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Perfection through Consideration

Perfection through Consideration

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to play at FNM this week. I was at GP Pittsburgh vending. I had a really great time working and having absurd and unique conversations that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a sweet brew for you this week. Breaking out of my restriction of fifty bucks feels great, and I can feel my creative juices flowing already. Continue reading Perfection through Consideration

The Cutting Room Floor: The ‘Power’ Glove

“The Cutting Room Floor: The ‘Power’ Glove”

Blue certainly gets its share of grief from players who despise the color because of its power in Legacy. While Force of Will and Brainstorm are certainly two of the pillars that define the format, let’s not forget there are plenty of other cards, even obscure ones, that when carefully crafted can create a truly frightening concoction. I always like to go big or go home, and that’s exactly what I’m doing today…with blue cards! But we’re not going any conventional route in the sense of traditional blue decks. No. Instead, we’re going to abuse a card that, while conditional in nature, can create some incredibly broken plays in conjunction with several noticeably powerful cards already seeing play in Legacy. Continue reading The Cutting Room Floor: The ‘Power’ Glove

Budget Brewing: Friday Night Fun Patr 2 of 5, A Call to Alms

Budget Brewing: Friday Night Fun, A Call to Alms

I’d like to start this week by thanking you all for the extremely positive feedback I received from last week’s column. The support I received from the community, especially on a new column from a new author, was inspiring and appreciated. Continue reading Budget Brewing: Friday Night Fun Patr 2 of 5, A Call to Alms

The Cutting Room Floor: Theme Deck: Raiders of the Lost Deck

The Cutting Room Floor: Theme Deck: Raiders of the Lost Deck

“Snakes…I hate snakes!”

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The Cutting Room Floor: Maniacal Tendencies

“The Cutting Room Floor: Maniacal Tendencies”

I love flipping my deck sideways.

Seriously, I do. I don’t think there is a more gratifying feeling than finding a way or an opportunity where you can use virtually your entire graveyard as a resource to win games after finding a way to flip through your deck. It’s been that way for me for years, I did it when I played Illusionary Mask back in 2003 in the old “1.5” format with Spoils of the Vault, again in 2005 with Gamekeeper into Darksteel Colossus and these days with Manaless and Griselbrand. Perhaps it’s just the thrill of being able to achieve something so awesome like actually having all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place and using your graveyard as your hand, I’m not exactly sure. Continue reading The Cutting Room Floor: Maniacal Tendencies

The Cutting Room Floor: Manaless Unplugged, Vol. I

“The Cutting Room Floor: Manaless Unplugged, Vol. I”

“And… this deck is dead.”

This was a comment I had read in regards to my tournament report from the January NELC. After reading and letting that sink in for a little while I asked myself, “Is this deck really dead? Is it time to hang up the boots?” Well, that’s kind of a hard realization to come to. You see, when you’ve played a deck for as long as someone like me or Bryant Cook has, they become part of you. Each one of you reading this right now probably at some point or another put a lot of hard work and energy into a deck that you not only felt comfortable playing, but comfortable competing with on a larger scale. I picked this deck up at a time when my Magic career (and future) was uncertain, and I succeeded greatly with it. Continue reading The Cutting Room Floor: Manaless Unplugged, Vol. I

Cook’s Kitchen – ‘Murica (NELC: 02/02/2013)

Cook’s Kitchen – ‘Murica (NELC: 02/02/2013)

If there was one thing that I enjoyed about playing Esperblade the previous month, it was without a doubt playing Geist of Saint Traft in Legacy. Every game that I won at a reasonable pace was from either an early Jace or Geist of Saint Traft. Playing cards like Stoneforge Mystic and Lingering Souls while effective didn’t really peak my interests. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – ‘Murica (NELC: 02/02/2013)