Raise Your Standards – Amonkhet Mechanics and Spoilers

Hello and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  With Amonkhet only a few weeks away, Standard is in sort of a lull period.  As such, I’d like to use this week as an opportunity to take a look at the new mechanics that are being introduced or brought…

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Raise Your Standards – Analyzing RPTQ Results

Hello and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  A little over a week ago, Wizards of the Coast released the top 8 deck lists from each of the RPTQ (Regional Pro Tour Qualifier) tournaments for the Amonkhet Pro Tour.  I’ve been looking at these deck lists to see…

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Raise Your Standards – Diamonds in the Rough

Hello and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  Since this weeks Banned and Restricted announcement left everything the way it is, we’re faced with a fairly solved format.  With that being said, that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for innovation.  Just because a lot of the pro’s…

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Raise Your Standards – To B(an) or Not To B(an)

Hello and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  This week we’ll be taking a look at the deck that won this years MOCS (Magic Online Championship) as well as discussing what cards, if any, should be banned in the next Banned & Restricted Announcement taking place on Monday,…

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Raise Your Standards – Four Words About Standard

Hello and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  This week we’re going to take a look at some of the decks from the top 32 at Grand Prix Utrecht this past weekend. First of all, let’s take a look at the winning deck.  It’s a new spin on…

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Raise Your Standards – Beating the Status Quo

Hello and welcome to another episode of Raise Your Standards.  Another week of tournaments have gone by and the same three decks keep coming out on top.  If you’re not playing a version of the B/G deck (using ), Mardu Vehicles, or a version of the / combo, you probably…

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Deep Analysis – How Destroying Modern Leads to Magic’s End Phase

Today I want to talk about something serious. Hasbro is slowly killing Magic as we know it.  They have successfully destroyed Vintage and Legacy. Now they are trying to do the same thing to Modern and they are using the same tactics as they did to make Vintage and Legacy…

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Deep Analysis – Fear Will Keep Them In Line: The Standard & Modern Bans

On Monday, Wizards announced a surprising banned an restricted list: Yes, that is the sound of hell freezing over as Wizards has banned cards in the Standard format for the first time since June 2011 when it hit and .  The last time Wizards banned more than two cards in…

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Deep Analysis – Endbringer

Greetings ! So as many of you know, I prefer the older, more powerful eternal formats such as Modern and Legacy. This past week has been a roller coaster ride for those of us who want the Legacy format to grow.  So what exactly happened?  I’m hear to talk about…

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