Mostly Mono Blue GP Denver Tournament Report and Sideboard Guide

I started the tournament with two byes, thanks to last year’s Planeswalker Points. I got a good night’s sleep, had some breakfast, and went down to the convention center ready to battle. Here’s the list I registered: https://www.mtggoldfish.com/deck/2118088#paper Round 3: Nexus – WW 3-0 My opponent conceded game one because he had to take a …

How Magic: Arena is Changing Standard, and Taking Mono Blue to GP Denver

Since the beginning of the year, competitive Magic has been in an awkward place. From the removal of the PPTQ system and the Pro Players club, to the reintroduction of MCQs (previously known as PTQs) and the integration of Magic: Arena to the organized play, a lot has changed. Incentives for attending Grand Prixs at …

Brewing Standard with WAR: Cards to watch from War of the Spark

War of the Spark is a really difficult set to try to evaluate. Standard has been really fun to play, with the top decks rotating every couple of weeks, and I really don’t know how War of the Spark will shake things up. It seems like there are a lot of powerful cards, and introducing …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …