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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

Cook’s Kitchen – Storming into Edison (02/10/2013): Tenth Place

Cook’s Kitchen – Storming into Edison (02/10/2013): Tenth Place

Friday was miserable. There is simply no other way to put it. With storm Nemo on the horizon, when I awoke for work I knew it was going to be a tough day. Since when does society name snowstorms? If they continue this, I just hope the next one is Dory. Anyway, I left work an hour early hoping to get a slight jump on the storm, it was all in vein. The snow was already coming down hard as I waited for Dan Walton and Eric LaFramboise to pick me up at my house. After I was in the car, we swung a couple blocks over to pick up Nick Patnode and we were our way. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – Storming into Edison (02/10/2013): Tenth Place

Cook’s Kitchen: Storm Hands III

Cook’s Kitchen: Storm Hands III

I apologize for the lack of article last week. I was planning on writing a Grand Prix analysis from Vegas while at CES, sometimes life just gets in the way. Although, you can look forward to multiple articles next week! Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen: Storm Hands III

Cook’s Kitchen: Back from Baltimore

Cook’s Kitchen: Back from Baltimore

This past weekend was the Star City Games Open in Baltimore. I attended with about ten other guys from the Syracuse, NY area. Out of the ten of us, three of us decided to pilot the same seventy-five storm cards for the Legacy open. Saturday did not go so well for the home team. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen: Back from Baltimore

Cook’s Kitchen: Storming to Jupiter pt. VI NELC Top 4 With Legacy Storm

The alarm went off at seven, the day had finally come – the last Jupiter Games NELC qualifier. All I had to do that day was beat one man, Eli Kassis. In case you don’t know going into this event I had 35 points and Eli had 33. All I had to do was tie Eli on the day. If I could just do better than Eli I would be named Jupiter Games Player of the Year and win a Black Lotus! Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen: Storming to Jupiter pt. VI NELC Top 4 With Legacy Storm

Cook’s Kitchen – Preparing for Baltimore

The hotel has been booked. I can feel the excitement growing within me for this upcoming weekend. There’s something about traveling to events that just makes me anxious. I love going to different places, always have, it’s probably from moving a lot as a kid – let’s blame it on that. While traveling to Grand Prix: Indianapolis was fun, my car didn’t really get to experience Indy as we should have. Our hotel was about 5 miles outside and we ate both nights at the restaurant literally ten feet away from our hotel. Experiencing places is always fun and interesting. While this upcoming trip to Baltimore may not be a “new” place for me, it’s certainly a place I’m unfamiliar with. I’ve been there once at the beginning of last summer with the same three guys I’m traveling down with again.  This trip is going to be better than the last for one simple reason – there won’t be any Mental Misstep. Well… at least in Legacy. No promises for Standard. I’ve been playing UW Delver since I wrote about it here. Some of the lists may have incorporated Misstep, I’m not too proud of it, but the one I’m playing this upcoming weekend doesn’t! Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – Preparing for Baltimore

Cook’s Kitchen – Reality Check

My hot streak has ended. It was bound to happen, unfortunately, it happened this past weekend at Grand Prix: Indianapolis. Misfortunate paired with some play errors and not being fully prepared for the event caused me to not perform to my own expectations. I probably should’ve realized I was on a downward spiral during the grinder I played in, where in round three I lost games one against Dredge with four mana and the other game three mana floating after a Diminishing Returns. Frustrating. That Friday night I tested against Trevor Brown’s Maverick list (which he made day two with) and the results were 50/50 pre and post board. This was supposed to be a good match-up, well it was before the last few weeks. Maverick won the last Jupiter event, the Star City Games Open, and the monthly event in Germany. In these events Thalia, Guardian of Thraben proved to be incredibly good, enough to move two to three copies to the main decks of many Maverick lists. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – Reality Check