TES Matchup Battles: Eldrazi

Eldrazi is a fairly new deck thanks to the recent Eldrazi additions from Oath of the Gatewatch. The "Stompy" archetype itself has been around for a very long time and its plan is to use fast mana to accelerate out lock pieces, and then follow them up with a fast clock to pressure the opponent. The idea behind this is that by accelerating out lock pieces before the opponent can Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Eldrazi

4c Pile Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the play) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep Correctly, most people determined this is a keep. However, I think it is't an immediate decision. What this hand needs is a "tutor effect", specifically Infernal Tutor since we're short on initial mana sources. Thankfully there's three looks with the scry from mulliganing and two copies of Gitaxian Probe, which would allow a second initial mana Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Turbo Depths

Turbo Depths is a combo deck that tries to generate a Marit Lage token (20/20 Flying Indestructible) by either removing all of the counters with Vampire Hexmage or by creating a copy of Dark Depths with 0 counters using Thespian's Stage. They try to do this very quickly (hence the name "Turbo Depths"), but also trying to balance that with protection and disruption. Like most combo decks their deck is Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: 4c Pile

Miracles Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Mulligan In the responses to the last article, players were unsure if this was a keep or a mulligan. I saw a lot of answers on both sides. In my opinion, it's ultimately a mulligan. In the last article we talked about how Miracles' weakness is their early game and how strong of a late game they Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Miracles

Lands Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Keep This is a keep, but a hesitant "loose" keep. I was actually somewhat shocked that no one else found the same way, I think the issue is/was not taking enough time to properly analyze the hand. The most common response to this hand was, "if you keep hand seven, then you keep this hand too", Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Aluren

Aluren is an archetype based around, and abusing, the card Aluren. It does this by having an instant speed combo, and a lot of value creatures to make removal spells worse. The combo is to resolve an Aluren to play Parasitic Strix + Cavern Harpy to return the Parasitic Strix, and then use the Cavern Harpy's second ability to return itself to keep repeating this process until the opponent is Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Dredge

This episode we take on Dredge! Dredge is a deck that abuses the Ravnica’s Golgari Guild mechanic: Dredge X (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly X cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.) Dredge is a combo deck, that can play a "grindy" game in the right Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Lands

Before we get started with Lands, here's the answer from last month's Sneak & Show article: Sneak & Show Final Hand Answer Hand 10: (on the draw) » Keep or Mulligan? Mulligan This hand was even tough for me to decide, I want to keep it but ultimately it's a mulligan. Leyline of Sanctity is very popular out of Sneak & Show sideboards, this hand just loses to it (without Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Dragon Stompy

It is time for yet another edition of the TES Matchup Battles series and this episode we take on Dragon Stompy! Dragon Stompy is a prison aggro deck. It uses different lock pieces to disrupt the opponent's mana and making it more difficult to cast their spells. Dragon Stompy then follows up with a fast clock to try and kill the opponent before they can find answers to their lock pieces. Read More »

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 »
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