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  • Friday Night Magic Promo Cards Updated 3-19-2014

    We have added the upcoming promo cards for Friday Night Magic events held at local hobby shops. As a reminder the current promo card for March 2014 is Banisher Priest, which can be seen in the group below. Also in the lineup we have the cards for April and May 2014 in order. Encroaching Wastes, a land destruction card, was seen in Core Set Magic 2014 as well as the previous card Banisher Priest which acted as creature control. Finally added today we have the card for May which comes from the Theros block , Tormented Hero. Tormented Hero comes equipped with a Heroic mechanic allowing you to gain life while your opponents lose it if you cast a spell on Tormented Hero. The low mana cost on tormented hero and his high power make him a good choice, unfortunately he also comes into the battlefield tapped. Again all promo cards are *mostly from previous sets and are just modified art. The cards below are in order for March, April and May 2014.

  • Gerard Fabiano Takes Grand Prix Montreal 3-17-2014

    It was an exciting weekend as the Grand Prix Montreal drew in a large crowd of over 1,600 players! Popularity is clearly on the rise following the even larger Grand Prix Richmond which was home to more than 5,000 competitors. It’s worth noting that Beuno Aires hosted a Grand Prix this same weekend, speaking volumes to the large numbers in attendance.

    The formats of Grand Prix Montreal included Sealed Deck play down to the top competitors remaining playing a Limited Draft. Out of the 170 remaining players Gerard Fabiano managed to climb his way to the top finishing the final match 2-1. We got to see a nice mix of decks make it to the Top 8 the only similar decks played were White/Red Aggression with others coming in with Green/Black and Black/Blue.

    Gerard Fabio won the evening with his White/Red Aggression deck using the large amount of white cards available to buff his creatures in numbers and abilities. This type of white spell buff can be seen in Phalanx Leader, Ornitharch, Celestial Archon, Battlewise Valor as well as a number of other spells. Other noted mechanics included creatures with Heroic, giving each creature with it their own unique ability. This can make it hard for opponents to hammer down a certain strategy since the creatures themselves can dish out personal abilities. Five of the fourteen creatures included had this ability. The rest of the spells in this deck were mainly white control and red burn to keep the opponents creatures under control. With right play and timing Gerard Fabio was able to take the Champion Spot in the Grand Prix Montreal. You can view his tournament limited deck below.

    Lands (17)

    • 8 Mountain
    • 9 Plains

    Creatures (14)

    • 1 Akroan Crusader
    • 1 Archetype of Aggression
    • 1 Arena Athlete
    • 2 Cavalry Pegasus
    • 2 Celestial Archon
    • 1 Elite Skirmisher
    • 1 Fanatic of Mogis
    • 1 Heliod’s Emissary
    • 1 Labyrinth Champion
    • 1 Ornitharch
    • 1 Phalanx Leader
    • 1 Satyr Rambler
  • Featured Decklist GP Richmond 3-13-2014

    It has been circulating around that most of the Top 8 decks from the Grand Prix in Richmond were “Pod” based decks, which is why it was nice to see some variety come from Vipin Chackonal with the second place winning deck. To touch on Pod based decks we refer to the card Birthing Pod. Birthing Pod allows players at the cost of mana or health points to search through their deck to pull out a creature and place it onto the battlefield. This is good two fold since the card also allows you to pull out a stronger creature than you already had. Giving these two points its easy to see why Pod decks are popular. The low mana cost allows you to play Birthing Pod early at the cost of health or allows you to make a strategic creature pull to seal games.

    The second place “Affinity” deck on the other hand dealt mainly in Artifacts and was put together by Vipin Chackonal. In modern play its popular to see the Metalcraft mechanic get abused in deadly combination with Artifact heavy decks. Metalcraft typically requires a player to have 3 or more artifacts on the field in order to take advantage of a particular spell. Here we see 11 cards, Etched Champion, Mox Opal and Galvanic Blast using this mechanic. The cards to watch out for in this deck are Thoughtcasts. Thoughtcasts give us an Affinity mechanic typically requiring a certain amount of the same type of creature or card on the field and allows the player to draw cards. In a mainly all artifact deck, this is not hard to do. Along with a slew of creature buff spells mainly affecting artifacts including Cranial Plating and Steel Overseer this deck has both the survivability and draw power to win games. Below you will find Vipin Chackonals second place winning Affinity deck.

    Lands (16)

    • 4 Blinkmoth Nexus
    • 4 Darksteel Citadel
    • 3 Glimmervoid
    • 4 Inkmoth Nexus
    • 1 Island

    Creatures (24)

    • 4 Arcbound Ravager
    • 3 Etched Champion
    • 2 Memnite
    • 4 Ornithopter
    • 4 Signal Pest
    • 3 Steel Overseer
    • 4 Vault Skirge
  • Top 25 and Jace vs. Vraska Foil Update 3-12-2014

    The Magic Top 25 was updated this past week to include recent tournaments and events. The most notable of events was without a doubt the Grand Prix in Richmond with a record turnout of over 4,300 players. Even in all the popularity at least 3 professional players found themselves in the Top 8 of GP Richmond. This speaks to the talent of professional players and there ability to overcome great numbers in competitive play. As for changes in the ladder we didn’t really see much movement in the Top 8 of the 25 best players. Changes came around the 11th place spot where Alexander Hayne moved out Standislav Cifka. The top players remained at their current spots with Jeremy Dezani holding on to first place with Reid Duke Owen, Turtenwald, Ben Stark and Tom Martell trying to close in.

    Wizards also gave us a mini update on the Jace vs. Vraska Duel Deck. There was a custom foiling style mentioned when the Duel Deck was first talked about, today we get a look at the white layer or “shiny” party of the foil cards. Below you can see side by side comparisons of the original card next to its white layer companion. Duel Decks, Jace vs. Vraska is set to hit store shelves on 3/14/2014 look for it at your local TCG shop or you can click the image and use the amazon link to order if online.

  • Brian Liu Takes Grand Prix Richmond 3-9-2014

    The Grand Prix in Richmond comes to a close with one of the largest player turnouts in Grand Prix history. The Richmond Grand Prix was host to 4,300 players from all around filling the reserved space in addition to needing more event halls to host players. This was a Modern Format tournament with a slew of different decks finding there way into the top 16 however that spectrum was narrowed in the end with the Top 8 consisting of 4 similar pod style decks. As such was the winning deck of the weekend, Brian Liu’s “Kiki pod” deck played popular combinations of blue/white/red/green cards to seal the win. Noted cards in these “Pod” decks typically include Birds of Paradise, Reveillark, Melira, Sylvak Outcast and of course, Birthing Pod. What differs from Brian Liu’s deck was the addition of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. Liu was the only player in the Top 8 to not play a Melira, Sylvak Outcast in a pod deck and instead use Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker. With a few other slight modifications such as not including Abrupt Decay or Reveillark, Brian Liu seems to have made the perfect changes to win the Champion Spot.

    Below you will be able to find Brian Liu’s Winning Deck of the Grand Prix in Richmond!

    Lands (23)

    • 3 Arid Mesa
    • 1 Breeding Pool
    • 2 Fire-Lit Thicket
    • 1 Forest
    • 2 Gavony Township
    • 4 Grove of the Burnwillows
    • 1 Hallowed Fountain
    • 4 Misty Rainforest
    • 1 Plains
    • 1 Sacred Foundry
    • 1 Steam Vents
    • 1 Stomping Ground
    • 1 Temple Garden

    Creatures (30)

    • 4 Birds of Paradise
    • 1 Deceiver Exarch
    • 1 Eternal Witness
    • 1 Glen Elendra Archmage
    • 2 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
    • 2 Kitchen Finks
    • 1 Linvala, Keeper of Silence
    • 1 Murderous Redcap
    • 3 Noble Hierarch
    • 1 Qasali Pridemage
    • 4 Restoration Angel
    • 2 Scavenging Ooze
    • 1 Spellskite
    • 2 Voice of Resurgence
    • 3 Wall of Roots
    • 1 Zealous Conscripts