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 …

Pir and Toothy, Commander Companions

Adam Klesh & Bradley Rose Commander

Adam: Hello and welcome to this blog post! I’m your writer, Adam Klesh, also known online as madolaf. Brad: And I’m your other writer, Bradley Rose, also known online as Bradley Rose! Adam: I was tasked to write a post about making a Commander deck using Battlebond cards, and I thought, “This would be much more fun if I could get …

Gonti Brawl and Creative Constraints

Bradley Rose Brawl

So, you lost another game of Magic. (Cue Captain America meme.) It wasn’t one of those Archenemy Planechase Two-Headed Giant Commander extravaganza games worthy of future-told tales. And you made some sloppy decisions during that game. Yet you’re grinning from ear to ear. What gives? What happened was that your deck got to do “its thing” in a game. Another …

Archfrenemies

Bradley Rose Cube

You’ve dethroned monarchs, assembled contraptions, and chased planes. You might have even successfully teamed up to take down an elder dragon. But what if you had to deal with TWO powerful foes – or perhaps find yourself the one setting schemes into motion against an equally-diabolical rival? Enter Archfrenemies.          What is Archfrenemies? Archfrenemies is both a …