This Week in Magic


Pro Tour Team Series Soft Launch

Mike Rosenberg at Wizards finalizes the rules for the Team Series at the Pro Tour:

“The soft launch will last through three Pro Tours, and the Top 2 finishing teams at the end of the 2016–17 season will be invited to compete in the Pro Tour Team Series Final held at the 2017 Magic: The Gathering World Championship October 5–8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts, for their share of a prize pool totaling just over $50,000.”

Details about the structure of the team series here.

From Around the Web

Whats the Play? Two Puzzles from Grand Prix Dallas

LSV does a series of What’s the Play here at CFB, but if you just can’t get enough of tough Magic situations to crack, Craig Wescoe analyzes some particularly difficult plays from GP Dallas against master Magician Sam Black and eventual finalist Corey Burkhart.

PWP Invitational and Highlander-96

The PWP Invitational sets out to determine the true master of old Magic cards, and Mg at Old School MTG takes a look at the sweet Highlander-’96 format they chose for it, and a few of his deck-building choices.

Life After Drake (Pauper)

Pauper was hit by a strangely-timed emergency ban on Peregrine Drake. Alex Ullman at Gathering Magic covers how the change will affect the format, and a huge range of decks: Affinity, Mono-Black Control, Jeskai Midrange, Stompy, Delver, Tron, and more.

How to Play Magic Online on a Budget

Getting into Magic Online isn’t easy—it’s almost like having a second collection. But there are some tricks to break in. Shane Garvey discusses how to play Magic Online on the cheap, along with some good general tips about Magic Online that everyone should know.

The Watchtower: 11/14/16

Speculating on card values is tough. I don’t envy anyone who has to put their name to predictive content, but Travis Allen takes a shot over at MTG Price with 4 Modern cards he expects to rise in price: Razorverge Thicket, Ajani Vengeant, Collective Brutality, and Cryptic Command.

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Jeskai Control in Dallas *Top 4*

Sideboard Guide

My favorite moment watching the Top 4 of GP Dallas was asking the commentators in our coverage chat: “What do you think the chances were that Alex expected to be facing down a Stormbreath Dragon with his Sphinx’s Revelation deck in the Top 4 of a Modern Grand Prix?”

Top 8 Cycles

Simple shameless self-promotion here. I made this Top 8 list, and it’s my article so, mise.

Modern Skred Red Guide

Constructed master Eric Froehlich writes about Skred Red, the deck that shocked the world and took down a GP. Now it’s time to see if it can become a player in the format—with a little tuning.

Grixis Control Deck Guide

OK, this is 100% true and not just a story I made up for logrolling: I like playing Grixis Control, and when I saw Corey’s list at GP Dallas I immediately made his changes and fired off some Leagues. I went something like 4-15. Then I got a message from Corey that he was interested in writing a guide for the site, and after reading and editing it—and his Sideboard Guide—I’m 10-0. Time to win back those tix I incinerated!

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