Cup of Average, Episode 1: Pro Tour Chainwhirler… erm.. Dominaria

Good Morning Strictly Fam, (well afternoon today). Today I have something special for you, a short video, Episode 1 of a new series called Cup Of Average.  In this series, I plan to cover short mainly Magic related topics, or just spout off and ramble about whats going on in my world. Topics covered should vary, but the idea is for you guys and gals to be able to have something to watch while having your morning cup of coffee.  So join me for a cup….. Jeremy BeardsleyJeremy aka “Strictly Average” is an ‘average’ guy with ‘average’ plans. He is

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Strictly Short: AlmondCat Pre-Release Midnight

Good morning friends and family.  Here I am, exhausted and undercaffeinated after a late night of AlmondCat prerelease. Here’s to hoping you all are off to some events this weekend, and my brief notes will be useful for you. Let’s cover the humble brags first, because who doesn’t love it when our hero slays the evil mages at his LGS? My Deck I ended up building a pretty sweet Green Blue Fliers/Stompy deck.  I was mainly focused on the double blue Cartouches that I opened, and learned some synergies as I went along. The low curve stuff didn’t perform as

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Strictly Short: Legally Buying Puca Points VS. Buying Cards

I recently realized how lucky I have been with PucaTrade. I have received a lot of the cards that I need from other PucaTraders. This has left me with very few valuable cards to trade away for points. Thus, I started thinking about new ways to get the most bang for my buck as I refilled my PP. I must acknowledge that, if you break the PucaTrade Terms of Service, you can purchase PucaPoints from other members. I do not condone this practice. It was clear to me that buying PP from another user would be a bad idea. It would

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Strictly Short – Sideboarding Tips

With the announcement that I will be hosting a Standard League starting in a few weeks, I felt it would be useful to share some lessons I’ve learned about creating a sideboard for an event. I started outlining a comprehensive sideboarding guide, but decided for the sake of the upcoming league, I would write this short covering just the highlights that could help players immediately, and then circle back to the comprehensive guide when there was more time for research and vetting of concepts and theories. Evaluate the sideboard of my decks prior to every event. I treat my sideboard as

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