February 15, 2018

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Tarmogoyf's Adventures in Torontoland: A Top 64 GP Report.

Tarmogoyf was beginning to get very tired of sitting by the dice on the desk, and of having nothing to do: once or twice it had peeped into the Modern decks lying around, but they had no green or blue in them, "and what is the use of a deck," thought Tarmogoyf, "without green or blue?" Grand Prix Toronto was a great event for me. Not only did I put up a totally unexpectedly nice finish, but I...

September 15, 2017

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Czech Pile: The Adventures of Snapcaster Finn

Scene: The Ottawa Valley Time: Seven to eight days ago You don't know about Czech Pile, without you have read an article by the name of The Little Czech Pile: Legacy Control; but that ain't no matter. That article was made by Mr. Mike Gouthro, and he told the truth, mainly. There was some plays which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but bluffed one...

September 8, 2017

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To Kill a Death's Shadow: Winning Modern

When Mike was nearly at thirteen, the Death's Shadow looked barely broken as a card. When his life total plummeted, and Mike's fears of never being able to play the Death's Shadow were assuaged, he gleefully summoned forth the cheap creature. His Gurmag Angler was somewhat smaller than the Death's Shadow, the closer to zero his life total became, and other times his Snapcaster Mage was larger...

August 30, 2017

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The Pillars of Vintage: Banned and Restricted?

Prologue The Standard boys came early to the announcement. It was still morning when the first three or four of them posted to the chat group, content as cats with no changes to their format. A thin line read, “No Changes”, to all other formats but there was a blemish on the announcement due to power creep. They picked their way through the reasoning, and along past the date to the line...

August 25, 2017

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The Little Czech Pile: Legacy Control

Once when I was just a few days younger I saw a magnificent deck on mtgthesource.com, called Czech Pile, about a four colour control deck. There was a picture of in the act of extending his arm for a handshake. Here is a copy of that photo. In the primer it said, “Leovold is like a super hatebear.” It draws all the removal spells and always two for ones an opponent. When he sticks around, he...

August 11, 2017

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Legacy Snicket's A Sequence of Unfortunate Events

If you were going to give a trophy to the least lucky person on Earth, you would have to give that trophy to a person who had just snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and if you didn’t give it to them, they were the sort of person who would find another way to miss out on a trophy. Losing focus, losing track of the game state, and sequencing incorrectly. It is really a shame that I must...

July 28, 2017

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Legacy Stompy: Of Goblins and Men

A few kilometres west of the CN Tower, the Enercare Centre is located in close to the waterfront of Lake Ontario. The inside is warm too, for it contains hundreds of magic players in the middle of a Grand Prix, before counting the extras in the side events. On one side of the hall the dreamers of the Pro Tour battle in Limited formats, but on the other side the tables are lined with Legacy and...

July 21, 2017

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Eternal Weekend Testing: The Last Bastion of Vintage

Prologue The sound of his laboured breathing filled the space around the table as former Vintage Champs Top 8 competitor Mike Gouthro snapped the drawn card into his hand. His fingers trembled as he flipped the cards back and forth. He hated the outward manifestation of the fear of counterspells and tried to steady his hands. Taking a deep breath and slowly releasing it, he mentally counted to...

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