Strictly Short – Sideboarding Tips

With the announcement that I will be hosting a Standard League starting in a few weeks, I felt it would be useful to share some lessons I’ve learned about creating a sideboard for an event. I started outlining a comprehensive sideboarding guide, but decided for the sake of the upcoming league, I would write this short covering just the highlights that could help players immediately, and then circle back to the comprehensive guide when there was more time for research and vetting of concepts and theories. Evaluate the sideboard of my decks prior to every event. I treat my sideboard as

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Drafting Level Up – BREAD Theory

Recently, I was discussing my recent draft level up article with a friend, and we began to hash out more ideas for articles.  We started talking about his current draft, where he was passed 4 copies of  and opened a . The two of us went back and forth about our personal drafting theory and how we value cards.  As I was explaining my approach, he said ‘So you use BREAD theory?’ I had no idea what he meant by this since I’d never heard anyone talk about it.  He told me to go home and look it up so I could write about it because it would

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Strictly Mailbag – Rules Questions

Howdy, and welcome to our first user driven post. This post was created in response to some interesting rules questions that were sent in. I’ve also polled my partners from the Patreon, and Discord users for additional questions. I’ve researched the following answers to ensure correctness. Indestructibility Question #1 came in on Facebook from a local friend and supporter of the site. David writes: ‘Hey man, last night I had a really strange interaction that I have never encountered before. I blocked my opponents 1/1 attacker with a 2/2 blocker.  After damage, my opponent casts Shock on my creature, I respond to

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Strictly Level Up – Mana Fixing a Bad Draft

One of the most common complaints I run into from drafters at local events is that they got mana screwed all night long.  Although it is mathematically possible to draw bad mana for an entire event, there’s usually a deeper cause than just bad luck.  Many times after someone complains about their mana situation at an FNM I ask if they mind if I take a look at their deck. Many things can be learned by analyzing a mana base of a draft deck, and it is surprising how many people just slap lands into their deck and hope for

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