Strictly Level Up – Mana Fixing a Bad Draft

One of the most common complaints I run into from drafters at local events is that they got mana screwed all night long.  Although it is mathematically possible to draw bad mana for an entire event, there’s usually a deeper cause than just bad luck.  Many times after someone complains about their mana situation at an FNM I ask if they mind if I take a look at their deck. Many things can be learned by analyzing a mana base of a draft deck, and it is surprising how many people just slap lands into their deck and hope for

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Strictly Level Up – Brewing a Competitive Deck

One of my favorite parts of playing this game is brewing my own decks.  Admittedly over the past few sets, there’s been little incentive to brew.  With WoTC’s recent Emrakul, Reflector Mage and Looter Scooter bannings Standard has really opened up. When you add the release of Aether Revolt, no one knows what could happen with the format. There’s a time and place for playing the best list out there, but right now the time is ripe for playing a rogue home brew. Instead of doing a cookie cutter article – listing four to five untested deck lists with a pile of cards

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Strictly Short – Shipping Larger Items

Ever since sealed product was added to PucaTrade, I’ve been receiving many questions regarding how to ship larger, and weirdly shaped packages.  I’ve been selling odd sized boxes and sealed product on eBay for a while now and have found some economical shipping methods. These can be leveraged for shipping anything but I will only cover the most commonly sent Magic Product. Shipping Labels The first and most important piece of advice I can give is to use PayPal to ship. By using PayPal you’re able to save money on the cost of shipping, obtain your tracking number immediately, file customs paperwork,

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Strictly Short – Aether Revolt Planeswalker Decks

This strictly short was inspired by a phone call I received this morning. My good friend and one of my MTG mentors Steve called me to ask my advice.  Steve runs the LGS that I used to call home, The Dragon’s Lair.  Steve read Strictly’s Simple Prerelease Finance Primer and wanted to know my opinion on the new Planeswalker Decks. Well Steve, This one is for you buddy. The good folks over at MTG Goldfish have already posted the deck lists, with the current pricing of the decks on their site. At first glance, these decks seem to be a

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