September 29, 2017

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Brewing with Ixalan - God-Pirates Gift

Pirates? In Magic? Is this the real life, or is this just fantasy? Oh, it is real? And should people stop taking any excuse to quote Bohemian Rhapsody? That doesn't really matter to me... to meeeeeee... But yes, Pirates galore, me hearty! , , and a whole host (or should I say fleet?) of creatures have arrived with the Pirate subtype, and I fully expect them to give Dinosaurs a run for their...

September 21, 2017

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Farewell to Standard - Deploy the Gatefriends

It seems like at least once per block, a card comes along that's just fascinating. It's not especially powerful, or particularly viable, and is sometimes just way too situational - I'm looking at you, - but it still manages to get people talking about it, and more importantly, making some bad brews with it. This week's Farewell to Standard features another such card, this time in the form of ....

September 19, 2017

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Brewing with Ixalan - Fish-Xalan

Get your boots on and tell your islands to expect to get tapped on your own turn for once, because Ixalan is about to unleash wave after wave of wet warriors and watery wizards all over Standard. The scourge of so many formats before it, the traditionally low-casting cost tribe of Merfolk is known for two things: Great lords, and ridiculous synergy. Let's take a walk swim through memory lane,...

September 14, 2017

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A Farewell to Standard - Prowess Fever

When I think about the deck my opponent is playing, I typically tend to describe it in one of two ways  - 'fun to play against', or 'not fun to play against'. In this week's Farewell to Standard, we're going to take the time to say good-bye to a deck that is rarely fun to play against - UR Prowess. Prowess is an interesting mechanic. In essence, it gives any creatures that have it +1/+1 until...

September 12, 2017

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Brewing with Ixalan - Primal Rage

is back, this time in the form of . Did I specifically combine it with Enrage cards so that I could make a deck called 'Primal Rage' full of dinosaurs and fiery death? Yes, yes I did. All that aside, does it have a chance as an archetype once Ixalan hits? I definitely think so. Do you remember the Primal Rage video game from the 90's? I sure do. It's a classic fighting game where players choose...

September 7, 2017

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Horse Control

We all know that guy at our LGS who latches on to an obscure subtype or archetype and just barrels down. With Ixalan around the corner, don't expect those guys to go anywhere. Every tribe, no matter how obscure, gains something from so many of the new Ixalan cards, either in the form of new cards that actually belong to the archetype - such as Shamans, Druids, Clerics, and Scouts - or just by...

September 5, 2017

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Brewing With Ixalan - Ju(nd)rassic Park

Okay, yes, it's a bad pun - but somebody had to be the first one to make it. Or at least the first to take credit for it on a public forum. Hurray for the internet! But in all seriousness, let's talk Jund. As I'm sure veteran players are sick to death of hearing by now, 'Jund' gets its name from the red, black, and green shard of the plane of Alara, and it was a massively popular archetype...

July 28, 2017

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U/W God-Pharaoh, Just Add Black!

If you've been online in the last couple days, you've probably seen that the internet is a-buzz, a-twitter, and a-netdeckin' over the newest take on Reanimator -  U/W God-Pharaoh's Gift, specifically the deck that Olivetti piloted to victory at last week's MTGO Standard PTQ. Reanimator as an archetype has been around for ages. Ages and ages, and it's a trend that is likely to go on for as long...

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