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Matchup Mulligan: Lands

Before we get started with Lands, here's the answer from last month's Sneak & Show article: Sneak & Show Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Mulligan This hand was even tough for me to decide, I want to keep it but ultimately it's a mulligan. Leyline of Sanctity is very popular out of Sneak & Show sideboards, this hand just loses to it (without Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Dragon Stompy

It is time for yet another edition of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on Dragon Stompy! Dragon Stompy is a prison aggro deck. It uses different lock pieces to disrupt the opponent's mana and making it more difficult to cast their spells. Dragon Stompy then follows up with a fast clock to try and kill the opponent before they can find answers to their lock pieces. Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Sneak & Show

Before we get started with Sneak & Show, here's the answer from last month's Grixis Delver article: Grixis Delver Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep You have roughly a 64% chance of hitting what you need off of Gitaxian Probe. These cards are: 4 Duress, 4 Cabal Therapy, 4 Lotus Petal, 3 Dark Ritual, 2 Infernal Tutor, 2 Chrome Mox, 1 Ad Nauseam, 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 »

TES Matchup Battles: Lands

It is time for yet another edition of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on Lands! Jarvis Yu, one of the most well known Lands players, best describes Lands as a Life from the Loam deck. "With the ability to both recur lands and 'draw' three cards a turn by dredging, Life from the Loam allows the deck to operate. Most often used to recycle Wasteland after Wasteland Read More »

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 »

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 »

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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