Sunday, August 31, 2014

Artist of the Week: Michael C. Hayes

This week begins Commander Month here at Monday Morning MTG. As a result of this, we will be featuring artists who have created art for cards printed exclusively for Commander products.

Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fun Fact Fridays: Set Names

Something you may not know about Magic is that several set names come from cards printed in previous sets or in one case, the same set.

Care to take a guess at what some of them are?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Commander Mondays: Sliver Overlord

As you saw yesterday, we featured the artist Ron Spencer, the artist of Sliver Queen. That was done as a tie-in for today's deck. Although Sliver Queen is not the actual Commander, when I started this deck, it was, but I soon switched to Sliver Overlord. There is a reason for that, and we'll get to it soon.

Sliver Queen  Sliver Legion  Sliver Overlord

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Artist of the Week: Ron Spencer

For our Artist of the Week this week, I decided to make a tie-in with the Commander Mondays article this week (which will be published tomorrow, of course).

There are two cards in particular that most people will recognize. One of which you'll find in tomorrow's article and one of them was a card designed by the Magic community just like Waste Not in M15. Both cards have been printed twice. One card is on the reserved list and its second printing was as a foil oversized card. The other card was printed in an "artifacts matter" set and then again in a core set.

Think you know the two cards? Then read on...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fun Fact Fridays: Holiday Promos

Starting in 2006, Wizards of the Coast introduced a series of silver-bordered foil cards given to staff and business partners. Each year's card is different and is and all of them are valuable and relatively expensive. By that, I mean above $60 each or more.

Fruitcake Elemental

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wacky Wednesdays: Infinity Ooze

Greeting readers of the Wacky Wednesdays articles and connoisseurs of weird decks.  As you may (or may not) have noticed, I am not Eric Davey. I am Taylor Walker, the new Wacky Wednesdays Manager for Monday Morning MTG.

For my first article, I will be showing off a combo deck based around my favorite creature: Necrotic Ooze.  Have a look at Infinity Ooze!

Necrotic Ooze

Monday, August 18, 2014

Three Tribal Decks

During this time when we have eight sets in Standard, there are several tribal decks available, one of which that intrigues me is Centaurs, Minotaurs, and also Soldiers. Most of them are more casual, but all of them are Standard legal for at least one more month.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Artist of the Week: Donato Giancola

Over the past three weeks, we've look at Kev Walker, Todd Lockwood, and Anthony S. Waters, three of John Avon's four favorite artists.

Donato Giancola was the fourth and final name on the list, so let's check out his art!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fun Fact Fridays: Richard Garfield's Cards

While there are over 380,000 individual cards (Masters Editions and Vintage Masters online are likely included in that count as well) not counting the variety of promos, but there are three cards you might not know about...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Modern Mondays: Improving the Modern Event Deck

While I do enjoy coming up with my own decks and ideas to play for Magic, but the three decks I had ever played for modern were a White/Black token deck, a White/Red burn deck, and a Green/White Bogles deck. What I've found is that my original decks play well, but my best decks have started as event decks that have been vastly improved.

Modern Event Deck - March of the Multitudes

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Artist of the Week: Anthony S. Waters

Over the past two weeks, we've look at Kev Walker and Todd Lockwood, two of John Avon's four favorite artists.

Anthony Waters was the third name on the list, so let's check out his art!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fun Fact Fridays: How to Dress the Vess

Planeswalkers are such a magnificent addition to magic as of Lorwyn. Thanks to man who first spoke the words "planeswalker card," Matt Cavotta, their are currently 48 cards with the Planeswalker card type. When M15 was released we were greeted with 4 brand new Planeswalker cards in; Garruk, Apex Predator, Nissa, Worldwaker, Ajani Steadfast, and Jace, the Living Guildpact. Though there were 2 planewalker cards that were reprints, one was a simple reprint with Chandra, Pyromaster and the other has a bit of a story behind why and how she got in the set. I am of course talking of the card Liliana Vess.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sealed Draft Practice

For those of you who do not know, starting August 14th and ending August 17th in Indianapolis, Indiana is Gen Con 2014. I am lucky enough that I will be attending from Friday - Sunday and will be in many event from Magic: The Gathering to games that are not even close to release. As I was viewing many of the wonderful MTG related events, I came across one very interesting format: Sealed Draft: Chaos Warp Celebrity Event.

An M15 Draft

A couple weeks ago, I participated in a draft for M15. Out of my first pack came a Soul of Ravnica, which any Soul is powerful in Limited, so I definitely grabbed it. Among the other packs, I picked up three rares, one of which was Hornet's Nest. That was the most powerful card to have in this deck, at least until I could get some of the other heavy hitters onto the field.

Hornet Nest

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Artist of the Week: Todd Lockwood

Last week, we looked at Kev Walker's art, one of four artists mentioned by John Avon during his AMA on Reddit. Todd Lockwood is the second name on the list:

Continuing on with this theme, let's take a look at Todd Lockwood's art!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fun Fact Fridays: The Contents of a Booster Pack

As anyone who opens current booster packs knows, there are 15 cards in a booster pack. You get 10 commons, 3 uncommons, a rare or mythic rare, a tip card (not counted in the 15), and a basic land. Alternatively, you could get 9 commons and 1 foil of any rarity instead of 10 commons (foils are 1 for every 67 regular cards.).

In some cases this is different, like with guildgates and the chance at a shockland or Maze's End in place of the basic lands in Dragon's Maze or like in Journey into Nyx there is a very small chance of getting a "God" pack which has 15 mythic rares.