Something To Ponder: The Pro Tour Is A “Promotional” Tour

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the last few weeks of articles from me, however I want to take a brief detour from that to talk about The Silver Showcase recently announced by Wizards of the Coast, the immediate feedback from that, and why we’re looking at the Pro Tour through a different lens than we should be. For those new to my writing the “Something To Ponder” series of articles were started this year on my page (where I wrote previously to being here), and was made to discuss what was happening

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Strictly Vorthos – The Weatherlight

Howdy folks! It’s Joe and we’re here again for another deep dive into Dominaria history! Pretty soon we’ll be jumping into M19 and talking about Elder Dragons, so this is our last little hurrah on Dominaria. This week we’re talking about one of the pieces that ties the whole thing together, the history of the Skyship Weatherlight. Creation of the Weatherlight After the events of the Tolarian Academy explosion, Urza realized that experimenting with time travel was not going to cut it in defeating the Phyrexians. He needed a better plan, a grander plan. One that involved the entire plane of

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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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