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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Weekend Magic: 11/14-11/16

Two Grands Prix for the price of one! This weekend featured Grand Prix New Jersey and Grand Prix Madrid. New Jersey featured some sweet Legacy card slinging, where players were either playing Treasure Cruise or playing around it, and Madrid featured some great Modern action where players were… basically doing the same thing. Let’s see …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #94 The Rickets

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:57:42 — 26.9MB) Seriously, people, stop cheating. I can’t believe I got to go over another suspension this week. Oh, well. We also got a couple GPs and SCG Oakland, which had the real breakout deck of the week. Plenty of news came out of the Aussie PAX and Angelo goes off …

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Welcome to the Jungle: Sideboarding Versus the Aggressive

Welcome back, everybody! I assume since you are here you want to learn how to sideboard with my Zoo deck against the more aggressive decks in Modern. If not, tough luck. Against these decks, you want to start off as the control deck and stabilize before transitioning into being the beatdown to close the game. …

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Privileged Perspective 4: The Mana From Another Place

One of my favorite aspects of Magic finance is the one that is very likely the least discussed. People will pore endless hours over set reviews, Modern breakouts, and Reserve List buyouts, but there is, comparatively, nothing written about foreign foils and obscurities. There are several different factors that contribute to this, but in an era where …

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Conjured Currency #39: The Nekusar Effect

Hey, everyone! I’m going to take a moment and assume that not all of you reading this article have been playing for longer than a year. For those who are unaware of what the title of this article is referring to, let me give you a brief refresher: Nekusar, the Mindrazer, was one of the …

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Pimp My Deck: Commander 2014Guided by Nature (the Green Deck)

Hey, everyone, I’m here to bring you a brand-new article series to help newer players get into Commander.  I’m planning on covering all the new decks over the course of a few articles, and today I’m going to start with the green one, Guided by Nature. The first thing I’m going to do is break …

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Weekend Magic: 11/07-11/09

Magic coverage this week includes highlights from Star City Games Columbus. As usual, the Open this week includes Standard and Legacy, with a side of Modern in the form of a Premier Invitational Qualifier. Let’s see what results came out of the weekend. SCG Open Columbus – Standard (OH, USA) Decklists Steve Rubin took down …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #93 Eternal

Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:34:15 — 35.3MB) Yes, it’s a long one. Not my fault. Way too much crap to go over, with everything from saying goodbye to cheaters to Eternal Weekend. We got GPs, SCGs, and even Commander spoilers. Let’s not forget the MTGO policy changes. It took a while, even with Will taking the …

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Welcome to the Jungle!

Hello everybody! I’m back, but this time, instead of a tournament report, I am here to teach you how to play Big Zoo in Modern. It All Started Here To give you all a background of where this deck came from, I’ll give you my background as a player. I was introduced to Magic: The Gathering by …

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Brainstorm Brewery #121 – The Real Diva

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:16:03 — 34.8MB) Ray’s the rookie, Jeskai Ascendancy continues to evolve, and Commander (2014 Edition) is the stones. Sometimes, everything is right in the world and you start firing on all cylinders. With a few topics to cover, the gang got right into it. Who’s the real diva on the cast? What’s …

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Conjured Currency #38: Finance 101, Arbitrage

Arbitrage. Noun. The simultaneous purchase and sale of the same securities, commodities, or foreign exchange in different markets to profit from unequal prices. In “Finance 101” terms, this basically means that we’re going to buy something at one price from some entity, then immediately turn around and sell that exact same thing to somebody else …

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Casually Infinite – Catching Cheaters

With the recent wave of bans for cheating dropping on various known Magic personalities, one of the most common questions I’ve seen is, “Why haven’t judges been catching these issues far earlier?” I’m going to break down the duties of a judge at large events to try to bring some perspective as to why people like this …

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Weekend Magic: 10/31-11/02

We’ve got some more Magic coverage for you from this weekend! Last weekend was Grand Prix Santiago and Star City Games: Oakland. Let’s see what happened. GP Santiago (Santiago, CHI) Decklists Two Abzan Midrange decks battled it out in the finals, and Eduardo dos Santos Vieira was the top dog in the end. The two …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #92 Act Right!

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:58:38 — 27.2MB) This week, we go over GPLA and SCG Worcester. We discuss why to get the board game and decide to converse over how you should or should not act while playing this game. With the card manipulation at SCG and all the things said following Ari Lax’s win at …

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Privileged Perspective 3 – Tired Legacy Pun

So I’m starting to get the handle on scheduling out my writing. Tuesday is my day, so it’s easier to schedule my own deadlines, allowing for more topical discussion. We are approaching what has traditionally been a slower time in Magic’s calendar, so for the most part, we aren’t missing much in terms of breaking …

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Commander 2014: A Financial Review

With the release of the newest Commander decklists, we are greeted with a few potent new cards, but also one of the nicest group of reprints in a sealed deck product in a long time.  I’m here to break down what you may have missed about this spectacular release! The New The new centerpiece of …

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Brainstorm Brewery #120 – #Ray4Rookie

Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:26:41 — 39.7MB) Ray Perez Jr. is back on the cast, and we have important business to get down to. There is a possibility that Jared Boettcher may have cheated in his bid for Rookie of the Year. These claims are unsubstantiated and are currently being investigated by the DCI. In the …

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Conjured Currency #37: Cheating 101, The Finance Edition

As you may be aware of, a recent cheating scandal has rocked our beloved game in the most recent weeks. Trevor Humphries was suspected of (and admitted to in a subsequent Facebook rant) cheating  at the SCG Open in Worcester, and the well-known Alex Bertoncini got thrown in the cell for another three years. As I …

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On the Rookie of the Year Race and the World Championship

Given the recent events that have taken place, I wanted to express my personal views and opinions on the Rookie of the Year situation. This will not be an article talking about the incidents that took place, but rather about the aftermath that could happen—depending on what the DCI decides in the near future. This is my story. …

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Weekend Magic: 10/24 – 10/26

We continue to dive deeper into the Standard metagame this week with three Standard tournaments. This weekend there was a Star City Games Open in Minneapolis, MN, in addition to Grand Prix Stockholm. We can’t discount the Legacy being played on Sunday at the Star City Open, so I will cover that as well. In …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #91 PT Khans

Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:30:24 — 34.4MB) First off, let me apologize for the bad sound quality this week. After multiple editing attempts, I was unable to fix it and still missed things. I’m sorry. We go over the PT, because really, there is nothing else worth covering. Between the actual play and all the news …

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Privileged Perspective 2: A Fistful of Bullet Points

No time to chit-chat, we’ve got a lot to get to. What are you doing?! Go to the next paragraph, hurry! FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS I’ve lived through a lot of changes to Organized Play. I saw the fall of the Junior Super Series, the old States, Regionals, Player Rewards (I’ll mention these again later!), and …

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