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Casual FNM 2018-11-09

Not my best night, by any means. I had fun hanging out with my friends, and welcoming a new member to our playgroup, but I got utterly man-handled in every one of our games. I didn’t exactly bring my most powerful decks, but even considering that I had a mix of bad draws and opponents […]

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Ultimate Masters?

After some spoilers were intentionally released to the public, it appears as though Wizards of the Coast has one more Masters set in mind: Ultimate Masters, due out on December 7th. The full product information page can be found here. After the disappointment surrounding Masters 25 and Iconic Masters, the assumption was that we would not be seeing […]

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Guilds Of Ravnica Draft

My group’s third attempt at drafting Guilds Of Ravnica was successful, and I actually won the damn thing! My experience with the set on MTG Arena came in handy, as did the fact that 4 players were all on white-red. I was able to assemble a respectable black-blue deck — nothing too fancy, but it was effective. […]

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MTG Arena BUG Control List v2.0

I’ve been playing MTG Arena since the last phase of the closed beta, and have been enjoying it. Now that the game is fully available to the public, my account has been reset and I’m sorely lacking in cards at the moment. Through unlocking the pre-constructed decks through daily quests and grinding out gold for packs, […]

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Failed Draft Number 2

Due to an infuriatingly last-minute cancellation, my group’s planned Guilds Of Ravnica draft was postponed yet again. I’m not sure when we will be able to arrange another attempt, but I’d really like to draft the damn set. My only other experience with the set has been through MTG Arena, but I have yet to draft it […]

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Draft Rescheduled

Unfortunately we were unable to reach the proper headcount for our Guilds Of Ravnica draft. We’re going to have reschedule, and I’m not sure exactly when that will be — it may be 2-3 weeks. I don’t care too much, as long as we eventually draft the set, but given the break-neck pace of product releases […]

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Cottage Magic – Vol. 1

I’m finally back from our bi-annual gaming excursion to a friend’s cottage for a weekend of Magic: The Gathering. Just as we were leaving the city, I received a Tornado Alert on my phone, from the emergency broadcast system, which made things … interesting. We ended up being delayed about 50 minutes on the highway out […]

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Casual Magic – Vol. 3

After a bit of a layoff, my group was able to convene this Friday for some five-player Commander games. Despite our numbers, we ended up having a really quick night that also didn’t involve any one-sided, frustrating games. Generally speaking, if we are five then we’re going to get 2 games done and things will […]

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Elder Dragons

I was lucky enough to get the 4 new versions of the Elder Dragons from Legends. I’m still missing , but the price on him is a bit ridiculous at the moment — I’ll get my hands on one eventually, though. I’m debating what to do with the new , as unless I build a […]

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Thoughts On Standard

Keeping in mind that my experience with Standard is confined to whatever I encounter on MTG Arena, I’ve been logging a high number of games each day. The following are things I’ve noticed over the course of the last 3 weeks: There is way too much removal. There are way too many infinite combos. I really […]

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