by Bryant Cook
I’m going to start off by talking about my last article. I’ve been approached by a handful of people who disagree with my assessment that Magic teams have been replaced and are pretty much dead. The main argument that I’ve heard is, “You picked a pretty bad time to write that teams are dead, especially after Team ChannelFireball dominated worlds.”
There are exceptions and there are rules. What I wrote about last week wasn’t about the exceptions. I was speaking of the generic Magic team, not a team full of professionals like ChannelFireball (CF). The members of Team CF are the exception, not the rule in the scenario despite what some people think. “No, but they are the rule because they’re the only team out there.” This is ridiculous. There are plenty of Magic Teams, they’re just not as well known or have the same tournament results as team CF. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen- Storming into Jupiter Part III – Finals (NELCQ – 12/3/11)
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 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.
Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen- Storming into Indianapolis