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Tchamber5

Backlash Episode 31: What We Would Play This Weekend

Tim and Gerry Discuss what they would play this weekend. they also talk about Throne, Kairos and whether or not he is too good. //iTunes //Soundcloud//Spotify FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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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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Magic: The Gathering
cardcounterchris

Aetherhub: A Letter of Introduction

Hey Guys, CardCounterChris here!  I’ve been streaming MTG now for over a year and throughout that time I’ve joined some awesome communities.  I was an early adopter of Aetherhub for my Arena decks.  The website has awesome utility for sharing lists quickly and extensions that look great on stream!  I joined Team Aether at its onset and have the pleasure of meeting and working with some great people on their site. I joined Team Rankstar a few months ago as

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Duchi

Mono-Red Deck Analysis and Sideboard Guide

For the longest time I avoided playing mono red aggro. Before, I used to deem the deck something that was too linear and had no game plan, but I was wrong. Mono red aggro can be argued to being pound for pound one of the, or the, best deck in the current meta. One crucial assessment I have made to my claim is the sheer number of copies of mono red at each tournament. There is not a weekend that

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bruhsiah

Reflecting Pool: Modern Horizon’s Sealed Analysis and GP Seattle Preparation.

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah and welcome back to Reflecting Pool. Today we have a special week wrap-up revolving around the five Sealed Events I played on MTGO. This article is purely off of my experiences and will mostly end up being an opinion piece but before we get into the complicated game theory, I do want to say that this entire set is really fun to play sealed with and if you haven’t booted up MTGO and tried it

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bruhsiah

REFLECTING POOL: ESPER HERO WRAP UP

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah, Welcome back to the newest edition of Reflecting Pool. In Today’s article, we are going to be ending our run with Esper Hero and talk about how much I truly enjoyed this deck. I played twenty-four matches on stream over the last three days and I gotta restate what I said previously, I love this deck. You can find the first part of the article pair here: https://teamrankstar.com/reflecting-pool-esper-hero/ along with the data sheet I use to track

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bruhsiah

Reflecting Pool: Esper Hero

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah, Welcome back to a new edition of Reflecting Pool. In Today’s article, we are going to be discussing the most recent standard deck to take down GP Kansas, Esper Hero. I enjoyed this deck so much that I played seventeen matches on stream yesterday and gotta say, I’m impressed. Key Cards Hero of Precinct One: This card is one of the main value cards in the deck. It allows us to generate tokens each time

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bruhsiah

Reflecting Pool: Gruul Clan Best Clan

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah, welcome back to Reflecting Pool. Today we will be reviewing our Gruul Aggro deck testing and data collection as we talk about yesterday’s stream. I ended up playing nine matches on stream and six off stream. The goal of this article is to review what I’ve learned, what I believe you should know, and explain any changes to the deck list for Ranked Best of Three play with the stock list of Gruul Aggro. Key

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bruhsiah

Reflecting Pool: Izzet Phoenix Part 2

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah and welcome back to the Reflecting Pool. Today, we will be closing out our Izzet Phoenix deck testing and data collection as we talk about yesterday’s stream. I ended up playing about 20 games on stream and I gotta say, while I love playing this deck it did have some issues. The goal of the closing article is detailing what I’ve learned, what I believe you should know, and explaining any changes to the decklist

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bruhsiah

Reflecting Pool: Izzet Phoenix

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah, welcome back to Reflecting Pool. Today we will be reviewing our Izzet Phoenix deck testing and data collection as we talk about yesterday’s stream. I ended up playing fifteen matches on stream and none off stream. The goal of this article is to review what I’ve learned, what I believe you should know, and explain any changes to the decklist for Ranked Best of Three play with the stock list of Izzet Phoenix. Key Cards

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bruhsiah

Reflecting Pool: Esper Superfriends Part 2

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah and welcome back to the Reflecting Pool. Today, we will be closing out our Esper Superfriends deck testing and data collection as we talk about yesterday’s stream. I only ended up playing about seven games on stream but managed to play twenty-three games off stream totaling out to thirty games. The goal of the closing article is detailing what I’ve learned, what I believe you should know, and explaining any changes to the deck list

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bruhsiah

Reflecting Pool: Esper Superfriends

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah and welcome back to Reflecting Pool. Today we will be reviewing our Esper Superfriends deck testing and data collection as we talk about yesterday’s stream. I only ended up playing about seven games on stream but managed to play about eight games off stream totaling out to fifteen games. The goal of this article is to review what I’ve learned, what I believe you should know, and explaining any changes to the decklist for Ranked

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bruhsiah

Reflecting Pool: Jeskai Superfriends Part 2

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah and welcome back to Reflecting Pool. Today we will be closing out our Jeskai Superfriends deck testing and data collection as we talk about yesterday’s stream . I have played a little over twenty-three matches on stream and about seven more off stream totaling out to about thirty games. The goal of the closing article is detailing what I’ve learned, what I believe you should know and explaining any changes to the decklist for Ranked

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Magic: The Gathering
cardcounterchris

May State of the Beta Review

Each month the MTG Arena developers release a State of the Beta discussing updates coming for the month.  This article will attempt to do 2 things in a journalistic fashion: 1.) Present all the info listed in the State of the Beta so that you don’t have to read the article as background for the review. 2.) State opinions as to the direction of the game and effects these changes will have.  The end result aims to be somewhere between

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bruhsiah

Reflecting Pool: Jeskai Superfriends Premiere

Hello, my name is Bruhsiah! You may know me as the Prophet of Punts, the Master of Misplays, and the Titan of Top-Decks. But, I am here now to welcome you to the premiere article of Reflecting Pool. This is a new article series where I will be breaking down the data that I gather from my weekday streams. These articles will usually be coming out the day after the stream along with a data sheet from the games we

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Magic: The Gathering
cardcounterchris

Mardu: The Return of 3 Color Aggro

The release of Ravnica Allegiance sparked interest in Mardu Aristocrats.  The Afterlife mechanic, powerful sac outlets combined with finishers such as Judith, the Scourge Diva had people sleeving up decks in hopes of reliving their favorite moments of Innistrad Standard.  It didn’t take long before Mardu Aristocrat lists started making their rounds on MTG Arena.  These decks were referred to as “Judith Priest” based off the synergies of Judith, the Scourge Diva and Priest of Forgotten Gods. Example Lists: https://aetherhub.com/Deck/Public/60635

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Duchi

Mono White Aggro Deck Guide

With the addition of Ravnica Allegiance to standard, we saw an influx of new and innovative decks. The magic community started to experiment with different color combinations that added new flairs to decks. Azorius aggro was one of those decks that took off from the very beginning. It splashed blue to have access to new cards such as Deputy of Detention and Dovin, Grand Arbiter. Eventually, the hype around Azorius aggro died down and people started to revert back to

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Duchi

MTG Standard: Mardu Aristocrats Gameplay

Aristocrats first took the magic community by storm six years ago when cards such as Falkenrath Aristocrat were released, sacrificing creatures and milking them for value. In today’s standard sacrifice effects are more of the past – instead, we have a Prima Donna who lifts up her servants instead of throwing them to the side. The leading lady is Judith, the Scourge Diva herself. Judith pumps her servants and, once they have fallen in combat, deals 1 point of damage

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