Matchup Mulligan: Elves

Matchup Mulligan

Final Ad Nauseam Tendrils Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the play) [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Taiga|]] [[Brainstorm|]] » Keep or Mulligan? Keep "This hand doesn't do anything!" Exactly. We're not looking to be proactive when the opportunity presents itself. A better way of looking at Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Ad Nauseam Tendrils II

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Ad Nauseam Tendrils is a deck like TES trying to win with the Storm mechanic using [[Tendrils of Agony]]. The main difference is Ad Nauseam Tendrils is built to be a little slower of a deck, using cards like [[Cabal Ritual]] and [[Past in Flames]], to play into the later turns of a game. It Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Ad Nauseam Tendrils

Matchup Mulligan

Final Sneak & Show Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the draw) [[Verdant Catacombs|]] [[Chrome Mox|]] [[Rite of Flame|]] [[Scalding Tarn|]] [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Veil of Summer|]] [[Dark Ritual|]] » Keep or Mulligan? Keep While this hand doesn't have a direct payoff spell, we are roughly 34 percent to draw a business spell every single Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Sneak & Show II

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Sneak & Show is a deck that focuses on casting and abusing [[Show and Tell]] and [[Sneak Attack]] in combination with [[Griselbrand]], and [[Emrakul, the Aeons Torn]]. [[Emrakul, the Aeons Torn]] making the opponent sacrifice six permanents, or [[Griselbrand]] drawing many cards to find an [[Emrakul, the Aeons Torn]] or several counterspells can win the Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Sneak & Show

Matchup Mulligan

Final Painter Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the play) [[Dark Ritual|]] [[Rite of Flame|]] [[Lion's Eye Diamond|]] [[Lion's Eye Diamond|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Mox Opal|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] » Keep or Mulligan? Mulligan While you are a deck that is roughly 34 percent to hit an action spell every single draw step, almost 50 percent of Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Painter

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Painter is a deck that revolves around the card [[Painter's Servant]] and [[Grindstone]]. [[Painter's Servant]] chooses a color, and then all cards become that color. When you then activate [[Grindstone]], you can continue repeating the process because the cards share at least one color since they are all the same color. The process will repeat Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: Painter

Matchup Mulligan

Final 8-Cast Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the draw) [[Dark Ritual|]] [[Dark Ritual|]] [[Ad Nauseam|]] [[Underground Sea|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Orim's Chant|]] [[Galvanic Relay|]] » Keep or Mulligan? Keep While this hand doesn't beat their [[Chalice of the Void]] draws, it certainly can combat the eight "Force effects" ([[Force of Will]]/[[Force of Negation]]) hands. To Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: 8-Cast

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8-Cast is the evolution of Karn Echoes. Both are mono-blue artifact based decks that play [[Force of Will]] and [[Chalice of the Void]]. The main differences is that Karn Echos played [[Karn, the Great Creator]] with [[Lion's Eye Diamond]], a sideboard package, [[Echo of Eons]] and [[Hullbreacher]] to lock the opponents out of the game. Read More »

Matchup Mulligan: 8-Cast

Matchup Mulligan

Final Lands Hand Answer Hand No. 10: (on the draw) [[Ponder|]] [[Brainstorm|]] [[Abrupt Decay|]] [[Badlands|]] [[Scalding Tarn|]] [[Lotus Petal|]] [[Rite of Flame|]] » Keep or Mulligan? Keep One of the most crucial components to the Lands matchup is being able to answer [[Sphere of Resistance]] when on the draw, and this hand does that nicely. Read More »

TES Matchup Battles: Lands II

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Lands gets its name from the entire deck being based around lands. Land tutors, assembling land combos, using lands to disrupt the opponent, ramping with lands, and even generating card advantage with lands from one of the more important cards, [[Life from the Loam]]. Ultimately, it wins by trying using [[Thespian's Stage]] to make a Read More »