Roman and Mike go back in time to 2005, after Mike wins a Kamigawa block constructed PTQ at Neutral Ground, to look at lessons learned while brewing a rogue deck for an established metagame.
What does it mean to be "results focused" and why does Mike thing we all should be (in the face of common, poker-descended, gamer wisdom)?
This time around Mike and Roman opt for a short article that you may have heard of - Who's the Beatdown?
It’s the dawning of a new (or new-old) day here at ManaDeprived. Mike Flores is joined by SCG Regionals Champion Roman Fusco as he learns "How to Win a PTQ".
Mike and Roman talk about Chad Ellis's article on the tendency Magic players have to lose games because they are too fixated on doing something cool.
Mike and Roman talk about how preparing a deck to beat the best deck can be the right strategy to take down a tournament.
Roman and Mike learn ancient deck design wisdom from Mike Flores' 2007 article, "Bits and Pieces — The Traits of a Great Deck Designer".
Is Rogue deck building still relevant? Or at least Mike's take from nearly two decades ago? As usual, the Regional Champ weighs in with a modern perspective.
Roman and Mike get together to pore over a 2010 article by Mike Flores about lessons learned from Hall of Famer Zvi Mowshowitz on how to think about the game of Magic.
Mike introduces Roman to the concept of virtual card advantage.