This Week in Magic 12/11 – 12/17
- Announcing Avacyn Restored—The Mothership’s official announcement reveals that Avacyn Restored will be a large set and drafted separately.
- Unlocking the Cheats of the SCG Player of the Year, Alex Bertoncini—Drew Levin levied cheating allegations against the newly crowned SCG POY who won a set of Power Nine and 10,000 in prize money. Read more from Matt Sperling.
- Alex Bertoncini Suspended—Bertoncini was suspended for 18 months after allegations combined with video proof. Read the official statement from SCG by Jared Sylva.
- New Counterfeit and Proxy Policy—WotC’s new policy takes a hard line against proxies. Read more from Ben Bleiweiss.
Standard and Block
- Evolving Wolf Run Ramp—Melissa DeTora isn’t about to let Wolf Run Ramp rest on its laurels of winning Worlds.
- Six Names for No—Alexander Shearer’s pie charts reveal what counters are getting run alongside Mana Leak.
- The Invitational and What to Look Out For—($SCG) Brad Nelson puts you on guard against emerging decks like Five-Color Control.
- Vengeance Control—Frank Lepore has nicknamed Sorin’s Vengeance “Cruel Ultimatums” since it packs such a punch in this Grixis build.
- The Humanity—Jon Corpora, inspired by Teddy Card Game, runs UW Humans up against an FNM buzzsaw.
- Ooze Combo—Just when you thought it was safe to stop running graveyard hate Mike Cannon has Necrotic Combo deck for the budget players.
- Foray into Innistrad Block Constructed—Adrian Posoiu is off and running with Township Tokens.
- Spiders—LSV later complained that the popularity of this article made the fringe archetype nearly unplayable.
- ISD #4—Nassim Ketita reads the signals and makes a bold move into red.
- When Drafts Go Bad—Carrie Oliver recovers a busted draft with an aggressive deck that just barely misses 3-0.
- Limited in Retrospect—Stidjen reflects on a three-color deck from a four-pack draft.
Vintage, Legacy, and Modern
- Punishing Fire and the Will to Survive—Todd Anderson looks at some of the most powerful cards in Modern and the Geist Zoo that runs them. Read on for a Legacy Stoneblade list.
- How to Kill Everyone with UW Stoneblade—($) Drew Levin’s second most-read article of the week details the strength of Stoneblade.
- On a Budget—Caleb Durward has Legacy lists for the paupers and tightwads in your playgroup.
- Between Feast and Famine—Brian DeMars ran Countertop Esperblade to a 26th place finish after a rough start thanks to a couple of big top-deck draws.
- Classic Review of the Year—Andrew Phillips believes that the Power 9 will be released online, so this may be the last year of Classic as we know it.
Casual and Variant Format
- Here Comes Godo Clause—Cassidy Silver’s Commander has a mono-red suit and a sack full of equipable toys.
- From Casual Room to FNM: Zombies—Nafiz Erman has a horde of Type-Two Zombie decks with varying levels of competitiveness.
- Magical Crimbo Time—Paul Emerson Leicht gets into the Solstice spirit by brewing up some casual decks for the newly renamed Just for Fun room.
- The Best Card in Casual Magic—Mike Eaton considers which card best serves as the creative deckbuilder’s muse.
- My Triumphant Return & Getting Ready for Modern—Brian Grewe has welcomed two baby girls into the world, and after an eight-week hiatus he’s ready for an upswing in Modern interest.
- How to Buy a Collection—Kelly Reid doesn’t reveal his buyers list, but he does share his 10/90 rule for buying a collection.
- From the Horse’s Mouths—($) Jonathon Medina talks with renowned oddity collectors and foilaholics to gain an insight into pricing.
- Manifest Destiny—Chas Andres hosts an awards show for the most ruthless real estate in the game.
Miscellaneous and Theory
- Tactical Magic, Round Three—Chingsung Chang finds a practical application of Card Economy in today’s Solar Flare decks.
- Becoming a MtG Artist, Part Two—Mike Linnemann lists the best art blogs in the business and provides tips both practical and inspirational for aspiring artists.
- Long Overdue—Jeremy Froggatt’s collection was stolen, but then recovered by police. He’s rejoined the community and is back in the alteration game with a stylized Maze of Ith.
Tezzeret, Beginnings—Issar Roon spins an intricate tale of the ‘walker from Esper.