Ravnica Allegiance Review: Gruul

Hello everyone. Yesterday I spoke about the Azorius cards. Today it’s Gruul’s turn so let’s dig in. Gruul Clans Initially a noble guild in charge of maintaining the wilds and natural areas of Ravnica they have nearly been written out of The Guildpact, and the laws that protect citizens of Ravnica. Left on their own this guild has become wild, savage, and ferocious looking to take back the lands it has lost…and more. Although other citizens of Ravnica view the Gruul all the same there are seven clans, the most notable The Burning Tree clan, and each one can function

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Ravnica Allegiance Review: Azorius

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average MTG. It’s time to review the upcoming cards in Ravnica Allegiance, and just like I did for the Guilds of Ravnica reviews I will look at a guild each day highlighting seven cards. Why seven? Well in Magic: the Gathering we start with that many cards so it feels appropriate. I hope you enjoy this look into the cards we will be receiving in the upcoming set. Without further delay let’s begin. The Azorius Senate The Azorius Senate, founded by parun Supreme Judge Azor I, is the guild on Ravnica that not only creates but

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Just Building Around – Surveil

Thank you for joining me in a new article series I’m calling “Just Building Around” where I take one new card from a recently released product and build a deck for it!  It could be a 4-of in constructed, or it could be a sweet legendary creature as the Commander of a new EDH deck. Either way, I will walk you through my thought process as I come up with awesome synergies, discover new cards, and in the end hopefully build a fun deck. For the inaugural session, I want to take aim at my favorite mechanic to come out

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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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