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...
Devotion to Simic (Yisan’s Toolbox)
First, let’s talk about the green devotion deck. It’s a very powerful deck that can easily generate enough mana to play a 20/20 or be able to use as a one-sided board wipe. However, relying heavily on creatures tends to make the deck weak against disruption, often leaving it with a bunch of mana dorks, and nothing to do with them. The deck has also very little disruption effects of its own,...
If you’ve been watching the legacy tournaments, or if you’ve been flattering me by reading past tournament reports, you might notice that there are two very different builds of Miracles recently posting strong finishes. We have Joe Lossett (TEDitor's Note: Ron's not-so-secret crush) playing what he calls Cheater Miracles, but which you might also see referred to as Legendary Miracles, and we...
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...
Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier Decklists
Here are the Top 8 Decklists from the Preliminary PTQ this weekend at The Wizard's Tower! Congrats to Dan Lanthier for qualifying for ... a qualifier!
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...
Trash for Treasure: Updating the new “Built From Scratch” Pre-Con for Competitive Commander Play.
My last article was about budget red decks and how you can be competitive without spending a lot by playing red. This article is going to basically do the exact opposite of that. We are going to spend a bunch of money to remove the bad cards from “Built From Scratch” and replace them with more expensive, better cards. Our aim is to make the deck more competitive and hopefully more fun. When I...
GP New Jersey Tournament Reports
Last weekend was GP New Jersey - I traveled with Ron Mackenzie, Ryan Prager and Adam Benn, and although the GP didnt go too well for any of us, we all (minus Adam so far) have a few interesting stories to tell! Here they are: - - - Ryan Prager: Despite not making day two, I would consider my run at Grand Prix New Jersey a reasonable success. Without any byes I finished with a 5-3 record and felt...