Last Hurrah for the HOU Standard

This still current (for less than two weeks) Standard has been fun. Granted, I haven’t been able to do the usual attacking the meta from a different angle -thing that usually works for me the best, but the range of playable decks has been awesome and even though I don’t really like playing against decks like those revolving around Approach of the Second Sun, those feel like an important piece of the puzzle as they do keep certain decks from becoming prevalent.

Since this past Friday was the last opportunity for me to play a tournament, I made certain I would be able to participate in the FNM.

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Ixalan Brews, pt. 9 – Looking for Orazca

Back in the day, a long, long time ago, Icy Manipulator was a great card, because you could use it to force an opponent to play more than one threat, so you could gain value from Wrath of God. These days the ole Icy is long gone, but we do have Gideon of the Trials and now Thaumatic Compass.

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Ixalan Brews, pt. 5 – Pirates

First thing you should always do when brewing decks is figuring out what you can do with the mana. Of course, only a select few actually do this, because it’s much more fun to start with those interesting cards or synergies. Still, this is the way you should do it. (Yeah, I don’t either.)

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Whedon, Lord of the Flies and Feminism

As a forty year-old guy, I probably shouldn’t really talk about feminism, but I’m going to.

Also: A warning – I wrote this while on a bus ride from a city to city, which meant I was without access to the Internet for part of the way and I wasn’t able to fact-check while writing, so I might have wild assumptions within the text, which I forgot to check later. Oh well.

What prompted me to do this? First, of course, the Joss Whedon debacle and today I heard there’s going to be a new version of Lord of the Flies with an all female cast.

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Ixalan Brews, pt. 5 – Boros Vehicles

This is an actual deck, but it does lose certain parts of it, namely Thraben Inspector, Needle Spires and possibly some other cards, but the core of the deck should still be there. But how about if we go a little bigger and find ourselves a new set of drivers, because everyone loves a dinosaur piloting an airship? Right?

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