How to Make Crimes Pay in Outlaws of Thunder Junction

How to Make Crimes Pay in Outlaws of Thunder Junction

Tom AndersonCommander, Design, Standard

The Outlaws of Thunder Junction previews have made it very clear: Magic’s newest plane is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Every named bad guy in the history of the game (who isn’t dead or in plane jail) is riding around town, shooting up the new frontier and causing cowboy chaos.  The Thunder Junction design team have embraced this …

MTG Predictions for 2024

5 MTG Predictions for 2024

Tom AndersonDesign

Happy New Year everyone! We’ve officially made it through the cleanup phase of 2023, and it’s time to start stacking upkeep triggers for 2024. There’s always that wave of annual diligence and new-year rituals to observe in these first few weeks of January, not least of which is casting our minds forward to try and predict what the next 12 …

Why Do Magic Players Love Ravnica?

Why Do Magic Players Love Ravnica?

Jacob LacknerDesign, Magic Story

Ravnica Remastered releases on January 12th, 2024. It’s a set filled with awesome reprints from our various trips to the plane. Apart from Dominaria, Ravnica is the plane that we have visited the most frequently. In fact, the next Standard-release Magic set, Murders at Karlov Manor is a Ravnica set too! We visit the plane regularly because it is the …

The 5 Tastiest Cards of 2023

The Tastiest Cards of 2023

Jacob LacknerDesign

As we get closer and closer to the start of 2024, it’s a good time to sit back and reflect on 2023. It was another great year of Magic and in this article I want to take some time to look at the most flavorful card designs of the year. [Note: In order to avoid being redundant, I won’t be …

The Most Impactful Mechanics of 2023

The Most Impactful New Mechanics of 2023

Tom AndersonDesign

During previews and release windows of new Magic expansions, we tend to focus on the impact of their strongest individual cards. But over time, as those cards become familiar parts of the broader metagame, it’s the unique mechanics which come to define that set in the collective memory. Taking the Limited perspective, these mechanics essentially ARE the set – you …

Griselbrand's Ban in Commander

Why is Griselbrand Banned in Commander?

Jacob LacknerCommander, Design

While Commander’s grassroots origins make it different from many other Magic formats, it still has a ban list like the rest of them. However, since Commander is not a format with tons of tournament data to back up banning certain cards, some players are unsure why certain offenders end up on the list. Today, I’m going to take a look …

Ten Sorcery Spells That Are New Classics in Commander

Ten Sorcery Spells That Are New Classics in Commander

Kristen GregoryCommander, Design, Strategy

What new Sorcery spells should be making the cut in your Commander decks? Kristen is here with a list of ten of the best! Last week, I looked at ten Sorcery spells that had aged really well in Commander. This time around, I will cover ten new classics: sorceries that have landed with impact, and continue to impress me.  Sorceries …