Developments in Durdling—Sideboard Bible

I have recently tried to get in the habit of writing out my sideboards and sideboard strategies into a notebook, a larger-format Moleskin I call the Sideboard Bible. So far, I have recorded by sideobarding decisions for Eggs (R.I.P) and UWR Midrange in Modern. I have found this process to be incredibly reassuring, not to … Continue reading

Developments in Durdling—Brewing in the Maze, Part Two

I’m in Magical Christmas Land right now. I have a thing to confess. Listen, as a self-diagnosed Durdle Magus, this gonna sound a little weird. Here goes: I LOVE ME SOME CHAOS!!! Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell. Right now my room is in an extremely disorganized state. I’m in a brewing frenzy. With Dragon’s Maze’s Standard … Continue reading

Developments in Durdling—Brewing in the Maze, Part One

By the time you read this Dragon’s Maze will have impacted Standard already. Right now, in the past, it’s Saturday morning. Somerset’s Saturday Standard event is shaping what the meta will look like for the next couple of weeks. I work on Saturdays, so unless there’s a really really special reason to go to a … Continue reading

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—Out of the Funk

I finally got a chance to play a little Standard this week and I went 2-2 at a local tournament. Sometimes losing before a big weekend can be good, though. After a mediocre performance I find myself doing two things: First, I question my metagame knowledge. Second, I identify where I need to tweak my … Continue reading

State of the Meta—Graveyard Hate 2.0

My girlfriend hates zombies, the undead, and frankly most gross things (or gross as far as non-necromancers are concerned). Not me! I’m a big fan of those things when it comes to movies and boy did I love me a Zombies deck back during pre-RTR cycle Standard. But the Undead, Angels, Beast, and Demons are … Continue reading

State of the Meta—Doubters Gonna Doubt

It’s been a couple of months since I really started trying to wrap my head around the Modern format. Between the expanded card base vs Standard and my limited amount of exposure to the format there wasn’t a real reason to deal with it seriously until Twenty Sided Store announced its PTQ. And while I … Continue reading

State of the Meta—American Folk/Esper Durdles

Getting into Modern as a new player/returning player can be a real drag. There is a barrier to entry the format has that can be off-putting if you haven’t decided to get serious about being a competitive grinder. I’m coming up on one year since I re-mounted this cardboard monkey and the addiction is stronger … Continue reading

All the Things—Travel, Old Friends, New Formats

The first TNM Modern tourney has come and gone. I have to say I’m a little bummed it’s over. My record doesn’t explain how much fun I actually had. Knowing that I have to wait another five days ’til the next one is a real bummer. How like toddlers learning to walk so many of … Continue reading