Random Thoughts About Random Things

39-scourge-grip-of-chaos-mark-tedinEditor’s Note: While the title ties in to MaRo’s post this week, my post doesn’t. This is not an After MaRo post.  Warning: There are non-Magic related items in this post.

– I hope everyone had a good release event for Alara Reborn and pulled some amazing things or amazing plays.  I really like how this format is really playing out.  Cascade is amazing.  There’s a reason you only find them on multi-color cards (besides the fact that it’s only in Alara Reborn): it is too broken of a mechanic if it was mono color.  Imagine if Blue had a cascade card reading:

Cascade Spell – 2U
Draw a card.  Cascade.

While there are some ideas of having a Cascade/Hypergenesis combo in Extended (you have to have the creature in play for it to work), it would be really broken if you could fit cascade mechanics into any deck.  Cascade has to be a multi-color keyword or it’s too degenerate.  I hope this is something Wizards will bring back (they sound more open to the possibility to reuse good mechanics).

– I was going to have a post last week before it got all busy on me getting ready for Opening Day of boating season here in Seattle (I was filming it).  Of course, you knew that if you were following me in Twitter.  Follow me and most likely I will follow you too; a tit for tat kind of thing.  I still don’t know what I should tweet (besides new posts going up) and I want to hear your opinions on what I should post there:

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If Alara Reborn Art Were Movie Posters

Summer movie season starts next week with Wolverine, and that’s when Alara Reborn releases.  I decided to celebrate my two favorite loves (after my wife): Magic and Movies.  Let’s do some Mash-Ups and see what would happen if some art from Alara Reborn were movie posters:

Every Summer seems to have a Horror Film, and this one looks awesome as if Dead Rising, Alara and George A Romero mixed all in one.  With Romero directing you know there’s some underhanded political message.  It doesn’t matter, it would look awesome.


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Restarting, to an Extent…

Sway of StarsI’m Starting over.

Just like 11th Edition Magic 2010. I’m going to take posts from my past that I like and create all new content.  For a while I was thinking of just leaving this blog but I love the game too much.  I want to voice my opinion and luckily there are people who want to read it.  Of course some of them come here in search of 11th Edition Spoilers (Hint: Basic Land!), but some of them are legitimate people in search of debate and magic design.

MaRo (Mark Rosewater, he’s kind of a big deal) always said that “restrictions always breeds creativity.”  And it’s true, but talking about Magic design when you don’t see any of your cards printed can only go so far.  I will still talk about Magic design a good deal of the time, have my conversations with MaRo, and even speculate what could be in Base Sets (Every year now!).  Continue reading “Restarting, to an Extent…”

Virgin Pie – Xth Edition Uncommons

I was going to repost the first several paragraphs from my previous post to provide some kinda of consistency. Then I realized that you were going to skip it and just look at the girls to the right. Or the cards. I guess that’s why some people come here, to read cards and to learn from me. Or the girls from American Pie. But Shannon Elizabeth isn’t on the cover, shouldn’t she be? Don’t ask me, ask Paramount (Yes, that’s a SFWish image).

Today, we’ve got the uncommons to look at. Remember, these are not the best uncommons in the set in terms of power, but the ones that are the best designed for the color. There’s a smaller pool now, since we’re still sticking to cards where this is their first time being printed in a Core Set (again, with the virgin remark).

I think that this is an interesting exercise since it forces you to look at other cards. I mean, Cruel Edict would win for black, but it was reprinted in 9th (and as a player rewards card). By taking a look at the new cards, it tells us in what way R&D are going with each color.

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