November 23, 2014

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GP New Jersey Tournament Reports

Last weekend was GP New Jersey - I traveled with Ron Mackenzie, Ryan Prager and Adam Benn, and although the GP didnt go too well for any of us, we all (minus Adam so far) have a few interesting stories to tell! Here they are: - - - Ryan Prager: Despite not making day two, I would consider my run at Grand Prix New Jersey a reasonable success. Without any byes I finished with a 5-3 record and felt...

November 18, 2014

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Skluby-Doo and the Abzan Crew (An FNM Journey)

This is the story of my great (not really) adventure at the Wizards Tower FNM on Friday November 14. The list I ran was very similar to the one I wrote about last time but I switched the board around a little due to some under-performing cards like and . I will be discussing at the very end of the article the things I want to change and what I see Abzan doing to progress in the meta. But, without...

November 11, 2014

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Treasure Tron – By Alex Battistelli

The Modern format has been shaken up in a big way with the release of Khans of Tarkir. We no longer see top 8’s littered with Pod and GBx decks. Instead we’ve seen the rise of UR Delver and Burn, and blue decks seemingly have taken over the format. Now what does this mean for us Tron players? Well, bad things of course. GBx and Pod decks were our best matchups, and now that those decks have...

November 9, 2014

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Tournament report: FDB Duel for Duals tournament

Duel for Duals @ FDB in Gatineau The prize pool included one of each revised dual, and it was a pretty fun event to attend. Fortunately, this one went a bit better for me than the last event, and I had a few unfamiliar and interesting matches. If you read my previous tournament report, you’ll note that I considered playing a main deck over a . I decided I wasn’t yet ready to commit to it, and...

November 7, 2014

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Competitive on a Budget: A Guide to Red Deck Wins in Every Format

  Anyone who is friends with me and plays Magic knows that that I consider myself an aggro specialist and a red deck expert. There has to be a very good reason for me to not be playing red in any given format. My most recent non-red deck was the result of trying to force in Mono Black Aggro during Born of the Gods standard. Alas, the card was not the functional reprint of that some people...

November 4, 2014

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Untapped Potential

Building new decks is my favourite part of magic. Unfortunately, building new decks in Modern is a challenge that usually ends in disappointment and/or table flip (thank goodness for draft and cube!). The good decks in the format are just so consistent, resilient and fast that it’s really hard to assemble a novel 75 that can put up a decent fight against the field. The rule of thumb in Modern...

November 2, 2014

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Adapting with Abzan

I am a midrange player at heart and I love playing this deck. The list above has given me a lot of success lately, and that is all due to adapting my list to the local metagame. I would like to discuss with you what I have been using to help locally that will hopefully help you get your lists to become a lot more fruitful for you. Creatures: 2 s: I use to have this as a one of in my list but I...