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Act Of Aggression: Philosophy Of Aggression

While doing a little bit of scientific studying for the Cosmological Argument I came upon something that reminded me of one shortcoming of a lot of aggressive decks.

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1/2/2015
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J Ormechea
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Sultai, Boros, and Esper Control in the New Standard

Good morning Mages! Last time we talked, I went over the aggressive and midrange decks of the new Standard format. Today I will be talking about the control decks that I expect to arise, and a possible outlier that might be something neat to play if it has some more success in the future. First up is Sultai Control, in two different versions. One take is from Shaheen Soorani and one is from Brad Nelson.

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11/25/2014
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Tomas Quinones
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Guildmage Meeting 878: Khans Of Tarkir Booster Draft

This week’s arctic blast started affecting Dallas-area temperatures this afternoon. I wondered if tonight’s turnout would be affected. It was not. We drafted with nine players tonight and saw a number of good draft decks. While there has been a great deal of variation among the winning decks in Khans draft, one thing has been true throughout the season: these matches take longer to play. I think this means Khans of Tarkir is a complex set of cards and so are the draft decks this set produces.

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11/25/2014
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Zanman
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Guildmage Meeting 877: Khans Of Tarkir Booster Draft

I haven’t been more challenged by limited formats than I have with Khans of Tarkir sealed deck and booster draft. I thought the rest of the team felt the same, and with a sealed deck PTQ season going on I expected attendance to stay high all season. It has not. Last week there were only six of us. We played a pair of team drafts that I’ll document later in this journal entry. Tonight, things are looking up a little bit. We have the perfect number for draft, exactly eight players.

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11/18/2014
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Zanman
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Dc-10 Rotisserie Draft

You know you have a really good friend when they do the hard work of [i]staying[/i] good friends even when they are separated from you by great distances. Six months ago, my good friend and teammate Joe Klopchic moved to Seattle to work for one of the big internet companies that currently rule the world. Joe is one of the few guys on earth who shares my love for weird Magic formats. In particular, he’s a big fan of DC-10. He plays it almost as much as I do. However, Joe has never been a big fan of my house rules for DC-10. He doesn’t love my arbitrarily large amount of mana that I provide for each player, and he really doesn’t like how often running out of cards makes you lose the game. Joe recently challenged me to a new way to play DC-10. He calls it DC-10 Rotisserie Draft.

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11/18/2014
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Zanman
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This Week in Sealed: Chasing the White Rabbit to Lubbock

Two weeks ago it was the PTQ road trip to end all PTQ road trips, a double-dip trip from Dallas to Little Rock to Dallas to Austin all in one weekend. Nobody in the car won that weekend, though a couple of us got damn close to the top eight. Last weekend was a home game, the PTQ was just forty-five minutes west in the Town of the Cow, Fort Worth, Texas. Everyone takes their own car to that one, it’s just easier to do it that way. This week, it’s another lengthy road trip. This time, it’s Lubbock, Texas.

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11/12/2014
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Zanman
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Guildmage Meeting 875: Khans Of Tarkir Booster Draft

Attendance is slipping, bit by bit, as we continue to draft Khans of Tarkir. I have no idea why, I guess people occasionally have other things to do than just play Magic. Crazy. I’m not complaining, though, we still have an over-full table tonight of nine players. The competition is very good and the winning decks continue to surprise me. After a month of drafting with Khans I’m happy to report that there is no simple plan that results in a winning deck over and over again. At least, there’s no one type of deck that always wins.

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11/10/2014
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Zanman
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Full Set Singleton: Khans Of Tarkir Versus Theros

In this article, we are once again exploring the unique possibility of lining up an entire set of cards, Khans of Tarkir in this case, and make it battle against an entire other set of cards. Welcome to the format I like to call Full Set Singleton.

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11/10/2014
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Zanman
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Pauper Duel Deck Challenge: Midnight Guard Combo Versus Red/Black Burn

A few months ago, John-Marc Ormechea got a burr under his saddle and challenged not one, not two , not three, but FOUR of his fellow Fanatic writers to individual Duel Deck Challenges. You can find all of those battles, along with their supporting documents, in the Casual Constructed section on the far left side of the page, Fanatic readers. At long last, it’s time to examine the last challenge of the summer.

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11/1/2014
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Zanman
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Guildmage Meeting 874: Khans Of Tarkir Booster Draft

We’re deep into the Khans of Tarkir sealed deck Pro Tour Qualifier season for Pro Tour Washington D.C. in February. That means that Khans booster draft is a more important skill than it would be if the PTQ season was Standard or Modern. Our drafts have been very entertaining. No single strategy, and certainly no single color combination, has been dominating. We see very different things doing well each week. That doesn’t mean we aren’t learning things. I believe we definitely are. The format is speeding up, which is normal, and different cards are being exploited tonight than would have been two or three weeks ago.

Published:
11/1/2014
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Zanman
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