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

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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The Nexus of Standard at Pro Tour 25th Anniversary

Pro Tour 25th Anniversary weekend came at us with a level of hype that we haven’t seen in years.  Wizards of the Coast pulled out all the stops, bringing us the first ever Team Trios Constructed Pro Tour event.  They also brought in some of eSports top names to compete in the Silver Showcase event which benefits a great charity in Child’s Play.  There were 14 rounds of Legacy, Modern and Standard to watch the best of the best battle it out for their chance at fame and glory. At least that’s what they wanted you to think.  Tuning in

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M19 Standard Week 3

Week 3 of M19 Standard is in the books and we have a lull in the action as the Pro’s and their teams are putting in major testing hours for Pro Tour 25th Anniversary in Minneapolis next weekend.  The GP was M19 Limited and the SCG Open was Modern (not even the mixed format Team event that we got the past 2 weeks).  All we have to look to for how the meta is shaping up is the two weekly Magic the Gathering Online Standard Competitive League 5-0 decklist postings from July 23rd and July 26th, and the smaller single day

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