October 23, 2018

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Jeskai Control In Standard

Thanks to Magic Arena I’ve found myself playing Standard for the first time in many years. From my experience in the single game queues of Arena, the metagame seems consist of a relatively small number of archetypes - Golgari Midrange, Mono-Red Aggro, various blue based Control decks, Green Stompy, and a mix of Selesnya and Boros decks leveraging and big, flying angels. As a control player new...

October 18, 2018

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GRN Limited: Building the Boros Mentor Deck

Based on my first few drafts of Guilds of Ravnica, it seems like Boros is the guild to beat. The red-white aggressive deck is easy to build, easy to pilot, and very effective. It takes the usual aggro advantage of punishing opponents who play expensive spells or stumble on their mana and adds the Mentor mechanic, which lets early aggressive creatures scale up into the mid game and push out more...

October 10, 2018

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Guilds of Ravnica: Looking For Fun

Guilds of Ravnica brings with it a new standard and new toys. So, let's take a peak at what fun we could be having over the next few months. I’m back. It's been a while but a new Standard means new toys, and I love me some new toys. But first an apology, I haven't written for the past few weeks because I moved and life is hard. But now I'm back now and we can have some fun. Without further ado...

October 3, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Preparing for GP Montreal

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! We have just returned to one of my favourite planes of all time, Ravnica... for the third time. Ravnica was the first set that I played in competitively, and was even the format of my first Grand Prix (Toronto) back in 2006. Guilds of Ravnica brings back so many iconic limited cards from the original Ravnica with a splatter of new ones as well. GP Montreal and...

September 27, 2018

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How Modern is getting more interactive

After a long road of bans and unbans, Modern seems to have finally arrived at its destination as a diverse format. Long gone are the format pillars of Splinter Twin and Birthing Pod. They've been replaced with decisively less powerful upstarts like Humans and Hollow One. This weaker top tier means that there are far more lower tier decks that can still compete. This is where Modern's...

September 25, 2018

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First-Time SCG Experience: Syracuse, NY

Over the weekend of September 15 and 16th, I attended my first StarCityGames.com Open event in Syracuse, NY. It was nothing like what I expected and was an absolutely fantastic trip for my group of friends; so I wanted to do some reflecting. Looking back, one of the big lessons of the weekend was sticking to what you know and like in Modern. I've seen Burn do pretty well across the board, and...

September 6, 2018

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Should we ban Ancient Stirrings?

That Tron deck just always casts Karn on turn three! That deck still combo’d me after all the graveyard hate I sided in! That Amulet Titan player just turn three’d me after I d him! Ban ! Rawr! We’ve all heard this before. Whether at your local game store, a competitive REL event, or just from some streamer on Twitch. Modern is by no doubt Magic: The Gathering's premier format for...

August 31, 2018

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Adventures in Standard: Wizards with Prowess Matter

Do you remember Dominaria spoiler season? I do. It was a pretty awesome set, from top to bottom. We got a brand new card type in Sagas, a brand new card designation in Historic, plenty of flavorful cards, and way more value than a lot of people are used to. It was a great way to bring in the new approach to main line sets. Dominaria even brought us a new Karn and a new Teferi. It brought us a new...

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