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Darien and the EMO-tional Commanders of EDH

If any of you are like me, you love EDH. If you are even more like me, you don’t have a whole lot of money and you love EDH. If you’re disturbingly similar to me you love EDH, like to play on a budget and your downstairs neighbor only listens to early 2000’s Emo music….

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Splinter Twin in Legacy

This year’s Legacy Champs took place a few weeks ago, and was taken down by none other than Bob Huang, this time piloting a Grixis Delver deck. Grixis is very well positioned in today’s metagame, and it’s no surprise to me that it managed to put up a great finish, especially in the hands of…

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Teaching People to Play Magic

I believe that Magic is a great game, and if you’re reading this there is a good chance that you agree with me. It’s normal human nature to want to share things that we enjoy with our friends, but introducing Magic to people not familiar with a similar game can be a daunting task. If…

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Post-Rotation Standard, It’s Never Too Early. . .

Even though Pro Tour Magic Origins is still fresh in our minds and we are currently looking at a new Standard format, I want to look forward to what I think could be some powerful shells after rotation.  It may be premature, but there may be financial opportunity and a way to get ahead of the metagame…

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A Look at the MKM Series in Toulouse

The MKM Series in Toulouse happened just a few days ago, and with it the Legacy main event. Over a hundred people showed up to play in the tournament, making it a fairly large event. Out of all these people, only eight were left for the elimination rounds, and while there’s a lot to say…

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Weekend Magic: 8/14-8/16

Last weekend brought us GP London so let’s take a look at the Standard action that happened last weekend:   Grand Prix London   Decklists   Abzan Aggro was the story of the tournament! Putting four people into the Top 8, [card]Hangarback Walker[/card]  is still a force to be reckoned with. Let’s take a look…

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Brainstorm Brewery #159- Off the TRayn

No Marcel this week so the gang has Ray Perez Jr (@rayfuturepro) fill in. Hijnks ensue.   The gang is joined by Ray Perez Jr. (@rayfuturepro) Some events happened Finance 101 was covered. I don’t remember what it was Pick of the Week happened Support our Patreon! DO IT. You know this cast makes you…

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Money Draught #39 — We Never Sleep

Money Draught #39 — We Never Sleep Topics include: post-rotation Standard, Community Cup changes, Modern Masters 2015 flashback drafts, the Great English Pet Culling of 1939, Jim Jones, Bernie Sanders and demographics, JR’s horse handicapping strategy, and a revival of the pre-Vegas Money Draught Modern rotisserie draft. ** This cast is for mature listeners **…

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Mono White Tokens – A Whirlwind Weekend

Deckbuilding is a passion of mine.  Over the past couple of years, I’ve found the formula that best suits my style when creating a new deck.  I analyze my brews and the card selections within along three axes:  power level, synergy, consistency.  If those three components of a deck are sound, the deck in question often…

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Weekend Magic: 8/7-8/9

Last weekend brought us Grand Prix San Diego and Star City Games: Washington which featured Legacy as the main event, with some Standard and Modern on the side. Let’s take a look at the results. Grand Prix San Diego Format – Standard Decklists Magic Origins innovations are abound again! First place this time went to…

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Money Draught #38 — Simpler Times

Topics include: Origins draft, the Commander 2015 and fetches announcements, GPNYC location rumors, GOP conspiracy-crafting, cable bundling, the Enumclaw horse sex case, an obscure baseball statistic, the Pinkertons and serial killers.   ** This cast is for mature listeners **   Your Hosts: Jason Alt — @JasonEAlt Slick Jagger — @slickJagger JR — @time_elemental

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Can Mono White Get There After Pro Tour Magic Origins?

So this is my first article.  None of you readers will know me from anything I’ve done previously.  I’m not a top level professional magic player, not a known deck designer or content producer.  None of you have even seen my Magic Online username posted on Daily Event results (mostly because I’m broke and choose…

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Weekend Magic: 7/24-7/26

Magic Origins continues to showcase some of the potential future directions that Standard could take. This weekend Star City Games heads to Richmond to seek out the direction of the new Standard. Let’s take a look at those results, as well as the Modern and Legacy side events that also were reported. Star City Games…

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Looking Back and Looking Forward: Analyzing GP Lille

Grand Prix Lille was two weeks ago, and before I get to the story of how my own trip went, I want to talk about the Grand Prix itself, what performed well, and what that means for Legacy. Looking at the top 8, we see two Miracles decks facing off against each other in the…

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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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Kitchen Table Magic – Love and Hate in Multiplayer

I recently spent four and a half days playing multiplayer Magic with my brother and two friends over a long weekend. This was the fourth annual event playing Magic from wake-up to pass-out. We rent a double suite and spend 16 hours a day playing nothing but multiplayer Magic. It gave me many chances to reflect on and apply…

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Brewing with Magic Origins

Welcome back for Brewing with Magic Origins! This is the last “Core Set” we will be getting. Blocks will now be two sets and rotates twice a year starting with Battle for Zendikar, which will make things a lot more interesting for me as a brewer. Today I have nine Standard and three Modern decks…

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SCV Legacy Open – A Tournament Report

Last week the Scandinavian Open series came to Malmö, Sweden. I was there, ready to rock some Legacy! Unfortunately I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, ending with an unimpressive 3-3 record. Still, I got to meet some cool people, play lots of Legacy and watch my best friend doing alters on site (If…

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Weekend Magic: 6/26-6/28

Last weekend brought us Grand Prix: Singapore, Grand Prix: Buenos Aires, and the Star City Games Open: Baltimore. Singapore featured Modern as the format, while Buenos Aires and Baltimore gave us the usual dose of Standard action. Let’s take a look at the results.   Grand Prix: Singapore   Format – Modern   Decklists  …

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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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Five Cards You Should Be Playing in Legacy Right Now

Grand Prix Lille is coming up and we’re doing our best to figure out the metagame in order to get an advantage. The hope is that by making accurate predictions we will be better able to construct our decks to beat what other people are bringing to the tournament. While metagames vary depending on your…

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Weekend Magic: 6/19-6/21

The major events of last weekend included Grand Prix: Providence, Grand Prix: Copenhagen, and Star City Games: Indianapolis. GP Providence and  SCG Indianapolis focused on Standard while GP Copenhagen was Modern. Of course, SCG Indianapolis also had Modern in addition to Legacy results. Let’s dive in and see what happened. Grand Prix: Providence (USA) Decklists…

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New is Always Better – Over the Top with Twelvepost

Hello and welcome back! It’s time for another segment of segment of New is Always Better. Last time we had a look at a couple of innovative takes on Death and Taxes. The concept was simple; take an established archetype and study the different ways in which people have put their own twists on it….

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Weekend Magic: 6/12-6/14

GP Charlotte has come and gone, and the Modern landscape has been shaken up again by its results! Elves took down the tournament, which I certainly didn’t see coming, and there was plenty of innovation to be seen in the Top 8 – after all, not a single Top 8 deck played even one copy…

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Weekend Magic: 6/5-6/7

This weekend brought us the Invitationals, which includes the 2015 TCGPlayer Invitational (Standard) and the Star City Games Open Series Invitational (Standard and Modern). Let’s see what the best Magic deck pilots are playing these days. 2015 TCGPlayer Invitational (Standard) Decklists Deck Player Finished GR Devotion Chris Fennell 1st Esper Dragons Paulo Vitor Damo de…

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