Mark Nestico is a big fan of playing decks that are just on another level when presented with the opportunity, and today he explores his top choice for the Season Three Invitational as the basic strengths of the U/R Sphinx's Tutelage deck expands wonderfully into an aggro Jeskai shell.
Standard keeps shifting on us, and this week's win for Abzan Aggro when the deck was believed dead just goes to show how dynamic the format really is right now. But there is one specific card that seems to be at the center right now...
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.
With just Day One of #PTOrigins in the books, it was clear that red decks were doing something right that weekend - so Mark Nestico took his friendly neighborhood Chandra aficionado's advice and ran Mono-Red Aggro for #SCGRegionals. This is his story.
The second week of Magic Origins Standard has seen some huge metagame developments, and Mark Nestico tries to get ahead of the shifts in time for #SCGRegionals this weekend by picking just the right deck.
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?
There is nothing quite like the first week of a new Standard format, and Mark Nestico is super excited for #SCGCHI this weekend. He explores both extremes of the format, mono-red and U/W, in search of the perfect Week One deck.
Mark has been working on Magic Origins Standard all weekend since the complete spoiler broke, and wants to share just a few of his first builds as he showcases just how deep this set is turning out to be.
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?
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.
Mark sees Standard right now as G/R Devotion Versus The World, and he knows which side of that fight he'd rather be on as he prepares for a big event this weekend!
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!