Joshua Justice takes a closer look at rares mythics and playable commons and uncommons with his set review of Innistrad.
Joshua breaks down the new Planeswalker Point system, analyzing what these and the SCG Open Series changes mean for you.
Dragon*Con is a convention in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend. This year’s Gaming Guest of Honor is Magic’s very own Richard Garfield, Ph.D. This year, for the first time that I know of, there will be a proxy Vintage event at Dragon*Con, one of the few Vintage events in the South. We’re all hoping this […]
With Magic 2012 recently hitting MTGO, we finally got hard data on what the new metagame looks like, which you can see over on TCGPlayer. I dislike Caw-Blade and Valakut, and I utterly refuse to play monored into Timely Reinforcements, so I was set on playing Pyromancer Ascension and built the deck on MTGO myself. […]
Joshua examines the Vintage format and provides a look at proxy strategies for deckbuilders on a budget.
In this article, Joshua explains how to do the standings math to determine if you can draw into top 8.
If you haven’t yet, please enjoy Part 1 of Josh’s M12 Set Review, the Mythics and Rares, here! Note: I write set reviews from a tournament player’s perspective, not a financial perspective. As such, I try to approach new set releases with a “wide net” of all the cards which might be relevant to tournament […]
Note: I write set reviews from a tournament player’s perspective, not a financial perspective. As such, I try to approach new set releases with a “wide net” of all the cards which might be relevant to tournament Magic, even if it’s just a sideboard 1-of that will never be worth much. This will necessarily include […]
Joshua takes one last look at the pre-ban format, then focuses on the new Standard, discovering that a surprising card may end up defining the format.
Next week, we will receive a Banned/Restricted list update. This is at the forefront of everyone’s mind due to the overwhelming and continual dominance of the Caw-Blade archetype in Standard, but the DCI may take action in other formats as well. Standard Caw-Blade is so overpowering that it doesn’t have a bad matchup. When Jund […]
We’ve had 2 weeks of Opens to see the impact New Phyrexia has had on the Standard and Legacy tournament scenes. I’m going to focus on Standard, since the Grand Prix this weekend is Legacy, and will almost certainly have more players than the SCG Open series gets. Waiting on that will give us a bit of a better view on the format. However, for Standard, there’s no reason to wait, especially since the format hasn’t really undergone much of a change.
With a new format becoming available for the first time Friday, it’s time to take a quick look at what’s available. For the most part, these will be aggro or combo decks, since control decks need to be built towards the metagame. As it stands, Caw-Blade is the premiere control deck in the format, and it can be played as-is with the mere addition of Batterskull.
A couple of weeks ago, I booked my flight to Pro Tour: Nagoya, by way of Indianapolis, for the StarCityGames Invitational the weekend before. There was only one small problem: I wasn’t yet qualified for the Invitational. I went to Charlotte with the aim of solving that problem. Along for the ride were Corey and […]