AuthorMax McCall

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.

Ideas Unbound – Ready to Explore States?

Thursday, October 7th – Frost Titan is the man. He’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…

Ideas Unbound – Gauntlet for States!

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.

Ideas Unbound – Sweet Decks At Nationals

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.

Ideas Unbound – Vintage Rotisserie Draft Extravaganza

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.

Ideas Unbound – Mental Magic

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.

Ideas Unbound – The Case For Creatures

The StarCityGames.com Open Series heads to Denver!
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.

Ideas Unbound – Clash of the Titans

The StarCityGames.com Open Series heads to Denver!
Friday, July 30th – When deckbuilding, I’m a firm believer in the philosophy that there are no “good” cards or “bad” 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.

Ideas Unbound – Legacy: Zoo versus Counterbalance

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
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.

Ideas Unbound – Core Set Theory

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
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.

Ideas Unbound – Legacy: Faeries And Stuff

Grand Prix GP Columbus July 30-August 1, 2010
Thursday, July 8thWherein: 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.