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The Power of Gelectrode

With Guilds of Ravnica‘s Izzet-themed cards just released, I wanted to spend this week talking about Magic‘s most powerful card:

Gelectrode - Matt Plays Magic

Oh. From the look on your face, I can see I’m going to have to explain myself. Don’t worry; that’s what this blog post is about.

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My Great Designer Search 3 Essay Answers

I have only so much time to throw at Magic writing each month. Last month, the Great Designer Search 3 essays ate nearly all of it. So I thought it might be fun to kill two birds with one stone, and to post my essay answers here on the blog. At the very least, if I don’t advance through the search, I’ll have gotten something out of it (and hopefully you will have too)!

What’s also nice is, here, I can show my work. Wizards’ text fields didn’t allow hyperlinks, which I’d added to link to relevant additional resources. Those links are preserved here. We’ll skip the “introduce yourself” question, and start from question two.

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Izzy's Riku Print - Matt Plays Magic

Riku’s Hanging at My House. At My House.

2017 was nonsense. I switched states, switched jobs. Left old friends behind (though not completely, never completely) and made new ones. I hit my goal of publishing here every two weeks, and I pushed myself to launch a new blog and self-promote a bit more.

Meanwhile, the world did what it does. Spun faster, got crazier. But Magic did what it does, too. It gave me a place to meet new friends in my new city. It gave me new ideas and new inspiration. It gave us all new worlds to explore (I would like to back to Amonkhet now please). By and large, our community is great, encouraging, and inclusive. It’s been fun to get a little more involved.

2018 promises to be a heck of a year. I’m excited to attend GP Seattle in April, alongside friends I haven’t seen in nearly a year. I have thoughts on how to ramp things up even more here on the blog.

But first, an aside.

In November, I bought myself a birthday gift: new art. The “Dick Grayson as Batman” print hanging to the left of my desk was lonely, so I bought some Magic art to accompany it. I figured there was no better piece to own than a print of my favorite Commander.

Izzy's Riku Print - Matt Plays Magic

This is the first piece of Magic art I’ve bought. It likely won’t be the last. The print’s another reminder that, to a lot of us, the game is more than just a game. It’s an avenue for self-expression. It’s a way to create memories. It’s a way to make new friends.

And, sometimes, it’s a way to help transform some random place you moved into a home.

I’ll be back in two weeks. In the meantime, I hope y’all have a happy start to your new year.

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Matt Plays Magic’s 50th Post Extravaganza!

Hey y’all, and welcome to the party!

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Come on in!

I’m celebrating Matt Plays Magic‘s 50th post with 50 random facts and observations about the blog, Magic, and life in general. Strap on your party hat and step inside, as I get prepped to write 50 more posts (and then 50 more, and then 50 more, and then 50 more…).

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