Monthly archives "July"

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Limited PPTQ Report 05/07/15

As someone who was a fairly regular grinder for the Standard PPTQs earlier this year, I was looking forward to the upcoming Modern season. However, the schedule soon revealed that all the closest PPTQs were Sealed. All the modern ones were in the near country or in the East/South East suburbs. Drat.

Anyway, I felt obligated to give the PPTQ at my local LGS a go as my Sundays were usually pretty quiet. A friend coming down from Ballarat to spectate managed to give me a lift there. For a 10:00 am start, when we walked in at 9:40 the attendance seemed a bit bare. Two others apart from the store and judging staff were present. Everyone was hoping that alot more would show up by the start time, but only a few more managed to trickle in. At about 6-7 players there was a good risk that the event wouldn’t run, so we manage to convince my friend to join in. Read More →

Magic: Origins in Modern and Legacy


The upcoming final ‘core’ set appears to have something for everyone, from competitive deckbuilders to the more casual EDH crowd. This article will examine a few of the cards with the potential to be the origin (sorry!) of changes to the older formats. Some of them have obvious application, whilst others are a little more enigmatic. There are likely to be more cards discussed for Modern, due to the lower barrier to entry, but we’ve done our best to find a good spread! Read More →

This Month in Legacy (June 2015)

Hello there! Sean, Legacy player from Melbourne, Australia, here once again to report about the Legacy metagame of June 2015. This week we’ll focus on a few events that have been significant.

Firstly, in Melbourne, our Eternal Masters Legacy event occurred and the metagame broke down as follows:

The Top 8 was:

  • 3 RUG Delver
  • 1 Dredge
  • 1 OmniTell
  • 1 Shardless BUG
  • 1 Infect
  • 1 Burn (winner)

Despite how the Top 8 looks, the room was full of the ever-so popular OmniTell and Miracles, as well as the usual Delver decks of RUG, Grixis and BUG varieties – with RUG apparently being the most popular variant here in Melbourne, edging out Grixis Delver. Read More →

Epic Walkers

Hi everyone, it sure has been a while since I last wrote an article. Since this standard format is rapidly coming to an end, and with Origins just around the corner I thought I would share my favourite deck in standard. While everyone else is jamming dragonlords and raptors, this deck is designed to attack on a very different axis. Planeswalkers, and lots of them (17 across the 75). The days of 4 Hero’s Downfall in every black deck are well behind us, and the card advantage each planeswalker generates is enormous. Read More →

Modern Thoughts and Report


With the new PPTQ season underway, a lot of eyes will be on the Modern format over the next two months. I wrote a brief commentary on what to expect from a local PPTQ and I’ll be revisiting that in the context of a recent Modern 1k.

The 50-player event, hosted by Games Laboratory in Melbourne, was roughly the size of a PPTQ and provides some talking points to inform the decisions for a prospective PPTQ player. I made a fairly sweeping statement in my previous article that I’d like to reiterate here (paraphrased):

People want to play magic and will attend any event that they reasonably can

Possibly not the valuable insight you were looking for, but the tournament metagame made it very clear to me the accuracy of that statement. The local Melbourne community contains a large number of people who are keen to participate in events and play Modern, which is great!

Some of them are competitive players who play all the formats regardless. Many others are interested in trying out the larger card pool and broader strategies that older formats offer. I met a significant amount of people who had borrowed decks, made budget card choices or were playing Modern for the first time. Read More →

#RUGLyf: The RUG Delver Primer – Part 2: Card Choices

Alright, we’re back for some more RUGing, this time emphasising the current RUG Delver lists after our long history lesson. If you missed that, it’s here and I’ll be drawing on a lot of the ideas covered there.

Before we go over the card choices of the RUG Delver deck, let’s recall what the deck’s generic game plan can be broken down to. Firstly, the deck aims to establish a cheap, efficient threat to pressure the opponent. This threat is then backed up by free or very cheap countermagic to deny the opponent from progressing their game plan and protect said threat, while also denying the opponent’s mana via Stifle and Wasteland to prevent larger plays – effectively, the deck’s mana denial aims to prolong the early game, where it’s undercosted threats flourish. Once the opponent begins to stabilise, they’ve hopefully been dealt enough damage to be burnt out via a flurry of Lightning Bolts or fold to more aggressive creatures. Read More →

#RUGLyf: The RUG Delver Primer – Part 1: History

RUG is love, RUG is life.

When I’m not casting Thalia, I like to be casting Gooses. And Stifles. And still Wastelanding and mana screwing people. But in a different way.

A very blue way.

RUG Delver is easily my favourite blue deck in all of Legacy. Its’ aggressive and pure-tempo orientated strategy is one of my favourite ways to approach a game of Magic: the Gathering. It leaves me panting for breath at the end of the game, like I’ve exerted every possible card to claim the win within the tightest of margins.

Or my opponent had no lands and I killed them with a blind-flipped Delver.

But anyway… I know quite a few people who have been looking to get into Legacy and have been looking towards one of the most traditional Legacy decks as an entry point. And I think RUG is excellent as an introduction to the format and what it’s all about. Not because the deck is easy per se (in fact, I’d say the deck is one of the more challenging decks to play), but more so because most of the fundamental tools of Legacy are within RUG, and learning how to leverage these tools into a win is a great experience to familiarise oneself with the format. Read More →