Thursday, December 24, 2015

Twas the night before Christmas

and all through the Arcane Lighthouse, not a creature card was stirring, not even a Germ. The Stocking Tigers were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Mark Rosewater soon would be there.

Arcane Lighthouse    

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Case for Purple

Purple in Magic has been a major rumored color planned to be included in Planar Chaos. Of course, it was taken out before the set was released. Since then, there have been several players who have wanted to see purple appear in a set.

Here's a theory though... It was planned in Planar Chaos when time and space were being manipulated by rifts, and the Blind Eternities would have some connection to this. If spells, creatures, and artifacts from the past, future, and alternate timelines could pass through the rifts, then some must have had a connection to the Blind Eternities.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gideon's Prerelease

And... We're back!

While the prerelease was a couple weeks ago, the one on MTGO I played on Saturday (the deck was horrible and we won't speak of it again) reminded me of the deck I crafted from my Gideon box. There wasn't too much to work with in the prerelease box, but let's take a look at what I had and what I built, but maybe there's something else I could have run with...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Modern Masters 2015: My Pack, Your Pick #3

Once again, we're playing "My Pack, Your Pick" with Modern Masters 2015. Video is below, card images below that, and the comments where you post the cards you would below that.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Modern Masters 2015: My Pack, Your Pick #2

Once again, we're playing "My Pack, Your Pick" with Modern Masters 2015. Video is below, card images below that, and the comments where you post the cards you would below that.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Modern Masters 2015: My Pack, Your Pick #1

Ever played "My Pack, Your Pick?" If not, here is how it's played:

You look at every card in my booster pack. We're opening Modern Masters 2015. So you look at all the cards, and you name your top three picks if you were drafting this pack. What has potential? Are you drafting for money? That's what you're here to answer. Go ahead and watch the video. It explains the rules too. I think... It's been a while since I filmed it. Below the video are all the cards (if you don't care to watch the video, of course).

Monday, June 8, 2015

Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh

Of the planeswalkers in Magic Origins, we know the least about Chandra's home plane. Jace may not remember his past, but we know he came from Vryn. We know about Vryn because we visited it in Planechase 2012. What we don't really know about is Chandra's home plane of Kaladesh.

Black Magic and Lorwyn Elves

Nissa, the new green walker since Garruk went full Green/Black hails from Zendikar. You know, the place with full art lands, all kinds of land interaction such as Landfall, and the enemy fetchlands? Well, on her first planeswalking adventure, she found herself on Lorwyn...


So you know Gideon Jura? Well, he also goes by the name "Champion of Justice."

Gideon Jura  Gideon, Champion of Justice

What you may not know is he comes from Theros. You know, the place currently in Standard with the vindictive god Heliod who asks for help and gets mad when you help him? Yeah, that place...

From Dominaria to Innistrad

We know the gist of Liliana's story. She is a pre-Mending planeswalker who is obsessed with youth and beauty. She'll do anything to keep the immortality stripped from her by the Mending, which repaired the Multiverse during the Time Spiral block.

So where did she come from? New players don't know much about Dominaria, but they are much more likely to recognize the name "Innistrad." Join me on a journey through the Multiverse!

The Mage of Vryn

Last week, the Mothership released the five planeswalkers we'll get to see in Magic Origins this summer. The list is nothing new. We'll see Gideon, Jace, Liliana, Chandra, and Nissa, all of whom have participated in at least one core set. What we got this time was a list of what their home plane is and where they first planeswalked. The list has been reproduced below:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wacky Wednesdays: Telekinetic Slivers

It is time once more for Wacky Wednesdays.  This month, I've got an alternate take on a tribal deck that is close to being good enough to break into the modern format: slivers.  Most of the time, if you see a sliver deck, it plays similarly to merfolk in that it focuses on deploying as many slivers that give +1/+1 as it can and beating its opponent to death.  Well, today I want to look at a build of slivers that tries to win on the opposite end of the spectrum, control and resource denial.

Witness, Telekinetic Slivers.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Standard Legendaries

In case you haven't noticed, there are quite a few legendary creatures in Standard so far, 56 in fact.

Let's consider a quick breakdown of how many there are...

5 White
4 Blue
6 Black
4 Red
6 Green
25 Multicolored (2 colors)
5 Multicolored (3 colors)
1 Multicolored (5 colors)

So, with all these legendary creatures, there has to be something we can do with them. There has to be something much more useful that having them to use in just any deck or in an EDH deck, or for several of these, Tiny Leaders. Fortunately, there is a card to aid in a Standard deck full of legendary creatures.

Hero's Blade

Monday, March 30, 2015

Updating U/B Control for Dragons of Tarkir

Editor's Note: Please welcome our newest writer, James Rettie, to the staff of Monday Morning MTG. He plays Standard, Modern, and a format not played by any of the other writers: Pauper.

Please enjoy James' first article, a look at Blue/Black Control in Standard following the release of Dragons of Tarkir.

Blue/Black Control is one of the best decks in the current Standard metagame, and with Dragons of Tarkir just released, it’s time to update the deck with some of the new cards that were released in Dragons. U/B Control was established in standard by Ivan Floch, who made the Top 8 of Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir with the deck. It has since evolved and removed cards like Prognostic Sphinx and Silence the Believers, and added cards like Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and Crux of Fate.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wacky Wednesdays: Kobolds, Ornithopters, and Phyrexians (Oh my!)

Greetings once more, my friends! What do kobolds, ornithopters, and phyrexian walkers all have in common?

They all have a converted mana cost of 0, of course!  Today I am going to exploit that to create a wacky, potentially explosive Legacy deck.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Ojutai Surprise

The Spotlight Magic
    Hey Everyone!!! it is the week after the Dragons of Tarkir and I am just so excited for standard play! I can say that I personally had a great time bowling with dice, and playing with the newest cards before they release. I could have done better in my choosing of cards, but my pool wasn't the best. i was stuck on mainly a bant flavored draft deck with bolster as the main archetype. But all in all I had fun with my friends, and that is what they are all about. Or is it????

Monday, March 16, 2015

Seven Rack Pox

Hello everyone, Shawn here again. I have today a deck that has been modified from an older deck. I played against it this past Friday and it was very synergistic. It was very quick to pick apart my hand and just leave me with nothing but a land and ten fingers.

Predicting the Future: Modern Masters 2015

We've got about two months until Modern Masters 2015 comes out, and we already know three cards and have a strong guess at a fourth, plus possible other cards available to us that fit the numbering.


Primer Series: Modern Bogles

B  W

Last time I wrote a primer for a deck, I looked at Burn in Modern. Burn is traditionally red, but in Modern there were useful applications of White and Black, but as far a a Bogles deck goes, Green and White is it. I've explored using blue, but to be consistent, it is best to stick to two colors.

In a Bogles deck, there are four attributes: Creatures, Enchantments, Non-Enchantment Spells, and Land. Just like with the my primer on Burn decks, we're going to look at each of these categories individually.

Modern Mondays: B/W Zombie Midrange

Hello everyone, Shawn here from Red Battle Games LLC in Danville, Virginia and today, I'll be sharing a deck tech of a deck made by Stephen Fowler and Dylan Spence. It was put together for Stephen to pilot at Friday Night Magic.

Gravecrawler  Geralf's Messenger  Cemetery Reaper

Modern Mondays: Mill

Welcome back to Modern Mondays! I've been busy working on our sales at TCGPlayer as well as maintaining Dragons of Tarkir spoilers, but I think it's about time for me to jump right back into deck builds.

During my travels through the multiverse over the past month, I've visited such wonderful places as Ravnica and Zendikar in search of some inspiration and I'm slowly piecing together the mental magic that is Mill. Please join me while I introduce you to a Modern Mill deck!

Monday, March 2, 2015

A turn in popularity

Hello fellow bloggers, Shawn here and I wanted to talk about the recent surge in popularity in modern over standard. I am pretty sure a lot of new comers that start playing will want to get use any and every card they get their hands on to. Well standard only has a couple sets in it and it is ever changing, so most beginners become attracted toward the older formats that have more variety. At our little store in town Red Battle Games LLC., the last turnout for us at FNM for modern night was approx. 24 players, which is almost a full house. It is a great site to see new players come in and have fun. Our last standard FNM, only 10 of us players showed, which is barely enough to even play. I don't know if it is me just noticing it, but a lot of players love modern more than any other format. Least besides legacy and commander. I believe this is primarily because of the vast variety of cards that they have at their disposal. Along with that, since they have more cards to choose from, the prices for cards is also lower for the vast majority of those cards, "well besides the normal fetch and dual lands, tarmogoyf, and etc." But it is a perfect array for those budget players who don't have the hundreds of dollars to spend on cards every month. Even a budget of 100$ a month is doable in modern, depending on what your building of course. Also a rise in popularity is of course the most budget deck we all know can be made by new players sometimes, MONO RED BURN. It is the bane of most metagames existence, but be that as it may, any player can spend 100$ and build a respectful deck to be competitive. Well this is it for me on my blog, please fellow readers tell me what you think of this switch. Personally I like it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wacky Wednesdays: Modern Prison

Greetings! Since the recent Pro Tour, the Modern format has had a spike in its already growing popularity.  This month, I'd like to bring you a wacky deck that caught my eye and got me thinking as soon as I saw it.

Witness, The Modern Prison:

Monday, February 16, 2015

Modern Monday: Mono White Soldiers

I've had a long couple of weeks, and all my deck ideas recently have been Modern recently. I have a different kind of Affinity deck running around in my head, some really insane adjustments to my Bogles deck, and I've got a really long list of Modern decks to use for the new Primer Series.

As a tribute to the original purpose of the decks on this site, I want to return to the basics: budget decks that have synergy and have the capability of doing well and that utilize a cheap price tag.

Please join me while I walk you through a Modern Mono White Soldiers deck.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wacky Wednesdays: Commander Edition

Welcome, readers, to another edition of Wacky Wednesdays. Welcome also, to Fate Reforged! What better way to acknowledge the return of dragons to Tarkir than by featuring a dragon themed deck? Today I will be going over a Commander deck containing one of my all-time favorite interactions in the game, and a lot of dragons.

This deck, built by my brother, is a tribal deck made of one of Magic's most iconic creatures: Dragons. The commander is none other than Scion of the Ur-Dragon. Using his unique ability, this deck is able to create a myriad of wacky combos and interactions.

Scion of the Ur-Dragon

Before we go any further, have a look at the deck: Dragon Tales

Monday, January 26, 2015

Primer Series: Modern Burn

W  B  R

I have been wanting to start a deck primer series here since late last year (meaning a couple months ago) and after how well last week's Prerelease Primers went for Fate Reforged, I figured now would be a great time to start this.

For January, I'd like to present one of the easiest to play, relatively cheapest, and one of my favorite decks to play in Modern.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Abzan at the Fate Reforged Prerelease

Upon seeing Bolster and many of the white, black, and green spells and creatures available in Fate Reforged, I decided to choose Abzan for the prerelease. After choosing Temur for the Khans of Tarkir prerelease, I felt that this would work as a better choice, especially as I don't recall doing so well in that prerelease.

Dragonscale General

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fate Reforged Prerelease Primer: Temur

The final day of our Fate Reforged Prerelease Primer week. I'm kind of relieved it's over... Both Abzan and Jeskai were finished about four hours before it was published. I think Sultai and Mardu were much better, but that's just my opinion. Lots of long rambling I suppose...

Anyway, let's visit the Temur so that you're ready at midnight tonight!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fate Reforged Prerelease Primer: Mardu

Today, I'm featuring the Mardu in their respect for the speed of dragons. With Mardu, the best way to walk away victorious is to move fast. This means creatures with haste, utilizing the new mechanic Dash, and backing up your team of creatures with Raid (the mechanic from Khans of Tarkir, not that brand of insecticides and pesticides). We're moving fast, so keep up!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fate Reforged Prerelease Primer: Sultai

It's Wednesday. For those keeping track, we've made it to the black-centered clan, the Sultai. So what's in their arsenal that you can use during the prerelease? Let's take a look:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fate Reforged Prerelease Primer: Jeskai

For the second day of this week, we're going over the Jeskai clan and some cards to look for and play in the Fate Reforged prerelease this weekend.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fate Reforged Prerelease Primer: Abzan

Welcome to the week of the Fate Reforged Prerelease! This week, I'll be going over some of the cards to look for in your prerelease boxes for each clan.

Today, I'm starting with the clan whose main color is white: Abzan.