Magic: the Gathering

Hour of Devastation Standard

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Hour of Devastation Standard

Short weeks into the new format and much has changed in Standard, and for the better. The combination of banning Aetherworks Marvel and the unveiling of Hour of Devastation has left Standard very open once again.             In the midling months between the banning and the new release, one deck has been sharpened to one of the more dominant decks in the format: Blue/White Monument. A Standard player right now must have heard of the uncommon Legendary artifact which makes all White creatures one mana less to cast, and brings a 1/1 with Vigilance whenever you cast a creature. In...

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Budget Deck Building in Hour of Devastation Standard

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Budget Deck Building in Hour of Devastation Standard

The ‘Hour of Devastation’ is upon us… As such, it’s time to start thinking about how best to brew up a budget beatdown to combat the onslaught of Nicol Bolas.   What counts as ‘Budget Deckbuilding’? Budget deckbuilding is a difficult topic to cover, as what ‘budget’ means in the world of Magic varies dramatically from person to person and from format to format. You might hear someone talking about their budget legacy deck that only cost 500 pounds and scoff at the idea that £500 could be considered ‘budget’, but they would probably argue that the majority of legacy...

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The Matt Guide to Drafting Part 1: Card Evaluation

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The Matt Guide to Drafting Part 1: Card Evaluation

The Matt Guide to Drafting Part One: Card Evaluation Going from casual play to drafting is a startling transition for any aspiring Magic player. Gone are your premade decks, with their time-honoured strategies and lovingly dented sleeves. Instead, you are placed on a table with seven other people, told to open boosters for a set you may know nothing about, and construct a deck with a stack of cards you barely even understand. But take my word for it; if you want to become a better player drafting is the best place to start. It creates a level playing field...

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Word of Command: Building a Commander Deck

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Word of Command: Building a Commander Deck

  Hi, and welcome to Word of Command, a series where we talk about Commander until the stack resolves. Commander can be daunting to get stuck into, with a potential card pool numbering well into the thousands it’s tough to know just where to begin. Commander is an incredible game. It’s social, relaxed and incredibly varied; you’ll never have two games alike. In no other format could you begin to replicate some of the insane board states I’ve seen over the years, everything from billions of squid tokens to lethal damage dealt by a Flame Jab.   Fear me. However,...

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Standard Deckbuilding

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Standard Deckbuilding

  Now that Amonkhet has been released and has had a little time to settle, you might be thinking about building your own deck. You might well have played some standard before, either with a pre-existing deck you found online or with a deck borrowed from a friend, but you’re itching to try it with something you’ve made yourself. You want to be a trendsetter – after all, those online lists were someone’s original creation once. So where do you start? How exactly do you go about making your own deck? Well there’s a lot to it, but it’s a...

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