AuthorChris Jobin


Thirst for Knowledge – Feeling Green

Wednesday, October 20th – Elves won the StarCityGames.com Standard Open. Again. When everyone and his brother are playing Jace, ramp, or burn spells, what hope do little green men have?

Thirst for Knowledge – Nationals In Review

Wednesday, August 25th – We have a full weekend of Nationals to talk about. Standard season may be over, but Standard won’t stop seeing play until Scars hits, so let’s dive in and see what went down this past weekend.

Thirst for Knowledge – The Rest of Standard

The StarCityGames.com Open Series heads to Denver!
Tuesday, August 10th – If you wanted my opinion on the best deck to be playing for the remainder of this Standard format, I’d happily direct you to my article from last week for the answer. The bottom line is that Destructive Force is just absurd, but I’d accept “Primeval Titan decks” as a viable answer to the “best deck in Standard” question as well.

Thirst for Knowledge – A Force To Be Reckoned With

The StarCityGames.com Open Series heads to Denver!
Wednesday, August 4th – I’d like to talk a bit about the most powerful spell in Standard: Destructive Force. At first, many were skeptical. Destructive Force is an awkward spell to evaluate because it costs seven and has to be viewed in context in order to truly appreciate it. Well, M11 has been out for weeks now, and the Top 8 lists don’t lie: this card is the real deal.

Thirst for Knowledge – All Eyes On Columbus

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Wednesday, July 28th – At this time last year, Legacy was still going nuts over the new-and-improved Phyrexian Dreadnought, and the power of the recently-released Progenitus was all the rage. While it was true that Nassif won the event without either card, it was easy to see that those two strategies were the stars of the show in terms of numbers.

Thirst for Knowledge – A Look At What’s Changed

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Wednesday, July 21st – New sets always mean new decks, and new ways to play old decks. Until just last year, though, Core Sets never really affected the game in such a way. I mean, sure, when Dragonstorm lost Seething Song back in Ravnica block the format was radically altered, but now that Core Sets rotate in the fall that wouldn’t make a huge difference these days.

Thirst for Knowledge – Primeval Titan in Standard

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Wednesday, July 14th – Although it’s true that Fauna Shaman has been getting the most coverage of all the M11 cards, I think that it would be a much better idea for us to take a look at the best card in M11, Primeval Titan.

Thirst for Knowledge – Delving Deeper Into M11

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Wednesday, July 7th – As of last week, I had the notion that M11 was shaping up to be a fine Core Set. A week later, I feel as it has surpassed M10 not only in power level but also in flavor and overall design. I don’t have a lot to say about some of those particular cards (Phylactery Lich, for example, is among the best designs I’ve seen from Wizards in years), but they should certainly not be ignored when evaluating the worth of the set. M11 is looking pretty incredible right now.

Thirst for Knowledge – Initial Thoughts on M11

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Tuesday, June 29th – M10 was a fantastic set in terms of power level for Standard as well as being an enjoyable in the Limited environment, but I was skeptical as to whether or not M11 would be able to stack up. After all, some of the novelty of M10 would surely have to wear off by now for M11, but Wizards is doing enough new things with these revamped Core Sets to keep things interesting.

Thirst for Knowledge – Extended, Legacy, and the Banned & Restricted Changes

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Wednesday, June 23rd – Extended up until this point has been a crap format. I’ve read the comments on some of the other articles this week, and some people have mentioned how Extended PTQs have the biggest turnouts and that Extended is a “rich format.” No. Extended has large turnouts because people can play Tarmogoyf, Dark Confidant, and avoid playing with stupid cards like Bloodbraid Elf without having to buy Underground Seas.