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How to Think When Thinking About Magic

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I recently read Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, a collection of stories that form a picture of what the human mind does with first impressions. Gladwell argues that unconscious clues in these initial moments greatly influence a person’s opinions, leading to priming and better decision making. Today, I’ll discuss how priming and subconscious thinking can impact how we think about Magic.

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WMCQ Top 8 with Mono Blue Devotion

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Hi, everyone!

This past weekend, I played Mono Blue Devotion at the first of three WMCQs. I ended up undefeated in the Swiss, making it all the way to the quarterfinals. Here’s the list I ran:

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Taking Second at GP Portland

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My name is Eric Severson. I’m an aspiring pro Magic player from Berkeley who just had a great run in the latest team Grand Prix in Portland, along with my friends Ben Weitz and Josiah Skallerup. Qualifying for the first Pro Tour of this season, winning a ticket to Hawaii, and getting a head start in the Pro Points race felt fantastic, but sharing it with my friends made it even greater.

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M15 #1/VMA #4 Combo Draft Video

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What’s better than draft? Two drafts in two formats!

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Vintage Masters Draft Primer

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I’m always excited to draft Magic 2015, I’d be lying if I told you there wasn’t another format that’s been consuming my time and attention. When I wasn’t practicing Modern for GP Boston, I was drafting Vintage Masters (VMA). The set is incredibly deep and fun, and it just keeps getting better. Archetypes have emerged and matured since the format’s release in June, and there’s a pretty clear metagaming of draft archetypes, very similar to what you find in constructed formats.

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GP Portland Prep: Building M15 Team Sealed

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You start looking through the 168 cards registered to your team. 168! You begin to realize you have no idea where to start. The permutations of decks you can build seem nearly endless… 15 minutes to go! But you’re not even near finishing. Doggedly, you cobble together some decks, hoping they’re the best you could have built. You’re not too confident about that. Let’s avoid that confusion, shall we? I’m going to demonstrate by example in this article, building a real team sealed pool with enough accompanying explanation to work as a step-by-step guide for your future M15 sealed endeavors. Sound fun? Let’s go!

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