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Our Columns

Blake on …

Blake on …  is a recurring column, written by Blake Campbell (BlakeNJudge), covering various sanctioned Constructed formats on Magic Online. Blake provides in depth analysis of the current metagame and often modifies existing decks or builds innovate new decks based on his findings.

Every article in the series will be available here:

Blake on Legacy: The Black Decks of Theros
May 15, 2014

Various Three Color Green Decks of Theros
May 23, 2014

Blake on Block: Naya and a Spicy Brew
June 27, 2014

Blake on Legacy: Birthing Pod
July 31, 2014

Pauper Breakdown

Pauper Breakdown is a recurring column, written by Jason Sirichoke (jsiri84), covering topical Competitive Pauper issues.

Every article in the series will be available here:

Pauper Breakdown: Week 1 Advice
September 30, 2013

Pauper Breakdown: Four Weeks Later
October 30, 2013

Pauper Breakdown: Brian Kibler Is Not Having Fun on Magic Online
November 13, 2013

Pauper Breakdown: December 10th Announcement
December 10, 2013

Pauper Breakdown: I Should Start Writing More
January 9, 2014

Pauper Breakdown: Back in Black
January 13, 2014

Pauper Breakdown: Beating Delver
February 12, 2014

Pauper Breakdown: Being the Underdog
March 3, 2014

Pauper Breakdown: Mono Red Control Wins
March 11, 2014

Sneak Attack

Sneak Attack is a recurring column, written by James Beltz (sneakattackkid), covering topical Magic Online formats including Pauper but extending beyond to Limited and Standard.

Every article in the series will be available here:

Sneak Attack: Born of the Gods Set Review
January 24, 2014

Sneak Attack: Modern Day Changes
February 5, 2014

Sneak Attack: Melira Pod, A Primer (Part 1) (Part 2)
February 22 and March 6, 2014

Sneak Attack: Standard Black White Control, A Primer
March 23, 2014

Sneak Attack: Journey into Nyx Set Review (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6) (Part 7) (Part 8)
April 9 – 19, 2014

Sneak Attack: Journey into Nyx Prerelease Primer
April 23, 2014

Sneak Attack: GP Minneapolis Report, 14th (Part 1) (Part 2)
May 22 and May 29, 2014

Sneak Attack: Magic 2015 Set Review (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)
June 27 – July 2, 2014

Young Pyromaster

Young Pyromaster is a recurring column, written by Oscar Jones (pyromaniac4290), covering a wide range of Magic Online and Magic offline formats but primarily focusing on Standard.

Every article in the series will be available here:

Young Pyromaster: GP Vancouver Report, *20th*
January 31, 2014

Young Pyromaster #2: We Brought a Zoo
February 17, 2014

Young Pyromaster #3: Mono Blue and Its Future in Standard
February 28, 2014

Young Pyromaster #4: GP Richmond Report, *3rd*
March 14, 2014

Young Pyromaster #5: GP Phoenix Report
April 11, 2014

Young Pyromaster #6: Modern Masters Sealed
May 11, 2014

Young Pyromaster (of Waves) #7: GP Chicago Report, Top 8
June 30, 2014

Dromar’s Cavern

Dromar’s Cavern is a recurring column, written by Jason Kiesling (DromarX), covering his current deck choices and experiences in Magic Online Pauper Daily Events.

Every article in the series is available here:

Red White Artifacts in Pauper (Part 1) (Part 2)
November 4 and 26, 2013

Ways to Lose

Ways to Lose is a recurring column, produced by Sam Miller (saltoftheearth) and Eric Easton (E. Hustle), comprised of entertaining, informative and often self-deprecating Booster Draft and Sealed Deck videos.

Every article in the series will be available here:

Ways to Lose 001: Let’s Get Creative
February 6, 2014

Ways to Lose 002: Zombie Jamboree
February 15, 2014

Our Features

Optimal Primers

The major goal of our site is to be the primary home for competitive Pauper content. How do we plan on accomplishing this? Simple. We plan on providing you with up to date Primers for every top tier archetype in Pauper. What sets us apart from other websites and forums? The people writing our primers are truly experts. These are the players constantly winning with the decks, the ones you see on the Magic Online What’s Happening Page. They have played countless matches with the deck through various changes in the metagame and have innovated and tuned the archetypes into the current stock lists. These are the true masters sharing their knowledge and not just a random player who decided the deck looked like fun last Tuesday.

Deckbuilding

Eric Easton (E. Hustle) once wrote ten thousand words on deckbuilding. Mostly he just talked about how all his theory on mid-range decks was irrelevant while Temporal Fissure was legal and how Sliver decks have a bad manabase. Buried somewhere in those articles were a few gems of wisdom. Maybe someday he will dig something up and share it here.

Here is Part 1 and Part 2 of his overview article on Pauper deckbuilding, which originally appeared on another website.

New Brews

Building new decks in Pauper is incredibly difficult. Sometimes lightning strikes once and that person tries to use that momentum to start a third rate competitive site. (Congratulations you have found the place.) We all love our home brews and refuse to admit that the majority of them do not have what it takes to win a single match in a Daily Event. Of course, today’s established decks all had to originate somewhere at some point. When our collaborative group does discover the best of the best of new decks, we will feature them and continue to push them down the road towards breakout stardom.

2 Many Wincons: a Blue Black Control Brew

Eric Campbell (PaulDenton) writes about his new innovative Blue Black Mill Control deck the he created and has recently piloted to success in Daily Events.

New Brews: Blue Black Control

Daniel Lee (Binkzy) the winner of our Pauper Brewers Championship writes about his innovative Blue Black Control deck the he created and piloted to victory.

New Brews: Domain Zoo

Nathan Constance (nathanp01) discusses the evolution of the innovative Domain Zoo deck he created and piloted to success in recent Pauper Premier Events.

(Coming Soon)

Heavyweight Fights

Have you ever wanted to see two top pilots of established archetypes go head to head? Each pilot will discuss the match up from their perspective, play each other and provide commentary on the games. Trust me when I say that we have some exciting names lined up for you.

Realistic Reviews

When writing regular articles, coming up with new content all the time is difficult. One topic these writers can always count on doing every three months is a set review. However, on our site, no writer has a regular schedule initially and no one will ever be forced to phone it in to meet a deadline. Our writers continually provide quality, writing when they are motivated and prepared. We are not a card store, so we don’t have any obligation to promote the new set.

The bar set for newly printed commons to have an impact on the competitive format is very high, even with the recent banning. If a card or set of cards truly have a home in an existing archetype or in something that would qualify as a New Brew, then we will certainly cover it. Additionally, if the printing of a new card potentially impacts an existing strategy negatively, we will be sure to address that as well. Rather than doing entire set reviews we will often just focus on a Single Card Strategy.

Our goal is to only present useful information and not waste our audience’s time with obvious conclusions. If you feel we are ignoring a potential format defining card or a sleeper hit then build a winning deck or positively update an existing archetype. Be the first to utilize the card successfully in the competitive Premiere Event environment. We will gladly recognize your accomplishment and admit our oversight.