August 29, 2018

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The Modern Rogue Report - Colourless Eldrazi Aggro

Hey there everyone, and welcome back to 24th instalment of The Rogue Report! It's been a little while, but last time I promised to take a look at something more competitive for the current Modern PPTQ season. That's why this week, I'm taking a look at Colourless Eldrazi Aggro, an interesting hybrid of powerful aggro creatures and disruptive elements. My personal choice for PPTQ season has been...


August 28, 2018

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Standard GW Cats

So this week I took a gander through the 5-0 decklists from MTGO's Competitive Standard and I found a real gem: GW Cats. Cats is a tribe that people have been trying to make work since the release of , the cat equivalent of .  Not only does the Caracal provide an anthem for your entire field, it also acts as an army in a bottle. The combination of these two powerful effects leave the caracal a...


August 28, 2018

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Why you should be playing Jund Shadow, and not Grixis

Hello fellow Modern Grinders, my name is Peter Shmanka. Just like yourselves, I'm looking for edges to win local tournaments to qualify for RPTQ’s. I won’t bore you with specific details, or a matchup analysis in this specific article. Instead, I’m going to begin by explaining my overall philosophy of the deck and Magic in general. Then I'll present my rhetoric that if you choose to sleeve...


August 16, 2018

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Best of Both Worlds: Grixis Chainwhirler

So this week I’m back and I want to be discussing the deck that I genuinely believe is the best deck in the format: Grixis Chainwhirler. Grixis Chainwhirler started off in my head as a deck, but I soon realised that almost all the good midrange creatures are in Red. This lead to the introduction of the triple red casting cost Goblin and thus the deck was born. This Chainwhirler variant runs a...


August 13, 2018

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Learning to Lose Gracefully (#BurnEmOut)

TL;DR -Too Long Don't Read Warning (Bridge Vine is nutter-butters, and I actually do get lucky sometimes!) Just kidding, please do read. On August 5th, I competed in FaceToFace Games Toronto's Modern PPTQ 1K, and DANG! It was certainly a hot one! If you've never been to F2F Toronto, it's a decent sized space above a Pizza Pizza on the Danforth. Unfortunately this story has a negative start as...


August 3, 2018

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Going for the Gold: Tracking Your Success

Welcome back to Going for the Gold! Unlike most hobbies, Magic has a competitive side where its best players compete in tournaments to win prizes in the form of special cards, invites to exclusive tournaments, and cold hard cash. Most players start off around their "kitchen table", playing for fun against friends before seeking more competition and eventually showing up at their LGS (local game...


August 2, 2018

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An Update to Modern Soulflayer

Back in March, Cody McCowell wrote an article on a Modern Soulflayer deck that had a 7-0 start at GP Lyon. Although the deck ended the event with a less impressive 9-6 record, Cody correctly noted that it was early days for the deck with plenty of room to brew, tinker, and optimize around . In fact, a few of his suggestions like , , and have found their way into some recent online 5-0 lists like...


July 31, 2018

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Adventures in Standard: Discard Makes a Comeback

Before anyone says anything, I am aware of the fact that discard as a mechanic never really faded away completely. Much like some of the more basic mechanics that have through the history of Magic, discard has always kind of been a thing. It's primarily used to gain card advantage by preventing your opponent from holding on to key cards. However, one of the main problems that discard keeps...

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