Category: Collectible/Trading Card Games

Old School Brawl – 93/94 Commander: Mana Dorks, Mana Rocks, and Other Mana Acceleration

Having set forth which Legendary Creatures are eligible to Command your Old School Brawl deck, we turn our attention to the little dudes that make big things happen: Mana Dorks.  Mana Dorks, and Mana Rocks, are great early-game plays in Brawl and/or Commander, because they…

Old School Brawl – 93/94 Commander: Who are my Options?

I’ve written about Old School 93/94 before.  I’ve written about Elder Dragon Highlander (“EDH”)/Commander/Brawl before.  But I’ve never written about this format: Old School Brawl.  The article that precipitated my article here was none other than DFB’s article: Old School Brawl — a 93/94 Commander variant…

[Casual] Shark Week Deck

It’s Shark Week!  As an exclusive treat chum for our Instagram and WordPress followers, here’s a shark-themed decklist!  Unfortunately, shark isn’t its own creature subtype, so these Fishy… shark… mutations… will have to do.  Doubly unfortunate is that sharks somehow caught Sea Serpent’s terrible drawback which…

[Premodern] Red: Have fun by making sure that your opponent doesn’t!

eThis week, we take a look at Red’s contribution to Premodern and how great of a day you can have while ruining someone else’s.  As always, this is not a definitive list of Premodern staples, it’s more or less just hitting the high notes…

[Premodern] There’s more to Green than just Elves & Fatties!

Since I wrote our articles on White and Black, the Premodern scene has exploded.  The Swedish Premodern Nationals took place on June 17, 2018.  Coverage of the event in English was generously done by Martin Berlin of premodernmagic.com.  Top 8 coverage can be found…

[Premodern] Staples: White

In our last Premodern article, we discussed my picks for what Black cards will impact the up-and-coming format.  This time, we take a look at Black’s enemy color, White, and see how White plans to stand toe-to-toe with the best Black cards printed between…

[Premodern] Staples: Black (and a brief history of Premodern)

With the rising popularity of Pauper and Old School 93/94, it appears as though we have hit an age where Magic players are no longer willing to settle for the DCI-sanctioned Standard, Modern, or Eternal (Vintage & Legacy) formats.  Players such as myself are…

Evaluating the Competitive Viability of Creatures

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have either heard about or directly experienced the cost-efficiency of The Scarab God.  I mean, this guy does everything.  At just five mana, this beatstick provides indirect damage, deck manipulation, a durable 5/5 body, and an…

[Brawl][Budget] Angrath, the Flame-Chained and his Rakdos Pirates ($18 Paper/4 MTGO Tix)

On March 22, 2018, Senior Magic Designer Gavin Verhey published the rules to the new Brawl format in an article titled “Join the Brawl.”  Gavin describes Brawl as a casual format that has the benefit of being an entry point to the larger Standard Constructed…

Faithless Looting: Pawn Shop on “Hobby Street” in Boston

Earlier this week, I was hastily walking through the streets of beautiful historic Downtown Boston in the Springtime.  It was about fifty degrees and twenty mile per hour wind gusts were blasting my face.  The street that I was walking on had a steep…

Justifying (or Condemning) the Latest Banned Standard Cards: Attune with Aether, Rogue Refiner, Ramunap Ruins, and Rampaging Ferocidon

Yesterday’s Banned & Restricted Announcement was a doozy.  The vast majority of the community expected one to two bans to the Energy deck in some combination of Attune with Aether, Aether Hub, and Rogue Refiner.  However, many players (including professionals) were blindsided by the…

How to Start Playing Magic at the FNM Level

I figured that the title “How to (Intelligently) Netdeck” would be a little too provocative, but that’s basically what we’ll be doing.  With another Banned & Restricted Announcement coming on January 15, 2018, the release of Rivals of Ixalan on January 19, 2018, and the debut…