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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


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Eleven Karns and double the Anticipation

Wow, that was fun. Last afternoon (I’m writing this the next day) and night Robert and I cracked a lot of New Phyrexia packs, for his to-be shop. Ten boxes, to be precise. We managed to slug out 35 one-of matches with a mixture of Pack Wars and Type 5 Draft, with Robbert beating me 18-17. The numbers, how impressive and gigantic they may sound, where just the basis for half-a-day filled with pure fun and genuine little-kids’ excitement. That little boy present in each and every one of us just wants to crack a pack and open a big, expensive, and possibly foil card. Today, I’m gonna give a recap of that day, and afterwards I’m gonna do something new. Sounds interesting? Read on! Continue reading


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Self-fulfilling prophecy

“Let my sealed pool just be bomby, that’s all I’m asking.”

These were among my closing words from last week. They did prove to be correct, but that was about as much fun as I had last Saturday. I went to Eindhoven with Robert, to battle with an above-average group of players. For example, renowned pros Frank Karsten and Jeroen Remie visit each prerelease, while there is also a whole slew of up-and-comers and grinders there to slug it out. So while the competition would prove to be fierce as usual, and while my deck seemed above average as well, things all went downhill from here. Continue reading


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New Phyrexia, Old Decks

Hi all and welcome back to another installment of my writing attempts. This week I want to take a look at the New Phyrexia spoilers, a lot of cards which we’ll be seeing in flesh for the first time tomorrow. At least I am! However, my article today will not be a 1 to 175 card-by-card set review. Instead, I’d like to focus on the cards that got me excited, cards that can supplement old decks or cards that will inspire new ones. Strap your goggles on real tight, ’cause we’re diving straight in! Continue reading


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A deckbuilder’s diary

Saturday, April 16th

Today, my latest article went up. I haven’t tested the Glissa-deck yet, so I hope it can hold its own. As always, I’m curious for reader feedback and comments. Luckily, after some goldfishing I got the idea that the deck is much better than the first version. While goldfishing doesn’t give you an idea how interaction with an opponent goes, it does help playing the deck. You get to know some little interactions and just get the general feel of the deck. Plus, you can draw conclusions just by looking at how the deck plays. I came to the conclusion that 4 Golgari Rot Farms was too much, and I removed two of those for a Swamp and a Forest. Continue reading