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The Tragedy Of Bad Rares (Or, Look At Me, I’m R&D!)

Bad Rares. It’s part of Magic, right? Sure it is, always has been. But should it be? I can remember a while ago, someone posted an article that talked about”skill-testing cards.” I think they were talking about in a Limited format, and how it takes some skill to see how good certain cards are; for…

Friday Night Magic, Why It Rocks!

The gunfighter walks into town, cocky. For some reason, gunfighters never seem to ride into town. He strides in from the dusty wasteland, proudly, fingering his meticulously shined pistols, itchy. Itching for someone, anyone, to give him an excuse to whip his pearl-handled Smith and Wessons out and blow said person away. After all, that’s…

How Much I Hate White

Now, I could end the article there and be pretty much done with this week’s offering, but I think Omeed would get perturbed and let it slip out in not-so-subtle ways toward the end of his columns: " ‘Been ’round the world, and now I see: No one’s clueless as Alongi.’ – My Own Poem,…

Mono-Beige Revised

Let’s clear up the confusion once and for all: Type 2 is the format reserved for showing that your opponent is the frightened little schoolgirl we always suspected them to be. Unlike Extended, where the game is simply too fast to determine whether the person across from you is fresh from daycare or fresh from…

Alternate Casting Costs Suck!

“I’m going to try this, and see what happens,” I said, trying to sound confident.“During your End Step, your .” “Ok.” “ your Ramsian Lieutenant.” “Ok.” “ your , with a Squee.” “Ok.” “My turn, untap, get back Squee, draw. Cast on your and (inactive, of course). your Lin Sivvi.” “Ok.” “Cast . Done.” “Ok….

The Losses And Losses Of A Wrong Guy – GP Philly

So FINALLY Star City resurrects itself on my computer, and the first thing I ‘m greeted to is a nice new article from , arguably my favorite writer on this site after myself. I like to read Bennie because I think we have a lot in common – wife, house, enjoy playing Green, neither of…

Phyrexian Scriptures: The Last Ritual…

About half-way through the Extended season, the Necro- deck emerged and caused quite a shift in the environment, as you may know. This reputed unstoppable combo deck and its ilk led to the banning of and in the extended format, also as you may know. It is my assumption that this banning, while effective, was…

Mandatory Health Warning

"Danger, Will Robinson!" You don’t realise how much danger you are all in! It’s a minefield out there (well, that’s what you get for wise-cracking the local T.A, I ‘spose)* YOU ARE IN IMMINENT DANGER – ALERT ! ALERT ! Now, the last thing I want to do is alarm you**, but playing M:TG today…

Is Being A Cowardly, Sneaking, Low-Life Rat In Multiplayer Fun?

When I went to college, the game that was on everyone’s mind— much the same way that Magic is today— was a card game called Setback. And we played it continually. Every moment between classes, you could always find three to eight people sitting at the same table, dealing cards and drinking coffee. We used…

Card Spotlight: Complex Automaton

[shamelessly taking a page from Taylor’s last article…] Belbe frowned. The hulking automaton was certainly impressive in size, but its movements were a study in inefficiency. For every step of the metallic beast, it would creak, spin its torso, wind a tangle of gears and eventually let loose a blast of steam. Belbe found the…