On the First Friday of every month, we (somewhat satirically) crack into some lesser-known Old School 93/94 cards with the intent to open a dialogue and encourage brewing.
In 2004, as my focus shifted from Magic to girls and cards, most of my time spent playing Magic was “Mental Magic.” If I had to guess, the only times that I cast the (1)(B) Transmutation were as Demonic Tutor or Diabolic Edict, instead of itself. In late 2017, I dabbled in a well-known Pauper format deck, Tireless Tribe Combo, that used its namesake and Inside Out to perform a one-hit coup de grâce. To me, Transmutation has similar potential.
Late last year, on a Saturday morning, my girlfriend and I were looking for a local cafe or bookstore so that she could get some work done on her laptop. A quick Google search indicated that a magical place, with both coffee AND books, was just around the corner.
In last month’s article, I skimmed the surface of what most people assume is the primary barrier to entry: monetary co$t. In an effort to disprove that assumption, I settled on building two Old School 93/94 “precons” with a budget of $40 USD each. Sure, you can build cheaper decks, but I wanted to build decks that would leave you with a stack of useful cards afterwards.