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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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Welcome to Legucci

Why should you play Legacy? (or Legucci as we call it in Melbourne).

The format is expensive, no one plays it, and it’s all full of turn 1 wins. The players are probably insufferable and look down upon all those who play Modern and Standard because they can’t afford Legacy…right?

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This Month in Legacy (March / April 2016)

Don’t worry, this is still happening! I’ve been absurdly busy over the past few months though, and haven’t had time to focus on the Legacy articles – but I’ll still aim to get these done on a semi-regular basis, at least! So for this recent article I’ll be covering both March and April and how the metagame progressed over those two months. So lots of content! Enjoy it!

March’s Results

The online metagame in March hummed along with its recent trend of Eldrazi and Miracles at the top. Interestingly, Miracles has still edged out its Eldrazi opposition (seen as a typically unfavourable matchup) with greater 5-0 appearances. Other interesting developments in this month are Shardless and BUG Delver’s strong presence (edging out Grixis, for once), with Abrupt Decay getting a strong nod due to its ability to be a clean answer to the Eldrazi and Miracles lock pieces. Storm variants lack of presence online also shows how Eldrazi has shaken up the metagame significantly, though ultra-fast combo decks like Belcher, who get under lock pieces, have seen a little bit of an uptick. Also interesting is the continuous 5-0s of a certain player on Bant Stoneblade, which we’ll look at later. Read More →

Modern in March – The Rise and Rise of Dr. Owner

I wrote last time that Modern was looking bleak. Eldrazi were everywhere, and still are. Not just the absurd numbers put up at PTOGW. Fourteen decks across the top 24 GP decks this weekend (3 different GPs). Eleven of the top 16 at a Modern online PTQ. Twenty of the top 32 at the latest SCG Open. Four of the top 8 at a 79-player GPT two weekends ago. When it isn’t winning the event, it’s losing in the finals. This deck has already warped the format. So what do we do about it?

We don’t waste valuable thinking time wishing for bans (The Secret is still a thing, right?). These will happen in due course. But until then, we need to work out how the deck works to work out how to beat it.
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Modern Mayhem

The long-awaited banned and restricted update is here! Many of these updates pass unnoticed, but not this one. Modern just lost two decks. Two whole decks. Amulet Bloom. Splinter Twin. Boom. I’m going to try to explore these bans, and some of the ramifications they hold for the format.

A confession first: I had been flailing around looking for a new Modern deck after the banning of my beloved Birthing Pod. I finally decided to bite the bullet and commit to Splinter Twin, spending a lot of time and money on it. Thus, I’m pretty disappointed by this update, but will try to restrain my bitterness from seeping through, though I might be humming My Heart Will Go On as I write.
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#RUGLyf: The RUG Delver Primer – Part 4: Game Play

It’s been a long time coming and has been awaited for quite some time, and I can only say I’m incredibly sorry for the delay. This is probably the most difficult and ambitious piece of the RUG Delver primer I’ve been assembling (if you haven’t seen Part 1, 2 and 3 yet, I recommend clicking away on to those!), as this will outline something more interesting and nuanced than simple card choices, or matchup analysis, so it’s been difficult to have time to sit down and finish it off due to the usual business of life – as well as due to being stranded in a foreign country with terrible internet and a busted laptop! Nonetheless, here it is! This part will outline the variety of in-game decisions that are common within RUG Delver (I think it’s unlikely I’ll be able to cover them all, of course), giving reference to a multitude of coverage matches and Magic Online matches by some excellent players. Like everyone reading, I also am a disciple of the beast that is RUG, and although watching myself screw up over and over would certainly be educational (and who knows, maybe I’ll get down to this sometime in the future) learning from those with proven track records is probably more worthwhile, especially when contextualised within the sections of this article. Those are, in order:

• The Opening Hand
• The Opening Turn
• The Mid-Game
• The End Game
• Effective Cantripping

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This Month in Legacy (October 2015) + GP SeaTac

Hello there everyone! Here’s another, albeit very belated, This Month in Legacy. I’d like to give my greatest apologies to everyone for being so slow in releasing this one – ideally I was hoping to get it out before GP SeaTac, ensuring the recent metagame trends were well-established for those going into the event. But, alas, my university exams said this was not to be. And here we are, post-SeaTac, with me talking about last month… So instead of having only our October statistics in this article, we’ll use this as a lead up to analysing some of the interesting lists that came out of the GP as a bit of bonus content. So strap yourselves in, this is going to be a long one!
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Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar: A Mulch perspective

Hello whoever you are,

TGM Editor Molly Rowe has been bugging me to write a tournament report from the recent Pro Tour: Battle for Zendikar. Since I’m unorganised I have 12 hours in an airport to kill, so may as well do this tournament report. When I read tournament reports I don’t really care about the games, I just want the life stuff. All the stories, so that’s how I’m going to present this one. I think I’ll just write it through as it happened, see how that goes.

Qualifying

Suppose I’ll start with how I qualified. I finished 11-5 at the previous Pro Tour, which I heard one pro call a “min qual”. That’s a little bit degrading. Didn’t feel minimal to me…I mean technically that IS the minimum result you can get at a PT to qualify you for the next one. Not sure how long it’s been like that but wizards changed it from ‘top 25′ to ’11-5 or better’, which I was pretty damn happy about.
I’ve been in Canada since then, just holidaying about. I’m actually on a working visa but in light of qualifying for PT Battle for Zendikar, I chose to take the opportunity to do a few GP’s around it and visit friends rather than finding work (YOLO). It has been unsettling not having an address or income. The uncertainty has definitely played on my mind and wasn’t good for my Pro Tour mentality. Read More →