AuthorAJ Sacher

Streaming pioneer AJ Sacher is a former pro tour player with two Grand Prix Top 8s and over fifteen Open Series Top 8s, including two wins. He is a well-respected Magic theorist and one of the most acclaimed writers in the game.

Fishing Lessons – Story Time with AJ Sacher

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Wednesday, June 9th – This is not an article of strategy or theory. This is the story of man defeated. What is the point of this story, you may ask. The truth is, I’m not sure. I just like stories. What you take out of it is up to you, and there are definitely lessons to be taken from it. The fact that it is entertaining doesn’t hurt either.

Fishing Lessons – Shadow Puppet Theater

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Wednesday, May 19th – It’s that time again. My articles are usually very polarizing, where some people think I’m a stupid jerk and others think I’m a genius. That polarization finds to be even stronger for my more abstract rants. If you are in the former group, please select any one of the other fine articles on this fantastic website instead. If you are in the latter group, please enjoy.

Fishing Lessons – Taking a Walk in the Fog

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Tuesday, May 11th – The trouble with Fog decks is that they suck. The strategy is inherently flawed: You wait out their gameplan and then kind of incidentally kill them. The problem is that, in order to fuel your Fogs, you need to play Howling Mine effects which makes sure that your opponent has enough gas to finish you off if you ever stumble. So why am I here to tell you to play a TurboFog deck?

Fishing Lessons – Brewing With Rise of the Eldrazi

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Tuesday, May 4th – I have been in the brew-house ever since the prerelease and have eliminated some possibilities. I tried some pretty out-there stuff and it was a lot of fun, but nothing really panned out particularly well. I’m going to talk about some of the concepts I tried out.

Fishing Lessons – The Value of a Life Point

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Wednesday, April 28th – Dealing 3 damage is worth more than gaining 3 life. You want to wait to chump block as long as possible. Once you’re at an arbitrarily large life total, it no longer matters how much it is exactly. These are all accepted truths about Magic…

Fishing Lessons – Put the Coffee Down

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Tuesday, April 13th – There is a type of time in Magic writing that I call “The Lull.” It’s when there aren’t really any relevant formats to talk about. The PTQ season is over and the new set isn’t released so I can’t talk about the upcoming formats with any actual knowledge. There aren’t real tournaments happening so tournament reports aren’t an option either.

Fishing Lessons – Enlightening in Legacy

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Tuesday, April 6th – I wasn’t planning on going to the StarCityGames.com Orlando Open. Zach Efland told me I had a free place to stay that was very close to both the airport and the tournament site. Then I found out about the crew that was going, and it included some of my favorite people in the world…

Fishing Lessons – The One Where AJ Talks About Jund

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Tuesday, March 23rd – If you are playing Standard and using a deck other than Jund, you have your work cut out for you. Justifying playing anything but the cascading machine is no small task. A lot of people hate Jund, and with good reason…

Fishing Lessons – The Purpose of Theory

Tuesday, March 16th – Last week I started my series of articles on what I call the Theory of Stock Mana. I am a big believer in starting from the very beginning, and that is what I was trying to do last week. I started with the basics of the concept and planned to elaborate and expound. My mistake was that I didn’t start at the very beginning…

Reintroducing Stock Mana

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Tuesday, March 9th – The winner of any Magic game is determined by the person who nets the most mana. What I mean by this is that spending mana is how you generate your advantage. Everything has a Stock Mana value (how much something is to cast) and an Equivalent Cost (how much it “should” cost, based on design guidelines in the game).

Introductions and Onions

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Tuesday, March 2nd – In his first article for StarCityGames.com, AJ Sacher makes his introductions before turning his eye to some of the more underappreciated cards in Zendikar Limited. Are simple-sounding cards such as Bog Tatters multi-layered after all? Read on to find out!