The World Championships is the year's hardest tournament, and this year there were especially huge swings as Sam Black went from fourteenth place to fourth with one timely 4-0 in Standard. He shares his thoughts on the event and its formats inside.
The experience is the thing - what does it mean to just fully immerse yourself in the most difficult and prestigious event of the year? Sam Black shares what he can of his preparation for this event by showing what it feels like to be a competitor at a challenge this incredible.
With the recent metagame shift in favor of Abzan Aggro and Hangarback Walkers everywhere, Sam Black reprises a deck from Pro Tours past to build a big Devotion-themed Abzan Constellation deck and win all creature matchups.
With this much shifting around in the Standard format, Sam Black feels lost - when will the dynamic changes stop and the format settle into one place? While he waits, he has a few ideas for what the next gyration might look like in order to get out ahead of it.
Sam Black takes an Abzan deck featuring new Magic Origins option Gather the Pack through a four-round Standard event!
Sam Black has been following the ins and outs of Magic Origins Standard, and with four different archetypes winning each of the last four weeks it's really hard to pin down what deck will be the right call for #GPLondon and beyond.
While the Pro Tour has come and gone and we all know what "the best decks" were from that event, that's actually a very narrow slice of what is possible in Standard. Sam Black opens up his playtesting notebook to showcase just how widely he and his team looked in search of the best deck.
Standard has now had a month to play out with Magic Origins, and we've seen very different winners from week to week. Sam Black takes a look at the deeper forces driving the metagame in hopes of coming out on top as the metagame shifts.
Mono-Red was the top deck at #PTOrigins and it came almost out of nowhere - or so it seems. Sam Black shares the origins of how his team picked the deck that won Pro Tour Magic Origins and shares how it shifts Standard going forward.
With Abzan Rally potentially ready to take over Standard this weekend at #PTOrigins and #SCGRegionals, Sam asks an unconventional question - could the deck make it in Modern as well?
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.
With Magic Origins finally being released for Magic Online, Sam Black is here with his first Origins draft to explore the awesome new Limited format we'll be drafting all summer long!
With a few opportunities to play with Magic Origins in both Limited and Standard, Sam Black takes a second look at key cards in the set to re-evaluate their power or utility.
We're all used to looking at the new cards and figuring out where we might want to slot them in; figuring out what old cards might have suddenly just tipped back over into playability is a far less obvious process.
Sam Black wants to explore some more of the Modern format, and today he gives Golgari Grave-Troll a visit since he's had such great results with the card in the past. Check out his latest video as he takes Dredgevine out for a spin!
With a plethora of new Elves in Magic Origins, Chord of Calling seems like it's about to get a shot in the arm for this new Standard season - and Sam shares his initial thoughts on his 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
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.
Sam Black is a huge fan of Magic Origins so far, and he wants to take its flavorful protagonists out for a deckbuilding spin to see just how good they are and what they want to be doing.
Sam Black is well-known for his synergistic small-creature decks that generate incremental advantage, and this four-color Ghostway deck is right up his alley. Try it out this weekend at #SCGBALT's $5,000 Modern Premier IQ!
Sam really likes building around new cards, and he has some interesting thoughts about all of the new Magic Origins cards, complete with decklists to go with them.