Month: August 2017

THE MANA DORK – Running a Budget Commander League

Running a Budget Commander League It’s time for Commander 2017! Excite yes! I’ve run a budget Commander league for my friends for a few years now and it’s been a blast. So this year, instead of telling you what I think some of the gems will be (Fractured Identity, Path of Ancestry) or ranking the decks by an arbitrary metric (there’s a Cats deck, metrics are meaningless), I’m going to talk about how to run a budget Commander league for your friends, using the C17 decks as a basis. Budget Commander leagues can be a great way to re-vitalize a playgroup that has fallen into a rut, to introduce newer players to Commander in a friendly environment — or even both at the same time. They’ve been incredibly rewarding for my playgroup, and I hope they can be for yours as well. Let’s go! BASIC PRINCIPLES You’re going to want to figure out a few things about your Commander league right away. Players — Who’s interested? Whether you’re making a Commander league for fellow university students, for your kids and their friends, or for a bunch of adults with 9-5 jobs and their own children, knowing who your players are, what they like in Magic, and what their availability is will affect several of the decisions you make below. Points — How to award the players in each match. Your points structure will...

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Magic Open House September

Magic Open House September is an all day event with many events throughout the day to celebrate Magic the Gathering at A Muse N Games. We will be hosting our usual Saturday draft at noon, but also free learn to play drafts for new players at 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm. There will be participation prizes from Wizards of the Coast as well as draws and prizing for the tournaments. Bring a friend who has never played Magic before and you will receive a premium full-art card from Ixalan and your friend will receive a free welcome deck (while supplies...

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Ixalan Release Weekend Sept 29-30

Ixalan release weekend is September 29th-30th, 2017 and your first chance to purchase the newest Magic the Gathering set! Here is what we have scheduled for the release weekend: Friday, September 29th Noon: Ixalan Draft Players receive 3-packs of Ixalan and draft the best 40 card deck they can. Entry Fee $20 Prizing: 1.5 Packs per player into the prize pool. Each player playing through all swiss rounds receives a booster pack from the prize pool! 3:30 pm: Ixalan Draft Players receive 3-packs of Ixalan and draft the best 40 card deck they can. Entry Fee $20 Prizing: 1.5 Packs per player into the prize pool. Each player playing through all swiss rounds receives a booster pack from the prize pool! 6:30 pm: Ixalan Sealed Players receive an Ixalan Prerelease kit (while supplies list). These includes a Foil Promo, Spindown Counter, 6-Packs of Ixalan. Entry fee $36 Players will enjoy 4 rounds of swiss. Prizing: 1.5 Packs per player into the prize pool. Each player playing through all swiss rounds receives a booster pack from the prize pool! 7:30 pm: Commander Both casual and Competitive pods as usual. Entry fee $6 Prizing: Casual Players each receive a Booster Pack for participating. Competitive Players – prizing to the winner, prize TBD based on players entering. (8 or more players and a revised Dual will be up for grabs. 9:30 pm:...

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Ixalan Prerelease Weekend Sept 23-24

A Muse N Games is hosting 4 Ixalan Prerelease events for the newest Magic: the Gathering set! Midnight, Noon, and 5 pm on Saturday, September 23 and then 6pm on Sunday, September 24. Ixalan prerelease events will start promptly with deck construction at the listed start times. Early Bird registration $35 taxes in if you register before 10:00 pm Wednesday, September 20. Regular registration is $40 taxes in. Each participating player will receive a special prerelease pack containing 6-packs of Ixalan, a spindown life counter, and promotional foil card! Two Ixalan booster packs per player will be placed into the prize pool. Any player who plays through all four rounds of swiss receive at least one Ixalan booster pack from the prize pool. Further prizing information will be announced closer to the date of the Ixalan prerelease. You can preregister now in store or online below. Midnight Powered by Eventbrite Noon Powered by Eventbrite 5:00 pm Powered by Eventbrite Sunday Powered by...

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THE MANA DORK — Using the Metagame Clock

Using the Metagame Clock HOUR OF RED Pro Tour Hour of Devastation is in the books, and we’ve got a second victory in a row for budget decks, which I’m tremendously happy to see. Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa’s Ramunap Red list took down the tournament, with Ramunap Red decks as a whole forming five of the top eight and about 30% of the decks that made it to Day Two. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen budget-ish “Red Deck Wins“-style aggro decks with a presence in Standard — the last time was in 2015, that halcyon era before those $600-$800 four-colour ORI-BFZ decks. And, I mean, look at those prices. When was the last time you saw a sub-$200 deck Top Eight a Pro Tour? As is tradition, Wizards works on a two-year timeline (roughly), and it looks like their efforts to make Standard more affordable — including the Masterpiece Series cards and seeding RDW cards and budget answers in the last few sets — are paying off. Now if only they’d do a better job with the Planeswalker Decks… USING THE METAGAME CLOCK So, I had a problem in my Commander meta, and then I solved it, and the solution created more problems, so I’m solving those now, and since the minutiae of my life are fascinating to everyone I figured I’d share this process...

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