Greece took down the 2016 World Magic Cup this year, battling through a tough field and multiple formats—including Team Unified Modern, a new take on Unified Constructed that allows each team member to only play cards that no other teammate is playing. The winning team packed Dredge, Abzan, and Infect, and defeated Belgium in the finals. Andrea Mengucci made the Top 4 with Team Italy, and wrote about his tournament and their decks here.
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LILIANA'S MASHED POTATOES
A recently deceased corpse
1. Raise corpse
2. Tell it to make the mashed potatoes
— Magic: The Gathering (@wizards_magic) November 23, 2016
— Luis Scott-Vargas (@lsv) November 19, 2016
Looking at the top 32 results from SCG Knoxville like… pic.twitter.com/q3m0CMNCiE
— Brian Braun-Duin (@BraunDuinIt) November 21, 2016
— Liz Lamb-Ferro (@elambferro) November 18, 2016
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