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 »
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 »
I am always trying to find a way to innovate and make The EPIC Storm a better deck, it never ends. I mentioned at the end of my Grand Prix: Louisville article that I felt the deck needed to move the Bayou from the main deck to the sideboard for increased mana stability. I had two mulligans due to the Bayou not being the fourth copy of Bloodstained Mire, other Read More »
It's been a few months since the release of Conspiracy: Take the Crown and to be quite frank, the printings of Sanctum Prelate and Recruiter of the Guard haven't effected the metagame as we predicted.
10/22 Milwaukee Classic
10/16 Baltimore, Eternal Extravaganza 5
10/01 Indianapolis Classic
09/17 Orlando Classic
09/03 Richmond Classic
08/19 New Jersey Classic
08/13 Syracuse Classic
07/30 Baltimore Classic
Sometimes you're wrong.
It's not that Sanctum Prelate isn't seeing any play, but without Read More »
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 »
The September 28, 2015 B&R Announcement can be found here, for Legacy it says that Dig Through Time is banned and Black Vise is unbanned. If you came here looking for some sweet discussion on Black Vise, I apologize, there will be none – the card is unplayable. Moving on, the banning of Dig Through Time! YES! The card was format warping in a very similar way that it's sister Read More »
Announcement Date: September 28, 2015
Effective Date: October 2, 2015
Magic Online Effective Date: October 7, 2015
Dig Through Time is banned.
Black Vise is unbanned.
There it is: The big restriction everyone was expecting beforehand and it's a good one for the format, which suffered from the streamlining Dig Through Time had on control, aggro and combo decks leading to an undesirable state of similar looking decks with simply varying kill conditions. For me, its still 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 »
It's been two weeks since Bryant has dropped his article on the matter and I delayed mine until I made up my mind and listened to some arguments. To be honest with you, I had a very bad feeling about this change in the first place and it still has not vanished. Here is the change we're talking about:
103.4. Each player draws a number of cards equal to his or Read More »
Aaron Forsythe just published this on the Wizards website.
It explains the new mulligan rule that will be introduced with the release of Battle for Zendikar. This new style of mulligan was previously used at the latest Pro Tour in Vancouver, CA.
Here's the actual wording of the new rule:
103.4. Each player draws a number of cards equal to his or her starting hand size, which is normally seven. (Some effects can modify Read More »