Over the last few weeks I've been testing a hybrid storm list, a mix between The EPIC Storm (TES) and Ad Nauseam Tendrils (ANT). Basically, TES with a Past in Flames engine built in. I've been receiving a lot of questions from individuals who've caught my sporadic games on cockatrice, let's answer some of them! The lists are below, with List A being traditional TES and List B being our Read More »
A little about myself before we get into the report. I first started playing Magic in 1995 when Ice Age & Alliances were released and stopped in 2000 after the Urza block. Retiring my "Type 1" Land Destruction and "Extended" Necro-Assault decks. In 2012 some old friends had just started playing the game and promptly got me to play with them which, of course, led to me wanting to build new decks. Read More »
My Grand Prix: Seattle weekend began with waking up at 4:30am, my wonderful girlfriend driving me to the airport and meeting up with Eli Kassis, Paolo Cesari and Ozzie. For as early as it was, I was absolutely wired with excitement for this event. I missed Grand Prix: New Jersey last year due to my sister's wedding, there was no chance I was going to miss out on this! The Read More »
The weekend of Eternal Extravaganza 3 (EE3) or as I like to call it, "A weekend at Aaron's" begins with me taking a half-day on Friday so that I could travel down to Allentown, PA from Syracuse, NY so that I could fit in getting some cards signed at Illuxcon!
For those of you who don't know, Illuxcon is an illustration convention held in Allentown, PA every year. Which was incredibly Read More »
No one needs to sell me on why Xantid Swarm is a terrific Magic: The Gathering card. Trust me, I get it, I've been playing the card since 2006 and back then it was in my main deck! But with the metagame being as aggressive as it is, I don't believe our bug friend is very good at the moment.
Reasons Xantid Swarm is a great card
Shuts of selective counterspells (Spell Read More »
A look behind
For the sake of contextualization, let's say a lot happened for the league since the last article was published. I was ahead in our ranking, but without a comfortable lead over my competition. It was our last weekly event, only was thing was left between that time and the final tournament – a practice night. Which revealed itself to be very instructive, filled with decision making and conceptual thoughts about Read More »
The weekend begins with being let out of work early Thursday afternoon, my car already packed, I hit 81S for roughly four hours. I drive by Philadelphia and then Baltimore before arriving in Sharon Springs, DC after about six hours worth of driving. I get to Georgia avenue and my GPS says that I’m only 4 miles away from my destination, after 35 minutes, I’m there.
One of my good friends Read More »
GP Lille is in the books and what a blast it was! Close to 1700 Legacy aficionados battled for the crown in this year's only European Legacy Grand Prix over three days. The weekend was full of trials, side events and the intense 15 round swiss main event which was followed by a Top 8 elimination which climaxed with a Miracles mirror in the finals.
My expectation for the format on Read More »
This article marks the first entry to an upcoming series to bring you closer to TES fundamentals in terms of deckbuilding and strategy. Look forward to in-depth looks at cantrip sequencing, manabases, managing of options, seizing opportunities, match psychology, board organisation, mulligan evaluation and more (requested) stuff like that. For today and as a start into this new series, I want to cover a pretty basic topic, which are the Read More »
I begin the weekend by getting out of work early due to the holiday weekend, pick up Nick Patnode and we’re on the road. The trip isn’t long, just under four hours, mostly just sing-a-longs and figuring out strategies for the weekend. We get to Worcester hours before our friends that we’re staying with – Sam Roukas, Royce Walter and Phil Blechman. Nick and I try to get dinner at Read More »