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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 »

Storm Data Comparison

All data was collected from these resources: TES Spreadsheet | ANT Spreadsheet (Data collected on 8/1/2017) Categories - General TES ANT Matches Played 863 327 Matches Won 554 202 Games Played 2,137 809 Game Win % 60% 58% Game Win % (Play) 65% 68% Game Win % (Draw) 64% 59% Match Win % 64% 62% Match Win % (Play) 64% 63% Match Win % (Draw) 64% 58% Mulligan % 21% 17% Average Combo Turn (ACT) 2.61 3.00 Ad Nauseam % 38% 18% Past In Flames % 10% 48% Natural Storm % 46% 29% Natural Storm % (ToA) 29% 61% Natural Storm % (ETW) 67% 39% Natural Storm % (Grapeshot) 4% 0% Tendrils of Agony Kill % 57% 84% Empty the Warrens Kill % 33% 12% Grapeshot Kills % 4% 0% Telemin Performance Kills % 3% 0% Categories vs Blue Read More »

TES Infernal Tutoring # 10

Welcome back to the Infernal Tutoring series! Hey Stormtroopers, my name is Cyrus and I am new to theepicstorm.com. I go by cyruscg on any magic related website that I frequent, and I am a San Francisco Bay Area magic player and Magic the Gathering Online grinder. I have been playing The EPIC Storm for the past 4 months, so I am very new to the deck. I am very excited Read More »

Baiting that Counterspell

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 »

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 vs ANT - 2017

In the past I wrote an article on The EPIC Storm (TES) and Ad Nauseam Tendrils (ANT), I believe it's about time we revisit this topic due to changes in the metagame. I've seen a number of forum posts and general questions on the topic, let's provide some clarity. Deck Lists TES - GP: Las Vegas - Bryant Cook Main Deck 4 Burning Wish 4 Infernal Tutor 4 Brainstorm 4 Ponder 4 Gitaxian Read More »

Post-Miracles TES

Sensei's Divining Top was banned if you live under a rock and haven't heard. Other than Elves, I believe Storm is the deck that gains the most from this announcement. Because of this, The EPIC Storm went through an overhaul - see the changes below: Deck Lists Pre-Banning Decklist Main Deck 4 Burning Wish 4 Infernal Tutor 4 Brainstorm 4 Ponder 4 Gitaxian Probe 3 Cabal Therapy 3 Duress 1 Empty the Warrens 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 »
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Sideboarding Guide

A guide for sideboarding against each Legacy archetype – explaining what to take out and bring in against those decks. Keep in mind that this is a rough tutorial and sometimes straying from these instructions… Read More »