Technically today doesn’t exist for me, since I’ll officially lose Wednesday when I cross the International Date Line (no, you cannot order a girlfriend from there, no matter how desperate) on my way to Australia. You guys still have a Wednesday though, so it’s more Q&A, while all the kiddies wish I’d link to T&A again instead.
My question pertains to something that Mike Flores wrote in his article concluding the U/W deck challenge. He mentioned that when he playtested his Mono Blue deck vs. your Tooth build he devised some tech that was able to win the matchup for his deck a good amount of time. What was that tech that he would not mention? He said that you would update us.
The tech was Temporal Adept, which is quite spicy, but relatively easy to work around if you are playing a Red version of Tooth — you just keep Electrostatic Bolts in to get rid of the meddlesome bouncer and voila — no auto-loss. Adept is still a good sideboard card for Mono-Blue, because it comes in against every slow deck and creates real headaches for decks that can’t remove it. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as awesome if your opponent knows about it ahead of time, but whattayagonnado?
By the way, I still think Mono-U is one of the best decks in the field, though it’s more unforgiving than Flores’s wife after a weekend away gallivanting around the Pro Tour and leaving her with the baby, and Matt Stone is right — U/G probably has strategy superiority in that matchup and I haven’t been able to take the time to figure out how to fix it. You might not be able to, which is kinda frowny.
I started to rack my brains to come up with an interesting question for you! I wondered should it be funny, serious, magic related or even about the presidential elections ( as nearly everybody as an opinion!).
Then I thought, as I am from London, England and you already have writers like Dan Paskins (great guy and writer), what I should ask is ‘Have you or would you considering covering the Magic scene in England more?’
Well, we don’t cover any specific Magic scene on purpose, though many of our writers provide a sort of coverage in their own writing. We are not adverse to more writers from the great country of Eng-er-land writing, and two of my personal favorite writers right now happen to be the lovable Scouser Craig Stevenson and the amazing Paskins, so it’s apparent that they at least know the language. As for me personally, I’m hoping to get lucky enough to be chosen by Wizards of the Coast to cover Pro Tour: London. If that happens, I’ll be dragging the wife along with me for a post-PT vacation around the British Isles, which is otherwise known as "my payback to my wife for going to Australia without here, even though she’s still kinda pissed, regardless."
So uh, yeah… we like England, we just don’t live there, making it much harder to write about that particular Magic scene.