Tuesday, December 9th – For his final edition of Peebles Primers, Benjamin Peebles-Mundy brings us the development of his weapon of choice for the recent StarCityGames.com $5000 Standard Open. While he didnâ€™t quite set the venue alight, he still believes itâ€™s a fine choice in the current metagame. Thanks for all the great articles, BPM!
Tuesday, December 2nd – In this illuminating (and, as it turns out, penultimate) article, Benjamin Peebles-Mundy shares a handful of his most glaring play errors, each made with something tangible on the line, and offers the lessons he learned from these mistakes. BPM also makes an announcement regarding the future of his column…
Tuesday, November 25th – Aggressive options in Standard currently involve Kithkin or Demigods, with little in between. Today, Benjamin Peebles-Mundy, fresh from a surprising Constructed performance with a selection of frankly substandard draft cards, takes a look at a possible Standard Zoo strategy. Could Wild Nacatl beatdown be the missing link in the current metagame? Will it make a mark on the StarCityGames.com $5000 Standard Open? Click here to find out!
Tuesday, November 18th – The StarCityGames.com $5000 Standard Open comes to Philadelphia in a few weeks. In preparation, Benjamin Peebles-Mundy looks at a pair of the more unsung strategies blossoming from the recent State Championship tournaments: Bloom Tender Aggro and Planeswalker Control/Combo. If youâ€™re looking for a deck with the element of surprise, look no further!
Tuesday, November 11th – Todayâ€™s Peebles Primers sees Benjamin Peebles-Mundy thrashing out the powerful Extended Combo Elves deck in the 8-man queues on Magic Online. He brings us extensive play-by-play action with matches against Tezzerator, Zoo, and the mirror match. For in-depth information on the formatâ€™s current hottest deck, look no further!
Monday, November 3rd – Pro Tour: Berlin has come and gone, and the breakout story of the tournament is undoubtedly Combo Elves. With six copies making the Top 8, and the entire Top 4 packed with little Green men, itâ€™s safe to say that Combo Elves is the strongest deck in the format. BPM looks at the core of the strategy, and shares some ideas on how to bring the monster down.
Tuesday, October 28th – With the StarCityGames.com $5K Standard Open now in the books, Benjamin Peebles-Mundy looks at his much-loved Reveillark strategy and discusses how itâ€™ll fare now the metagame has changed. He throws the deck against a number of the successful Top 16 strategies from the $5K Open, and shares his new sideboarding plans against a handful of the major players in the formatâ€¦
Monday, October 20th – At the beginning of the year, BPM played Reveillark at the StarCityGames.com $5K Open. He made Top 8. At the $5K in Richmond in May, he played Reveillark again, and again posted a high finish. Guess what heâ€™s playing for the StarCityGames.com $5K Standard Open this coming weekend? Hereâ€™s a clue: itâ€™s a 4/3 flying elementalâ€¦
Tuesday, October 14th – Drafting with three packs of Shards of Alara is proving to be flexible, funky, and fun. There are options open for both aggro and control drafters, and being greedy can reap considerable benefits. The mana fixing available across the board is outstanding, but what strategies represent the best fixing the format has to offer? BPM investigates the Taplands, Obelisks, and Panoramas, and points the way to perfectly balanced manabases. Thereâ€™s also a bonus Standard section too!
Tuesday, October 7th – When a new base set rotates into Standard, crafty deckbuilders retreat to their workshops to find fun and forceful strategies able to hobble the emerging metagame. Benjamin Peebles-Mundy has taken quite a shine to a certain 5/5 multicolor artifact, and todayâ€™s Peebles Primers investigates the fruits of his experimentation. Do we have a new contender on our hands?
Tuesday, September 30th – Shards of Alara is here, and itâ€™s time to crack the fresh Limited format! Today, Benjamin Peebles-Mundy drafts along with Nick Eisel in a triple-Shards draft, notating and commenting on each pick and displaying the draft in the popular â€œDrafting Withâ€ format. If youâ€™re looking for the heads-up before your first sanctioned Shards of Alara draft, look no further!
Tuesday, September 23rd – Shards of Alara promises to have a great impact the Standard metagame. With Magic Online now capable of tracking Premier Event Top 8 information, Benjamin Peebles-Mundy looks at some of the formatâ€™s great performers and examines how they will be affected by the coming rotation.
Tuesday, September 16th – Todayâ€™s Peebles Primers tackles two subjects. The first sees Ben rail against a common Magic malady: the misplaced sense of entitlement, or â€œjustice.â€ The second sees Ben state the respective cases for both combo Reveillark and its non-combo variant. [Editorâ€™s Note: Ben Bleiweiss will be running later in the week!]
Tuesday, September 9th – With Nick Eisel constantly forcing the archetype over in Drafting With Nick, it seems the Red spells are pretty popular right now. Nick himself brought us a Mono-Red primer pre-Eventide, and now BPM brings his take on the strategy with Eventide in the mix. [Editorâ€™s Note â€“ Ben Bleiweiss, currently in Italy, will be appearing later in the week!]
Tuesday, September 2nd – Not long ago, most folk felt that Standard comprised of Faeries and decks to beat Faeries. Nowadays, the Standard metagame is much healthier. Todayâ€™s Peebles Primers takes a look at three strong contenders from recent global Nationals competitions. While each of the strategies presented is familiar, itâ€™s safe to say that, on face value, theyâ€™re off the radar of most playersâ€¦