Ancestral Recall #3 – The Rogue Strategy

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Ever wonder why Mike is always playing (or advocating) weird decks?

“The Rogue Strategy”, his second-to-last article ever for legendary website The Magic Dojo might give you a bit of insight. Mike cites Hall of Famer Bob Maher Jr and his ability to win with a seemingly underpowered Mono-Blue Skies variant back at Pro Tour Chicago 2000 as a catalyst for a Magical life philosophy.

Bob’s deck:

Bob Maher’s Ankh-Tide all the way back from PT Chicago 2000 is central to this week’s Ancestral Recall podcast

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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.

Original Article: Available at Deckade – http://amzn.to/deckade

Your hosts:

Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco

Ancestral Recall #2 – Who’s the Beatdown?

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It’s the dawning of a new (or new-old) day here at ManaDeprived. Mike Flores is joined by SCG Regionals Champion (and fellow Burn afficionado) Roman Fusco [http://sales.starcitygames.com/deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=111507] for a new weekly podcast revisiting the great articles of Magic’s strategic history.

Mike and Roman did a fairly long episode with “How to Win a PTQ” in the first episode of Ancestral Recall. This time around they opt for a short article that you may have heard of – Who’s the Beatdown?

Does Who’s the Beatdown? hold up?

It’s up to Roman to make that call… But here’s an excerpt from its originator:

“‘Who’s the Beatdown?’ is remembered because it was first, not because it was best.”
-Michael J. Flores

The duo shift in the second half of the podcast to a discussion of how to approach similar matchups today (e.g. B/G in Standard), Mike reminisces about Rebel Informer, and conclude on the process of deck selection.

Love it!

Original Article: Available at Deckade – http://amzn.to/deckade

Your hosts:

Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @RomanFusco

Ancestral Recall #1 – How to Win a PTQ

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It’s the dawning of a new (or new-old) day here at ManaDeprived. Mike Flores is joined by SCG Regionals Champion (and fellow Burn afficionado) Roman Fusco [http://sales.starcitygames.com/deckdatabase/displaydeck.php?DeckID=111507] for a new weekly podcast revisiting the great articles of Magic’s strategic history.

Up first: How to Win a PTQ

Mike’s job – to curate and read from the old (hopefully “good old”) stuff.

Roman’s job – often experiencing these articles for the first time, Roman – an up and coming player of the current age – is tasked with contextualizing the articles. Are they still relevant today?

In any case, BRYang will probably be happy, J

Original article: Flores Friday – How to Win a PTQ

Your hosts:

Mike Flores – @fivewithflores
Roman Fusco – @Top8Games

Graham Hryniuk Wins Edmonton Open with Bant Eldrazi!

The Toronto Open wasn’t the only Open Face to Face Games hosted this past weekend. 142 players competed in their Edmonton Modern Open on Saturday!

Bant Eldrazi carried Doug Potter to win the last Edmonton Open and the archetype won again but this time in the hands of Graham Hyriuk!

Bant Eldrazi – Graham Hryniuk (1st)

[deck]
[Lands]
1 Breeding Pool
3 Brushland
4 Cavern of Souls
4 Eldrazi Temple
1 Forest
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Island
1 Plains
1 Temple Garden
4 Windswept Heath
2 Yavimaya Coast
[/Lands]
[Spells]
4 Ancient Stirrings
2 Engineered Explosives
4 Path to Exile
1 Talisman of Progress
[/Spells]
[Creatures]
4 Drowner of Hope
4 Eldrazi Displacer
2 Eldrazi Skyspawner
4 Matter Reshaper
4 Noble Hierarch
4 Reality Smasher
4 Thought-Knot Seer
[/Creatures]
[Sideboard]
2 Blessed Alliance
2 Stony Silence
1 Negate
2 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Worship
1 Engineered Explosives
1 Rest in Peace
2 Elspeth, Sun’s Champion
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Negate
[/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 Modern Open in Toronto (Saturday, March 18th), a 2K Standard Open in Windsor (Saturday, March 25th), and a 3K Modern Open in Quebec City (Saturday, March 25th)!

As always, for the latest FaceToFaceGames.com Tournament Series news, join the Face to Face Games Facebook page.

Caleb Keung Wins Toronto Open with Eternal Command!

This past weekend, FaceToFaceGames.com held a Modern Open in Toronto and 180 players came to game the fresh new post-bannings format!

Caleb Keung became the first F2F Toronto Open Champion in 2017 by piloting Eternal Command, a deck made popular by Shouta Yasooka at the 2012 Player’s Championship.

Eternal Command – Caleb Keung (1st)

[deck]
[Lands]
1 Breeding Pool
1 Flooded Grove
1 Forest
3 Island
1 Lumbering Falls
4 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Spirebluff Canal
1 Steam Vents
1 Stomping Ground
[/Lands]
[Spells]
3 Cryptic Command
2 Electrolyze
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Remand
4 Serum Visions
3 Spell Snare
1 Vapor Snag
4 Aether Vial
[/Spells]
[Creatures]
3 Eternal Witness
1 Scavenging Ooze
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Tarmogoyf
2 Vendilion Clique
[/Creatures]
[Sideboard]
1 Flame Slash
2 Anger of the Gods
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Negate
2 Dispel
3 Huntmaster of the Fells
1 Thragtusk
3 Fulminator Mage
1 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 Modern Open in Toronto (Saturday, March 18th), a 2K Standard Open in Windsor (Saturday, March 25th), and a 3K Modern Open in Quebec City (Saturday, March 25th)!

As always, for the latest FaceToFaceGames.com Tournament Series news, join the Face to Face Games Facebook page.

Brandon Chreptyk Wins F2F Vancouver Open with Jund!

Face to Face Games hosted their Vancouver Modern Open this past weekend. 110 players showed up to compete which represents a significant jump in attendance compared to the MDSS stop from last year.

At the end of the day, Brandon Chreptyk managed to take an old staple of the format in Jund to the top!

Jund – Brandon Chreptyk (1st)

[deck]
[Lands]
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
1 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
1 Forest
2 Overgrown Tomb
3 Raging Ravine
1 Stomping Ground
2 Swamp
1 Twilight Mire
4 Verdant Catacombs
1 Wooded Foothills
[/Lands]
[Spells]
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Collective Brutality
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
1 Kolaghan’s Command
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Liliana of the Veil
1 Maelstrom Pulse
3 Terminate
2 Thoughtseize
[/Spells]
[Creatures]
4 Dark Confidant
1 Grim Lavamancer
1 Huntmaster of the Fells
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
3 Scavenging Ooze
4 Tarmogoyf
[/Creatures]
[Sideboard]
1 Damnation
2 Abrupt Decay
1 Engineered Explosives
2 Kitchen Finks
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Fulminator Mage
2 Leyline of the Void
1 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
1 Jund Charm
[/Sideboard]
[/deck]

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

This event marks the event of the 2016 FaceToFaceGames.com Tournament Series but the first couple of events for the 2017 edition have already been announced! The 2017 schedule starts with a Modern 3K in Toronto, a Modern 1.5K in St. John’s, and a Modern 3K in Edmonton!

And as always, for the latest FaceToFaceGames.com Tournament Series news, join the Face to Face Games Facebook page.