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The unifying theory about Magic?

January 17, 2010

Couple of months ago AJ Sacher wrote in his column on tcgplayer.com about his theory about what he called “Stock Mana”. It’s best for you to actually read his article but the summary of the theory is that the winner of each individual game of a Magic the player that uses his or her mana in a superior way. That is the main point and he then delve deeper to explain how and why this is. For example, if you pass the turn with 3 mana up and then doesn’t use them on your opponents turn you “wasted” 3 virtual mana which you could have used in another more productive way. The article is quite the good read even if your not so much into Magic theory.

Then earlier this week Mike Flores did a podcast explaining his theory about pretty much the same subject but he also goes into what the theory does with deck building and why some decks are better than others. I recommend you to hear this one out, it’s very interesting.

Personally I think there is a lot to this subject that both these guys has nailed spot on and is things that you should consider when playing and/or building decks. What is your take on the “unifying theory”?

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  1. January 19, 2010 05:51

    The theories are definitely a good way at looking at the game.

    I think they can be applied to actual gameplay too. For example, one of the major things that’s really helped me win more games is maximizing my mana especially in the early turns.

    Now it’s not always correct to maximize mana. For instance, you might save removal for a more threatening creature. But usually it’s a good idea to plan out your plays so that you spend the most amount of mana as possible during the game.

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