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Drafting Shards of Alara Part 4: Esper October 31, 2008

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Esper is unlike any other shard because you can generally draft any cards in the right color combination. Any red/green cards can go in a red/green deck. However, this is not the case with Esper. (more…)

Power Creep Part 2 October 28, 2008

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If you haven’t read the first Power Creep article, you should go here.



Transcending our Preconceptions

James Gray
Tuesday, October 2, 2058

In the year 2058 we have found a new balance to Magic that will make limited and constructed formats very exciting. The three cards from Transcendence previewed today might at one time have been considered to be overpowered, but our play testing has proven to be perfect for Magic. (more…)

Tournament Locations in California October 28, 2008

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Although Wizards of the Coast has a list of some Friday Night Magic locations, there are many stores that have tournaments that Wizards of the Coast did not mention. (Some are the same places that had Shards of Alara prereleases.) I have compiled a list of many such locations found in California. (more…)

Drafting Shards of Alara Part 3: Red-Black October 24, 2008

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I have made several decent red-black decks despite having continual bad luck with them so often. (more…)

Power Creep Part 1 October 21, 2008

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What will Magic look like 50 years from now? Think about how Magic has evolved over time and you will understand my predictions.

Originally many Magic cards were too powerful, such as Black Lotus and Ancestral Recall. Then Magic cards seemed to be weaker and weaker. (more…)

Drafting Shards of Alara Part 2: Green-White October 17, 2008

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I will be discussing in detail various decks that I try to make during Shards of Alara drafts. My favorite deck is green-white. (more…)

5 Color Magic October 17, 2008

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When I lived in Berkeley CA I learned about an interesting format called “5 Color Magic.” You make a deck out of 250 cards, and you have to have at least 18 of each color. Multicolor cards can work towards only one color. The official rules can be found here.
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Drafting Shards of Alara October 14, 2008

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I have now drafted Shards of Alara at least fourteen times and it is much more fun than Shards of Alara sealed deck (more…)

Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) October 10, 2008

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I heard about the Elder Dragon Highlander (AKA Commander) format about a year ago, but I wasn’t yet sucked in. It was only in the last month that I decided to try it out. (more…)

Rejected Shards of Alara Tokens October 7, 2008

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Overall I love the artwork used in Shards of Alara. It is a huge improvement over a lot of images that we have seen recently. However, I find some of the artwork questionable. Take a look at these creature tokens, for example (more…)

Shards of Alara Block Constructed Part 5: Naya October 4, 2008

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This is an older article and has been replaced by a newer one found here.

Naya (green-white-red) is probably my favorite color combination, but the mono green cards in Shards aren’t very good. (more…)

Shards of Alara Block Constructed Part 4: Jund October 3, 2008

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This article is old and has been replaced by a newer one found here.

Today I will reveal my idea for a Jund deck (red-black-green). (more…)

Shards of Alara Block Constructed Part 3: Grixis October 2, 2008

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This is an older article and it has been replaced by a newer one found here.

Grixis (black-red-blue) offers us some of the best removal and is the closest Shards deck to being a control deck. (more…)

Shards of Alara Block Constructed Part 2: Esper October 1, 2008

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This is an older article and it has been replaced by a newer one found here.

Today I am introducing my idea for an Esper deck (blue-white-black). (more…)