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Let's All Get Hyped for Nightmare Squirrels

Short post this week because I’m moving across the country in the time of coronavirus, but who cares because we’re getting a NIGHTMARE SQUIRREL y’all:

Everything is crazy right now, and we all have to find joy where we can. For me, that joy is located in the words “Nightmare Squirrel,” “different name(s),” and “X is the number of times this creature has mutated.”

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths seems set to include some straight-up weird Magic cards and mechanics, which is the kind of nonsense I specifically want out of new expansions. Give me your crazy creature types, your inventive mechanics, and your Johnny build-arounds. Prior to seeing this zany teaser list, I was not especially excited for Ikoria. Now, I’m incredibly hyped for it.

So after I finish moving, after the coronavirus recedes, after I find a job – BRING ON THE BEHEMOTHS. If Maro’s teasers are any indication, I am going to play the heck out of this Magic set. Which is good, because my new local game store is likely going to need my money.

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Magic: The Gathering Slang for Beginners

As someone who has both learned and taught people how to play Magic: The Gathering, I can tell you that learning this game is hard. Even after learning the rules, there’s a wealth of Magic knowledge and sub-culture that new players have yet to absorb – complete with a set of game-specific slang.

To help Magic newbies understand at least some of this slang, I’ve listed some of the more popular Magic terms of the moment. I tried keeping this list to twenty or less terms, but ended up wanting to write about twenty-two. If you have no idea what a lord is, or what people mean when they tell you your deck is medium, you’re in the right place. And if you’re ready for a more comprehensive guide (beware – they might be overwhelming), you can check out some of the resources I used to assemble this list.

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My 2020 Magic: The Gathering Resolutions

While I typically set yearly goals for myself, I’ve never gone out of my way to set goals for how I’ll interact with Magic.

However, 2019 was a year of major upheaval for our favorite game, and 2020 seems set to introduce even more changes. With that in mind, I wanted to set myself some 2020 Magic resolutions, to keep my efforts focused and ensure that I continue to enjoy playing, thinking about, and writing about Magic.

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Five Custom Cards to Combat Planeswalkers

If the nonsense year of Magic cards that is 2019 has proven anything to me, it is that there need to be more common, aggressive answers to planeswalkers. This year’s pushed, high-impact planeswalkers have warped Standard, Modern, Legacy, and Vintage around themselves, and it’s time that Magic made planeswalkers as easy to deal with as any other type of permanent.

With that in mind, I recently designed some custom cards that would allow each color to answer planeswalkers in their own unique way. Not all of these cards are necessarily good, or good ideas. Some of them might not be costed correctly. But I think all of them fit squarely within the correct section of Magic‘s color pie, and could be templates for how each color can begin fighting back against high-impact planeswalkers.

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The Events and Decks I Played at MagicFest Vegas 2019

At the time of this writing, I’m about two weeks out from attending MagicFest Las Vegas 2019. At the time you’re reading this, however, the MagicFest just ended … which makes writing about the event a bit tricky.

To manage the gap, I’ve written up a quick synopsis of the decks and events I plan(ned) to play at MagicFest Vegas. I’ll explain my event and deck choices … and through the magic of the internet, I’ll hopefully have added in a brief summary of how the MagicFest went, right before this post publishes. (If I didn’t make it, you’ll be able to tell pretty darn quick.)

Let’s start with my favorite format that I don’t actually want to play right now: Modern.

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