An update to my predictions for FTV: Twenty

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This will be just a quick piece, since I’ve since realized that some of my picks for FTV: Twenty wouldn’t be right (they are on the much-cursed Reserved List, and thus cannot be reprinted). With this followup piece, I’m going to revise my picks to account for the Reserved List, and then in August when this is released, we’ll see how well I did.
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Random Friday: Rebuilding my Rakdos deck

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One of my plans in the new year was to rebuild my EDH decks that weren’t performing the way I wanted them to. Thus far, I’ve rebuilt several of my decks; I started with my Necra deck, which was transformed from Ghave, Guru of Spores into Doran, the Siege Tower here. Next, I’d renovated my Boros list, changing Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer into Brion Stoutarm here. Finally, the lovely Angela had changed our Dimir deck from Vela the Night-Clad to the new and exciting Lazav, Dimir Mastermind here.

 

And now, it was time to finally settle on a Rakdos deck. Coincidentally, I was building around Rakdos, Lord of Riots — time to get rowdy and aggro people’s worlds!
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Random Friday: Rebuilding our Dimir deck, Part II

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Last week, I’d written about the Dimir deck that Angela and I had rebuilt from the remnants of Vela the Night-Clad. We had turned the Vela deck into a very cool Dimir control deck, with lots of milling action, counterspells, and kill spells to go hand-in-hand with Lazav. You can view that article here. Lazav himself turned out to be one of the most fun generals to play in some time, and since last week, the deck has been tuned even further.

 

So, let’s take a look at the changes!
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Predictions: FTV – Twenty

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So, this weekend the WotC coverage team at PT: Gatecrash stunned the Magic world with the announcement of a new From the Vaults set, FTV: Twenty, celebrating twenty years of Magic in one box set full of foils. This is a pretty cool idea (and I honestly was wondering what they’d be doing to celebrate 20 years of MtG, so this is a good idea on their parts), and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in the set.

 

Hence, much like I did for Commander’s Arsenal, I figured I’d make some bold predictions. Here we go!
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Planeswalking in Shandalar: Day 8, Out for Revenge

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When last we left our hero, he had just suffered his first loss in the land of Shandalar at the hands of a vicious Mandurang dragon; this loss not only meant that he’s lost his chance to win a treasure card (the strange pump spell/removal spell Berzerk), but he’d also lost one of his only two copies of the best card in Shandalar, the broken card-drawing spell Contract from Below.

 

How would our hero rebound from this devastating loss?
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Random Friday: Rebuilding our Dimir deck, Part I

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One of my plans this year was to take the EDH decks I have that are either no fun to play, or no fun to play against, and rebuild them into something better. Thus far, I have rebuilt my Necra deck (which I rebuilt into Doran, the Siege Tower and Karador, Ghost Chieftain here) and my Boros deck (which was rebuilt into Brion Stoutarm here).

 

Now, another deck was going up on the chopping block: our Dimir deck, Vela the Night-Clad, which had been built from scratch by the lovely Angela.
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Casual format: Old School Magic (or Magic ’93-94 )

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I thought I’d write about something different today. At our local store, we have Legacy night every Thursday, where players can show up armed with their dual lands and Force of Wills and battle. One of the side events that has been introduced recently to the scene is Old School Magic (otherwise known as Magic ’93-94).

 

What is Old School Magic? Well, I’m glad you asked (since that’s what this article’s about)!
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Massive post-Gatecrash deck update!

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This weekend, I finally sat down to change up my EDH decks with new cards. I had won a box at the Gatecrash prerelease, and have done some massive trading over the past few events, so there were a lot of changes to do. And so, I figured I’d share these changes in one big update, since some of them are pretty striking.

 

Without any further ado, here we go:
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Random Friday: Rebuilding my Boros deck

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As one of my New Year’s resolutions, I resolved to replace any of my EDH decks that I was not happy with, or decks that did not play well, or decks that, plain and simple, no one liked to play or play against. I started culling my decks with the reconstruction of my Necra deck; I retooled it into two possibilities, Doran, the Siege Tower or Karador, Ghost Chieftain. You can read about my thought process behind the change here.

 

I was very happy with the build of Doran that I’ve come up with; aggro-ing people with high-toughness creatures is a lot of fun, and it has been a blast to play.

 

It turns out that no one likes playing against my Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer deck, despite it not being in any way overpowered, and quite weak to Wrath effects; I am also the only one who likes playing it. And so, it is with a heavy heart that I put Jor Kadeen up as the next of my EDH decks on the chopping block.
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