July 17, 2017

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Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame Ballot - Class of 2017

I've been agonizing over my Hall of Fame ballot for the past few weeks. For years, inductions were about catching up and recognizing the history of the Pro Tour. Ballots were less about which players were worthy, but rather which five of many qualified candidates were most deserving of your vote. Last year sort of marked a transition, as the class of 2016 were both modern day superstars...

March 16, 2017

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Building a Better Affinity - Grand Prix Vancouver Top 8

Since I'm neither a theoretical physicist nor an electrical engineer, I'd say that the most valuable thing I learned in university was how to make the most out of insufficient time. I was always a procrastinator/crammer. If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done, etc. Early on, this worked out great for me as I was able to master test material in the short 24-hour window...

January 31, 2017

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Introducing the Pro Tour Team Series

In addition to showcasing the new cards from Aether Revolt, the Pro Tour in Dublin this coming weekend is also exciting as it marks a new Wizards of the Coast initiative called the Pro Tour Team Series. Banking off the popularity of the World Magic Cup and the massive fandom surrounding e-sports like League of Legends, Organized Play has decided to market the team aspect of professional Magic....

September 13, 2016

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Building a Modern Gauntlet

The recent barrage of high profile Modern events has finally established an archetype pecking order in a format that's been in flux since the banning. Whether you like to play the meta, find something under the radar, or tweak a deck you've been playing for years, the first step is to identify the key players and build a gauntlet. Since I'm applying fresh eyes to the format in the hopes of...

May 26, 2016

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Drafting with Double-Faced Cards

Along with a return to very popular thematic elements, Shadows Over Innistrad also brought back one of the more controversial mechanics in the form of double-faced cards, or DFCs. While these cards play very well as long as you remember to use opaque sleeves, they add a new dynamic to drafting as you can visibly track them around the table. Unfortunately, with no way to ensure that everyone would...

May 5, 2016

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Going for Gold in Toronto: A GW Tokens Primer

There and back again. The last article I wrote was about the Jund deck splashing that carried me to my first Top 8 at Grand Prix Toronto 2012. Four years later, with s replacing s, Toronto was once again kind to me, and it couldn't have come at a better time. I was Gold for two years before falling back to Silver last season, using the floating invite on the first Pro Tour in Milwaukee. I won my...