Ancestral Recall #8 – Tuning the Second Best Deck

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Mike and Roman talk about how preparing a deck to beat the best deck can be the right strategy to take down a tournament.

Original Article:
http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/standard/10254-Tuning-the-Second-Best-Deck.html

Your hosts:
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco

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Ancestral Recall #7 – The Philosophy of Fire

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Mike and Roman talk about the theory of how to trade cards for your opponent’s Life, or as it is called, The Philosophy of Fire.

Original Article:
http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/standard/7157_The_Philosophy_of_Fire.html

Your hosts:
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco

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Ancestral Recall #6 – The Danger Of Cool Things

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Mike and Roman talk about the tendency Magic players have to lose games or make blunders because they are fixated by the prospect of doing something cool.

Original Article: http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/fundamentals/3689_The_Danger_Of_Cool_Things.html

Your hosts:
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco

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Bobby LeBlanc Wins Moncton Open with Grixis Death’s Shadow!

Is Grixis Death’s Shadow the best deck in Modern? Bobby LeBlanc would probably say so after winning the Moncton Open this past Sunday by besting out the field of 78 players.

Check out his 75!

Grixis Death’s Shadow- Bobby LeBlanc (1st)

[deck]
[Lands]
1 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
2 Steam Vents
1 Swamp
2 Watery Grave
[/Lands]
[Spells]
3 Fatal Push
2 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Lightning Bolt
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
4 Serum Visions
2 Stubborn Denial
1 Terminate
4 Thought Scour
4 Thoughtseize
[/Spells]
[Creatures]
4 Death’s Shadow
2 Gurmag Angler
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Street Wraith
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
[/Creatures]
[Sideboard]
2 Stubborn Denial
1 Dispel
1 Fulminator Mage
1 Big Game Hunter
1 Kolaghan’s Command
2 Terminate
1 Liliana, the Last Hope
1 Negate
2 Collective Brutality
3 Surgical Extraction
[/Sideboard]
[/deck]

For everything related to the event including the top 8 decklists, click here!

The next couple of stops on the FaceToFaceGames.com Tournament Series features a 3K Sealed Open in Montreal (Saturday, April 29th), a 3K Modern Open in Tronto (Saturday, May 6th), and a 2K Modern Open in Kingston (Saturday, May 13th)!

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Ancestral Recall #5 – Asking Better Questions

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Real-Life story:
Presidential hopeful Teddy Roosevelt’s election squad prints up three million flyers supporting their candidate.
PROBLEM: They did not own the rights to the photograph they used.
This potential disaster gave Roosevelt’s squad the opportunity to ask many questions of what to do next. How much should they offer the rights holder? Should they risk fines and go ahead without permission?
Instead, they just asked him: “How much will you bid for the exposure of your photograph being showcased on some three million presidential flyers”?
Boom!
Successful people in any arena generally have a better quality of information.
“Asking Better Questions” provides a model to improve your own quality of information in Magic by… Well… Asking better questions. This article outlines how you can use questions like Roosevelt’s team did to better understand and perform in Magic.

Also a bit about Gwen Stefani v. Blake Lively.

Original Article: http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/standard/21969_Flores_Friday_Asking_Better_Questions.html
Your hosts:
Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco

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Ancestral Recall #4 – JUSTICE

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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)?

What is the relationship between great decision making and great results?

Is it truly better to be lucky than good?

All of this and more — and more Comic Sans than you can shake a stick smartphone at in “Top-Right, Bottom-Left, JUSTICE”

From “Top-Right, Bottom-Left, JUSTICE” (and coming soon to Ancestral Recall)

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Original Article: http://www.starcitygames.com/article/25607_Top-Right-Bottom-Left-JUSTICE.html?fb_comment_id=150447251779624_382787#fc67a56d00a4e8

Your hosts:

Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco