Monday, March 30, 2015

Updating U/B Control for Dragons of Tarkir

Editor's Note: Please welcome our newest writer, James Rettie, to the staff of Monday Morning MTG. He plays Standard, Modern, and a format not played by any of the other writers: Pauper.

Please enjoy James' first article, a look at Blue/Black Control in Standard following the release of Dragons of Tarkir.

Blue/Black Control is one of the best decks in the current Standard metagame, and with Dragons of Tarkir just released, it’s time to update the deck with some of the new cards that were released in Dragons. U/B Control was established in standard by Ivan Floch, who made the Top 8 of Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir with the deck. It has since evolved and removed cards like Prognostic Sphinx and Silence the Believers, and added cards like Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and Crux of Fate.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wacky Wednesdays: Kobolds, Ornithopters, and Phyrexians (Oh my!)

Greetings once more, my friends! What do kobolds, ornithopters, and phyrexian walkers all have in common?

They all have a converted mana cost of 0, of course!  Today I am going to exploit that to create a wacky, potentially explosive Legacy deck.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Ojutai Surprise

The Spotlight Magic
    Hey Everyone!!! it is the week after the Dragons of Tarkir and I am just so excited for standard play! I can say that I personally had a great time bowling with dice, and playing with the newest cards before they release. I could have done better in my choosing of cards, but my pool wasn't the best. i was stuck on mainly a bant flavored draft deck with bolster as the main archetype. But all in all I had fun with my friends, and that is what they are all about. Or is it????

Monday, March 16, 2015

Seven Rack Pox

Hello everyone, Shawn here again. I have today a deck that has been modified from an older deck. I played against it this past Friday and it was very synergistic. It was very quick to pick apart my hand and just leave me with nothing but a land and ten fingers.

Predicting the Future: Modern Masters 2015

We've got about two months until Modern Masters 2015 comes out, and we already know three cards and have a strong guess at a fourth, plus possible other cards available to us that fit the numbering.


Primer Series: Modern Bogles

B  W

Last time I wrote a primer for a deck, I looked at Burn in Modern. Burn is traditionally red, but in Modern there were useful applications of White and Black, but as far a a Bogles deck goes, Green and White is it. I've explored using blue, but to be consistent, it is best to stick to two colors.

In a Bogles deck, there are four attributes: Creatures, Enchantments, Non-Enchantment Spells, and Land. Just like with the my primer on Burn decks, we're going to look at each of these categories individually.

Modern Mondays: B/W Zombie Midrange

Hello everyone, Shawn here from Red Battle Games LLC in Danville, Virginia and today, I'll be sharing a deck tech of a deck made by Stephen Fowler and Dylan Spence. It was put together for Stephen to pilot at Friday Night Magic.

Gravecrawler  Geralf's Messenger  Cemetery Reaper

Modern Mondays: Mill

Welcome back to Modern Mondays! I've been busy working on our sales at TCGPlayer as well as maintaining Dragons of Tarkir spoilers, but I think it's about time for me to jump right back into deck builds.

During my travels through the multiverse over the past month, I've visited such wonderful places as Ravnica and Zendikar in search of some inspiration and I'm slowly piecing together the mental magic that is Mill. Please join me while I introduce you to a Modern Mill deck!

Monday, March 2, 2015

A turn in popularity

Hello fellow bloggers, Shawn here and I wanted to talk about the recent surge in popularity in modern over standard. I am pretty sure a lot of new comers that start playing will want to get use any and every card they get their hands on to. Well standard only has a couple sets in it and it is ever changing, so most beginners become attracted toward the older formats that have more variety. At our little store in town Red Battle Games LLC., the last turnout for us at FNM for modern night was approx. 24 players, which is almost a full house. It is a great site to see new players come in and have fun. Our last standard FNM, only 10 of us players showed, which is barely enough to even play. I don't know if it is me just noticing it, but a lot of players love modern more than any other format. Least besides legacy and commander. I believe this is primarily because of the vast variety of cards that they have at their disposal. Along with that, since they have more cards to choose from, the prices for cards is also lower for the vast majority of those cards, "well besides the normal fetch and dual lands, tarmogoyf, and etc." But it is a perfect array for those budget players who don't have the hundreds of dollars to spend on cards every month. Even a budget of 100$ a month is doable in modern, depending on what your building of course. Also a rise in popularity is of course the most budget deck we all know can be made by new players sometimes, MONO RED BURN. It is the bane of most metagames existence, but be that as it may, any player can spend 100$ and build a respectful deck to be competitive. Well this is it for me on my blog, please fellow readers tell me what you think of this switch. Personally I like it.