October 6, 2017

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Going for the Gold: Top 5 Cheats in Magic

For this week's article, I thought it might be a good idea to help my readers become more adept at recognizing when someone's cheating against them. There isn't much that feels worse in this game than when you realize your opponent was cheating or stealing from you. First things first, Judges are here to help you. If at any point in time you feel like your opponent is doing something that they...


September 29, 2017

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Going for the Gold: A Primer on Ixalan

As promised, today we'll be delving into the full Ixalan limited format. Unfortunately, when you compare this set to other sets there are much fewer playables this time around. Before we go into the intricacies of the Sealed and Draft format, let's talk about the main tribes of this tribe-centric set: Pirates: This is a tribe we have not seen before, and they all exist within the Grixis Shard...


September 20, 2017

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Going for the Gold: Playing Standard at the Pro Tour

Today I want to talk about a topic that few rarely discuss, and that's how to pick the right deck at the Pro Tour. I’ve come a long way since I started playing at the Pro Tour in 2011 (Paris), and have played in exactly 13 so far. One of my favourite Magic stats websites is MTGPTResults.com, and you can see my results by clicking here. Now for those of your curious enough to click that link,...


September 15, 2017

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Going for the Gold: Play Along with Sammy #2 (GP Indy 2017 – Part 2)

Today we continue with our Play Along segment at GP Indy 2017. If you didn't get a chance to read part one, click here. Okay, are you done yet? Let's continue... Day Two had just commenced and I was in the feature draft pod, which was also pod #1 of the tournament. This meant that all of the undefeated players were in my pod as well as the players who were 8-1 with very good tiebreakers....


September 8, 2017

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Going for the Gold: Play Along with Sammy #2 (GP Indy 2017 – Part 1)

Hey Wizard's Tower fans! This week we’re back to analyzing Magic feature matches. It’s one thing to talk about Magic in a contextual frame, but it’s another to analyze a match and break down each of the decisions as they happen. Last time I did this with Grand Prix Vegas 2017: Legacy, I received a lot of positive feedback. So going forward, I'm going to publish an article to accompany every...


September 8, 2017

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To Kill a Death's Shadow: Winning Modern

When Mike was nearly at thirteen, the Death's Shadow looked barely broken as a card. When his life total plummeted, and Mike's fears of never being able to play the Death's Shadow were assuaged, he gleefully summoned forth the cheap creature. His Gurmag Angler was somewhat smaller than the Death's Shadow, the closer to zero his life total became, and other times his Snapcaster Mage was larger...


August 31, 2017

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Going for the Gold: My GP Indy Story for 2017

"I'm a badass, and you're not...." I looked up and there was this old man looking at me and my friends. He casually limped away on his cane after making this declaration, leaving us all confused and kind of amused. Last weekend was Grand Prix Indianapolis, and it started off well before coming to a crashing halt. This article will be about the event and next week I will focus on both of my...


August 25, 2017

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The Little Czech Pile: Legacy Control

Once when I was just a few days younger I saw a magnificent deck on mtgthesource.com, called Czech Pile, about a four colour control deck. There was a picture of in the act of extending his arm for a handshake. Here is a copy of that photo. In the primer it said, “Leovold is like a super hatebear.” It draws all the removal spells and always two for ones an opponent. When he sticks around, he...

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