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Through the Looking Glass: Elves with Julian Knab

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 »

TES Infernal Tutoring # 12

Welcome back to the Infernal Tutoring series! Hey Stormtroopers, I'm back with another episode of Infernal Tutoring. It has been almost 6 months since Sensei's Divining Top was banned and it appears the meta is starting to settle. Many people assumed Grixis Delver would become the top deck, but it appears from the last few months of data that 4c Control is actually the best performing, or at least most represented deck, Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Lands

It is time for yet another edition of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on Lands! Jarvis Yu, one of the most well known Lands players, best describes Lands as a Life from the Loam deck. "With the ability to both recur lands and 'draw' three cards a turn by dredging, Life from the Loam allows the deck to operate. Most often used to recycle Wasteland after Wasteland Read More »

So Meta

Intro 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 »

Eternal Extravaganza VII Report (9/16/17) - 8th Place

Jim Baxter is a guest writer on theepicstorm.com The Epic Storm was a favorite of mine back in the days of City of Brass, Gemstone Mine, and Silence. I wasn’t terribly good, but I had a blast doing unfair things. At one point I dismantled it because I didn’t regularly play Legacy, and when I did, people wanted to play fair and interactive Magic. (How boring.) I grew up playing in Syracuse Read More »

Deck List Updates - EE7

Hey everyone! Here to provide some insight on some of the deck changes over the last few months. If you follow my spreadsheet you'll know that I test different things quite frequently, always trying to find the best list for the metagame. Since I track deck versions and all of the information is public, I receive a lot of messages and emails asking about things I am trying. I don't answer Read More »

TES Infernal Tutoring # 11

Welcome back to the Infernal Tutoring series! Hey Stormtroopers, I'm back with another episode of Infernal Tutoring. I have been getting tons of practice with the deck since the last installment and feel like I am fast improving with the deck. However, The EPIC Storm still proves to be the hardest deck I have ever played in Magic: The Gathering. The increased threat density of both Burning Wish and Infernal Tutor can Read More »

Site Updates: Domain and Hosting Migration

Hey everyone! I'm going to switch hosting/domain providers to a faster solution. I feel the current site is a little slow, mostly due to an old php version that my current provider won't upgrade. But also, shared hosting. The new providers offers VPS hosting, which should make the website a WHOLE lot faster. I'll pay for the site transfer and the increase in hosting myself as the site is my project/brain child, but Read More »

Sideboard Musings: Contextualizing Card Values

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 »
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