[Future Sight] A new Modern?

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average for another article about Modern Magic: the Gathering. As you know, Mondays usually focus on the Modern format. Today, however, I want to kick off a new article series I am going to title “Future Sight.” This series will focus on looking ahead at possibilities, based on what could happen with the tools we have (or have seen) as a basis for thought. Magic: the Gathering has been my hobby since 1993; however I didn’t start playing at the Friday Night Magic (FNM) level until 2006. Since then one of the things I

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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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[Something to Ponder] Why we were wrong about Ultimate Masters

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average MTG, as well as another article about Modern. Today I won’t necessarily be talking about decks, or how to play a deck; instead I’ll be talking about some things I think we all missed upon the initial announcement of a product coming soon. Yes, that’s right, we were wrong about Ultimate Masters. The community (collectively) was wrong about Ultimate Masters. However, before we get to that, let’s explain what it is. Ultimate Masters is a reprint set along the lines of the Modern Masters sets, and Iconic Masters. It is a set that is printed

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