Cats of Ikoria

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Cats: Winners of the Internet, Havers of Cheezburgers, and Champions of Cute Memes. Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths has wisely chosen to feature these fabulous felines as one of its creature types, along with dinosaurs and even flying sharks. In a set that’s filled with campiness, cats add that extra flavor of cuteness that many players crave in a Magic expansion. …

Magic Story Review: Sundered Bond (Ikoria)

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

(Note: This article contains spoilers for Sundered Bond.) On the surface, Ikoria’s tagline: “There’s Always A Bigger Monster” is fairly straightforward. Life is simple: you fight for your survival, whether you’re a human fighting a monster or even a monster fighting another monster. Until he unexpectedly bonded with a giant dinosaur cat, Captain Lukka of Drannith would have agreed with …

Which MTG Creatures Make the Best Pets?

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Due to recent events, many of us have had to practice self-isolation and quarantine ourselves in our own homes. For better or worse, this new way of life can be a lonely one…but does it have to be? Perhaps this might be a great time to bring a new special someone into your world – someone whose presence, affection and …

The CAG’s Favorite Theros Beyond Death Commander Cards

Michelle Rapp Commander

With the arrival of Theros Beyond Death, Commander players are adding new enchantments, Gods, and creatures to their own decks. Given all of the possibilities, who better to ask for deck-building advice than the expert members of the Commander Advisory Group! I reached out to Olivia Gobert-Hicks, Shivam Bhatt, and Josh Lee Kwai to not only obtain their opinions about …

Dating the Gods of Theros

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

Theros has one of the most flavorful settings of Magic’s many planes, bringing the classic Greek myths to life with all their power and majesty. Of course, none of these myths would be complete without the presence of the Gods themselves, who tirelessly appoint champions to fight the monsters of the land. While it is important to treat these Gods …

An Intro to Theros

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

Gods, Monsters and Heroes. These are the thematic foundations of Theros, a world inspired by classic Greco-Roman myths and legends – but this time, with a Magic twist. One of the most successful and flavorful top-down design sets, Theros featured several new mechanics and an epic tale of its own. The three original Theros sets followed the story of Elspeth …

Review: The Wildered Quest

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

After reading the reviews of War of the Spark: Ravnica earlier this year, my initial reaction to The Wildered Quest was one of cautious optimism. Kate Elliott had already done a masterful job with her work on The Chronicles of Bolas, but I was unsure whether the novel was the ideal format for Magic story. For years, the short stories …

Navigating the Politics of Commander

Michelle Rapp Commander

For many players (myself included), Magic is a hobby that helps folks relax in their off time. Whether you’re at an FNM, a side event at MagicFest, or on Arena, Magic can be an escape from the boring, banal realities of our 9 to 5 jobs. However, when it comes to multi-player formats (especially Commander), it can be super beneficial …

Serra in Modern Horizons

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

With the dawn of Modern Horizons, the Magic community is looking forward to not just seeing a boost of new cards in the format, but also revisiting old worlds and seeing familiar characters. Wizards of the Coast chose to announce the set with a planeswalker that any Vorthos or older player would be excited to see: Serra. Rendered beautifully by …

MTG Planeswalkers’ Hogwarts Houses

Michelle Rapp Magic Story

Until recently, I considered myself a quintessential Harry Potter fan. A “Potterhead” who knew everything from the conversion rates of sickles to galleons (17 to 1), to the wand wood of Ollivander himself (hornbeam), to the Hogwarts House of Moaning Myrtle (Ravenclaw). I even have my own custom designed wand (also made of hornbeam). Before I started playing Magic: The …