“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
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”
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”
“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
“The Cutting Room Floor: Nobody Rides For Free”
If you would have asked me fifteen, ten or even five years ago if Wizards would print a card that basically says “Every spell you play is free,” I would have cautiously dismissed that and taken it with a grain of salt. The fact is that back when Dream Halls was printed, no one really gave the card its due; I even remember an article back in the old Inquest magazine where it was deemed one of the worst cards in the set with a “dishonorable mention,” or something to that effect. People started to realize slowly that playing cards for free is actually a really good thing, even if it means discarding a card to make it happen. It’s no wonder Dream Halls wound up getting banned even in a format where the spells weren’t ridiculously overpowered. Still, the weapons available during that time period had a difficult time contending with the card, and to this day it still doesn’t get the credit it deserves.
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“The Cutting Room Floor: The February NELC – Exposed”
If history has taught us anything it’s that we should learn from our past. This Saturday’s NELC is shaping up to be one of the greatest NELC events of all time, and for good reason: the meta right now is in a serious shift with hungry competitors making the monthly trek from all over for a shot at the title. This dynamic convergence of talent and unpredictability creates a dangerous set of circumstances for anyone wishing to compete in this event which is only weeks removed from the previous installation. Today I’d like to look into what you can expect from this epic event on Saturday and why it will mean more than just winning games of Magic.
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The Cutting Room Floor: Artificer’s Intuition
One of my all time favorite cards is that of a notorious (but seldom used) blue enchantment from Fifth Dawn known as Artificer’s Intuition (A.I.). As most of us know A.I. is one of those cards that have the potential to be really good in a deck that can make the most out of converted mana cost zero and one artifacts. There are plenty of those in existence but the real trick is finding the ones that really help the player to win the game. Today we’ll dip into some of the cooler “silver bullets” with A.I. and look at the card’s potential in general!
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