State of the Meta—Year One

Just over a year ago I entered my first Sanctioned Magic Event in over five years. I was in for a few surprises—”What do you mean damage doesn’t stack?” “You’ve actually gotten better since the last game.” Monique told me during the second game of my first match back, as I remembered that I could … Continue reading

State of the Meta—Called Shots and Attracting Hate: The Story of a Game-Changer

I’m gonna 4-0 Modern this week! Okay, if you’re reading this it’s Thursday already and I’ve either totally blown your mind or you are laughing at how completely wrong I am. Either way, know this: One man can make a difference!—a difference in the meta, that is. After talking with Li and Orlando a couple … Continue reading

State of the Meta

(Everyone at HoTC has divided into our various player archetypes and writing strengths. We’ve each picked names for our weekly posts and well as a couple of non-scheduled posts. Jess Stirba has Eternal Hope and Command of Etiquette where she’s discussing eternal formats and Commander respectively. Matt Jones has Power and Toughness discussing creature based … Continue reading

Power and Toughness

The weekend started off well. I x-0’d the early draft (thanks for the scoop, Joe Shi) giving me as many store points as I’d acquire normally over an entire weekend. At FNM I ran (something like) the following Dark Naya list and a fever of 101: 4 Avacyn’s Pilgrim 2 Blood Crypt 4 Bonfire of … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—GW(b) in Modern and a Holiday Week Recap

What a lousy holiday week(end) for winning! Holy cow – something like 6 and 12 over a variety of formats (draft, standard, and modern). Regardless, I had a blast and reacquainted myself with a major personal truth. I’m a “fuck the system” kinda guy. I grew up listening to lots of Rage Against the Machine, … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—GW Lifegain Monsters (Live-ish; Standard Daily #1)

Hello all! I’m going to perform an experiment. I’m gonna blog each round after it happens of a Magic: the Online Standard Daily event. Here’s the deck I’m going with (it’s from a 4-0 list of a couple days ago): What I like about this deck: lots of ramp, lots of giant monsters, lots of … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—Standard RB Aggro or “I wasn’t talking smack! George Costanza, that’s a compliment!” (TNM #4)

Hey Everyone! TNM was extra strange this week. I ran this deck: 10 Mountain 4 Stromkirk Noble 4 Searing Spear 4 Rakdos Cackler 4 Knight of Infamy 4 Falkenrath Aristocrat 4 Dragonskull Summit 4 Blood Crypt 4 Ash Zealot 3 Thundermaw Hellkite 3 Swamp 3 Rakdos Keyrune 3 Pillar of Flame 3 Mizzium Mortars 2 … Continue reading

Tuesday Night Fever

Magic has been really good to me lately.  Trades are good, I’m mulling to five less, and it seems like I’m top decking right when I need it.  Such was the case this Tuesday at 20ss.  I got in really early, like 15 mins before the store opened… I was antsy.  I hadn’t played constructed … Continue reading

Pondering—Disappointment, Heartbreak, and Bouncing Back From It All

I sleeved up UWR Flash for TNM. The RUG Project had crashed and burned on Sunday during Monthly Standard, and I was tired of going back to the drawing board. You can only inhale so much chalk dust before it all gets to your head. It was time to play the enemy deck. My list … Continue reading

Power and Toughness—FNM #7 and the Long Weekend of Magic

Kadar, Li, Chase, Johnny, Nick, Sean, and my assistant-friend Eric all helped me move two ten foot truckloads full of studio equipment, supplies, paintings, and endless copies of books from my old studio to my new one in Kadar’s building on Friday. I paid them in donuts and pizza. We were done in time to … Continue reading