February 4, 2019

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The Art of Magic: Knowing Your Meta

There has been a lot of discussion over what makes someone a good Magic player. Some say that the deck makes the player, some say it's how the deck is played. Others go as far as to say that dedication to the brand and flavour is the way to go. It's all subjective because the fun of the game comes from so many things. I can't tell you how to enjoy the game. What I can do is give you some tips on...

November 7, 2018

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Living End and A Lesson in Redirection

Hi there everyone! It's great to be back here writing for MTGCanada! I've taken a little over a month off from writing thanks to life, as happens sometimes. But I've had a lot of really cool experiences over the past two months, and the events I've gone to have sort of refreshed my M:tG energy. It's story time. TL;DR - there's another section later on focusing on my favourite shenanigans. In the...

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 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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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 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...

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