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Today I will try to write
something techy for a change by going over my favorite archetype in Scars of
Mirrodin draft (the one I "force" if possible) and see how the new set might
change how you approach it.
In my first
article I'd like to try to talk about the concept of time within the context of
Magic. I shall try to examine how the game can be perceived, not in terms of
life (or poison) but in terms of inevitability, of age, growth and death.
I hope you have been
enjoying the Prereleases and Release Events as much as I have. In the wake of a
new set's release you can hardly move for comprehensive set reviews. Here are a
few of the new cards that I feel have been overlooked and underappreciated by
many, and some I think that just won't live up to people's expectations.
You have the unique opportunity to ask Level 5
judge Riccardo Tessitori all the questions you want to!
You can ask him questions concerning rules
problems, the life of a level 5 judge, DCI policies, interesting tournament
situations and anything else you want to ask him!
I want to suggest something interesting this
week. I've been discussing a very slight alteration to the rules of Magic for
awhile with friends, and all agree that it's a proposal that Wizards should at
least consider. I really think implementing this would make Magic a better
game, in the sense of being both more interesting and more skill-intensive, and
it's not exactly earth-shattering in its consequences - in most games, you
won't even notice...
A lack of resources in
tournament preparation is a reality for many players, and there are things you
can do to efficiently prepare with the time you have. Today I'm going to
describe some of the methods I use to prepare for tournaments, describing my
approach to getting ready for a tournament as a function of how much time I can
devote to that event, ranging from nearly no time to infinite time.
This week we'll be taking a look at the opinions of players, including pros from around the world and locals, on Mirrodin Besieged after having played at prereleases. We'll also analyze the set after the prerelease, including the cards I overlooked and cards that are quickly becoming the center of Standard decks. Finally, we'll take a look at Magic apps for the iPhone and other mobiles. So let's draw!
So Chicago's under a few
feet of snow, school is closed, so now I have plenty of time for brewin'!
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Mirrodin Besieged prerelease due to
exam week, but that hasn't stopped me from trying my luck at some new decklists
complete with these new additions. Today, I want to share some of those
decklists with you and talk about their viability in their respective formats.
In this installment of
Battle School, Lino Burgold battles against level 4 mage
Petr Brozek. The two pros cover one of the most important matchups of the
current Extended format and play 20 games against each other. They identify key
plays, share their sideboarding strategies, update the decklists, and tell you
how to win the matchup. If you're looking to master the Extended format, this
is the article series for you!
Matteo is back from the
Mirrodin Besieged prerelease, and instead of doing a normal prerelease report, he
decided to share a few general thoughts on sealed, draft, constructed and the
flavor of the new set.