Month: March 2014

C(ube) + C(ommander) Magic Factory – The Casual Collection

Q. What do the following have in common? A shoe box full of Ice Age and Revised. Leavings from opened booster boxes going back three years. Smatterings of cards sporting bizarre expansion symbols. A melting pot of pre-constructed products. A. These are typical components of a collection belonging to the “casual magic player.” Aside from…

Forced Fruition Episode 3: Down the Drain

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries?list=PLs4gxqbLAAD7PPPlJC8S-6BJ3dFbse9yJ&w=640&h=360] Today’s Lesson The third installment of Forced Fruition takes us on a journey of discovery and trying to slow roll our way to victory. In this BNG-THS-THS draft, a theme of slowly draining our opponent quickly develops out of pack one. We employ some drafting strategy to fill out the rest of our…

The Puzzle Box: #Value Sealed, a Two-Person Cube Format

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the Puzzle Box! It’s the end of the month, and that means that we are going to review the Puzzle Box list and make sure it is within a couple dollars of our $200 mark. There are a few changes to be made but we’ll discuss those later. First,…

Inventory Management Part II: Tracking

Last week, I started my Inventory Management series by discussing some basic concepts and common mistakes. Today we’re going to get down into the weeds—we’ll start with tracking and then briefly touch on some metrics you can use to evaluate your performance. I’ll talk more about metrics in my next article, but accurately tracking your…

Brainstorm Brewery #93 – GP Sober Train

The gang is back from Grand Prix Montreal, and some things did not go according to plan. With the Booze Cube championship that was planned for the train ride from Toronto to Montreal ending up as a logistical impossibility, could the weekend be salvaged? Whom did the gang meet with at the event? Was Corbin…

Legacy vs. Modern

Hello, fellow speculators! After the biggest Constructed grand prix ever, GP Richmond, we’ve been a whole lot of winding down from card spikes. The market seems to be returning to the regular world of value investing. It sure has quieted down around here in the MTG finance world. But the slower pace really gives us…

Getting L.U.C.K.y: Playtesting

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. -Thomas A. Edison I’m going to take a bit of a break this week and shift into getting L.U.C.K.y while playing the game. In a game such as Magic, where there are sixty randomized cards built from thousands of…

Episode 28 – Robot Chicken Control

It’s the day after GP Richmond, and the guys talk Modern accordingly. Cameron learns the ins and outs of Valakut, Curtis puts together an unusual Cube brew, and Dustin makes it rain Modern staples. Thanks for listening! Hosted by: Dustin Gore Cameron McCoy – @cameron_mccoy Curtis Nower – @CurtisNow Our show – @spikefeedmtg Music by…

Weekend Review March 21-23

“Well that was fast,” is something I’ve never heard before. Vidianto Wijaya, on the other hand, likely heard that exact phrase entirely too frequently in the last few days. Vidianto ran Red-White Burn this weekend to a fourth-place finish. The burn list is a pseudo-budget list, as most burn lists tend to be, but is also…

Taking Down a PTQ with Black-White Midrange, by Jonathan Marsh

A few weeks ago, I won a PTQ in Dothan, Alabama, playing B/W Midrange. I owe a huge thanks to the tournament organizer and store owner of Fanatix, Phillip Chalker, for hosting one of the best-run PTQs I’ve ever participated in. Also, thanks to Brainstorm Brewery and Danny Brown for giving me the opportunity to…

Pitt Imps Podcast #61 – Drunk Donald Duck

In this week of Pitt Imps we have on Ryan Tice. He’s the official EDH guy for the Pitt Imps Posse. Ryan got in some good questions about that format while I got to say nothing for 15min. Ahhh bliss. We also went over the plethora of Tournaments that happened last weekend. We also announce a…

Serum Visions – GP Montreal Local Fare: Unibroue Brewery

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Serum Visions! This week is the recovery week from poutine and the four-liter pitchers of beer than can be found in lovely Montreal. One of Canada’s most famous breweries can be found around a half-hour drive from the city in a town called Chambly. The brewery is called Unibroue,…

Inventory Management Part I: The Basics

Today I want to talk about inventory management. Others here at Brainstorm Brewery have touched on this subject, but I don’t feel like it’s been explored in enough depth. I think inventory management is a glaring weakness for many financiers, so much so that I am going to dedicate a series of articles to it….

Forced Fruition Episode 2: Diggin’ Through the Yard

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries?list=PLs4gxqbLAAD4mWLoN5o-rqgMG1LCBJ2vE&w=640&h=360]   Hello and welcome back to Forced Fruition, the Magic show where we strive to better ourselves by identifying a theme and sticking to it! This time around I drafted a green-black graveyard deck in a BNG THS THS Swiss event. Some tough decisions were made during the draft portion and the games…

Brainstorm Brewery #92 – Booze Cube Expansion

The gang is joined by the Booze Cube’s architect himself, Scott Peitzer (@TheBoozeCube). With a new Booze Cube expansion, #crackgate, and more Modern price craziness at play, there is a lot to discuss. With a binder twice-related fiasco separating Corbin from the group, it’s up to the rest of the gang to keep the conversation…

Casually Infinite – Out[fetch]landish Predictions

This normally isn’t my thing, but I figure that making some outlandish predictions about the future is something I’m occasionally good at, so I’m giving it a try. After GP Richmond’s massive 4,300-person attendance, it’s clear that Modern is really a force in the market. I think that Wizards will continue to show a lot…

Conjured Currency #6: Learning from Past Mistakes and Podding into the Future

Welcome back, readers! In my last article, I discussed why I (erroneously) thought that Kiki-Pod would be stronger then Melira Pod at Pro Tour Born of the Gods. Today, I thought it would be a beneficial exercise to analyze why this was a mistake, and take a [card]peek[/card] as to why Brian Liu was able…

Episode 27 – That Second Cunning Wish

We’ve returned from our trip to St. Louis, and share our final thoughts on the tournament. Curtis whines about his bad beats, Cameron tries to make Standard interesting, and Dustin attempts to stay awake. There’s also some chatter about Modern and the new duel decks, and Cameron tries to evaluate [card]Hive Mind[/card]. Thanks for listening!…

Funning For Your Playgroup: Silver-Bordered Cards in Gold and Artifacts Appropriate for Commander

This article is the final part in the Funning For Your Playgroup series, which explores silver-bordered cards appropriate for Commander. Un- cards offer a lot to a casual Commander playgroup with a strong social contract. Unfortunately, there is only one multicolored card suitable for a rules update in the Un- sets. There are quite a…

The Puzzle Box: Specializing the Archetypes – Artifacts

Welcome back to the Puzzle Box! This week, we’re starting into the next chapter of the life of this cube list. Archetype revisions are a really fun part of being a cube manager. Today I’ll be diving into the artifact archetype and swapping some cards to make it come alive. This deck can be a…

Funning For Your Playgroup: Silver-Bordered Cards in Red and Green Appropriate for Commander

This article is the third part in the Funning For Your Playgroup series, which explores silver-bordered cards appropriate for Commander. Like with previous colors, red and green Un- cards offer a lot to a casual Commander playgroup with a strong social contract. Red [card]Blast from the Past[/card] 2R Instant Madness R, cycling 1R, kicker 2R, flashback 3R,…

Forced Fruition Episode 1: Protect the Planeswalker

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries?list=PLs4gxqbLAAD7RWuQVSbMIoO2K9SIqKV9q&w=640&h=360] Welcome to Forced Fruition, the weekly show where we find ways to broaden our views on playing the game of Magic. Forced because we’re imposing some kind of rule or theme on our game, and Fruition because we’re going to learn something. On this episode, we dive into a THS-THS-THS draft. Very quickly,…

Brainstorm Brewery #91 – And Then There Were 3

With Ryan taking a week off for travel it’s up to the other three to hold down the fort. While it was a relatively slow week for finance, the gang finds plenty to discuss. What is the forecast for reprints of Modern Staples, namely lands? Who goes overboard with 12 picks of the week and…

Funning For Your Playgroup: Silver-Bordered Cards in Blue and Black Appropriate for Commander

This article is the second part in the Funning For Your Playgroup series, which explores silver-bordered cards appropriate for Commander. Like white, blue and black Un- cards offer a lot to a casual Commander playgroup with a strong social contract. Blue [card]Carnivorous Death-Parrot[/card] 1U Creature — Bird Flying 2/2   [card]Checks and Balances[/card] 2U Enchantment…

Winning a PTQ with Mono-Black Devotion

So this past weekend, I won a PTQ in Tallahassee, Florida. I’d like to give a big shoutout to the tournament organizer, Gamescape, and its owner, Benjamin Bloodworth, for consistently putting on the best tournaments and running the best local shop I’ve ever been to in my twenty years of playing Magic. I played Mono-Black…