Hidden Values in Magic: The Gathering for Kids and Parents - Massdrop East/West: Article #12
Hi! My name is Scott Lipp. I’m a gold level pro and a team member of Massdrop West. I have been playing Magic:the Gathering since 1995. I played in Pro Tours in the mid-late 90’s and started playing competitively again during the last few years. One of the major reasons to start playing again came from my seven year old son, Niko. Teaching my son how to play and seeing the joy out of us bonding together gave me a spark to pick up the game competitively again. I’m going to share some hidden values that kids and parents might not know about Magic
For anyone that knows nothing about how Magic works: the main goal is get your opponent’s life points from twenty to zero using strategy by attacking with creatures and casting spells. Although it might seem simple, it takes a lifetime to master.
First, some backstory about myself and why I believe learning how to play Magic is one of the greatest assets for a child.
Growing up I played baseball, basketball, and bowling which got...
Scouting Report: Massdrop East/West on 2 Amonkhet Masterpieces
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Here is a list of our articles, which conveniently extends the spoiler guard:
1. How to Prepare for an MtG Pro Tour by Ben Weitz (https://www.massdrop.com/talk/1158/how-to-prepare-for-an-mt-g-pro-tour)
2. Approaching New Magic Drafts by Ari Lax (https://www.massdrop...
The next Pro Tour is quickly approaching and it'll be a wild one - Modern.
There are dozens of decks that are respectable choices and the metagame is wide open. Death’s Shadow decks have been considered the best decks for the last year, but the last 2-3 months proved that wrong. With a lot of pros getting their hands on the format and trying out new things, we see that the format is a lot deeper than it seemed and many other decks can compete with the one mana 10/10 strategy.
Based on mtggoldfish.com, the Top 5 most played decks amongst tournament results are Grixis Shadow, Storm, Jeskai, Tron and Affinity.
You’ll be surprised to see that my take on the Top 5 best decks only includes one of these decks.
1. Lantern Control
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Abrupt Decay
4 Whir of Invention
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Grafdigger's Cage
1 Witchbane Orb
2 Pyxis of Pandemonium
4 Codex Shredder
2 Pithing Needle
4 Mox Opal
3 Ensnaring Bridge
I’m currently in the midst of a long break from tournament Magic. My trip to Bilbao, Spain for Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan did not go so well for me. It was the first time I missed day two at a Pro Tour since PT Brussels back in 2015. On the bright side, what I missed out in Modern games played I easily made up for in jamon iberico consumed. Over the past few weeks I have been helping Massdrop East teammate Tommy Ashton, better known as stainerson on Magic Online, prepare for the upcoming Magic Online Championships. He gives me a Modern list to try out, I fail miserably with it, and I give him feedback. I’ve also been doing a lot of Rivals of Ixalan drafting and sharing my thoughts with him. My next tournament isn’t until GP Columbus at the end of April, so I have some time to devote to helping out!
However, this generally is not the case for me. With a full time job and commitments outside of the game, I very rarely am able to play during the week. When I check the social...
Hi everybody! Ben Weitz here once more, and this time I’m going to talk to you about one of my favorite Modern decks in recent memory. RG Eldrazi recently won GP Lyon in the hands of Grzegorz Kowalski, the only person brave enough to play it at the PT as well. We worked on the deck together, so I thought I would share a bit on how I approach building Eldrazi shells (because Bant and RG are not the only ones I’ve ever tried), and conclude with some discussion on where to go in the new Modern format. If you’re interested in a sideboarding guide you won’t find that here, but Grzegorz wrote a great article you can find here: http://www.hareruyamtg.com/article/en/category/detail/275.
Bant Eldrazi and the Eldrazi Blueprint
My love for the Bant Eldrazi deck is no secret, and although the Modern metagame has slowly moved in a direction where I don’t think Bant is very good, I will always have fond memories of the deck. The Bant Eldrazi deck is a midrange deck that leans on Eldrazi...
Rivals of Ixalan drafts have been firing for almost a month now, but there is still a ton of drafting to do before Dominaria gets here.
Team Massdrop finished Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan with a 41-25 Draft record, or a win rate of 62%. At the Pro level, that is really strong. Dating back to the early days of the team we have always focused on strong, structured Limited preparation, and it often pays off.
This was our finalized strategy for Rivals of Ixalan draft, from big picture, to how to build successful decks of each archetype, to the full pick order that comes out of our Limited meetings.
The One Minute Version
The best rare and uncommon threats are miles ahead of the common threats, but the common removal is good. The best rares are those that don’t die to removal or win the game even if removed.
The format defaults to aggression, but random 2/2s aren’t reliably good enough. Attack with 3/3s and evasive creatures and tribally enhanced stuff. You can be...