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In Response: The Motivation Behind Cavern of Souls, and Attitudes of Design

This article is written as a collective response to “Gonna Hate”, written by Zac Hill for his Latest Developments column and posted on April 20, 2012.  We encourage you to read the original here.

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Tales of the Squire – Chasing Avacyn

As most of you know its spoilers season. Cards are being spoiled once again and everyone is blowing up over Temporal Mastery because “it is just a reprinted Time Walk!” Well if it is a reprint of Time Walk then why are they not in the hundreds of dollars? I do not want to go real in depth about this card because everyone has already done that. People realize than Temporal Mastery will be attempted to be played in Legacy and that is just fine. If it becomes a problem, people will just start dealing with it by playing cards like Thought Scour and Predict.  So far I am not finding any of the other cards to be something I would want to play in Legacy but I definitely think standard is getting some good cards. I just want to talk about some of those cards now so lets do it! Continue reading Tales of the Squire – Chasing Avacyn

Tales of the Squire – On the Road

Wow people, it has been a while since I have last written an article and that is mainly because I have not been playing all that much Magic.  If you haven’t realized all ready, Standard is not really for me and there are no weekly Legacy events that I can attend. I have mainly been focusing on my Legacy game, but the deck I am currently playing is very solid and I wouldn’t be able to write an article on the few changes I want to make to the deck.  So instead of actually playing Magic, I have been on the road with the guys from Jupiter Games working at different Grand Prix.  So for this article I am going to just recap some of the fun I have been having on the road and some of the things that have been pretty lame.  I don’t remember every single detail but hopefully I can cover enough to make this article one that you all enjoy. There is some actual Magic talk too, not just random adventures, even though it was a super fun time. So let’s get right into this. Continue reading Tales of the Squire – On the Road

The Flip Side – One Grind to the Next

I could bore you with the details of my life story and why I haven’t written lately, but that isn’t why you’re here. So, I’ll keep it short. Apart from having some technical difficulties with being able to write and submit; I can’t be completely dishonest by saying I wasn’t a bit relieved as I haven’t exactly been in the right mindset when it has come to playing magic  the past couple months.

I spoke briefly in regard to the amount of grinding that I had been doing in hopes of claiming a Planeswalker Points Top Hundred slot in the few articles that I have written for Jupiter Games. However, when you add on a relative slump in finishes the past couple months, the grind turned into something else altogether. It got to the point where I was questioning why I still kept on playing this game. When it comes to that, usually I take a break from the game, but because of the Planeswalker Points system that WAS in place, it took another alternative altogether to remind me why I continue to play the game that we have all come to love. Continue reading The Flip Side – One Grind to the Next

Eli Kassis: Tie-Breakers, Predictive Tools, & the Power of Knowing, or How to Top 8

[Editor’s Note– This may not be the kind of article most people would browse through between rounds on MTGO or while watching TV.    That said, the information provided here may well improve your tournament finishes more than any other articles you read this year.  Though it may seem a little dense in the math dept., we feel the knowledge it contains is invaluable to players, and it is something that players ask about at every tournament.  In short: it pays to know this (literally).]

In case anyone reading is unfamiliar with who I am, my name is Eli Kassis. I have been playing competitive magic for over 18 years. I had the idea to write this article because I frequently find myself at events with players asking for tie-breaker advice the final round before the Top 8 the event. I also have encountered many misconceptions from players who happened to be my opponents which led them to erroneous conclusions which in turn negatively affected my options. Once I am across the table from them they tend to be a bit too skeptical of what I am saying to believe me, so why not get ahead of the curve, explain it all out here and then just show them the link with my smart phone at the next event to clear things up?  I thought it would help give perspective to the readers to start with a short true/false test to point out a lot of the misconceptions players have with regards to how this process works. Obviously your reading this article for your own benefit to learn so if you want to cheat and look at the answers below that’s your prerogative. In explained the answer to each question I am also including the information that I am trying to get across. Continue reading Eli Kassis: Tie-Breakers, Predictive Tools, & the Power of Knowing, or How to Top 8

A New Type 2- Conley Woods’s 2nd Place Tempered Steel at MTG World Championships

Conley Woods, perennial rogue deckbuilder finally broke down and brought an established archetype (Tempered Steel), along with his Channel Fireball teammates, to the Magic: The Gathering World Championships this weekend.  It paid off, the deck took Woods through the rounds of Standard undefeated.  Woods sat pretty at 1st place all weekend, his only losses being intentional concessions to CF teammates Paulo Vitor Dama De Rosa and Luis Scott Vargas until the finals.  After breezing through the early rounds, becoming the last CF team member standing of four (including PVDDR and LSV) after the semifinals, Woods finally dropped a match to Wolf-Run Ramp in the finals. Continue reading A New Type 2- Conley Woods’s 2nd Place Tempered Steel at MTG World Championships