December 4, 2015

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A Higher Standard: Modern

Due to the GP Pittsburgh being a few weeks ago and the amount of successful modern tournaments I see everywhere I decided to write an article on my favourite modern deck even though I don’t currently like where modern is at all honestly. I hate that I could be playing 74 of 75 of a deck that did well last year and not have missed a beat. It’s the pure definition of stale. The high power level...

November 6, 2015

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A Higher Standard: Time After Time

Alright. I have five cards in hand my opponent has none and I currently have 3 counterspells at the ready for whatever he draws. I just need to keep attacking with this Shambling Vent. There is no way I could lose. “TIME!!! Active player finish your turn…….” NO! I have my opponent dead to rights but it’s going to take at least 5 more attacks for me to finish him off. I don’t deserve...

October 23, 2015

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A Higher Standard – Creature-Lands

Something every reasonable magic deck has is lands. (Thanks for not letting me write all magic decks mana-less dredge!) You need it to cast your spells. The thing with lands though is that if you draw too many of them and not enough spells you could run out of action and fold to whatever your opponent is doing. The flip side of that coin is that if you draw too few you don’t get to play any...

October 9, 2015

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A Higher Standard - Still DRE

This past weekend I had a PPTQ weekend hosted by J & B Books in Trenton and P Market in Belleville. This means I had to build a standard deck the weekend after release. No time to scour SCG results. No real time to test all the new cards. This left me in a weird place. I had to put some music on and think. As I scour through articles I hear. “Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got...

October 2, 2015

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The New Standard (of Removal)

This is not the standard I know. The Standard I had known previously had great removal spells, and an unconditional removal spell I took for granted. (RIP ) This Standard is the first time I look at most removal spells and get quite sad. No , no two mana black removal spell that hits almost everything. is a great removal spell that somehow wizards has managed to turn into a liability. We have...

September 25, 2015

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Confidence in MTG

Magic is a mental game. It’s about constantly having a game plan and updating it according to whatever you opponent plays and being knowledgeable of the things your opponent could play. One of the most important parts about being successful is having a successful mentality. Confidence is almost always described as a key factor for successful people. From presidents to athletes - it’s one...

August 28, 2015

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A Different Look at Mono Red

Standard is evolving so fast these days. Since the pro tour the best deck has been: U/R Thopters, Mono Red, GW Aggro, GR Devotion and Hangerback Abzan. When one deck emerges another falls. With the rise of Mono red and Thopters, Dromoka’s command became a big player again because of how good it is vs those decks. The decks then skyrocketed to the top. The main offenders being GW Aggro and the...

August 14, 2015

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Abbot of Keral Keep

When I first read I was certainly impressed. This card easily looks like it could have been a card someone made after winning an invitational. I know when you see me comparing this card to those multi-format all-stars you might think I’m exagerrating how good I think this card is. I’m not. Abbot is actually quite similar to those cards. You can’t help but notice the fact they are all...