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If you're reading these words right here, you probably don't need this article. But you might need it to show to your friends, or to help you teach them the basics of the game. Either way, this is a handy article to have around.
And don't forget that Duke also wrote the excellent Level One, which is one of the most thorough teaching tools on the interwebs.
Grand Prix Day Twos, Temur Tower's win and what it means for Standard, Modern Masters 2017 Edition, and a lengthy treatise on the debt ceiling—one of these things is not in the latest episode of First Strike, but you'll have to listen to find out which one.
Still looking to get in some Modern Masters drafts before Amonkhet arrives? Already through a draft or five but they didn't go so well? Merchant has a bit of help for you here, with a comprehensive list of the removal that you should expect to see when you sit down across from an opponent.
Monday Night Magic, if you're not familiar, is a long-running podcast from Chewie (of the Mana Pool) and Bill Bloodworth. The pair discusses elevating some tier 3 Standard decks, the newest Duel Decks, and something, something, Cluze.
These kinds of articles are fun. In this one, Barash recounts three successful Modern Masters 2017 Edition drafts, what made them awesome, and what you can learn for your drafts. He doesn't even brag at all about his Snapcaster Mage/Venser, Shaper Savant draft. Though I have to believe keeping Rewind in the sideboard of your double-Mystical Teachings deck can't be right.
I'm really enjoying this resurgence in forum-written tournament reports. In this one, Pedro Carvalho recounts his Porto Alegre experience with one of Standard's up-and-coming decks, Black-Red Eldrazi, a deck we featured as the Deck of the Day last week. This one doesn't talk much about the tournament itself, but does explain some of the deck's card choices and what he would change going forward.
Rafael Bertolli is doing his part to take down the big two—Mardu and Copy Cat—by piloting his updated version of a former member of the big three. Bertolli, who finished in the Top 8 of Grand Prix Porto Alegre, sleeved up a bunch of energy-generating cards, a few that say "+1/+1 counter" on them, and smashed face just last weekend.