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Calebovitsch

First Pick – A Damage of Crones

Calebovitsch is back with First Pick – a series of whole draft playthroughs. This time he once again answers the question – will the first pick determine the rest of your draft?

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theboxermathematics

TheBoxer’s Corner: 78 Ways to Leave Your Lover

“The problem is all inside your head”, she said to me“The answer is easy if you take it logicallyI’d like to help you in your struggle to be freeThere must be seventy-eight ways to leave your lover” Hello and welcome back to TheBoxer’s Corner! I know many of you are waiting for my Expedition Power Base article, don’t worry it is still in the works. It is just taking a lot of time to get where I want it to

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Competitive
Tchamber5

Backlash 38: New Year Reflections

The Boys look back at their year, what they have accomplished, and – more importantly – what they learned //iTunes //Soundcloud//Spotify FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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Competitive
doc28ecg

Once Upon a Time: Overrunning Portland with Modern Elves

On the Friday of MagicFest Portland, I watched my teammate Devon (@arbitraryarmor) take down the Standard PTQ with Jund Sacrifice. At some point that afternoon, I jokingly told him that I’d make it back-to-back Team Rankstar wins the next day in the Modern PTQ. My expectations for the weekend were relatively low given how busy I was leading up to the event; with final exams looming over the month, I decided to trust in my experience and sleeve up Elves,

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isochroneternal

Meta Monday – 2019 in Review

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday Thank you to everyone who submitted games to our forms this year and made Meta Monday possible. The list of people who did this would be too long, but special thanks for helping the articles beyond compare go to: ChriseaySusuexpt3544SquadhawkLiglig Your game submissions make Meta Monday possible. If you want to support us, please submit your Throne games here and your Expedition games here. A Year in Review Even though I’ve been consistently writing

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Community
The Mantid Man

How Not To Tech Against Endra

This is a guest article from Alison. If you would like to write guest pieces to be published on Team Rankstar’s site, just reach out to Mantid on Discord or Twitter. Endra, Champion of Shavka, has been dominating the Throne format lately. The decks that run her go by a variety of affectionate nicknames: “Edna Storm”, “Haunted Harpway”, “Hurricane Endra”. All of them are based around the same basic concept – to recur Endra as many times as possible with

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theboxermathematics

TheBoxer’s Corner: Burn for Free

Hello and welcome back to TheBoxer’s Corner! Today I am going to give my opinion on how the Torch nerf has felt so far. If you interacted with me on the day of the Torch nerf I would have given you the answer that this is an unequivocally bad decision. After a couple weeks I have warmed up to the nerf but I’m still not sure Torch was the best card to nerf. I believe that Eternal should have a

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Year in Arena 2019

A look back on Magic the Gathering Arena in 2019. Including reflection on the sets and patches, the best and worst of the year, and thoughts looking forward into 2020.

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LightsOutAce

Lights Out: Invoke the Chair

I hope everyone had/has/will have a wonderful holiday! It’s the season for fun and relaxation, and I can think of no better way to relax and have fun than to play really long games of Eternal. Today’s deck may not take you to the top of ladder, but I’ve had a blast gunning down everything with Blitrok + Vara’s Sanctum: 4 Seek Power (Set1 #408)2 Eremot’s Designs (Set1007 #9)4 Fenris Nightshade (Set4 #204)4 Lightning Strike (Set1 #197)4 Vara’s Favor (Set0

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Eternal
Tchamber5

GHP Reviews the New Campaign!

Tchamber5 is AWOL, but Gerry doesnt let that stop him! Check out what he has to say about the newest Eternal Card Game set! //iTunes //Soundcloud//Spotify FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday: December Week 4

The following people made this article possible: t3544BluRicesusuexpQuitschibA1anceChriseayPapaCapricornMancio1982 As always, if you’d like to contribute data and have your name featured in the article, make sure to submit your games to both the Throne Ladder and Expedition Ladder forms. If your opponent was on an off-meta deck, please just write a little bit of information about it to make my job a little easier. If you have a large data set, you can DM them to /u/NotoriousGHP on Reddit, [TRS] NotoriousGHP#6765 on discord, or

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The Mantid Man

Darkest Hour Interviews: Erik9099

This is a guest article by DarkestHour, submitted to Team Rankstar. Greetings, fellow Scions, and welcome to the first of my bi-weekly column where I harass notable Eternal Community members and make them answer my questions. My name is DarkestHour, and without further ado, let’s jump right into a conversation I’ve had with one of, if not the, best players in the game right now, Erik9099. Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Erik speaks 4 languages! (English, Portuguese, Spanish and French), and

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-12-20

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Esports Updates, Theros Previews, Historic Artisan, Top Bo1 Decks

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Deck Tech
LightsOutAce

Lights Out – Shadows Over Expedition

Welcome to Lights Out, my old article series revitalized and newly hosted by Team Rankstar! I wrote weekly or biweekly articles throughout 2017 and most of 2018, but website changes and life events kept me out of the article-writing game for most of 2019. Now I’m back, though – expect to see plenty more of me in 2020! If you are not familiar with my work, you can check submission history on reddit or my youtube channel. I’m most known for Xenan decks, Scrappy Hour and various other grindy midrange and control decks.

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Competitive
noverb

Examining FJS Eclipse

Hello, everyone! Once again, I am Nathan “noverb” Overbay. Today I want to showcase the deck that most of Team Rankstar brought to the November 2019 ECQ: Promises by Firelight. The deck performed rather well for a lot of us and I wanted to walk you through the build step by step.

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For Fun
bearsman6

Bearsman6’s First Brain Burners

bearsman6 explores his new toys by creating FOUR brain-burning Puzzles just for you to try and solve. But don’t worry: the solutions will come next article.

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theboxermathematics

TheBoxer’s Corner: Argenport IKEA As Is

Hello and welcome back to TheBoxer’s Corner! Today I am going to talk about a topic that has been bugging more for a while but I haven’t gotten around to writing up until now. The simple phrase “we could put it in the market.” The market is not a place to shove your cards you couldn’t fit in the main deck. The market is a part of your deck. You build the deck as a whole, the market should not

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Competitive
RJam

Meta Analysis Weekend 20

Introduction Hello everyone! I am Rjam a lover of stats and card games. I currently reside in Mythic and have put significant time into theory crafting, meta analysis, and discussion with other players so that I can bring you an extensive look into the past weekend of ranked. In this meta analysis you will find decklists, week to week comparisons, and future predictions from the perspective of a 1300+ MMR player. If you are interested in how I get my

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Eternal
Tchamber5

Backlash Episode 35: What to play (or beat) in the ECQ

This week, GHP returns to talk about the balance changes and what decks to play (or beat) in the ECQ! //iTunes //Soundcloud//Spotify FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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drdenuz

How to make Gwent even better?

Prologue After the much anticipated release of Roadmap* for Gwent and a surprising expansion Gwent is probably in one of it’s best times ever. But as always there is still room for improvement, so here one question comes up – How to make Gwent even better? *Plan of what is waiting for players in terms of competitive gameplay in 2020. 2019 was a one hell of a year for Gwent, as tons of new stuff was introduced into the game.

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Tchamber5

How to Attack a Meta Game

Hello everyone, Tchamber5 here! Today, I wanted to talk about something that I think is an important skill to have when advancing your skill as an Eternal player, especially when you start to become interested in competing in Events successfully. I am, of course, talking about attacking a meta game.  There are a few points that come to mind when pondering this topic, that range from deck selection to card choices. Know what decks are popular There are a couple

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-12-13

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Patch 1.03, Friends List, Events, MCVII Results & Decks, Historic Vampires

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Competitive
noverb

ECQ Preparation

Hello everyone! Nathan “noverb” Overbay here back again to talk strategy with you. With the World’s Qualifier season underway, what better thing to talk about than how to prepare for an Eternal Championship Qualifier (ECQ)? What are my qualifications to talk about this, you may ask? While I may not have the most Top 64’s of all the competitors in Eternal, I do have a Top 64, two Top 32’s, and a Finals placing in previous ECQs. In this article

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Weissenberg

Merchants of Novigrad #8

A biweekly podcast where we discuss everything Gwent, from the freshest of leeks and patch news, through the meme and content creation, all the way to the competitive scene! Everything has an end and this episode marks the season finale of our podcast. While our plan was to sit together and reflect on this past year in Gwent, the developers treated us with the official 2020 roadmap and a new expansion! That’s a lot of ground to cover, so you

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Hearthstone
Reno

Rankstar Experts’ Descent of Dragons Theorycrafts

Massive thanks to RenoJackson, Hijodaikan, Beeozan, xtuliop, Goku, and Memnarch for sharing their deck creations! The new expansion is descending upon us (tomorrow, in fact), and we have gathered here all the theorycrafts from our esteemed Rankstar experts! In this article, we are going to showcase these theorycrafts by classes, and within each class, we are going to have a brief overview of how the new cards will change the decks we have seen and create new archetypes in the

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Gwent
synergygod3773

Let’s talk about the Gwent Roadmap for 2020

This article was written by SynergyGod3773 and edited by Sevenzh. Gwent’s 2020 roadmap was just released and it brought some people to tears while others rejoiced to hear some of CDPR’s 2020 vision (pun intended) for Gwent. The Gwent team, led by Pawel Burza and Jason Slama, recapped Gwent Homecoming’s first year and brought to the forefront their aspirations for the upcoming calendar year. These topics included all of the following: PS4/Xbox One – Support will be discontinued for consoles

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Tchamber5

Where in the World is GHP?

Theo, wait no, SHAWN and Tim discuss the most recent adds to the expedition format. //iTunes //Soundcloud//Spotify FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @The_Overmaster @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-12-06

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Esports Updates, Mythic Championship VII Decks, Sultai Ramp, Izzet Flash, Historic Ramp, Kumena Brawl

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Community
noahc92

I Made Mythril… Now What?

We’re joined today by koolkat to talk about the climb to Mythril and where to go next. How do you improve and how do you identify what needs improvement?

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Community
CaptainTeembro

Meta Monday: December Week 1

With NotoriousGHP away for the week to focus on his exams, CaptainTeembro has found an opportunity for a hostile takeover of Meta Monday.

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Hearthstone
Reno

Descent of Dragons: The Legendary Dragons (Part 2)

Part 2: The Dragon Aspects (2) As we all know, Descent of Dragons will be Hearthstone’s thirteenth expansion, with a special focus on dragon, possibly the coolest tribe in the game. To commemorate the launch of the first Dragon-heavy expansion (the second one if you count Blackrock Mountains), we’re going to go through a close analysis of all the legendary dragons in the game thus far (and of the new dragons when they will be released). In our last article,

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Eternal
Tchamber5

The Overmaster is here and he has opinions

Tim and Gerry are Joined by Theo…..er…Shawn, AKA Overmaster this week and he came with some hot takes on the most recent balance patch! //iTunes //Soundcloud//Spotify FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @The_Overmaster @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-11-29

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Patch 1.02.01, Historic Pauper, Mythic Historic Gruul Aggro and Azorius Control, and Historic Turkey Brawl

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TEPPEN
stouthelm

True Power Nero – TEPPEN Deck Guide

Nero is the newest addition to TEPPEN’s hero roster. So naturally he is seeing a lot of play on the ranked ladder. However, his story is a little different than Jill’s release. That’s because Nero has plenty of tools to solidify him as one of the strongest heroes in the game right now. Two of his hero arts are viable in their own way, but this guide focuses on True Power. That’s 12 AP to level up one Growth unit.

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Weissenberg

Merchants of Novigrad #7

A biweekly podcast where we discuss everything Gwent, from the freshest of leeks and patch news, through the meme and content creation, all the way to the competitive scene! While Gwent goes through what sports casters call a silly season, the Merchants shift their focus from the esports scene and the overall balance to content creation. How does one start their career as a Gwent content creator? What motivates Gwent youtubers and streamers? We’ll discuss these and many more topics

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Team Rankstar

Welcome To The Team Freedan

Our most recent member in this wave of Gods Unchained acquisitions is the multi-talented Freedan! Get to know them more here: https://teamrankstar.com/player/freedan/

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The Mantid Man

That Cultist Life

This guest piece was submitted Ninjela. Hey folks! Did you enjoy the recent ECQ? Are you feeling like you didn’t see quite enough Cultists to satisfy? Want to know how you can get in on that Xenan action for this weekend’s Melee event? Well, you’re in luck! Those cultists carried me to a record of 24-4 in Stage 1 of the ECQ, locking in the #2 spot in the top 64, and I’m here to tell you all about them:

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Team Rankstar

Welcome To The Team PastramiPajamas!

Our Gods Unchained team continues to grow with competitive player and ladder master PastramiPajamas! Get to know them more here: https://teamrankstar.com/player/pastramipajamas/ Want to support our content? There’s many ways, best of which is directly at our new Patreon, which helps us support our content creators: https://www.patreon.com/rankstar Not your speed? Check out our sponsors here: https://linktr.ee/teamrankstar

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