The STORM Count: Combinatorial Probability

Welcome to The STORM Count! Today we will be taking a relatively beginner-level look at one of the most useful mathematical concepts when it comes to Magic: the Gathering. It's particularly useful in a deck that aims to play as few turns as possible, like The EPIC Storm. We are talking about combinatorial probabilities. Basics of Combinatorics and Probability In order to talk about combinatorial probabilities, we should establish some baseline knowledge. Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Painter

Final 4C "Snow" Control Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep I guess I'm a risk taker, I would gamble on not being hit by Thoughtseize and drawing a black source off the top of our library — which is about 43 percent (23 outs in 53 cards). The risk is worth the reward to me here as protected turn one win Read More »

TES Infernal Tutoring #32

Since our last Infernal Tutoring, the Legacy metagame has continued to evolve and adapt to the chaos that Wizards of the Coast created when they decided to print so many Legacy playable cards in such a short amount of time. Alex McKinley recently wrote a wonderful article that goes into more specific details, and I would highly suggest taking a look if you already haven't! As for The EPIC Storm, Read More »

Adapting to Modern Horizons & M20

New cards entering Legacy used to be rare, possibly just one or two in a set. In just War of the Spark and Modern Horizons, there have been about 25 playable cards added to the format. Add in an impactful rules change in the London Mulligan, and that is quite the disruption! Personally, I have enjoyed a lot of the changes, but many of the internal heuristics that players have Read More »

Through the Looking Glass: 4C Snow Control with Rugved Karhade

Special Guest A few words on Rugved Karhade (VedX or dystopiaa): Rugved "Ved" Karhade is an MTGO grinder and a constant player of all things "blu", though he tends to prefer UWx Miracles. One of the recent innovators for Miracles, Ved constantly posts unique lists on Twitter and often places well with them in MTGO challenges. You can find Ved on twitter @VedKarhade. Here is a recent 5-0 finish of 4c Snow Control from Rugved Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Ad Nauseam Tendrils

Ad Nauseam Tendrils (ANT) is a combo deck that focuses on breaking the Storm mechanic to cast a game-winning Tendrils of Agony. This is done by combining mana rituals, tutors, and engines, such as Past in Flames and Ad Nauseam, to cast 10 spells in a single turn. Because ANT is a black-based deck and plays a card like Lion's Eye Diamond, it uses discard spells as its primary form of Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: 4C "Snow" Control

Final London Mulligan Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Mulligan I created this hand with the intent of showing a hand I likely would've kept under the "Vancouver Mulligan", but would send back under the "London Mulligan." There's a few key decisions here, do you Brainstorm or Ponder? With Ponder, you're looking for exactly Lotus Petal and have an additional look off of the Read More »

Pondering Policy: Core Set 2020

Welcome to our next edition of Pondering Policy! Today we will be digging into one of the more impactful changes from the M20 policy update. There are several other policy changes, but this one is big enough for Storm players that it deserves its own article. Player Communication (Magic Tournament Rules 4.1) In this article series, we have previously discussed status information. This is information that must be "announced upon change and Read More »

TES Infernal Tutoring #31

Since our last article, the Legacy meta has continued to evolve. In the last few months, there have been multiple sets that have printed legacy playable cards, and people have been experimenting like crazy. It seems that the meta is going more and more towards greedy Four-Color (4C) Delver and 4C control decks. On the flip side, people are also trying Grixis, BUG, and 4C decks using mostly Snow Basic Read More »

Through the Looking Glass: Maverick with Dan Neeley

Special Guest A few words on Dan Neeley (DNEELEY on MTGO, @danneeley1 on Twitter): Dan Neeley is a legacy player known for being a Maverick and four-color Loam player. Dan has one SCG Legacy Open Top 8. Two MTGO Challenge Wins and other smaller achievements. Dan is a father of three beautiful girls, he enjoys playing Legacy in his spare time. What suite of hate pieces does Maverick usually play for its Storm matchups? In Read More »