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A Missed Opportunity for Poison? (Scars of Mirrodin) September 29, 2010

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Mark Rosewater explained why poison became the “infect ability” in his article, Something Wicked This Way Comes Part 3. R&D decided to make poison as different from a separate life total as possible: (more…)

Top 10 Scars of Mirrodin Cards for Standard September 26, 2010

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I don’t think poison or artifact themed decks will immediately have a strong impact on standard, and my top 10 list will be restricted to the cards I think will have an impact right away. My top 10 list is the following: (more…)

Drafting Scars of Mirrodin Part 1: Top 20 Commons & Uncommons September 23, 2010

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The most relevant cards to a draft strategy are the commons and uncommons because they are much more predictable than rares. These are the cards you usually build a deck around. My favorite Scars of Mirrodin commons and uncommons are the following: (more…)

Scars of Mirrodin: First Impressions September 22, 2010

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A Template is Now Available for Arabian Nights (PSD) September 19, 2010

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You can now make your own Arabian Nights, Antiquities, and Revised Magic: the Gathering cards using a PSD (photoshop file). This was created by xerent and posted on the MTG Salvation Forum on September 15, 2010. You can download the files here. Xerent also released the PSD template file for Alpha/Beta a while back. (I used it to create several alternate reality cards from Alpha.) (more…)

A Prediction of the Future: Mirrodin vs Phyrexia (Scars of Mirrodin) September 13, 2010

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I thought of Scars of Mirrodin first.

In February 2009 I predicted that we would eventually see a card named Phyrexian Myr, and I was criticized for mixing Mirrodin with Phyrexia, which are two different planes or universes. I replied, “The Myr might be called something else in the futureā€¦ or there might be a surprise reappearance of Mirrodin and a battle of the planets!” (more…)

Stealing & Magic: the Gathering September 9, 2010

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The worst crime against a Magic player that is actually relevant to being a Magic player is theft. You can and should take precautions against theft, but we also need to commit ourselves to be moral. We need to make a personal commitment to not to steal from others when given the opportunity. (more…)

Alpha/Beta PSD Template is Finished September 5, 2010

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black lotusYou can now make alpha/beta cards using a PSD file (used with photoshop). This was created by xerent and posted on the MTG Salvation Forum on August 27, 2010. You can download the files here. (An earlier version of the template was used for many of my Power 9 Cards that Didn’t Make It Into Alpha.)

More information about making your own Magic cards can be found here.