Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Announcement- Clash of the Titans

WotC is giving out a new set of promos for Duels 2012, as announced here.  There's three different cards available, one for each platform the game is made for, and each one is a titan.  Which means that the titan cycle is without a doubt returning to M12.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Announcement- Action

Today, Wizards of the Coast announced that the wait is over, and 'Action''s identity has been decided.  The plane of Mirrodin has been compleated, and New Phyrexia is born.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Build With Me- Standard Aggro Part 2

Last article, I shared with you all the initial steps involved in me breaking into an aggro deck from scratch.  This time, I'll continue where I left off and go over what I want to do on turns 3-4.  Note that I'm building the deck as I'm writing the article, so you'll see the entire process that I'm going through.

Girls Girls Girls

There's a whole lot of stir going on about this article that talks about the gender gap in Magic.  A lot of folks seem to be putting their two cents in, si I figured I'd join in.

Build With Me- Standard Aggro Part 1

Today, I decided I'd build a new aggro deck to play around with simply because I haven't played a true creature aggro deck in a long time (since pre-SSS Vampires).  But I want to do something a little different this time.  I'm writing this article with no preparation whatsoever.  I'm going to be building this deck right here and now, and take you through the process step by step; so you can see exactly how my thought process works when it comes to building decks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's time for a little Karn action!

Today, WotC announced the two potential sets of packaging for 'Action', the third set in the Scars block.  A quick look at the art raises a few questions.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Announcing Innistrad

The next large set has been announced by Wizards of the Coast, and it goes by Innistrad.  The set appears to have a bit of a continuation of the horror theme that we've been seeing as of late with Vampires, giant monsters in the Eldrazi and then the return of Phyrexia.

Right on the front is new art for Liliana, meaning it's quite likely that after the most recent mirrodin block is done we're going to get Liliana 2.0, and possibly the corrupted Garruk that was hinted at in the official webcomic a while back.  If the cards are good enough, it looks like black may be the dominating control color in standard after the next rotation.  Keep that in mind when making your trades if you already have whatever you need for what you're playing at the moment.  It's still half a year away, but there's nothing wrong with being prepared even before the spoilers hit.  In short, keep those Swords of Feast and Famine at the ready!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Racialist Bloodchiefs: The Return

I was very surprised by the reactions that people had to the HDC list I posted earlier this week.  The deck was a jank combo that tried to win by getting bloodchief online with a Decimator Web and then mill for lethal damage.  And what happened?  People took it seriously.  I had gotten asked for playtesting results, various choices I had made in the deckbuilding process, what I would do for a sideboard in the tournament meta, etc. etc.  It seems that there's actually a market for a deck along these lines and it quickly became one of my more frequently viewed articles, so I began thinking about how I would actually build it.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

HDC 001: UB Bloodchief

The challenge: "I want you to build a deck in which no card has a converted mana cost greater than four.  The deck must run Jace Beleren, not JtMS, and win off of Jace's ultimate ability.  With the exception of Trinket Mage, you may not run creatures which do not have an ability that mills the opponent."

Friday, March 4, 2011

mtgUK Design a Deck 2011

Over at, another site where my articles are featured, there's a deck design contest going on with the goal of one standard deck costing under 60 pounds (about $100) being sold on their website under the creator's name, the designer receiving a copy of their deck, a shirt, a Deckbuilder's Toolkit, and about $25 in store credit.