This Week in Magic 9/2-9/8
- Introducing Planeswalker Points—WotC’s official announcement on the new rating system and its impact of organized play.
- Talking About Planeswalker Points—Trick Jarrett tells the tale of an epic boardroom meeting and Mike Turian’s big announcement.
- How I became and Archmage—LSV shares his thoughts on the Planeswalker Points system that rewards players for playing often and even more for winning.
- Player of the Year Update—Owen Turtenwald currently holds a three points lead over LSV and a four point margin over Stark and Watanabe.
- MTG Comics—IDW Publishing announces a new comic book series centered around Magic characters and storylines.
Standard and Block
- Brewing Blade Breaker (SCG$) — Brian Kibler took advantage of a stale metagame and brewed up this potent RG concoction.
- Looking at Standard with Innistrad—Ashley Morway does not feel Tempered Steel will be the strongest deck post rotation. Find out why and check out some of her speculative lists.
- 53 FNM’s #3—Jon Copora runs a “cute” Splinter Twin deck with a sneaky Lavamancer out of the sideboard.
- Walking through M12 Draft—Nassim Ketita stays the course with Green White in this walkthrough and the strategy pays off.
- M12 Draft #3—David Ochoa sees white dry up in pack three and then builds an aggressive deck in three colors.
Vintage, Legacy, and Modern
- Modern after PT Philadelphia—Josh Silvestri ponders changes to the ban list and combo killers that might include an updated B/R list.
- Pro Tour Philly and the Modern Debut (SCG$) — Patrick Chapin considers the health of the format after the prevalence of the turn-three kill.
- Designing Naya in Modern—Matt Sperling on why he decided not to run Nacatls and cut a ‘Goyf.
- Modern Madness—Francis Toussaint shares his Cascading LD deck and several other Modern decks that caught his eye.
- RG Shamans—Michele Furno is here to remind everyone that Bloodbraid Elf is, in fact, a Shaman with this budget-friendly Modern deck.
- Turboland—Adam Barnello loves playing Constant Mists and is excited for Bribery to become a sideboard staple.
- Modern Burn—Mike Cannon’s budget build might be just fast enough to hold its own in the combo-centric metagame.
- Attacking the Format—Caleb Durward revitalizes Merfolk, an archetype that’s been on the decline in Legacy.
- Demon Oath—Mark Hornung raves about this Vintage deck bypasses the banning of Demonic Tutor by combining Rune Scarred Demon and Oath of Druids.
Casual and Variant Formats
- Unpacking Mirror Mastery—Bennie Smith retools the preconstructed Commander deck to better suit Riku of the Two Reflections.
- My Planeswalker Commander Deck—Love rocking your ‘Walkers? Then Abe Sargent has the deck for you!
- Commander Confessional—Jeremy Blair and his feels a little remorseful as he shares his mono-blue Wizards build.
- Commander Box: Introduction—Adam Styborski polls readers on his innovative concept for extra EDH staples.
- The Mimeoplasm—Sheldon Menery is Bound and Determined to play this Commander who oozes with powerful possibilities. Also, check out some amazing alters created by Gus Schade.
- Pro Tour Philly and You—Chas Andres scoured the debut decklists for potential pickups and shares them with you.
- Musings on Modern—Christopher Walton explains why Modern is in desperate need of key reprints.
- A Look Back at Modern Predications—Kelly Reid holds himself accountable to his predictions and takes advantage of his bragging rights.
- Reading Markets (SCG$) — Jonathon Medina speculates on card playability categories: staples, engines, answers, and tricks.
- Box to Extended: Trades and Top Ten List—Ryan Bushard discusses the value of rotating the stock in your trade binder.
Theory and Miscellany
- The Road to the WPN—Don Wiggins of Don’s Magic and Sundry has chronicled his path from fledgling to tournament promoter, to sanctioned organizer, to blogosphere celebrity.
- The Story of Watchwolf92—Jonathan Sukenik tells the tale of how he went infinite online and shares the decklists that helped get him there.
- Aggro-Control in Every Format Ever—Gavin Verhey introduces his concept of a deck template by examining previously successful decks and building a deck for a hypothetical format.
- Initial Impressions—Usman Jamil shares his Cube designer’s perspective and an important lesson on evaluating new spoilers.
- Tilting in Magic—Noah Long walks potentially volatile players through the two-step process of awareness and acceptance.
- Designing Mechanics—Gregory Marques explains why top-down mechanic design has become a popular methodology.
- The Llanowar Sentinel—Debbie Freeland lampoons Finkel-gate and Innistrad’s racy artwork.
- Mage Craft Cocktails: Innistrad—MJ Scott slings drinks fit for Liliana and Garruk.