Just Building Around – Surveil

Thank you for joining me in a new article series I’m calling “Just Building Around” where I take one new card from a recently released product and build a deck for it!  It could be a 4-of in constructed, or it could be a sweet legendary creature as the Commander of a new EDH deck. Either way, I will walk you through my thought process as I come up with awesome synergies, discover new cards, and in the end hopefully build a fun deck. For the inaugural session, I want to take aim at my favorite mechanic to come out

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Invent Your Superiority

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average for some more Magic musings by yours truly. As much as I talk about Modern, there are other formats that I do play occasionally, and one of them is EDH. EDH, or Elder Dragon Highlander, is a format where your deck is based entirely around a legendary creature. The deck can only have cards that share the same color(s) as that creature (often named “general” or “commander”). The deck is singleton, containing 100 different cards (though you can have as many basic lands as you need). Games are usually multiplayer. While there

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Cube construction

Peasant Cube on a Budget – Blue

Welcome back to our monthly discussion on how to create your own peasant cube on a budget! We’ve already had a go at creating a basic white section of our cube – today we’re going to look at blue. First, The Rules Again Let’s remind ourselves exactly what we’re doing here! We’re aiming for a basic 360-card cube. We’re going to fill it with cards that have seen at least one printing at a rarity of common or uncommon, and are at most $3 a copy as of the time of writing. We’re going to aim for an even color

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Running The Maze!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Modern article by yours truly. I do really enjoy the format, and have been playing it since it’s inception. While things have changed over the years (for instance we did not have the Onslaught fetchlands in the beginning) it still does evolve over time. New cards presented in Standard give us thoughts to new decks, or at the very least provide a call back to a beloved Standard deck. In Guilds of Ravnica one card did just that sort of callback. While I won’t be using this card in today’s deck it did

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