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The Extended PTQ season is coming up. I'm going
to talk about the Extended format in the context of the Pyromancer Ascension
deck that took me to an 8-3 record at Worlds. In fact, the numbers are even
better than that and I strongly recommend you consider the deck going into the
It’s time for part two of my
Mega-Diary series in which I bring you the highs, the lows, the sick rips and
the bad beats of my first and potentially last full year as a "professional"
Level 6 pro
player and Team World Champion Robert Jurkovic brings you a round-by-round
report from Worlds 2010 and how his team managed to take home the title. Robert
shares his decklists for both constructed formats and explains his sideboarding
strategies as well as interesting play situations and decisions.
Level 4 pro Petr Brozek analyzes the current
Standard format post Worlds, identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the
different archetypes and speculates about what Mirrodin Besieged will bring. He
tells you which cards would be needed to create a more interesting and diverse
format and make life harder for the current top decks.
Worlds has come and gone,
and while Standard has proven to be as stale as we’d feared, Extended provided
some excellent contrast with what is essentially a completely fresh
format. Today I’m going to briefly review the top tier decks in the format
based on Worlds performances before delving into tuning a format front-runner.
Kelly talks about the latest changes to the banned and restricted list
from a financial point of view and gives vent to his anger about stores that
cancel orders because they fail to maintain accurate pricing.
Lino returns from Chiba with tales of how he
defeated Mark Rosewater in a game of Mental Magic, finished in the final 8, and
what he thinks are the best Extended decks to come out of the tournament.
The new Extended format is
incredibly diverse. Control, midrange, and combo all thrive, with only aggro
being slightly underrepresented, but not very much at that. No one deck is
completely dominant, and there is no one clear strategy. I’ve decided to
dedicate this article to looking at two rogue options for the Extended format
PTQs that will be starting in January.
Radek Oswald is
back and helps you brush up your rules knowledge. Today he discusses the intricacies
of triggered abilities and provides a lot of examples to illustrate this
complex part of Magic rules.
pro Lucas Florent is back from the World Championships and brings you a
detailed and self-critical analysis of his performance. In addition, he shares
an interesting Extended decklist for the upcoming qualifier season.