I’ve played The E.P.I.C Storm or T.E.S (pronounced by the letters, it’s not said like test without a second t) in three large events at Jupiter Games over the last three months. In fact, T.E.S. is the only deck I play in large Legacy events. Playing the same deck every event has benefits, but it also has downsides. I’m extremely skilled with the deck, I know it in and out and can find ways out of scenarios where others would have conceded. On the downside, every round my opponent sits down knowing that they’re looking for a way to stop ten storm. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – Updating Storm
In the days leading up the Jupiter Games NELC event I had been pretty lucky, including the Syracuse weekly Legacy event. In the semifinals of that event I had to play against Adam Barnello’s UB Delver Control deck, a nightmare match-up for combo. We shuffle up and look at our hands, I see staring back at me three Lotus Petal, Lion’s Eye Diamond, Dark Ritual, Ponder, Duress. I’m thinking, “Eh, I’ll keep, I probably won’t win anyway.” I lead off with Lotus Petal, Ponder – Ponder looks at Brainstorm, Dark Ritual, Ad Nauseam. I take Brainstorm and cast it. Brainstorm draws Dark Ritual, Ad Nauseam, and Gemstone Mine, while putting Lotus Petal and Lion’s Eye Diamond on top. I play Gemstone Mine, cast Dark Ritual, Dark Ritual, “and then Ad Nauseam?”. He scoops. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen- Storming into Jupiter: October 15th NELCQ Report (Top 16)
by Bryant Cook
Last week I briefly mentioned the banning of Mental Misstep and how I was excited to play Storm Combo again. Well some other people shared the same excitement heading into Star City Games: Open Series Indianapolis. In the Legacy Open throughout the day there were a handful of Storm feature matches that were very interesting, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
Hello, I’m Bryant Cook and this is my new weekly column called “Cook’s Kitchen”. Let me first tell you about myself, I’ve been playing magic since 2001 and entered my first tournament in 2002. In this tournament I found out what Pernicious Deed and Masticore with Squee do to Elves, the next round I found out what Engineered Plague does. Feeling down, I left the tournament and went home. Ever since, I’ve told myself, “I’m going to get better at Magic.”