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Control why play it?

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Today I am going to go into the last of the big four decks...control. Control decks are the decks that usually use permissive cards (like counterspells) to to stall the opponent until they can stabilize the game. These decks tend to drag out games too long. Generally control decks are beaten by aggro decks, but they usually beat combo and midrange decks soundly.

Sideboarding Strategies for New Players

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I was at a Type II constructed tournament over the long weekend, and a new player asked me and several of the more experienced players how they determine what cards should be in the sideboard of their deck.  As this was discussed with this new player I thought this may be a helpful thing to write an article about.

The Proffessors: Episode 74: Regionals 2009

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 This week we’re at Regionals (a little late) and we get the opinions of players around the tournament and the sites and sounds of the convention center including top8er Ethan Sturm (a friend of the show) whose unofficial top 8 match we highlight here.

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The final May Blackborder Video Competition is up!

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The One Ones Episode 2

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The duel continues, and each wizard manages to cast off another spell, summoning one more creature each. We get to meet the evil and deadly Royal Assassin and the first female character.

Mastering the Mulligan for New Players

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There are many decisions a player must make at the beginning of a Magic game that directly affect the outcome of that game.  Whether to play or draw? Whether to keep or mulligan?  Most players choose to play first to hopefully put them in control of the game early due to being able to play lands, spells, creatures first.  This article will take a look at determining when a player should mulligan.

Deckstein plays Sleeper Agent

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This video is designed to teach a basic deck building principal that I call the "rule of nine". Hope you enjoy.

ExplosiveDuck's Oversized Cards

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A fun video taking a look at some cool old over-sized Magic cards. Light-hearted and semi-informative.Editor Note: The sound in this movie becomes low quality 4 minutes in, but it goes back to normal at 5 minutes.

Greater Aggrodon!

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This is a deck video about "Greater Aggrodon", a super-fast red aggro deck focusing around Greater Gargadon and sacrificing. Great synergy, fun deck, very fast, very competitive.

Public Service Announcement: Introduction to Magic: The Gathering

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An introduction to becoming a M:TG player, done as a parody of old Public Service Announcements.  All due thanks and acknowledgments to Pandemonium Books and Games and their customers, as well as the MIT Magic: The Gathering community.  All due apologies for my fellow gaming nerds for the mild jab at our shared lifestyle.

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