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The Highlander Accessibility Rule: Eight Points and You

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Hi, my name is Vi and I’m a grinder, ex-streamer, judge and currently an avid deck builder for Australian Highlander! I’ve been exploring the format and the restrictions and believe the possibilities with the Highlander Accessibility Rule have gone under the radar. The majority of Highlander players (and those keen to enter the format) agree that format accessibility is an… Read More »The Highlander Accessibility Rule: Eight Points and You

Building an Eight Point List: Part 2

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Hi all! This is the second part of a series, check out part 1 here! Applied Theory: How do you choose your eight points when building a deck? So we know why we’re playing eight points, but which points are we playing? There is no point in imposing a restriction on deck by not playing Reserved List cards, if the… Read More »Building an Eight Point List: Part 2

Pre-War Formalwear and Cryptic Coat: A new era for Stoneforge Mystic

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I love Stoneforge Mystic. She’s a poorly sized creature that generates a little (or a lot) of value, asks a little bit of you during deckbuilding and will impact most games she’s played in. However, for the longest time she was barely worth playing in Highlander due to both a lack of premium equipment and general power creep. Stoneforge Mystic… Read More »Pre-War Formalwear and Cryptic Coat: A new era for Stoneforge Mystic

Building an Eight Point List: Part 1

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Hi all! This is my guide to building your first Eight Point Highlander deck, some of my learnings and common pitfalls. Welcome! Building an eight point list isn’t as simple as adding a pointed card to an existing seven point deck. You should be striving to build a cohesive deck that capitalises on the extra point you gain access to.… Read More »Building an Eight Point List: Part 1

ACT: National 7 Point Highlander Championships 2024 | Deck Lists & Tournament Report

So there I was – tens of hours spent playtesting, ones of hours discussing matchups, and more time than you would expect working out how to get all my luggage onto the plane – I walked into the cool Canberra air at 2 am in my kilt, suit bag full of electronics slung over my shoulders and 1.6 metres of… Read More »ACT: National 7 Point Highlander Championships 2024 | Deck Lists & Tournament Report

Canberra is Set to Host History’s BIGGEST 7ph Event this Weekend

This Saturday 27th January, 7 Point Highlander committee founder Glenn Doyle will be welcoming players to the National Highlander Championship at CanCon 24: A tabletop game convention at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). At 150+ presale tickets already sold this event is slated to be history’s most attended 7ph event, with all players vying for not only thousands of dollars… Read More »Canberra is Set to Host History’s BIGGEST 7ph Event this Weekend

How to build better decks in 7 Point Highlander: Lock, or Prison

How to build better decks in 7 Point Highlander: Lock or Prison

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.

ANZ Super Series 7PH Side Event

Tournament Report – 2nd Place at the ANZ Super Series 7PH Side Event

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

Deck primer: UW Miracles (Bourbon and Coke) in 7 Point Highlander

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