Improving Your Sequencing in Magic: The Gathering

Mason Clark Strategy

Thanks for reading this week’s article! Make sure to tweet at me at @masoneclark with your thoughts. …Wait, that’s not how this article is supposed to start! Whether you’re writing an article, following a recipe, or playing a game of Magic, the order in which you do things matters. Otherwise, you might end up making mistakes that were totally avoidable.  …

MTG Keywords Explained: Dredge

Card Kingdom Strategy

Today, we’ll review the most controversial graveyard mechanic in Magic: The Gathering: Dredge! What is Dredge? Dredge may be a powerful mechanic, but it’s actually pretty simple in practice. If a card with dredge is in your graveyard, and you would draw a card for any reason, you may instead return the card with dredge to your hand by putting …

What is Convoke

MTG Keywords Explained: Convoke

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Do you like saving mana on casting your spells? How about utilizing your creatures the turn they come into play? Today, we take a look at a Magic mechanic that allows your creatures to help you pay for your spells: convoke! What is Convoke? Convoke was first introduced in Ravnica: City of Guilds in 2005. As the signature mechanic of …

MTG Keywords Explained: Disturb

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It wouldn’t be an Innistrad set without fun graveyard mechanics, and Midnight Hunt has a new one called disturb. If you’ve ever wished you could give a creature spell flashback, then these are the cards for you. What is Disturb? Disturb appears on double-faced creature cards, and it works from the graveyard. If you’re casting the creature normally or otherwise …

MTG Keywords Explained: Ninjutsu

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This week, we conclude our look at Kamigawa block mechanics with one of the more popular and enduring of them all. What is Ninjutsu? Ninjutsu is one of those rare mechanics that only works when the card is in your hand. When you attack with a creature and it isn’t blocked, you may pay the ninjutsu cost of a card …

MTG Keywords Explained: Offering

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We continue our foray into Kamigawa block this week with a mechanic that appeared on the Patron cycle in Betrayers of Kamigawa. These five creatures were playable at instant speed, but only if you made an offering. What is Offering? Offering comes into play when you cast a card that has it, although it can also modify the timing with …

MTG Mechanic Spotlight: Coven

Tom Anderson Design, Strategy

“The strong will hunt the weak” seems to be the dominant philosophy of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. But not all denizens of the haunted plane follow such twisted laws of nature! And we can see proof of this resistance in one of the set’s many innovative mechanics: coven. Coven is a green-white mechanic, seen on the witches of Harvesttide, their human …

MTG Keywords Explained: Splice

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Once more through the breach! We’re continuing our journey through Kamigawa block’s mechanics, this time with one of the most complex. What is Splice? Splice appears on instant and sorcery cards, and it allows you to pay a little extra to add more effects to your spells. Sounds like kicker, right? Well, this mechanic is way more complicated rules-wise, although …

MTG Keywords Explained: Soulshift

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Just like last week, we’re heading back to Kamigawa to share some tips for using one of Magic‘s lesser-known mechanics. What is Soulshift? Soulshift is a mechanic exclusive to the Spirit tribe. It makes sense coming from Kamigawa block, where Spirits were a main part of the story and showed up in abundance. Soulshift is an ability on Spirit creatures …

MTG Keywords Explained: Bushido

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Today, we’re taking a trip back to Kamigawa to revisit an ability that will help your creatures in combat. What is Bushido? Bushido is a combat mechanic that helps your creatures, whether they’re on offense or defense. Whenever a creature with bushido blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +N/+N, where N is the number printed next to bushido. This ability …