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Jul 26

Fanatic of Xenagos – MTG FNM October 2014 Promo

Fanatic of Xenagos – MTG FNM October 2014 Promo

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Just announced was the October 2014 promo for Friday Night Magic. It has been revealed to be the Centaur Warrior, Fanatic of Xenagos. Gruul Aggro, Gruul Midrange, and Naya Midrange have already found a few slots for this card, but he hasn’t really seen major Standard play quite yet. However, he definitely has potential, especially in a future Standard format without Loxodon Smitertaking up that…

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Jul 25

M15 Slivers - Are They Good?

M15 Slivers – Are They Good?

Much ado has been made about the Slivers from the Magic 2015 (M15) Core Set. Are they good? Actually, yes, they are all actually quite good. The only trouble is that there is only one in each color, plus Sliver Hive, and the Legendary Creature Sliver Hivelord. Today, we’ll take a look at each of them and see just how good each of them is, in WUBRG (White, Blue, Black, Red, Green) order.

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We’ve…

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Top 10 Alara Reborn Commons and Uncommons

Top 10 Alara Reborn Commons and Uncommons

Today begins a new mega series of top commons and uncommons from sets in Magic’s history. We’ll start with the expansions, going in alphabetical order. Most will be top 10′s, some will be shorter, and some will be longer. Today, we’ll start with one of my favorite expansions of all time, Alara Reborn.

We’ll go in reverse order, starting with Ardent Plea at #10:

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Despite the fact that Ardent Plead…

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Jul 24

Throwback Thursday - Godhead of Awe

Throwback Thursday – Godhead of Awe

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Godhead of Awe is an awe-some card (pun intended) from Shadowmoor. She was one of the first Magic cards I ever played with, and I actually opened her in the same draft as my Augury Adept.  Her ability to make all other creatures into 1/1’s is extremely valuable, allowing her to simply take over a game by herself. Plus, with the enchantment Steel of the Godhead in the same set, this Godhead could…

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Jul 23

Wayback Wednesday - Animate Wall from Alpha/Beta/Unlimited

Wayback Wednesday – Animate Wall from Alpha/Beta/Unlimited

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While nowhere as exciting as last week’s card, Animate Wall is an interesting rare from Magic: the Gathering’s first ever set. It was later reprinted in Beta, Revised, Unlimited, Fourth Edition, Fifth Edition, and finally in Sixth Edition. Interestingly enough, Walls were reintroduced in the Magic 2015 Core Set. So this review is in fact, somewhat relevant!

Let’s take a look at the Oracle text…

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Jul 22

Games and Mechanics - Convoke

Games and Mechanics – Convoke

Convoke was originally introduced in Ravnica: City of Guilds as the guild mechanic for Selesnya, but has actually been brought back in two other sets: Future Sight, and the Magic 2015 Core Set.

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So what exactly does this mechanic mean?

Well, this:

Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creatures color.

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Your creatures can help cast this…

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Generally Speaking Hub - Archetypes of Commander!

Generally Speaking Hub – Archetypes of Commander!

While the normal formats of magic have their own archetypes, when you have a format like Commander/EDH, there’s a lot of variance. Now, I do tend to refer to these archetypes in my Commanding Opinion Articles – but what do they really mean? Well, that’s what this article is going to talk about. I’ll go into each of them more in-depth later, but this article is to just give you a list of them –…

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Generally Speaking - Voltron Part 1 - The Commanders

Generally Speaking – Voltron Part 1 – The Commanders

Voltron is a deck archetype with the goal of casting one creature, then using other cards such as Auras and Equipment to enhance that creature and making it a true threat to the opponent. The archetype’s name derives from the Japanese animated series Voltron which features several small robots that combine into one large robot.

In the terms of Commander, this focuses on players buffing up their…

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Tactics Tuesday - Bane of Progress Review

Tactics Tuesday – Bane of Progress Review

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Today on Tactics Tuesday, we look at yet another Commander 2013 exclusive card. Last week, we looked at Surveyor’s Scope. This week, we’ll take a look at Bane of Progress, a solid 6-drop green creature that was included in the Evasive Maneuvers Commander 2013 pre-constructed deck.

Under the right circumstances, Bane of Progress can be an absolutely devastating card. This 2/2 Elemental…

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Jul 21

Games and Mechanics - State-based Actions

Games and Mechanics – State-based Actions

Some of the things that don’t use the stack are referred to as State-based Actions.

Now, what exactly is that supposed to mean? I’ve never seen this on a card!

Well, you hopefully never will. Unless we start having cards that specifically break the rules – but then again, we do this all the time. You’ll see what I mean.

Basically, these are the rules that deal with the common sense aspect of the…

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