Privileged Perspective 9 – Magical Christmas Land

The calendar of a Magic player is pretty different from most other people’s, and this time of year is probably the single best example. While many people have been anxiously counting down the days until Santa Claus comes to town, December is typically the slowest part of Magic‘s entire year. There are fewer tournaments to …

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Conjured Currency #43: Lessons Learned in 2014

Welcome back, everyone. I just now realized that this is probably going to be the last article of mine that goes up on Brainstorm Brewery for the year of 2014. Next week I’ll be off for the holiday, and the Thursday after that will be the first day of the new year. To end 2014, I’m …

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Weekend Magic: 12/12-12/15

Last weekend was a big one. Star City Games provided plenty of action in Seattle, where the Invitational and an Open were held. Legacy at Star City Games is now classified under the Premier IQ umbrella, so we’ll review those results as well. Finally, this weekend also featured Grand Prix Milan, the Modern event that …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #98 BOGO

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:24:09 — 19.3MB) This week is much like any other. We go over the tournaments and the news. Look, it’s episode 98—by now, you guys should know what this show is about. If not, just listen to it and you’ll figure it out pretty quick. We ramble about our lives after the …

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Privileged Perspective 8b: Packs

This is the article that was supposed to go up last week, but due to assorted delays, didn’t. Sadly, the biggest loser in this case was the time-sensitive information I had touched on up front—the Walgreen’s booster sale that happens every year on the week after Black Friday. If you aren’t familiar, the premise is …

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Conjured Currency #42: Protecting Your Cards

Welcome back, everyone. Because I’m relentless in wanting every eligible person to sign up for this year’s Gamers Helping Gamers scholarship, I’m going to leave the link to the application right here. How do I find out more information about this scholarship, you may ask? Well, I’ll leave the link to last week’s article right …

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Dr. Brewlove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Real Decks

By Logan White So this is what it’s like playing a real deck?  –Logan Transforming one’s mindset can be difficult. I love making my own decks, and I’ve always had that shared dream of deck brewers: to see your own creations make their way to the top—to post a solid result in a major tournament …

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Weekend Magic: 12/05-12/07

Cheers to another weekend! This past one featured the Magic World Championship and Magic World Cup, where both a team and single player were dubbed the World Champions! Also featured was Star City Games: Portland. Let’s check out the action. Magic World Cup (Nice, FR) Decklists The Magic World Cup was taken down by Denmark, who …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #97 Girls Volleyball

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:18:38 — 18.0MB) This week, the Imps go over GP Ottawa and SCG Richmond. We go over the huge news from SCG with their tournament structure changing. We congratulate Melissa DeTora on her new job. Then we talk about the latest episode of South Park. After finishing that chat, I realized that …

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Welcome to the Jungle: Sideboarding versus Combo Decks

Hello once again! I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful holiday, and for those of you from everywhere else in the world, I hope you had an amazing Thursday. I’m back this week with the final installment of my sideboarding series about my Zoo deck. If you all have any ideas of things …

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Resurrection Perfection – An Abzan Reanimator Primer

Dredge. Reanimator. Storm. All of these decks are extremely powerful. All of them are current tier-one strategies in Legacy. All of them have one thing in common: they use their graveyards as a resource. So why wouldn’t you do the same thing in a less powerful format like Standard? Abzan Whip, by Ken CrockerCreatures (28)4 Satyr …

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Conjured Currency #41: A Gamer Helping Gamers with Gamers Helping Gamers

Welcome back, everyone! I took a week off of writing about Magic finance for Thanksgiving, so I hope you enjoyed the throwback article that we posted, found here. Clicking on that article brought back some memories, and I realized it’s now been officially a year since I started writing for Brainstorm Brewery. I actually just went back and …

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The Hypnotic Specter That Saved My Life

By Christopher B. “It’s cancer in an advanced stage,” the doctor told me on a Friday afternoon in a hospital far away from home. “Be glad that we found it now—in a few weeks it might have been too late. On Monday morning, we will start with the chemotherapy. Please sign these papers…” BAM, that …

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Weekend Magic: 11/28-11/30

This weekend featured Grand Prix San Antonio and Star City Games Open Series: Atlanta. Along with a plateful of turkey, we got a nice heaping side of Magic to go along with it. Let’s see how delicious it was. Grand Prix San Antonio (TX, USA) Format: Standard Decklists San Antonio was taken down by Ryan …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #96 Really Random Everything

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:45:42 — 24.2MB) This week, we had what can only be described as one of our best posse members on: Mr. Corey Brown. We talk about the Madrid mess that was a GP and head over to talk about Legacy over at GP Jersey. Then we just seem to hit every random thing …

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Privileged Perspective 7 – Extended

Hi! Note from the author- this article was originally meant to be published December 7th, but was pushed up a week by me to help spread awareness of the format. Next week’s article will be the one originally advertised for today about how to evaluate and maximize your methods of trading. Oh, and I archive …

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BSB Classic: Brave New World

Editor’s note: Due to Thanksgiving, we’re taking the next couple days off. Enjoy this BSB classic and your holiday! “All right then,” said the savage defiantly, “I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.” On A Comedown When Brian Kibler first started ranting about the November MOCS crashing, many Magic Online regulars rolled their eyes. We already knew …

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BSB Classic: Trading to Your Outs

Editor’s note: Due to Thanksgiving, we’re taking the next couple days off. Enjoy this BSB classic and your holiday! Hello again! For those of you who took the time to read my last article and still bothered to click on the link to my second piece, I thank you. I hope I was able to share enough …

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Casually Infinite – Preserving Khans for Future Play

One thing I really like to do is draft good sets. While most cubes provide a unique experience in which you get to play with a wide variety of powerful cards from various sets, there is something about a well-designed and playtested Limited environment that far outshines the enjoyment of having to decide between Jace, …

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Weekend Magic: 11/21-11/23

This past weekend featured Star City Games: Richmond. Let’s take a look at what decks were featured in Standard, Modern, and Legacy. SCG Open Richmond – Standard (VA, USA) Decklists Finish Deck Finish Deck 1st Jeskai Combo 9th U/B Control 2nd Esper Control 10th Abzan Midrange 3rd Abzan Aggro 11th Temur Midrange 4th Jeskai Aggro …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #95 The Future

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:54:32 — 26.2MB) In what can only be described as a slow week, the time is taken to explain exactly what to expect once the next century of the Pitt Imps begins. We go over SCG Columbus and let you guys know that the PPTQ schedule has been announced.   Host Angelo …

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Welcome to the Jungle: Sideboarding versus Midrange and Control

Welcome back again! I hope my previous article was able to help you all with the more explosive matchups you will face and I hope this one will help you with the more grinding matchups. A Quick Refresher The Deck AZooni (Big Zoo) Creatures (26)4 Wild Nacatl4 Noble Hierarch4 Tarmogoyf4 Qasali Pridemage4 Scavenging Ooze4 Knight of …

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Privileged Position 5: No Sleep ‘Til Edison

Last weekend was Grand Prix New Jersey, the third-largest GP (or any tournament, really) of all time. I had a great time, but more than anything else, the past couple of days were a glimpse into what is likely the future of Magic’s organized play program. The official attendance for this tournament was 4003, but …

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Conjured Currency #40: Lessons from Grand Prix New Jersey

Grand Prix New Jersey has come and gone, and it was certainly an event to remember. With 4,003 people playing in the main event, Magic players have proven once again that Legacy is not a dead format. MTG even finally managed to beat Farm Simulator 2015 on Twitch, reaching over 15,000 viewers at its peak. …

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Finance 201: Putting Theory to Practice

For the purpose of this article, I will be using fictional card prices that may or may not reflect the current prices as of the date this article is written or released. All prices quoted are in US dollars. As a Magic: The Gathering financier, you likely hold a substantial number of cardboard Magic cards. But …

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