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The Three Biggest MTG Stories of 2013

It’s been a wild year for the Magic community, and as 2013 comes to a close it’s time to look at the three biggest stories of the year. Event coverage, tournament attendance, and the state of Magic Online were all brought to the forefront of our attention for better or for worse. Now we look at how those stories unfolded and what the future holds for us.

Ensnaring Cambridge

UW Control

This week Shawn discusses the flavor of Huey Jensen’s UW Control list from GP Dallas and runs the deck through a weekly Standard event.

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The 2013 Year in Review in Review

There are a lot of Year in Review columns going around and honestly who has the time to read them all? That’s why we’ve gone through them and let you know what you can expect so you can make an informed decision before reviewing 2013. We also take a look at some recent Pro Tour announcements and recap the results of Grand Prix Shizuoka.

Grinding It Out

Gift Ideas for the Competitive Player in Your Life

Monique dishes her picks of some must have holiday gifts for the competitive player.

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The 2013 Naughty & Nice List

As 2013 winds down its time to look back at all the products Wizards released this year and decide which ones were nice to the Magic community and which ones found their way onto What We Learned’s naughty list.

Ensnaring Cambridge

BG Dredge

This week Shawn discusses luck vs. variance and plays a Conley Woods’ brew through a Standard tournament.

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Satire and Stockings

This week the Magic Community was presented with a satire of itself, courtesy of StarCity Games’ Chas Andres. It mostly missed the mark.

Ensnaring Cambridge

Jundredge, Week One and Never Again

This week Shawn makes Paperboy references, talks about a play he wrote, and runs his own brew through a Standard tournament.

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Villains in Magic

Alex Bertoncini was banned for 18 months by the DCI for cheating. His story was major news in the community. Once the poster-boy for the SCG Open circuit, he was found to have cheated multiple times on camera. Now he’s back, having finished 2nd in the Legacy Open in Providence last weekend and 63rd in the GP in Toronto this weekend. What makes him, or anyone, a great villain?

Ensnaring Cambridge

Rakdos Aggro, Week Two and the Magic Guild

This week, Shawn writes about his old LGS and the unsettling actions of its owner. He also runs Rakdos Aggro through another Standard tournament with mixed results.

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1st Anniversary Edition

We’ve learned about some major news events this year, and What We Learned covered all of them. From GP Charlotte to GP Vegas, and from Magic Offline to Modern Masters, it has been an exciting year. We look back now on 52 weeks of what we learned.