Month: May 2017

THE MANA DORK – Native Planeswalkers and Legendary Creatures

Native Planeswalkers and Legendary Creatures Well, that’s a wrap! Pro Tour Amonkhet is in the books, and surprising absolutely nobody, Mono-Black Zombies won the whole wait whaaaaaaaaaat It’s true, though. Gerry Thompson, rocking his sweet Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sleeves and deckbox, piloted this list to his first-ever Pro Tour win. No Gideons, no planeswalkers at all in the mainboard — and speaking of which, his entire mainboard consisted of cards that were $6 or less per copy when Amonkhet released! He cruised through much more expensive decks, the sheer consistency of his zombs swarming over Temurworks Marvel and Mardu Vehicles lists with ease. It was refreshing to see. Pricy, greedy combo decks have been running the tables in Standard play for the last few months (though thankfully we still saw a LOT of creative homebrews at the store!), so having a traditional, inexpensive aggro list take Pro Tour Amonkhet says a lot, I think, about the viability of new brews, and how you can win an event without reducing your wallet to weeping openly and listening to “Hide and Seek” on repeat. I mean, like, it’s a great song. But I’ve definitely heard Imogen Heap singing in the back of my head when I looked at the price on some of those four-colour Saheeli combos and older Mardu Vehicles lists. Mmm, what’d you say? Mmm, that you only meant...

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Amonkhet Game Day

Amonkhet Game Day is a standard format tournament with swiss rounds and a top cut. Details Date: May 20-21, 2017 Registration: 11:00 am Start Time: 12:00 pm Entry Fee: $6 (taxes included) Prizing Promo cards—one for each event participant 8 rare, premium promo cards—one for each player in the Top 8 1 first-place playmat—for the winner of our Game Day...

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THE MANA DORK — The Planeswalker Deck Challenge, Conclusion

The Planeswalker Deck Challenge, Conclusion “What possible circumstances could render these draconian measures necessary?” — Dovin Baan We took a bit of a break for Amonkhet’s release (and a couple of soapbox moments), but we’re back with the final installment of the Aether Revolt Planeswalker Deck Challenge. Here’s the idea: I believe that the Planeswalker Decks, as currently constructed, are a solid product with which to introduce new players to Magic… but they could be so much better. They could be built with more competitive cards, greater synergy, and an eye towards a strategy that better fits one of Magic’s established deck archetypes, rather than simply featuring a mechanic from the newest set. For my first step in testing this out, I competed with the Ajani Planeswalker Deck in Aether Revolt Game Day at A Muse N Games, using only the contents of the deck and included boosters. I posted a result of 1-3 — with my single round win coming as a result of facing off against a homebrewed combo deck that was intimidating in function, but failed to fire in the games we played. While the result looks good on paper, I felt incredibly outclassed on the battlefield, as my Silkweaver Elites regularly went up against Torrential Gearhulks and Winding Constrictors. I then brewed a Dovin Baan-themed deck, following all of the rules both formal and informal that Wizards follows...

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Star Wars Armada Store Championships 2017

Store Championships are your chance to play in a tournament with prestigious prizes to your community of players. This is the first opportunity during each Championship Series for players to compete for the title of Champion. In addition to the exclusive prizes and title of Store Champion, winners receive a bye at a Regional Championship. Date: July 2, 2017 Registration: 11:00 am Matches Start: 12:00 pm Entry Fee: $15 (taxes included) Store Championship Kit Participation: Each player receives an alternate art GR-75 Medium Transports ship card. Top Eight: Each player receives a set of acrylic evade tokens. Top Four: Each player receives a double-sided range ruler. Top Two: Each player receives an acrylic objective token. Champion: The winner receives the Store Champion plaque and receives a bye at a Regional Championship. Preregister by May 31st and be entered in a draw to win an alternate art General Dodonna. Preregister in store or online below: Powered by...

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Star Wars Imperial Assault Store Championships 2017

Store Championships are your chance to play in a tournament with prestigious prizes to your community of players. This is the first opportunity during each Championship Series for players to compete for the title of Champion. In addition to the exclusive prizes and title of Store Champion, winners receive a bye at a Regional Championship. Date: July 9, 2017 Registration: 11:00 am Matches Start: 12:00 pm Entry Fee: $15 (taxes included) Store Championship Kit Participation: Each player receives alternate art Unshakable Upgrade cards. Top Eight: Each player receives a set of acrylic terminal tokens. Top Four: Each player receives an acrylic point dial. Top Two: Each player receives an acrylic printed Junk Droid token and extended art card. Champion: Winners receives a Store Champion plaque and receives a bye at a Regional Championship. Preregister before May 31st and be entered in a draw to win an alternate art The Grand Inquisitor card. Preregister in store or online below: Powered by...

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