Cube construction

Anyone Can Build a Cube (Yes, Even You!)

Usually, a Magic: the Gathering player can be placed in one of three boxes when it comes to Cube Draft – either they’ve never heard of it, think it’s the greatest format in the history of Magic, or they’d love to give it a try but the thought of buying or balancing 360+ cards freaks them out. Never fear! Let’s talk about how easy it is to set one up and have some of the greatest fun you’ve ever had at a kitchen table! What is a Cube Draft? Firstly, for the uninitiated, let’s talk about what a cube draft

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[Planeswalker Spotlight] Gideon

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Monday here at Strictly Average. I hope you all had a good weekend, and are getting excited for Standard rotation as Guilds of Ravnica approaches. Thanks to a suggestion from one of the readers I’m going to start a new article series focusing on individual Planeswalkers, and for the first one we’ll take an in depth look at Gideon. Planeswalkers, first introduced in Lorwyn, have been a mainstay in many strategies since their release. From being in Dimir Faeries, supporting a Big Red strategy, and seeing other decks with , as well as

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My Favorite Standards (Ravnica block through Time Spiral block)

Hello everyone. Welcome back to Strictly Average for more musings about the great game that is Magic: the Gathering. I hope your summer has been good so far, and although we are still in that season every August makes me think of fall. As we approach fall one thing that many of us ponder is the upcoming Standard rotation with the release of the new set. This year that will be Guilds of Ravnica. Standard has been one of the oldest (with Vintage being THE oldest) formats in the game’s history, and each fall brings some excitement as a lot

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Old School: The Eternal Struggle

It has been a while since I last wrote here (6 months, in fact!), which also coincides with the limited opportunities I get to play face-to-face games. But much has transpired- new decks have been built, ideas have continued to percolate, a new format tried out…and prices on our beloved cards have continued to blow through every ceiling that was previously ‘all-time high’. For those of you that caught my title pun, I didn’t actually play V:TES back in the day. Decipher Star Wars CCG ate up my disposable income once I moved on from Magic, and now that I think

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