The Scrub Report—Grown Up Magic

You know you have a special kind of job when you’re questioned with something like, “Giaco, what’s more important? Your mother… or your Magic career?” Alas, this past week I chose my mother over my Magic career. I went home to King of Prussia (home of one of the only other Compleat Strategist gaming stores … Continue reading

The Scrub Report—Goodbye Old Friend

Gatecrash holds a special place in my heart. Having started my well-documented Magic career with Return to Ravnica, I began seeing my first steps of improvement in GTC. I recorded my first 2-1 in a draft, I built my first (semi-competitive) deck during Gatecrash, and I began dabbling with casual Magic formats. So what does … Continue reading

The Scrub Report—And You Get a Card! And You Get a Card!

There are some joys in life that can’t be adequately expressed or explained. The first truly warm day of spring, rolling up with a new character in D&D, the birth of your first child, Day Two-ing a GP; these simple pleasures, equal to each other, have to be lived to be understood. But let’s be … Continue reading

The Scrub Report—A Brave New Scrub

The store was buzzing last week with talk of the new Commander League. Everyone talked about their awesome decks, their crazy combos, and the identities of various commanders. While flipping through my Mondo-Green Standard deck (which I’ve detailed in the past), I asked an innocuous question to my coworkers: “Does anyone play mono-colored EDH decks?” I was … Continue reading

The Scrub Report—I Dream of Magic

I’m sitting at the table across from an opponent I don’t recognize. I’ve got four forests on the board and two creatures on the battlefield. My opponent swings in with his attackers, and I double block the biggest threat. He taps his open mana and blood rushes his unblocked attacker, giving it enough of an … Continue reading

The Scrub Report—Dealing with Loss(es)

When I first began the Scrub Report I had only a fleeting grasp of Magic’s rules. It’s amazing to think that this time last year I didn’t know what “the stack” was, I didn’t know what Ravnica was like, or that—hell, I’ll admit it—I didn’t even know who Jace was. (Turns out he’s a Memory … Continue reading

The Scrub Report—Standard for Dummies

Last week a funny thought flicked across my mind. While sorting Magic at the Twenty Sided Store I was struck by a card. Gyre Sage, this awesome green evolver/ramper, really got my wheels spinning. I turned to my boss and said, out of the blue, “I want to build a Standard deck.” This is problematic … Continue reading