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Melira Pod #1

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Trying to win a PTQ? Check out this Daily Event where Neal Oliver pilots Melira Pod!

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GP Chicago - A Deckbuilding Discussion

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This past weekend, I played at GP Chicago with my new Standard brew. I have been pretty disappointed with Standard lately. The format has stagnated since Mono Blue, Mono Black, Esper, and Jund Monsters became the go-to decks almost a year ago (though Monsters arose a bit later). Thoughtseize is a very oppressive card, destroying mana curves and forcing the format to a place where redundant proactive strategies are king. The only time this isn’t true is when you can go way over the top in the late game with a card like Sphinx’s Revelation, which is the only reason Esper decks still exist. The format’s good cards are also way above the regular power curve, so if you aren’t playing with them, you’d better have both a very good reason and a plan to beat them.

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Magic in the Nation’s Capitol - My GP DC Journey

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I just returned from a Magical journey through Chicago and Washington DC, and I can say that I learned a lot despite a lackluster showing at the events. Last time I talked about my experience with a homebrew at GP Chicago, and after playing the deck a bit more, I have to say that it is too clunky for me. Removing Eidolon of Blossoms also meant removing the major engine that drew me in the first place. I tweaked the deck in a major way before the tournament, and it hurt me. More importantly, I should have just switched back to a safe deck choice rather than playing my brew.

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VMA #2/3 Double Draft!

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Time for some more Vintage Masters, but this time it’s a 2 for 1! Enjoy!

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Playing Melira, Sylvok Outcast Pod

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There has been a recent shift in how people build Modern Melira Pod decks. People have been turning away from playing with Melira, Sylvok Outcast in their GBW pod decks, and I’m not exactly sure why. Some argue that with Melira, you need more cards to combo off with. Cutting her allows you to cut Ranger of Eos and Viscera Seer. Despite how some see this as a boon, both of these cards have performed fantastically for me.

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Vintage Masters Draft

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Welcome to Vintage Masters! One thing I really enjoy about this draft format is the deep archetype cohesion. Simply put, synergy will trump raw power fairly often in this format. Outside of obviously strong cards like Flametongue Kavu and Prophetic Bolt, building a game plan during drafting matters quite a bit. Enjoy this video and see the synergies unfold!

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