Zach Barash

Senior Staff Writer

@ImproPhilo

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Magnificent Modern

The past weekend featured three major Modern tournaments with three thoroughly diverse top eights. Just how awesome is Modern and why might it be growing at Standard’s expense? Find out here!

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What is the Gate to the Afterlife?

What’s the deal with Gate to the Afterlife? Could God-Pharaoh’s Gift possibly be good enough that it’s worth playing? Let’s wildly speculate!

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Why Amonkhet Limited is So Fast

Aggro was king at Pro Tour Amonkhet this weekend, but in a draft format we’ve never seen before: how can a fourteen land deck with Slither Blade be good? The answers are right here!

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Amonkhet Limited and Greatness

Amonkhet might be the greatest Limited format of all time. It’s like a finely-balanced cube with shenanigans galore and interesting aggro. Here’s why you should be drafting and probably saving boxes.

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The Necessity of Randomness

Sensei’s Divining Top, Gitaxian Probe, and Gush are banned and restricted. Here’s why we will never see cards like them again, even though we’ll totally get another Treasure Cruise.

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Design of a Card: Bone Picker

There’s a new 3/2 flying for one and the block. Zach breaks down everything you need to know about Bone Picker.

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Modern Control, As Foretold

As Foretold, combined with Ancestral Vision, might be one of the most exciting things to happen to Modern blue decks in a long while. Zach breaks down all you need to know about the new, mythic enchantment.

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Design of a Card: Hazoret the Fervent

Gods are back, and they’re both very different and very familiar from Theros. Zach breaks down the design of our first new god, Hazoret the Fervent.

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How to Succeed with Food Poisoning

Zach managed to go 5-1 on day 2 of GP Orlando with food poisoning and barely any sleep. Here’s how.

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Mastering Modern Masters, 2017 Edition

Do you want to become a Modern Masters master drafter? Well, look no further! Zach has everything you need to know from release weekend.

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Mastering Modern Cube

Zach breaks down Magic Online’s new Modern Cube. Learn how it stacks up against the competition and what you need to win your next draft!