where nobody wants to attack anybody and the game drags on for two hours or more. To combat this, let’s go over …

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Brainstorm Brewery Episode 139 – Dragons of Tarkir Set Review

It’s the Dragons of Tarkir Set Review. We review cards from Dragons of Tarkir. All of the rares and mythic rares. And Marcel pronounces things wrong and it’s funny.   Support our Patreon! DO IT. You know this cast makes you more than $1 a week Need to contact us? Hit up BrainstormBrew@gmail.com   Brainstorm …

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Weekend Magic: 3/13-3/15

Last weekend brought us Star City Games Dallas, which featured Standard as the main event with a side of Modern and Legacy. Let’s take a look at the results while also bearing in mind that Standard will yet again be shaken up by Dragons of Tarkir in just another week. We’ve got the full spoiler …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #110 Mushrooms

Wow. This episode was riddled with tech problems. I almost called this episode “Train Wreck.” Anyway, I managed to make it kind of listenable. We go over everything from PAX East and the GPs, and had Judge Frank on to look closer at the mechanics of Dragon of Tarkir. I also left a bit of raw …

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Brainstorm Brewery #138 – Everybody Gets One

Most of the set is spoiled. How do you not talk about cards? You HAVE to, right? There are so many spoiled cards that warrant discussion and the gang had to restrain themselves. You will hear them restrain themsleves when they say “OK, we will talk about spoilers, but everyone only do one card each” …

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Privileged Perspective 18 – DTK Preview Edition!

Sarkhan arose, wearily. He edged closer to the edge of the ravine, gazing into it with strain and apprehension. Ugin sprung to life from within the chasm, letting loose a cacophonous din that seemed to rend the very heavens. “What?” Sarkhan becked in reply, his voice coarse. Again, Ugin roared. Sarkhan seemed to this time take his meaning, …

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Conjured Currency #54: Draguncommons!

Welcome back, to another wonderful Thursday of learning how to make some spare change off of the card game known as Magic: The Gathering. During these next couple of weeks, there are going to be a lot of financial set reviews popping up. Should you sell this cool new mythic rare? Is $3 the correct …

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Weekend Magic: 3/6-3/8

WOTC and Star City Games teamed up to host Grand Prix Miami this past weekend, which will further add to the Standard results we’ve been seeing since Fate Reforged was released. However, we also need to keep in mind that Dragons of Tarkir is right around corner and that Standard again is due for another …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #109 $900 in Goyfs

This week, we broke away from normal and took a look at the SCG Open. Then we got to go over some new mechanics and spoilers for Dragons of Tarkir. Will goes on some tangent about an old tournament that was won on the back of Char. We find out its Mike’s birthday. We call one …

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Forced Fruition Reforged: Road to GP Vegas

On May 30, 2015, we’ll all be gathered magically at the Las Vegas Convention Center to play Modern Masters 2015. Until then, I’ll be spending my weekends playing Magic at local Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers (PPTQs) and Grand Prix Trials (GPTs) to reach the critical mass of Planeswalker Points needed for a round-one GP bye. Over this time, …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #108 Lots of MTGO

This week, it’s our turn to go over the Modern and Standard GPs. We find out about Pac-t and why it’s so important to pronounce the T. We also dig deep into all the MTGO news that came out and we try to give new players a push in either direction as to why it is …

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Brainstorm Brewery #137 – I Choose You, Pucachu

The miscreants behind PucaTrade, Eric and Mitch, stop by the cast to talk turkey about the fastest-growing way to trade Magical cards. What is PucaTrade? What’s a Puca even? Is this actual peer-to-peer trading or is it a Ponzi scheme? All these questions and a few submitted by you, the listener, are addressed in a timeless …

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Privileged Perspective 17 – Last Week and the Future

So last week’s article happened. The feedback that I got was mostly reticent confusion, which is how I imagine most test audiences walked out of advance screenings of Donnie Darko. Let’s address the problems with last week’s article: I started an experiment that I knew could not be quantified within my typical writing window (my …

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Conjured Currency #53: TCGplayer Tour!

Let me preface this by saying I was not paid by TCGplayer to write this article. I’m just a longtime buyer of cards from the website, and have had a seller account for a little over two years (although I don’t use it nearly as much as I probably should). If you’ve been reading my …

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The Wealth Effect

Magic financiers typically point to the growth of the playerbase as the primary driver of rising card prices in recent years. Rising card prices, in turn, have been the primary driver of Magic finance. Without new money pouring in, speculating on Magic cards would largely be a zero-sum game closer to gambling than investing. The …

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Weekend Magic: 2/27-3/1

This week brought us Star City Games: Baltimore, where Modern was the featured format with a side of Standard and Legacy. Let’s dive into the results to see what innovations were showcased this weekend. Star City Games: Baltimore – Modern Open (Baltimore, MD – USA) Decklists Deck Finish Player Deck Finish Player Sultai 1st Gerard …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #107 Age of Affinity

This week, we go over the Standard GP that just passed. We also cover some quick news. I don’t know, something about a Dual Deck or a FTV or something. Then we ramble for a bit. Oh wait. Crap, almost forgot. We are giving a guy a try at the third seat. Host Angelo  Twitter …

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