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Cook’s Kitchen – NELC (10/20/2012): 4th Place

Cook’s Kitchen – NELC (10/20/2012): 4th Place

On the way back from Providence the weekend before the NELC, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to play the next weekend at the NELC. I ran down the gauntlet of decks that I could possibly build, what I felt comfortable with, and what was good in the metagame. My experience with Maverick the month prior wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. I decided in the current format it’s probably better to have some interaction with all of the Show and Tell combos running rampant. This meant running some sort of black and or blue. I decided to do both. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen – NELC (10/20/2012): 4th Place

Cook’s Kitchen- Changing Tempo

by Bryant Cook

In recent weeks decks such as RUG and BUG/Team America have been very successful, but why? They play efficient cards with crucial effects on the early turns of the game. These decks create what we call “tempo”.

tem·po [tem-poh]

noun, plural -pos, -pi  [-pee]


Music. relative rapidity or rate of movement, usually indicated by such terms as adagio, allegro, etc., or by reference to the metronome.


characteristic rate, rhythm, or pattern of work or activity: the tempo of city life.


Chess. the gaining or losing of time and effectiveness relative to one’s continued mobility or developing position, especially with respect to the number of moves required to gain an objective: Black gained a tempo.

Out of these three definitions, the third one is definitely the best option related to Magic. Chess and Magic: The Gathering are both games after all. Tempo is important because it sets the tone for the entire game until something else causes a halt or change in tempo. Continue reading Cook’s Kitchen- Changing Tempo