Rich Stein

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Wizards Makes First in a Series of Organized Play Announcements

Wizards of the Coast today once again proved they are the industry leader in announcing upcoming announcements.

What We Learned

Control Decks Steal the Spotlight in Standard, How Good is Essence Scatter Right Now?

Rich dives deep on the appearance of one of Magic’s ancient effects as Essence Scatter made a modest impact to the results of both Grand Prix this weekend.

What We Learned

Can Every Pro Tour be a Team Pro Tour?

Is the team pro tour superior to the individual pro tour? Yes, let me count the ways…

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Pro Tour Practice and the Experience of Grand Prix Minneapolis

Not all Grand Prix events are created equally and the Grand Prix held right before a Pro Tour, such as Grand Prix Minneapolis, is usually the least fair.

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Paths to the Pro Tour

Welcome to Magic 2019 Season

Magic 2019 meta-season kicked off with limited Grand Prix events in Chiba and Sacramento. Find out what we learned about the new format!

What We Learned

Foreign Trade, Canadian Tariffs, and an I Told You So

New tariffs enacted by the Canadian government to punish American president Donald Trump will result in a 10% increase in the cost of packs in Canada.

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25 Years Later—The World of MTG in 1993

As we creep closer to Magic’s 25th birthday we reminisce about what the world was like for those heading to the Origins Game Fair in July of 1993.

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Eight Potential Replacement Players for the Silver Showcase

The community is not happy with the full roster of players selected for the Silver Showcase so we pick eight replacements!

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Should Goblin Chainwhirler Have Been Banned Before Dominaria Was Released?

Goblin Chainwhirler is dominating the Standard meta game. Should it have been stopped sooner?

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From Magic 2015 to Magic 2019, A Four-Year Experiment

With Magic 2019 the core set returns, so let’s take a look back on its four year absence and see what we learned.

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I Want More Story and I Want it Now

When will we get more than one chapter/week distributed over a website plus a few podcast episodes as the Magic story?