March 20, 2018

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Card of the Day - Baral, Chief of Compliance

Aether Revolt was my first full on prerelease. While I had been playing the game for a long time, I had never been deep enough to start going to events like this. Mostly because I didn't know they existed until around the time Kaladesh was being spoiled. To this day, it serves as one of my most successful and favourite prereleases. I won a door prize, I went 3-4, and I succeeded in getting one...

March 16, 2018

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Adventures in Standard: Legendary Wizards Matter Possible in Dominaria?

So, lately, Wizards has had this habit of hearing some people's vocal opinions on reprinting iconic spells into Standard but instead of fulfilling that wish, in the sense of balance, scaling the card they're intending to bring back into Standard down. A great example of this is , which was brought back for the Ixalan block. There's no doubt in my mind that it was trying to fill the spot people...

March 14, 2018

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Card of the Day - Merfolk Branchwalker

When you think of the Empire State Building, what first comes to mind? Is it the wonderful displays on the ground level? The gargoyles peering out on New York City? Do you think of its magnificent point, leering tall above the rest of the New York skyline? Do you think of the man hours that went into building it? It would be perfectly natural for any of those things to jump to mind when you...

March 12, 2018

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Card of the Day - Death's Presence

Here in Canada, at some retailers you can find these actually pretty neat Magic the Gathering repack products with some literally valueless cards in them. Sometimes you can find 15 cards for a dollar fifty, and sometimes you can even find what we in my playgroup call a "commander repack", or 100 cards for four bucks. Any way you slice that, it's just straight value. Especially when you...

March 9, 2018

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KMC Responds to Sleeve Concerns

Image sourced from KMC USA Facebook page. Over the last couple of years there's been a lot of talk, at least in my local meta, about the quality of commonly found sleeves. Some players prefer Ultra-Pros, some prefer Dragon Shields, some prefer KMCs, and some even prefer specific lines like Eclipses without really supporting a particular brand overall. Personally, I have had very little trouble...

March 7, 2018

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Challenger Decks: Why They're Great

2018 marks the start of a lot of changes for Magic the Gathering, and Challenger decks sit at the forefront of some of the biggest ones. If these Challenger decks are any indication, these changes are definitely for the better. Replacing Duel Decks, which started to lose their taste after Wizards stopped including Planeswalkers in them, Challenger Decks fill the same role in a different way....

March 5, 2018

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Adventures in Standard: Go Long With Fling

Have you ever been so angry at your opponent that you wished you could have just beat them over the head with their own board state? Well do I have some good news for you, because now you can! In fact, not only can you smash your opponent with their own stuff, but you can throw your cards straight at their face with this new deck. How? Well it's all thanks to a little card named . It's kind of...

March 2, 2018

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Budget Commander: Get Big, Smash Mouth

Oh man, this is one of my favourite fun decks. What we're looking at today is a budget Commander deck with all-star at its helm, backed up by a bunch of support to make her stronger, make her hit more, and make her unstoppable. Basically, get big, then smash mouth. You can reliably take out two unsuspecting players in one turn with it, provided you have the right combination of cards on the...

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