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Tournament Talk: Grand Prix Phoenix

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After finishing just outside of the money in GP Cincinnati, I flew home determined to step up my standard game for GP Phoenix. I felt that Esper was well placed in the metagame, being hard to hate out due to its incredible sideboard. Battling on Magic Online confirmed my expectations, but I needed to decide between straight UW or Esper.

UW is a very similar deck to Esper, and often proves superior in a more hostile metagame.

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April Phool’s Sealed Video

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Phooling around is an art finely tuned. Mystery packs await and a good time is guaranteed. Join me on my April Phool’s Sealed journey!

Playing with Esper

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Tournament Talk: Grand Prix Barcelona

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Today I want to cover my participation in the GP Barcelona tournament. The format for the tournament was easily my favorite: Team Sealed! The format’s teamwork and the sense of camaraderie easily outweigh the negatives, though it does bring with it a number of unique challenges. Team Sealed requires much more careful deckbuilding than normal sealed. Normally, when I sit down to build a Sealed deck, I feel I have enough time to carefully weigh my various options, coming very close to an optimal build. With team sealed, the scant 60 minutes allotted for building fly by, and you often feel inundated with the sheer number of options.

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Tournament Talk Episode 2: Pro Tour BNG, Part 2

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Last time, I covered the constructed portion of Pro Tour Born of the Gods. While experimenting with Modern was exciting, I was far more interested in the draft portion of the tournament. I playtested extensively, getting in about 20 drafts before the Pro Tour, a respectable amount given my split focus. I quickly discovered that BNG had sped up the format a bit, which was especially interesting since losing a pack of Theros meant fewer Ordeals. …

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