Archive for May, 2008

The Monday Mulligan: Week 22

Friday, May 30th, 2008

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MPDC 2′s last hooray was a beauty. Twentyfive players showed up, one late, and three rounds of Swiss and a top eight was declared. After the dust settled eight decks were left: Topping that heap was phantomphage with Dark Evocation. This being his first MPDC, one of the first things he asked was if winning the event would get him an invite into the Championship. Sure it will, I said, finding the changes for a newcommer slim. Six hours later, he got himself an invite.

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Running The Numbers #31

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

The Mid-Season has arrived in CPDC and with it some clarity has emerged in the current metagame. The top threats have become clear, now players must adjust. CPDC 8.7 & 8.8 may serve as either a signal of the second half or a clue to change the course. Reading more will help you decide where you want to take things..

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AROUND THE BLOCK #3

Thursday, May 29th, 2008



BPDC 2.05 and the Last Chance Before Worlds
Welcome back to the report of the last BPDC week before Worlds! We had a few returning deck types, as well as some exciting new ones. Read on to see how it all went down.

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[MM] In The Spotlight: Rebels

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

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Rebels took two play-off places, two top eigth, during the last two weeks. This is deserving of a look into Spills creation.

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Running The Numbers #30

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Three more events have moved through the TPDC schedule and new winners have emerged as well. Most recently old school decks Stars & Cogs and RnR grabbed the top spots. In this edition I will look at events 8.5,6 and 7 and see what has been going on here and what we can glean from all this information. The only way to find out is to read moreā€¦

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Extended Stay *#1*

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

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[b]Hello, and welcome to Extended Stay![/b]
ChronicHeaves here, and I’ll be bringing you your weekly fix of all things ‘Future Extended’ (or ‘FutExt’ to the hipsters). I’m excited to be able to bring you tournament coverage, deck analysis, deck building, metagame information, and anything else you, the readers, are interested to hear. Future Extended is a wonderful format, full of innovation and intrigue. With a large card pool, but without the price concerns sometimes associated with Classic, the format is sort of like a PDC parallel to Legacy. You get access to many powerful strategies, and as you can see from the results of our steadily growing tournaments, you also get a format wide open in terms of deck building and deck parity. With a stunning number of viable archtypes, it’s no wonder it’s a format on the rise.
[trophy]FPDC 1.05[/trophy] [trophy]UPDC 3.10[/trophy]

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AROUND THE BLOCK #2

Friday, May 23rd, 2008



BPDC 2.04: The Meta Marches On
Welcome back for another edition of Around the Block. We had another exciting week of BPDC. Last week, I asked the question: Which archetype: Tribal, Control, or Aggro would win out in 2.04? Read on to find out!
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The Monday Mulligan: Week 21

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

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It seems last weeks Mulligan didn’t go unnoticed or that some other people had the same insight as I did: Storm Control is seriously underplayed in the meta. Not this week though, with four out of four SC made play-offs and both a mirror in the semi’s and the finals. Click the link for more information about SC’s run to victory in MPDC’s biggest event to v3 date.

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AROUND THE BLOCK #1

Friday, May 16th, 2008

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[url=http://www.pdcmagic.com/forums/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1369]WU Merfolk Combo[/url]. [url=http://www.pdcmagic.com/forums/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1417]HomeBRU Control[/url]. [url=http://www.pdcmagic.com/forums/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1401]RG Warriors[/url]. Three weeks, three winners, three archetypes. [i]Lorwyn[/i] Block has been anything but predictable so far. As the summer kicks into high gear, things should shape up to be as dynamic as ever.
The lone Block event, [url=http://www.pdcmagic.com/forums/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=334]BPDC[/url], struggles to achieve stability. As attendance increases, innovation should increase as well, with a variety of new decks challenging the previous winners for top billing. This initial articular foray into the format of [i]Lorwyn[/i] Block will look at a couple unsung decklists and how they may factor into the metagame.
[trophy]BPDC 2.01[/trophy] [trophy]BPDC 2.02[/trophy] [trophy]BPDC 2.03[/trophy]

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Shadowmoor: Polyjak’s Picks

Friday, May 16th, 2008

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There hasn’t been a full-scale review of the commons of [i]Shadowmoor[/i] yet (at least not to my knowledge), and as the would-be purveyor of all things block, I thought I would take a little time to address some of the choice offerings of the newest block, a new member of the Lorwyn Block, and of course for all of PDC as well. Everybody in PDC judges these commons differently, using the lens of their preferred formats to make the calls, so it will serve you well to bear in mind that I am a player who enjoys smaller, more limited cardpools where new cards have a bigger impact. Therefore, my enthusiasm for some of these cards may not carry over into Extended or Classic. But I’m sure you’ll enjoy the read anyway!

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