Stidjen's Magic

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Once Upon a Time in Amsterdam

The upcoming Pro Tour takes me back to almost a year ago. It was, just like it will be this year, the Pro Tour with the largest card pool (Extended instead of Modern). And it was in Amsterdam. What is the relevance of all this? Well, it was the first Pro Tour I visited. Not as a competitor, but just as a railbird and side event-competitor. It was an amazing and fun weekend which won’t happen again, since they closed the Pro Tours for the public. Reminisce a bit with me today, will you?

(Please bear in mind this is written almost a year after it happened and without notes to recall from. Everything comes from the mind. The miiiiiind.) Continue reading


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Green’s ugly creatures and contraptions

Last week I thought I left you with a deck that needed some serious attention. Little did I know the deck was actually just a few steps away from what turned out to be a list close to my ideal. This week I can proudly talk of the deck in it’s current shape, which is exactly where I want it to be. Sounds good? Then read on! Also, we have slugs that spit and pods that birth. In short, no reason to stop reading. (Or three.) Continue reading


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Kill your idols… or Goblins

After last week’s comic was done, I just couldn’t stop goldfishing the deck. After not having played the deck for ages, you remember the deck but forget about the little intricacies you built into it. So I knew what the deck was trying to do, I just didn’t really remember how. Many cards I drew gave me an aha-erlebnis (you could call it déjà-vu, but I like the German term) of when I was putting it all together. The other positive aspect is that you have an unspoiled view of the deck and are much more capable to detect malfunctioning then when it was your precious project. Also, two years worth of new sets are bound to have something in store.Here’s a good piece of advice for ya: if you want to do some deckbuilding but haven’t an idea or resources, just grab an old deck and see if there’s anything in there you don’t like. You’d be amazed how easy it is to detect flaws in decks you haven’t laid a hand on in some time. For me, this happened last week with Wort. After I was done writing (and shooting, and editing, and pasting) the comic from last week, I couldn’t stop playing the deck. I got back in the mindset of the deck, which is of the utmost importance when playing a combo deck. You can’t just play a combo deck; you need to get familiar with the deck, and what rules it has. Continue reading