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Innistrad Flashback Draft

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Time for some horrific fun with this Innistrad flashback draft!

KTK Limited: Where Morphs Khan’t Disappoint

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I think it’s safe to say I wasn’t the only one excited for Khans of Tarkir, after its Prerelase Weekend set new attendance and sales records at Eudemonia here in Berkeley. And with reprinted fetchlands, long-awaited wedges, and interesting mechanics both new and old, it’s not hard to see why. It’s too early to say much about Khans Standard, but I do have some advice to share about the Limited environment, in advance of the upcoming Sealed PTQ and GPT events at Eudemonia this weekend.

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Neal Oliver Playing Cube

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Time for some cubing before Khans!

Winning the WMCQ in Philly

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I headed off to Philly with dreams of doing well in the WMCQ. It can be hard to stay hopeful, but results like this show that sometimes dreams do come true. I went all-out this season trying to qualify for the World Magic Cup. After my first Top 8 loss in Oakland last month, I thought qualifying was a super long shot, but representing USA at the World Magic Cup was too big an opportunity to forget about, and so I went to every WMCQ with the hope that maybe I could take one down. Well, here we are, and I’m looking forward to working with my excellent team of Owen Turtenwald, Isaac Sears, and Andrew Beckstrom.

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Reviewing M15 through GP Salt Lake City

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Hi everyone!

Recently GP Salt Lake City put M15 limited on the big stage once more. After exploring the format and gaining a lot of experience with both Sealed and Draft, I can conclude that these formats are quite different. Overall, M15 is a pretty good set with interesting interactions and synergies to be built around, but has one main flaw: overpowered cards at each rarity. These oppressively good cards can win games alone.

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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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