This Week in Magic 11/25-12/1
Standard and Block
- Worlds Report—Conley Woods begins the tale of his undefeated streak with Day One and Tempered Steel. See also, PVDR
- Updated Haunted Humans from Worlds—Craig Wescoe’s world class run was powered by a UW weenie deck.
- Post-Worlds Standard—($SCG) Pat Cox played GW Tokens at Worlds, but today he’s got the entire gauntlet at his fingertips.
- The Rumors of Birthing Pod’s Death Have been Greatly Exaggerated—Andre Mateus eases out the mana, and slides Phyrexian Rager into the Birthing Pod curve.
- Tactical Magic, Round 1—Chingsung Chang pits Mono Red against Solar Flare in this detailed walkthrough that poses thoughtful questions. “Why is my opponent swinging with his Lavamancer?”
- Godo, Braid of Fire, and the Next Modern Bannings—($SCG) Patrick Chapin’s wide-ranging article was the talk of Twitter as he suggested additional bannings to shape Modern, and allow for deck diversity.
- Lessons from San Francisco—Limited players will find Darwin Kastle’s tournament report from Worlds to be quite useful as he advocates sixteen-land decks and a UR strategy, capitalizing on cards like Invisible Stalker.
- Burning Vengeance—Owen Turtewald suggests a UR draft strategy that relies heavily on the flashback mechanic.
- Magic Online release of Mercadian Masques Block—The entire block is set for its virtual release on December 5th.
Vintage, Legacy, and Modern
- Modern After Worlds—Kyle Boggemes spends a day at the Modern zoo, and looks at how Liliana is becoming a key player in the format as well.
- A World’s Modern Analysis—Michael Martin’s meta-analysis reveals that Teachings and Jund were strong choices last weekend.
- Reviving Legacy Online—Michael Caffrey explains how Mental Misstep and the Modern format hurt online Legacy, and how Wizards could rekindle the flames.
- Building a Better Delver—Todd Anderson considers a plethora of cards that are better than Temporal Spring in RUG Tempo in Legacy.
- Adopting Abandoned Interactions—Carsten Kotter’s Intuition leads him to a couple of options for Legacy Reanimator
- Playing the Best Color in Classic—Naoto Watabe advocates players wade into the deep waters of Classic.
Casual and Variant Formats
- ‘Tis the Season to Deck—Abe Sargent’s first deck, IxiWolf, combines the transform mechanic with every griefer’s favorite illusion, but he’s only getting warmed up!
- Why Commander Works—Robby Rothe, fresh off of reading Reality is Broken, explains why Commander matters and why players prefer to keep the game going.
- The Whitest Fleece—Adam Styborski efficiently enumerates the white cards he’s chosen for the Commander Box.
- Post Worlds Standard, Modern, and the Data—Kelly Reid picks his blue chips and sinking ships in the wake of World’s results.
- High-End Foils and You—($SCG) Jonathon Medina hits the trade tables to… ooooh! Shiny!
- Nobody Knows Anything—Jesse Mason challenges the validity of the Magic Finance genre in light of new study that suggests stock traders are less likely to predict a stock’s direction than a coin flip.
Miscellaneous and Theory
- Content,Character, and Conley—Mike Flores’ entry for transformation week details Conley Woods’ ascension to rarefied air.
- The Sukenik Special—Justin Sukenik suggests that deck builders remember how vital the first four turns are to coming out on top.
- Fifteen Years, Fifteen Thoughts—Sheldon Menery’s retirement reflections include advice about owning your actions and cultivating relationships.
- Why You should Become a Judge—Justin Turner on the rewards of being a judge which go well beyond the monetary compensation.
- I Didn’t Play FNM—A Twitter campaign persuaded Jon Corpora to take a week off in his marathon of 52 FNM’s. He’s back at this week.