Todd Anderson's "Building Decks in the New Age" continues with his first major archetype: control! He shows you the four essential tools for a control deck and their use in Magic's past and present.
Jim Davis takes on the pernicious yet pervasive idea that decks like B/R Reanimator are "bad" or unworthy of being played by serious players! It takes special skills to play a "Chuckler" deck to a high finish, and he's your guide just in time for SCG Worcester!
Todd Anderson has been inspired by a colleague! He wants to teach the world to do a better job building Magic decks, so listen up! Nobody is immune from a good solid Magic education, and you'll get it from Todd!
Mark Nestico is taking a break from Commander and going back to basics! If you want to become a better Magic player, it's time to find the good and bad in your game and start on the never-ending path to self-improvement!
Becoming a great Magic player takes a lot of time and hard work. In the meantime, if you want to improve your results now, Collins Mullen is serving up his Top 6 Tips for better tournament play!
In multiplayer Commander, threats get hammered down by the rest of the table. Sheldon Menery explains the Philosophy of Second Best and offers an array of tricks to keep your opponents' attention and attackers aimed elsewhere!
Ever hear about cards having certain floors and ceilings? It's a common way to describe Magic, but few go into detail on what these things really mean for building a deck! Ross Merriam teaches you as only he can!
It's pretty simple to check a deck out and understand it, right? Aggro, control, combo. What's so complicated? Well, competitive Magic, for one thing! Jadine explains how the Pro Tour opened her eyes in this brilliant write up!
Some players have a motto for constructing Commander decks: "Just build it!" But for some, it's not enough to "just build it." Sheldon Menery shares how to think about thinking about 100-card lists!
Some successful players have gone on record as saying it's not necessarily correct to put a Noble Hierarch in its place on turn 1! Ross Merriam is an old school mage who disagrees! He talks about Magic mechanics and Modern Humans this week!
Jadine Klomparens has been a midrange mage most of the time lately, but that all changed in Philadelphia! Read about the epiphany that taught her that there's more than one way to define Magic's middle child!
Pro Tour Champion Ari Lax sees a lot of decks in the new Standard, but there are a lot of archetypes already falling out of favor. Most of them are aggro decks. For excellent guidance on how to construct decks like Tom Ross and Paul Rietzl, this is your stop!
You can't control what's on top of your deck most of the time, but the truth is much more interesting than that! Up your play for SCG Columbus this weekend!
A lot of the time, explosive Modern decks can just win on the backs of their own power, but that isn't always the case! Join Pro Tour Champion Ari Lax for a look at how you can do some simple tricks at SCG Columbus to keep your wins coming!
There's another type of control in Magic that we usually don't think about: self control! Collins Mullen explains how to master the art of always playing the best form of control when you're playing tournament Magic!
As a better-late-than-never Festivus present to you all, Ross Merriam airs grievances including tournament etiquette, inefficient playing mechanics, and full-art lands. Bring the popcorn and the pitchforks!
Emma Handy finishes Modern's family tree with the unusual lands of the format, from Spire of Industry to Snow-Covered Islands, ahead of SCG Columbus!
Playing Magic without a plan is asking to lose. Jadine Klomparens shows the importance of making sure your plays are consistent with each other...and when it's important to change plans anyway.
With Magic approaching its 25th anniversary, much of the professional game has yet to be figured out. Ari Lax is on a quest to remake the way pros like him prepare, and today he shares his points of focus.
"Practice makes perfect." "No, perfect practice makes perfect." Sam Black brings up the platitudes only to sweep them away as he gives you no-nonsense playtesting advice!