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The first of the two biggest TCG tournaments of the year took place this weekend; the North American World Championship Qualifier. The other is the ARG Circuit Series Championship in Cleveland, Ohio in just under two weeks. There, Alter Reality will be giving away over $20,000 in prizes! I hope you all come out to this amazing event. While there is a Forbidden and Limited List change, a new summon mechanic, and a rule change that will all be in effect for the Circuit Series Championship, none of these were in effect for this weekend’s World Championship Qualifier. There I Read more


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Really, I was intending to play a Lightsworn deck very similar to what I topped the Atlanta regional with last weekend, but had lost a bet to Desmond where I had to play the same deck he played. At first I was hoping to just convince him to play Lightsworn so I could fulfill my end of the bet, but still play the deck I wanted to use. This all changed when I came to a realization about how every format progresses. Let’s take a look back to Tele-DAD format. GBs won the first SJC that format. Tele-DAD went on Read more


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Evaluating Tournament Results               How much weight do we place on the results of a tournament? Can you use tournament results to determine what the best deck is? If so, can you use this to determine what is the best deck for the next event? Is there even a difference? Do tournament results really mean anything at all, or do they have very little barring on the next tournament? This week, I’m going to take a stab at evaluating how much worth a competitive player should put on the results of a tournament.   Being Results Oriented   What Read more


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Hello everybody! I’d like to start out with a big congratulation to my friend Chris LeBlanc for winning his second YCS this weekend in Philadelphia. He piloted a Madolche deck through the swiss rounds and Top 32 cut before constructing a draft deck to finish out the final three rounds of the tournament. The draft for Top 16 and on is exactly what I wanted to talk about in my article today. We’ve now had 5 YCSes with this system, which gives us plenty of data to evaluate. Good Players Are Winning People can say how terrible draft is for Read more


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Where do I even begin? This weekend I won the ARG Circuit Series in Richmond, Virginia. This is my fourth premier event championship title, which ties me Lazaro Bellido, Michel Grüner, Fili Luna, and Vittorio Wiktor for the most wins in the history of the game. It’s very surreal as it was only a little more than a year ago that I was struggling to get my fourth top after bubbling out at virtually every event for the two years prior to that. It’s been a long journey, but words cannot express how happy I am that it’s come full Read more


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Hey everybody! I’m back this week with a tournament report from YCS Las Vegas. I managed to make it to the Top 32 with a very similar Mermail deck to the one that I played with for the majority of last format. In this article I’ll talk about my deck choice, individual card choices, and give a round-by-round summary of my experiences in the tournament. With Mermail Abyssgunde being limited on the latest forbidden and limited list, I was more than a little skeptical about the playability of Mermails. In fact, I thought the deck was a very subpar choice when Read more


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Good evening everybody! The April 2014 format kicks off in a couple days and I’m sure you’re all busy working hard perfecting your decks for the upcoming format. Today I’d like to present to you a revolutionary deck building concept that I’ve been working on for quite some time. It applies economic concepts to deck building by allowing you to make decisions at the margin. It has a wide range of applications and can be applied in just about every area of deck building. I’m going to start out by giving you some background on the topic to show you Read more


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Hey everybody! In the last week, a lot of people asked me why I played certain cards and why I didn’t play other cards in the Mermail deck that I used to make Top 16 at YCS Atlanta and to win the ARG Circuit Series in Charlotte. Many of my card choices were different from the standard Mermail deck so I wanted to go over my thought process in making the deck. Last week I spoke about the three different attributes that I thought the best deck of any format should have and gave specific examples for this format to Read more


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If a year ago you told me that within the next twelve months I’d go on to top 10 premier events, 3 of which I would win, there’s no way I would have possibly believed you. This past weekend was the culmination of what I would have to say would be the dream year for any player. Two weeks ago I made Top 16 at the YCS in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia with a Mermail deck that was substantially different from any build I had seen before. Of the matches I played with the deck in that tournament, I Read more


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Hello everybody and welcome back. I’m pleased to say that after much hard work my friend Arya and I have updated the TCG Premier Event Tops list. The list is a collection of the greatest players to have ever played the game and keeps track of how many tops each player has, how many wins each player has, and keeps a record for every premier event that has ever taken place. You can check out the list by clicking here. I’m going to use my article this week to explain the list and talk about what counts as a premier Read more