Cracking Mystery Boosters with Gavin Verhey

Bradley Rose Community, Design

Drafting a new Magic set is an opportunity to explore the unknown. Chaos Draft offers an even more refreshing mish-mash of cards and mechanics between packs. Mystery Booster takes it to an even more exciting level by offering a mix of themes within the same pack! While Mystery Booster was fully unveiled at MagicFest Richmond, there’s still a deeper mystery …

Knights in Magic: Then and Now

Bradley Rose Design

*Boom, boom, clap**Boom, boom, clap* It’s 2001, and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” echoes throughout a theater a beaming twelve-year-old me is in. The opening credits of A Knight’s Tale set the tone of a medieval times movie with modern storytelling. Its story demonstrated what it took to become a knight. It’s 2019, and a menacing version of Frankie Valli’s …

Upgrading Commander 2019: Mystic Intellect

Bradley Rose Commander

And now you’ve reached the end of the article. Hah! Thanks for reading! What’s that? You didn’t see an article? Oh, geez. Let me check the chronospheres. Hold on… Okay! Ready to flashback the article in… 3…2…1…GO! So, you have the “Mystic Intellect” Commander 2019 deck and are ready to flash back as many spells as you can. But you’re …

Commander 2019: Upgrading Merciless Rage

Bradley Rose Commander

It’s 2007, and college me is looking at one of my Torment cards from high school. The movie 300 has been released recently, and I smile at a silly idea for a card alter. I draw a “no” symbol over the card’s keyword and write beside it: “THIS. IS. SPARTA!” The keyword on that card? Madness. Flash forward to now, …

An Intro to Oathbreaker

Bradley Rose Community, Strategy

“My Squirrels get +10/+10, trample, and haste.” I said this to an opponent while playing one of many Oathbreaker games at MagicFest Seattle. Before that weekend, I had never played this command-zone-oriented format. But by the time the Fest was over, I had played eight Oathbreaker matches and was completely sold on it. Not sure what Oathbreaker is? Interested in …

Unmasking “The Jester”

Bradley Rose Design, Magic Story

With War of the Spark’s impending release, the Magic community is full of speculation. Will Bolas triumph? Is Mowu actually a planeswalker? Not all questions are answered so quickly, though. Some mysteries prevail to this day, such as “Who is the Raven Man?” Another such long-standing burning inquiry – which feels especially appropriate on April Fool’s Day – is “Who …

Simic by Design

Bradley Rose Design

Oh, hi! Are you the new test subject? …no? Shoot. Well, grab a seat, and let me tell you about my latest research – might as well pass the time until they arrive. With Ravnica Allegiance, the Simic are resurfacing once again and with a new wardrobe (well, if getting extra crab arms or jelly legs can be classified as …

Best Magic Card Designs of 2018

Adam Klesh & Bradley Rose Design

Brad: As 2018 comes to a close and we unwrap booster packs for draft, let’s take a moment to review the past year’s Magic: The Gathering cards from a design perspective. After much deliberation, I decided on a list of Top Five Designed Cards, with one card from each of Rivals of Ixalan, Battlebond, Dominaria, Core Set 2019, Commander 2018 …

The Cipher Net

Bradley Rose Magic Story

Editor’s Note: In today’s blog post, Bradley Rose speculates about what social media would be like in the Multiverse. The following story takes place on the plane of Ravnica and is told through a series of posts on the social media platform Scribbler.  @PetConclaveDoggos Me right now: Morning coffee at a new café with a SCRIBE in hand @IsmerianLibrarian replying …

Commander 2018 Deck Tech: Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle

Bradley Rose Commander

Five Five is the number of legendary Krakens, Leviathans, Octopi, and Serpents that existed in Magic before Commander 2018’s release. Now, sleeper hit Arixmethes is makin’ waves as the sixth in Magic’s roster of legendary sea monsters. It was awkward building a deck around creatures of the deep and not being able to invite Kiora, the Master of the Depths …