When I came back to Magic after a long hiatus I’d wistfully read Michael Flores articles about Standard decks that broke the format and redefined the game. If you’ve ever wanted a chance to experience these decks, now’s your chance. Lee Sharp unveils the Throwback Standard Gauntlet.
From Around the Web
Matt Sperling once decried the influence of planeswalkers on Constructed Magic. That was about the card type and gameplay—James Vogel at Bad Advice and Dune Quotes had a different problem with planeswalkers: the way they affect the story and flavor experience of playing Magic.
Graeme Mclntyre at Mana Leak takes a close look at a recent misplay—and reflects on the best way to learn from a mistake and move on.
Most agree that Standard doesn’t seem like a healthy format. It’s unlikely that we’d see a Standard banning again any time soon, but consider what the format might look like without some of the most troublesome cards. Andrew Jessup at Gathering Magic looks at the candidates.
I can’t resist a good ranking, and this is a ranking of a ranking. Adam Koska at Blackboarder covers his Top 3s from 2016.
Saffron Olive’s preview card article at MTGGoldfish has a spicy brew for Modern and Commander with Secret Salvage.
ICYMI: 5 Posts from ChannelFireball
LSV unveils a legendary 2-drop from Aether Revolt that should power up plenty of spell decks!
The only way to eliminate a cognitive bias is to be aware of it. PV shows you 8 that are hurting your game right now.
Last week Josh asked what makes a “good” Standard format. Today he examines the question with a look back at one of the best examples.
I asked for Frontier content, and Joel Larsson came through with not one but two new brews for the format.
I knew this card was good, but I didn’t know how much it meant for Modern until PV sent in this article. Is this card enough to change how we think of Jund and Abzan?
Fatal Push is to Smuggler's Copter as Bloodbraid into Blightning is to Jace TMS.
— Matt Sperling (@mtg_law_etc) January 3, 2017
BRB making a bonfire with all my Disfigures pic.twitter.com/JlXMoQxU3A
— Paulo Vitor (@PVDDR) January 2, 2017
Found this piece of Pro Tour history in an old jacket pocket today. pic.twitter.com/Tolk5L4D2K
— Owen Turtenwald (@OwenTweetenwald) January 2, 2017
Just realized Marvel is super despised despite basically only 1-2 weekends of events plus MODO. Not saying that's wrong, but weirdly quick.
— Ari Lax (@armlx) January 4, 2017
— David Williams (@dwpoker) January 4, 2017
Research by William Lamping.