A Fresh Coat of Paint – Fixing “Black” Cards in Planar Chaos

So far, I’ve got a positive response to the Color Pie Identity Project. No one has come out and lambasted me saying I”m full of it. That’s a nice feeling that you guys agree with me. But someone asked “What about the Planar Chaos?” Good question. What about that wacky fun-loving color bending set that twisted and confused us players making us we believe in a wacky upside down world where humans are slave to monkeys? Damn them all! Damn them to hell!

So, instead of looking at all of the Black cards, I just too a look at the timeshifted/colorshifed cards that became Black. Why? Because Wizards could have picked any cards to remake in Black, and the played and tested these. Are they really Black, or do they just pretend to be?

Bog SerpentSea Serpent

I remembered playing with Sea Serpent and using Phantasmal Terrain to turn an opponent’s land into an Island so I can attack. How much I’ve grown since revised. Now I use Urborg to turn lands into swamps. Sigh. But this doesn’t make sense as a Black card. Sure, there’s a drawback, but a 5/5 for 6 mana? It’s not very aggressive, so it doesn’t make that much sense.
Verdict – No

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After MaRo – The 2007 State of Design Response

My Tuesday posts will be about the article that MaRo just posted the day before, calling the title: After MaRo. If you don’t usaully read him, then why are you reading my site? Today, I’ll be looking at his State of Design post he does every year. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here. Read it. I’m going to go over it and none of this will make any sense if you don’t. This is a very long post, but I don’t care if you skim it. I can’t control what you decide to read and not read on my site. (MaRo art done by UGmadness.net)

I see you MaRo, sitting in that little 102×82 rectangle looking over us as we read your report. That little knowing smile grinning at us as you tell the readers how you think Magic is going while at the same time planting hints for the next block(s). A self evaluation is always a good thing, especially when it’s not required by your boss who’s handing it to you at 4:30 Friday afternoon asking it to be done by 5 (Damn you Lumberg!).

But what I’m going to do is take your topics that you covered and tell you how I think they did this Magic year. Some will be good, some will be bad which is great because everyone likes constructed criticism, especially old Roseanne script writers who is now working in one of the better jobs in the world (Come on, who doesn’t want to be both Anne Hathaway‘s and Scarlett Johannson‘s personal slave assistant?).

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