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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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Community
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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Community
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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Community
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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Community
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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Community
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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Community
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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Community
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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Community
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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Competitive
doc28ecg

Doc’s Laboratory: The Hooru Guru

Greetings friends, and welcome back to a surprise edition of Doc’s Laboratory! Over the past weekend, two of my teammates and I took an innovative Hooru deck to the top 64 of this season’s first ECQ. In preparation for the event, we tested a bunch of different variants of Hooru in Expedition and settled on a build featuring the often underestimated Horde Plunderer. There are a lot of different ways to approach this faction combo, ranging anywhere from super low-to-the-ground

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-11-22

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Patch 1.02.00, Oko Banned (for real this time), Historic Launch, Twitch Rivals Tournament Results and Decks

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
the113lift

Legends Cast Episode 23: Runeterra, Rotation, and Axis?

Banter Banter Banter! If you like banter in a podcast then this episode gives you 35 minutes of it!  If you don’t, we strongly suggest you jump to minute 36.  Mark and DBN discuss the new Pokemon game, Legends of Runeterra, and what they like and dislike about long open beta periods for games.  The first chunk of this episode is entirely unrelated to TESL but if you’re a gamer we’re sure you’ll still enjoy it.  From there Mark and

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Competitive
Tchamber5

ECQ top 16 and the future of Expedition

Tim and Gerry discuss the top 16 of the ECQ as well as the upcoming additions to the expedition format! //iTunes //Soundcloud//Spotify FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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Community
Team Rankstar

Welcome to the team RJam!

We are excited to be branching out into Gods Unchained with our newest member: RJam! Get to know them more here: https://teamrankstar.com/player/rjam/

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Community
Tchamber5

Glimmers Of Genius: SaffronOlive

Favorite Deck?  Mono-Red Prison (aka. Free Win Red), or anything with Panharmonicon Favorite Color (or Color Combo)  Blue, but with other colors. I like drawing cards. Favorite Card?  It’s a tie between Blood Moon and Panharmonicon.  Favorite Format?  Honestly, right now it is Pioneer, although it has been Modern over the past few years. IRL Occupation?  I’m super lucky that Magic is my IRL occupation. I’m the content manager for  www.mtggoldfish.com Age?  35, probably better know as old Team Affiliation?

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-11-15

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: State of the Game, Historic Rollous, Festival of the Fae, Gruul Adventures, Jeskai Fires

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Community
Weissenberg

Merchants of Novigrad #6

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! With the iOS release Gwent’s playerbase has increased dramatically, but does it mean that the game is finally in a good spot? And what does the influx of new players mean for content creators on platforms like YouTube and Twitch? There’s no better person to answer these and many more questions

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TEPPEN
Team Rankstar

Welcome To The Team ChrisD!

We are very excited to welcome TEPPEN streamer and competitive player ChrisD! Get to know them more here: https://teamrankstar.com/player/chrisd/

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Competitive
Calebovitsch

Deck Check – Expedition Winchest Control

In the newest episode of Deck Check Calebovitsch is trying to combat the Expedition metagame by breathing some new life (and Fire) into a control deck featuring a card he has spoiled for The Flame of Xulta!

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-11-08

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Oko Brawl Ban, Festival of the Fae, Temur Reclamation, Rakdos Aristocrats

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
the113lift

Legends Cast Episode 20: Special Guest Silverfuse

This episode DBN and Mark get to spend some time with the legendary and awesome Silverfuse. A good portion of the show is dedicated to the news that was missed on their week off. They discuss invade, combo invade, the adjustments to the combo invade deck, and the newly buffed cards! The conversation strays into some design philosophy and concerns for the future design space. Silverfuse shares her gaming story and answers a few trivia questions before it all wraps

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Deck Tech
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 11/8/2019

Here is a quick recap of the first week of November, including our first article on “Legends of Runetarra”! Eternal Hearthstone Legends of Runeterra Magic: The Gathering Mythgard The Elder Scrolls: Legends 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 Don’t forget, you can play your games with your style with Inkedgaming.com. Use code TRS12 at checkout for 12%

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