MTGYou #61 – Cruising the Current Meta

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In Our Main Phase:

On this episode of the MTGYou Podcast, we cruise through the current metagame, covering standard, modern and legacy. We also talk about the possible banning of Treasure Cruise.

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Crossing Magic’s Red Lines

This Week in Popculture’s Cube: Crossing Magic’s Red Lines

127822_1So I just did something I never thought I would.

And I’ll likely do it again.

Just a little bit before I started typing this article, I bought by first Fetch Land.

[Cue Sound of Crickets]

Right, I know. A lot of you reading this out on the electronic superhighway are probably scoffing. “Shyeah,” you might be saying. “So what? I’ve got a playset of every Zendikar fetch AND I’m working on finishing up my collection of the Onslaught fetches for good measure.”

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MTGYou #56 – Kahning You Onto the Meta Bus

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In Our Main Phase:

On this episode of the MTGYou Podcast, we talk about the state of the current meta game. Get on the Meta Bus with us!

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  • Wizards has announced a new MTG related board game.
  • Possible cheater, Trevor Humphries under investigation.

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Missing the Meta Bus

This Week in Popculture’s Cube: Missing the Meta Bus

meta-busThose of you who are careful listeners of the podcast or who follow my writing here know one thing for sure: I love EDH.

It’s a fun format. Challenging. Artistic. Highly conceptual.

When I think about Magic, I think about EDH. When I look at a particular card, I think of how it’ll fit as a singleton in a delightful Commander deck. My mind runs on EDH when it comes to Magic.

And I recently discovered something: that focus on EDH has completely handicapped me. Completely.

I was recently on the podcast again with Daemon and Blades, and the topic was Burn vs. Aggro. Among the discussions during the show were those particular decks in the present meta.

If you didn’t notice, I was… pretty quiet during that part of the show. And there’s a reason for that.

When you work in the world of EDH, you work in the world of antiquity. Maybe, since I have a master’s degree in history and specialized in Ancient History, that’s why EDH appeals to me – you’re delving for ancient things, for hidden logics, for esoteric lore, for combinations that stretch all the way back to Magic’s hoary, antediluvian vastness.
And you don’t necessarily pay attention to any new cards unless they can help a particular deck you’re working on.

I quickly came to realize that – holy moly!!! – I know basically nothing about the good cards in the last couple of sets. I’d forgotten about the combos that work in Journey into Nyx and Khans of Tarkir. Heck, I don’t know ANY combos that work in them.

Part of that, yes, is driven by my EDH addiction. And part of that is driven by the fact that, among the folks I play with, Standard and the current meta isn’t something that’s really hotly pursued. Most of the guys I play against play EDH, they play Modern, etc. They don’t try to keep up with Standard a lot, usually because of the speed, ferocity, and downright dogged cutthroat nature of the format.

Another issue for me is that, flat out, I rarely have the opportunity to play Standard in any organized, competitive way. The nearest Friendly Local Gaming Store (FLGS) in my neck of the woods is 30 minutes away and, given my schedule, I’m not likely to play at an FNM anytime soon. I’ve actually played at 2 FNMs my entire life, and one of those was by accident.

But I WANT to be current, I want to know what’s going on. Which I one of the reasons I’m grateful to the dudes at TheMTGYou. But that’s also why I’m grateful to the larger Magic community. There’re a lot of us out there, all of us struggling with our own Magic issues.

We each have our dragons to slay when it comes to Magic. I know what mine are. I keep missing the Meta Bus. I don’t pay attention to the things I need to in order to win. I often build sloppy decks.

Let me hear about yours.

Villainous Woo-th vs Abzan – Standard

MTGYou Fight Club: Villainous Woo-th vs Abzan – Standard

Link to Travis Woo’s Villainous Woo-th deck list, piloted by Daemon:
http://www.mtgyou.com/decks/james/199_Villainous_Woo-th.html

Link to Rich’s Abzan deck list:
http://www.mtgyou.com/decks/james/198_Abzan.html

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