Solving the Slump

Chantelle Campbell Standard, Strategy

On Sunday at Grand Prix Portland, I had just picked up my second loss in the PTQ after scrubbing out of the main event. I was left a little heartbroken, wondering what I could have done differently. Should I have chosen a different deck for Standard? Did I mis-build my sealed pool? Is it just variance? If it’s just variance, …

Leveling Up in Magic

Courtney Rudiger Strategy

I have to admit that I’ve been in a bit of a Magic rut lately. I started out this year with my best GP finish ever at GP San Jose; then, I went to several PPTQ’s in the spring, but never even made top 8. I attended two more GP’s and didn’t even finish Day 1 with a winning record …

Draws and Determining a Winner

Frank Chafe Strategy

You’re facing off against your opponent in an all too intense match of Magic: The Gathering, and time gets called signaling the end of the round. The match is tied one game apiece, and you hear the judge say, “Ladies and gentlemen, that is time in the round. You have five additional turns with which to resolve your match.” Many …

12 Tips for your First GP

Frank Chafe Strategy

With GP Vegas on the horizon, I’d like to talk a bit about GP’s and how you can prepare for them. Oftentimes, going to a Grand Prix is an experience – you’ll carpool out to a tournament with some of your closest friends and spend every night playing Magic in your hotel room until the wee hours. And as fun as …