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  • EDH is more popular than anyone at Wizards of the Coast could ever have anticipated. Sets were not designed with EDH in mind until very recently. This was fine in <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/legen-wait-for-it/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Legen… Wait For It

    EDH is more popular than anyone at Wizards of the Coast could ever have anticipated. Sets were not designed with EDH in mind until very recently. This was fine in more »
  • Looking to gain the upper hand in your M15 Limited matchups? Danny goes over the instant-speed spells with convoke that may just be waiting to blow you out.

    M15 Limited Focus: Instants with Convoke

    Looking to gain the upper hand in your M15 Limited matchups? Danny goes over the instant-speed spells with convoke that may just be waiting to blow you out.
  • Two key digital products associated with Magic: The Gathering—namely, Magic Online and DailyMTG.com—recently underwent major overhauls. And really, “major” may be an understatement here. For better or worse, things have been turned completely upside down.

    Major Overhauls to Digital MTG Products

    Two key digital products associated with Magic: The Gathering—namely, Magic Online and DailyMTG.com—recently underwent major overhauls. And really, “major” may be an understatement here. For better or worse, things have been turned completely upside down.
  • I’m heading to my first big tournament in more than a year, a SCG Open in Dallas next week. I’m really excited about it, and also a bit nostalgic from <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/giving-back-free-box-of-magic-2015-giveaway/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Giving Back (Free Box of Magic 2015 Giveaway)

    I’m heading to my first big tournament in more than a year, a SCG Open in Dallas next week. I’m really excited about it, and also a bit nostalgic from more »
  • Back when the free side of QS was home to something that eventually became affectionately known as my “Alticle”, I tried to spotlight Eric Klug’s latest exploits. He’s far from <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/klugpreciation/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Klugpreciation

    Back when the free side of QS was home to something that eventually became affectionately known as my “Alticle”, I tried to spotlight Eric Klug’s latest exploits. He’s far from more »
  • Each week, we review what went on behind the QS Insider curtain. It's a great way to see what you might be missing if you're not a subscriber, and a great way to get caught up if you are!

    This Week On Insider: July 15th – July 20th

    Each week, we review what went on behind the QS Insider curtain. It's a great way to see what you might be missing if you're not a subscriber, and a great way to get caught up if you are!
  • During his reign of terror in Standard, Jace was a centerpiece of Caw-Blade decks. By the time New Phyrexia was released, the metagame was so dominated by this archetype that Jace, a mythic from the small winter set Worldwake, broke $100. What led him to being banned elsewhere?

    Why is Jace, the Mind Sculptor Banned in Modern?

    During his reign of terror in Standard, Jace was a centerpiece of Caw-Blade decks. By the time New Phyrexia was released, the metagame was so dominated by this archetype that Jace, a mythic from the small winter set Worldwake, broke $100. What led him to being banned elsewhere?
  • The hyperbole is strong with Magic Online, we know that. one crowd talks about nothing but what’s wrong with it. Another says “it’ll get better” and only focuses on the <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/a-reasoned-look-at-magic-online/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    A Reasoned Look at Magic Online

    The hyperbole is strong with Magic Online, we know that. one crowd talks about nothing but what’s wrong with it. Another says “it’ll get better” and only focuses on the more »
  • My opponent was dead on board next attack. With 5 mana, I could activate my Kird Chieftain on a creature that he blocked and trample damage plus my unblocked dudes <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/why-does-everyone-love-ornithopter-so-damn-much/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Why Does Everyone Love Ornithopter So Damn Much?

    My opponent was dead on board next attack. With 5 mana, I could activate my Kird Chieftain on a creature that he blocked and trample damage plus my unblocked dudes more »
  • We’re so used to seeing universal acclaim for the simple console version of Magic in Duels of the Planeswalkers, but this year something completely different seems to be in order. Did Wizards <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/everyone-loves-hates-duels-of-the-planeswalkers/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Everyone Hates Duels of the Planeswalkers?

    We’re so used to seeing universal acclaim for the simple console version of Magic in Duels of the Planeswalkers, but this year something completely different seems to be in order. Did Wizards more »
  • After pulling a pair of Garruks and a Nissa, Worldwaker, as well as a foil Sliver Hive, from my box of Magic 2015 I thought I was doing pretty good. After all, <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/the-magic-2015-godbox/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    The Magic 2015 “godbox”

    After pulling a pair of Garruks and a Nissa, Worldwaker, as well as a foil Sliver Hive, from my box of Magic 2015 I thought I was doing pretty good. After all, more »
  • This week, James, Adam and Doug tackle three more Modern topics. James starts off with a controversial banning proposal for Modern. Beyond rhetoric, he’s also got the numbers to back it up. Give a listen and see if you agree.

Adam shares a list based on mono-blue control, skipping Blood Moon and doubling down on Vedalken Shackles. 

Finally, Doug goes over whether it’s better to play Kiki-Pod or Melira-Pod.

    [Podcast] The Modern Enthusiast: MonoBlue, Pod Decks and Controversial Banned List Proposal

    This week, James, Adam and Doug tackle three more Modern topics. James starts off with a controversial banning proposal for Modern. Beyond rhetoric, he’s also got the numbers to back it up. Give a listen and see if you agree. Adam shares a list based on mono-blue control, skipping Blood Moon and doubling down on Vedalken Shackles. Finally, Doug goes over whether it’s better to play Kiki-Pod or Melira-Pod.
  • I’ve long been an advocate for following Japanese pros on social media. One in particular, Tomoharu Saito, has a tendency to be a wealth of good information. Sometimes you whiff, <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/big-in-japan/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Big in Japan

    I’ve long been an advocate for following Japanese pros on social media. One in particular, Tomoharu Saito, has a tendency to be a wealth of good information. Sometimes you whiff, more »
  • Danny Brown wraps up his Zero to Draft project from several months ago, and draws lessons from his quest to draft for free for a year.

    Zero to Draft: The Conclusion, Part One

    Danny Brown wraps up his Zero to Draft project from several months ago, and draws lessons from his quest to draft for free for a year.
  • Anyone remember the days before the internet when we got our Magic edutainment in other forms? I started collecting Duelist magazine around issue 18 and I have every issue besides <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/when-websites-were-on-paper/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    When Websites Were on Paper

    Anyone remember the days before the internet when we got our Magic edutainment in other forms? I started collecting Duelist magazine around issue 18 and I have every issue besides more »
  • It’s an interesting question. What if Magic’s newest format had no restrictions? We know it would certainly be much different, but what exactly would that look like? Jesse Mason set <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/what-if-modern-had-no-banlist/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    What if Modern Had No Banlist?

    It’s an interesting question. What if Magic’s newest format had no restrictions? We know it would certainly be much different, but what exactly would that look like? Jesse Mason set more »
  • Each week, we review what went on behind the QS Insider curtain.  It's a great way to see what you might be missing if you're not a subscriber, and a great way to get caught up if you are!

    This Week in Insider, July 6-13

    Each week, we review what went on behind the QS Insider curtain. It's a great way to see what you might be missing if you're not a subscriber, and a great way to get caught up if you are!
  • Reddit provided not one but two stories of community members giving back today and I thought I would share. First, from /u/SquidTokenQueen Like most of you last weekend, I went <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/giving-back/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Giving Back

    Reddit provided not one but two stories of community members giving back today and I thought I would share. First, from /u/SquidTokenQueen Like most of you last weekend, I went more »
  • I know some of you are familiar with the Market Watch series I’ve been doing on www.empeopled.com, but for those of you who may not be, each week I try <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/market-watch-sliver-hive/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Market Watch: Sliver Hive

    I know some of you are familiar with the Market Watch series I’ve been doing on www.empeopled.com, but for those of you who may not be, each week I try more »
  • “A player takes action towards one or more individuals that could reasonably be expected to create a feeling of being harassed, threatened, bullied, or stalked. This may include insults based <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/being-a-good-sport/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Being A Good Sport

    “A player takes action towards one or more individuals that could reasonably be expected to create a feeling of being harassed, threatened, bullied, or stalked. This may include insults based more »
  • Magic celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, which means in just a couple months, the game will legally be able to drink. With legal drinking comes all kinds of other <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/card-design-contest-for-mtgdad-and-mtgmom/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Card Design Contest for #mtgdad and #mtgmom

    Magic celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, which means in just a couple months, the game will legally be able to drink. With legal drinking comes all kinds of other more »
  • The definition of frustrating. I don’t know about you, but seeing this thing come down across the table from me was pretty tilting. Maybe the first it was cool, but <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/why-wizards-should-do-away-with-prerelease-packs/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    Why Wizards Should Do Away With Prerelease Packs

    The definition of frustrating. I don’t know about you, but seeing this thing come down across the table from me was pretty tilting. Maybe the first it was cool, but more »
  • Every once in a while at a prerelease, there is a color or faction to pick and it isn’t particularly close. Ever since “seeded” packs became a thing, players began <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/the-changing-metagame/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    The Changing Metagame

    Every once in a while at a prerelease, there is a color or faction to pick and it isn’t particularly close. Ever since “seeded” packs became a thing, players began more »
  • With such a vague title to this post, it’s maybe ironic that it’s about something with absolute clarity. Standard, Modern, Legacy, Vintage: No changes With that announcement from Wizards of the <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/the-most-important-blank-page-youll-see-today/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    The Most Important Blank Page You’ll See Today

    With such a vague title to this post, it’s maybe ironic that it’s about something with absolute clarity. Standard, Modern, Legacy, Vintage: No changes With that announcement from Wizards of the more »
  • With the good vibes from the prerelease weekend slowly fading, it’s time to get our weekly dose of drama in. Remember folks, FNM may seem like a totla blowoff and <a href="http://www.quietspeculation.com/2014/07/fnm-is-srs-bsns/#more-'" class="more-link">more »</a>

    FNM is SRS BSNS

    With the good vibes from the prerelease weekend slowly fading, it’s time to get our weekly dose of drama in. Remember folks, FNM may seem like a totla blowoff and more »