Strictly Mailbag – Rules Questions

Howdy, and welcome to our first user driven post. This post was created in response to some interesting rules questions that were sent in. I’ve also polled my partners from the Patreon, and Discord users for additional questions. I’ve researched the following answers to ensure correctness. Indestructibility Question #1 came in on Facebook from a local friend and supporter of the site. David writes: ‘Hey man, last night I had a really strange interaction that I have never encountered before. I blocked my opponents 1/1 attacker with a 2/2 blocker.  After damage, my opponent casts Shock on my creature, I respond to

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Battling with a Box

A very good friend of mine, and supporter of this site, Jonathan Medina recently published two articles at Gathering Magic about a casual format that he’s delving into, BATTLE BOX. His first piece, A Boy and His Box: Hello World is a well-written introduction to the format. Jon’s second article A Boy and His Box: What’s In the Box? outlines his particular flavor of Battle Box which is a Commander box. Although I was inspired by his articles to look into the format, I’m admittedly very new when it comes to Commander of any variant. I don’t know what goes into a good

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Strictly Level Up – Mana Fixing a Bad Draft

One of the most common complaints I run into from drafters at local events is that they got mana screwed all night long.  Although it is mathematically possible to draw bad mana for an entire event, there’s usually a deeper cause than just bad luck.  Many times after someone complains about their mana situation at an FNM I ask if they mind if I take a look at their deck. Many things can be learned by analyzing a mana base of a draft deck, and it is surprising how many people just slap lands into their deck and hope for

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Strictly Level Up – Brewing a Competitive Deck

One of my favorite parts of playing this game is brewing my own decks.  Admittedly over the past few sets, there’s been little incentive to brew.  With WoTC’s recent Emrakul, Reflector Mage and Looter Scooter bannings Standard has really opened up. When you add the release of Aether Revolt, no one knows what could happen with the format. There’s a time and place for playing the best list out there, but right now the time is ripe for playing a rogue home brew. Instead of doing a cookie cutter article – listing four to five untested deck lists with a pile of cards

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