Month: April 2014

Inventory Management Part V: Strategy

Welcome to the fifth and final part of my Inventory Management series. Last week I took a break to write about counterfeits, and I really appreciate all the feedback and conversation. I thought it was worth breaking up this series to get that article out faster. Today we’re talking general inventory strategy and some miscellaneous…

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Casually Infinite – JOU Standard Winners and Losers

With all of Journey into Nyx spoiled, the question to be asked is the effect these cards will have in Standard. While decks falling out of favor play a role to speculators, there is often little money to be made in a fall from grace. What we care most about is the ascent of tier-two…

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Getting LUCKy: Acting Too Quickly

It’s round four at SCG Detroit. Across from me is Joe, who is playing Mono-Black Devotion. He swings in with a [card]Nightveil Specter[/card] to deal two, but what do I care? I’m playing Gruul Aggro with [card]Skylasher[/card], [card]Titan’s Strength[/card], and [card]Armed // Dangerous[/card] in hand. He plays a second [card]Nightveil Specter[/card] and I panic. I…

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Forced Fruition Episode 6: BTT Draft R/W Heroic

They Might be Heroes Hello and welcome to the sixth installment of Forced Fruition! This week, I’ve brought you another Born-Theros-Theros draft where I find myself with some exciting white and red cards to make up a typical red/white heroic archetype. We get to play with some powerful creatures like [card]Ornitharch[/card], [card]Anax and Cymede[/card], and even the elusive…

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I’m Friends with RUG Monsters

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ken Crocker, and some of you may know me as a Midwest Magic grinder. Others may know me as the guy who once threw his deck against a wall at a PTQ (long story, some other time). However, most of you know me from this. Today I…

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The Puzzle Box: Twos Four-Man Format, White Section

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the Puzzle Box! A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to what is a staple format in my hometown of Winnipeg, called Twos. I also mentioned how card evaluation changes when you are considering this format. I linked to a really good list that has been built to…

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Pitt Imps Podcast #66 – Road Kill Cafe

This weeks fan as host guest is Justin from the posse page on Facebook. We go over SCG Detroit and make mention of the lack of anything new. I’m ready for rotation. Anyway we also go into the spoilers for our traditional best of episode. In this we set categories and pick what we think the…

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Journey Into A New Standard

To start things off, my name is Deshaun Baylock. I recently started devoting myself to this game called Magic: The Gathering and the payoff has been huge. I started playing around the time of [card]Jace, the Mind Sculptor[/card]. Within a year of trying to go “pro,” I have scored a GP Top Eight, a GP Top…

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Conjured Currency #10: Which Spec is Right For You, Part II

Welcome back! Last week I briefly discussed how there are different kinds of speculation targets, and why they should be targeted in varying ways depending on factors such as your budget, whether you trade or buy, and whether you’re looking for long-term holds or quick flips. I had planned to go more in-depth and have…

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Brainstorm Brewery #97 – Nyxborn Jambalaya

More spoilers are out, the gang is adding more segments to keep the cast growing, and there are all kinds of stories of the great time that was had at Grand Prix Philly. It’s time for another installment of your favorite finance podcast. What from the new set has financial potential? Find out on an…

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Counterfeits On TCGplayer: My Experience

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news first: some of the Chinese counterfeit cards have found their way onto TCGplayer.com. In fact, I received three counterfeit Return to Ravnica [card]Hallowed Fountain[/card]s in a purchase from a TCGplayer.com vendor last week. The good news is that they were very easy to identify…

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The Spike Feed Episode 34 – That Dry Heat

In our 34th episode, we welcome Dustin back to the cast as he shares tales from GP Nagoya, Cameron plays pinball and Hearthstone in Las Vegas, and Curtis sleeves up some mountains for FNM. [card]Saytr Fire Dancer[/card] also makes a brief appearance, proving once again that Curtis can’t keep that card off the show. Thank…

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C(ube) + C(ommander) Magic Factory – Journey into Cube

Now that the full spoiler for Journey into Nyx is out, it’s time to theory-craft what the impact on Cube will be.  I will be holding off on a full review like the ones I did for the Commander 2013 series until I have a chance to play with these cards and see how they…

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Pitt Imps Podcast #65 – Wild Turkey

In this episode of the Imps, Ryan gets hammered. Our guest Sid Miester holds nothing back. Then I explain how to almost die due to alcohol poisoning. Good times. We also go over GP Philly and Nagoya. We talk about SCG Dallas. Then there is the spoilers. We go over a couple we like and…

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Forced Fruition, Episode 5: Sealed PTQ Practice

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries?list=PLs4gxqbLAAD5WVijeszmqqm3j_YdC0BCI&w=640&h=360] ‘Tis the Season It’s that time of year when we get to play Sealed PTQs. The format has its upsides and downsides and you’re certainly going to increase your odds of winning by practicing as much as possible. I like Sealed because it evens the playing field to a degree by emphasizing deckbuilding….

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Serum Visions – Things We Collaborate On

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Serum Visions! This week, WotC has announced that it is doing a set of “designer cards” with game designers from outside of Magic’s  R&D. This is a great opportunity to talk about an amazing part of the craft beer culture: collaboration beers [CB]. This is really exciting and quite…

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Brainstorm Brewery #96 – Bloom Tenders

In the wake of the April Fools’ Day gag, the cast is back in its real format and better than ever. With a lot to say about what seems like a small number of developments, the cast is packed to the rafters with value. Somehow, the cast finds a way to have four opinions about…

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Conjured Currency #9: Which Spec is Right for You?

Welcome back, readers! If you keep up to date on price trends at all (which you should), then you know that [card]Tropical Island[/card] is approximately $200 TCGplayer median at the time that I am writing this (Monday, April 14th). In the weeks prior, when the card could be found for $100-120, you may have seen…

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How Not To Lose – Playing To Your Outs

Welcome back, brewers. Today we are going to take a look at a fundamental of Magic that many new players overlook: it’s called playing to your outs. Playing to your outs involves understanding game state and figuring out what you need to do to win the game. Sometimes it’s easy to know what you need…

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The Spike Feed Episode 33 – Hallelujah

It’s just Curtis and Cameron this week, and the pair take a Journey into Nyx. We go deep on several of the newly spoiled cards, reviewing them with our patented “50%-ish” accuracy. Also, Cameron finally defeats his longtime nemesis and emerges from the experience a new man. Thank you for your honor. Your hosts: Cameron…

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All Standard Wanted was a New RUG, Man

In very recent tournaments, there has been a Red/Blue/Green (RUG) Monsters deck seeing some success. I believe the deck was popularized by Sam Black. My friend and I have been playing and tuning a different type of RUG deck lately: RUG Midrange. I’ll be showing this deck to you, along with what card choices can…

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What’s in Your Spec Folder?

The MTG finance market is ever shifting. If nothing else, it is one where you need to evaluate and re-evaluate cards in an ever-changing environment. It’s also one where no one really knows what they’re talking about, myself included. An example straight from Reddit a month ago here: Sometimes the experts make the wrong calls…

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Puzzle Box – Four-Person Cube Format: Twos

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the Puzzle Box! These last couple weeks have been pretty fun! I know there are at least a few of you who have been trying out the formats I’ve presented here. That is really flattering—thanks, guys! This week, I am going to be continuing of this meta-series (as Mark…

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Brainstorm Brewery #95 – A New Format

Based on some feedback, the gang has decided to reformat the show to make it conform to the consensus from the community. The cast has been streamlined and will follow a new, shorter format from now on. It is all the finance news you want in under five minutes, without all the filler. What were…

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Pitt Imps Podcast #64 – Rookie Mistake

In this episode of the Pitt Imps we had Judge Frank back on and he went over the two new mechanics as well as a little GP Primer for you new players that might of never been to one and might be going to your first soon. We also quickly went over the 3 large…

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