This Week in Magic


Upcoming: Grand Prix LA Coverage

We’re covering Day 1 and Day 2 of #GPLA on twitch.tv/channelfireball starting at 9:15 a.m. PST Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd. LSV, Huey, Gaby, and Marshall will be calling the action (backed up, of course, by our talented and incredibly good-looking broadcast team), so don’t miss it.

GP New York

World Champion Seth Manfield bulldozed through a tough Top 8 at GP New York with BW Planeswalkers, featuring Michael Majors and Player of the Year Mike Sigrist. He overcame Louis Deltour’s 4c Rites in the finals to continue a monumental hot streak that includes a Top 8 at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad.

5 Articles from Around the Web

Storm Scaling Potential Modern Reprints

SaffronOlive at MTGGoldfish digs into Magic head designer Mark Rosewater’s claim that “the vast majority of cards that matter in Modern, that are powerful enough to be relevant in a format with that many cards, will horribly warp Standard.” In an exhaustive and carefully researched piece SaffronOlive shows why this statement doesn’t really hold up. Required reading if you spend any time thinking about the relationship between R&D and Modern.

Magic: the Gathering: Twenty Years, Twenty Lessons Learned

Speaking of design—at the Game Developers Conference, Mark Rosewater talks about what he has learned during his 20 years of making Magic, from piggybacking to fun with details to designing for your audience, and there are tons of invaluable lessons for an aspiring designer (or if you just enjoy thinking about these ideas in Magic).

Skype Magic

Bjørn Einar talks about playing Magic with people all around the world not with MTGO, but with Skype, so that he can jam his Old-School Magic decks while taking care of his toddler. He walks you through building your own setup, from equipment to software. That’s one way around bugs, I guess.

The Shifting Face of Modern Aggro

When Wild Nacatl was unbanned in Modern it barely made a peep, but the format is undergoing some big changes. At StarCityGames, Ross Merriam talks about how the banning of Twin and Summer Bloom might put Wild Nacatl and aggro back on the map.

An Oral History of Limited

And the can’t-miss story of the week. Ever wonder what Limited looked like in the early days of Magic? Brian David-Marshall talks with 5 of the first Limited masters—Chris Pikula, Brian Hacker, David Humphreys, Gary Wise, and Steven O’Mahoney-Schwartz—about the incipient format and its subsequent development.

5 Articles from ChannelFireball

Savannah Lions and Needle Spires in New York

Frank Karsten went 11-4 at Grand Prix New York with a barely-red Human deck splashing Needle Spires in the sideboard. He gives you a full guide to the deck, so you know exactly when and why to bring those lands in.

Our Pick Order for Shadows over Innistrad

My favorite part of every Pro Tour is comparing the pick orders across different teams. PV breaks down Team Face to Face’s take on the Shadows over Innistrad Draft format and how it stacks up against Frank Karsten and Team EUreka’s.

Magic TV – #GPNY VIP Meet & Greet Special Edition

This was a fun one to shoot. Mashi, LSV, Wrapter, and Helene Bergeot talk about the Pro Player changes, and Martin Juza, Reid Duke, Andrew Cuneo, Sam Black, Tom Martell, Frank Karsten, David Ochoa, Frank Lepore, and Gaby Spartz all stepped up to play Fact or Fiction in a special live edition of Magic TV.

What’s the Play? UG Clues vs. GW Delirium

Make sure you don’t miss last week’s What’s the Play? It’s a great chance to see how your solution to a board state stacks up against LSV’s.

3 Critical Lessons for Limited

Neal wanted to title this piece “Limited Grab Bag,” but I thought each lesson—abandoning your first pick, how to draft for curve, and how to read the set’s themes through its multicolored uncommons—was more substantial than even he was giving them credit for. Check it out and see what you think.

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