Vintage. Standard. Ixalan Limited. Every tournament format needs to own up to its strengths and weaknesses. This week, Veteran Pro Tour deckbuilder Sam Black puts the game under the microscope and explains exactly what he sees.
Sideboarding in Modern is more than just swapping in copies of Stony Silence or Ancient Grudge when facing Affinity! Sam Black illuminates the small details that can swing games at SCG Cincinnati!
Sam Black saw U/B Control emerge as a challenger to Ramunap Red and Temur Energy at the World Championship! But he doesn't think Standard is just a three-deck metagame. Today he outlines ways to take down The Scarab God and friends!
Sam Black was one of the 24 players invited to the 2017 Magic World Championship! Today, he takes a dive into his preparation for the event with hot takes, secret strategy, and why control is the best thing in Standard for the first time in years!
It's an enchantment that turns into Gaea's Cradle, but is it any good? Sam Black has the lowdown on Growing Rites of Itlimoc!
Arguel's Blood Fast promises card advantage...for a price. Sam Black explores its potential in Vampires with several decklists, but does its true home lie elsewhere? Get his insight ahead of SCG Dallas!
The Ixalan legendary enchantments that turn into lands have Sam Black flipping out! You'd better believe he wants Legion's Landing for a Tokens deck, but what about Search for Azcanta?
Sam Black is uncommonly enthusiastic about the setting of Ixalan! As for its tribal themes, the jury's still out, but that won't stop him from trying to build a sweet Primal Amulet deck and many more!
After Ross Merriam wrote his thoughts on the first batch of Ixalan previews, Sam Black had some...mild disagreements. Get the Worlds competitor's take on the future of Standard!
Standard has gone through a rough patch the past few sets, but Hour of Devastation has broken the streak! Sam Black investigates how the Standard of Grand Prix Washington DC will be enjoyable...and whether the good times will last after rotation!
If the Standard metagame is evolving to go bigger, Sam Black wants to go really big! And drawing four cards from an eternalized Champion of Wits is how he wants to do it. Could one of his decklists evolve into the Grand Prix Washington DC champion?
It's some of Magic's longest-standing Constructed orthodoxy: "Play exactly 60 cards." But what if that's not correct? Sam Black explores the possibilities of running more than 60 cards in Modern ahead of SCG Richmond!
The road to a Pro Tour Top 4 is treacherous! It's filled with lots of brews that are only a step away from being great, and Sam Black is ready to share a number of cool deck ideas that just need that little something to go to the next level!
Sam Black went to Pro Tour Hour of Devastation wondering if he would make Gold for the year. Instead, he earned Platinum and a ticket to Worlds! Today he talks the deck, the drafts, and the decisions that got him there.