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High Tide: A Pro Tour Theros Recap

This week we break down the coverage from Pro Tour Theros and talk about the return of Blue to Standard. Should fans be concerned that the oppressive big blue counter-magic decks are going to make a comeback? Is this the end of Red/Green’s day in the sun?

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MTG Top 25

Wizards released an official Top 25 list, but is it a step in the right direction? What does it mean for the future of Pro Tour Coverage?

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Theros Released

It’s been a pretty quiet week in the Magic world with most everyone focused on the rotating Standard environment and preparations for Pro Tour Theros.

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Growing Your Theros Prerelease

Rich wants to make sure everyone has fun at their prereleases in the future and lays out some guidelines for Tournament Organizers to do their part in making the Magic happen.

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2014 Grand Prix Schedule Review (Sept. 16)

46 events in 21 countries make up the 2014 Grand Prix Schedule which was announced earlier this month. We’ll take a look at the changes to the GP Circuit including prize payout, host nations, team tournaments, and the change to back-to-back Grand Prix/Pro Tour weeks. As always, don’t miss the quick hits from the previous week and the wallpaper of the week.

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Theros Financial Speculation (Sep 9)

Buy, sell, or hold? That is the question, and the topic this week is the first batch of Theros spoilers. Rich selects a few choice cards to review financially and let’s you know where he thinks they’ll end up moving. As always, don’t miss the recap of great community writing from last week, and the weekly review of the Magic Arcana Wallpaper of the Week.

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Thoughtseize (Sept. 2)

Spoiler season for Theros is in full swing after PAX Prime and one spoiler in particular caught Rich’s attention this week. This week Rich presents his thoughts on Thoughtseize being reprinted along with the usual run-down of all of last week’s action, the Wallpaper of the Week and a look ahead for the coming seven days.

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Welcome to Theros (Aug. 26)

Wizards has released Part 1 of the Planeswalker’s Guide to Theros. We’ll dive into the next block’s setting and discuss what it means for players, collectors and fans alike. We also break down the best the community had to offer this week and review the latest Modern Masters card-turned-wallpaper.

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Commander, Cube, and Mike Tyson (Aug. 19)

What happens when you design a game and people start playing it a little differently? This is what happened to Wizards of the Coast and Magic the Gathering in the mid 2000’s. We’ll take a look at the rise of Commander and Cube and look at it in the context of a Mike Tyson quote.

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From the Vault 20 (Aug. 12)

I get it, I really do. As soon as that image of showed up as a preview for From the […]

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The 2013 Class of the MTG Pro Tour Hall of Fame (Aug. 5)

This week we take a look at the newest class of inductees to the MTG Pro Tour Hall of Fame and what they mean in the greater context of the game. Additionally, we discuss what the PTHOF means to Magic fans and whether it’s being handled correctly by Wizards of the Coast. As always you can check out the best writing from the past week in the Magic Community right here in What We Learned.