Archive for November, 2008

TPDC Season 9 Worlds Preview

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

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[url=http://www.pdcmagic.com/forums/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=6]PDC Classic[/url] has a long, illustrious, and storied tradition. It is the least accessible and the most hallowed of our formats. For some of us, it represents a mysterious, inscrutable, even daunting foray into the murky past of this game of Magic we all love. For others of us, the Classic format is synonymous with PDC itself.
With WotC’s impending [url=http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1114475]sanctioning of Pauper Classic[/url], PDC’s most venerable format is going to be cast into the spotlight like never before. Lots of speculation about the impact of “official status” on our own community and our own events has been taking place here in the PDCMagic.com forums, and only time will tell what comes of all the noise.
Before any of that, however, we PDC Paupers have our own Classic events to make some noise about — namely, the [url=http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1116727]Season 9 Worlds Championship[/url] of Tuesday night’s TPDC event, organized by [b]Lathspel[/b], and the following Saturday’s [url=http://forums.gleemax.com/showthread.php?t=1116439]Season 9 Worlds Championship[/url] of the Classic PDC event, hosted by [b]LulThyme[/b] (taking over for [b]Evu[/b] who is retiring from the role of Saturday’s main coordinator).
Heading into this huge week for Classic players, let’s take a look back at the Classic landscape for the last four months. For this article, we’ll start with TPDC.

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STANDARD EVOLUTIONS

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

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On this Thanksgiving week in the United States, we pause to reflect upon the things that make us truly grateful. We express our gratitude for the things, the opportunities, and the people that enrich our lives. And we dissect the Pauper Standard metagame, looking for clues or ideas about strategies with which to rip the format wide open.
In this article, I will give you some Thanksgiving week food for thought about how the metagame has evolved in the past four weeks. I’ll publish the wisdom of [b]ChronicHeaves[/b] in the form of an interview I conducted with him. And lastly, I’ll compile a list of the ten most influential cards in Standard right now.
So go grab a gravy boat and a ladle and sit back as we nibble on some Standard knowledge together.
Oh, and there’s a link to [b]Podcast #6[/b] inside.

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Interview With An Alex

Friday, November 21st, 2008

We have an awesome podcast for you today! Michael and I were lucky enough to find the time to sit down with Alex (SpikeBoyM) and have a serious talk about Classic. This one was a blast for me to do; I enjoyed the strategy talk, the walks down memory lane, and just getting a refreshing take on the format. I really hope you have as much fun listening to it as I did making it!
Enough talk, download after the jump!

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EXTENDED PODCAST #1

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Yo. I created a podcast about Extended. It’s a cursory overview of the format as we’ve known it. I surveyed all the 1st place decks since the inception of FutEx and I explain them in this podcast. I also recommend a few directions players might take in their efforts to crush the hegemony of Orzhov and MUTC.
In the future, if there is a demand for more Extended content, I will tackle more substantive subjects. I will also take requests. Please add them to the comments of this article.
The link is in the extended entry (how fitting), so click away:

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Podcast 5 – Espercast!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Hey all, our latest podcast is up! Jack and I discuss the Esper decks that showed up at MPDC this week, specifically StilliRise’s winning list. If you’re planning to play at SPDC this week, or even MPDC next week, I’d give this one a listen!
Get it after the jump!
(Oh, and don’t forget to e-mail us at podcast at pdcmagic.com!)

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PODCAST #4

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

The NEW #4 Podcast, and all future Podcasts, will be linked from the [url=http://www.pdcmagic.com/forums/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2418]PODCAST TABLE OF CONTENTS[/url]:
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Check it out, Paupers. And then post a comment here or there, or send a PM or an e-mail, to give us some feedback! We love it!

Fighting Clout Part 2: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

Friday, November 7th, 2008

After kicking around a lot of deck ideas based on the strategies I discussed in my last article and never fairing all that well I decided to join the dark side.

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RECORDED LIVE FROM THE SPDC 7.02 FINALS

Friday, November 7th, 2008

I was really tired after I lost in the semifinals, and I should have gone straight to bed, but I wanted to try narrating a finals match at the request of some.
Surely it would be more interesting with more commentators, but I’m curious to what degree something like this appeals to the average Pauper out there.
What kinds of information (especially the stuff I didn’t think of as I was watching this match tonight) would be good in future live match coverage?
Download after the “jump” then come back and let me know!

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SPDC 7.01 Postgame Podcast

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Jack and I are back with thoughts from our night at SPDC, complete with discussion of the cards, matches, and decks that stood out on Thursday. We talk about Faeries, White Weenie, and our Top 8 showdown. Jack also goes on a name-dropping rampage. Is your name mentioned? Download to find out!
(And, if it isn’t, e-mail us at podcast at pdcmagic.com and maybe we’ll drop YOUR name next time!)
Jump!

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