Eric has been an avid Magic fan and player since re-discovering the game in 2012. He is a Red mage at heart but likes to confuse himself with the varying decision trees presented by mid-range and control decks from time to time. Eric plays mostly casually with his 9-year-old daughter, but manages to get out for every prerelease and a few FNM's and GP's every year. Please reach out to me on twitter @edubious Watch my Twitch stream at twitch.tv/edubious

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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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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Guilds of Ravnica Pro Tour Recap

Welcome back to the Strictly Standard Meta Report. This week we FINALLY get the Pro Tour to help solidify decklists and define the meta for the next two months of Standard play.  With 510 competitors sleeving up decks to battle it out through 10 rounds of Standard and 6 rounds of Guilds of Ravnica draft, we were sure to see a diverse representation of decks battling it out to claim the crown of Tier 1 deck.  Would it be the boogeyman Golgari midrange that defies the bulls-eye of sideboard, and sometimes even main-deck, hate that every other deck will be

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GRN Standard Week 5 – The Eve of the Pro Tour

Welcome back to the Strictly Standard Meta Report.  This Guilds of Ravnica format has been quite the roller coaster.  We started with aggressive decks setting the pace, and ended up getting midrange Golgari decks that preyed on those with an onslaught of two-for-one threats to swing the format in a slower direction.  Then the control decks AND the aggressive decks adopted some great technology like to nullify the Golgari gameplan, and we are now in a place where it is really anyone’s game.  Now, with another week in the books, we are on the doorstep of Pro Tour Atlanta. There

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