A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with my good friend and fellow FNM player, Adam Dack, about his new deck that he started building with this format. I’ve found it fascinating to watch the evolution of the game here in my home town of Las Vegas, since this is the first time I’ve been able to bring the format out of a house environment.
As a fun aside, Adam is working on an article about his deck in the next couple of days, so there’s definitely plenty left to find out about this new deck.
So I sat down and had a chat with Adam about his deck:
What is your story with FNM? Were you playing at FNM prior to joining Magic Online? Did you play in tournaments prior to joining Magic Online? And how did you feel about FNM before joining Magic Online?
I started playing at FNM in 2007. FNM in 2007 was one of my first, and I really enjoyed it. I found that in 2007 it was important to be knowledgeable and experienced with the format while also not getting burned on mistakes, since getting burned was a real risk that could be avoided on your first couple of games. In my two FNM seasons from 2007 to 2009, I made all of my Top 8s in both.
Were you able to play in tournaments prior to joining Magic Online? What was the standard of play for this type of deck?
When I started playing at FNM, tournament format was Standard/Modern. There were a few FNM formats before FNM but nothing nearly as robust as what is going on now. I can’t speak to standard because that was a different time and we didn’t have the time to practice. I think the standard now is to play at the Pro Tour or at a local StarCityGames events if you’re good.
How long have you been playing Magic? How did you make the shift from playing Standard and Modern to starting with this version of Esper Dragons? What did you learn the quickest for it to play in Standard?
I started playing Magic in 2005 and went on to play competitively for three years. I’m a huge fan with the format since I played it a lot growing up. Standard was my favorite format when we started playing it, but the Standard decks in 2005 and 2006 just weren’t cutting it for me, and it was always in my heart that I would love to play something like Modern or Legacy. However, I
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