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Good to see you all once again! Last week we talked about the cards a deck needs; the bear essentials for any deck. If you can assemble a large number of good creatures with a mix of value and evasion, some removal and some bombs, your deck will do fine even without any synergy. However, it’s rare that this perfect blend will land on your lap. Sometimes you don’t get the cards you need, and you must make do with the cards you get passed. How do you go about turning this into a viable deck? Deck archetypes are a...

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Author - Matt Stewart, Draft -

If you’re here I obviously didn’t scare you off drafting in the first guide, so that’s pretty good. In that guide, we talked about card evaluation; the skill of telling a good card from a great card. However, even with a booster pack full of cards that are undeniably good, there are certain cards that you will need more than others. In this guide I’m going to introduce you to BREAD, the best shorthand way of working out which cards you should be picking first, and which ones you should let slide by.   BREAD and Butter Magic When I...

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Author - Adam Ray, 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....

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Author - Alex Wilson, 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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Author - Matt Stewart, Draft, New Players -

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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