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The Cutting Room Floor – NELC Mania

“The Cutting Room Floor – NELC Mania”

The temperature is getting warmer. The smell of spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to get ready for the season heading into this summer with the NELC series! As most of you know, it has been a while since we’ve been able to sling competitive cardboard at Jupiter in an NELC, but it’s coming up again really fast. Whether you’re a Legacy novice or a full-blown expert, get ready to sleeve up your deck and prepare to wage war for your chance to enter the storied legend of champions that has defined the greatest and most intense series of Legacy events in modern history. In honor of the upcoming April edition of the NELC, today we’re going to look ahead to what you can expect from this incredible event. Continue reading The Cutting Room Floor – NELC Mania

The Cutting Room Floor: The Reserved List

“The Cutting Room Floor: The Reserved List”

One of Magic’s longest standing points of debate is that of the “Reserved List,” or a list of cards that Wizards has sealed in what is the equivalent of a logical ‘vault’ never to be reprinted in any form of any kind again. This list dates back to the game’s origins with cards from Alpha going all the way through Urza’s Destiny. The large part of the debate that has persisted over the years deals in large part to the rising value of Eternal Magic’s most prolific staples that continue to do nothing but rise in value as the years pass us by. I’d like to use this platform as a means to address some issues that a lot of folks have with the Reserved List, the yearning for its abolishment and the fallout as a result of the current pace of Eternal Magic’s condition. Continue reading The Cutting Room Floor: The Reserved List

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

The Cutting Room Floor: Baxter’s Prison

“The Cutting Room Floor: Baxter’s Prison”

While Standard (or “Type II,” as I still call it) may not be my forte, it certainly was a favorite of mine in the early days of my Magic career. I enjoyed doing incredibly broken things like drawing lots and lots of cards off of Necropotence and Strip Mining opponents’ lands into oblivion. These plays, believe it or not, were very much legal in the early days of Standard. In fact, just about every competitive deck during that time period ran some sort of configuration with cards like the aforementioned weaved into their fabric. This is why a good deal of the cards we recognize as overly powerful in Vintage has long since been banned in both Legacy and its predecessor. Clearing past all the smoke of brokenness that existed during that time, one of the more “fair” decks to rise from the ashes was piloted by one of my favorite players of all time, the legendary George Baxter. Continue reading The Cutting Room Floor: Baxter’s Prison

The Cutting Room Floor: Imperial March

“The Cutting Room Floor: Imperial March”

Now this one brings back some memories.

It’s been a long time, five years to be exact, that I’ve actually taken the time to look at one of my favorite decks of all time, the bizarre Imperial Painter. When I first picked the deck up back in 2008 before leaving for the service, I was on a complete tear with this monstrosity. Blowing peoples’ lands up, countering Swords to Plowshares with Red Elemental Blasts and destroying Tarmogoyfs with Pyroblasts was about as fun as you could possibly get. I was obsessed with the idea that a single, cheap artifact creature could transcend so many already useful cards into instant-speed Vindicates or hard-counters at the cost of a single mana. The insanity of the deck just took the local meta by storm, and before I knew it I had basically Blasted my way past opponent after opponent, while turning their lands into Mountains in the process. Continue reading The Cutting Room Floor: Imperial March

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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