Developing News – MTG Artists Detained from Entering the US

Howdy folks! I know some of you were expecting a new Eternal article today, but some things have caught up with me and well, hasn’t happened. Instead today we’re going to talk about some developing news from this week. If you haven’t heard about this yet, on August 25th Wizards of the Coast affiliated artists Anna Steinbauer, Magali Villeneuve, and Titus Lunter were detained at the SeaTac airport in Seattle, WA by customs, and denied entrance to the country. The three artists were expected to be in Renton to work on a concept push for Dungeons & Dragons. Due to some details of the

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How’s Your Meta? Checking in on M19 Standard as August Wraps up

Now that we are a few weeks out from Pro Tour 25th Anniversary, the meta for the format is starting to settle itself out into the Tier 0 and Tier 1 decks based on the Pro Tour, and the Tier “everything else” decks that are popping up in the Magic Online decklist dumps.  And I have to tell you, we are in a wonderful time for Standard Magic! Across the four major events taking place the weekend of August 18th (immediately following the Pro Tour), we were able to see 16 different archetypes represented in the 32 top 8 decks.  That

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[Planeswalker Spotlight] Gideon

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Monday here at Strictly Average. I hope you all had a good weekend, and are getting excited for Standard rotation as Guilds of Ravnica approaches. Thanks to a suggestion from one of the readers I’m going to start a new article series focusing on individual Planeswalkers, and for the first one we’ll take an in depth look at Gideon. Planeswalkers, first introduced in Lorwyn, have been a mainstay in many strategies since their release. From being in Dimir Faeries, supporting a Big Red strategy, and seeing other decks with , as well as

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Cosmic Horror Old School Throw Down GP Providence

I’ve been thinking about how to write this article for a few weeks now and I have come to the conclusion that I want it to be from my perspective as a new player to the format attending his first real “Old School” event. So I arrive about 30 minutes early to the Union House Brewery in Providence seeing as how I’m in charge of signing people up and doing all the round pairings. Turns out the bar doesn’t open until 11:30 but I wasn’t the only early bird. I got to meet Jared a member of New England Old

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