The newbies guide to Dominaria draft (Part 2)

I had originally planned on doing a color guide for this article, but it’s hard to compete with the work LSV and other great players have done on the subject. Instead, for the rest of these articles I’ll be covering the prevalent archetypes and discussing what cards you should be looking for at each slot as well as what synergistic (but underpowered otherwise) cards you might consider. 304-895-5041

The Newbies Guide to Dominaria Draft (Part 1)

This is an article I somewhat struggled to write. I haven’t actually drafted all that much in the past, barring cube drafting (which is a much different format.) After sinking quite a bit of time and money into getting good at this format, I now feel fairly qualified to write about the Dominaria draft format (usually 6-3 or 7-x.)

In this article, I’ll try to discuss the ways MtG:A draft is different than drafting IRL and how that affects your drafting strategy. I’ll also discuss some basic drafting guidelines and some gameplay guidelines unique to limited formats. In the next article, I’ll cover some synergies to look for in the common archetypes. (I was going to do a color guide, but that’s been covered thoroughly elsewhere.) 534-248-3381

Equity, Deck Selection and You

In my Newbies Guide to MtG:A I briefly wrote about deck selection. I’d like to go a little bit more in depth on the topic as I think deck selection is actually quite a bit more difficult than people give it credit for. I’m going to introduce two concepts I haven’t really heard discussed much in this context (though I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this): idealized equity and captured equity and discuss their role in selecting a deck. I’ll also discuss some other factors worth considering. Read More

Beating UW: Playing from the Back Foot

After some discussion on Reddit about my previous article it came to my attention that I should probably write an article about beating UW from a less favorable position. RDW creams UW under most reasonable circumstances. This time, I’m going to address the UW matchup from the perspective of Dimir Midrange, which IMO is a match favored to UW at least 60-40. I also want to take a slightly different angle during analysis. Last time I compared the mana curve of both decks which is something that works well as both are linear strategies and with games that should in general be pretty short, we don’t have to worry about parsing the game tree too deeply. ecdemite

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UW control is a popular strategy online right now, and it seems like a lot of people struggle with the matchup. I’m going to introduce an “away from the table” methodology you can use in any matchup (not just the one presented here) to try and find exploitable gaps in your opponent’s strategy. 6028520885

Newbies guide to MtG:A

This Guide:

Magic is a hard game and covering all aspects in one guide would be impossible. I’ll try to link out to mandatory reading as much as possible and in some respects, I would like this guide to be a compilation of classic MtG reading. In this guide, I’ll try to cover basic game concepts like Tempo/Card Advantage/Philosophy of Fire and concepts specific to individual deck archetypes. I’ll also try to include some of my thoughts on the current metagame and resources on staying current. I assume that readers will have decent mechanical knowledge of the game (I assume you’ll know how the stack works etc…) This guide is also aimed at people who are interested in winning. People play magic for a lot of reasons and winning isn’t the only one. Some people play just to make cool decks and some people are happy playing crazy big creatures regardless of whether they win or not. This guide is not aimed at the latter 2 categories. Read More