James F'n X

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Kessig Wolf Run

Breaking Mirrors – Kessig Wolf Run


I played this weekend in the 2011 State Championships in Seattle. Over 280 people turned out for 9 rounds of Magic, and my weapon of choice was Wolf Run Ramp with very few tweaks from Brian Sondag's SCG winning list. Unsurprisingly, it was one of the most popular decks in the room, and I was underprepared for the mirror. My list:


Set Theory – Winning at Innistrad Sealed (Part 2)


We've shown you the double faced cards and told you what you should and shouldn't be playing. Now let's show you how we'll be killing those pesky transformers.

Grizzled Outcasts // Krallenhorde Wantons

Set Theory – Winning at Innistrad Sealed (Part 1)


This weekend, thousands of Magic players will be lining up to take the dark, horror inspired world of Innistrad out for a spin. Prerelease events are this Saturday and Sunday, and your first chance to play with double-faced cards is on the moonlit horizon. Of course, if you're like me, not only do you want to play, you want to win.

Planeswalker Points – Is the Grind Worth It?


My name is James Dykes, and today I learned that I am a Level 41 Battlemage.

You don't know what that means? Read on to find out.

The New Woman


I don't have a Gavin Verhey-esque allegory to describe how I feel about Magic right now. (On a side note, if you haven't check out some of Gavin's allegories on Star City Games, you should do so right now.) In fact, I'm likely just on game tilt after my *stellar* performance at Nationals:

  • Lost the U/W Control mirror
  • Lost the U/W Control mirror again
  • Lost to Valakut
  • Lost to Valakut
  • Dropped to get draft sets
  • Was only given one draft set, even though there is no day 2 cut
  • Asked to speak to the TO about this situation, was refused
  • Refused my draft set and left the main TCG hall, never to return that weekend

Pretty sweet, huh? Of the 372 people that registered for Nationals, I finished...

364 Dykes, James 0 47.9167%

I'm not even bad enough to be worst! So I was done with Magic for the weekend (and probably for a while, until Innistrad sealed PTQs at the very earliest). Instead, I went over to hand with my roommate Dan Hanson over at the World of Warcraft TCG room. I had played the WoWTCG once before, at PAX last year, and I enjoyed the game. And GenCon weekend, they had one of their bigger open tournaments, Darkmoon Faire Indianapolis. Being sealed deck, I figured I'd give it a shot. It actually couldn't go any worse than Nationals, could it?

Black: Swiss - Red: 8-4 - Blue: 4-3-2-2

8-4s, 4-3-2-2s, and Swiss (Part 3)


We've been looking at the expected values of playing in the three different types of draft queues on MTG Online over the past few days. Here's a graph of the expected return of all three draft types:

8-4s, 4-3-2-2s and Swiss (Part 2)


Last time we looked at the break points of where your win percentage should be to play in 8-4s vs. 4-3-2-2s. There is a third draft option, however, and that is Swiss. (more…)

8-4's, 4-3-2-2's, and Swiss (Part 1)


Earlier this week, my buddy Daniel Duterte posed the following question on Facebook:

If you normally play 4-3-2-2 draft queues, at what point (what does your win rate have to be) does it become better value to play 8-4's in the same format?

Being a bit of a math nerd, I decided to figure it out...

BEWARE! There be maths here! I hope you like formulas!

Disaster in Kansas City


The less said about my GP Kansas City experience, the better. Even with 3 byes, I was dead going into round 9, and that with beating PT Nagoya champ David Sharfman in what really wasn't a match of Magic. So I leave it up to you, readers. What would you have done with this sealed pool?

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