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Cook’s Kitchen – A Sideboarding Guide for The EPIC Storm

Cook’s Kitchen – A Sideboarding Guide for The EPIC Storm

Too often I find myself stopping to watch someone else playing The EPIC Storm (T.E.S) at an event. I stand behind them, figure out the game state, watch their line of play, and then compare it to what I would do… they draw for their turn and it’s Xantid Swarm against RUG Delver or BUG Delver. At this point I usually have little faith left in the pilot and walk away. But to be completely fair, sideboards were initially built for the individual and an expectation of what the field of decks would look like. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – A Sideboarding Guide for The EPIC Storm

Cook’s Kitchen – SCG Invitational: Atlanta

Cook’s Kitchen – SCG Invitational: Atlanta

Well, neither Chipper Jones nor Ludacris were at the gate when Dan Walton, Nick Patnode and I arrived in Atlanta late Thursday night. I say late because it was ten minutes after the last rail-train had left the airport, our only option was a $90 taxi ride to our hotel. After giving the gentleman from the taxi service too much money, we settled in to our hotel. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – SCG Invitational: Atlanta

Cook’s Kitchen – Storm Hands V

Cook’s Kitchen – Storm Hands V

It’s been about a month since the last Storm Hands! But we’re back! In this installment we’re going to focus on beating a rough match-up, UWr Miracles. The match-up is very difficult because of Counterbalance, Force of Will, Rest in Peace and sometimes Terminus but it’s not unwinnable. Each one of these cards can shut down one of the EPIC Storm’s strategies. The goal of this battle is to make them have the wrong answer at the right time. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – Storm Hands V

Cook’s Kitchen – Storming into Washington (03/17/2013): First Place

Cook’s Kitchen – Storming into Washington (03/17/2013): First Place

I had been practicing counting to twenty for weeks leading up to Star City Games: Washington, DC. I felt that I had lost some of my skills, I ran the deck in the weekly local events for three weeks where I normally opt to play something else and then piloted it to a first place finish at another area tournament. I was feeling pretty good again and was anxious to see how I could perform in a slightly larger pond down where the President lives. I sleeved up the beautiful storm deck in new perfects and Ultra Pros for the big day.

I was ready. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – Storming into Washington (03/17/2013): First Place

Cook’s Kitchen – One Round (NELC: 03/02/2013)

Cook’s Kitchen – One Round (NELC: 03/02/2013)

It was March 2nd, my twenty-fourth birthday.

I crawled out of bed, my body slightly aching from the previous night’s festivities. I thought to myself, “Man, I’m getting old” before heading to the bathroom to prepare for the day. I accomplished my morning rituals and then waited for Adam Van Fleet to arrive at my house. Once Adam was there, I went to pick up the other member of “Team Birthday Weekend”, Nick Patnode. After he was in the car, we found 81S and began our trip to Vestal, NY from Syracuse. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – One Round (NELC: 03/02/2013)

Cook’s Kitchen – Storm Hands IV

Cook’s Kitchen – Storm Hands IV

It’s been a while since my last Storm Hands! Luckily, it’s back! This time we’re going to focus on beating any storm deck’s worse nightmare – MUD/Stax. While The EPIC Storm can be blazingly fast, sometimes its pure speed is just not enough to defeat MUD. The best advice I can give is to win the die roll, however, they say those odds are random. The reason these “MUD” decks are an issue is that they play cards such as Chalice of the Void, Trinisphere, and Lodestone Golem. These cards can completely shut down anyone trying to create a storm, they create long lasting effects that are much more difficult than a Force of Will to win through. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – Storm Hands IV