Friday, May 30, 2014

Fun Fact Friday: Uncensored

                                      The art from Censorship is the censored piece of from the card .......

Monday, May 26, 2014

Artist of the Week: Ryan Barger

Ryan Barger is one of Magic's newest artists with his first card being released in Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari on the reprint of Life//Death.

Life // Death

Following his art for Life//Death, his art can be found on several cards in the Return to Ravnica Block.


R/B Unneccessary CENSORED-ship

We all know that guy, the guy who is the what people think most magic players or roleplayers are (best explained by this video [warning video is not family appropriate just like the people I am trying to describe]), the guy you have to ask the playgroup if they are alright if he joins,you may not know this person and to you I extend. I personally do not like these type of people because they can ruin an experience, but sometime you have to give them a helping hand and give them a deck to be horrible people with



Friday, May 23, 2014

Conspiracy Spoilers Part 5

Our final legendary creature from Conspiracy has been revealed:

Grenzo, Dungeon Warden

This seems like a pretty powerful card for a dredge deck... I'd be interested to see what kind of EDH deck can be built around his ability...

Fun Fact Fridays: What do a slug and the pact cycle (from Future Sight) have in common?


The un-sets lead to many innovations in Magic, though a single mechanic on one single card from unhinged lead to the creation of 5 instants.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Conspiracy Spoilers Part 4

Once again, welcome to our latest news on Conspiracy spoilers! Today we have four for you and one of them happens to be our fourth legendary creature.


Muzzio is strong because he lets you look at cards, put an artifact into play, and then put them on the bottom of your library. He may be a 1/3, but in any EDH artifact deck, this guy is plenty useful.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Conspiracy Spoilers Part 3

Today we have only a couple cards to show you...

  

Unexpected Potential can change a game and even allow you to splash for some powerful card in another color (like if you have a solid White/Green deck, draft this from the first or second set of packs, and then open a Dack Fayden in your third, you now have a way to cast it). This can definitely help you in a game.

Paliano, the High City is a pretty cool card. It can't be used outside of a Conspiracy Draft or a Cube, but it is a tri-colored land that comes in untapped, or even better, if you draft two, you could easily make this a 5 color land. Just like Unexpected Potential, you could easily splash for a particular card from your pulls.


As always, be sure to check out our Spoiler Page for any other cards you may have missed.

Wacky Wednesdays: Bant Biovisionary

So this particular deck is a deck many people have probably imagined now that we have Polymorphous Rush. How awesome is it to end a game by having four or more of a particular card on the field?

Biovisionary  Polymorphous Rush



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Conspiracy Spoilers Part 2

Welcome once again to another edition of spoiler week! Our second installment of Conspiracy will begin now!

  

We now have our first rare Conspiracies, both of which do not include Hidden Agenda and can be found face up at the start of the game.

Backup Plan does exactly what most people want: draw two hands and choose the best one, then shuffle the other one into your library. This cuts down on any problems with having mana.

Worldknit is a very interesting card and fixes mana problems as well by making all your lands tap for any color.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Conspiracy Spoilers Part 1


So the time for Conspiracy Spoilers is upon us! It will be released in two weeks (June 6th), so let's kick this party off!

Dack Fayden

Artist of the Week: Michael Komarck

So almost all of the recent Artists of the Week we've had for a while were chosen because I have stacks of cards on my decks and I look through a couple until I find a really cool art. Then I think "does anyone recognize these artists just by their name?" So let's play a small game of Word Association...


So Michael has done art on many Bant cards from the Alara block and even one from Commander 2013. His art is also featured on one of the favorite Commanders from the original Commander set.

He also has only done a single art for Plains, Island, and Forest, as well as one of the dual lands from Future Sight.

He has done art for one of the Eldrazi Titans, specifically the one that gives you card draw.

In addition to all the cards referenced above, he has done art for three planeswalkers and he is the only person to have done art for both non-duel deck versions of this vampire planeswalker character.


By now, you should hopefully recognize several of the cards Michael has done the art for. So without further ado...


Mental Magic: Psychology of Competitive Magic Play

Magic can be a great game to play, but there are also mind games to play during the middle of a tournament, some of which I will detail here. Some things will teach you to be a better player, other things will make you come off as a bit of a jerk if you attempt to use them. So what mental mind games can you play on opponents? Consider this: many people have quirks that come from believing something should be done a certain way. For instance, most players will play with their lands on the table right in front of them, and then creatures will be up against your opponent's creatures. What would happen if you instead put creatures on the side closest to you and lands on the side closest to your opponent? That might mess with someone.

So let's look at a few of the things you can do that can mess with your opponent...


Mana Bases Part 1: RTR Block to THS Block Standard

It occurred to me that perhaps players could gain a little something from an article about creating a mana base for a deck. I don't necessarily consider myself an expert, however I know enough to build decks with a pretty decent mana base.

One thing to consider is that no matter how perfect you make your mana base, there will always be a time at some point where the deck gives you only one color (in a multicolor deck), always give you nonbasics, or always give you that one land color you have too many of but need one more of that other color. Hopefully I can help you with that.

PlainsIslandSwampMountainForest


Friday, May 16, 2014

Fun Fact Fridays: Fact of Faded Magic

Originally when Planeswalkers where planned for Future Sight, Tarmogoyf was removed to make room for the green planeswalker slot. After the removal of the planeswalkers from Future Sight in development, Tarmogoyf was re-added to the set where, due to lack of written information by Mark Rosewater, it was changed from the original 3G mana cost for a */* creature to a 1G mana cost for a */1+* creature.

At the time, this new card type of "planeswalker" was referenced in the                                                        original reminder text for Tarmogoyf.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Artist of the Week: Mark Winters

The artist we will be taking a look at this week is someone relatively new to doing art for Magic cards starting with three cards in Gatecrash:

Gutter Skulk  Mental Vapors  Skyblinder Staff


Modern Mondays: The Evolution of Bant Auras

After not doing so well with my Red/White Burn deck, I decided to try out an Auras deck. Initially it was going to be Naya where I would use Wild Nacatl, Kird Ape, Ajani Vengeant, and Lightning Helix as part of a destructive force that would utilize Unflinching Courage, Ethereal Armor, Rancor, Madcap Skills, etc. Needless to say, this did not happen.

Instead, I thought about going with Green/White Auras. That's a typical Modern Deck, people play it all the time, and if you've been playing for the past few years, you have the cards. Of course, I started after Dark Ascension so most cards I have are from around that time. During my search for enchantments, I came across Invisible Stalker. It can't typically be touched (unless sacrificed, countered, or discarded) and it is the perfect building block to wreak havoc on an opponent once you strap on a few enchantments. So here's the original deck:

Resurrection of a Deck : B/W Humans

For those of you who played standard in the summer of 2013 (Power Summer), you may remember this little deck.





Creatures

x4 Blood Artist
x4 Cartel Aristocrat
x4 Champion of the Parish
x4 Doomed Traveler
x4 Xathrid Necromancer
x1 Bloodthrone Vampire

Land

x7 Plains
x5 Swamp
x4 Godless Shrine
x4 Isolated Chapel
x2 Mutavault
x1 Orzhov Guildgate

Planeswalkers

x3 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

Other Spells

x4 Tragic Slip
x4 Gather the townsfolk
x4 Lingering Souls
x1 Orzhov Charm 

Notes

This Deck was not the exact deck I played. It is a deck that was very similar that i found on StarCityGames.com. This Decks full list can be found here.



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wacky Wednesdays: Junk Enchantments

Wednesday Morning MTG? That can't be right... Well, after a short bit of time, I realized I need more content posted then just one Artist of the Week on Monday. So I wanted to do more. I didn't have the time then, but I do now...

On Release Day, Journey Into Nyx becomes legal to play in tournaments, you can buy it, etc. So I bought six packs and used pieces from my prerelease boxes to come up with what seems like a terrible deck. Well, time to go back to Junk, the colors I played during Standard for months after Gatecrash. Let's see what screwed up deck I made this time...



Monday, May 5, 2014

Artist of the Week: Adam Paquette

Adam Paquette is one of Magic's newer artists. His first art appeared on basic lands in Innistrad (except Forests) and then on several other cards during the block.

Plains  Island  Swamp  Mountain