What deck should I play?

Heya Strictly Friends! I’ve missed you guys, and have missed sharing my random thoughts and ramblings. Today, I wanted to take a bit and write about the most common questions I am asked across all mediums in Magic: “What deck should I play?” Everybody you talk to will give you a different answer. Recently I have put a lot of thought into this, and I have started to change my approach to deck choice for different events. The first question I ask back when someone asks me what deck they should play at XXXXX event is simple. What are your goals for

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The Standard Meta heading into Guilds of Ravnica Rotation – The LOSERS Edition

With only 2 more weekend tournaments left before Guilds of Ravnica pre-releases, and Kaladesh and Amonkhet blocks rotating out of Standard, I wanted to spend our time looking forward. What COULD Standard be, rather than a recap of the stagnant meta?  Sure there are FNM’s for most of us to worry about, and GP’s or SCG Opens for others. But honestly, if you haven’t picked up Red-Black Aggro or Teferi Control by now then you should probably just wait until after rotation before jumping into Standard anyway.  And with the preview of Shocklands making another triumphant return with this trip back

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How’s Your Meta? Checking in on M19 Standard as August Wraps up

Now that we are a few weeks out from Pro Tour 25th Anniversary, the meta for the format is starting to settle itself out into the Tier 0 and Tier 1 decks based on the Pro Tour, and the Tier “everything else” decks that are popping up in the Magic Online decklist dumps.  And I have to tell you, we are in a wonderful time for Standard Magic! Across the four major events taking place the weekend of August 18th (immediately following the Pro Tour), we were able to see 16 different archetypes represented in the 32 top 8 decks.  That

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The post-Pro Tour M19 Standard Check-in

It was quite a great adventure riding the Pro Tour merry-go-round of top performing decks, hype train hyperbole from the r/Spikes forums, Pro’s taking to Twitter, and #mtgfinance buyouts.  However, the most interesting thing to come out of the Pro Tour is the newly established meta-game! In the post-Pro Tour Magic Online decklist dumps from August 9th and August 13th, it seemed like the darlings of the night were continuing strong as several different configurations of both Red-x Aggro and Green-x Stompy appear throughout both postings.  We also see multiple configurations of the highly controversial Turbo Fog deck, featuring a

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