Category: Collectible/Trading Card Games

[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…

[Standard][Budget][Pauper] Rakdos Aggro ($6.50 Paper/0.75 MTGO TIX)

Originally, this deck was a Budget Rakdos (B/R) Treasure deck because I was daydreaming about how Fleetwheel Cruiser could be a Budget replacement for Hazoret the Fervent.  The deck had all sorts of goodies like Unlicensed Disintegration, Captain Lannery Storm, and Inventor’s Apprentice.  After some more thought,…

[Standard] Market Watch: Kopala, Warden of Waves and a U/G “Fish” decklist

  Our irregularly recurring Market Watch segment has returned!  However, since the last segment, Andrew has ditched Star Wars: Destiny entirely to return to Magic: the Gathering.  This time, based upon all currently available information, we are pressing BUY on a speculation (“spec”)  for…

[Standard] Ramunap Red: 2017 Worlds and Nationals results and rethinking the 75 cards

One month ago, in Ready to Role’s own backyard of Boston Massachusetts, fierce competition took place at the 2017 Magic: the Gathering World Championships.  The finals, and everything else, can be found on Magic: the Gathering’s YouTube Channel here.  Now that I’ve had some time…

[Standard][Budget] The Elder Ghalta and his R/G Dinosaurs ($25 Paper/5 MTGO TIX)

In case you missed it, [[Ghalta, Primal Hunger]] was spoiled today in a Wizards of the Coast (WotC) article. As a sort of half-news-half-deck-tech-article, we’ve got a fun, thematic deck made out of only Ixalan cards that is meant for newer players to get…

Ready to Role’s Andrew guest-starred on the “I Rebel” Podcast ep. 1. Check it out!

Check out JediGeekGirl’s new podcast “I Rebel”!  Our very own Andrew guest-starred on episode 1 where the pair talked about Lukas Litzinger getting poached from FFG to go work at WotC, Empire at War, the current meta, K-2SO’s flavor and viability in the meta, Star…

Ixalan Prerelease 3-0-1 Tournament Report

As many of you know, today is the release date for the new Magic expansion and the start of a new block: Ixalan!  Last week, I wrote about why Ixalan is the perfect time for former Magic players to return.  It turns out that…