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Alex Poling

Alex Poling

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Alex, an information technology consultant who recently graduating with his bachelor's degree in systems analysis, is also a part-time high school teacher. When he is not studying or working, he spends his remaining free time playing Magic: The Gathering. He claims his favorite part of Magic is counting to 10.

TES Matchup Battles: Titanic Dryad

Matchup Battles

Titanic Dryad is a new Legacy deck because of the recent printing of [[Dryad of the Ilysian Grove]]. The deck's objective is to cast [[Primeval Titan]] to tutor for [[Field of the Dead]] and [[Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle]] and then use [[Dryad of the Ilysian Grove]] to make all of the lands mountains. This gives Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: UG Omni-Tell

Matchup Battles

UG Omni-Tell is a blue-based combo deck that utilizes [[Show and Tell]] and [[Eureka]] to put expensive permanents like [[Omniscience]], [[Griselbrand]], and [[Emrakul, the Aeon's Torn]] into play in order to win the game. With the recent printings of [[Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath]], [[Ice-Fang Coatl]], and [[Veil of Summer]], the deck now tends lean Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Doomsday

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The [[Doomsday]] deck has been around for many years with several different variations. It has won with cards like [[Tendrils of Agony]] and [[Laboratory Maniac]], but with the recent printing of [[Thassa's Oracle]], it has since taken that spot as the best win condition. The goal of the deck is cast [[Doomsday]] and then stack Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Eldrazi Ramp II

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Eldrazi and Ramp decks have existed in Legacy ever since the printings of [[Cloudpost]], [[Glimmerpost]], and the Eldrazi cards. Eldrazi Ramp has always been a small percentage of the metagame, but over the past year, it has picked up in popularity. The goal is to assemble these posts along with artifact mana to accelerate out Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: The EPIC Storm

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With the recent printings of Echo of Eons and Wishclaw Talisman, The EPIC Storm is becoming a more popular deck choice among storm players, and with good reason. Recently, The EPIC Storm has become its own deck name on MTGGoldfish (finally!), and that's because of its popularity growing and many great results in leagues and Legacy Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Bomberman

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Bomberman is a mono-white deck that tries to win the game with several completely different combos. It can win with Auriok Salvagers and Lion's Eye Diamond to makes infinite mana, Karn, The Great Creator and Mycosynth Lattice to prevent the opponent's cards from being activated, or Monastery Mentor to make a huge army. This flexibility Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: RUG Delver II

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RUG Delver is a tempo deck that tries to use its resources to keep the opponent from gaining traction to set up their game plan. It then tries to kill the opponent before they regain their balance. The deck does this by playing cards like Stifle and Wasteland to destroy lands, cheap countermagic, and removal Read More »

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