The Strictly Team – SCG Cincinnati Team Open

Howdy folks! This here is a fairly special event: today’s article is presented to you by not one, not two, but three different authors! Joe Dyer, Dennis Gabriels, and Harrison Stoddart are each here to talk about the experience of playing in a Team Constructed event, specifically StarCityGames Cincinnati! Before we dive into the meat of the article and each of us has a chance to go over our experiences, lemme first talk about how this all came about. I had been considered for part of a team locally for the Team Open. Unfortunately, due to some issues, I was

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Strictly Modern – 5c Humans

Since playing in the SCG Open in Charlotte earlier this year, I have been fighting to find my correct deck to play in Modern.  I showed up to the event with Grixis and was wholly unprepared for the wide variety of decks.  I dropped from the event at 4-3. My four wins were versus decks I had tested against. My 3 losses were against decks that I had never even seen before; I simply had no idea how they worked. My lack of experience in the format was quickly made evident to me. That Saturday I sold off some key

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Re-evaluating My Modern Choices

The last time I checked in I was preparing for the SCG Open in Charlotte, over a month and a half ago.  I was undecided, between Grixis Shadow, and Revolt Zoo.  I decided to play Grixis Shadow, since I knew the deck inside and out, and I’d logged many hours playing it. I spent a couple of days leading up to the event finalizing my list, and was super excited to play in my first big Modern event. I had a rough outing, since I was new to the format, and playing Shadow proved to be challenging. I had no idea

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Strictly Learns Modern – Esper Transcendent Decknology

Those who are among my closest Magic confidants will be the first to tell you that I’ve struggled for a long time to get interested in Modern. I’ve given half-hearted efforts to build decks that I felt were interesting but inevitably, for one reason or another, I disliked them.  I ‘ve been bombarded from many angles, being told that all I needed to do was find a deck, stick with it, and learn it.  The problem I’ve found is that in order to stick with a deck, I need to be passionate about playing it.  I need to sit up for

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