April 4, 2016

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Sealed Deckbuilding Tricks from the Shadows Over Innistrad Prerelease

While I don't play much Sealed, I almost always do a prerelease event for each new set. The chance to play new cards for the first time without the pressure of making poor draft decisions, the option to change your deck between rounds, and the presence of lots of casual players makes for a unique and fun event. For the Shadows Over Innistrad prerelease I opened a reasonable pool and cajoled it...

March 30, 2016

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Puzzling over Five-Colour-Tutors in Modern

When I started playing modern my intention was to own a single deck and just play it forever. It started with , but it wasn’t long before I started acquiring cards for other decks and my collection grew to include Black/White Tokens, Red, and Black/Green Infect. With the one-deck-dream down in flames, I went to the polar opposite of collecting more modern decks than I could ever realistically...

March 15, 2016

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Birds of Death: Modern Ascendancy Gifts

Three mana is a lot to ask of a Modern card; especially a Modern card that does nothing by itself and has no immediate impact on the game state. Yet packs so much value in each trigger that it almost defies this common test of Modern playability. Untapping all of your creatures is worth a mana and a card if is to be believed, a one turn anthem is good for a card and two mana if we look at...

March 2, 2016

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The Khans of Tarkir Block's Impact on Modern

We’re still over a month from the next standard rotation, and for most Modern players suffering through “Eldrazi Winter” that rotation, and its associated banned list update, cannot come soon enough. While all eyes will be on an almost certain or ban and a high probability unban of , modern players should also be looking to pick up some of the excellent Modern cards from Khans of Tarkir...

February 17, 2016

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Shadows Over Innistrad Wishlist

When Battle for Zendikar was announced I was mainly excited for a reprint of fetchlands for Modern, and to a lesser extent the hope of Modern playable goblin, vampire, and ally cards. With both sets of the block behind us, I clearly didn’t get much of what I had hoped for. For Shadows over Innistrad I am mostly just hoping that the Lovecraft-inspired theme plays out well in the cards, as I am a...

January 27, 2016

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Modern Brewing with Oath of the Gatewatch

Oath of the Gatewatch is here, quietly slipping a stack of brew-worthy cards into the Modern format. I say quietly because this set’s release has felt like background noise in contrast to the ban. The disappearance of Modern’s premier blue/red deck will undoubtedly have greater consequences for the format than the dozen or so Oath cards with Modern potential, but I’m still interested in...

January 13, 2016

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Mishra's Bauble: Something for Nothing

Despite my recent problems with opponents hard-casting , Modern remains a format that is about cards that cost two mana or less.  The drive for low-end casting costs is due, in part, to games ending by turn four and to avoiding tempo blowouts from cheap responses like or . It is somewhat surprising then that a card that: Costs zero mana Replaces itself Provides information Has a variety of...

January 8, 2016

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Release the Thopters!

Oath of the Gatewatch approaches, which means another round of banlist roulette for Modern players. Speculation for the January update has focused mainly on a ban of either or and an unban of . Many feel the Amulet Bloom deck is too strong, putting up tier one results while boasting a noticeable number of turn two and turn three kills. Only Wizards of the Coast knows whether the deck has crossed...

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