James F'n X
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Each Friday afternoon, Still Had All These gets you ready for your Magic weekend by looking back at the past seven days of topdecks, mises, misplays, and whatever laughable fake spoilers show up at MTGSalvation!
Take Back The City For Yourself Tonight
Welcome back to the city-plane of Ravnica! Gatecrash is the second set in the Return to Ravnica block and it takes a look at 5 of the 10 guilds that make up the power structure of the city. In Return to Ravnica, we got the Azorius Senate, the Izzet League, the Cult of Rakdos, the Golgari Swarm, and the Selesnya Conclave. Gatecrash covers the Boros Legion, the Gruul Clans, the Simic Combine, House Dimir, and the Orzhov Syndicate. You'll get to experience the full story firsthand at your local pre-releases tomorrow and Sunday. For now, let's take a look at some of the big hitters from the 5 Gatecrash guilds and those who have eschewed the guild structure, those known as the Gateless. You can see the full spoiler for yourself at the mothership's Card Image Gallery. (more…)
Each Friday afternoon, Still Had All These gets you ready for your Magic weekend by looking back at the past seven days of topdecks, mises, misplays, and whatever cards might possibly be more clumsily written than Glaring Spotlight!
I Hope That God Decides To Talk Through Him
We start things off a little more serious this week as on Monday, we learned of the passing of Itaru Ishida. (more…)
Each Friday afternoon, Still Had All These gets you ready for your Magic weekend by looking back at the past seven days of topdecks, mises, misplays, and whatever tweets are driving people crazy this week!
Look Who's Here, How You Doin? Why Don't You Tell Me Who Let You In?
This week was all about invites.The fun started over the weekend with Grand Prix Denver, where exactly 700 players sleeved up their favorite Legacy decks to battle for the four PT Dragon's Maze invites and the title of Grand Prix champion. Friend of the Still Had All These family, Daniel Duterte started out 9-0, but faded in the final rounds. In the end, it was a pretty loaded top 8, with GP Oakland winner Matt Nass, Josh Ravitz, Pat Cox, and this guy, who looks like he's taken liberal advantage of Colorado's marijuana legalization.
This post will be heavy in math (interesting to me, probably not as interesting to you) and not all that heavy in Magic theory (interesting to you). If you're a new player wondering about why certain things are taken as canon in deck construction, this is a pretty good start, though. Also, without math, Magic would be chess with pretty pictures!
RENTON, WA (BusinessWire) -- The trading card game (TCG) Magic: The Gathering will be returning to one of its most popular settings later this month, where it will feature the long-awaited return of the You Make The Card promotion. Return to Ravnica brings players back to the city-plane of Ravnica, where the ten guilds vie for power and control of the plane, despite being dissolved at the end of Dissension, the last set in the original Ravnica block. When players open their Return to Ravnica booster packs, available at retailers worldwide, they'll have a chance to see a card designed by the player base for the first time since the card Vanish Into Memory in the Coldsnap expansion.
"We're very excited about how this card turned out," head designer Mark Rosewater explained. "It's not often we can get out to the community and work with them to create a card so flavorful and fun. It feels even better when we can get that card to print. I can't wait to see our players open the card they helped design at Return to Ravnica prerelease events and Launch Parties."
While previous You Make The Card promotions worked closely with the official Magic: The Gathering website, Wizards of the Coast decided to work with the highly active and passionate card creation community at MTG Salvation exclusively for this promotion. Forum members were given choices on card color, type and subtype, cost, art, and how many absurd sentences they could string together and fit into a text box. The winning entry received an artists' proof of the card and automatic entry into The Great Designer Search 3, coming in 2014.
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It's hard to guess whether of not Cedric Phillips saw the firestorm that was going to come over Twitter today regarding his article on Star City this morning. The firestorm is here, though, and a lot of people have a lot of different ideas on how to fix things. But I think there are two things everyone can agree on:
Magic coverage has gotten much better in 2012 than in 2011; and
Magic coverage can be greatly improved.
There's been an interesting trend in decks lately, between Travis Woo's Green Summer, Cedric Phillips's Bant Pod, and Kurt Crane's G/W Wave, along with some of the G/R aggro decks floating around...
I know it's been a while since my last post. I've been stalling for time until Tomoharu Saito's suspension ended.
I need to get in the habit or writing regularly again, even if I hate my writing (which I do far more than is reasonable). Also, there's a card a lot of people love that's back in Magic 2013 that is getting a fair amount of press, and I don't get it.