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Deck Primer: Omnath Good Stuff in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on my Omnath Good Stuff midrange deck. The deck is part of the value midrange archetype in 7 Point Highlander, drawing on all colours bar black. The deck emerged March 2022, following the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty points update, at which time I started iterating the list publicly while making drafting notes on Moxfield. I wanted to provide others with an opportunity to observe and ponder for themselves the reasons for my iterations. With COVID-19 and the rigours of family life, I mainly play highlander causally, but still love designing decks and thinking about the application of magic… Read More »Deck Primer: Omnath Good Stuff in 7 Point Highlander

Level Up Your Tempo Game

5 Lessons to Level Up Your Tempo Game in Highlander

Welcome to my Op-Ed on Tempo level-ups! In this opinion piece I’ll be providing some insights into the principles that I use when playing Tempo decks in Highlander, and letting you in on a shortlist of my favourite rules-of-thumb when combining my two favourite groups of friends: Spell Pierces and Tarmogoyfs.   Tempo and Me  Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am a very conservative player; the word ‘risk’ is barely in my Magic vocabulary. On the surface, this may seem diametrically opposed to Tempo, which often centres around fast starts and aggressive positions early in the game.… Read More »5 Lessons to Level Up Your Tempo Game in Highlander

Deck Primer: Abzan (Junk) Midrange in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on Abzan Midrange, also known as ‘Junk’ in 7 Point Highlander! Junk is a part of the Equipment-based midrange Archetype using Green Black White colours. Junk has been an enduring part of  the meta due to its consistent success as well as its ability to adapt to a changing landscape. The decks generic ‘good stuff’ approach lends itself to be accommodating to new card printings, new archetypes in the meta and points changes. This article will give you some basics on how the deck works as well as some specific tips on decisions during match… Read More »Deck Primer: Abzan (Junk) Midrange in 7 Point Highlander

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Deck Primer: Grixis Oracle in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on Grixis Oracle in 7 Point Highlander! In this article we will take a deep dive into the Thassa’s Oracle combo, which is a representative of the Combo/Control archetype Highlander. We’ll briefly look at the journey Oracle has taken through the format, and how to approach the deck in the post Modern Horizons 2 world. I have played a lot of Oracle, from the very first ‘Esper Oracle’ Deck I pioneered way back in Feb 2020, to the team deck we settled on (shoutout to BEMB) for Moxing day 2020 which managed to put 3 copies into… Read More »Deck Primer: Grixis Oracle in 7 Point Highlander

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Two-Colour Decks: Competitive Players Vs. Dual Lands

I’m going to jump right out of the gate and say it: 7-Point Highlander is the best constructed format that Magic has to offer. The points system and the fantastic job that The Committee does of maintaining it mean that everyone has a chance to play all of their favourite powerful cards in an environment that is very well balanced and varied. There is high-level competitive play a-plenty, the card pool is vast for brewing, and the power level is tastefully curated enough that you can more or less play any strategy you want without feeling like a fool. The… Read More »Two-Colour Decks: Competitive Players Vs. Dual Lands

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Deck Primer: 4c Zoo in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on 4c Zoo (WURG Aggro-Tempo-Midrange) in 7 Point Highlander! In this article we will take a deep dive into 4c Zoo, which is a hybrid of the Aggro, Tempo and Midrange Archetypes in Highlander. This is a deck that I initially created in late 2019 at a point where Oko, Thief of Crowns and Wrenn and Six were at zero points and I felt that they were both too powerful to not play. Since then I have had a lot of success with the deck in South Australian events, with notable wins in the Adelaide… Read More »Deck Primer: 4c Zoo in 7 Point Highlander

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Deck Primer: BR Aggro in 7 Point Highlander

Welcome to the 7 point Highlander deck primer for BR aggro. My current list can be found from the following link which I keep updated regularly. Live Deck List – BR Aggro Why play BR aggro? There are many reasons you might want to pick up this deck. You like burn spells, you like redundancy, you like consistency or you’re very impatient (Disclaimer, you will need some patience to play this deck, or any deck, optimally). Due to the huge amount of redundancy in this list, naturally the deck is very consistent. By combing recursive creatures with efficient burn spells… Read More »Deck Primer: BR Aggro in 7 Point Highlander

7 Point Highlander Win-A-Mox MTGO League Metagame Breakdown

Thanks to the fantastic work of Isaac and many others an online 7 point highlander league was run on magic online during May and June 2021, with the prize being a paper “Mox”. Due to this outstanding prize and the fact that this was a free to enter event we smashed all records for a highlander event, with 204 people entering the event.  This event was run entirely online, so all of the deck lists and results for all 1588 matches played over the 5 weeks of the league are available to use. This provides the most detailed look into… Read More »7 Point Highlander Win-A-Mox MTGO League Metagame Breakdown

Tuning Mono Red Aggro in 7 Point Highlander by Zen Takahashi

Tuning Mono Red Aggro in 7 Point Highlander (*9th in Win-A-Mox)

Hello everyone! My name is Zen Takahashi, and I am an avid Eternal player from Auckland, New Zealand. Although I used to play a wide range of formats, for the past two years my Magic endeavours have narrowed down to competing in local Legacy events and playing Old School over webcam with overseas friends. Before the recent online Win-A-Mox event, my only experience with 7 Point Highlander was a local event I competed in many years ago, where I borrowed a friend’s Reanimator deck that I later found out wasn’t even utilising all seven points! Needless to say, this time… Read More »Tuning Mono Red Aggro in 7 Point Highlander (*9th in Win-A-Mox)

Top Performing Deck Lists in the Swiss: 7PH Win-A-Mox MTGO League

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With the largest 7 point highlander event behind us, it’s time to reflect on the decks that were at the top of the swiss after the five gruelling rounds of double swiss. Most of the players in the league stuck to the same decklist over the full 10 matches with few exceptions.  Being an open decklist top 8, players were able to metagame hard, resulting in some interesting choices like Collector Ouphe in the maindeck. I am of the view that the battle hardened decks that fought through the double swiss give the average 7ph player more information than the… Read More »Top Performing Deck Lists in the Swiss: 7PH Win-A-Mox MTGO League