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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All I Need Is A Miracle

Hello everyone! Welcome to my very first article for Strictly Average. Before we begin I want to thank everyone at Strictly Average for bringing me on board, and I hope you all enjoy the content. I play Modern, Legacy, Standard, and EDH. I’ve been playing since Revised so I have a ton of Magic to talk about. However, I will be writing mostly about Modern. Today let’s talk about a sweet Modern Azorius Control deck. Yes. Azorius. Not Jeskai. Control decks have tried to maintain a foothold in Modern for quite some time now, and while one can argue that

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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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