Cooking with Bettorup: Drafting 3-5 Colors in Empire of Glass

Television in the Schaab household often plays Nailed It, an amateur baking show featuring people who would be abysmal Eternal players. I’m sure they’re lovely individuals, but their inability to sequence and manage time would undoubtedly leave them struggling to climb the Eternal leaderboards. These qualities, however, pale in comparison to their unanimously shared flaw:Continue reading “Cooking with Bettorup: Drafting 3-5 Colors in Empire of Glass”

Chasing Whales: Limited Level-Ups from Kaladesh (2016)

No Easy Answers Luis-Scott Vargas (LSV) and Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa (PVDDR) are inarguably two of the most successful Magic players of all time. As Hall of Famers and mainstays in competitive Magic for decades, it’s safe to say that their player experiences have many parallels: they’ve drafted the same sets, played the sameContinue reading “Chasing Whales: Limited Level-Ups from Kaladesh (2016)”

Drafting Empire of Glass the Hard Way

When I shamble in to my Local Game Store 50 years from now, there are three things I’m certain will be true: 1. The Constructed players and the Drafters will be arguing about which format is better. 2. The Drafters will be arguing about which approach to draft is correct. 3. They’ll all frantically whisperContinue reading “Drafting Empire of Glass the Hard Way”

Drafting Empire of Glass: Archetypes

“Rats Ablaze” or “Rally Rats” is how I affectionately refer to my favorite Eternal draft archetype of all time. Was it a premiere archetype in that format? Probably not. Was it a good deck? Debatable. Was it insanely fun? Yes. Yes it was and I forced it every single time I could: my relationship withContinue reading “Drafting Empire of Glass: Archetypes”

Drafting Empire of Glass: Eternal Draft Packs

Drafting and playing Eternal well is incredibly difficult – that’s why I enjoy it. Eternal provides my brain with both entertainment and an outlet for critical thinking. Seven weeks have passed since my daughter was born, so critical thinking is neither desirable nor possible for me right now. I’m starting to accept that I mightContinue reading “Drafting Empire of Glass: Eternal Draft Packs”

47 Cards to Go: Drafting Legendaries in Empire of Glass

Fine. You win. You’ll get your article about Legendaries, but only after I make these jokes at your expense. Youth basketball coaches worldwide have my sympathy. I’m over here trying to help people like “ok, kids, let’s talk about fundamentals. Time to practice free throws.” The Farming Eternal Discord : “HOW DO WE MAKE HOOKContinue reading “47 Cards to Go: Drafting Legendaries in Empire of Glass”

Drafting Empire of Glass: Zero Games Played

Fresh outta grad school, I could’ve written an extraordinary 30-page paper about improving speech & language therapy outcomes for individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)*. Google Scholar and I were best friends, transition sentences flowed effortlessly while I typed, and I had a campus full of academic and professional resources at my disposal. *Source: Schaab,Continue reading “Drafting Empire of Glass: Zero Games Played”

Learning from Elites: Shouta

Shouta Yasooka’s name inspires fear, respect, and the following associations throughout the worldwide Magic community : 1. Control Decks. 2. Playing insanely quickly. 3. Brilliant technical play. 4. Making balloon animals for opponents after losses. Okay, so the last one is a lie, but hopefully I have you hooked now. While it’s easy to findContinue reading “Learning from Elites: Shouta”

Learning From Losses

Whether you’re the educator or the student, the process of teaching and learning is unique for every individual. Your approach to education should vary based on who you’re teaching. While my writing is always intended for newer players, I’m aware that players of all skill levels see my work so I try to keep thatContinue reading “Learning From Losses”

Schaab Blog*: A Dozen Drafts

*Schaab Blog: Considering starting something like this as its own segment. My long articles try to teach people broad concepts about limited – and they take me a long time to write. Might use the Schaab Blog term to differentiate full-form articles from stuff like this, which is just me sitting down and writing downContinue reading “Schaab Blog*: A Dozen Drafts”