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Through the Looking Glass: Grixis Phoenix with Callum Smith

Special Guest A few words on Callum Smith (@WhiteFacesmtg): Hailing from the land of tea and fish & chips, Callum Smith or better known as "WhiteFaces" is usually playing some kind of Brainstorm deck and especially enjoys control strategies. He has an EU Eternal Weekend T8 to his name and hopes to one day rival fellow Through The Looking Glass guests with more than one FNM win. What kind of disruption spells do Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Grixis Phoenix

Turbo Depths Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Mulligan Yes, we're on the draw and have roughly 17 live draws (9 that flat out win the game), which is about 33% to win the game for every draw step. The big issue here is that we're on the draw and that discard spells shut off our hand. Post-board Turbo Depths decks have four copies of Thoughtseize, Duress, and possibly Inquisition Read More »

Through the Looking Glass: Dredge (Mana) with Patrick Schuster

Special thanks to Patrick Schuster for his contributions to today's article. Since the metagame has settled after the bannings of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe, graveyard decks such as Dredge have started to become very strong in the Legacy metagame. A lot of this has to do with the newly found lack of mainboard graveyard hate with the loss of Deathrite Shaman. For this month, we brought on Dredge expert Patrick 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: 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: Grixis Delver

Hey! We're back with another Matchup Mulligan! This series goes over 10 opening hands, 5 pre-board and 5 post-board opening hands. The hands are not random, they've been sculpted by me for the purpose of these exercises. Pre-board Hand 1: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Mulligan This hand has a few things wrong with it: The first being that you're incredibly light on mana, even if your Bloodstained Read More »