Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.
With Pro Tour Kaladesh starting tomorrow, Adam offers some last-minute insight on eight ubiquitous Kaladesh cards that have already reshaped the Standard metagame, along with eight underutilized cards we may see reshaping the metagame after this weekend.
The 2016–17 premier play season heats up this weekend with Pro Tour Kaladesh in sunny Honolulu! Coverage on twitch.tv/magic starts Friday, October 14 (that's tomorrow) at 9 a.m. local time/12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. UTC. Don't miss it!
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Hawaii 3-0 | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolf and Maria Bartholdi
Maria leaves Meghan in the cold of Minnesota as she broadcasts live from Honolulu for Pro Tour Kaladesh. The pair discusses the many virtues of drafting Kaladesh and looks back on Grand Prix Atlanta while Maria drinks out of a pineapple. Finally, they bring out some exciting special guests who are getting ready for the Pro Tour!
New cards from Kaladesh are encouraging innovation and atypical thinking across the Pauper format. Tired of seeing Smuggler's Copter everywhere, The Professor brings his top five favorite Kaladesh commons for the format to the table, even though that five turns out to be seven (because Kaladesh just has too much to talk about).
SaffronOlive brings some ambitious and against-the-grain deck tech with this five-color list. Based entirely around using Panharmonicon to amplify and duplicate enters-the-battlefield (ETB) abilities, the deck ended up being the most successful deck in the history of Against the Odd's 50-plus episodes. Intrigued yet?
Matt looks at energy, one of the favorite new Kaladesh mechanics. He goes over some of the best ways to build up massive stores of energy, before contemplating the best ways to use those stores to crush your opponents.
Kocsis drafted a Red-White Aggro deck at GP London, a popular archetype so far in Kaladesh. With a cadre of fast creatures backed by some speedy burn and removal spells, Kocsis was able to take the number-two spot in London without using a single rare.