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Brewer's Minute: Bad Cards

Aug 11 // by SaffronOlive

What really makes a Magic card bad, and how should brewers look at cards during the deck building process?

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Brewer's Minute: Why Brewers Should Net Deck

Aug 04 // by SaffronOlive

People tend to video brewing and "net decking" as competing forces, when they actually work together hand in hand.

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Brewer's Minute: How Many?

Jul 28 // by SaffronOlive

Why would you play a card as a three-of in one our your decks? What about as a two-of? Four-of? One-of? Let's discuss!

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Brewer's Minute: Failure

Jul 21 // by SaffronOlive

How do you become a good deck builder? By building bad decks over and over and over again.

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Brewer's Minute: The Power of Choice

Jul 14 // by SaffronOlive

Beneath everything else, building decks and playing Magic are about making good choices, and there's power in giving ourselves options.

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Brewer's Minute: Seven Hour of Devastation Combos for Modern

Jul 07 // by SaffronOlive

Hour of Devastation might not be the most powerful set in Standard, but it has a lot of combo potential in Modern!

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Brewer's Minute: Opportunity Cost in Deck Building

Jun 30 // by SaffronOlive

When it comes to building successful decks, the question isn't "can this card work" but "what's the opportunity cost of playing this card?"

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Brewer's Minute: Proactive Sideboarding in Modern

Jun 23 // by SaffronOlive

While sideboarding to beat our opponent's main deck is fine, we also need to prepare for the cards we expect them to sideboard in!

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Brewer's Minute: Five High-Potential Amonkhet Sleepers

Jun 16 // by SaffronOlive

What Amonkhet cards should you keep in mind as Hour of Devastation spoilers roll out starting tonight? Let's discuss!

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Brewer's Minute: Hidden Treasures—Darksteel and Fifth Dawn

Jun 09 // by SaffronOlive

Hidden Treasure returns! This week we break down some powerful under-the-radar options from the rest of Mirrodin block!

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Brewer's Minute: Hypergeometric Distribution in Deck Building

Jun 02 // by SaffronOlive

Building a good deck is all about the numbers, but how do we decide how many of each card or group of cards we play?

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Brewer's Minute: Ramp Math

May 26 // by SaffronOlive

How do you decide what ramp spells are best for your deck? It's all about the ramp math!

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Brewer's Minute: Beyond Curve

May 19 // by SaffronOlive

Curve is a bit more complicated in constructed than it is in limited, but it's still important. What does this mean for deck building?

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Brewer's Minute: Hidden Treasures—Mirrodin

May 12 // by SaffronOlive

What five under-the-radar cards from Mirrodin might have potential in Modern? Let's discuss!

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Brewer's Minute: Three Biggest Commander Deck-Building Mistakes

May 05 // by SaffronOlive

Commander is about fun, but there are three simple deck-building mistakes that defeat this goal. Here's what they are and how to fix them!

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Brewer's Minute: The Most Played Sideboard Cards in Modern

Apr 28 // by SaffronOlive

What are the most played sideboard cards in Modern? What do they fight against, and what other similar options are available? Let's see!

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Brewer's Minute: Answers in Amonkhet

Apr 21 // by SaffronOlive

Wizards has said the Standard pendulum needs to swing back from threats to answers, but how far did Amonkhet swing it?

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Brewer's Minute: Four Steps to Building Combo

Apr 14 // by SaffronOlive

So you found the next great combo. Awesome, but how do you go about turning the combo into a playable and powerful deck? Let's discuss!

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Brewer's Minute: Competitive Advantage in Deck Building

Apr 07 // by SaffronOlive

What is competitive advantage in deck building, and how should it influence your deck-building process? Let's discuss!

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Brewer's Minute: Honesty in Deck Building

Mar 31 // by SaffronOlive

One of the tricks to being good at building decks is learning to be honest with yourself.

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Brewer's Minute: Three Lessons from RB Vampires

Mar 24 // by SaffronOlive

What deck-building lessons can we learn from the RB Vampire list we had on Instant Deck Techs last week? Let's see!

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Brewer's Minute: Magic Online—The Best Tool for Building Paper Decks

Mar 17 // by SaffronOlive

Even if you don't want to buy digital cards or play digital Magic, Magic Online is the best tool for building paper decks.

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Brewer's Minute: MM3—Five Cards and Decks: The IRL Impact

Mar 10 // by SaffronOlive

We all know that Modern Masters 2017 is making cards cheaper, but what does this mean in the real world?

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Brewer's Minute: Irreplaceable

Mar 03 // by SaffronOlive

Building budget-friendly decks is all about finding substitutions, but what happens when some cards are irreplaceable?

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Brewer's Minute: Revisions

Feb 24 // by SaffronOlive

Building a Magic deck is a lot like writing. You don't write the perfect deck on the first draft, it's all about revisions.

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Brewer's Minute: More Modern Combos

Feb 17 // by SaffronOlive

Infinite turns, infinite damage, infinite Wolves, infinite loops that draw the game? Modern is a fun place!

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Brewer's Minute: Dies to Doom Blade

Feb 10 // by SaffronOlive

How much truth is there in the "it dies to Doom Blade" argument, and what can this saying teach us about deck building?

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Brewer's Minute: How Many Colors?

Feb 03 // by SaffronOlive

What's the cost of adding another color to a deck, and when should you do it? Let's discuss!

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Brewer's Minute: Felidar Fun

Jan 27 // by SaffronOlive

When it comes to Felidar Guardian, people tend to focus on the Copy Cat combo, but the card actually has near endless combo potential!

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Brewer's Minute: Understanding the Bannings

Jan 13 // by SaffronOlive

This week brought with it some of the most impactful bannings we've ever seen. What do they mean from a brewer's perspective?

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