March 9, 2018

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Going for the Gold: My Experience at Pro Tour Bilbao

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! I took a few days off after Grand Prix London to hang out with family and test with my team. Testing for Pro Tours is always pretty tough because everyone has their own priorities. I was lucky that my teammates Sam Rolph (highly motivated by his quest to achieve Silver) and James Stevenson were always willing to either meet up or play over Google Hangout. If...


February 23, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Acquiring Currency in London

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! I've taken some time off to reflect on my Magic results, but now we are back to our regularly scheduled programming... If you're a long time reader of this column, you already know what I've been up to. The week before the Pro Tour always hosts a Limited Grand Prix nearby which piques my interest. This time was no different, and after having done over 100+...


January 28, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Rivals of Ixalan, A New Hope

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! Let's be honest, Ixalan left a lot to be desired both as a limited format and as a set left. Not only were the cards in the format not really all star additions to Standard, but the limited games felt a lot like button mashing on your keyboard and crossing your fingers. Small costing efficient creatures combined with great enchantments and tricks in a format of...


January 12, 2018

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Going for the Gold: My Origin Story, Part Three

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! Before we continue, make sure you've read both part 1 and part 2. My "Last RPTQ": Three of the four RPTQs of the 2015-2016 season were over. I was already qualified for Pro Tour Vancouver and my buddy Tariq Patel had finally made it on the Pro Tour by spiking the previous RPTQ. The last RPTQ of the season was sealed Fate Reforged and Dragons of Tarkir. I...


January 5, 2018

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Going for the Gold: My Origin Story, Part Two

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! Before we continue, make sure you read part 1. This week, I want to continue telling the story I started last time, so make sure you have your reading glasses on because it's going to be a bunch of hard hitting text ;) So, where were we? Oh that's right. I had just gone to my first Grand Prix. Getting into Competitive Magic Right after GP Toronto, Bander, one...


December 22, 2017

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Going for the Gold: My Origin Story, Part One

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! Every week, I write an article that ends up being either about the state of a current format, or on how the reader can improve their skills. But for the last few months, something has been bugging me. I'll walk by players at events and hear how they view the competition the game has to offer as the most incredible thing they've ever had the chance to...


December 15, 2017

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Going for the Gold: The Importance of Flexibility

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! Today we'll be discussing the importance of a card's flexibility. Now, when I talk about flexibility, I refer to a card's ability to change so as to adapt to different circumstances. A Magic card that you can use in numerous situations is far more valuable than a card that you can only be use in one. Let's start with the basics! In order to judge a card's...


December 8, 2017

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Going for the Gold: Player Tells

Welcome back to Going for the Gold I've spent a bunch of my free time over the past few days checking out the new MTG Arena Beta client. Hopefully you've had a chance to check it out on stream. It's definitely improved on Magic Online in many ways, but it does have its own limitations that will hopefully be addressed in future updates. The other thing I've been doing a lot of in my free time...

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