[Modern] Elf, Elf, Baby!

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Modern article here on Strictly Average. With it being the beginning of December there is one thing on the minds of most people: Christmas. However there is something about this holiday I need to talk about before I talk about Magic’s most festive tribe. For a long time we have been told what an Elf is around this time of year, and we have been told incorrectly. That’s right. The “Christmas Elf” is not really an Elf. What is it then? A gnome. That’s right. GNOME! Gnomes enjoy to tinker, and create things. Gnomes

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Just Building Around – Surveil

Thank you for joining me in a new article series I’m calling “Just Building Around” where I take one new card from a recently released product and build a deck for it!  It could be a 4-of in constructed, or it could be a sweet legendary creature as the Commander of a new EDH deck. Either way, I will walk you through my thought process as I come up with awesome synergies, discover new cards, and in the end hopefully build a fun deck. For the inaugural session, I want to take aim at my favorite mechanic to come out

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[Future Sight] A new Modern?

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average for another article about Modern Magic: the Gathering. As you know, Mondays usually focus on the Modern format. Today, however, I want to kick off a new article series I am going to title “Future Sight.” This series will focus on looking ahead at possibilities, based on what could happen with the tools we have (or have seen) as a basis for thought. Magic: the Gathering has been my hobby since 1993; however I didn’t start playing at the Friday Night Magic (FNM) level until 2006. Since then one of the things I

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The Pro Tour Hangover Weekend

Hi all, and welcome back to Strictly Standard!  We have a pretty good lineup of major tournament and Magic Online 5-0 results to pore over this week, and thanks to the Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica results, the metagame for the last 2 months of Standard should be settling down and solidifying around the top tier decks.  With Golgari midrange dominating the early format, it wasn’t until the past couple weeks that white-based aggro and midrange decks figured out the sideboard (and sometimes even main deck) tech of to combat the slew of ETB triggers that Golgari used to out-advantage

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