Thursday, August 19th – The restricted cards from Alpha are at the top of any Vintage list. The question is whether Black Lotus, the Moxen, Ancestral Recall, and Time Walk will be included in MED IV â€“ possibly as Mythics.
Thursday, August 12th – No UST this week. I was at GenCon most of last week, and I didnâ€™t get time to play that tournament of history. I had too many modern tournaments to run and play in. This week I want to take time out to talk about GenCon, the DQ at Grand Prix: Columbus, and my Hall of Fame ballot.
Thursday, August 5th – This article contains more reports on the Ultimate Standard Tournament, as I could fit them in around preparation for GenCon and wrapping up stuff at work. This week, Astral Slide tries to slip by Napster, Doran tries to extinguish My Fires, and Psychatog tries to out-broken Tinker.
Thursday, July 29th – We have the brackets. Play has begun, both online and off. This week, Ponza tries to stomp Nasiff 5c Control, Affinity faces Goblins, and Chapin 5CB duels with Squirrels. All that, plus an open letter to Jamie Wakefield.
Thursday, July 22nd – We have the brackets. Play has begun, both online and off. This week, Cuneo Blue battles with Next Level Bant and Stompy goes up against Sabre Bargain. Plus, another request for help with this tournament.
Thursday, July 15th – We have the brackets. Play has begun, both online and off. This week, itâ€™s Faeries versus Replenish, Mythic Conscription battles Deadguy Red, Corrupter Black takes on Academy, and Rec/Sur goes up against Necropotence. Time for some coverage!
Thursday, July 8th – We have the brackets. We can start playing. This week, UG Madness races Dragonstorm, Jund faces Covetous Wildfire, Faeries stalls Replenish, and Super Friends faces an Angry Hermit. Time for some coverage!
Thursday, July 1st – After reading all the comments and examining my choices, I have cut the field to 32 best Standard decks of all time. The brackets are up. I have also figured out how to avoid making some of the stupid plays I made last week. Yes, I know what Skullclamp is supposed to doâ€¦
Thursday, June 24th – I am finalizing the list of the 32 best Standard decks of all time to compete in the Ultimate Standard Tournament. The tournament will start soon. This week, Iâ€™m looking at the decks that were Standard legal for a time, but had critical cards banned before the Standard season ended. These cards include Skullclamp in Affinity, Tolarian Academy in Academy decks, Memory Jar in JarGrim, and so on.
Thursday, June 17th – Last year, coming into the summer doldrums, I started thinking about a tournament pitting the best Standard decks of all time against each other. Magic has changed over the years â€“ but are the best decks better, or worse, or just different? How would Next Level Bant fare against a deck from a decade ago, like Replenish or Sabre Bargain?
Thursday, June 10th – You are the head judge of 200+ player event. You have a staff of a dozen other judges and a scorekeeper working under you. Hereâ€™s a round by round description of the event, and the decisions you would need to make. Iâ€™ll describe the issues first, to let you decide how you would handle them, then give my solution.