What deck should I play?

Heya Strictly Friends! I’ve missed you guys, and have missed sharing my random thoughts and ramblings. Today, I wanted to take a bit and write about the most common questions I am asked across all mediums in Magic: “What deck should I play?” Everybody you talk to will give you a different answer. Recently I have put a lot of thought into this, and I have started to change my approach to deck choice for different events. The first question I ask back when someone asks me what deck they should play at XXXXX event is simple. What are your goals for

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The Standard Meta heading into Guilds of Ravnica Rotation – The LOSERS Edition

With only 2 more weekend tournaments left before Guilds of Ravnica pre-releases, and Kaladesh and Amonkhet blocks rotating out of Standard, I wanted to spend our time looking forward. What COULD Standard be, rather than a recap of the stagnant meta?  Sure there are FNM’s for most of us to worry about, and GP’s or SCG Opens for others. But honestly, if you haven’t picked up Red-Black Aggro or Teferi Control by now then you should probably just wait until after rotation before jumping into Standard anyway.  And with the preview of Shocklands making another triumphant return with this trip back

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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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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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