12 Cards That Will Have a Major Impact on Post-Rotation Standard

August 20, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Theros will be here before you know it so I started preparing for the Standard rotation. I did a lot of research on Return to Ravnica block and M14 (RTRb+M14). This card pool will make up 79% of the cards in post-rotation Standard. If you understand those cards well, you’ll have a great head start for deck building.

I picked the 12 cards based on their raw power level. Also, I looked to see if they have enough support cards in their colors to build a solid deck.

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4 New Features on MTG Analytics

August 5, 2013 | Posted by Dee

I added four new features on MTG Analytics that I think you’ll find useful.

First, I partnered with TCGplayer to gain access to their pricing data. You can now see the card prices and total decklist price on the decklist pages (example). To calculate the total decklist price, I use TCGplayer’s average card price. If you click “Price Breakdown View”, you’ll see a list of all the average card prices of the decklist (example).

Second, I used the TCGplayer prices to create an average decklist price for each archetype. Check it out.

Third, you can see the average card quantity for each archetype. For example, currently Jund Midrange plays 2.90 main deck copies of Scavenging Ooze and 3.78 main deck copies of Bonfire of the Damned. To see this data for other archetypes, click the bar chart icon next to the archetype name on the deck metagame page.

Fourth, I added the card metagame. This feature shows you which cards are seeing the most play. Learn more about the card metagame by visiting the about page.

Brian Kibler’s Red/Green Aggro Deck from the 2013 World Championship

August 3, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Earlier this week, Brian Kibler played a Red/Green (R/G) Aggro deck at the 2013 World Championship. The deck looks like a solid choice in Standard because it attacks the mana base of two of the top decks, Jund Midrange and UWR Flash.

Also, the deck gained a lot from M14 so it’s an upgrade from previous Gruul Aggro decks. Brian plays 2 Elvish Mystic and 3 Scavenging Ooze in the main deck but the most important M14 card is in the sideboard.

For games two and three, Brian has 4 Burning Earth ready to punish three-color decks with a lot of shocklands.

Check out his decklist below.

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The Case for Playing Path of Bravery and Precinct Captain in W/B Humans

July 28, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Jund Midrange has dominated M14 Standard so I thought of ways to beat the deck.

Path of Bravery seemed like a decent card. Jund Midrange is not aggressive so the white enchantment usually pumps your guys right away and three mana anthem effects have historically been pretty good in Standard.

The +1/+1 boost is good against Bonfire of the Damned, Olivia Voldaren, and Curse of Death’s Hold. Versus other decks, it’s strong against Profit // Loss and Electrickery.

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Xathrid Necromancer Junk Humans Deck

July 13, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Magic 2014 looks like it has mostly role players but there are a few pillar cards that can serve as the foundation of a strong deck. For me, Xathrid Necromancer is the most exciting one to build around.

I like the Human Wizard because it reminds me of Rotlung Reanimator, a card that won me $100 in a tournament 10 years ago.

In a Humans deck, Xathrid Necromancer dominates combat situations and he turns board wipe spells like Bonfire of the Damned and Supreme Verdict into liabilities.

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Prediction Time! Top 10 Standard Cards in M14

July 9, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Wizards released the full spoiler of M14 (Magic 2014) yesterday and it’s my custom to try to pick the 10 best cards for Standard in a new card set.

To prepare for the task, I looked back at the best cards from Dragon’s Maze to get an idea of the kind of cards from a new set that show up in winning decks. Here were the top 10 Standard cards in Dragon’s Maze in the last four weeks. I used the decks database of MTG Analytics.

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Why This M14 Zombie Will Make a Big Impact on Standard

July 6, 2013 | Posted by Dee

If you look at the Standard metagame closely, you’ll notice that green and white creatures dominate.

I started tracking the most successful cards with the deck database from MTG Analytics. I’m in the process of adding card stats on that site in the near future.

In the past four weeks, the top 12 creatures were all green or white. That’s pretty amazing and it just shows the dominance of those two colors.

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Introducing MTG Analytics: A Simple But Effective Metagame Tool for Standard

June 25, 2013 | Posted by Dee

In the last two weeks, I’ve been coding feverishly to build a new Magic The Gathering site and I’m excited to launch it today.

Here’s the link: MTG Analytics. Note the URL is “.net” instead of “.com”.

MTG Analytics is a metagame tool to help players understand the standard format quickly. I wanted to build something simple and easy-to-use, a site where you could determine which decks were doing well right away.

On the home page, you’ve got the top ten archetypes with their metagame percentages. You can go to the deck metagame page to see more archetypes and a pie chart.

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Top 30 Sideboard Cards in Standard (And The Decks That Play Them)

June 9, 2013 | Posted by Dee

Sideboarding is sometimes underrated by MTG players but it’s actually very important in tournament play. You usually play more sideboard games than non-sideboard ones so having powerful sideboard cards goes a long way to helping you win more matches.

With this mind, I wanted to shine a spotlight on the best sideboard cards, the ones that show up the most in winning decks. In my research, I also analyzed the data to discover the decks that played the cards.

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Hiding the Deck Pricing Tool

June 8, 2013 | Posted by Dee

I’m hiding the deck pricing tool until it gets fixed. Right now, it needs a lot of coding work to get updated on the latest cards. For example, it still doesn’t have Thragtusk in the database.

I apologize if you tried to use it and it didn’t give you the results you wanted.

You can still access it at http://magicgameplan.com/mtg-deck-pricing-tool/ but I took down the most visible links on the header, home page, and blog sidebar.

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