by Bryant Cook
noun, plural -ties.
1. a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.
2. a locality inhabited by such a group.
3. a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually preceded by the): the business community; the community of scholars.
4. a group of associated nations sharing common interests or a common heritage: the community of Western Europe.
5. Ecclesiastical. a group of men or women leading a common life according to a rule.
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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 Dan Rae
Knock knock knock. A friend sees me sitting in my car in the WalMart parking lot and we start talking. He ends the conversation by asking if I want to go out tonight and see some old friends. I figured, “hey some non-magical fun can be nice so I can get my mind off my sideboard choices because I know I have picked All the best cards for the Jupiter metagame”. I have a blast, and get home a lot later than I plan. I surely don’t regret going out though, sometimes as players we just need to get a break from the game and clear our minds. I wake up too late and I’m scrambling to get dressed and out of the door to make it to Jupiter on time and get all the cards I need to finish out my deck, and I’m hoping Ryan McKinney can set me up with some nice Japanese cards. The store is busy, and I figure I can find foreign stuff after the event. I sort out of my deck real quick and start writing down my list and make sure I’m not missing any cards. Don’t need any game loses for a stupid mistake. Continue reading Tales of the Squire– October 15th NELCQ Tournament Report
by Tim “Flip” Sussino
Legacy has always been a format that has been near and dear to me. I remember playing U/R Landstill (surprise surprise) at Grand Prix Philadelphia years ago starting off 6-0-2 Day One, only to fall flat on my face Day Two. It was an amazing format, but unfortunately it fell by the wayside as there was no real support for it at the time. I remember Lam Phan and Pat McGregor piloting Threshold to a Top 8 berth, and how fascinating that archetype was. Fast forward years later and we are in an era of a constantly evolving metagame due to the support of the SCG Circuit (and of course Jupiter Game’s own NELC). Unfortunately, that archetype hasn’t been well positioned lately, as I unfortunately discovered at Grand Prix Columbus last year when I tried to revisit it. Counterbalance was huge during that time, and was Thresh’s natural predator, as its high ratio of low CMC cards made it fall into collateral damage territory. Fast forward a year later. Mental Misstep’s dominance over Legacy has finally come to an end, allowing combo to begin to rise again. Threshold has always had a great match-up against control and combo variants (Counterbalance aside). Continue reading The Flip Side- A Brief Delve Into Thresh
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.
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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.”
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