Nothing but Value: An Introduction to Ephara, God of the Polis

I’ve been struggling to put words on the page. For years now, I’ve been wanting, nay, dreaming of being a Magic writer. Until now, I’d not found a topic I’ve really wanted to write about. Due to ever-tightening life constraints, I’ve been forced from grinding 4 local tournaments and a PPTQ or an SCG Open …

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Why Linear Decks are Not a Bad Thing.

Splinter Twin got banned, Summer Bloom got banned, players raged at the world, at their family, at their lives, but mostly they just raged. I feel it was a net positive for the Modern format to grow and adapt. I think unbans should have occurred with Bloodbraid Elf and Ancestral Visions but thats not what …

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Brainstorm Brewery #181 – What Do You Call eBay in Canada?

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:05:25 — 60.1MB)The eldrazi are great, but their names could be a lot more distinct. World Crusher? Reality Bruiser? I sometimes think the price of Thought-Knot Seer is so high because it’s the only Eldrazi people are able to identify and buy on purpose without trying to buy something else. The gang …

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Is Stoneforge Mystic Really That Good?

Let’s face it. Commander can be expensive. Though commander is a casual format, it is becoming harder and harder to build a good commander deck without draining your wallet. As much as we want to, we don’t have unlimited amounts of money. There are often cards that would make your deck really powerful, but are on the other …

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Unified Theory of Commander: Synergy

Repeat after me: “Synergy is not the same thing as having a game plan.” No. No. Don’t just read it. Say it out loud with me. For real. Let’s say it again: “Synergy is not the same thing as having a game plan.” Good! Now that we’ve got that in your head, we can really …

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I Find Your Lackey of Faith Disturbing

So I was kind of hoping that there would be some updates to the Legacy Banlist I could look at the new format, brew some new decks, and hope that Show and Tell would finally get banned. But no, all is well. So what is there to talk about? Well my last article looked at some of …

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Brainstorm Brewery #180 – You’re Not Even A Judge

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:11:19 — 65.5MB)There were lots of happenings the last few weeks and since we didn’t get to talk about anything last week due to the set review, we decided to jimmy jam everything into one action-packed episode and get caught up. There were prerelease weekend shenanigans, GP Oakland was a thing, multiple …

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Money Draught #52 – Jon Finkel

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:18:51 — 72.4MB)All-time great Jon Finkel joins us in a very special episode where discussion includes: the state of Magic and its viability as an E-sport, Jon’s thoughts on Cube and Storm, “mtg finance”, hedge fund styles, our recurring debate on the pace of technological change, and Scotch. ** This cast is …

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Brewing With Oath of the Gatewatch

Welcome back for Brewing With Oath of the Gatewatch. After an insane thirty decks last time, we have a much more reasonable ten decks for Standard. These decks only have “Sideboard Suggestions” other than the Atarka Red list, which is where I plan to start when the set is released. This had been the scariest …

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Why the Banning of Splinter Twin is Good for You, New Modern Player

If you haven’t already heard that Splinter Twin was banned from Modern play this weekend after being spoiled (yes, another inadvertent spoiler!) by an overzealous Magic Online playtester, then, my friend, you are just the player for which I am writing this article. Typically, I write about casual stuff like Commander and how I like …

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Brainstorm Brewery #179 – Oath of the Gatewatch Set Review

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:51:18 — 102.1MB) Oath of the Gatewatch Set Review Support our Patreon! DO IT. You know this cast makes you more than $1 a week We’re serious about the Patreon. Expect new perks. Need to contact us? Hit up BrainstormBrew@gmail.com   Contact Us! Brainstorm Brewery – Website – E-mail – Twitter – …

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Best Laid Plans #10 – Never Ending Triangle of CEOs

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:37:00 — 66.7MB)We made it to 10 episodes. Pigs have frozen over and hell is flying. Sorry about that. The gang recaps what 2015 meant to us all. Em gets dizzy remembering how much has actually happened. Tommy and Shane battle over our Naughty & Nice list. WotC drops the mic about …

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No Time to Waste – Brewing for Oath of the Gatewatch Standard

The spoilers are out.  All of them. The complete card list for Oath of the Gatewatch was finally released just a few days ago. A lot of cards caught my eye. A devoid, conditional Rampant Growth variant looks to push the ramp decks’ abilities to get their game plan rolling faster than ever, despite putting heavy …

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Money Draught 51 — That’s a Moiré

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:33:40 — 85.9MB)Topics include: “Reverse power creep”, Bx Eldrazi’s breakout in Modern, Vintage Cube, JR’s Mizzix’s Mastery Dragonstorm brew, Romanesco broccoli, Jenkem, sources of iridescence, Moiré patterns, Shepard tones, and thoughts on The Force Awakens (MODERATE SPOILERS).   ** This cast is for mature listeners, and contains spoilers **   Your Hosts: …

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Brainstorm Brewery #178- Don’t Use the B-Word

Podcast: Download (Duration: 50:20 — 46.3MB)Stop saying “Buyout” because you’re almost certainly using it incorrectly. There were some price corrections, some runs and some hype this week and the gang gets to the bottom of what happened. With Oath of the Gatewatch nearly spoiled and EDH cards heating up in Financial markets, there is a …

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Gruul Blitz – The Most Underrated Deck in Modern

First off, a belated happy holidays and a happy New Year to everyone!  As I mentioned in my previous article about the Modern ban list, I have spent the limited amount of time I’ve had to enjoy Magic: The Gathering testing different brews in Modern.  Lately I’ve been going off the deep end trying to make …

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The Eldrazi Mythos: The Past and Possibilities of Magic’s Eldritch Monsters

There are two things that are constant about me. The first being that I love Magic and the second being that I love a good Lovecraft story. I’ve read most of the classics and some of the more obscure ones. But that’s enough about me. I’m here today to talk to you about how Wizards …

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Mono Brew #1 – A Brewer’s Manifesto

No matter the stakes, no matter the format, the only thing you’ll find in this player’s hands is a brew. It might be the pet deck they’ve been tweaking and tuning for months, or it might be something new and spicy every week. Either way, playing a popular or “tier 1” deck is completely off the table for …

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Brainstorm Brewery #177- 2005 Behind, 2016 Ahead

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:02:03 — 57.0MB)The episode begins like all good episodes with a slip of the tongue that derails the cast for ten minutes. When you hear that, you know it’s going to be a good one and this is no exception. Oath spoilers, talk about past technology and resolutions for the new year …

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Bagging on Boring Old Boros

Whenever someone on the internet starts a conversation about what the best color pair is in Commander, you get a lot of diverse opinions with a myriad of reasons and arguments. “Izzet is basically a Batman and Superman team up,” they’ll say. “Yeah but Azorius is like Captain America and Thor in a helicopter!” another …

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Brainstorm Brewery #176 – 2015 Year in Review

Podcast: Download (Duration: 46:44 — 43.0MB)2015 was a wacky year for this Children’s card game. Jobs were gained and lost, cards were leaked, tournaments were won, Vegas happened and what happened in Vegas needs to stay there for the most part. 2016 will be full of diaper changes and a lack of a core set …

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The Staple Binder – Making the Most of Your Collection

This past week, @seantabares and @andyhullbone, the guys at The Commander’s Brew podcast talked about a really cool idea that I believe many kitchen table players could benefit from thinking about.  That idea is the staple binder (Episode 22). A staple binder isn’t necessarily a binder with plastic card protector sheets. It is simply a collection of …

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Non Blue Alternatives in Legacy

It’s been a while since I last checked in and the Legacy format has changed a lot since GP Seattle. Lands taking down the Grand Prix and Punishing Blue winning the Star City Games Legacy Open in November certainly showed that the format is in a position now where decks can get away with not running four copies of Brainstorm. …

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Brainstorm Brewery #175- Instances of Sorceries

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:07:41 — 62.1MB)Corbin starts us off by regaling all of us with a tale of his pocket getting “picketed” and we’re off to the races with a great episode where clearly we know there isn’t a lot to talk about Magic-wise until we start discussing it and, holy crap there’s actually a …

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Money Draught #50 — Nailing Theses

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:44:53 — 96.2MB)Money Draught 50 — Nailing Theses   Topics include: Leaked spoilers, event coverage changes, cube, Aspic, weird historical riots, energy markets, the rate of technological change, and some of our favorite Money Draught moments.   ** This cast is for mature listeners **   Your Hosts: Jason Alt — @JasonEAlt …

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