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Zendikar Review Part 3: Extended September 30, 2009

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Zendikar’s rares are among the most powerful we have seen in a while. Some of them might even be good enough for extended tournaments. Although I’m not really sure which of these cards will be best in extended, here are my top 5 favorites: (more…)

Unscrewed Part 5: Blackest Lotus (Unglued 3) September 28, 2009

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I have been working a lot on Unscrewed 3. I have thought of over 60 cards so far, but I want there to be at least 150 cards in the set when I am done. (more…)

Zendikar Review Part 2: Standard (Type 2) September 27, 2009

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Zendikar has a lot of great cards that will be worthy of constructed play. There are cards that will be good in vintage, legacy, extended, and standard. Here are my ten favorite Zendikar cards for standard: (more…)

Zendikar Review Part 1: Mana Fixing September 25, 2009

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The Zendikar Spoiler is complete, so I will now begin my Zendikar reviews, starting with mana fixing. Mana fixing comes in three forms. Color fixing, help with not enough mana, and help with too much mana. (more…)

Budget Decks Part 4: Green Aggro September 20, 2009

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The easiest budget green deck to make is an aggro (aggressive) deck. This can be a manaramp deck where you play mana acceleration and large monsters, but green weenie is also pretty easy to pull off. I will list three categories of budget green cards: Good, better, and best. Most of these cards should be worth $1 or less. Here are the best budget green cards: (more…)

Perverse Sexuality Art Awards September 15, 2009

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reversal of fortuneSome parents complained that the artwork on some Magic cards were too sexy. They didn’t want their children to know that human beings could be attractive or wear bikinis. This is the wrong way of thinking. What parents should complain about is when the artwork isn’t sexy enough. If children aren’t exposed to sexy pictures, they might attribute sexuality to something kind of scary. These scary pictures all compete for the Perverse Sexuality Art Awards. (Some perverse cards were already shown on my Easter Eggs post.) (more…)

Wizards of the Coast and Profit September 13, 2009

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The bottom line of Magic: the Gathering is profit. It could have existed “just for fun” as a game you play on index cards, but that’s not what happened. This can be a good thing in the sense that it motivates stores to provide us with a place to play, it assures us that the cards look professional, it makes it possible for the cards to use original artwork and keep artists employed, it helps motivate people to provide us with tournaments, and it encourages the game developers to make us a great game. But being for profit can also come with baggage: There are certain tricks that can be played against us in order to encourage us to buy cards. I will discuss the fact that Wizards of the Coast seems more concerned about profit than usual, the positive consequences of the motivation for profit, and the negative consequences of the motivation for profit. (more…)

Planechase: First Impressions September 9, 2009

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Planechase is the new informal way to play Magic. You get a free Plane card in play. It is supposed to be a location that the players are at, and it functions as an enchant wold. Players can roll dice to try to change the plane or get the triggered ability of the plane. It is a lot like Nightmare Magic, a way to play Magic I invented some time ago. (more…)

Zendikar: First Impressions September 6, 2009

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If you thought Magic 2010 was a money grab, then you have yet to see Zendikar, the biggest money grab I’ve seen since Urza’s Saga.

Zendikar comes out in a little less than a month, and we already know a lot about it. I don’t think the official previews have even started, but that’s not stopping anyone. Take a look here to see the incomplete Zendikar spoiler.

This article contains spoilers. (more…)

Why Magic Cards Are Worth So Much September 5, 2009

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There at least seven main reasons that Magic cards are worth so much money: (more…)

Zendikar: The New Mechanic & The Returning Mechanic September 1, 2009

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We now know what mechanic has returned in Zendikar and we know what makes Zendikar such a dangerous place.

Warning: This article contains spoilers. (more…)