Stidjen's Magic

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Thoughts on Theros draft

This Saturday, I will be hosting a draft for seven of my friends. It will be our first experience with Theros as a full-fledged draft format. Some of us have added some cards of the set to decks, and I also Winston-drafted twice with two friends, but never have we sat together for a full Theros draft. This article is me writing down some thoughts about the format. Continue reading


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Limited Retrospect

Last week I told you about a pending draft that took place the same night my article went up. The draft was a great deal of fun and I ended in second place after starting out 0-2 (1-2, 1-2). I initially was planning on mentioning the draft as the first part of my article, but I realized I would be better of using my draft as a means to falsify/verify the assumptions and hypotheses I discussed last week. Be prepared for a not-quite-ordinary draft/tournament report! Continue reading


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Limited Information

Last week I made a promise to revisit Intihuatana this week. Turns out that’s not entirely true. I will give you a deck, but it’ll have to wait until next week. You see, the moment this article goes up is around the time me and my friends will be drafting Innistrad. I love drafting; I love it so much that the last time we drafted, it was Rise of the Eldrazi! Yes, it’s sad, isn’t it? Still, every draft is such fun and a great way to revisit old Magic memories and make some new ones. We’ve opened two foil Akroma‘s during Time Spiral drafts (back-to-back), and last time we had a foil Emrakul and a Kozilek. To make a long story short: this week will be about draft: draft in general, Innistrad in particular, and how my group tends to draft. Continue reading


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My deckbuilding process (part 2 of 2)

Hi there and thanks for checking back here for the second article about the way I build my decks. Last week I went through the first few steps: getting an idea and nurturing it, searching for cards to support your idea, and finally forming your gameplan to have a better grasp what your deck is trying to accomplish. Armed with this knowledge, today I will try to make a list of 60 cards using the cards I showed you last week. Let’s have at it! Continue reading


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My deckbuilding process (part 1 of 2)

Hello all and welcome back to my humble abode (Tomb Raider reference!). Last week’s article was a breath of fresh air, a step away from decklists and deckbuilding. Today, however, we dive right back in. This time, instead of giving you a decklist and motivational choices afterwards, I want to get into the process. No, I mean really get into the process. Showing you a deck and discussing card choices is one thing, explicitly explaining every step along the way is another. I will guide you from rough unpolished idea to the finalized decklist in the way I usually do. Not only do I hope to give you a cool decklist to work with, I hope you’ll be able to take something away from the way I tackle things and how I try to nurture each and every idea that pops in my cranium. Continue reading