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Michael Maxwell

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Living in Preston whilst studying for a PhD in astrophysics, I spend most of my time reading/writing/thinking about Magic instead of doing any actual work. I regularly attend PTQs in the north/midlands as well as Nationals. Although I enjoy drafting as much as anyone, constructed is my speciality.

Are too many tournaments bad for Magic? – Fact not Fiction...

There is then a snowball effect as more and more people pick up the deck, the same good players keep doing well, and then write saying how good the deck is and how bad you are for not playing it. There’s only so long people can ignore that before they jump ship.

Top 10 MTG Card Interactions You Need To Know About In...

I noticed that players were losing games or getting into sticky situations due to not knowing how some of the interactions in the format work, so here I’m going to go over 10 of the most important interactions and how they work rules-wise.

Legacy UW Stoneblade Primer – Fact not Fiction with Michael Maxwell

U/W Stoneblade has, for the better part of a year now, been one of the best performing and most popular decks at the StarCityGames Open Series. The addition of Snapcaster Mage has only made the deck stronger.

So you want to get into Legacy? Fact not Fiction with...

About 12 months ago if you'd asked me to write down everything I knew about Legacy I probably could have it fitted it all onto one side of a post-it note. But now...

Fact not Fiction – Burning Vengeance in Standard by Michael Maxwell

Hi guys, it's been a while since my last article, but that's mostly because I've been having so much fun playing with Burning Vengeance recently.

Fact not Fiction – Where Next for Modern? By Michael Maxwell

Pro Tour Philadelphia is in the books, and the Modern metagame all over the world will be defined for the next few months by the results from this event.

Fact not Fiction – Breaking Modern by Michael Maxwell

What I do want to talk about is which cards AREN'T on the list. I'm going to take a look at cards that they might have banned but didn't and see if we can start doing anything broken.

Fact not Fiction – How to Build a Proper Sideboard by...

Given that over half the games you play at an event are with your sideboard it's astounding how little attention people put into building them.

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