7 Point Highlander has held a great space in my heart for many years, having an excuse to travel interstate with friends and getting in those final reps before a Team Unified event at PoG has brought me so much joy. When everyone can come together for CanCon it is worth celebrating! For me, the passion grew from playing in… Read More »What’s Next for Competitive Highlander in Australia?
In this article, I analyse a macro-archetype that players tend to love or hate: Lock, also known as Prison. If you could lock your opponent out of the tennis court, then you could win at leisure (provided the umpire was on board!). You can sort of do this in Magic, locking your opponent out of the game. Your opponent is at the table, but not meaningfully participating. Given this unconventional aim, Lock decks tend to require off-beat deck building and earn the ire of opponents. Reading this article will give you insights into how to approach building and beating Lock decks. First, I identify the key features of Lock according to Patrick Chapin, then I examine two Lock decks that have succeeded in 7 Point Highlander.
When the ANZ Super Series was announced I was excited to be back in the competitive scene. The main event was sure to bring out our old adventurers, coaxed from their caves and hovels to partake in big room magic again. Half of the Canberra contingent was plugging away at Pioneer for the Last Chance Regional Qualifiers and the other… Read More »Tournament Report – 2nd Place at the ANZ Super Series 7PH Side Event
Bourbon and Coke is a UW Miracles-like control deck centred on Balance and Entreat the Angels that once had bourbon and coke spilled all over it. It started as a blue-white-red control deck around 2015, when I switched black for red to play Dack Fayden and Young Pyromancer. Earlier I had played blue-white-black control, porting the Vintage deck with which… Read More »Deck primer: UW Miracles (Bourbon and Coke) 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… Read More »Deck Primer: Omnath Good Stuff in 7 Point 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… Read More »5 Lessons to Level Up Your Tempo Game in 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’… Read More »Deck Primer: Abzan (Junk) Midrange 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… Read More »Deck Primer: Grixis Oracle in 7 Point Highlander
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… Read More »Two-Colour Decks: Competitive Players Vs. Dual Lands
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… Read More »Deck Primer: 4c Zoo in 7 Point Highlander