This week’s The Field Report – look to the future, not the past

With my return from that work-induced break we have another edition of The Field Report. This week, I’ve spent some time making a case for using metagame data to figure out what you need to beat, rather than trying to come up with numbers about how other people performed against each other. After that, it’s a little bit of Standard metagame analysis followed by fun times with “rogue” decks.
Click here to read this week’s article and then find me on twitter to let me know what you think.

The Field Report – Pacing the metagame!

The Field Report is back, and this time we’re looking at the pace of the major players in the Standard metagame.
If you’ve seen me write about deck abstraction before – and liked it – you’ll love this edition of TFR. In addition to the usual metagame roundup, I’ve done a big ol’ compare-contrast across all the major metagame choices.
Just in time, as the editorial blurb helpfully notes, for the SCG Invitational and Open in Richmond this weekend.
Click here to read the article, and then find me on twitter to let me know what you think.

This week’s The Field Report – Putting Valakut in a blender

So, I handed in another metagame analysis over the weekend, and like magic, The Field Report appears again.
This week I cover a fascinating shift from the metagame I reported last time (hint – it has something to do with the column title) and then run an experiment, comparing Premier-level Valakut decks to those that merely grind through to a 4-0 Daily result.
And I think that experiment bore some pretty interesting fruit, with pointers to how to make the “best” Valakut deck. At least for now.
Click here to read this week’s TFR, and then find me on twitter and let me know what you think.

This week’s The Field Report – Indeed!

It’s The Field Report time.
What’s that? You haven’t of The Field Report?
Debuting this week is my new column for StarCityGames.com, featuring my usual analytical approach applied, on a regular basis, to relevant Constructed metagames.
This week, the focus is on a high-level view of Standard in the month leading up to Worlds in Chiba.
Click here to read the first edition of The Field Report, titled Chiba From a Thousand Feet, and then find me on twitter and let me know what you’d like to see next.