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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-09-06

Throne of Eldraine Previews, Brawl on Arena, Historic, Red Deck Wins The News Throne of Eldraine Preview Season The preview season for Throne of Eldraine officially kicked off this week bringing us several interesting cards and new mechanics, the most interesting of which is the Adventure mechanic. With this mechanic, you can cast the card from your hand as the Adventure card. In the case of Lovestruck Beast, The Adventure spell is Heart’s Desire, which is a Sorcery that creates

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
the113lift

Legends Cast Episode 13: Special Guest DTBlayde

This episode Mark gets to hang out with TESL Youtuber DTBlayed.  They spend most of the episode talking about DTBlayed, the state of the game, creative deck building and how Bethesda can capitalize on their growing momentum.   Mark takes some time to rant about the new event rewards, DTBlayde shares some thoughts on TESL’s communication with the community, they discuss the problems facing the game with tricolor decks, and they spend the remainder of the episode talking about the upcoming

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Community
drdenuz

GWENT NEWS ft. BeeBoBoop & thehandofdown and Mercernn | MEME REVIEW?

Editor’s Note: This is an opinion piece from DrDenuz and doesn’t necessarily reflect the beliefs of Team Rankstar! INTRO Hello guys & gals and welcome to the fifth part of GWENT NEWS! This is where I bring you all the important stuff from Gwent in one place! In this weeks episode I will present to you Mercernn’s contest for the Most Charming Frog in Gwent, few ideas on how to improve Gwent’s visuals and I send one big thank you to CDPR. Oh,

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For Fun
Weissenberg

Weekly Stream Recap: Imperial Academy of Magic

Hello and welcome to the Weekly Stream Recap with Weissenberg! In this segment your humble servant and the loyal subject to the Nilfgaardian Emperor provides a written testimony of his adventures in the realm of Gwent. Each week we will try our luck with a creative deck and non-competitive and each week we will design a set of rules we have to follow throughout the broadcasts. Imperial Academy of MagicNilfgaard Mages is a deck idea that initially gained some recognition

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Community
aceofplays

Custom Card Review #7 | GWENT

Hey, guys! It is time for another custom card review, and I’ve got some great ones for you today. In addition to the cards featured in my video, I’ve also got two exclusive cards for our lovely readers. Before we begin, I just want to remind you that if you want to share your own custom cards, you can do so via any of the links listed at the bottom of the article. Now, let’s proceed to the main event!

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
the113lift

Legends Cast Episode 12: Karakondzhul and ALittleJamie

This episode Mark gets to talk with Master Series competitor Karakondzhul and TESL streamer ALittleJamie!  The conversation revolves around Karakondzhul’s TESL experience, a few card adjustments, and class identity in TESL.  Karakondzhul and ALittleJamie give some great advice to newer players on what class to start working towards depending on play style, they both give opinions about the Alfiq Conjurer and Luzra adjustments, and you get an inside look at the mindset of a pro player! Use the code “TRS12”

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Competitive
noahc92

Saying Goodbye To The Mythgard Alpha

With today’s final patch of the Alpha release, all eyes are looking forward to the Mythgard Beta. We’re going to take today to review the last alpha patch notes and remembering fondly this stage of the game’s life. I’ll follow this up with an article about things I’m looking forward to during beta some time next week. Features & Bug Fixes New Cards: Draugr, Norn Datacore, Serpentine Empress, Notarize Reality, Sideshow Chimera, and Iku-Turso We saw Iku-Turso actually added last

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Competitive
Tchamber5

Stoneforge Unbanned: U/W Mages Rejoice

All I have to say is don’t let your memes be dreams I guess. I’m not sure how many times I tweeted with the hashtag #freeSFM, but it happened at least once a month for a long time.  I mentioned in my two previous articles that  the modern format needed a change, and I assumed that The R&D team would simply ban Hogaak, and let the format go from there. What we got was, well….more than that:  PIC HOGAAK BAN 

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Community
drdenuz

DOUBLE FINISHER FRANCESCA | Deck Showdown

INTRO When I read the patch notes and saw the changes I immediately knew that Francesca is going to be really great in this update. As I woke up the next day I was impatiently waiting for the patch to download. Then I jumped to game and created this deck I have been making in my mind before sleep. So here is my creation which I’m really proud of and have a lot of fun playing! THE DECKGUIDE MULLIGANS In

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Competitive
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 8/30

It has been a very nice end of the month here at Team Ransktar, with the announcement of our newest Hearthstone tournament: Brawlers of Uldum! On top of that, we have our Rankstar Arena Rumble just around the corner next month, and we could not be more excited for these events. Be sure to preregister as they will likely fill up! If you make it to PAX West this weekend, be sure to drop by the Inked Gaming booth for

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Magic: The Gathering
trsprosody

Omniscience Draft! – Winning on Turn 1 in Core Set 2020

Omniscience draft isn’t magic. You start with 3 cards and the format removes mana cost, which is perhaps the most essential and defining quality that Magic has. Past Omnisicence drafts, especially Dominaria, enabled turn 1 kills, which are perhaps the dumbest thing that can happen in Magic. And one of the funnest things I’ve ever done on Magic Arena. Because veiled within the dumbness of the format is a curious and refreshing awesomeness. A “what if” that bears fruit. For

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Izana

Alliance War Arena Mechanics Overview

It’s been a while since I wrote something regarding the Versus Arena game mode in The Elder Scrolls: Legends, especially since I had little time to get used to the Alliance War impact to this game mode due the (very) fast introduction of the Khajiit homeland. Thus, I want to start discussing little by little some of the aspects I might have missed in the past months. I know, it might be a little late, but better late than never!

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Deck Tech
bearsman6

Building Better Starters (Part 2): The Savage-est of Beats

Hello godlings, and welcome to the second installment in my Building Better Starters series! If you’re new here, you missed the [RB] Dire Starter primer, so go check that out! To the rest of you, this article is going to be about two more factions – for variety’s sake as much as anything. And because they’re kind of the next two factions we’re introduced to as new players running through the Story. Yep, you guessed it, today we’re going to

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Competitive
notoriousghp

Teamfight Tactics Patch 9.17 Overview

Hello and welcome to our first Teamfight Tactics patch overview. Each week I’ll be posting an article about the patch and how I feel each change will affect the metagame. There will also be a video attached that was released the day of the patch where I give my first impressions on the patch. I highly recommend checking that video out before proceeding. Patch notes New Champions:This week we see the introduction of a new 5 cost unit, Pantheon. Known

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Community
drdenuz

Fun Seasonal deck for your last (desperate?) push | Deck Showdown

Hellooo there! DrDenuz here once again with a banger of a deck for your Seasonal mode! This time I am bringing you a showdown for my Woodland Spirit “Hyperthin” deck with a surprising finisher! And the finisher is one and only beautiful Mourntart! So without further a due let’s get into the deck showdown! The Deck Mulligans The obvious mulligans are double Foglet and Wild Hunt Riders. You obviously don’t want to have both of them in hand. Other than

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Hearthstone
Team Rankstar

Announcing: Brawlers Of Uldum

Team Rankstar is excited to present Brawlers Of Uldum! This will be a Hearthstone STANDARD deck list event. Bring your four best standard decks and battle it out in a Best of Three. This event will be featuring the new shield system for pick/bans. (NA server, Bo3 Conquest with Shield Phase. Six rounds of Swiss followed by Top 8 single elimination bracket. ) We hope that you will join us on October 5th -6th to compete in the event. Top

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Community
drdenuz

Gwent Songs to cheer you up in the dark times!

Hey guys & gals it’s DrDenuz here and I have something new for you! I have decided that I will use my guitar (I would go as far as call them skills) to make some original Gwent Songs for you! Yes I know I may not have the voice of Priscilla and am not as charming as Dandelion but I have tried my best with these two songs to make your day at least a little bit better in these

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Deck Tech
Tenchuu

Yellow-Green Kolobok Ramp

I was trapped in a loop. I wanted to play big powerful minions and I wanted to play Green. The constantly optimizing part inside of me said, “You have to play Necromantic then”. But Disk of Circadia Hopeless Necromantic builds have been explored in many variants to great success, so I felt I wouldn’t be able to break new ground in a so thoroughly charted territory. Clearly I could just wait until turn 8 to play an Indrik Beast from

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
endozoite

Reviewing TESL’s New Powerhouse Monthly: Old Salty’s Assault

TESL’s past few monthly cards have been quite powerful. Murkwater Scourge, Apprentice Necromancer, and Sentinel Reclaimer have all had very meaningful impacts on some of the game’s best decks. But none of them have brought an archetype from the fringes of play to the center spotlight of the very strongest decks in the game in the way that Old Salty’s Assault is going to. Old Salty’s Assault may appear like a meme card, and hell it is, but it’s an

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Community
drdenuz

GWENT NEWS ft. watchflake | What is it like to be a CDPR’s caster?

Editor’s Note: This is an opinion piece from DrDenuz and doesn’t necessarily reflect the beliefs of Team Rankstar! INTRO Hello guys & gals and welcome to the fifth part of GWENT NEWS! This is where I bring you all the important stuff from Gwent in one place! In this week’s episode we will take a look at a truly incredible cosplay on Queen Meve, look at some predictions for the future of Gwent, laugh at some memes, and much more! GUESTS I am

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Community
Aphelion

This Week In Team Rankstar 8/23

We are excited to be partnering with Inked Gaming and Akquire for our “Customize The Way You Play” giveaway! On top of that, we have a new Wild Meta Snapshot out this week, plus plenty of other articles to fill up your weekend. Community Eternal Gwent Hearthstone Magic: The Gathering Mythgard The Elder Scrolls: Legends Underlords Use the code “TRS12” to get 12% off your order on InkedGaming here: http://bit.ly/2WrjhR5 Make sure to follow us on our socials and check out

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
the113lift

Legends Cast Episode 11: Special Guests EndoZoa and DBN

This episode Mark gets to host with Dead Broke Nerd again as they welcome EndoZoa from TRS to the show!  Most of the show is spent talking about the mindset of a competitive player and EndoZoa’s latest meta report at Teamrankstar.com.  There is also plenty of banter about Hallowed Death Priest which DBN just released an article about.  They also get a chance to answer several questions brought by listeners through the Legends Cast Discord. 

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Deck Tech
bearsman6

Building Better Starters (Part 1): The Dire-est of Decks

Hello godlings, and welcome to my first Mythgard article for Team Rankstar! Some of you may remember me from SolForge (if so, bravo!), but even if you don’t, let me just tell you that I tend to approach my CCGs in an unorthodox manner. I am a brewer. And I brew jank. I love to brew decks that many might consider odd, or strange, and in part that’s because I enjoy looking at all the different interactions all the cards

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Competitive
Tchamber5

Modern Gets Frosty: Two Snow Decks I Am In Love With

Hey everyone! My name is Tim, otherwise known Tchamber5 in the queues! Today, I wanted to talk about some decks that are not only super sweet, but that I think will be very competitively viable after the Banned and restricted announcement on the 26th of August. What decks could I be talking about? Snow decks of course! I have been really impressed with the subtly excellent synergies that were released with Modern Horizons. Namely, there are a few key pay-off

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Magic: The Gathering
cardcounterchris

Argh! Thar be Pirates!

The M20 meta has been dominated by non-interactive lists such as Scapeshift and Nexus.  Other popular decks are Green/x midrange decks looking to drop large creatures and Planeswalkers.  Aggro isn’t completely dead, but mono white has fallen in favor of Vampires, which is a solid list with some powerful cards, but also utilizes some weaker cards for synergies (territory that aggro rarely treads).  Mono red isn’t a terrible choice but isn’t the menace it once was.  With all of this

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Eternal
Tchamber5

Backlash Episode 22: Tchamber5 solo

Tim does a solo cast and chats about the happenings in Eternal as well as mental health and parenting. //iTunes //Soundcloud// FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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Deck Tech
noverb

Jennev Primer

Trials of Grodov wasn’t the most well received set to be released in recent months. It didn’t include a Player vs AI campaign to fight through. This was a disappointment to some, while it was a welcome surprise to others, myself included. I didn’t really enjoy having to rip through the campaigns just to get my cards. I never took the time to enjoy the duels, it was always a question of how could I unlock them faster. My suggestion

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Community
drdenuz

GWENT NEWS ft. BabyJosus | Renewed Gudrun Shupe

Editor’s Note: This is an opinion piece from DrDenuz and doesn’t necessarily reflect the beliefs of Team Rankstar! INTRO Hello guys & gals and welcome to the fifth part of GWENT NEWS, where I bring you all the important stuff from Gwent in one place! In this weeks episode we take a look at some suggestions from the players for cards and a skin for Emhyr, then we hop over to a fun little observation and also we have some MEMES as always!

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Community
Team Rankstar

Customize the Way You Play Giveaway

Team Rankstar is giving away five $25 Inked Gaming gift cards and five $25 Akquire gift cards for you to upgrade your gaming swag the way you want to! https://gleam.io/bdHqp/team-rankstar-customize-the-way-you-play-giveaway

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Ian G.

My War on Hallowed Deathpriest

Anyone who hangs out in my Twitch channel, watches my YouTube content, listens to Podcast into Time, follows me on Twitter, or has ever spoken to me in person… likely knows how I feel about Hallowed Deathpriest. Although the card seems to be making a slight resurgence recently, it has never really defined a meta either on ladder or in the tournament scene. Deathpriest thrives in environments with powerful creature based midrange and control decks and can often suffers when

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The ultimate hail mary
Competitive
Johaggis

Playing to your outs

What is “playing to my outs”? It’s a way of playing that might help you win some games that seem lost.

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Dota Underlords
Calebovitsch

Underlords Post-Mortem #1 – Brainy or Brawny?

Welcome to the first episode of Underlords Post-Mortem, where Calebovitsch will be talking through matches he previously recorded, with all his attention on an in-depth analysis of the game itself.

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Competitive
Jt Nickel

6-2 at MCQW with Bant Scapeshift!

This past weekend, MTG: Arena held a Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend (further referred as MCQW) which was comprised of all players who finished top 1,000 during the War of the Spark season (past 3 months) in either Constructed or Limited. I was able to play in this event after qualifying in June through Constructed playing mostly Bant Ramp, but today I’d like to talk about the deck I went 6-2 with this weekend, almost making day 2: Bant Scapeshift. About

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For Fun
drdenuz

HOW TO MILL – DECK SHOWDOWN

Editor’s Note: This is an opinion piece from DrDenuz and doesn’t necessarily reflect the beliefs of Team Rankstar! Prologue The META of Gwent has developed and it came up with decks that thin to zero or only few cards left. And that made me start to play my deck child, Mill, again with great success. This Mill deck I’ve been playing from the start of Homecoming (obviously with some changes) has taken me to Rank 1 while devouring the likes

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Community
Aphelion

This week in Team Rankstar 8/16

We have had several new content producers putting things out with Team Rankstar this week! Ace_of_plats, the113lift and others who are working on new projects. On top of that, we announced a new MTGA tournament series to look forward to! We are also very excited to post an updated TESL Meta Snapshot for the post Masters Series Meta! Eternal Gwent Hearthstone Magic: the Gathering Mythgard The Elder Scrolls: Legends Use the code “TRS12” to get 12% off your order on

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Competitive
ThePlatypusKing

Big Combrei | Video

This is a deck I got from Slepher13 during a stream this week. It’s just a classic Big Combrei deck hearkening back to the days of Set 1. Hope you enjoy it! Decklist on EWC

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Competitive
Flake

Five Rotation-Proof Decks

Magic’s Standard meta exists in an environment that is in annual flux. As new sets are introduced, older expansions are pushed out the back door. Standard rotation ensures the meta has a scheduled expiry, keeping things relatively fresh. Though many popular cards will soon vanish from the format, the decks they populated are not necessarily doomed to disappear. Here are five rotation proof decks you can count on. Izzet Phoenix Izzet hit a sweet spot during the Ravnica block, scoring

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For Fun
thatstowelie

The Infamous Desert Obelisk OTK Druid!

After Desert Obelisk was instantly considered to be one of the worst cards of the Saviors of Uldum set, and maybe of the whole Standard format, I just knew I had to find a way to make it work! This would prove to be a tough task due to the high cost of this minion, five mana, and due to how understated it is, being only a 0/5 that can never trade on its own and that rarely sticks on

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
the113lift

Legends Cast Episode 10: Special Guest TRS Lazergician

This episode Mark gets to talk with Lazergician from Team Rankstar!  Lazergician is the content team captain for TESL, the lead editor for TRS, the host of the Masters Series Finals, and most prominently a TESL caster.  Mark and Lazergician have an in-depth discussion about the current meta and the way that is is shifting after Masters, deck creating and tech cards, and an overall understanding of what Lazergician does and how he got involved in TESL.  If you are

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episode 6 of custom card review by ace of plays
Gwent
aceofplays

Custom Card Review #6 | GWENT

Hello everyone! My name is Alex, AKA Ace of Plays, and I make content for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game on Youtube. I am very passionate about creating custom cards as a way to get creative with a CCG, and after having done a handful of custom cards videos on my channel it has become quite evident that a large part of the Gwent community share my passion. The custom cards featured in my video series are for the most

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