A financial services professional based in NYC, Jasper is an amateur but competitive magic the gathering player. With a somewhat obsessive personality, when not scouring the market for that next trade his thoughts often revolve around sweet lines to take with his cabal therapies, burning wishes and tendrils. Away from the table Jasper can be found ambling through central park with his 6 lbs familiars: Merlyn the Pomeranian and Beans the Toy Poodle.
Mistakes Were Made
I’m on a Greyhound heading out of Atlantic City. A low-grade hangover long since expired and replaced by that flat soda feeling that follows a day or two of excess and irresponsibility. My wallet thinner following a few bouts of bad calls, and the wrong side of rivered two pairs. My clothes drenched in the stink of stale cigarettes and faded dreams. Mistakes were made. I close my Read More »
Special thanks to Julian Knab for his contributions to today's article.
Today, like Alice, we climb through the looking glass. Elves is one of the most powerful and popular decks in the current meta. The little green men can form a solid grindy game plan, or with the help of Glimpse of Nature and Natural Order, can combo off as quickly as turn two. The storm variants have a faster fundamental Read More »
We are often asked what the best deck is, or the best build of TES and ANT. In truth there is no best version as every shift in the metagame changes the texture of how our deck operates and performs. The best build today won't be the best build next month, and cards that are bad today might just be what take TES to the top 8 of a Grand Read More »
Contextualizing the Sideboard
Today we are talking about the sideboard. We aren’t going to rehash specific matchup analysis which is covered extensively elsewhere on this site: Bryant’s sideboard guide and AJ’s matchup analysis. Instead we are going to take a high level look at how and why the value of specific cards in our deck changes based on how our opponent is trying to interact with us.
Before we get started however I Read More »
Exploiting a Play Pattern
There are certain game states and matchups where we find ourselves with an excess of a specific type of resource and a deficiency of another. Today we are going to talk about converting rituals and tutors into Duress. When and how should we attempt to bait counterspells from our opponent?
First I want to introduce a common play pattern with TES and its cousin ANT. You have Dark Read More »