Magic: the Gathering’s Historic announcement, and why you should pay attention

Hi everybody, and welcome back to Strictly Average MTG. I hope you all had a great weekend, and had excellent box openings with Core Set 2020. Today I want to take a look at an announcement that honestly I felt like many in the community glossed over due to it not being tied directly to competitive play. Today I’ll be talking about the reveal that “Standard Plus” will be called “Historic”. This past November I wrote my second article about my thoughts on a possible new format. While this did not turn out how I envisioned it, yet, the format

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Regicide

Cube on a Budget – Learning the Conspiracy

Hi everyone, and welcome back to our monthly discussion on budget cubing. Cube is a draft format, this we know. In the last few years, Wizards of the Coast have dabbled with releasing a couple of draft-specific sets… how well do they match what we’re trying to do in a cube? Those sets were Conspiracy and Conspiracy: Take the Crown, and, as it turns out, they can take your cube and dial up the fun to eleven while remaining budget. These two sets added a few different cards styles that interact well with cubing – conspiracies, draft-matters cards and monarch

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Core Set 2020 top 10 Cards for Standard

Hi and welcome back to Strictly Standard. Spoiler season is upon us (by the time you read this the full set will be revealed) and it’s time to get those brewing juices flowing. This time around I have decided to curate 20 cards to feature, which means it’s a top-20 for Core 2020! Some of the cards will be cards that slot into existing archetypes to buoy their position in the meta while the others are simply powerhouses that may even spawn their own archetypes. Here we go! 20. gives more mid-range creature based strategies a way to combat the

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WAR Standard Deck Tech – Esper Hero

Welcome back to another installment of Strictly Standard with our Deck Tech series. This time around I want to feature what is widely regarded as the best deck of this format: Esper Hero. The basis of the Esper Hero deck is the very powerful shell of Esper Control that came out of Ravnica Allegiance Standard and also surfaced early in the WAR format.  It’s hard to argue with an early game plan of , and .  What glues these powerful answers together is the fact they are all multi-colored.  What card cares about casting multi-colored spells? Our friend , of

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