Metal Machine Music

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average for another Modern article. For those of you following along at home yes the title is a reference to the Industrial Metal band Die Krupps who happen to be one of my favorites. I always try to reference things in my articles to put a little unique twist on things, and provide an overall theme to what I am about to write. Today will be no different as we take a look at one of my favorite planeswalkers ever printed: . (Yes it’s true. John Travolta can be cast as me in the

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It’s a Hard-Jund Life For Us

Hello everyone, and welcome back. I hope you all are doing well, and have enjoyed your Magic: 2019 Pre-Release. This coming up Friday it will be released to the masses right in the middle of July. Can you believe we’re nearing the half-way point of the month already? July is moving as fast as Modern, and so as we approach the middle of this month I want to talk about my favorite Midrange deck: Jund. This archetype has been around a lot longer than many may realize. Initially starting when Urza’s Legacy was in Standard cards like , and  were

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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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