Chris Cochanski

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How low can you go? How to take mulligans

Randomness is a big part of Magic:The Gathering. As soon as players shuffle up their decks, they’re beholden to chance. The good news is that they retain some influence on their opening hand – mainly by deciding on whether to take a mulligan.

Through mulligans, the state of the game can be shaped before it even begins. This is why understanding mulligans is so important. Let me walk you through three typical situations – manascrew, manaflood, and drawing sideboard cards – to explain what I mean.

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Business Magic, Part Four: Mastering the Metagame

When I sit down for a game of Magic, I usually already know whether I’m about to win or to lose. This is not because I’m an incredibly good or bad player (I am, in fact, incredibly average)1. It’s because of the metagame.

What is Business Magic?
With an estimated player base of 20 million, Magic: The Gathering is the most popular trading card game in the world. Playing Magic requires careful evaluation and good strategy. If you don’t know anything about Magic, but want to inject a little knowledge from left field into your business strategy, “Business Magic” is for you.

Knowing what to expect is a very useful skill. It helps to temper your expectations and prepare yourself for when you’re about to win big.

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Business Magic, Part Three: Under Pressure

“I’m under a lot of pressure right now, so I couldn’t yet look at [whatever you asked me to do]” is a popular excuse. It also completely misunderstands what pressure is.

What is Business Magic?
With an estimated player base of 20 million, Magic: The Gathering is the most popular trading card game in the world. Playing Magic at the tournament level, where winners can earn up to 50,000$ US, requires careful evaluation and good strategy. If you don’t know anything about Magic, but want to inject a little knowledge from left field into your business strategy, “Business Magic” is for you.

In Magic, the word “pressure” is thrown around  as carelessly as it is in a business environment. It is often used to indicate a player is losing, or to indicate someone has gained a competitive advantage.

Both in Magic and in business, one thing is certain: If you don’t want to be put under pressure, you should first try to understand what pressure is.

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Business Magic, Part Two: Holding all the cards

In a game of high stakes, you never want to run out of options.

What is Business Magic?
With an estimated player base of 20 million, Magic: The Gathering is the most popular trading card game in the world. Playing Magic at the tournament level, where winners can earn up to 50,000$ US, requires careful evaluation and good strategy. If you don’t know anything about Magic, but want to inject a little knowledge from left field into your business strategy, “Business Magic” is for you.

Magic is a card game. It’s also a game of competitive advantage. It’s no wonder the two are closely linked.

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Business Magic, Part One: Life lessons

Whether in business or at the gaming table, learning how to correctly assess your key performance indicators can keep you from a ruinous error in judgment.

What is Business Magic?

With an estimated player base of 20 million, Magic: The Gathering is the most popular trading card game in the world. Playing Magic at the tournament level, where winners can earn up to 50,000$ US, requires careful evaluation and good strategy. If you don’t know anything about Magic, but want to inject a little knowledge from left field into your business strategy, “Business Magic” is for you.

You start a game of Magic with 20 life and win by reducing your opponent to zero life. It should logically follow that your life total is the most important measure of success in the game, right?

Wrong.

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