Grixis Control Deck with 9 Planeswalkers

October 19, 2013 | Posted by Dee

When I first saw Anger of the Gods during Theros spoiler season, I immediately thought that Grixis Control had a decent chance of being a strong deck. Board sweepers are very important for control decks.

Overall, Supreme Verdict is better but in certain metagames, Anger of the Gods is going to be superior. For example, the red mass removal spell exiles Voice of Resurgence and Chandra’s Phoenix. Also, it’s cheaper, which is an advantage over Supreme Verdict when you’re facing fast aggro decks.

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MTG Analytics Metagame Update: The Pro Tour Theros Edition

October 16, 2013 | Posted by Dee

I added the two high-profile Standard tournaments from last weekend on MTG Analytics.

First, we’ve got Pro Tour Theros, which had a whopping six devotion decks including a G/r Nykthos Ramp list. But the breakout deck was definitely Mono Blue Devotion, which took the top three spots. It was pretty cool to see the deck do well because I built a similar deck and wrote about it three weeks ago.

The other tournament was the Starcitygames Standard Open in Milwaukee. The top 16 was really diverse with 12 different archetypes. R/G Midrange took the whole thing down.

Is Theros Draft Battleship Magic?

October 11, 2013 | Posted by Will

Theros is not exactly “Battleship Magic,” at least not how I expected us to be playing with big bestow creatures and big flashy spells. Not that those things can’t happen, it’s just not every deck at the table, and many of the decks you do see are pretty, well, fast.

R/W has perfectly playable one drops and one and two cost auras that come in as early threats while they fill out the board horizontally. Cavalry Pegasus is a beating if you can’t answer it very quickly. The auras that make it hard to deal with are cheap and the white protection trick, Gods Willing, is plentiful.

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Why I Passed a Thoughtseize in Theros Draft

October 9, 2013 | Posted by Will

Dusty, the guy to my left, being a true gentleman, asked me politely if I knew what the $#@& I was doing. He offered me an opportunity to make a different first pick in our ‘casual’ Theros draft.

Alex had a birthday this week. Happy birthday, Alex! He wanted to draft, I always want to draft, and so cards night was drafting Theros night. We all care about playing, we’re playing to win, we care about the rules, and we want to be better players. In fact, this article is my commitment to playing better Magic, but that doesn’t always mean the same thing to all players.

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MTG Analytics Metagame Update: Blue Has a Poor Showing

October 6, 2013 | Posted by Dee

I just added the only high-profile Standard tournament for this weekend: Starcitygames Standard Open – Cleveland. After getting close to half of the top eight spots last weekend, blue had zero spots in the top eight of this weekend’s tournament.

The breakout deck was definitely Mono Green Devotion Aggro. It had a top 4 and top 16 finish. It looks pretty cool and it costs less than the average top Standard deck. Go to MTG Analytics to see more decks and deck prices.

The top 4 decks from the SCG Open were all green creature decks so I highly recommend my Thassa Devotion deck because it has 4 Tidebinder Mage main deck.

Esper Control Deck Tech Video (Top Eight Finish)

October 3, 2013 | Posted by Dee

This past weekend was the very first one with Theros legal for Standard. There were two high-profile tournaments, SCG Worcester and TCGplayer 5K in Waco.

Esper Control had the best results with three top 16 finishes and four top 8 finishes.

Jared Boettcher’s build is interesting because he was the only one that played Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver in the main deck. He made the planeswalker a central part of his deck by playing three main deck copies.

Check out his deck tech video and decklist below. I also wrote a deck analysis.

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Green/White Aggro Deck Tech Video and Transcript

October 1, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Here is a Green/White Aggro deck tech video by Anthony Lowry from the Starcitygames Standard Open this past weekend.

I like the 4 Boon Satyr as another creature along with Advent of the Wurm and Voice of Resurgence that’s good against Supreme Verdict.

Also, Ajani, Caller of the Pride seems like a great way to close out the game with a lot of damage by giving a high power creature flying and double strike.

Check out the video and decklist below. I also included a transcript of the video.

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Say Hello to Will, Magic Game Plan’s New Limited Writer!

September 25, 2013 | Posted by Will

My name is Will A. Carpenter and I’ve been talking with Dee about Magic lately and he asked me if I would be interested in writing up some articles about my experiences, insights and opinions on my favorite Magic format: Limited!

When I say limited what I really mean is: Draft, Sealed, and Cube.

I, like Dee, first played Magic during Ice Age, which means I was something like 11 years old. A few friends that lived next door to each other, but a few miles away from me, started playing and they helped me put together a deck! Cool! My very first deck!

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Thassa Devotion Deck with Master of Waves and Bident of Thassa

September 23, 2013 | Posted by Dee

When Thassa, God of the Sea and Master of Waves were spoiled at the beginning of this month, I felt like a blue devotion deck could be pretty good in Theros Standand. Thassa and Master looked like powerful cards and they compliment each other well.

I thought Tidebinder Mage would have a big impact in post-rotation Standard. With her casting cost, she is a good devotion enabler at the two drop spot.

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Gruul Midrange Deck for Theros Standard

September 21, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Before the first card of Theros was spoiled, I prepared for post-rotation Standard by analyzing the card pool without Magic 2013 and Innistrad block. When you took out those cards, you were left with Return to Ravnica block and Magic 2014. These cards would make up 79% of the new Standard environment.

Of course, Theros has a big impact on new Standard, but you get a head start when you understand the rest of the card pool. 79% is a pretty big chunk of a metagame.

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