"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!
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!