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Avatar in 3D brings in 2010 January 8, 2010

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Happy 2010 folks!

Cheers to the New Year!
We’ve got a lot of great new magic content to look forward to in this new year. For those of you who have had a chance to read Aaron Forsythe‘s article on what is to come this year check it out. Much of what he reveals is common knowledge in the web community. I was specifically encouraged about his sense of accomplishment and looking forward to the new year. I think we, as players, can expect something for everyone as the health of the game is in a good place.

What I have in store in 2010
Over the past month I’ve been thinking a lot about keeping fresh content geared at the casual wizard. With so many sites dedicated to deck building and strategy for competitive magic, draft, standard, etc. I thought it would be great to focus on deck building and strategy for the casual player. A no brainier right, this is casual magic after all. I know I bounce around from competitive to casual realms easily. Anyway one of my resolutions is to make a deck for each week this year. That’s right 52 original deck lists for the casual player. I’ve got a few cooking now so check back tomorrow for the first deck of the year.

Naya meets Zendikar
Finally, I saw Avatar last night. What a beautiful film, go watch it in 3D you won’t regret it. For those of you who have seen the film, did anyone else think the movie was an interesting mix of Naya meets Zendikar meets Starcraft. Lets take a look.

Wild Nacatl
I can’t be the only one who kept thinking there is a resemblance to these creatures.

Wolly Thoctar
Pick your Naya fatty and insert here. Those 5/4 guys really kicked some ass against the little 1/1 solder tokens.

Meets Zendikar
Right. I loved the waterfalls on the floating islands.

And Starcraft

Happy New Year and have a great time shuffling up in 2010.

Zendikar Draft FNM Style November 7, 2009

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Zendikar Draft

Rise of the Eldrazi Artwork

Tonight I played in my first Zendikar draft, and I got my ass handed to me. I didn’t win one game, and in fact I didn’t even come close to wining one game. All I kept saying the whole night is how dissapointed I was in my deck. I’m torn between being dissapointed and chalking it up to a learning experience. One of those nights when you have a fist full of mana and enough mana on the board to cast all your spells. This happened to me at least once a match.

I found myself pulling allies. I had more that one of Stomework Puna, Makindi Shieldmate, Urara Raptor and Ondu Cleric and a few other allies to boot. I thought I was in a really good situation after deckbuilding. I knew I was light on removal but I thought that I have a good build around 16 creatures. Wrong. I was also missing a bomb.

I do think that I had bad luck tonight with my draws and land flood but I don’t think the ally strategy is as bad as 0-6.


Tomorrow is the regional Zendikar Sealed PTQ. I’m going to have to pass on this one due some external influences. Good luck to everyone I know going to compete.

Zendikar Orb Request September 3, 2009

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To: Anyone who is putting time into the Zendikar Orb of Insight and keeping track of their results.

If you’d like to share your results with me I’d be happy to post them. My job/life currently is preventing me from putting the time in myself. You get full credit for your effort as well as a fake foil play set of Sorin.

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle Offical Spoiler September 2, 2009

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Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle

So here is an update and the official spoiler of Valakut, the Molen Pinnacle. Well here it is and while the actual wording is a little different the card is the same as what was spoiled.

In my mind there is going to be a huge shift toward mono color decks in this new block. Perhaps in the second and third sets we might see a shift back toward multicolored cards. So what this means for standard is going to be very interesting. What is really curious is what will happen to the very color specific cards in Shards Block. I’m assuming one of two things will happen in Zendikar. We will see cards (specifically lands) to support the specific color requirements of Shards or multi color will fade out due to better acceleration in mono/dual color decks. Bye bye Reflecting Pool and Vivid lands.

Zendikar – Spoilers, Art, and Mini Site September 2, 2009

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Welcome to Zendikar spoiler season!


Today the Zendikar mini site has launched complete with spoilers, new art, and the orb of insight. The art and flavor of this new set is really exciting. Dare I say as exciting as the Shards of Alara spoilers season? I know everyone can’t wait to see what the new make up of standard will look like so stay tuned folks.


Zendikar Spoiler – Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle August 30, 2009

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While looking at Zedikar Spoilers on Gathering Magic.com I stumbled across Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle. Now I’m not sure if this card is official or not but I’m really interested in that triggered ability, “…as long as you control 5 other mountains.” After the Shards of Alara block forcing three color decks are we seeing a direct and dramatic shift back to mono color? I seem to think so. The high color specific cost of Sorin and Chandra. The color specificness of the other official spoilers do seem to be pointing us in a mono color centric block.

Again assuming this spoiler is correct can we expect a cycle of these lands? Probably. Will green add elves or mana, will black destroy target creature, will blue draw a card, and white give +1/+1 counters. Cold be really awesome cycle.

Zendikar Art Spoiler August 14, 2009

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In a unique twist for spoilers each day this week in the Wizard’s Daily Magic articles was a poll box called “You Decide.” Readers could choose different parts of a card in the poll. This being the first week it seems art was the #1 choice of the voters. I have a feeling that name will be next followed by rules. Here is the art:


Pretty wicked isn’t he. My first thought was new planeswalker. But since there was probaby a power/toughness choice in the poll (I can’t remember exactly) I’m assuming he is just some badass vampire ready to eat your annoying little sister.

Or perhaps he’s Liliana’s exboyfriend come back from the dead and ready to trash her new fling, Vampire Nocturnus.

Zendikar – Textless Basic Land Forest August 14, 2009

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The week of textless concludes today with forests. Now keep in mind there are 10 more textless lands we haven’t seen yet. I expect we’ll see them as we get closer to the spoiler season. As I’m sure Wizards got a nice bump in Arcana traffic this week with those lands.

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If you are looking for wallpapers of any of the spoiled lands then follow the link to today’s arcana post and you will be rewarded. However if you are an iPhone user I’d suggest just grabbing the art that is provided each day because the aspect ration is just about right and it looks better with out any logos or clunky dates.


Zendikar – Textless Basic Land Mountain August 13, 2009

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Before we get to the textless Mountains I wanted to give a quick nod to everyone attending GenCon this week. I have been trying to work it into my schedule but external forces are against me. My brother and a few friends are going to make the drive from Pittsburgh for Saturday and Sunday. I’ve been enjoying all the GenCon twitter updates so keep them coming (if your on twitter and I’m not following you let me know and I’ll fix that.)

Now on to the Mountains.

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Zendikar – Textless Basic Land Swamp August 12, 2009

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This week is like the 5 days of Christmas in August. Textless Basic Sawmps out today.

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And their counterparts.

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Tomorrow we’ll get to see mountains!


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