Many of SCGCON's attendees will have the goal of conquering the most degenerate format of them all! So how do they do it? Sam Black gets you started on the road to running over your opponents in some crazy fast games of Magic!
B/G/X Midrange brims with promise (make that an Hour of Promise!) in Standard, but what's the best way to build it? Sam Black applies his cluster technique to explore the possibilities of Dinosaurs, token strategies, and more!
Sam Black was one of the most famous champions of the Lantern deck as it gained momentum! But now that it has won a Pro Tour, he knows there are many looking to gain an edge against it! Today he tells you what cards Lantern players fear most!
The Standard metagame seems pretty diverse so far, but Sam Black wants to go even further! If you're not (somehow) into the dozen and change decks that are showing up, Sam is here to dig deeper for SCG Philly!
You may not get a better look at the new metgame than this. Sam Black goes levels deep, gives you his process, and ultimately, settles on the decks he'd start with! The Pro Tour is Modern, so he's not holding anything back!
Looking for different ways to use and abuse Vampires and Pirates? Sam Black can always be counted upon to go for the cool, new angle in deckbuilding! Join him for an unorthadox look at these Rivals of Ixalan tribes!
When you want a card that people are sleeping on to get all kinds of busted up, you go to world class deckbuilder Sam Black! The man enjoys sacrificing creatures and comboing, so it's only natural we go to him for this Rivals of Ixalan haymaker!
Sometimes a small piece of advice is all you need to take your Modern game to the next level. Sam Black shares choice tidbits on Lantern, Burn, Affinity, and more ahead of SCG Columbus!
"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!
Sam Black finished with 36 points at Grand Prix Oklahoma City, but that still left him on the outside of a big mana-dominated Top 8. What lessons has he learned...and why does he feel they're so contradictory?
Sam Black went a perfect 8-0 in the Modern portion of the SCG Season Two Invitational with Whir Lantern! Today he gives all the details you need to wield the deck at Grand Prix Oklahoma City!
Don't adjust your screen: it's a new Sam Black article for the second day in a row! Today he talks about the Modern deck spoken of in hushed whispers at best and tones of disgust at worst: Lantern Control! Will you face this menace at the SCG Season Two Invitational...or play it yourself?
"Maximize your mana use each turn" is practically a motto for tournament Magic deckbuilding and competition. But sometimes you're just helping your opponent's plan by doing so! What then? Sam Black shows how the best play sometimes is no play at all!
Sam Black and thousands of competitive players worldwide might have been wrong about control in Modern all along! He explains his new theory of incremental control in the format and reveals his latest decklist! Is that...Hidden Stockpile?!
If you're playing a Temur Energy deck of any kind at Grand Prix Atlanta, you'd better know how to handle the mirror! Sam Black has your must-read guide for anyone taking on the challenge this weekend!
Sam Black eventually played the same deck at Pro Tour Ixalan that Mike Sigrist used to make the Top 8. That's not the whole story, of course! Get Sam's insights into the decks left behind along the way...decks that may still hold a kernel of greatness!
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!