It’s a sad state of affairs when most of my gamer friends no longer play Magic. (Or, if they do, I’m not around for it.) Instead, they sucked me into a free CCG availible on our respective Facebooks… Warstorm.
Black has an interesting history of showing up in absolutely dominating deckbuilds… since, oh, say, the “Black Summer” of 1996, when everybody was running Necropotence decks. In recent years, Golgari and Blightning come to mind, as does Vampires. In early 2008, the black deck of choice was the black-and-blue Faeries. Lorwyn was already a bit … More Faeries on a Budget
Or, How I Learned to Make Stupid Decisions Regarding Magic Repacks and Came Out Ahead (Kind Of).
It’s cards like this which can really pull people out for a pre-release. For a Mythic Rare, I think this one’s nicely powerful: it’s at instant speed, and can Fork for 1 per target, way better than Fireball and its damage “evenly divided” between the targets. To sell Multikicker and WorldWake, WotC couldn’t have picked … More Fireball is dead. Long live Comet Storm!
A few months ago, some friends and I broke out the Magic decks for some fun casual play. My roommate was playing his burn deck, relatively un-noteworthy except that it pioneered the local players into using Everlasting Torment as a -1/-1 counter generator through Pyroclasms. Kev and I were playing Dimir decks, mine emphasizing mill … More The Basics of Deckbuilding
Probably the easiest and most fool-proof way to build a budget deck is to pick up two of the same pre-constructed starter decks and slap them together, particularly a pre-con with good cards. For the Zendikar releases, this would be the Rise of the Vampires pre-con, which comes with a Blood Tribute and a Malakir … More Building on a Budget – Rise of the Vampires
In case you haven’t heard, Magic is skipping 11th Edition and coming straight to year-by-year summer updates of 250 cards each. This starts out with Magic 2010, named for the following year in a trend inspired by professional sports games (and hopefully not a ploy to make Magic more of a “sport” than a game). … More In the year 2010…
Or, a lesson in why people don’t bid on crap sets. Recently, I’ve tried combining two of my preferences—foreign cards and old cards—with a third, shill bidding on ebay. (Seriously, you get a lot of cool shit for cheap when people don’t bid against you. I think I’ve gone elitist now; having to pay more … More The Glory of Foreign Chronicles
I’ve never been a fan of white-bordered expansions. Part of the reason I buy 10th is because I want replacements for all my white-bordered stuff: yeah, I’ll never use those Drudge Skeletons or Holy Strengths, but I’d rather have black-bordered versions so I can shove the rest in a shoebox somewhere. But, every now and … More Random Magic Musings
Just some ponderings on value, and Magic in general. Back when I first started gaming on campus, Magic prices fluctuated wildly. (This was back in 2005/06, when my Gruul deck really was worth $150, compared to now when I finish the play sets of Rumble Slums and Burning-Trees for a dollar a card.) For example, … More Magic in the Flux