Strategy


Matchup Mulligan: Storm

Hey! We're back with the second Matchup Mulligan! Let's dive in. This series will go over 10 opening hands, 5 pre-board and 5 post-board with the same numbers for being on the play or drawing first. The hands are not random, they've been sculpted by me for the purpose of these exercises. Pre-board Hand 1: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep Even on the play, this is an ideal 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 »

Matchup Mulligan: Death and Taxes

Something I've been working on in recent months is cracking down on myself about mulligans. In the past, I've been very lazy and unwilling or even afraid to go down to six or five. But the truth of the matter is aggressive mulliganing in certain matchups will result in more game wins than playing with essentially one hand tied behind your back, by keeping a bad hand. While it's still 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 »

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 »
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