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Added an analysis of 509 online decks for the current standard (SOM+M12+ISD+M13)

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From 509 decks with 462 unique cards and a total of 33,076 cards the top 21 cards account for 37.45 percent of all the cards.

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I actually found that analysis very interesting, I'm pretty new to magic also, but there are obviously some heavyset trends in the Magic metagame
Thanks Riverx, I am still too new to know what analysis helps and what is just counting the leaves of a random tree. I love the depth of design of the game.

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I'm not a new player but I love statistics.
It's interesting that your own results were able to compare to tournament results. The don't go as far to break it down by card usage often like you did, but in result of deck usage Delver is one of the most frequent decks used ATM. The top 16 cards on your list are all cards that make up delver. I found that a little interesting, anycase. Yes the standard metagame tends to focus on a handful of decks usually and those are the ones that are frequently played by everyone. It's a little sad when you see the numbers really. It points out the lack of creativity within the MTG community these days. Kitchen table decks (made from someone's own creation from what they have available in their collection) are few and far between. I miss the days when I could go to FNM and see a unique build that no one else was running that managed to go in and make it to the top 4 or so.

MTG can be a very mathematical game is you chose for it to be. It's a great game in that regard since players that don't do/look into deep deck analysis can still do well, but deep deck analysis can really help some players in deciding many things. How many copies of a card to run, how many lands to run that produce a certain color and even how much siding in a card will effect you probability of you drawing it or the rest of the cards in you deck. Those are just some of the things deep deck analysis can answer. The last of which is especially helpful since it helps you realize what is important in your deck and what you should be taking out for the side boarded cards so that it doesn't hinder your game plan.

Anycase, enough of my rambling, welcome to the game and to the forums! I like the blog and am pretty impressed on the data you were able to collect. Nice job!

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Instead of calculating the percentage of all cards which are Ponders, you should calculate the proportion of Ponders played out of the total number of possible Ponders. (That is, 4 per deck.) That might be an interesting statistic.
Thanks kashonismw for the kind words!

Great question silasw...I am plowing through the data in sequence. This is the first look at it. With 509 decks to analyze it will take me a while to clean up the file and to begin to answer even more interesting questions than the simple one I attempted first (and yours is one of them, for sure).

I analyzed another sample recently (100 or so ISD block from real-life tournaments-thanks Wizards for all this great data!), and in that case went down to which cards made it to the deck and which ones were sideboard favorites-not earth-shattering, but I think interesting. The sideboard makes Magic very interesting.

Just like the current standard is a Delver gig...and I also love variety, ISD block from the sample I looked at was a 4-Garruk 4-Huntmaster of the Falls gig.

Here is that other sample:

{Deck versus sideboard use}

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{Colors and Rarity of cards played}

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{Land use and most popular cards}

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Here are the tables for 154 Delver online standard decks. Yes, they all have a play set of Delvers in the main deck, but, interestingly, there is a lot of variety after that.

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Bought three M13 packs at Target, pulled two Nicol Bolas in a row!!!

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Here is a look at the core sets since Tenth Edition. There are many reprints, of course, but also a lot of single-issue cards.

There are eight posts (each color, artifacts, X cards, and dual lands.

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Pulled a Magic 2010 version of Underworld Dreams, which I think is one of the most beautiful cards I have come across.

I love this card. Via a circuitous route I pulled it today. I originally ordered two 10th Edition packs from one ebay seller and four from another. That was the original plan. Then the second seller (who I will no longer buy from) said they didn't have them in stock. I asked for a replacement of four Magic 2010 packs and instead received four 8th Edition packs. I decided to buy four packs of 10th Edition from a third seller and received instead four packs of Magic 2010.....and so it looks like many sellers can't seem to sell the core set correctly and get confused between the different editions. In the end it all worked out because the card I really wanted to pull was Underworld Dreams for purely aesthetic reasons: it is just plain beautiful; and one of the Magic 2010 packs had it. Here it is:



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I went to my first pre-release today. I had a lot of fun. Because I have only played online until today, and the limited sealed live environment of a pre-release is very fast pace, I felt slow as a sloth. My opponent helped me learn how to play paper Magic. I beat him for the first game, he won the second, and then I had to drop out and take care of my otherwise busy life. There is a lot I need to learn about Magic to be a little less of a sloth during a pre-release. I asked for Golgari and I got this really nice box with five RTR packs and the Golgari guild pack.



Necropolis Regent won me the first game.

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Bought six packs at Target and pretended these would be a sealed selection. If I had been given these cards in a prerelease I would have played Selesnya. I am looking forward to seeing white green decks that combine these cards with the whte token generators and enchantments from ISD block.



When I combine these cards with the cards I got at the prerelease and cards I have pulled before it looks like I will be able to build a decent beginner Selesnya deck.





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Recently I have focused on:

1. A rat deck for Standard/Modern/Commander variations.

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2. Looking at various modern decks in preparation for Modern Masters

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I am now building an artifact cube in preparation for modern masters. I opened all four theme decks for fifth dawn and darksteel, and the mirrodin tournament pack.

I love the Myrs and wish that there was a legendary Myr I could use to build a commander deck only with Myrs!!!




I did a bunch of videos for the artifacts. I have 228 artifacts in this cube of the 920 that are Modern legal with some represented more than once in the cube.

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And here is one of the 17 videos.


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Nice!

From a fellow blogger's perspective, I have a few things to say. First of all, it's great that you blog's layout is so clean. It is very appealing and easy to read. Personally, I suggest that you add the "Subscribe by E-mail" widget so people without a Google account can keep up with your posts.
 
 With that said, I was a little overwhelmed by how much you post. I try to stick with posting no more than once a day. Too many posts can turn away the reader because it's just so much information. On the other hand, I understand why you make so many posts. They are well labeled and organized. It is a win/lose situation- you have tons of great content, but it may be so much for the reader that they will never view all of it.
 
 I look forward to seeing more on your blog!
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thanks for the nice comment DungeonHobbit, liked your blog too.

You are right that too many posts overwhelm.....but I have to manage my time hard these days. When I get a time window when I can do the blog, I have to use that time. If you notice, there are bursts of posts, and then sometimes nothing in between......that's what leading a busy life is all about!!!

thanks again


those fighting fish are pretty cool, they both look like males. You know, only the males fight and two can't be in the same tank, they even fight their own reflection, but if you have a bunch of females they can all live in the same tank....beautiful fish.

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I have expanded the blog by complementing it with additonal You Tube videos.

I am currently working on a Grixis Standard Constructed mini cube. Its a "build around" for 2 Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker and a single Jace, Architect of Thought

I have added videos for the mini cube to you tube and new posts to the blog describing the cards currently in the mini cube. My favorite cards continue to be Pack Rat and Underworld Connections

I know Gatherer can show you the image better, but I like showing a nice pull.

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