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Everything you need to beat one of Standard’s most potent decks

Welcome to MTG Meta Breakers! This series is devoted to helping you take on some of the most common decks in standard (aka “the meta”).

Whether you’re looking to climb the competitive ladder on Arena, want to win your local Friday Night Magic (FNM), or are just sick of getting beat, you’re in the right place.

For the purposes of this series, we’ll assume that all games are in best-of-three format. This allows you to sideboard against your opponent. When hoping to take down the metagame, sideboarding is your best friend.

Without further delay, let’s dive in!

This week we’ll…


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Everything you need to know about Magic’s next standard-legal set

This summer promises to be an exciting one for fans of both Magic: The Gathering as well as Dungeons & Dragons. That’s partially because Wizards of the Coast (WotC) has announced a major crossover between the two franchises.

It comes in the form of a new standard-legal Magic set called Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms (AFR).

Players will soon be able to tap their mana base for some of D&D’s most famous heroes — and villains. …


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A fan-favorite ‘monster’ and a terrifying new mill card will arrive in July

With prerelease weekend for Modern Horizons 2 kicking off, most of the Magic community’s attention has been focused on cracking fetch lands and powerful new modern staples.

That doesn’t mean fans of other formats can’t have something nice too.

During the 300th episode of Dragon Talk, a long-running podcast dedicated to Dungeons & Dragons, hosts Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble revealed two new Magic cards.

The spoilers come from Magic’s next upcoming standard set, dubbed Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms (AFR).

Both cards lean heavily into D&D lore while retaining an undeniably “Magic” feel.

Will that be…


You can plan ahead to turn on your lights or the coffee maker

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Google Assistant is an incredibly helpful tool. For people with a smart home, the digital assistant is even more useful. Google Assistant makes it possible to automate mundane tasks like turning on a light or pausing the TV.

However, it has been lacking a major feature. Until now, Google Assistant hasn’t been able to schedule smart devices and connected lighting to turn on and off at specific times. That is no longer a problem, according to Google developer documentation reviewed by Android Police. …


But is humanity ready to deal with the consequences?

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The effects of climate change have an impact on many areas of life. However, few biomes are hit harder than coral reefs. High ocean temperatures can cause mass bleaching events that devastate reefs and, in turn, spell ruin for the creatures that live there.

Scientists have tried a variety of approaches in hopes of saving coral reefs. Now, research from the Carnegie Institution for Science suggests that a bit of gene-hacking could keep reefs safe from the effects of climate change.

The approach is possible thanks to researchers who discovered a gene in some types of coral that allows it…


It is a fitting tribute to a true piece of internet history

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Adobe’s Flash software powered an unforgettable era of the internet. From browser-based games to animations, Flash made things possible that people had only ever dreamed of.

Today, the technology is basically obsolete. At the end of 2020, Adobe plans to stop supporting Flash, meaning that it will also be useless on browsers like Chrome and Firefox.

Although browsers won’t be able to run everyone’s Flash favorites, The Internet Archive plans to preserve this important piece of digital history. It will emulate Flash content, allowing users to browse and play with thousands of games and animations. …


It’s a big milestone for the spaceflight startup

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Spaceflight startup Rocket Lab reached a major milestone on Thursday. It successfully launched one of its rockets into orbit. Then, the small booster returned to Earth safely and gently landed in the ocean thanks to the use of parachutes.

Although companies like SpaceX have already become synonymous with rocket recovery, this achievement is a big one for Rocket Lab. It will help the company stay competitive in the private spaceflight industry. Moreover, it is a much-needed win after a series of launch failures and mishaps.

Safe Splashdown

Using a parachute to recover a rocket booster certainly isn’t as high-tech as SpaceX’s approach…


Shoe shopping has never been this smart

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Finding the perfect pair of shoes can be a challenge. Replacing your favorite pair can be even harder. Due to the unique anatomy of everyone’s feet, standard shoe sizes don’t mean much in terms of comfort.

That’s why a startup called Neatsy AI is using machine learning to help people find comfortable footwear. It uses the iPhone’s FaceID camera to gather 3D scans of the user’s foot and then harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to predict which shoes would be a good match. Once users find their ideal shoe, the Neatsy app shows them where to buy it.

Finding a Better Fit

Cody DeBos

YA author | MTG Fanatic | Professional Freelancer | GoT & LotR geek | GIF enthusiast | Business inquiries to owner@codydeboswriting.com

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