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Reflections of 2018

Hey everyone! As the year comes to an end, I'd like to reflect on where this year has gone. It's been quite the year for Magic and Legacy. We've had the bannings of Gitaxian Probe and Deathrite Shaman that have changed the format and changed our decklist. Looking back at decklists from the beginning of the year, the differences are apparent. At that point, the deck was playing green in Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Dredge

Grixis Control Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep I would likely keep this hand, but I wouldn't just jam on the first turn if I drew a land. I would cast Duress. Your opponent likely has Flusterstorm, Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, and Force of Will, putting them very close if not over the 50% chance of action benchmark — at this Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Grixis Control

Death's Shadow Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep I would hope most people would keep this, but recently I've found less experienced players addressing their concerns about keeping "no-land hands" against blue decks. I think this comes from the Ad Nauseam Tendrils (ANT) mindset. Something I believe is often forgotten is that these decks, while very similar, are actually pretty different at times. Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Death's Shadow

Burn Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep I read a lot of back and forth on this hand. While I'm not sure of a definite answer, I'd probably keep it knowing I had a scry and a draw step to help fix things. The downside is the earliest you can combo off is turn two with a hand like this, which means likely Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Burn

RUG Delver Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep I'm a risk taker, you need to find a land and then either a black or red card off of Brainstorm. I like my chances for this (I'll be honest, I don't know the exact odds.), there's also other scenarios that include Lotus Petal. Burn Pre-board Hand 1: (on the play) » Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: RUG Delver

BR Reanimator Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Most people correctly answered that this was a keep. This article's theme will be "Do not live in fear", and this is a great example of that. While your opponent could have a discard spell or even Chancellor of the Annex, you can't send this back. While you could just lose the game on Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: BR Reanimator

Dragon Stompy Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep Most people correctly answered that this hand is a keep and that's great. However, about half of these individuals missed a crucial line. With your first Gitaxian Probe if you hit a blue-producing land, Chrome Mox, or Lotus Petal you likely win the game. From there you cast Brainstorm, put Burning Wish on top Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Dragon Stompy

Elves Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? I read a few responses saying they thought this hand was a mulligan due to multiple copies of Chrome Mox, no blue source, and no real business spell. Well, I disagree. The blue source can be issues by drawing any land either fron your draw step, off of your first Gitaxian Probe, or by casting Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Elves

Eldrazi Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Mulligan The crowd seemed to be split 50/50 on this decision, which is good, it means people are thinking about these! That said, to me, it's a Mulligan. If you were to keep this hand, the correct line of play would be to cast Chrome Mox (imprint: Infernal Tutor), Duress, play Bloodstained Mire and pass. This leaves Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Eldrazi

4c Pile Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep Correctly, most people determined this is a keep. However, I think it is't an immediate decision. What this hand needs is a "tutor effect", specifically Infernal Tutor since we're short on initial mana sources. Thankfully there's three looks with the scry from mulliganing and two copies of Gitaxian Probe, which would allow a second initial mana Read More »