Speaking Casually: Solar Flare (with Modern upgrades)

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average. As I mentioned on Monday when I talked about Modern Burn I would be back on Thursday to bring to you another edition, and for the first time here on Strictly Average, of Speaking Casually. For those of you new to my writings the Speaking Casually series is one where I take a look back at former Standard decks, and recently I have also added Modern upgrades to the decks. The brainchild for this came from a Sam Stoddard article a little over two years ago called “Modern Musings“. In the article he

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A Tale of Half-a Grand Prix

June, 2017 — Me and my two buddies are just finishing up the Modern Grand Prix in Las Vegas.  We decided we would make this an annual Bro’s Weekend, even after 5 days of Magic in the 110 degree desert heat and fighting the droves of EDC Headliners that made The Strip feel like a scene out of Resident Evil: Extinction. Smash-cut to March 2018 and I find myself eagerly and aggressively mashing the refresh button on cfbevents.com to secure my place in the Modern Main event for GP Las Vegas 2018.  After testing out a REALLY BAD 5-Color Jund

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Hot Deck, Summer In The FNM

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Modern article. Last week I talked about Azorius Miracles in Modern, and since then we have entered a new season: Summer. This season brings a lot of things to us from violent thunderstorms, high humidity, and (perhaps what it’s best known for) intense heat. So to celebrate the beginning of the season we’re going to talk about Burn. Burn decks have been a staple in Magic since the first was cast. Players have been looking for ways to deal damage directly to their opponent, and finish them off with some cheap creatures for a

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Strictly Eternal 101 – The Antiquities War, Revamped

Howdy folks! Welcome to another installment of Jerry Springer: Urza and Mishra – Are they really Brothers?! Or rather, a little Legacy. This week we’ve got some spice. I mean some real spice. Yes, there’s a Karn involved. But more than that, there’s . This list comes to us from good man Danny Batterman off Twitter, and it is spicy as all get out. The Core of the Deck This list is absurdly fun. + Karn is gross, and Antiquities War digging through your deck while eventually making your es into 5/5’s for a turn is rather dumb. It’s pretty obvious

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