The Color Pie Identity Project – Black

Editor’s Note: This should have appeared yesterday, but thanks to computer issues it appears today. Hopefully 1’s and 0’s won’t give me problems next time.

Welcome to the first of 5 (maybe more) posts of The Color Pie Identity Project. Today, the most selfish of the colors gets to go first, or the one that’s first alphabetically; either or, it works, right?

So, I’ll take a look at Black as a color, what it does, what it can’t so, etc, etc. Before I get threatening e-mails, yes this is based off of MaRo’s take on each color. But this is a healthy exercise because sometimes you’re too far in the forest to see the trees. Not saying they don’t know what they’re doing (because they do), but it’s good to hear what an outsider thinks of what a color is by it’s cards, not by what R&D says.

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What Banned and Restricted Lists Tells Us about Design – September

Yes, today’s post was not yesterday, but I’ve been working on the first one of my series of the Color Pie Identity Project, and I was wait for the new Banned and Restricted list. For those of you who haven’t seen it, click here.

Personally, I don’t care about Online formats (sorry MTGO players) since I don’t play online. But the one big change for the B&R list this quarter was for the eternal formats with the banning of Shahrazad. What the DCI just said, it doesn’t like three things:

  • I creates too much space to keep having sub-games.
  • Sub-games create longer than normal games and in tournaments you run out of time.
  • DCI hates that Shahrazad/Fork combo as much as you do.

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After MaRo – Voices in My Head

Hello Robby.


No, this is the voice in your head.

It’s Mr. Rosewater with a mind controlling device! He’s mad about that phone call last week. Damn, where did I put that foil helmet.

No! This is the voice in your head where you have internal monologue.

Oh, yeah. I recognize your voice now. Wait a minute, does that mean I have other voices in my head as well?

Robby hungry.

Who’s that?

Maslow’s voice.

Ah. So, what is it you want to talk to me about voice?

You remember MaRo’s article?

The topical blend one where he’s talking to his therapist?

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The Color Pie Identity Project – Introduction

The key to designing good cards is to know where they go in the Color Pie.

Color Pie? I’ve mentioned it around a million times. Hey, even the title of this blog is M:tG Color Pie. What is this Color Pie that I keep mentioning then?

The Color Pie is a term invented by Wizards of the Coast (either Wizards or WotC) for Magic for the identity of the five colors of Magic. Each of the colors have a flavor of what they can and cannot do with their spells, and those restrictions are what the Color Pie is about (I personally capitalize Color Pie because I believe it’s a proper noun). You can’t have a Green discard spell, and you can’t have a Red gain life spell according to the color pie, and you’re find out why.

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Magic Motivational Posters

I love those motivational posters that people do online. I’ve got like 100 saved on my computer though I can’t show because of Rule #34. So, I did the next best thing, I created some Magic: The Gathering Motivational Posters. It’s a little comedy break while I’m working on my big project about the roles of each color of the Color Pie. hopefully I’ll start it in the next week.

In the mean time, here’s some Magic motivational posters. Make your own and send them in. Or, if you think you’ve got better punchlines, comment me and I’ll change them if I think yours are better. If you want full scale pics, e-mail me and I’ll send them to you (I may change this wordpress theme since I have to shrink pics all the time).

You guys like this comedy stuff (this and the MaRo piece of Tuesday)? Or do you just want straight design topics? Tell me what you think: mtgcolorpie_AT_gmai_dot_com, or commenting here.

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