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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

Deck Primer: Goblins in 7 Point Highlander

Deck Primer: Goblins in 7 Point Highlander

Hello aspiring warchiefs! The printing of Conspicuous Snoop and Muxus, Goblin Grandee last year has created a lot of hype. As someone who has been playing and tweaking 7-Point Goblins for two years, I thought I could share my knowledge. Note that Strixhaven was the latest set for this primer. Primer contents: My current list Explanation of role in each matchup Against midrange – cheese Against control – embracing goblin tendencies Against aggro – grinding Against combo – Earwig Squad Mana curve and points expendature Mox and Mana Crypt early game Lutri and Skullclamp late game Ways of winning (various… Read More »Deck Primer: Goblins in 7 Point Highlander

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How to build better decks in 7 Point Highlander: Aggro-Control

In this article, we analyse a macro-archetype that is tricky to define but has been known to dominate: Aggro-Control. Reading this article should help you to build and pilot Aggro-Control decks in 7 Point Highlander, and identify and defeat opposing Aggro-Control decks.  In 7 Point Highlander, Aggro-Control decks tend to appear under the Good-Stuff Control or Value Midrange archetypes, and are not to be confused with the Protect the Queen archetype, as we explain in this article. We begin by unpacking the elements of Aggro-Control, mostly according to Hall of Famer Patrick Chapin.  Then we examine two successful Aggro-Control decks… Read More »How to build better decks in 7 Point Highlander: Aggro-Control

How to Win a Tournament in 7 Point Highlander

In this article I will go through the things you can do and the mindset you can adopt to maximise your odds of winning a tournament. This article is intended for intermediate competitive players entering 20-100 person events.  An introduction to better play Getting started on beating the skill ‘plateau’ I find that a lot of established players plateau. They learn the format, get confident with a deck and can play an event without blundering, but then they stop improving. An important piece of advice for players who have played for a while but don’t seem to be getting results is to look to eek out… Read More »How to Win a Tournament in 7 Point Highlander

Deck Primer: RUG Sprowess in Highlander

Welcome to a deck primer on RUG Sprowess in 7 Point Highlander! In this article we will take a deep dive into RUG Sprowess, which is a representative of the Tempo Strategy in Highlander. You’ll notice a unique fusion of elements from multiple Highlander Archetypes, including Protect the Queen and a blend of principles from Burn and Theme Combo. “Squires throughout the realm aspire to her mix of panache and martial prowess.“ – Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale Want to play an 18/10 double strike and trample creature on turn two? Like the idea of pumping a creature for lethal… Read More »Deck Primer: RUG Sprowess in Highlander