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Magic: The Gathering Slang for Beginners

As someone who has both learned and taught people how to play Magic: The Gathering, I can tell you that learning this game is hard. Even after learning the rules, there’s a wealth of Magic knowledge and sub-culture that new players have yet to absorb – complete with a set of game-specific slang.

To help Magic newbies understand at least some of this slang, I’ve listed some of the more popular Magic terms of the moment. I tried keeping this list to twenty or less terms, but ended up wanting to write about twenty-two. If you have no idea what a lord is, or what people mean when they tell you your deck is medium, you’re in the right place. And if you’re ready for a more comprehensive guide (beware – they might be overwhelming), you can check out some of the resources I used to assemble this list.

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Getting Current with Pauper Mono-Blue Delver

Pauper Mono-Blue Delver took a bit of a hit last year, but now it appears to be back. Magic Online user JherjamesB has brought some new Throne of Eldraine tech and an old Time Spiral creature together to give Mono-Blue Delver new life, and I’m excited to sleeve up their list.

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Updating Niv-Mizzet Reborn for Theros: Beyond Death Brawl

Um … I’m actually not adding any Theros: Beyond Death cards to my Niv-Mizzet Reborn Brawl deck. I guess I’ll see you here again in a couple weeks? Thanks for stopping by?

Niv says it was nice to see you.

Wait, no, okay, wait – I do have an article for you. And it’s a good one, explaining exactly why no Theros: Beyond Death cards are making their way into my Niv-Mizzet Reborn deck.

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How to Get Back Into Modern After Months Away

It’s been nearly four months since I last played Modern, and in that time, the metagame has evolved quite a bit. So much, in fact, that I have nearly no experience playing against many of Modern’s current top decks. That lack of knowledge has me feeling a bit disadvantaged, as I prepare to re-enter my local Modern scene.

However, I’ve taken breaks from Modern before – and I have a system for learning as much as I can about the current metagame, recent updates to my deck, and how my deck matches up against the field. I’m going through this “Modern reorientation” process right now, and I figured it might be helpful to formalize it – so others can learn how to quickly catch up on Modern, too.

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The Most Busted Modern Deck? (Can It Possibly Be Mono-Red?)

(1.13.20 – The problem with writing posts a few weeks ahead of time is that, sometimes, stuff happens to invalidate what you’ve written about. I am super happy about the Oko and Mox Opal bans announced for Modern yesterday. The Opal ban makes this article a bit moot, though I think it is still an interesting thought experiment.)

For a while now, I’ve had a notion to combine all Modern’s most “busted” cards into one deck, just to see what would happen. And while I don’t think this deck quite fits the bill (it’s missing a couple key contenders), it’s pretty darn close to what I envisioned.

The kicker? This deck is (mostly) Mono-Red to boot. I have no idea whether it’s anywhere near competitive, but it sure seems like it’d be fun to give Modern’s “most busted” deck a whirl.

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