Sunday, May 21, 2017

Oversideboarding

Learning how to sideboard correctly is a long trial-and-error process and it takes time to achieve mastery. Of course, if you feel uncertain you may Google or ask around how to sideboard against other decks in order to create a sideboard plan for every matchup. Sticking to it guarantees you can't sideboard wrong in games 2 and 3. Don’t be embarrassed to refer to it while sideboarding. Even pro players are doing it this way. But the thing is, Magic is a fast-paced game and metagames or decklists change rapidly. What if a player encounter a deck he is not familiar with? Then, the most common mistake is oversideboarding. If you ignore lands, your deck consists of about 40 cards that do anything. If you take out 8 cards it is 20% of 40. It is a lot. You will have totally different deck now. It's just so easy to get overexcited about all the great tools in your sideboard that will hinder the game to your opponent and will grant you a free, easy win. However, it turns out that if your focus is exclusively on making your opponent stumble, you are very likely to stumble as well. Not losing the game is great, but always our focus must be on winning the game ourselves. Deciding what to take out is an underrated skill that can require quite a bit of creativity. What you take out is almost as important as what you put in.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

MTGGoldfish: Chrome plugin

I quess each of us is using MTGGoldfish to track prices. And now it is even easier. Instead of visiting mtggoldfish.com you need only to install Chrome browserer plugin (click here). This official MTGGoldfish extension automatically adds popups containing card images and online and paper prices.

A lifehack, that some of you may find very useful.

Binkabi goes to GP Copenhagen with Modern Grixis Delver

My buddy Binkabi is going to GP Copenhagen (May 26-28 2017) and he is now playtesting every day on our youtube channel.

The format is Modern. His deck of choice is Grixis Delver.

The deck list is constantly mutating. Here is one version. You can find another in the first video below. The things that differ is the choice of counterspells, which Delve creatures to use etc. Main deck
1 Blood Crypt
1 Bloodstained Mire
2 Darkslick Shores
2 Island
1 Mountain
4 Polluted Delta
4 Saclding Tarn
1 Spirebluff Canal
2 Steam Vents
1 Swamp
1 Watery Grave

4 Delver of Secrets
4 Snapcaster Mage
1 Vendillion Clique
3 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1 Gurmag Angler

4 Serum Visions
3 Spell Snare
4 Thought Scour
3 Fatal Push
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Censor
1 Collective Brutality
2 Terminate
1 Electrolyze
1 Mana Leak
2 Kolaghan's Command

Sideboard
1 Dispel
1 Collective Brutality
3 Anger of the Gods
1 Vandalblast
1 Crumble to Dust
2 Countersquall
1 Fulminator Mage
2 Nihil Spellbomb
2 Painful Truths
1 Molten Rain

How the testing is going? Well, here is a league he played including a deck tech in the first video.



Please let us know what you think of the deck, its strength, its weaknesses and what he should do differently.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A good time to buy Modern staples

Modern Master 2017 have been replaced by Amonkhet and now is the time to get your Modern staples from MM3. Also, other Modern cards are down generally because everyone is focusing on Amonkhet, both limited and the new Standard.

I decided to put my money where my mouth is and invest heavily.



This time I invested as a long-term player of Modern and not a speculator. Still, I think I made some solid investments.

Here is a list of the stuff I got:

4 Liliana of the Veil
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Gemstone Mine (not in MM3 but still low)
4 Bonfire of the Damned (for RG Ponza)
3 Entreat the Angels
2 Griselbrand
4 Temporal Mastery
4 Arcbound Ravager
4 Blood Moon
4 Etched Champion
4 Gifts Ungiven
4 Inkmoth Nexus
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Primal Command
4 Ranger of Eos
4 Steel Overseer
4 Thragtusk
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Verdant Catacombs

Expect some more Modern videos on my youtube channel (above).



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Iconic Masters

This year we get two Masters sets instead of one Masters set and Conspiracy. Now we talk about Iconic Masters, which offers players a tour through some of the most powerful cards in over 23 years of Magic history. Featuring new artwork on many cards, the set brings an array of massive Angels, Sphinxes, Demons, Dragons and Hydras alongside some favorite and most memorable spells. Every box of Iconic Masters contains 24 booster packs — each with fifteen randomly inserted game cards, including one premium card in every pack. Like for its predecessors, the MSRP of one booster is set to $9.99

Iconic Masters, which is being released as part of Magic’s 25th Anniversary celebration, does not actually release until November 17, but that’s what makes the event at HASCON so special. There are no previews. Likewise when Magic was still young. Prereleases used to be experiences that players entered into without knowing a single card in the set.

Wizards confirmed that they will not be reprinting reserved list cards, because there are plenty of iconic cards outside of them.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

An Amonkhet draft

Binkabi drafts triple Amonkhet

The draft itself.



The first match


The second match

The third match



Some general tips on the format: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2017/04/how-to-draft-amonkhet.html

Amonkhet: impact on Modern format

Some cards from Amonkhet that may find a home in Modern format.

As Foretold - generates a lot of mana and value, but it is slow. Nonetheless, some control deck may find it very useful, especially to cast immiedately Ancestral Vision or Restore Balance for free. Frankly, it will be the only use of this card or none.

Censor - a counterspell that can be cycled away for something else in a longer game. This card is efficient in early game, but the truth is that opponent only needs to wait one turn to play around Censor. It looses value much quicker than Mana Leak. However, cycling effect makes a difference and in my opinion this card may be a 2-off.

Manglehorn - this card will replace Reclamation Sage. A new tool for Chord of Calling. Kismet effect is a good answer against Affinity, Thoper combo or Eggs.

Gideon of the Trials - if it sees play it will be Ad Nauseam deck. Emblem you can't lose the game + Ad Nauseam = profit. Gideon is an alternate win condition. Worth noting is that the +1 is very good against decks that only have one threat at a time, yes I'm looking at you Infect.