Welcome back to the ReCycling Bin, a series in which I look back at theorycrafted Magic decks that never saw the light of day. This time, we’re looking at a deck I hoped would make Commander games move faster. Presenting, Gahiji the Giver:Continue reading “ReCycling Bin – Gahiji, Honored One Commander”
Driving across the country last week, I had a lot of time to think about building Magic decks. During one eight-hour stretch, I chose to answer a question I think all Commander players have thought about at least once:
If I had to own only one Commander deck, what would it be?
My answer? It has to be something like Four-Color Birthing Pod.Continue reading “Four-Color Birthing Pod: The Last Commander Deck I’ll Ever Build”
As Magic has scaled up its release schedule, I’ve been scaling back the amount of new decks and cards I’m willing to invest in. Even for players like me, who don’t touch tabletop Standard, it’s been tough to keep up with the series of new releases, meta rotations, and formats that Wizards of the Coast is pumping out.
So, in 2020, I’m doing something I’ve hinted at here before, but never strictly stuck to: I’m keeping a Magic budget. And as I’m the type of nerd who plays Magic, there are rules attached.Continue reading “The 2020 Magic Budget Project”
Last week, I found myself in a bind. I was having a tough time figuring out what to write about here, and my “deadline” was approaching.
As I sat in my living room with (nearly blank) notebook in hand, my wife walked in and asked what I was doing. I told her I was failing to write a Magic post, and she promptly stole my notebook and wrote the following.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:
Hello out there in internet-land! Today we’re going to figure out what Magic is. This post is geared towards the absolute newby, so all you veterans, see you next month!
First – you need to have a deck of cards. Now, don’t do what I did and show up to your first “magic” tournament with a deck of trick cards. No, these are special cards that feature various hard-to-pronounce monsters with quotes attributed to historical figures from our nation’s proud history (I assume). Head to a Game Store to acquire these babies.
“But wait Matt P. Magic, what about tarot? Are these cards not magical too?” you may ask. Yes, young initiate, they are magical, but unfortunately they do not gather correctly. You can’t play MtG with a tarot deck. That said, I do occasionally slip a tarot card or two into my deck when I play COMMANDER, as that format is more forgiving.
Next, you will need some dice. Glitter dice are best, and in a variety of shapes. You can use these to track your life force and also to negotiate battles. Try to match your dice color to your favorite Magic color. There are five colors of magic that scholars have so far discovered. If purple, orange, or yellow are your favorite colors, you will need to choose a different game to learn. Similarly, if you are red/green colorblind, you will need to learn the difference between fires and forests. Practice, so you can tell at a moment’s notice in the heat of battle.
Your deck will need to have an assortment of lands, and an assortment of creatures to live in these lands. The price of their citizenship is that they must be ready to be summoned by you and do battle at a moment’s notice.Continue reading “Magic – What Is This Thing Anyway?”
Welcome back to the ReCycling Bin, a series in which I look back at theorycrafted Magic decks that never saw the light of day. This installment features a dragon I’ve never had the stones to Stone Rain people with.
Numot, the Devastator was the only dragon to survive my Scion of the Ur-Dragon purge. The rest of the Scion deck hit eBay, but I swapped a different dragon in for Numot before posting, selling, and shipping the deck out.
Why, you might ask? Well, I had plans for Numot … plans to build him his own EDH deck.Continue reading “ReCycling Bin – Numot, the Land Destroyer”