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In this self-critical tournament
report, our level 7 mage reflects on Pro Tour Nagoya, the playtesting process, his
deck choice and the matches. Jeremy analyzes his mistakes and talks about what lessons
he learned on his way to a top 50 finish.
Today we'll be taking a look at Standard and the latest M12 spoilers. We'll also be checking out the new support from Wizards for the semi-casual Commander format in lieu of constructive competitive formats being that interesting as of late. So let's draw!
Lucas Florent brings you his Block Constructed deck from Pro Tour Nagoya
that propelled him to a top 50 finish. Our level 5 Pro explains how to play the
deck, how to sideboard and what changes he would make to the list.
One thing I have been wondering is if my opponent plays a creature that triggers an ability when it enters the battlefield, such as Squadron Hawk, and I cast a Torpor Orb in response, using Shimmer Myr, would the Squadron Hawk's ability still resolve? Also if my Shimmer Myr is killed in response to me casting an artifact at the end of my opponent's turn, would the artifact still resolve or will it fizzle?
Can a planeswalker be targeted by an effect that says "Target player loses X life"? Additionally if you were to tap a permanent (such a planeswalker) that would not normally be tapped, what effect, if any, does it have on that permanent?
Level 5 judge Riccardo Tessitori brings you crazy rules interactions, interesting tournament situations, analyzes the top Block Constructed decks from Pro Tour Nagoya and much more. Sharpen your rules knowledge!
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!
Level 5 Pro Richard Bland looks
back at the playtesting process leading up to Pro Tour Nagoya. He shares some
of the most promising Block Constructed lists and uses examples to illustrate the
evolution of the testing process, and how it can be applied to any format.
For those who don't know what the aggro archetype is, it is a type of deck that has cheap, aggressive creatures, spot removal to get rid of blockers, and a simple, yet effective strategy: turn guys sideways.
In this installment of
Battle School, Adam Koska battles against level 4 mage Petr Brozek. The two pros cover one of the most important matchups of the
current Standard 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 Standard format, this
is the article series for you!