Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)!

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While I don't have every card I've tested in the Card Choices page, most of the viable ones are in there. Please read this.

Either the homepage or a recent article, it's that simple.

If you're interested in trying new things and willing to test in-between iterations, the innovation of card choices really happens in the Facebook group.

For over ten years I exclusively used Powder Blue Ultra Pro sleeves. When Dragonshield released the Matte Sky Blue sleeves I decided I would try those out as well KMC hard perfect fit sleeves for extra protection. I haven't looked back, I'm a huge fan of both of these products.

Drawing Tendrils of Agony is one of the worst things you can do in the early game, especially when your deck aims to win by turns one or two. There's also the fact that in most situations in which you could cast Tendrils of Agony for lethal, you could likely pay two more mana for Burning Wish. These things have combined to move Tendrils of Agony exclusively to the sideboard.

The EPIC Storm became Grixis when Sensei's Divining Top was banned on April 24, 2017.

Yes, you no longer need to play Abrupt Decay. With Counterbalance out of the picture for the foreseeable future, you can get away with staying a three color deck. You can answer any other problematic permanent such as Chalice of the Void with cards like Meltdown, By Force or Echoing Truth.

By not playing green, the deck gains an additional basic land which helps a lot against Delver and prison-based strategies.

If you're interested in more on the subject, I touched upon it here.

Not joking - I don't like this question, but it comes up so frequently.

In short, not really. You can try to get by without dual lands (Underground Sea, Volcanic Island, and Badlands) by using shock lands (Steam Vents, Blood Crypt, and Watery Grave) or fast lands (Spirebluff Canal, Blackcleave Cliffs, or Darkslick Shores) but both of these types of lands have drawbacks.

With shock lands you gain the ability to shuffle your deck with fetchlands, but the life-loss is very tough on the deck's primary goal of casting Ad Nauseam. Meanwhile with fast lands, you have great mana with no life loss, but your Ponders and Brainstorms are very lackluster without shuffle effects.

There's three dual lands in the current list, just sell some modern cards and acquire them!

I take lot of notes, it's simple.

I don't record my opening hands too often (All notes are public information which means the opponent is allowed to view them - if you're going to, do it after the game.), I do record my opponents hands when I use a Gitaxian Probe, Cabal Therapy or Duress. I do write notes in game, but I use abbreviations and write quickly typically immediately after I say, "Go." or even in between games after I've sideboarded. Keep in mind that I'm typically fairly fast at these sorts of things, if you're a person who takes their time with things I could see the stalling aspect. I also expand on my notes at the end of rounds.

Well, for starters you can view the sideboard guide.

I do sometimes sideboard in Past in Flames, generally when I do, Tendrils of Agony is the first card that follows it. This is typically in match-ups where Gitaxian Probe and Ad Nauseam are bad, such as UR Delver or Burn.

This was actually one of the first articles I wrote for the website - Getting your TES cards signed!

As for what I have left and currently in my main deck, I still need to get my four copies of Gitaxian Probe signed by Chippy and two Scalding Tarn signed by Philip Straub.

Yes, this is my twitch account. I don't have a streaming schedule, I'm pretty unlikely to stream Monday-Friday from 8am-6pm EST as I have a full-time job. If I am streaming, it's likely going to be a Tuesday or Wednesday night (I generally have those free) or on the weekends.

Try to think of things based on their net gain or loss.

Here's a sample line of play: Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, Dark Ritual, Duress, Burning Wish and Empty the Warrens.

When I view this, I see 4 + 3 = 7, - 3 = 4. It's much quicker to do this than think RR - R + RRR + BBB - B - RB. While this is a basic example, it demonstrates my point.


Mana Generated by Rite of Flame
Cast off a single red mana source, in one turn.

  • 1 Rite of Flame – Two red mana.
  • 2 Rite of Flame – Four red mana.
  • 3 Rite of Flame – Seven red mana.
  • 4 Rite of Flame – Eleven red mana.

Mana Generated by Dark Ritual
Cast off a single black mana source, in one turn.

  • 1 Dark Ritual – Three black mana.
  • 2 Dark Ritual – Five black mana.
  • 3 Dark Ritual – Seven black mana.
  • 4 Dark Ritual – Nine black mana.

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