Eric has been an avid Magic fan and player since re-discovering the game in 2012. He is a Red mage at heart but likes to confuse himself with the varying decision trees presented by mid-range and control decks from time to time. Eric plays mostly casually with his 9-year-old daughter, but manages to get out for every prerelease and a few FNM's and GP's every year. Please reach out to me on twitter @edubious Watch my Twitch stream at twitch.tv/edubious

Core 2020 Standard – Jeskai Control Deck Tech

Hello and welcome back to Strictly Standard!  I hope you enjoyed my rundown of the Top 20 cards in Core Set 2020.  This week, I would like to take a stroll through the first deck I built for the Core Set 2020 Standard Season.  This is a Jeskai Control list featuring a few new cards from the newest set to hit Magic’s Standard format, namely .  If you haven’t already read the aforementioned Top 20 list, I will pause here and wait for you to go read my review of the new 6-mana powerhouse.  This deck’s strengths line up to

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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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WAR Standard Deck Tech – Mono-Red

Welcome back to another venture into WAR Standard with me here in Strictly Standard.  No format is complete without representation from decks across all of the archetypes.  And no format can go long without people trying to make their favorite deck work, no matter what.  This includes the hyper-fast linear aggro decks that are so polarizing, with some people saying its the most fun way to win while others claim it’s the “death of Magic” whenever they perform well. Today we are going to review the top performing aggro deck from Magic Arena and Start City Games Open winner Will

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