Category: Articles

State of the Throne – Eternal Meta Breakdown May-June

Rakano Pants – Finally unseating the aggro king, Rakano plate tops our meta list. Rakano sticks early threats like Stonescar does, but wants to get the late game reach with Weapons like Deepforged Plate or by generating a lot of Warcry triggers from their early creatures instead of through burn cards or going wide with Bandit…

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Shifting Meta Shifting Prices

Wizards’s recent active stance on bannings has created some interesting time periods where a lot of cards have to be re-evaluated in light of a semi-new environment.  In particular, the bans of Felidar Guardian and Aetherworks Marvel have (in theory) opened up a lot of possibilities that weren’t viable due to the types of interaction…

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Full Force Draft – Approach of the Second Sun

Last week, Full Force looked at the changing shape of AKH limited; the massive shift from a mid-range or slower format to a hyper-aggressive one. This week I’m going to see if the shift is entirely warranted. Keeping in mind that most decks will be focused on aggression, can an incredibly defense deck still work?…

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Perspective On Amonkhet Limited

Amonkhet Limited is an interesting environment, where fast aggressive gameplay dominates but archetypes such as midrange, control, cycling or even 4-5c are feasible. This is a format that many had high hopes for going into it (mostly because of cycling returning). Expectations have mostly been met (Ben Stark gives this set a B+/A-), but not quite…

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Full Force Draft – Slitherblade

is the new hotness in Amonkhet draft. As the format has gone on, the opinion has evolved on how aggressive the format is and what cards are viable. Nowhere is this more apparent that in the recent performance of Popularized on the Pro Tour by Christian Calcano and then later in article form at Channel Fireball…

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Full Force Cartouches

By now everyone knows the power of pairing Trials and Cartouches, but Twitter voted and wanted to know; what happens when you take *every* Cartouche and Trial? Do I have what it takes to prove myself worthy? Not really as it turns out. This was a particularly tough Full Force challenge and ended up being…

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What To Know For GP Vegas 2017

I know that there are two travel guides in the works for GP Vegas.  I am lucky enough to be able to share one with you.  This one was prepared by Las Vegas local judge Chris Higashi and tells you everything you need to know to make the most of your time while you are…

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Abusing The Standard Meta With GB Energy

I don’t play standard very often because I don’t enjoy playing a lot of mirror matches, it is as simple as that.  That being said this weekend I sleeved up a version of Ken Yukuhiro’s GB Energy deck from PT Amonkhet for a local PPTQ because I strongly believe that it wouldn’t be popular and…

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How To Approach Playing Against Marvel

This weekend was a real treat for me. I won a local PPTQ playing Mardu Vehicles for the first time, got to watch an international League of Legends tournament and I also found time to watch most of Pro Tour Amonkhet. Unforunately, I enjoyed the first two more than the latter since there weren’t really…

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