Magic has a way of teaching life lessons that can be applied in other places - and not just in other games. Join John Dale Beety as he shares some of his hard-won wisdom while foraying out in a new direction and making the best of whatever came his way.
You've got questions, he has answers. Find out about how to shake off tilt, how to sideboard properly, why mind tricks are for other mages and why Abzan Aggro is awesome! BBD is here for you!
What costs have to be paid to accomplish your goals? What do you have to give up along the way? What do you feed your Nantuko Husk for fun and profit? Ari answers all of these questions and more as he prepares for the World Championships this weekend.
Trying to figure out if you are still progressing or if you have hit a personal plateau can be hard, especially if you are still achieving successes in the meantime. With that in mind, Pro Tour Champion Ari Lax looks at his recent events to see where he's at.
Standard has proven to be quite the dynamic format at the moment, but is there even more to it than we have already seen? Sean McKeown takes a look at the format's mana in order to divine new decks that might be possible, with interesting results.
Life's lessons can be hard to learn, and everything is easier with a teacher to show you the way. Today, Big Papa Mark Nestico shares his advice for all the new players out there or anyone just returning to the game, anyone a bit out of their depth who could use a lifeline or two.
Legacy is an incredibly complicated format to play, but some of the most critical decisions we have to make are almost invisible if we don't know to look for them - and know to remain vigilant across a multi-round event.
While Ross Merriam might have hoped for better results at #PTOrigins, he looks back to reflect on what inputs at the team level resulted in the output of the finishes he and his teammates attained at the event.
Want to be the best in the world? Want to make the right play every time and prove yourself to an excited viewership as you claim your trophy? Is there no way you'd have missed that Eidolon trigger in the finals of a Pro Tour? Read on!
How do we learn how to learn? That's a deep rabbit hole to start going down without a guide, but Magic itself is a great toolkit for learning how to think and solve problems, especially when dealing with uncertainty.
Standard is a format about exchanging resources or gaining edges, and Pro Tour Champion Ari Lax takes a granular look at how you can actually do that right now across different archetypes in order to succeed.
Being on the play is great, everyone knows that, but to win an event you'll have to win a lot of games on the draw. Just by losing a die roll, you'll have to break serve at least once to win the match... and Tom "The Boss" Ross examines what you can focus on to do that more often.
The game outside of the game is much harder to metagame, and Ross breaks down the many-layered steps that go into properly preparing for a split-format Pro Tour and the tensions that can be found between them.
What if there were an easier way to think about deckbuilding, a way that helped keep your card choices in context and your thinking flexible? Sam shares how he thinks about cards when building decks and shares a few examples.
If you want to win with your control deck, you had better know what you're controlling. If you're a fan of U/B Control, Adrian shares his latest build for #SCGBALT... as well as looking in detail at the deck's progression over the past six months.
What is the difference between a good play and a bad one? The answer to that question is far more than just "and then I won," and being critical of your past plays so you make better ones in the future is a key skill among the best players.
Being right is hard, and it is not something you can always control. Bias is just a natural fact of life, and it can get in the way of success. If you want to do well at Magic, don't try to become more right - try to become less wrong.
Brian looks back on his performance at Grand Prix Charlotte and what led him to his Bant Company deck when a Wild Nacatl/Collected Company deck ended up tied for Top Eight.
Danny West takes a moment away from a current personal struggle to remind us all of the bigger game we play every day.
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!