Theory


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 »

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 »