This Week in Magic 3/15-3/22
- Souls and Virtue Banned in Block—Greg Haenig recaps the ban hammer’s blow to Block token decks.
- The Guardian, the Witch, and the Angel—Doug Beyer foretells the flavor of Avacyn’s restoration.
- Venser vs. Koth Decklists Revealed—Adam Styborski had first crack at the newest Duel Decks, their alternate art, and full deck lists.
- Duke is King of Nashville—Reid Duke translated his success from Magic One to the Music City.
Standard and Block
- Preparing for Standard at the Invitational—($SCG) Sam Black weighs the risks of “next-leveling” in the current environment.
- Sacramento Standard—Josh Silvestri highlights Esper Control and U/W Pristine.
- Esper Control: A Complete Primer—Josh S. highlights the pitfalls of several of Esper Control’s usual matchups in a reader-friendly format.
- GP Nashvile 2nd and Birthing Pod in Standard—Todd Anderson’s updated Birthing Pod list and some insight into his Sealed success.
- The Anatomy of Innistrad Block Constructed—Adam Koska’s analysis was still accounting for Lingering Souls, but it’s still a solid block analysis.
- First Impressions of Magic Online Cube—Usman Jamil brings his designer’s eye to this critique of Magic Online’s first official cube.
- DII#2—Nassim Ketita’s B/W Humans deck demonstrates that the archetype can still win even if the pieces don’t all come together.
- Sealed Luck—Darwin Kastle’s foundational article on the Sealed format argues against conventional wisdom on the role of luck.
Vintage, Legacy, and Modern
- Modern Season 1 Review—($SCG) A brand-new competitive format doesn’t come around all that often. Ari Lax re-caps the inaugural season of Modern.
- Mishra’s Workship Strikes Back—Brian DeMars examines the resurgence of Espresso Stax.
- GP Indianapolis Report: 2nd—Kenny Castor went 1-9 in pre-tournament testing against Maverick with his RUG Tempo deck, but ran hot once the main event began.
Casual and Variant Formats
- Riders of Ruhan—Robby Rothe takes a swing at building a Ruhan deck in a Commander project designed to showcase deck-building diversity.
- Olivia Voldaren—Sheldon Menery is waiting for an alternate-art Olivia, but you don’t have to wait any longer to see Scott Larabee’s list.
- Colorless Lands—Devon Rule on the colorless lands that might make the cut even with the popular three-color generals.
- 100 Combo Decks—Abe Sargent is doing his part in making every combo deck a net deck.
- Venser’s Deck Review—Ertais Lament begins his break down of the Venser half of the new Duel Decks.
- Steal this Article—Chad Andres raises awareness on the growing problem of theft, and what traders stand to lose if people stop bringing binders to events.
- Re-investing in Magic—Craig Wescoe recommends the Magic equivalent of penny stocks.
- Karma: It’s not Just for Swamps—Kelly Reid organizers his binders and helps you pack for the Gold Rush.
- Covering your Collection—($QS) Chad Havas explains how to value and insure your collection.
- FNM Hero—Jon Medina’s new series kicks off with an event deck and a ban on value trading.
Theory and Miscellany
- Metagame Analysis and Tournament Preparation—Jonas Walther looks to get his reader ahead of the curve, and ready for tournaments.
- Fixing Grand Prix Byes—Matt Sperling suggests ways to restore the value of byes.
- Card Signing Guides—John Dale Beety’s SCG Invitational artist guide might make you pine for the days of the large pre-release.
- Sea the World—Jules Robbins takes World Design under the sea.
- Tie Breakers—Tie-breakers can be tricky business. Chris Mascioli highlights the variables.