Fighting the Blues: Against the Waves

No Such Thing as Stock

“No way,” my friend shook his head with a hint of sass. “Yes, I’m serious Carl. I really think it would work,” I said, mustering up as much confidence as I could. “It’s not even a goblin! It will dilute my deck.” He wasn’t convinced. “Yes, I know, but the synergy is perfect. I can’t imagine Goblins not running this. You have to trust me.” Any other testing partner might have moved on, playing their usual 75. Being a fantastic friend and an open minded person, he listened. He took one of the cards in his deck and flipped it around displaying the ever-so-familiar back through the warn sleeves. “There. This can be Purphoros. Let’s see what it can do,” he sighed as he started shuffling.

Fighting the Blues: Introducing a New Perspective

When I Used to be Blue

I sigh deeply as I see a Flooded Strand enter the battlefield on the opponent’s first turn. It sits there mocking me; an overpriced un-cracked fetchland. The opponent passes with an unmistakable smirk on his face. Suddenly, the hand of Tarmogoyf, Lightning Helix, and Kird Ape seems not powerful enough to get there. What if he plays a Counterbalance on his second turn? Does he have a Force of Will to diminish my pressure? The dreaded Terminus may be looming on the horizon to null my entire deck of creatures and burn spells. My creatures, which were acquired through much saving and trading, now face an uphill battle as pound for pound, their card strengths don’t match those of the controlling opponent. Speed is the name of the game. If I were to rip one creature after another the game may be still mine. But the possibility of drawing lands makes me nervous. I untap, draw for my turn. Taiga smiles back at me, my fourth land. The hill just got steeper.

Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 13: Tournaments Galore!

In episode thirteen of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt), Jacob Kory (@MTGKoby), and Sean O’Brien (nedleeds) have a very special guest. Joining the guys is Bazaar of Moxen Legacy winner, Julian Knab (@itsJulian23).

We get reports from Julian and Sean about their trips to Bazaar of Moxen and Eternal weekend as well as some discussion about the events themselves. Of course, results are king! We analyze the metagame after the last few big tournaments and discuss how to prepare for that metagame just in time for Grand Prix: Washington, DC.

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Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 12: Big Things on the Horizon

In episode twelve of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt), Jacob Kory (@MTGKoby), and Sam Craven (@TheCravenOne) discuss the big things coming soon to eternal magic. After a brief return to Johnny decks and Matt’s SCG Open: Seattle tournament report, the guys discuss the cards out of Commander that they’re most looking forward to. This segues in to the big tournaments coming up this weekend and how we expect to see the metagame change.

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Legacy Metagame Analysis November 2013

Welcome to our initial Legacy Metagame Analysis. This will be a monthly series of Legacy metagame reports covering all of the major tournaments, showing which decks are grabbing the top finishes. I have been doing my own metagame analysis for months now, and I find it really helpful as a bird’s eye view of what is performing well in Legacy.

Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 11: Listener Feedback Part 1

In episode eleven of #EverydayEternal, Sean O’Brien (nedleeds), Matt Pavlic (sdematt) and Sam Craven (@TheCravenOne on Twitter) respond to listener feedback. We start by exploring our Johnny side, and discussing how we prefer to play. We move on to Deathrite Shaman and whether he’s bannable. This paves the way to questioning what makes a card bannable, and some thoughts on cards that could be unbanned.

For the last half of the cast, the guys discuss deckbuilding. There’s a little bit of complaining about netdecking, but the focus is on how to build it your own way. This includes ten minutes of brewing the next generation of Esper Stoneblade from scratch.

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Ovino 8 2013 Legacy Top 16 Decklists and Standings

The huge annual Ovino tournaments were recently held, and 407 people duked it out for a studly prize pool in Milan (Italy) on September 28 2013. Vladimir Padve (UR Delver) bested Ilya Sherbakov (Dark Depths Maverick) in the finals.

We are proud to bring you the Top 16 decklists from the Ovino 8 2013 Legacytournament, as well as the complete final standings.

Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 10: Midrange Mania

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In episode ten of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt) and Sam Craven (@TheCravenOne on Twitter) discuss the recent surge in popularity of midrange decks. The cast starts with a quick run down of some recent tournament results as well as brief analysis of our favorite cards out of Theros. Matt and Sam then focus on Shardless BUG, Jund, and Junk; how they work and what you can do against them. The cast starts with a quick run down of some recent tournament results as well as brief analysis of our favorite cards out of Theros.

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Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 9: Preparing for Battle

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In episode nine of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt), Jacob Kory (@MTGKoby on Twitter), and Sean O’Brien (nedleeds) discuss big tournaments. First, Sean regales us with his tales from GenCon, including winning an uncut sheet of Antiquities (congrats, Sean!). We’ve gotten some feedback about large tournaments such as Vintage Champs, so the guys move on to discussing how to prepare for such a large event. Everyone involved reminds you that it is not just the deck that’s important come game day!

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Doomsday: The Puzzling – The Dream Halls Dilemma

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Your opponent is on a very strong combo deck in OmniTell, but you are not deterred. You are also on a combo deck, but one which features more countermagic and disruption. This will be a game of inches, but one that you should win if you plan properly. You took the first game of the match, and your opponent is not about to go down without a fight. You brought in a pair of Dark Confidants and Cabal Therapies for some extra draw and disruption.

Everyday Eternal Podcast Episode 8: Taking Control

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In episode eight of #EverydayEternal, Matt Pavlic (sdematt), Jacob Kory (@MTGKoby on Twitter), Sean O’Brien (nedleeds), and Sam Craven (@TheCravenOne on Twitter) discuss the second of Magic’s pillar archetypes; control. The cast talk about what a control deck is, including historical examples, how to play, and how to build. Non-blue mages need not fret; there’s plenty of discussion of other forms of control including Staxx’s taxing effects and Pox’s hand control.

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Doomsday: The Puzzling – The Double Deathrite Conundrum

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The moment you feared has finally arrived. After stomping two Show and Tell decks, overcoming a UW Control deck with dominating countermagic, and narrowly defeating a RUG Delver deck, you are faced with your most difficult matchup yet: Shardless BUG. It’s the fifth round of a seven round Legacy tournament, and a trip to the Top 8 is on the line. Win here, and you can draw into the elimination rounds, where guaranteed prizes await. Lose here, and you might fall out of contention completely.

Your opponent, Jimmy the Cat Warrior, is a well known area player, and a skilled opponent. Escaping with a win here will require precision and exact planning. Fortunately, you are focused and determined.