The Year That Wasn’t

Guy on the left? He's from the awesome timeline where these posts were actually published.

Title suggested by @TheSundry.

If you write for a blog, or a blog, or just write, you know that not every post is your best. There are drafts upon drafts that some writers write to finally get that piece up. Coming from a fiction background I don’t write the usual Magic related posts (From my “Interviews” with MaRo, to my scripts, to deeply personal pieces).

You also know that you don’t use every idea you come up with either. Sometimes I don’t get a post done in timely fashion (as the time has passed for it to be relevant), or I don’t like where the post is going and it gets canned. As the sole writer and editor for this blog what I say goes, which can either be a good thing (all the content I want gets posted), or bad (such as non-deadlines).

Quick aside. Here’s something that some of you might not know: I don’t get paid for blogging. As you may have noticed, there’s no ads on this site, no one’s selling anything, nor any card site banners. There’s nothing wrong with that (as I have several blogger friends who do, and it’s perfectly fine), it’s just that I write when I have the time (and Wife, job and life comes first).

I’m not going to give you an end of the year review where I go back and revisit my top articles I posted. Today, you’re going to find out about articles that I didn’t post this year for one reason or another. If one thing had been different, you might have seen one of these posts up on this blog. But it wasn’t, so you get this reality we live in.

This is my Planar Chaos.

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Tom Sawyer Visted these Cards – “White” Planar Chaos Timeshifted Cards

Welcome to the last(?) Planar Chaos review article. Sigh. It brings a tear to my eye. If you read the title and don’t know what I’m talking about, Read a Book (This is a link to the CNN story, not the video. You can find the video from there, but it’s NSFW. This is not the time nor the place for social commentary, but if you want to talk about it with me, e-mail me: mtgcolorpie@gmail).

In this final(?) look at timeshifted cards, we finally get 2 cards that I’ve been waiting for years in White. Not because I love White cards, it’s the fact that they should get those cards. What we see is the other Core Set plant (The first being Prodigal Pyromancer), and an area that I wish White would venture into, but I don’t really see it happening, and that makes me a Sad Panda.

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Red Sky in the Morning, Player’s Warning – “Red” Planar Chaos Timeshifted Cards

Living up here in the Pacific Northwest, I get the enjoy the beauty of the San Juan Islands. If you ever come up here, I highly recommend it. You could be on a boat, take a ferry or even fly over the islands in a seaplane.

Why am I talking about islands when today’s topic is Red, like mountains. The real saying of this title, “Red Sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in morning, sailor’s warning” is a old sea tale, right? Well, it’s mostly true. Having been boating in the area, we can decide whether we should stay out of the weather or go to a new place.

What does this have to do with Planar Chaos? Well, I needed a Red pun, and I already used Communism last week. Plus, I like to show off my home state. It’s Washington. Just helping you out Tourist board.

Blood KnightBlack Knight/White Knight/Silver Knight
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Mr. Green Thinks Communism was Just a Red Herring – Planar Chaos “Green” Timeshifted Cards

Yes, I was watching Clue when I wrote this. Sue me. If you haven’t seen it yet, do. Classic. And because of that, all of my verdicts will be quotes from this movie.

Again, another Planar Chaos review about the color/timeshifted cards and how they fit into the Color Pie. This time, it’s Green (not Red like the color Red is in the title). Yes, this is an absurd title, I reconize that. But since everyone likes to visit these strange posts with the names, I want to see if they’re visit this one as well. It’s a test, pure and simple.

Just as Green and White are seen as close allies in colors, most of the Green timeshifted cards in this set came from White. Infact, that’s why I chose this quote, as White and Communism goes together… oopps, I wasn’t supposed to say anything yet. Wait until two weeks. And now, the cards.

Essence WardenSoul Warden

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Wizards Made these Cards Sad. And by Sad, I Mean “Blue”

Listen, I know I’m not perfect. I have faults just like everyone else whether they like to admit it or not. What am I confessing? The blog title on when I talked about Black timeshifted cards in Planar Chaos (A Fresh Coat of Paint – Fixing “Black” Cards in Planar Chaos). That title might have been a little misleading. Readers might have thought I was trying to fix Black cards in that set, when I was talking about how Wizards fixed cards that weren’t Black and made them Black to put in that set as timeshifted cards. My mistake. That is the only reason why I think that article has continued to get so many readers. If that’s not the case, and people actually like it, then, cool. And if you were wondering, that picture at the beginning of the article was a reference to Planet of the Apes, which I made a joke to right next to it.

That’s why instead of calling this one ‘A Fresh Coat of Paint – Fixing “Blue” cards in Planar Chaos,’ I named it like it is above. A) I decided that this make more sense for what I’m doing with this column and B) I like it; it’s kinda funny. Like before, I’m just taking a look at the timeshifted/colorshifted cards printed in this set. We could have picked any cards to reprint, and they chose these.

You’ll see a common theme in all of these picks. As I explained on Sunday, the color Blue is just like the Jedis, with their mind tricks and everything. By using their superior knowledge and way to manipulate time and space and the non-physical world, they’re able to control whatever they want. Except Blue is more passive aggressive and back stabbing. Blue is not evil, it just acts that way.

Frozen AetherKismet

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