Max Perlmutter

Author's details

Name: Max Perlmutter
Date registered: October 21, 2014

Biography

I am a full time student at Hampshire College and a Modern format specialist. I have been playing Big Zoo since the unbanning of Wild Nacatl. I hope you enjoy my writing and through it I can help us all improve and people and players in the Magic community.

Latest posts

  1. Why Linear Decks are Not a Bad Thing. — February 1, 2016
  2. Deck is Great, Magic is Great, I’m Great: A PPTQ Win Tournament Report — July 28, 2015
  3. Just. Play. Jund. …Well sorta. — June 29, 2015
  4. Tournament 2-for-1 — May 7, 2015
  5. Winning TCGplayer Modern States — April 13, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. Vengeance Shall Be Mine (in the Form of Cooperating with an Investigation): Playing Trevor Humphries in a Top Eight Last Weekend — 12 comments
  2. Welcome to the Jungle! — 11 comments
  3. Welcome to the Jungle: Sideboarding Versus the Aggressive — 3 comments
  4. Welcome to the Jungle: Sideboarding versus Midrange and Control — 1 comment
  5. Tournament 2-for-1 — 1 comment

Author's posts listings

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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Deck is Great, Magic is Great, I’m Great: A PPTQ Win Tournament Report

So I just won a PPTQ… Yeah it feels good. It feels better than good actually, it feels fucking great to be one tournament away from a dream I have had for a very long time. Apparently the best way to prepare for a tournament is to have a bunch of friends over have a …

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Just. Play. Jund. …Well sorta.

To quote Todd Anderson, “Just. Play. Jund. Just do it. Stop being an idiot and go pick up the cards you need to play it.” While Todd was speaking about Standard back in 2013 I feel as if this applies more than ever to Modern right now. SCG Columbus Invitational. I’ve been playing Infect for …

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Tournament 2-for-1

Hey People, So two weeks ago I was able to take down TCGPlayer Modern States at Top Deck Games and luckily StarCity Games Modern States were being held at the same store a weekend after. I decided to run it back. Star City Games Modern States Top 16 Round 1. Affinity This matchup feels incredibly …

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Winning TCGplayer Modern States

Believe it or not, I haven’t written a tournament report in a long time and I don’t think I have ever written a report on a deck that wasn’t Zoo. But that’s what I’m going to do today. Here goes nothing! The Deck Infectcreatures (15)4 Noble Hierarch4 Glistener Elf4 Blighted Agent2 Spellskite1 Ichorclaw Myrspells (26)4 Gitaxian …

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Why Infect?

Why Infect? Well to start off, I think Infect is currently one of the best decks in Modern and is in my opinion the best aggressive deck in the format at the moment. Bogles, Zoo, and Affinity can all struggle against Lingering Souls. While each deck has the necessary tools to defeat those pesky spirit …

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Quick Hit: Premier IQ Spotlighting

I was looking through the StarCity Games Premier Invitational Qualifier decklists from the Richmond Open and I came across a Zoo list played by Jeff Szablak to an eighth-place finish that looks really interesting to me. Jeff Szablak 8th Place SCG Premier IQ Jeff Szablak Zoocreatures (27)4 Knight of the Reliquary4 Loxodon Smiter4 Noble Hierarch4 …

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Identity Crisis

Hey, everyone, it’s been awhile. For the past few months, I’ve been having an identity crisis with Modern. As the writer of half a dozen articles on Zoo for this very website, saying that I’m considering not playing Zoo now sounds like insanity, but I feel like I have settled down with the deck. I know …

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The Zoo is Dead, Long Live The Zoo!

After falling short of top eight at a Modern IQ/PPTQ that I played in recently, I was itching to play some more Magic. Luckily, SCG Philly was right around the corner. I was still up in the air about what I should play for the Sunday Premier IQs: either Constellation in Standard or some form of Zoo in …

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Stoking The Flames

Feeding The Fire I just lost my win-and-in for top eight and I’m two hours away from home. This sucks. I played some of the best Magic I have played in a long time today and I desperately wanted this win more than any tournament before. I won games and matches off of bluffs, strategies, …

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Welcome to the Jungle: Sideboarding versus Combo Decks

Hello once again! I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful holiday, and for those of you from everywhere else in the world, I hope you had an amazing Thursday. I’m back this week with the final installment of my sideboarding series about my Zoo deck. If you all have any ideas of things …

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Welcome to the Jungle: Sideboarding versus Midrange and Control

Welcome back again! I hope my previous article was able to help you all with the more explosive matchups you will face and I hope this one will help you with the more grinding matchups. A Quick Refresher The Deck AZooni (Big Zoo) Creatures (26)4 Wild Nacatl4 Noble Hierarch4 Tarmogoyf4 Qasali Pridemage4 Scavenging Ooze4 Knight of …

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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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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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Vengeance Shall Be Mine (in the Form of Cooperating with an Investigation): Playing Trevor Humphries in a Top Eight Last Weekend

This past week has been a whirlwind of good luck and bad fortune all tied into one. On Saturday morning around 1:00 a.m., I was in a car accident driving my friend Barrett home from a night of Magic at Stomping Grounds in Hatboro, Pennsylvania (yes, that was a shameless plug for a good store). …

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