The Shack Blog

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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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Magic Stuff – Vol. 1

My gaming group has scheduled the second cottage excursion of the year for September 21st. I’m not sure exactly what out headcount will be, but there is a chance I’ll be dusting off my Common Cube. I have not updated it since prior to the release of Khans Of Tarkir, so it’s due for some significant […]

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Casual Magic – Vol. 2

I had another unimpressive night of Commander this evening. We were 5 players again, and I played red-blue-white and did reasonably well, despite stumbling early with no plays of consequence. One player was running , and did most of the heavy lifting en route to slaughtering all of us. While I was never in a truly […]

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Casual Magic – Vol. 1

I ended up dropping by my parents’ place for a free dinner and some games of Magic with my mom. I have not edited my 60-card decks in quite some time, and the last one I built — what I thought was a reasonable Goblin deck — has not done well at all and got […]

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Friday Night Magic – Vol. 1

Got completely clobbered this evening, but that was mostly due to some bad luck and — far more importantly — some really bad plays on my part. In our first game, I opted for some relatively meaningless damage on one of my 4 opponents rather than drawing a bunch of cards off of . Instead, a […]

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