(Modern) Izzet Phoenix Primer

(Modern) Izzet Phoenix Primer

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Let’s face it, variance is a big part of the game of Magic.  Our decks are shuffled, our pairings are randomized.  There are, however, many levels of decision making that… Read more

Bringing the Fight to Phoenix

Bringing the Fight to Phoenix

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When Grixis Death’s Shadow dominated, and basically warped, the format, players, including LSV, were calling for a ban. Now it’s not being talked about nearly as much, even though it’s… Read more

A Look Into Blue-Based Control in Standard with Ravnica Allegiance

A Look Into Blue-Based Control in Standard with Ravnica Allegiance

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Jeskai, Esper, or Grixis? Welcome to Ravnica Allegiance Standard, where the mana is perfect and the colors don’t matter! Control decks got a lot of new tools to work with… Read more

Laplasjan’s KoTR Counters Company Sideboarding Guide

Laplasjan’s KoTR Counters Company Sideboarding Guide

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Happy new year! Its been a long time since my last article so I will not postpone it any longer.  Today I will give you short sideboarding guide for the… Read more

Counterpoint: Un-Cracking the Modern Code

Counterpoint: Un-Cracking the Modern Code

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This is a follow-up to Francesco Neo Amati’s “Cracking the Modern Code” (12-18-18). In his article, Francesco Neo Amati discussed how to approach Modern and where UW Midrange stands within… Read more

How to Win in MTG Arena Constructed (While Doing Your Own Thing)

How to Win in MTG Arena Constructed (While Doing Your Own Thing)

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Introduction to Magic Arena Ranked Play On December 13th, 2018, the new Magic: the Gathering Arena (MTGA) ranked preseason began, resetting all previous ranks and ushering in the new golden… Read more

Corey and Darrel’s Best of 2018 (Modern)

Corey and Darrel’s Best of 2018 (Modern)

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The good news is we recorded a episode 137 of Card Knock Life Podcast recapping our ten favorite newcomers to Modern this year.  The bad news; the audio is completely unlistenable. … Read more

Cracking the Modern Code

Cracking the Modern Code

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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” -Charles Darwin The Modern… Read more

(Modern) Jeskai Saheeli Primer

(Modern) Jeskai Saheeli Primer

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On January 18, 2016, many Modern players were hit with a shocking announcement: “ is banned”. Players who owned the deck, such as myself, became lost in a format they… Read more

Adapting to Modern with Curryvore’s UW Midrange: Who’s the Beatdown?

Adapting to Modern with Curryvore’s UW Midrange: Who’s the Beatdown?

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The Fundamental Differences Between Control and Midrange A concept that is often overlooked and undervalued by Control players is “Who’s the beatdown?” To be fair, winning through combat isn’t generally… Read more