EDH, Tutors and you! by Iain McEwan

Tutors in EDH…and how to lose your friends! Imagine this, you have a large board of creatures, you've just put your opponent on single digits with no cards in hand. This game is in the bag. You pass the turn. Your opponent top decks a Demonic Tutor and casts it, but what do they find? … Continue reading EDH, Tutors and you! by Iain McEwan

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D&D Level UP: Character Themes

Article by Connor Murphy [Murphy's Vault Owner] When it comes to making a character for a D&D campaign, I often find that I have a ton of ideas and not sure what to settle on, often it can be influenced by the type of campaign provided by your dungeon master, who should be your first … Continue reading D&D Level UP: Character Themes

Brewing with Brawl: Orzhov Tokens and Izzet Wizards by Martin Zacques

This week we’re diving into the newly announced Brawl format and bringing you a couple of different decks to try out. The first one focuses around Elenda, the Dusk Rose, a sweet underused rare from Rivals of Ixalan. The second deck offers an aggressive take on Wizard Tribal, which looks to be one of the … Continue reading Brewing with Brawl: Orzhov Tokens and Izzet Wizards by Martin Zacques

‘U/R Hate Bears’ – Playing Gifts Storm as Combo-Prison By Holt Hauser

Ah, good ol’ U/R Gifts Storm. King of unfairness, master of solitaire, and purveyor of copious amounts of salt. U/R Gifts Storm is my primary deck in Modern, and I love playing it. It’s a bit complicated but rewards you insanely for making good lines and heads-up plays. It’s also backed up with something I … Continue reading ‘U/R Hate Bears’ – Playing Gifts Storm as Combo-Prison By Holt Hauser

The Brawler’s Arsenal: Rivals of Ixalan Standard Edition by Martin Zacques

This week Wizards of the Coast announced a new Magic: the Gathering format; Brawl. This 60 card singleton format allows players to use any Legendary Creature or Planeswalker from the Standard card pool and to construct a deck designed for multiplayer casual play. If this sounds familiar, perhaps you remember Murphy’s Vault experimented with Paragon, … Continue reading The Brawler’s Arsenal: Rivals of Ixalan Standard Edition by Martin Zacques

Big Fish, Little Fish, Pro Tour Rivals. – Article by Branoc Richards

  Last time, I wrote about how I managed to qualify for what most competitive magic players see as their goal – the Pro Tour. I hadn’t been even close to qualifying before, with only a single PTQ top 16 (in the last ever PTQ held in the UK before the PPTQs began). I realised … Continue reading Big Fish, Little Fish, Pro Tour Rivals. – Article by Branoc Richards

The Road to Competitive Play: Mindset By Holt Hauser

The Road to Competitive Play: Mindset By Holt Hauser   Part 4: Creating a Productive Mindset Creating this article series has been a test in trying to breakdown the concepts that are integral to playing Magic at a competitive level. When Marc and I sat down and outlined the structure that this article series would … Continue reading The Road to Competitive Play: Mindset By Holt Hauser

The Road to Competitive Play: Honing Skills – Part 3: Practice, Playgroups, and Playtesting

So far we’ve established what fundamentals are, and why understanding them will improve your competitive game. We have talked about how playing Magic and expanding your experience of other formats is probably the best way to observe and develop fundamentals. But these have mainly been abstract explanations interspersed with a joke or card pun here … Continue reading The Road to Competitive Play: Honing Skills – Part 3: Practice, Playgroups, and Playtesting