Category: Collectible/Trading Card Games

[Premodern] Staples: White

In our last Premodern article, we discussed my picks for what Black cards will impact the up-and-coming format.  This time, we take a look at Black’s enemy color, White, and see how White plans to stand toe-to-toe with the best Black cards printed between…

[Premodern] Staples: Black (and a brief history of Premodern)

With the rising popularity of Pauper and Old School 93/94, it appears as though we have hit an age where Magic players are no longer willing to settle for the DCI-sanctioned Standard, Modern, or Eternal (Vintage & Legacy) formats.  Players such as myself are…

Evaluating the Competitive Viability of Creatures

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have either heard about or directly experienced the cost-efficiency of The Scarab God.  I mean, this guy does everything.  At just five mana, this beatstick provides indirect damage, deck manipulation, a durable 5/5 body, and an…

[Brawl][Budget] Angrath, the Flame-Chained and his Rakdos Pirates ($18 Paper/4 MTGO Tix)

On March 22, 2018, Senior Magic Designer Gavin Verhey published the rules to the new Brawl format in an article titled “Join the Brawl.”  Gavin describes Brawl as a casual format that has the benefit of being an entry point to the larger Standard Constructed…

Faithless Looting: Pawn Shop on “Hobby Street” in Boston

Earlier this week, I was hastily walking through the streets of beautiful historic Downtown Boston in the Springtime.  It was about fifty degrees and twenty mile per hour wind gusts were blasting my face.  The street that I was walking on had a steep…

Justifying (or Condemning) the Latest Banned Standard Cards: Attune with Aether, Rogue Refiner, Ramunap Ruins, and Rampaging Ferocidon

Yesterday’s Banned & Restricted Announcement was a doozy.  The vast majority of the community expected one to two bans to the Energy deck in some combination of Attune with Aether, Aether Hub, and Rogue Refiner.  However, many players (including professionals) were blindsided by the…

How to Start Playing Magic at the FNM Level

I figured that the title “How to (Intelligently) Netdeck” would be a little too provocative, but that’s basically what we’ll be doing.  With another Banned & Restricted Announcement coming on January 15, 2018, the release of Rivals of Ixalan on January 19, 2018, and the debut…