Yo Dawg, I Herd You Like Magic Design…

Listen, there's only so many MTG cards dedicated to Design. Deal with it.

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Editor’s Note: I want to thank everyone for their kind words for my last post. I just needed to get it out there, and I didn’t know how people would accept it. For the most part you did, and I’m glad. This time, happiness.

There’s a dirty little secret why you usually don’t see posts about Magic design on the major sites besides dailymtg.com: they don’t drive page views. Most of the traffic online that deals with Magic comes from tournament reports and when one of the pros write something (ie a tournament report or not). So while I might have used the appropriate slang for today’s title, It’s Hard Out There for an MTG Designer, I used my better judgment and decided against it.

When I started this blog years and years ago, I did it because I loved Magic design. Aside from the bickering found in forums, there really wasn’t a place online aside from MaRo’s articles that was devoted to design. Sure, there were pieces here at there, but since they don’t drive the traffic, unless you really love it, not everyone’s going to read it. The same people that would be reading them would be writing them; you’re going to get 10 page views which would signal that maybe there’s not a demand for it. Please ignore the fact that people would put up their funny cards on their Geocities page; they weren’t talking about design, just making wacky cards.

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After PAX – The After Party to the After Party

Volkan Bega, doing art for every powerful artifact now.

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So PAX has come and gone and new spoilers for Scars of Mirrodin have been, um spoiled (I was notified that WotC doesn’t call them spoilers, but previews). But besides the awesome party and the new cards, I was fortunate enough to talk to several WotC employees. If you had been following my Twitter feed like I suggested (@mtgcolorpie), you would’ve read what some of the higher ups thought about the new set.

Luckily, for those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter will see a majority of those quotes here as well. This is not going to be a review of PAX nor the party (both really good times), but what I thought about certain things and who I talked to and what they said.

Please note: I am not a journalist. I’m not like Bill Stark and my life isn’t based reporting news so I don’t want to get quotes wrong. While I don’t want to misquote people, so I’m going to do it form the twitter quotes earlier. The short interviews I conducted throughout the day and the night will be told in brief here. If any of the parties feels I misunderstood or twisted their words please feel free to contact me and I’ll correct it.

I also want to thank my many readers and followers on twitter, without them, I don’t think that I would’ve been able to get some of the responses out of these great people. I want to thank them too for being so nice to allow me to talk to them. Of course, every time I’ve interacted with them they’ve been nothing but nice and helpful, and not just me but to everyone they’ve talked to when I watch. It may be just me, but I seriously doubt it’s an act.

To the recap!

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Cool Stuff Inc Presents: Odds and Ends

TGotD2 Winner: @Twinblaze2

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I’ve got some things that I’m bunching together, hence the second part of the title of Odds and Ends.

All of today’s words are sponsored by the website: Cool Stuff Inc.

Alright, not all of the words, but a good portion of them.

It’s like people only do these things because they can get paid. And that’s just really sad.

In the brilliant comedic movie Wayne’s World, there’s a scene where Wayne and Garth talk about having to do plugs for products, which they plug products ironically. Doing what they loved and now getting paid for it means they have to plug certain things and compromising their ideals to make sure it was profitable and didn’t offend anyone.

While I may not be Wayne nor Garth, I’ve pointed out before that I have no advertisers on this blog; it’s a personal choice that I do this (and 99EDH.com) for the love of the game. It was after I said that that I was approached by several websites who sell Magic product (and I think a dating one) to advertise on this site. I turned them down (and still do) because I want to write what I want on here without sponsors going “Really?” From fake conversations with Mark Rosewater to having Aaron Forsythe channel his inner Alec Baldwin, to just meeting and playing against really nice people, I want to control what content gets written on my blog.

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My Own Private Metagame

Visit my new tumblr account: Hell Yeah MTG Art!

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When deciding on topics to write for your blog, you have to wade through a ton of ideas, or things you want to get to (such as the winner of the Twitter Game 2 which will go up next week). Sometimes an idea is just that, or you it’s something you want to explore more in detail and you get your fingers working on the keyboard.

I was going to write about how I love to prefer to create my own decks rather than taking them from online and playing them. It’s been a hot topic online recently and I was thinking of throwing my hat in the ring. But, two things stopped me: 1) I took a net deck to SCG Seattle because I didn’t have time to test and I it was my type of playstyle so the big argument would consider me a somewhat of a hypocrite (which is ironically one of the only times I have taken a net-deck to a large tournament), and 2) Do you really care?

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Slice of Pie – Akroma Unarmed

Oh, you just happened to find this? Yeah, take it, I have no use for it.

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Editor’s Note: I’m going to try these shorter pieces a little more frequently. They’re not enough information to fill several thousand words, but enough for food for thought.

Aaron Forsythe tweeted this:

Akroma Without Her Sword – 5WWW – Legendary Creature – Angel – 4/6 – Flying, protection from black and from red

That was later changed to 2WWW when it was pointed out that it would cause 3 to equip. Confused? Look at the card to the right. This is basically Akroma’s sword (look at the handle and compare it to this). It’s pretty easy to see that this sword is what makes Akroma so powerful. If you take off the text that this sword provides, then you get the creature mentioned above. I stuck my nose in:

@mtgaaron Well, it should be her sword that’s Legendary, not her.

My thinking was this: is a 2WWW, flying, Pro Red/Black angel Legendary?

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