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Heart of the Storm - September 2015 B&R Update

Announcement Date: September 28, 2015 Effective Date: October 2, 2015 Magic Online Effective Date: October 7, 2015 Legacy: Dig Through Time is banned. Black Vise is unbanned. There it is: The big restriction everyone was expecting beforehand and it's a good one for the format, which suffered from the streamlining Dig Through Time had on control, aggro and combo decks leading to an undesirable state of similar looking decks with simply varying kill conditions. For me, its still Read More »

TES Vs. ANT

I read a lot of discussions around the internet and through coverage, people don't really seem to understand the differences between The EPIC Storm (TES) and Ad Nauseam Tendrils (ANT). Not only the card differences, but how they actually play differently and how the different versions have unique strengths. Let's start with the basics, TES is an Ad Nauseamand/or Empty the Warrens based deck while ANT is a Past in Flames/natural storm ("tutor chain") based deck. TES is Read More »

TES Mailbox #4

Hi everyone! We're back with the mailbox, here are some more Q&A's:   Why do you run a main deck Swamp rather than a Badlands? Basic lands are incredibly valuable against Tempo based strategies as well as against Death & Taxes and Lands due to Wasteland. The ability to search up a basic Swamp and cast a discard spell without having to worry about your land being destroyed is a very good feeling. I Read More »

Storm Hands #2

We're back with another Storm Hands – Let's dig in!   Game one on the play against Unknown: Hand: Chrome Mox, Lotus Petal, Rite of Flame, Rite of Flame, Dark Ritual, Burning Wish and Burning Wish. Would I keep this hand? Yes. If your opponent is playing blue, IF, there's roughly a 40% chance that they have Force of Will AND a blue card. Seems like very good odds for some turn one Goblins. How Read More »

Xantid Swarm Vs. The Metagame

No one needs to sell me on why Xantid Swarm is a terrific Magic: The Gathering card. Trust me, I get it, I've been playing the card since 2006 and back then it was in my main deck! But with the metagame being as aggressive as it is, I don't believe our bug friend is very good at the moment. Reasons Xantid Swarm is a great card Shuts of selective counterspells (Spell Read More »

Heart of the Storm - The "Vancouver" Mulligan

It's been two weeks since Bryant has dropped his article on the matter and I delayed mine until I made up my mind and listened to some arguments. To be honest with you, I had a very bad feeling about this change in the first place and it still has not vanished. Here is the change we're talking about: 103.4. Each player draws a number of cards equal to his or Read More »

TES Mailbox #3

Hi everyone! We're back with the mailbox, here are some more Q&A's:   Would you change anything from your Washington, DC Open list? This past weekend at the invitational I made one change, I cut the Massacre for a Pyroclasm as twice during the Washington event I wanted it against Grixis Delver. That said, I played against Thalia, Guardian of Thraben decks three times and lost against it once on the weekend. My loss Read More »

New Mulligan Rules for Battle for Zendikar

Aaron Forsythe just published this on the Wizards website. It explains the new mulligan rule that will be introduced with the release of Battle for Zendikar. This new style of mulligan was previously used at the latest Pro Tour in Vancouver, CA.   Here's the actual wording of the new rule: 103.4. Each player draws a number of cards equal to his or her starting hand size, which is normally seven. (Some effects can modify Read More »

The EPIC Storm approaches the Magdalen coast - The End

A look behind For the sake of contextualization, let's say a lot happened for the league since the last article was published. I was ahead in our ranking, but without a comfortable lead over my competition. It was our last weekly event, only was thing was left between that time and the final tournament – a practice night. Which revealed itself to be very instructive, filled with decision making and conceptual thoughts about Read More »

TES Mailbox #2

Hi everyone! We're back with the mailbox, here are some more Q&A's:   Do you ever miss Silence from the list? The mana is so much better without white in the deck that it's tough to reminisce. I haven't missed Silence due to the fact that people no longer only fight combo on one axis – back during the years of 2010-2013 when Stifle and Spell Snare where in almost everyone's main deck, Silence was Read More »
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Sideboard Guide

A guide for sideboarding against each Legacy archetype – explaining what to take out and bring in against those decks. Keep in mind that this is a rough tutorial and sometimes straying from these instructions… Read More »