Let’s revisit the banned list. On the top of that list is the five artifact lands. Does that mean Affinity as a deck is dead? I think not. I believe that the deck is very viable if you take an objective look at what exactly makes it tick.
Hello! Welcome to the second edition of “The Grinding Stone.” This week I will be going over the post M12 Standard format. While it will be short lived, the format will be relevant for the upcoming Starcitygames.com open events and US Nationals. Comprising of the Zendikar block, Scars block, M11 and M12, the New Standard is shaping up to be quite interesting.
With Jace and Stoneforge banned, the format really feels fresh. There is still the Splinter Twin/Exarch combo looming, and while the old bad guy Valakut will be making a comeback, there is still quite a lot of design space. Many creatures and strategies that were completely neutered by Jace have been given a new life. Titans are good again. Cards like Consecrated Sphinx and Wurmcoil Engine rise in value as there is no “Jace Test” anymore. There is also another reason these creatures will be standing out, but we will get to that in a bit. Read the rest of this entry
I played at the recent SCG Legacy Open in Baltimore, and I got 20th overall. I think that high of an finish obligates me to write a report and even write up a primer of sorts on my deck of choice. What was the deck that I brought? It was LEDredge.
“A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
With New Phyrexia on the horizon, we have a whole new group of cards to look at for Commander. The biggest news (for me) is that we have been given a new Boros commander, Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer. If you have metalcraft, Jor Kadeen only needs three swings to kill an opponent. In the last article, I covered the basic idea of using a toolbox in Commander. In this article, I will build a deck centered on Jor Kadeen and the toolbox strategy. Read the rest of this entry