Max McCall is a grinder from Seattle who writes primarily about Constructed. His attention is split equally between Legacy and whatever format the upcoming PTQs are. He finished fourth at GP Seattle 2005.
Thursday, October 14th – What’s the better four-drop in Mono-Red? Molten-Tail Masticore or Koth of the Hammer? Also what’s this crazy Genesis Wave Landfall deck…? Head into the StarCityGames.com Open in Nashville prepared!
Thursday, October 7th – Frost Titan is the man. Heâ€™s basically Angel of Despair, but you can pick a new target every turn if your opponent has a bigger threat. Combine with Ruinblaster and Leak on ramp spells to make sure that your ramp opponents never get to six mana…
Thursday, September 30th – I had no idea that States was so soon after the Scars release! Every day brings more and more brewing, and ideas are flying fast and furious. Today, I want to look at a bunch of potential decks for States.
Thursday, September 23rd – The immediate impact of StarCityGames.com Open: Baltimore is unclear. What decks will be popular going forward? Which lists should be used for gauntlet testing? Let’s do some analyzin’.
Thursday, September 16th – Alex asked me exactly how much preparation I’d done for Grand Prix Portland. â€œWell, I went to the Prerelease. And, um, I 0-3’d a draft.â€ Good thing there were Legacy side events.
Thursday, August 26th – With the season of National Tournaments winding down, results from the German, Great Britain, and United States Nationals will more or less define Standard until the release of Scars of Mirrodin and the rotation of Alara block.
Friday, August 20th – A couple of weeks ago, Chris Pikula had the idea of doing a Rotisserie draft with every card in Vintage. A Rotisserie draft is when every card in the draft is laid out on a table, and players select from those rather than from packs.
Thursday, August 12th – I usually introduce Mental Magic to people as a game of Magic where nobody ever gets manascrewed. Usually, that’s more than enough to get them interested, but if they still hesitate, I tell them about a game of Magic with hundreds of options, where you can sculpt the game in any way you desire.
Wednesday, August 4th – When you play a creature, you are making the considerable investment of a card and mana. In return, you get an animal, mostly to attack and block. There is considerably more to Magic than attacking and blocking, so if you’re playing a card that is basically only good at generating combat-related interactions, you’re making a significant sacrifice for which you should be rewarded.
Friday, July 30th – When deckbuilding, I’m a firm believer in the philosophy that there are no â€œgoodâ€ cards or â€œbadâ€ cards, but merely cards that do what you need them to do. What you need a card to do is shaped by the environment in which you are playing. This is why I hate set reviews; it’s difficult to look at a new set and know precisely how the environment will shift to incorporate it.
Wednesday, July 21st – With Grand Prix: Columbus on the horizon, I imagine that a lot of people turning to pick up a Legacy deck will gravitate towards Zoo decks and Counterbalance decks somewhat reminiscent of Extended decks of old. I want to look deeper into the matchup between Zoo and various incarnations of Counterbalance decks.
Thursday, July 15th – With M11 hitting the street, and with Release Events this weekend and M11 Sealed Grand Prixs tournaments on the horizon, I thought that it’d be useful to write a piece on Core Set Sealed theory as it pertains to M11 before sharing a Sealed pool.
Thursday, July 8th – Wherein: I take shots at Stifle, present Yet Another Variant of a Tarmogoyf-based Daze aggro deck as a lead-in to a Legacy Faeries deck, and make medium controversial claims concerning Force of Will and Leyline of the Void.