M19 Standard First Look

It’s here! It’s finally here! The core set is back and we finally have the release valve we need to keep Standard healthy! Magic Core Set 2019 has been released to much fanfare as people are clamoring for Wizards to “fix” Standard. Many are claiming Core Sets will be the avenue for printing silver bullet cards to keep the dominant strategies in check. After the first Magic Online Standard Competitive League 5-0 Decklist dump on July 9, we see a whole lot of not much has changed.  Mono-Red and Black-Red aggro are still there. GB Constrictor and Gx Stompy are still there.

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The Fires of Heaven – The Wheel of Time, Book 5

Man, the Aiel really don’t like Cairhien… The Fires of Heaven continues Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time epic immediately after The Shadow Rising. Rand has secured most of the Aiel clans’ loyalty and found a teacher for the One Power, Nynaeve fought one of the dreaded Forsaken to a stalemate and the White Tower has split. Fires has a lot happening and starts off pretty quickly, but ends with some major bangs. Rand’s group has to contend at first with the rogue Shaido clan of Aiel, who followed what they believe to be the true Aiel leader in Couladin into

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Metal Machine Music

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Strictly Average for another Modern article. For those of you following along at home yes the title is a reference to the Industrial Metal band Die Krupps who happen to be one of my favorites. I always try to reference things in my articles to put a little unique twist on things, and provide an overall theme to what I am about to write. Today will be no different as we take a look at one of my favorite planeswalkers ever printed: . (Yes it’s true. John Travolta can be cast as me in the

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Strictly Vorthos – The Elder Dragon War

Howdy folks and welcome back to another peek into the history and lore of Magic: The Gathering! This week we’re going to be looking as much as we possibly can into the Elder Dragon War and the major players from it. There isn’t much concrete information yet about the War itself, but with M19 giving us even more backstory on these massive dragons, we’ve got a little bit more to go on now! The Birthing of Dragons The original Elder Dragons were birthed from the Ur-Dragon, falling from the tempest storms upon an unknown plane (largely assumed to be the plane of

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