First Look at Guilds of Ravnica Standard – Week 1 Results

Coming out of the gates the first Magic Online 5-0 decklists definitely painted a picture of a wide open and still to be resolved metagame.  Token strategies appear to be the early favorite, fueled by stalwarts like but really powered up by the new cards coming out of GRN. is making a very strong showing early on, and is the perfect compliment.  With 51 decklists to parse, it is really anyone’s guess as to which of these will emerge as the true tier-0 deck. There are a few familiar faces among the crowd; however it is the new lists that hold the

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Guilds of Ravnica Standard – The Best of the Rest (Tier 2 and FNM Decks)

By now you have seen my article declaring Teferi and Nicol Bolas as the pillars of Tier 1 decks in the new meta, as well as my article declaring that Red is Dead!  But between the heroes and zeroes lies a wide open field that is ripe for some decks that were previously oppressed out of the format by and .  I fully expect these decks to come back and have strong showings at FNM, especially early in the meta while the true Tier 1 decks are figuring out their lists.  The synergistic nature of Ravnica sets also typically gives

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Cube construction

Peasant Cube on a Budget – White

So we recently discussed how anyone can build a cube, and how a budget limit doesn’t prevent you from building an incredible experience. This time out, I want to touch on the format of one of my own cubes to illustrate how to start building your own. “Peasant” has a particular meaning for sixty-card decks – it’s usually a deck built from common cards, supplemented with a handful of uncommons. In Cube, it’s pretty hard to keep that ratio in place, so when we say “Peasant Cube”, we’re really just referring to a cube composed entirely of cards that are

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[Something To Ponder] Mixed Messages & Ivory Towers

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average MTG for another article in the Something To Ponder series. I hope you all had fun at the Guilds of Ravnica pre-release (I did), and if you did not have a chance it was a lot of fun. Today though I wanted to talk about some issues that have been brought to light since last week, and a few things on my mind with the game as a whole. Gerry Thompson, and The World Championship Last week notable Magic: the Gathering professional player Gerry Thompson posted on Twitter that he was not

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