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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Matchup Mulligan: London Mulligan

Miracles II Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Mulligan With either mulligan rule (Vancouver or London), I'd mulligan this. It just doesn't do anything despite having one of your best cards for the match-up in Hope of Ghirapur. Hope of Ghirapur essentially negates Spell Pierce, Flusterstorm, and Force of Negation but that's not the problem with this hand. Without a blue source we're Read More »

TES Infernal Tutoring #30

Hello Legacy Storm Players! We are back with our 30th Infernal Tutoring article! Since our last article, there have been some serious changes in the Legacy Meta. In my last article, I went over some of the impacts that War of the Spark had on Legacy, and it looks like Modern Horizons has had a very similar effect. RUG Delver has been revitalized with the printing of Wrenn and Six, Read More »

Through the Looking Glass: Miracles II with Lawrence Harmon

Special Guest A few words on Lawrence Harmon (@LawrenceHarmon on Twitter): He is known for frequenting the MODO Legacy queues with various Brainstorm shells. Known as the progenitor of Accumulated Knowledge Miracles, he loves tuning and finding edges in deck building. Lawrence does some occasional writing about various formats at thirstforknowledge.home.blog Miracles has gone through many changes since Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe were banned. The lists right after the ban tried cards like Soothsaying Read More »