Now that the PPTQ system is well-established and has fully replaced the former PTQ system, Mark Nestico asks a provocative question: is this helping or hurting the achievement of the PPTQ system's stated goals?
The ballots for this year's class of the Magic: the Gathering Hall of Fame have gone out, and Mark Herberholz joins us for his look at the top candidates for induction in this year's #MTGHOF class.
BBD isn't quite ready to talk about Magic Origins in Standard yet, but there's way more in Magic going on right now and he's here to discuss Organized Play changes, how hard it is to figure out what's good, and the balance between bringing new players on board and keeping the game "pure."
This past week has been full of all sorts of new information, and Shaun takes a look at the new mulligan rule, the new set, and the meta-issues of being good at the game and keeping our community good for the game.
With some key changes to Organized Play announced as of Pro Tour Magic Origins, Adrian discusses the change that makes his personal style of play potentially against the rules.
Mark has been hearing a lot of echoes going around the echo chamber, all of them saying Magic Origins stinks and the cards are bad. But what if the only thing that's bad is the lack of thought going into forming that firmly-held opinion?
Pro Tour Champion Shaun McLaren has just started streaming Magic Online matches, and has some thoughts to share about what it will take to make Magic more watchable and accessible to a broader audience.
For his hundredth article here at StarCityGames.com, Mark takes a retrospective look at his growth as a player and as a writer since he started this series, sharing his favorite works and poignant thoughts.
I take a moment to apologize for a moment of poor judgment and explain my thought process behind publishing Jim Davis's most recent article about women and Magic.
Meghan addresses the difficulties that come with female Magic players being held to an unfair double standard, the problems of female invisibility within the game, and how to remedy both of those issues fairly.
When a lot of players lose the fire, they force themselves through it and push harder. Mark doesn't always believe that's the best way to go. Find out how he's recovering from the post-Pro Tour blues and what advice he has for the burnt out Magic player in all of us!
Quick and Toast. Balancing Tings. Trix. Magic has had some weird deck names over the years. Fortunately, the increased frequency of Grand Prix, Open Series events, and IQs has stabilized this to a degree, and Danny West is here to fill you in on Magic deck names in the year 2015.
Ari Lax provides a great and insightful piece on professional Magic play, its perception versus the reality, and the factors that are important to remember at all levels of tournaments!
Recent Open winner Ross Merriam took a break from the grind this week in a special place, and it gave him some terrific perspective about his role in the game, the game's role in our world, and what the future of Magic may hold!