What deck should I play?

Heya Strictly Friends! I’ve missed you guys, and have missed sharing my random thoughts and ramblings. Today, I wanted to take a bit and write about the most common questions I am asked across all mediums in Magic: “What deck should I play?” Everybody you talk to will give you a different answer. Recently I have put a lot of thought into this, and I have started to change my approach to deck choice for different events. The first question I ask back when someone asks me what deck they should play at XXXXX event is simple. What are your goals for

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The Standard Meta heading into Guilds of Ravnica Rotation – The LOSERS Edition

With only 2 more weekend tournaments left before Guilds of Ravnica pre-releases, and Kaladesh and Amonkhet blocks rotating out of Standard, I wanted to spend our time looking forward. What COULD Standard be, rather than a recap of the stagnant meta?  Sure there are FNM’s for most of us to worry about, and GP’s or SCG Opens for others. But honestly, if you haven’t picked up Red-Black Aggro or Teferi Control by now then you should probably just wait until after rotation before jumping into Standard anyway.  And with the preview of Shocklands making another triumphant return with this trip back

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The 2018 Q&A

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average for my very first ever Q&A! Recently I asked for questions from you all in a variety of topics related to Magic: the Gathering. I’m going to go through each of those, and do my best to answer them here. After that I will discuss some upcoming articles as we get closer to the release of Guilds of Ravnica. Josh asks: “What are decks like BW Tokens, Jund, Abzan, Esper Control, or the like missing to be considered competitive in the modern format right now?“  Thanks for the question, Josh. Honestly Jund

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Strictly Eternal 101 – Building a Vine Up and Down

Howdy folks! It’s Joe again with another edition of Jack and the Beanstalk: Jack Strikes Back! Or rather, a little Legacy content to whet your proverbial whistle. Unfortunately this week we do not have any video content for you guys. Things have been nutty for me as of late, so I just have not had any real time to record the video and get it done. Video stuff is super time consuming, so hopefully we can get back to this for future articles. That being said, this week we are taking a look at the concept of building and tuning an

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