The post-Pro Tour M19 Standard Check-in

It was quite a great adventure riding the Pro Tour merry-go-round of top performing decks, hype train hyperbole from the r/Spikes forums, Pro’s taking to Twitter, and #mtgfinance buyouts.  However, the most interesting thing to come out of the Pro Tour is the newly established meta-game! In the post-Pro Tour Magic Online decklist dumps from August 9th and August 13th, it seemed like the darlings of the night were continuing strong as several different configurations of both Red-x Aggro and Green-x Stompy appear throughout both postings.  We also see multiple configurations of the highly controversial Turbo Fog deck, featuring a

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Winter’s Heart: Book Nine of the Wheel of Time

See what happens when you mess with the weather? Winter’s Heart, the ninth book in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga, is closely paired with the tenth book, Crossroads of Twilight. This caused some confusion when they were originally released, because readers were unaware that some of the things that happened in the later book happened simultaneously with things in Winter’s Heart. That’s okay, it’s straightened out and now Heart is firmly planted in the saga where it belongs. That said, this book has both very little happening and the single biggest thing to happen in the world since the

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Do You Mardu?

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Strictly Average website for more Modern content. As many of you know the recent Pro Tour (Pro Tour 25th Anniversary) recently concluded, and it was a sweet event. Having Standard, Modern, and Legacy represented throughout the entire tournament was definitely a plus for the tournament. However seeing all of the decks posted was also something to really look forward to as we approached the end of the event. One of the decks listed really reignited my interest in an archetype I gave up on awhile ago, and this one may surprise many of

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Octopath Traveler

What’s better than one story? Eight, apparently. Octopath Traveler is a new retro-style JRPG from Square-Enix for the Nintendo Switch. Turn-based and SNES-esque graphics hearken back to a golden era for the JRPG and Octopath Traveler hits enough of the right notes to be a solid addition to one of the kings of the genre. The major flaw for Octopath is that, contrary to most JRPGs, it’s story can be viewed as unfulfilling. Not that it’s bad, just… cliché. Which, considering there are eight different characters with their own stories, is saying something. That’s right, Octopath Traveler has eight playable

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