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TES Matchup Battles: Grixis Control

Grixis Control was the most played Legacy deck at Pro Tour 25th Anniversary a couple months ago. One of the reasons it's so popular is due to it having a slightly higher than 50% matchup against most decks in the field. It plays out like a classic Jund-style deck. These type of decks tend to be played a lot because people love gaining their value and trying to out attrition 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 »

TES Matchup Battles: Goblins

Goblins is one of the most historic legacy decks because it has existed since the inception of legacy. Goblins has significantly decreased in popularity over the past several years due to the printing of Deathrite Shaman, and a few other cards, but since its banning people have been trying it out again, and we need to be prepared. Goblins is a unique deck in that it is a mono-red deck Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Esper Stoneblade

Esper Stoneblade and other Stoneblade variations have been around for a long time ever since the printing of Stoneforge Mystic and Jace, the Mind Sculptor. It has gone through waves of success from being one of the best decks, down to pretty bad, and then back up to good again. Because of the recent bannings over the past year or two, especially Deathrite Shaman, there is more of a reason 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 »

TES Matchup Battles: 4c Loam

4c Loam is an aggro-control deck capable of both board control and an aggressive clock. It is centered around using lands and Life from the Loam, hence the name of the deck. Because of this, it is considered one of the midrange decks in Legacy being able to play a longer game, but also play many aggressive cards like Knight of the Reliquary, also playing into their lands strategy. While 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 »