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The Snow Storm in Edison

Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,

We've gotta say that we are loving the new Magic: the Gathering standard environment at the moment - the 'best' new decks have not yet been distilled down to a choice of only one or two (boring!) builds.  There is a large variety of different strategies, different colours and different playstyles which are all being rewarded at the moment.  As we've said a hundred times, we here at MTG Realm are more 'kitchen table' / FNM players where we'll try as many as the new cards as possible because it's fun, not because we want to win.  Having said that, getting burned every game kinda sucks so we do bring along less 'crazy' deck brews to the local gaming store.

We also look at what the good players are bringing along to tournaments.  One of the most recent tournaments took place during the most awful snow storm event in recent memory last weekend in New Jersey at the StarCity Games Open standard event.  Several weeks ago, we kind a fell in love with Boros Reckoner when it was previewed.  We dropped over to MTG Mint Card to get our pre-orders in and for some reason simply did not get this onto our purchase list - we're kicking ourselves now - Check out these two nice looking lists from NJ featuring the Wreckoner which took 6tth and 9th place.

Boros Aggro, 6th place, Clayton Gereffi  
Creatures (27)
    4 Ash Zealot
    4 Boros Reckoner
    4 Hellrider
    3 Lightning Mauler
    1 Pyreheart Wolf
    4 Rakdos Cackler
    1 Stonewright
    4 Stromkirk Noble
    2 Zealous Conscripts
Lands (24)
    15 Mountain
    4 Clifftop Retreat
    4 Sacred Foundry
    1 Slayers' Stronghold
Spells (9)
    2 Boros Charm

    4 Searing Spear
    3 Pillar of Flame
    4 Reckless Waif
    3 Volcanic Strength
    2 Boros Charm
    2 Skullcrack
    3 Mizzium Mortars
    1 Pillar of Flame

Mono-White Humans, Jared Blumberg, 9th Place 

Creatures (33)
    4 Boros Reckoner
    4 Champion of the Parish
    4 Elite Inquisitor
    3 Fiend Hunter
    4 Knight of Glory
    4 Silverblade Paladin
    3 Sublime Archangel
    4 War Falcon
    3 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Lands (23)
    23 Plains
Spells (4)
    4 Blind Obedience
    2 Witchbane Orb
    1 Fiend Hunter

    2 Nevermore
    2 Oblivion Ring
    4 Rest in Peace
    4 Faith's Shield


Just for the record, here is the rather diverse field of builds at the StarCityGames Standard Open from last weekend in Edison, New Jersey.

Jund Midrange    1st     William Postlethwait
Esper Control    2nd     Chris Marshall  
Naya Zoo    3rd     Richard Nguyen  
Junk Midrange    4th     John Pietrowski  
Jund Aggro    5th     Ty Holden  
Boros Aggro    6th     Clayton Gereffi  
Naya Humans    7th     Paul Brown  
Boros Aggro    8th     Dan Walton


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