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  1. Zendikar Rising? Yeah I'm a little behind. Finally opened our box of ZR yesterday to draft with friends. I haven't been keeping up with which cards were making a splash lately, but these caught my eye. Anyone tried these or other ZR cards in Pauper and found success?
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    Here my humble attempt to redo the old "Magic: the Gathering Forensic Identification Flowchart" that has been circulating on imgur (and others) since 2001.Originally made by Mediadesign.net and now 'revised' and modernized by Edwin (108Bits). Feel free to share. Flowchart (V4 now). Thanks to Vincent Kuszter
  3. Let me be clear. I have qualms about this third installment of Ravnica, but I’ll save that rant for another day. Instead I want to talk about the REAL potential of a third installment of Ravnica which is the Ravnica Themed Cube (RTC). Of all the worlds in Magic the Gathering, Ravnica is by far one of the more popular and tidy ones to design around. The ten guilds very easily split into two large sets. Each guild has gotten its own unique mechanics in the past and it sounds like they will get a third unique mechanic for this run as well. The synergies/stories all blended nicely and the template is seemingly more intuitive to build around. Now here are some potential bonuses for the Ravnica Themed Cube at large with this third installment. 10 new mechanics This latest instalment of Ravnica means RTC’s will have a total of 30 unique mechanics to work with for their construction. This creates a huge array of combinations for RTC’s to toy with and even means it could focus on fewer guilds at one time. Imagine a small RTC focusing exclusively on the inherent conflict between the Azorious and Gruul guilds, or imagine a 720 card RTC of all the best cards across the history of Ravnica. I think there is a lot of potential here. Rock, Paper, Scissors Lets face it, not all Ravnica guilds are created equal. With 30 mechanics to draw on there is also a better chance to balance out the interactions between the guilds. This way a player is less likely to get “stuck” on a sub-par mechanic and have a negative play experience. This also helps to balances the predator/prey relationships between the guilds. Potential for a new dual lands As wonderful as it would be to see the shock lands return, for RTC’s it’s important that we have a diversity of dual lands especially for the ambitious 720 count versions. Now in the first Ravnica block we got Bounce Lands. In the second we saw Guild Gates. It would not surprise me if we saw a third new Ravnica themed dual land at common. This will help greatly with the larger RTC’s. Greater access to the Plane Popular as Ravnica may be as a plane, the arrival of the first Ravnica block had the great misfortune of showing up during one of the largest declines in the Magic the Gathering player base. This was due to the overpowered nature of the Mirrodin block which nearly sank the game. As a result there were far fewer boosters printed for the first Ravnica block making the cards much harder to acquire today. Conversely, the Return to Ravnica block had a massive print run with booster boxes still selling for close to MSRP at the time of this article. This third installment of Ravnica means newer players will have an easier time of diversifying their own RTC. This will be further aided by the introduction of the Guild Kits which are supposed to include cards from all the Ravnica blocks but we don’t know much beyond that. These kits may even be an unofficially-official nod by WotC to the support of RTC’s….or I could be making that last notion up. In the end it means you won’t necessarily need to have been playing religiously since 1994 to have a shot at making your own RTC interesting and fun. Of course, I’m not an aficionado of the cube at this point. I’ve cannibalized my own cube to sleeve up EDH brews. For more sound advice on this idea of a Ravnica Themed Cube and other cube topics I highly recommend reaching out on Twitter to @CubeApril, @MiloDaGreat1 and @LifeBeginsAt20. They actually know what they’re talking about Cheers! J.
  4. Today I bring you a review of a fellow human being. You see that guy up there at the top of your screen. Yeah, dat guy. That is my good online buddy Jon Dunning. He's a movie buff and Red-Letter Media addict. More importantly, he’s a player of Magic the Gathering and he’s doing something pretty cool. A little while back he started running an interview series called The Hive Mind. This series was originally a prerecorded format where he would conduct interviews with members of the Magic the Gathering community to learn about who they were and what made them tick. Some of his early guests included people like Randy Buehler, Sam of Rhystic Studies, Kevin from Rogue Deck Builder and many more. Eventually he took a temporary break from the series. A new job and relocation to the Seattle area (no, he’s not at wotc) did play a role in the break. During that time, he did some assessing of what he was looking for and how to balance his content creation with his gamming life. Eventually he paired his magic card collection way down and converted some of that cardboard into sweet technical upgrades for the content creation he was getting into. This brings us to what I like to think of as The Hive Mind 2.0. The first slam dunk was the upgrade in his sound thanks to a new Yeti USB microphone by Blue. The next improvement was going to a live format using the streaming feature on Youtube. This was a great move allowing viewers an opportunity to have real time interactions with Jon and his guests. I personally have had the good fortune of getting some of my questions answered at the end of the interviews and his guests gave some very insightful responses. Who are some of these guests of late? Oh, you know. Nothing huge. Pro-player Brian Braun-Duin showed up for a chat. Ted and Efren from Cardsphere were recently on. Oh yeah, and some teacher dude showed up from some community college….Yeah. You heard me. The Professor of Tolarian Community College showed up for an interview with Jon Dunning. We even got a little sneak peek at how prof really feels about Channel Fireball. I dare say we can expect to see even more #walue in the near future ?. The end game is simple. If you haven’t been watching The Hive Mind by Jon Dunning, get there. If you’re not already following Jon Dunning on twitter @OrzhovDunn, get there. Let me tell you something. This fine fellow human being of ours is a micro brewer of online content that you will want to see the evolution of and he is absolutely going to get there. J.
  5. Hello Friend, Is every member of your EDH night going "something something Muldrotha something something Hurp-Durp?" Do you think Muldrotha, the Gravetide is a cool commander but know for a fact everyone else is going to be playing the same Glacial Chasm lock? Does your entire LGS reek of graveyard shenanigans? Have no fear. Today I bring you a veritable cornucopia of countermeasures to lambast the gallivanting gangs of giddy graveyard groupies running amok at your local EDH tables. Lots of it will even be budget friendly Specific to Muldrotha, the Gravetide I suspect combo will be a thing so if you're not running black, please consider the following. If you want to be "That Person." ( You know who you are. We know you have the tutors ) + Also in a Muldrotha meta you are likely going to run into Zombie Infestation, sooooo = + + + + + The odds are pretty good a Muldrotha player is trying to get extra walue out of discarding as well. Be sure to pack these little nuggets: And finally, since we are hating on graveyard shenanigans, I give you the following Bon appetit! J.
  6. Is this true? Not exactly. Though IF Shahrazad and Sphinx’s Revelation were put into a blender, poured out into a Magic that Gathering cookie cutter and sundried for abouuuuuuuuuut 3 days….you get Karn, Scion of Urza. “What the hell are you talking about Johnny? Stop putting tequila in your coffee!” No. I can’t. It's awful tequila and this is making less and less sense so here’s some nice pictures of magic cards. Now that we have those cards in front of us I will explain why I think Karn, Scion of Urza really is the fixed Shahrazad that Magic always wanted. What we see with this latest manifestation of Karn is one of the greatest sub-game mechanics to hit the game. When it came to the sub-game concept with Shahrazad the biggest problem I’ve heard about was the copious amounts of time it would take to pause a game, play a second game, then go back to playing the first game. Imagine the mirror match where Shahrazad is played 8 times in a single round. Leonardo DiCaprio would literally show up and beat both players senselessly with a bag of tortilla chips until they woke up form the 8-layer nightmare dip they were drowning in. New Karn fixes this by creating a sub-game within a game. Think of it this way. When you play Karn, Scion of Urza your opponent is now forced to play against 3 hands at once. The first is the hand that is drawn organically which they generally have little to no information on. The second is the hand they choose for you. This is the hand they think they can handle and play around. The hand they believe will gain you the least amount of board state. The third is the hand they put on layaway. This is the hand they don’t want you to have right away and/or don’t think they can deal with. Best of all, thanks to the silver tokens put on this exiled hand, this hand is always a looming threat because Karn, Scion of Urza will likely be a 4 of in any of the decks it finds a home in. It is a massive head game for your opponent and a wealth of knowledge about the resources they have to work with. The “sub-games” are basically stacked on top of each other. Also, much like it was the case with Sphinx’s Revelation, the amount of card draw that is taking place with Karn means the opponent is likely losing the game long before they even realize it. Unless of course they too are playing Karn and the whole game state becomes a battle of wits. Now the best part of all this is the fact that Karn is 4 generic mana to cast. He can literally be plugged into every deck that wants to make him work. This is huge. We’re talking about a Planeswalker that could easily see play on turn 2 and even turn 1 in the eternal formats. Never mind how busted this will be if Planeswalkers are allowed to be commanders in EDH proper (I predict he would be turbo banned as a commander.) He is in my opinion the new best planeswalker available to the game of Magic the Gathering. I suspect he will make substantial waves wherever he goes. That’s my 2 cents on the matter. Hope this entry is finding you well. Until next time, have yourself a great day. J.
  7. Hey everyone! I'm Mac and I've personally been on a 17 year hiatus from MTG but am getting back into it in a BIG way! My crew and I have secured a ton of boxes, singles, and are constantly researching to give viewers amazing content and as well as fair singles prices! It's just hobby for us with no real expectations as it is for most of MTG fans. Our channel just launched on YouTube (DangerUs Investments) and we would love if everybody gave it a watch, subscribed, and commented so we can continue to make content as desirable as possible! That's also why I am getting into these forums. Like I said, WE RESEARCH and want to be on top of hot topics to discuss with our viewers. For instance, I have a question that we've been discussing... Who thinks Rivals of Ixalan is worth the box price? Are there enough power cards in the set? I ask because we have 2 cases arriving in 2 days and boxes are going to be opened and broadcast via the youtube channel (DangerUs Investments)!! I know it's a little early but most of what I'm hearing is that the set is pretty solid. Foil's can make or break it too so hopefully we get something sick! -DangerUs Investments-
  8. All stuff about altering magic the gathering cards, the process, & results! From getting started, tips & tricks, borderless alters, blue print alters, line alters, & specializing in stained glass alters starting at our 50th video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYyKtfaJ7HM Getting Started. Supplies! Tips & Tricks series: 1 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRdvhXpnKOg Base Layer 2 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLxXYcKp29c&t White Bordering 3 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxmwDGUyw4c Alters & Tournaments 4 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qpTFMvRknE&t Making alters match 5 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAbhZkwL5L4 Clean alters 6 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBg4BlD_Zxs What cards to alter 7 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPlcuqvejeg&t The splash effect! 8 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxXT6ufFykk&t Paint thin & thickness 9 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkrWXWCER80&t Adding water 10 of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNNcluE1lwY&t Bringing colors in
  9. it took 12 years and 6 months but it was finally banned... I actually don't agree with the banning completely, but there were so many reasons why it got the axe, I understand. Goodbye top, you were fun in Standard Tooth & Nail, & to hide stuff against discard decks in Legacy!
  10. Hey MTG fans this is just a short message to all you lovers of the game that i can proudly announce that you'll see me making content on the AETHER HUB! This is very exciting to join such a great group of content providers! So make sure to go give them a sub if you don't already https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHgB_8rMUcVNv_VtDkdmWag and you can catch me as usual also on my channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTDUGsZDe7_UuLdyxQI_E0w
  11. So MTG fans do we think Lily will finally be reprinted in MM17....YAY or NAY? I personally hope for YAY but not too sure!
  12. @Aurian and I couldn't make our usual (larger) prerelease on Saturday, so we went to a smaller one at a nearby mall on the Sunday. They did 3 40-minute rounds, so it was a nice quick event. I liked that. I ended up going 3-0 with a good, if unexciting, Orzhov pool. I was definitely happy that I got the kind of sealed pool that I like to play: Some big flyers, removal, a good curve, and a few new toys to play with. I played 5(!) of my rares, which was great, even though only one of them (Battle at the Bridge) was anything close to a bomb. The deck was just full of C+ or better cards, so I lucked out in that respect. My deck really won through attrition and through the air. The revolt cards I had could be hard to trigger, but gave massage bonuses when I could (the -3/-3 dude and the Aeronauts, mainly). It was more of a good, clean Magic deck than OMGTHERESABOMB!!! My 'bomb' of sorts. While this looks like a fancier Drain Life, it really did save my bacon a few times. Being able to kill a larger threat and gain back life usually swung the game around enough. It won't be good against go-wide decks, but against normal/fair decks that count on a bomb or two, this is an MVP. In my deck, it was really a fancy 2/1 that ate a lot of removal. I didn't have much in the way of tribal synergy in my deck, but giving at least one creature a permanent +1/+1 counter, and it being colourless, meant it was an auto-include. This card will definitely be amazing in a draft deck with a lot of Servo makers, if it can live for a turn. I did get to live the dream ONCE and name SERVOs with the Metallic Mimic and then play this. Often, I got 3 little dudes and then played Caught in the Brights for value. More of a draft/build-around card. I really didn't have many Aetherborn, so this was basically a 3/3 that got me a card when it died. I only got to play it once, so it was just a Hill Giant for me. From Kaladesh, this was just a beating for my opponents and forced a lot of 2-for-1s. My first impressions. 1. Flying is important. It usually is, but it seemed that a lot of games were getting gummed up on the ground, and flying over was how to break stalemates. 2. Be aware of large armies. The Dawnfeather Eagle (was awesome for me) and the 5/5 rhino that gives your team a permanent pump can be backbreaking and help end stalemates. 3. I would still maindeck at least one artifact removal. This thing is nuts... almost Baneslayer Angel-esque. @Aurian built a G/W revolt deck, splashing red for the dragon and removal. She can tell you more, if she likes I didn't get to see much of her deck. I just know her Freejam Regent won her a game or two.
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