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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Virgin Pie – Xth Edition Rares

Sigh. Anyway, we’ve got rares to look at today. Remember, these are not the best rare in the set in terms of power, but the ones that are the best designed for the color. This is the first time they have been printed in the Core Set, so that limits our options. Some of these, no doubt are powerful, but stick with the color’s philosophy.

Same deal. Hopefully you were able to predict that this is what I was going to do. The logical step from common to uncommon to, what’s that? Oh, yeah, rare. Rare just like the buffalo steak I had a couple of weeks ago. Well, it was medium rare but there is no medium rare in Magic now, is there? Also, I do recommend trying buffalo; it’s better for you, and it’s pretty tasty. I’ve also had ostrich before as well. It’s a red meat (which surprised me for a bird).

What, you thought that I would be talking about Magic this entire introduction? I’ve got the girls from American Pie to the right here? Do they have anything to do with Magic? Most likely not. Though, it does match up with the title of this section: Virgin Pie. See, in the movie, the guys were trying to lose their virginity (kids, situations like that are only good in movie comedies. MTG Color Pie does not recommend actually losing one’s virginity to a pie). Hence, this is not only a play on the meaning virginity, (like it being printed for the first time somewhere), but a play on the movie American Pie (which my mad photoshop skills got rid of the word American). See how that all ties in together like an episode of Arrested Development? Plus, kids today wouldn’t get it if I did a Don McLean reference. Now they will.

Sigh. Anyway, we’ve got rares to look at today. Remember, these are not the best rare in the set in terms of power, but the ones that are the best designed for the color. This is the first time they have been printed in the Core Set, so that limits our options. Some of these, no doubt are powerful, but stick with the color’s philosophy.

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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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Virgin Pie – Xth Edition Commons

But right now, we’re looking at the best designed cards to be printed in the Core Set for the first time (hence the virgin remark. I’m not calling you a virgin, or am I?).

Today, we’ve the got commons to look at. Remember, these are not the best commons in the set in terms of power, but the ones that are the best designed for the flavor and function of the color.

I love well designed cards. They make me feel all tingly when Wizards throws them in core sets. Core Sets are all about showing new players what a color is all about and not about sales (Remember that the next time you crack a black boarded Birds of Paradise, Painland or Wrath of God). But, R&D (or in this case: Aaron Forsythe, Matt Place and Mike Turian put together 10th) wised up and thought “hey, we better design the set for people who want to play standard too.” Which they did when they put together this set and is quite possibly the best designed core set in years.

But right now, we’re looking at the best designed cards to be printed in the Core Set for the first time (hence the virgin remark. I’m not calling you a virgin, or am I?).

Today, we’ve the got commons to look at. Remember, these are not the best commons in the set in terms of power, but the ones that are the best designed for the flavor and function of the color. Confused about some of the terms I’ve used? Click here.

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Introduction Post

I’ve posted this as my first post, though it’s on a page as well (Hint: it’s called About M:tG Color Pie). I’ll have some posts up here soon, once I get back from my vacation. Yes, I know I started a new blog before I leave for a week… [More on page]

Urza's Saga Catalog, by BerrtI’ve posted this as my first post, though it’s on a page as well (Hint: it’s called About M:tG Color Pie). I’ll have some posts up here soon, once I get back from my vacation. Yes, I know I started a new blog before I leave for a week. I’ll have plenty of time to think about topics and get outlines for them. If you design your own sets, or anything to that effect, I would love for you to write on this page as well. My e-mail is at the bottom if you want to contact me.

The RSS Feed is to the right; please sign up for it. It will tell you when I’ve (or anyone else) has posted on here.

And now, here’s the page, so you don’t have to click on the link to the right:


DamnationThis is a blog about designing Magic: the Gathering cards. If you don’t know what Magic cards are, I suggest you visit this site.

You will not find rumors here (MTGSalvation should be your source). Want help with your limited game? Maybe constructed? Who won what with what type of deck? Brainburst, Starcitygames, ManaDeckVortex, and even Magicthegathering.com might all be good places to go.

The reason for this site is to talk about the design aspect of Magic. What is Wizards doing right, what should we be expecting from them in the future? All of those things will be covered right here. Why? Because like everyone on the internet, they think they can do as good of a job, or better, than the professionals (don’t believe me, search YouTube for stupid stunts). Am I better than the design team headed up by Mark Rosewater? We’ll see…

Magic: The Gathering is owned by Wizards of the Coast which is owned by Hasbro. Any art used on this site is property of its owner (most likely WotC). If they are upset that I’m using it, a nice e-mail telling me to take it down, I will (MtGColorPie_@_Gmail_Dot_com). The Color Pie pic was found on the Magic site.