by Dan Rae
I want to start off by saying sorry for taking so long to get an article written. I have been super busy with school work that when I get free time to write, I am pretty much beat and I do not want to just rush out some poorly written article that talks about random topics that you truly do not care about. Let’s just hope that is not the case with this one. Continue reading Tales of the Squire– Limited Time
Ken and Ryan- MTGO Innistrad Prerelease
by Dan Rae
Since the Legacy format has changed I have not really had any breakthroughs on decks, and I’m not going to try to tell you what is winning at other events because I’m sure everyone is checking coverage and such. My friends are very generously lending me the cards for my BUG list from the last article, so I plan on playing that at the NELC Qualifier at Jupiter on October 15th. You should come and play. Before deciding on the BUG list, I tested out my list running Mindshrieker against the legend Ken Adams. I mean seriously, this guy is on SCG sleeves! Who else has that going for them? Mindshrieker proved to be a pretty decent creature, but I never got to flip Draco or cast Erratic Explosion to hit Draco. To defend my deck, Ken’s list was a combo list like he always plays and we did not play any sideboard games, but I don’t know that I’m confident enough yet with the deck to play it in an actual event. Oh well, I guess Draco will stay in the binder for now. Continue reading Tales of the Squire- Who doesn’t Love to Cube?
Day Two I woke up at 7am, took a shower and got ready. Woke up the rest of my friends and started durdling on facebook while I wait for them. I told myself if I did well at this GP, I’d consider going to the foreign GPs to try and chase Level 6. I had just been payed few days ago, so I went online and start looking at flight prices. Five minutes later, I was down one pay check and up one flight to Milan. I guess I knew this whole time that regardless of how I did I was going to go anyway. But now with it being official, the pressure was definitely on to do well on Day 2. Having drafted m12 over that past couple of months, I came to the conclusion that red, white, and green were the three best colors to draft. This format is very aggressive and those colors provide the most aggressive cards. Regardless of this I’m not one to really force a color going into a draft; I like to be open and just read the table signals. Continue reading Christian Calcano’s GP Montreal Report: Day Two
I’ve been on the grind for years it seems as I have been playing this game for more than half my life. I’ve qualified for US Nationals 4 out of the last 5 years as well as Pro Tour San Diego (which I played but scrubbed out). I placed in the Top 16 at Grand Prix DC to qualify for Pro Tour Amsterdam (which I had to skip for work reasons), and finally I top 8’ed US Nationals in 2010. Currently, I’m just another grinder trying to rack up them Planeswalker Points to receive a coveted invite and plane ticket to Pro Tour Honolulu next year. There is much of the season to go, but I’ve tried to come out of the gates with a decent start, and currently sit 35th in the world. Continue reading The Flip Side- Think Twice About UR Deck
Hey guys, some of you may know me already but for those who don’t, let me introduce myself. My name’s Christian Calcano and I’m a 22 year old pro player from New York City. I’ve been playing Magic competitively since 2004, and hadn’t made it onto the Pro Tour until my breakout season in 2010. With 2011 being my first full year on the PT, I had decided going in that I would make full use of my pro level and go to as many GPs as I can to try and attain a higher level in the Pro Players Club. Continue reading Christian Calcano’s GP Montreal Report: Day One
By Adam Willson
I hear this all the time from casual (just-for-fun) players: “I don’t care about tournaments; I just enjoy playing Magic with friends.” Hanging out with friends and playing Magic is great, no doubt. It’s one of my favorite ways to play. However, there are a few benefits to playing with a larger group, if only once every three months. A Magic “Prerelease” celebration tournament is a great way to compete for prizes and learn more about Magic without the competitive atmosphere of other tournaments. Continue reading Why Play in a PreRelease?