As you might’ve guessed from my last post, I have not interacted with Magic much lately. Which has made it harder and harder to come up with topics that are both interesting and exciting enough to write about. Rather than stretch to fill this space, I’m putting Matt Plays Magic on hiatus for the foreseeable future.
Now, this does not mean I’m done playing Magic. In fact, far from it. I played one of the zaniest games of Commander ever just three days ago, and I had a blast doing it. (Did we, however, end up calling the game a draw because Tabletop Simulator is a limited medium? Yes, we did.) I have a list of cards I plan to buy for my Riku deck next month, to ensure it’s in tip-top shape when game nights become feasible again. tl;dr – I’m not done with Magic. I just don’t feel that, at the moment, I have much that’s interesting or original to say about it.
I could write you a primer on how to play the Red-White Cycling deck in Standard, or I could record a video of me playing Sultai Field of the Dead through a Historic gauntlet. But right now, whenever I play Magic Arena, it just reminds me that I’m not playing Magic in real life. I miss getting to make and trashtalk friends while playing Magic. I miss post-match analyses and local game store gossip. Magic Arena does not scratch those itches for me, so I’ve been playing less of it. And because I’ve been playing less Magic, I have less to say about the game.
I also feel that, since I started this blog, the amount of Magic content being produced has increased roughly 7,000%. (I definitely did the math.) My Red-White Cycling primer is not going to be better than the dozens of others you can find out there on the interwebz. My Historic and Brawl content is a bit more unique, but those gaps are being filled, too. I’ve always most enjoyed writing about Modern and Commander, and right now, I barely play those formats.
So, It’s Time for a Recharge
This also feels like it’s just a good time to recharge my Magic-al excitement batteries. I’ve spent so long thinking about and examining the game, that I’ve already said a lot of what I currently have to say about it. And honestly, because nearly every format’s been in upheaveal for awhile now, I’m not comfortable enough to write about most of them. I’m also a bit burnt out on keeping up with the non-brewing and -playing side of Magic, via means like Reddit and Twitter, so I’m planning to take a break from that as well. Which, again, will leave me with less to say about the game.
I know, though, that after having put this blog away for a bit, I will surely gather a new list of Magic-related topics, thoughts, and ideas that I will want to write about. If I think of a really good one during this hiatus, I’ll likely just write it up anyway. Because this blog is not dead. It’s just going to rest for awhile.
I hope that you, like me, will continue playing Magic. I really do love this game, and I think it might be the best one that has ever existed. At the very least, it is the only game I have spent four and a half years writing about. Which surely has to count for something.
If you’re located in the Twin Cities area, I hope to see you sitting across from me sooner rather than later. Until then, be well and have fun.
P.S. – If you’re into comic books and want to continue keeping up with me, Matt Reads Comics isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.