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Izzet the best deck in Standard? PPTQ Win

On Tuesday 9th of May I went on MTGGoldfish and found this Blue-Red Dynavolt Tower control list. I decided I’d build it and give it a go. There was a local standard event that night at NLG Moonee Ponds and the first time I ever picked up the deck I went 4-0 with it, beating Mardu Vehicles, Mono-Black Zombies, Green-Black Delirium and Red-Green Monsters. Straight away I thought to myself: “This deck has a lot of potential!”, but quickly identified it had some weaknesses too. Read More →

**Its over 9000!** – A Temur Tower Primer

I like that Tezzeret. He has vision the other judges don’t. He sees the potential in what we’re making here.

Since Grand Prix Brisbane  I have returned to PPTQ grind and while it is probably the most unsatisfying and soul-crushing way to spend precious Saturdays, the joy of playing a Shota Yasooka designed deck makes it bearable. Read More →

Prostate Cancer and Legucci? It’s time to duel!

What do these polar opposites of the world have in common? Historically nothing, but at 11am on Sunday March the 12th they will when Melbourne magic players will unite and battle out some Legucci** for their chance at winning a Judge Foil Rishadan Port and some Revised Dual Lands, all in the aims raising money and awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. Good readers, I present to you, Duals for Jewels!


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The Quest to Beat BG -or- The Fifteen-Card Sideboard

Hi! If you don’t know me, my name’s Paul Mitchell and I’m a competitive Magic player in Melbourne, Australia. I’m a fan of oldschool theories and concepts, especially when they’re relevant in current formats and metagames, so if you’re interested in that kind of thing (or just want to check out my take on Standard and other constructed formats) I’ll try to make the history books as interesting as possible right here on TGM!

If you’ve been keeping up with Aether Revolt Standard since the Pro Tour, you are probably familiar with the three-deck paradigm that many have put forward to describe how the Tier-1 decks of the format shape up against each other:

BG Snek > Mardu Vehicles > Copycat

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Battling [personal] demons and heroes with Pack Rats – GP Brisbane Report

“I don’t feel a thing, and I stopped remembering,
These days are just like moments turned to hours,
Mother used to say, if you would you’d find a way,
But Mother never danced through fire showers…”

 

This is my Grand Prix Brisbane 2017 report. While I did not finish particularly well in the main event (133rd and no Pro Points), for many reasons the actual finish was unimportant and I consider the weekend an overwhelming personal success.
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39th at GP Brisbane with UW control

So, I’ll start this off by writing one sentence that was said to me going into this Grand Prix, and haunted me right until the first round of the tournament.

“You have a detrimental love for fair decks”

It’s true, I love fair decks, especially control decks. I’ve never entered into a tournament without having a whole lot of air in my deck, and I love drawing cards. This is typically the worst kind of thing you can do in modern. Let’s be realistic, modern’s not fun for the fair players, even if they think there having “fun” it’s generally some kind of hilarious ruse where the opponents not doing anything because they got unlucky or their deck decided to punch them in the face.
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GP Brisbane Top 64 Merfolk Tournament Report

Hello!

Heading into most GP’s the toughest decision is normally what deck to play, but lucky for me I’ve been playing merfolk since the dawn of modern. All that was left was to pick the 75 cards I would register for the main event – a decision that wasn’t made until the night before. After a lot of conversations with friends and ‘famous’ merfolk streamers I settled on the below list:

Drew's Merfolk

Creatures: (28)
Cursecatcher
Lord of Atlantis
Master of Pearl Trident
Silvergill Adept
Master of Waves
Harbinger of the Tides
Merrow Reejerey
Vendilion Clique

Spells: (12)
Spell Pierce
Vapor Snag
Aether Vial
Spreading Seas

Land: (20)
12 Island
Mutavault
Cavern of Souls
Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
Minamo, School at Water's Edge
Sideboard: (15)
Unified Will
Hurkyl's Recall
Relic of Progenitus
Gutshot
Tectonic Edge
Tidebinder Mage
Dispel

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