[Modern Magic] The Twelf Days of Christmas

Hi everybody, and welcome back to Strictly Average MTG. I hope you enjoyed the review of the eras in Standard that encompass the Pioneer format. Now that I am past that, and that the calendar has flipped to December, it is time to not only return to Modern but also review one of the decks I usually play at this time of year. That’s right. It’s time to talk about Elves. Not this one though. That is a Gnome. Not an Elf. Santa’s “helpers” like to make things. They are also small, near childlike in size, and quite jovial. That’s

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[Pioneer Building] Entering a new Frontier

Hi everybody, and welcome back to Strictly Average MTG. I’m sure by now many of you have heard the news that we have a brand new format to play, and that format is called Pioneer. This new format was announced a few weeks ago, and it was somewhat unexpected. However, when we stop to look at how many Magic: the Gathering sets now exist, this is something we should have expected. This article will serve as an introduction to Pioneer, while future articles will review deck archetypes from each of the eras of Standard that Pioneer is covering. In the

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[Modern] Sitting Upon The Throne Of Eldraine

Hi everybody, and welcome back to Strictly Average MTG. Today I want to look at just a few cards from Throne of Eldraine that could make an impact in formats outside of Standard. This set is filled with references to many fairy tales, and in some ways feels similar to Innistrad (just not as dark). Let’s take a look at what this set has to offer. White Hey look! Another Human. Oh joy. Sure Human cards are unavoidable when developing a Magic: the Gathering set (Lorwyn through Eventide say “hello”), but let’s not just look at as an obvious inclusion in

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[Modern] Swords…Victory?

Hi everybody, and welcome back to Strictly Average MTG. I hope you all have enjoyed your end of summer activities, any big tournaments you have attended, and are looking forward to cards arriving in Throne of Eldraine. While there are cards in that upcoming Standard set that we’ll all want to try in our Modern decks many of us are still making adjustments from the banned and restricted announcement from a month ago. Several of you have wanted my thoughts on this, and honestly I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions before writing about it, or even playing this format

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