Monday, June 30, 2014

Magic 2015 Spoilers Part 6

Welcome to Week 2 of M15 Spoilers!

Hushwing Gryff

A 3 mana 2/1 with Flash and Flying and has a great way to prevent abilities from happening. For instance, Hushwing Gryff prevents Constellation from firing.

Artist of the Week: Slawomir Maniak

Our artist this week is Slawomir Maniak whose art first showed up on cards in Innistrad. Here is a sample of his work from the Innistrad Block:

Screeching Bat  Stalking Vampire  Hollowhenge Scavenger

Planeswalkers

So we know that planeswalkers were first meant to be in Future Sight, but let's look at some things about Planeswalkers, when we last saw some of our favorites, and what could possibly be next...

(From left to right: Tezzeret, Sarkhan, Karn, Elspeth, Nissa, Sorin, Jace, Gideon, Garruk, Chandra, Kiora, Koth, Liliana, Ajani)

Commander Mondays: Revamping a Sek'Kuar Deck

So I built what I initially thought to be a really awesome EDH deck and it couldn't be defeated for a while, but then I met competitive EDH decks, like a mono-green Elf tribal EDH deck, and then I started losing in all of my games, and I lost very badly. This article is all about what I started with (random cards plus cards legal around Avacyn Restored's release) and what I'm ending with. I don't play with this as much now because I have a really good deck that starts with "S" and ends with "livers" but I want to ramp this up to be more competitive.

My commander for this deck is set and will remain as Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper, it's just some of the other cards that will be changing. So let's take a look at the original:


An Open Letter to Wizards of the Coast, RE: Your New Website

To Whom It May Concern,

I would like to introduce myself: My name is Eric and I'm a professional web developer/website manager who at one time worked on a government website during their upgrade period. I'd like to say I know a thing or two about launching a new website. My job for almost 3 years was pretty much preparing sites for launch and maintaining them after. I have almost 5 years of professional experience in actual IT jobs and I've been playing with websites since I was 12. I think it's safe to say I know websites and webdesign.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Magic 2015 Spoilers Part 5

Here we are again folks... The end of week one of M15 spoilers. We've seen new Planeswalkers, we've seen a new Sliver land, and we've even met some old friends in their newest form (Ob Nixilis and Avacyn).

What do we have for you today? Well, I'm glad you asked...


Fun Fact Fridays: The Name of Magic

Everyone who plays Magic is familiar with the full name "Magic: The Gathering" and also what the back of a Magic card looks like.

The Ultimate Nightmare of Wizards of the Coast Customer Service

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Magic 2015 Spoilers Part 4

There haven't been a lot of spoilers recently, but what we have are really cool. So far, we have seen four of the six planeswalkers in the set. Yesterday you got a look at Chandra, Pyromaster and Nissa, Worldwaker. Today, let's check out a couple more:


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Magic 2015 Spoilers Part 3

Today there are some great cards spoiled yesterday evening and this morning. Let's take a look starting with an old favorite...

Chandra, Pyromaster

That's right, Chandra is back! A lot of people consider this Chandra to be the most playable so many people are happy about this. Others wish that we would get new Planeswalkers all around, but we just got her and the community likes her. Many people liked the other Garruk, but due to the storyline shift, there will be no more of Garruk, Caller of Beasts.


Wacky Wednesdays: 4-Booster Sealed


For those of you unfamiliar with Magic: the Gathering Online, there is a particular format I tried for the first time Tuesday night: Sealed 4 Booster Theros/Journey into Nyx. This involves building a 30 card deck out of two boosters of Theros and two boosters of Journey into Nyx. Let's take a look at what I had to work with:


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Magic 2015 Spoilers Part 2

We only have a couple spoilers today since we were able to show off Soul of New Phyrexia. Let's check out the two newest spoilers:



Monday, June 23, 2014

Magic 2015 Spoilers Part 1

This week has begun Spoiler week on the Mothership and as such, we are following suit.

Unfortunately, due to their recent updates, everything goes live each morning at 3 AM EST, so our posts and page updates will be occurring sometime the next day. We have our own beliefs on their new site and how fixes/updates are being handled, but that's for a completely different time. For now, we have spoilers...

May I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, the Planar Souls Cycle:

Soul of Ravnica    Soul of Zendikar

Artist of the Week: Tyler Jacobson

Tyler Jacobson's first art showed up in M13 on the card Mutilate:

Mutilate

Will of the Council, A Conspiracy

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to draft Conspiracy. We wound up in draft pods of 9 and split into groups of 4 and 5. From my draft pod, I wound up in multi-player group of 5 from my draft pod. I was able to use some politics to form a group with a couple other players and wound up tied for second as myself and another player were taken out at the same time.

From the cards I drafted, I was able to grab several cards using Will of the Council.


Mana Bases Part 2: Modern

Continuing the series on mana bases for decks, I'm moving on from Standard mana bases to Modern. Due to the wide variety of lands open to this format, I'm going to break it down by land types as opposed to the number of colors in a deck. The reason I did it that way for Standard is that there are limited options as to deck types. In Modern, deck types are far more defined. Bogles, TRON, Faeries, Zoo, etc. all have their own traditional deck lists with the mana bases figured out. I can't be generic and say "Two Color Decks" because there are many different deck archetypes.

Anyway, enough about the format. It's time to look at the lands:

Fetch Lands

Okay, so when I think of Modern, the first thing that comes to mind is fetch lands. You know, those lands that buying a playset winds up costing your entire paycheck for the week. But in decks with more than two colors, these are absolutely important.

Arid Mesa Marsh Flats Verdant Catacombs Misty Rainforest Scalding Tarn


Monday, June 16, 2014

Artist of the Week: Willian Murai

Willian Murai is a new artist for Magic: the Gathering as of the Izzet vs. Golgari Duel Deck released in 2012. His art was for a reprint of an iconic card. This art also shows up again in Conspiracy. The card? Brainstorm!

Brainstorm

I personally love this art and think it would be amazing in foil. Sadly the price is too high and I didn't open a foil Brainstorm in my booster box of Conspiracy, but either way, this art is awesome! Of course, this is his only art...


Monday, June 9, 2014

Artist of the Week: Peter Mohrbacher

Peter is a relatively new Magic artist with his first art appearing in 2011. His first card is a mythic rare from the Commander 2011 set. Which one? Animar, Soul of Elements of course.

Animar, Soul of Elements



Higher Level Articles

Starting in July, we will begin a new schedule for the publishing of articles on our site.

Every Sunday, our Artist of the Week post will be found. This allows us to continue with featuring the many artists of Magic while freeing up our Mondays to fit particular themes.

Every second Monday of each month, you will be able to find Modern decks here in our "Modern Mondays" series of articles along side any important news/announcements in the Magic world.

Every fourth Monday of each month, you will be able to find EDH decks here in our "Commander Mondays" series of articles alongside the normal Artist posts and any important news/announcements in the Magic world.

Every second Wednesday, we will continue our "Wacky Wednesdays" series with completely crazy decks that shouldn't work and do, or have some wild combo that just works.

Every Friday, thepidude's (Devin's) posts of "Fun Fact Fridays" will continue with random facts about Magic.


The week of a set's prerelease, we will run daily posts of set reviews starting with Sunday and running through Friday. This gives one day for each individual color and a day to handle multicolored/hybrid cards, artifacts, and land. Our goal is to prepare you enough with the latest cards to know something about the newest set before you step into a prerelease event that weekend.

During September of this year (2014), each Monday you will find two EDH decks built entirely out of Standard cards. These decks will feature the 10 multicolored gods of the Theros block. We'll kick off our "Commander Month" with Ephara and Athreos and on the fifth week, we'll end with Karametra and Kruphix (one Born of the Gods god and one Journey into Nyx god each Monday). The purpose of a "Commander Month" is show off EDH decks built entirely out of Standard cards (this is done in August/September because this is the only time we get 8 sets in Standard as July gives us the latest core set and October we rotate the previous year's block out of Standard). These decks are designed to promote the format and show newer players decks they can build using cards they are already familiar with and probably already have. Any important news will also be provided during this month, but the primary focus are EDH decks.


Additionally, during a single year, we will develop a new product/set for Magic that is 100% fan created, can't be purchased anywhere, and is just a cool thing we'd like to show off. This year we've been developing a Duel Deck that many of you may actually enjoy. It should be noted that we are actually designing and testing this "product" and this year was a bit of a rush job since we spent about 4 months working on it when Wizards of the Coast takes a couple years to design, test, and produce a new set/product. We're still finalizing things, so it will be a little while before you get to see this Duel Deck.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wacky Wednesdays: Blue/Green TRON

This is definitely an odd deck that has a basis around the popular Modern Blue TRON deck list.

First of all, a TRON deck has a specific mana base that are the "Urzatron" lands (a reference to a 1980s anime called Voltron), which are these:

Urza's Mine  Urza's Power Plant  Urza's Tower

There are plenty of other key ingredients, but you can find out more about TRON decks by looking here. This isn't an MTGSalvation Primer, but if you want ideas on what a normal TRON deck looks like or has, MTGSalvation Primers are probably the best place to look.



Monday, June 2, 2014

Artist of the Week: Chuck Lukacs

I chose Chuck Lukacs as our Artist of the Week this week because while preparing for Journey Into Nyx Game Day, I noticed that all my hero cards share the same artist: Chuck.

The Protector (The Hero The Philosopher (The Hero The Avenger (The Hero The Warrior (The Hero The Hunter (The Hero The Harvester (The Hero The Slayer (The Hero