All posts tagged Magic the Gathering

Grotesque Hybrid: Casually Cubing Confusion

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Hola ARG Magic community, with my competitive play results beings less than stellar there’s no real reason to bore anyone with the fabled 2-2 drop kind of article. Cause let’s face it, a 2-2 drop is just an article about side events or theory crafting based off the hows and whys of what could have been if matchups were different or if you didn’t mull to 5 in that one game. So let’s focus more on the casual side of this Magic game we play. For many tournament driven players casual is not a type of Magic so if you’d Read more


I’m not going to lie to you, playing Delver is wearing on me. I’ve had fairly good success with the deck, topped a few Opens, won my first Pro Tour invite in my two years of playing, and made me easily thousands of dollars in the process between real life and Magic Online. Unfortunately, every loss I take with that deck I take very personally. You see, I’ve put more hours into playing that deck than dollars I’ve won with it, and that is a sobering fact. The deck is the best deck in standard by far, it has all Read more


Another week has come and gone in the world of magic and we again have more results to sort through, and while much of it is most of the same, I’ll be primarily talking about an under the radar deck! SCG D.C. has come and gone, with U/W Delver variants taking up nearly half of the top sixteen spots and Naya variants close behind with four of these slots. Two of the top four decks were the new SCG Blue Delver deck, eschewing Restoration Angel and instead championing Hero of Bladehold and Mental Missteps to protect them from those pesky Read more


Grotesque Hybrid: Mocking Me, One Turn Away

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Howdy all, after all the lead in the Super IQ has come and passed. First off let me say thank you to the people at All-stars Collectibles in Langhorne, PA for hosting the event. Seventy-one people showed up ready to sling some spells, some dreams got crushed…others one step closer. Judging from the title, one can gather I’m not making it to the Invitational based off of this event. But regardless of the less than stellar outcome, it was an experience to take from. The list I took was a little different than I’ve been toying with, so here’s what Read more


Hello readers! My name is Matthew Hoey, some of you from the Midwest might know me from events around here, and others of you may have seen me on coverage, either way, hello again! I’m here today to talk a tad about my deck choice for the StarCity St Louis legacy open, why I chose it, and what I’d expect moving forward, but first a little introduction. I first began playing magic competitively at around the time of Rise of Eldrazi, my first real event was Illinois States in 2010. That isn’t to say that I hadn’t played magic before Read more


Grotesque Hybrid: Building Blocks and GPTs

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Well everyone I decided to write up another one with some entertaining information that could be perceived as good or bad depending on how you look at it. Let’s start with the Grand Prix Trial and how that whole thing shook out. Let me start by saying it was probably a good thing I was using it as playtesting, because I came to learn that Pod decks just wreck my skull. By that I don’t mean it’s impossible for Delver (difficult but nowhere near impossible), but my draws just seem to get progressively worse against Pod decks. It was only Read more


Grotesque Hybrid: The Sky Summoner Trials

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Hello ARG community! In hopes to help expand Magic content I thought I’d drop my cards and add my two cents. Figured I’d call the column Gortesque Hybrid, as homage to my favorite card and also because it describes me very well. Throughout the 15 years I’ve played magic, I’ve been the bottom of the totem pole, casual enthusiast, competitive brewer and currently consider myself more inclined to follow the meta-game and add my own spin on the decks. Today we’re going to focus on some playtesting and a little theory regarding my personal take on Delver in preparation for Read more