December 28, 2014

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KTK Draft Commons: The Good, The Bad, and The Surprising

Limited formats are mainly defined by their commons. Cards like and are what shape and define Khans of Tarkir limited, even if its the blowouts that we remember more vividly. Knowing the value of your commons is key to succeeding in any draft format. Several recent sets have had commons that were better than most uncommons and many rares in draft: in Return to Ravnica, in Gatecrash, and arguably...

December 7, 2014

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GP Ottawa Tournament Report

Recently, I attended the GP here in the lovely city of Ottawa (but technically Gatineau) for some Khans of Tarkir limited action. With very little practice in both Khans sealed and draft because of a busy school schedule, I felt a little unprepared heading into the tournament. I still had a general understanding of what was good and bad in the format so I wasn’t going in blind. Also if you...

December 5, 2014

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The Retro Cube

In a recent article I talked about using a limited format to simulate a bygone era of magic (league). Today I’d like to talk about another format that opens the door to re-living your favourite period of Planeswalking: cube. For the uninitiated, a cube is simply a box of magic cards that get shuffled into piles of 15 and then drafted as though they were booster packs. Deciding what cards to put...

July 30, 2014

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Magic League: A Limited/Constructed Hybrid

I started playing magic as a small town kid back in 1995 - a time before netdecks, ebay, and disposable income. There were maybe 5 or 6 of us in high school who played and my collection was a couple hundred cards at its peak - mostly fallen empires. When I think back to that time I get nostalgic for having such a small, treasured collection - savouring each booster pack, finding decks for every...

June 20, 2014

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Conspiracy Theories: How to turn that new box of Conspiracy into a Draft-Simulation Cube

I hope everyone had as much of a good time drafting and cracking packs of Conspiracy this weekend as I did. I actually managed to draft the set seven times and I really, really enjoyed myself. Conspiracy is unique, in that it is a new product that is not legal in Modern or Standard. It was also meant to be drafted and used for multiplayer. So if you’re like me, and you have a box of cards from...

June 16, 2014

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McLaren Formula Fun: Drafting 5 Colors in Theros Block

Don't you wish you could just have it all? Theros Block draft is deep and skill intensive but it's beginning to taste a little bland and getting more and more stale. Cast your heroic guys and bestow them. Yawn. Give me Spider Spawning decks, Mono Red Valakut, or just give me Ravnica. Sigh, Ravnica, it feels like it's been ages. I don't know about you but I'm sick and tired of passing those gold...

May 16, 2014

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3-0 At The Pro Tour

Rob Gillespie managed to take out Pro Tour Champion Craig Wescoe and 3-0'd his pod. Let's take a quick look at his deck! Going with the strategy of "No one drafts red, so I should draft red" - Rob ended up with a fairly big Red-White deck. "The main player was obviously , but the combination of and ended up being very powerful" - says Rob "The deck beats up on opponents who are just durdling...

May 7, 2014

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Casual Encounters- Playing with Class

Usually I sit down to write about cards, or decks, or other fun parts of Magic. However every once in a while I experience something that I can only describe as being “wrong” and it sets me off. So, today I’m going to take that rant and run with it. This past weekend my brother and his roommate went off to the Local Game Shop to play in a Sunday afternoon draft. Their experience can only be...

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