Author: Ryan.Gilleland

Magic: the Bubbling

Magic: The Bubbling   As I am writing this article, Jace, the Mind Sculptor is sitting at $150.00, Force of Will is $100.00, Lion’s Eye Diamond is $100.00, and many players are scratching their heads and wondering, “Is this madness sustainable?” It is certainly no surprise when we see individual card prices steadily increase over time as they are removed from print.  After all, Magic: the Gathering is a collectible card game that has recently experienced an incredible resurgence in popularity.  The supply of many of the older cards has not increased, yet the number of players seeking these...

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Cockatrice Servers Shut Down in Response to Lawsuit Issued by Hasbro

  Cockatrice, a popular free online program that allows players to build and test decks online has recently shut down its servers after receiving notification of a pending lawsuit from Hasbro, owners of Wizards of the Coast and Magic: the Gathering.  Currently, there is very little information regarding this issue.  The Cockatrice servers went down in the early hours of the morning on 2/27/2013 and have yet to come back online. A thread regarding the topic popped up on the MTGsalvation forums and can be found here: http://forums.mtgsalvation.com/showthread.php?t=492546. Hasbro also recently issued a Cease-and-Desist notice to Pro Tour champion...

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From Exile to the Battlefield: Utilizing Misthollow Griffin in Standard

  Hello everyone, I am back for another short article before heading out for my holiday vacation.  This time, I want to talk about the standard deck I have been playing recently with some positive results.  The deck is a Bant control list that seeks to utilize Misthollow Griffinto its fullest extent.  Ever since I first saw Misthollow Griffin spoiled on the Avacyn Restored spoiler list, it jumped out at me as an extremely unique ability just ready to be abused.  Everyone’s first immediate thought was utilizing the creature in conjunction with Moorland Haunt or Memorcide/Surgical Extraction for incremental...

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Legacy Jund Variants

  Hello again and welcome back.  In the last couple of articles I discussed the Jund archetype and how it operates within the Modern and Standard metas.  This week I would like to focus on Jund’s implications in the Legacy meta, providing you with a few different viable approaches to the archetype.  Many of you who may have read some of my past Legacy articles know that I’m a big fan of aggro-loam, but even though it does fall under the Jund color wheel,  I think I’ve spoken enough about it already.  The first approach I want to talk...

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More Jund Updates and Changes to MTGO Deck Reporting

    Modern Updates Hey everyone, I’m back with some more updates for the Jund archetype in Modern and Standard.  In my last article, I presented my updated Modern Jund list, which included the addition of the new RtR rare Abrupt Decay, but I really dropped the ball by completely forgetting to add Deathrite Shaman to the list.  I really don’t know how this guy managed to completely slip my mind, as I had been working on a Legacy deck involving him at the same time.  As soon as I turned on coverage of the Pro Tour and saw...

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