Mtg, Standard

Bronze to Mythic: Two Weeks of Grinding the Ladder

As I wrote about last time, I had been testing and liking Mono Blue Tempo. I was especially excited to see some great players like Reid Duke and the eventual Mythic Championship winner, Autumn Burchett, bring the deck to the first Mythic Championship. I wanted to try out their lists as I started working towards …

Mtg, Standard

Preparing for the Last Chance Qualifier – Deckbuilding Decisions and Tournament Report

Standard has been in a great place since the release of Ravnica Allegiance. The new set added many fun cards and completed the cycle of Shocklands, breathing new life into Standard. Unfortunately, there haven’t been any competitive Standard events to prepare for, so I spent a good amount of time drafting and brewing, but not …

Modern, Mtg

Back to Back GP Weekends, Part Two: Modern and the Infamous Board State in Oakland

Read Part 1 about GP Vancouver, here. I obviously didn’t have a ton of time to practice this brand new deck before the first ever Magic Fest. Our team got together on the Wednesday before the GP to practice, and afterwards I felt pretty good about the deck. Modern isn’t my strongest format, but I …

Limited, Mtg

Back to Back GP Weekends, Part One: UMA Sealed in Vancouver

These last two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. I had plans to travel to GP Vancouver and then the first MagicFest in Oakland the following weekend, after the Holidays and the New Year. I was excited, especially since I had to miss GP Portland. I didn’t have a lot of time to practice for …

Mtg, Standard

Happy Holidays! Brews for this Holiday Season

This Holiday season I’m spending time with my family, eating some delicious food, drinking hot cocoa, and working on brewing decks for a new Standard format. About three months ago, I talked about an exercise where the idea is to create decks that highlight powerful cards that never quite got there, or were missing some …

Mtg, Standard

Results from the first two weekends of Guilds of Ravnica Standard

The first two weeks of Guilds of Ravnica Standard is in the books, and this is what the Standard metagame looked like after the first week! I grabbed the top decks from both SCG Standard events: the standard portion of the Team Open and the Standard Classic, along with the first MTGO PTQ. We see …