February 17, 2019

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The Difference Between Good Bans and Bad Bans

No matter the format, whether it's competitive or casual, card legality is an important issue. Banlists are an important part of any format. While cards may be banned for a variety of reasons the reasoning is usually the same: the card is too powerful. However, in other cases the reasons may seem confusing or even downright nonsensical. But what makes a good or bad ban? That is a topic of...

September 15, 2017

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Czech Pile: The Adventures of Snapcaster Finn

Scene: The Ottawa Valley Time: Seven to eight days ago You don't know about Czech Pile, without you have read an article by the name of The Little Czech Pile: Legacy Control; but that ain't no matter. That article was made by Mr. Mike Gouthro, and he told the truth, mainly. There was some plays which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but bluffed one...

August 30, 2017

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The Pillars of Vintage: Banned and Restricted?

Prologue The Standard boys came early to the announcement. It was still morning when the first three or four of them posted to the chat group, content as cats with no changes to their format. A thin line read, “No Changes”, to all other formats but there was a blemish on the announcement due to power creep. They picked their way through the reasoning, and along past the date to the line...

July 21, 2017

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Eternal Weekend Testing: The Last Bastion of Vintage

Prologue The sound of his laboured breathing filled the space around the table as former Vintage Champs Top 8 competitor Mike Gouthro snapped the drawn card into his hand. His fingers trembled as he flipped the cards back and forth. He hated the outward manifestation of the fear of counterspells and tried to steady his hands. Taking a deep breath and slowly releasing it, he mentally counted to...