January 5, 2017

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Getting started in Duel (French) Commander

Duel Commander is very popular in some parts of the world. However, in North America, there are many who don't know much about it. I want to talk about the format, why you should play, the myths, and where to go from here. Introduction to the format I will assume everyone is familiar with multiplayer Commander. Duel Commander (also known as French Commander) is very similar to multiplayer...

December 11, 2016

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Beginner's guide to surviving against competitive Commander decks

Commander is enjoyed by the competitive, the casual and everyone in between. Because of the social nature of the format, these player bases run into each other often which leads to some unfun games. In this article, I will suggest how, as a casual player, you can slow down competitive decks with a few key cards. I will focus on less expensive cards (<$10), but also mention some of the staples...

April 22, 2016

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Developing Dredge in Modern

I've never been a good brewer but when  was spoiled, I knew there were immediate applications to Dredge deck in Modern. Seeing spoiled was icing on the cake. I partnered with local brewer/jank player Patrick Lalonde to test and refine the deck with the hopes of having something serviceable ready for the Shadows Over Innistrad release. Since then, we've had reasonable success in our...

March 14, 2016

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Zombie Loam in Modern

If you're like me, using your graveyard as a second library has always been appealing. It somehow manages to find its way in each of the formats you play. When I first started playing, I was most proud of my playset of s. They came and went in various brews, but never really found a home in an established Modern deck... until now. A Dredge deck (featuring four Bloodghasts!) managed to Top 8 last...

February 5, 2016

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Oath of the Gatewatch Pro Tour Predictions

This weekend is Oath of the Gatewatch Pro Tour and it's our chance to see how Modern is shaping up in the pro scene. Since the and bans, we've seen a few tournament results give us a preview of what to expect: 4YourGames MTGCardMarket Star City Games Modern Classics: Columbus, Atlanta Based on those results and some not-so-far-fetched extrapolations, I'll try to predict what we'll be seeing...

January 18, 2016

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What happens after the Twin and Bloom bans?

Modern players were given an unexpected surprise after it was revealed 2 days early that and were banned. To summarize the rationale from Wizards of the Coast: Bloom Titan was winning too consistently, too early. Twin was stifling diversity and putting up tournament results that were too consistent. Whether we like the ban or not, it’s here to stay, at least until the next announcement. So what...

January 8, 2016

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Welcoming Eldrazi in Modern

Those following Magic Online Leagues (or noting deck finishes at the Cincinnati Open) are aware of the new powerhouse in town: Eldrazi. It has been 5-0ing leagues in different colour combinations and it’s caught a lot of attention. I’m going to take this article to explain the deck, its strengths and weaknesses. Deck Summary The deck has a fairly straight-forward game plan: Hold off the...

December 11, 2015

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Bringing Light to Scapeshift

Six decks (see a Scapeshift primer) featuring (BTL) made Day 2 at GP Pittsburgh, outnumbering vanilla Scapeshift which only had one appearance. It also had numerous top 8 appearances at the most recent round of RPTQs. 5th (Prague) 2nd (San Diego) 1st (Rockville) 6th (Toronto) 1st (Montreal) I want to talk about how the card changes the deck and the toolbox it offers. What Scapeshift gained with...

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