Stidjen's Magic

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Taking a leap

As you will know by now, my decks tend to fall on the control-side of the spectrum. The cards I like are rarely fast critters; I love drawing cards more than anything, and I’ll take value over speed any time. Today, however, inspired by a MTG-article I cannot recall, I decided to get over it and try my luck at an attack-deck. The weird thing is, I’d rather play a slower deck and lose, than play a fast deck and win. Unless the fast deck is fast, but has enough flair and diversity to keep me interested. Now that my goals are set, only the execution is left! Continue reading

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Of ducks and swans

Hello there! Today I’d like to pay some attention to a few of my decks that underwent a few changes, decks that demand changes, and even some decks that turned out to be pretty awesome. That’s the beauty (or perhaps pitfall) of physical experience with a deck – you never know how your baby will blossom. Today is about a few ugly ducks, and a few decks that turned out to be beautiful swans, and everything in between. Five decks – let’s sort the duck from the swans! 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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Four tidbits

Working on some new decks, it’s funny how I subconsciously started thinking about a lot of the flashier cards I mentioned two times during Mirrodin Besieged-previews. Maybe writing about it did this, maybe it was a natural course of events. There’s the Tezzeret-deck with the singleton Spine of Ish Sah. In more recent developments, I can now write about Shimmer Myr, Galvanoth and Glissa, the Traitor in the context about both new and familiar decks. Continue reading


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Sculpting white silver

This post is a continuation of Mono White Silver.

The first version of every deck I make is mostly theory-based and therefore not initially equipped to do serious battling with. Not everyone can make decklists like PVDDR can, right? So a few days ago I launched the first version of my new white/silver (meaning artifacts) Prototype Portal-deck. I played a bit with it (just goldfish, unfortunately) and now I’m here to share the changes I’ve made. Now the deck should be ready to enter the final phase of testing: playing real-life opponents to interact with. Continue reading


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Mono White Silver

New sets mean new opportunities. The latest Magic set, Scars of Mirrodin, did not disappoint. Scars presented opportunities for new cards to shine (see: Mimic Vat), opportunities for old cards to shine (see: Phyrexian Devourer). Scars also had one card that I could make shine while doing the same with other cards. The card; Prototype Portal. The other cards; Mono White Silver Control. Continue reading


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Tightening the thumbscrews

First ArticleSecond Article

After I made the final decklist in my second article about this deck I quickly found out some things I couldn’t have by just making the decklist. If I would be able to, I’d not do it ofcourse. In this article I’d like to go over those, try to locate the problem and suggest a change. Second, at the end of the second article I already located some possible problems that might arise. No question will be left unquestioned after you’ve read this. Let me walk you through each issue or question there currently is. With each issue there is a possible solution. After reviewing all the issues I will try to make a new list of the deck based on the solutions to the problems below. Continue reading