MTGYou #73 – Pro Tour BFZ Postmortem

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In Our Main Phase:

Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar has come and gone. During our main phase we look at the outcome. Who made top 8? Who took home the trophy for BFZ? We also talk about several other highlights of the pro tour. And of course, we talk about a host of other topics during all the phases of the MTGYou podcast.

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Hi, I’m Wumpus!

Hi, I’m Wumpus.

James has asked me to make some content for MTGYou, and I’m happy to write about my favorite subject. For those who don’t know me (probably somewhere between most and all of you,) I’ve been a kitchen table warrior since before the turn of the century, and my favorite way to play magic is by winning in convoluted ways. In this space, I intend to share some of my best casual brews, and advice on maximizing your fun outside of tournament play. Just don’t expect me to talk about Commander, because I’m old and crotchety and singleton formats make me uncomfortable and scared.

So, for my inaugural article, I will give a write up on a modern brew that, while it probably isn’t about to win any GPs or big money open tourneys, the idea for the deck burned a hole in my soul until I had to put it together. Also, I’ll never back away from an opportunity to use my favorite card for actual value.

4 Hushwing Gryff
4 Hunted Troll
4 Leveler
4 Hunted Wumpus
3 Sky Swallower
3 Hunted Phantasm
1 Hunted Lammasu
2 Eater of Days

4 Echoing Truth
4 Torpor Orb
1 End Hostilities
4 Wayfarer’s Bauble

5 Island
5 Forest
5 Plains
4 Thornwood Falls
4 Blossoming Sands
This deck could probably use some improvement to its mana base, but it has a pretty straightforward plan, especially for one of my brews. All you have to do is drop a Torpor Orb or Hushwing Gryff (casting the Gryff on End Step, of course), then profit off your discount fatties. The premier creature in the deck is Leveler, since the deal of 5 mana for a 10/10 just can’t be beat, but if the ground is clogged, you also have Sky Swallower, Eater of Days, and Hunted Phantasm which can generally get through or around any blockers your opponent might have.

Now, it does happen that sometimes you won’t find an Orb or a Hushwing. If you’re holding a Leveler or Eater of Days when this happens, I’m sorry. If you’re holding a Hunted creature though, Echoing Truth can clean up the mess they make, assuming you can’t stop the ETB effect (remember, tokens of the same type have the same name.)

With so little removal, this deck will have difficulty keeping up with the Splinter Twins and Affinities of the world, but who cares when we’re getting 10/10s for 5 with no drawback?

If you’re one of those people who loves turning big, undercosted creatures sideways, take a look. Maybe you’ll see something you like.


Say Hello to Bruce!

Hello BruceMy name is Bruce and I have a problem…er…I like to play Magic.  Yes, that’s it! I like to play Magic.  I got into the game as a kid back when Revised/Fallen Empires/Ice Age (circa 1995ish?) were all the rage and loved it.  I have very fond memories of spending Saturday afternoon over at my friend’s house playing endless games, losing, but loving every second of it.  I was never very good, but the idea of Magic immediately resonated with me and I really enjoyed the time with my friends sitting around a table.

Fast forward to the summer of 2012 and I am the director at a residential summer camp and some of my counselors are playing Magic out in one of the lodges with some campers.  I immediately recognized the game and I was hooked all over again. Since then I have gone on a healthy mission to bring myself up to speed on Magic, the theory, the lore, and almost everything Magic related.

I would be what you call a Casual player but I am slightly different than most.  Most people figure that the term “casual” refers to playing Commander.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve played Commander and enjoy the format, but it is not the only thing to play.  I typically play 60 card multiplayer casually with my buddies when we get together.  We usually try to set something up once a month and will play until we can’t keep our eyes open any longer.  We have a blast and some of the funniest things have taken place ensuring that everyone has a good time.  Now, 3 plus years later, playing in these casual multiplayer games is still my favorite way of playing magic and has me eager for each time we get together to play.

However, if I only play once a month, how do I stay involved in Magic the other 30 days of the month? In February 2014 I started to write for a website out of Montreal called Three Kings Loot and they have given me the opportunity to write and expound on virtually anything I want. I can literally right about anything from Vorthos material, to Limited, to Casual brews, to just about anything else that really catches my fancy.  They have been terrific and really helped me get started and I still have a weekly column I do for them called Casual Encounters.

In addition to my writing and some casual playing, I have have been listening to plenty of podcasts.  When I was home with my first son I found that the podcasts and ties to the larger Magic community were very helpful in helping me get through each day.  Don’t for a second think that I didn’t love spending the time with my son, but the brain craves stimulation too, and the MTG podcasts were terrific. I found MTGYOU very early on in my stay at home and listened to it weekly.  I had many lively exchanges with Daemon, Rich, James, and Blades via email  and really enjoyed the entertainment they offered.  It was largely due to them encouraging people to go out and try new things in Magic that helped me to gain up enough courage to try my hand at playing MTGO a little more seriously as a way to broaden my experience and to improve my game.  I took playing MTGO more seriously and love to Draft.  I’m no Limited expert, but I feel like I am reasonably knowledgeable and I like the experience of starting each new draft.

So, where does that leave me now?  Who am I?  I am a Casual player who enjoys Limited, and writes about just about every facet of Magic that catches my interest.  In short, I’m a jack of all trades and I’m happy to give back to the Magic community, and MTGYOU in particular, by offering whatever insights I happen to have. I intend to stick to my roots, and write about just about anything and everything ranging from Limited Crack a Packs and Sealed strategy, to Casual budget decks I’ve brewed up, to Vorthos takes on the happenings of the multiverse.  So, stay tuned because you never can be quite sure where I’m going next.

I want to offer a big thank you to guys here at MTGYOU for offering me chance to contribute to their Magic community and reach out to all of you.  I’m super excited to get started and look forward to sharing ideas, experiences, and successes with all of you as we continue to try and grow the MTGYOU community.

If you are interested in reaching out to me, the easiest way is to hit me up on Twitter at @bgray8791 or leave a comment and I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP.

Thanks and yourselves a great MTG day!

Bruce Gray

MTGYou #71 – What’s Who’s the Beatdown?


In Our Main Phase:

If you have never read the article Who’s the Beatdown? by Michael Flores, you have missed out. It’s probably the best know Magic: The Gathering related article ever. In this episode we talk about it and what it’s all about, plus much much more.

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