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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 »

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 »

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 »

TES Matchup Battles: Burn

It is time for yet another edition of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on Burn! Burn is a deck that uses efficient creatures and red instant and sorcery spells to deal direct damage to your opponent in an effort to end the game as quickly as possible using little to no disruption. Burn has long been a strategy, and many of the original "burn spells" like Read More »

Fighting Miracles in the Post-Top Era

Almost a year ago, I wrote a fairly in-depth article on how to approach the Miracles matchup from the side of The Epic Storm. If you haven't read that yet, I recommend giving it a read despite that version of Miracles no longer being a deck. A lot of the philosophy can be used across many different matchups, and I'll also make reference to some of the conclusions here. Miracles Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: UR Delver

It is time for yet another edition of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on UR Delver! Over the past couple of months people have been playing more BUG Delver, Grixis Delver, or cutting Delver of Secrets to go a little bigger with cards like Leovold, Emissary of Trest. UR Delver has never really been the most popular Delver of Secrets variant, but it has always Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: 4C Control

It is time for yet another edition of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on 4C Control! Over the past couple of months people have been shifting to BUG decks, which have evolved to playing Leovold, Emissary of Trest, because of its strong abilities in many matchups. The recent printing of Fatal Push is just one more good tool that the BUG decks get to use Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Sneak and Show

It is time for yet another edition of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on Sneak and Show! We have previously taken on creature and control decks, but let's see how we match up against another combo deck. Show and Tell decks have gone up and down in popularity for the past several years. When Griselbrand was printed it really put this deck on the map Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Leovold Sultai

It is time for episode three of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on Leovold Sultai! Now any legacy players that have been playing the last couple years are probably aware that Sultai variants have been around for a while, like Shardless Sultai, Sultai Delver, and their many flavors of each, but now we have a new one in the form of Leovold Sultai. Thanks to Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Grixis Delver

It is time for part two of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on Grixis Delver! Now for any of you long time legacy players we may not think of Grixis immediately when we hear someone say Delver of Secrets. Typically in the past Delver of Secrets decks have been Temur or Jeskai decks, but people have been moving away from cards like Stoneforge Mystic, Nimble Read More »
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