Month: May 2014

Serum Visions: Twos Four-Man Format, Blue Section

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to the Puzzle Box! This week we are going to be continuing our exploration of the four-man cube format called Twos. If you are just tuning into this little mini-series, you can go back and find what this format is about and if it is right for you play group…

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It Ain’t Easy Being Green

It’s been a long, hard couple of months after making top eight in back-to-back tournaments with my Mono-Green Beast Wars deck that I discussed here. Since then, I’ve been to two more PTQs and GP Cincinatti, but was unable to recapture the success I previously had with the deck. However, some others had quite a bit…

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Brainstorm Brewery #99 – Hill Giant

This is the set review to end all set reviews. Recognizing that a large part of finance is properly evaluating cards in terms of playability, the gang enlists the help of a living legend, Zac Hill (@zdch). Formerly of Wizards of the Coast R&D (lead game designer), writer of StarCityGames’s Chatter of the Squirrel column…

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Conjured Currency #12: BYOB (Be Your Own Buylist)

I’m going to start this week’s article by linking to another person’s article from another website. Last week, Travis Allen explained how the margins on speculation are often lower and riskier than someone who is not accustomed to the workings of MTG finance would expect. As somewhat of a follow-up to that article, I’d like to…

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Pitt Imps Podcast #68 – OK We Ramble Alot

In this weeks installment of the Imps we begin to see what cards from Journey Into Nyx is going to be players in the upcoming standard season at SCG Cinci. We have posse member Walter on to go over this with us. Then we make sure you save your $$$ and not buy the new…

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The View From 10,000 Feet

The popularity of Magic: The Gathering has exploded over the past few years. There, I just taught you everything you need to know about Magic finance. I’m not kidding. Well, I’m sort of kidding. The truth is that it’s been pretty easy to make money buying and selling Magic cards recently because the overall price…

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A Unified Theory of Commander

Commander is a complicated game. Despite being a “casual” format, the massive pool of playable cards, multiplayer politics, and varied expectations of what constitutes the “Spirit of Commander” can make trying EDH for the first time quite intimidating. The trouble finding sound advice on how to build and play a deck online doesn’t help the…

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The Divine Aristocrats

While I still intend to battle with my trusty RUG Monsters deck for the foreseeable future, that has not put a halt to my desire for a good brew. With that in mind, let’s talk about a spicy number that I have been thinking about since the Journey into Nyx prerelease. [deck title=The Divine Aristocrats…

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Pitt Imps Podcast #67 – Our Pre-Releases

In this weeks episode we have on Matt from the posse for the next listener guest. We go over the subject of phones. Then we ramble about banning Standard since Melira didn’t get banned. Oh yea there was some pre-release stories in there as well. Your hosts: Angelo & Ryan Angelo’s Twitter: @Ganksuou Ryan’s Twitter:…

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Brewing with Journey Into Nyx

Welcome back for Brewing with Journey into Nyx. I’m going to run you through some possibilities that this great new set has created for us. One thing I can’t do is provide complete sideboards, but I will provide some suggestions to look at when you decide to take one of these decks out for a spin….

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Forced Fruition Episode 7: Devotion to Cube

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries?list=PLs4gxqbLAAD6dLhiofdGdf4zkIBkn0lQv&w=640&h=360] Intro Cube drafting as a format is wonderful because you get to make all kinds of crazy things happen. You get to play with powerful cards that span the entirety of Magic and use them to crush your opponents mercilessly. This week on Forced Fruition, join me as I power through an un-powered cube…

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Serum Visions: The Biggest, Beeriest Beer

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Serum Visions! This week, we are going to be talking about the beeriest of all beers. The beer that takes the beer flavors you know and love and makes them larger than life. This week, we are talking about barley wine! The two examples I have of this style on…

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Brainstorm Brewery #98 – Research and Development

No need to pinch yourself—you’re not dreaming. The very special guest for this episode is none other than Mr. Aaron Forsythe (@mtgaaron) himself. How can the gang cope with having a larger-than-life figure on their humble podcast? Will they manage to sneak in a Pick of the Week? What information can we glean about future…

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Conjured Currency #11: Speculation for Annihilation

Welcome, speculators! Magic financiers, PTQ grinders, EDH junkies: you’re here because you want to not spend so much money on this game we all know and love, and are looking to find a place to learn to do just that. This is that place. If you keep up to date on spoilers for upcoming product,…

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