MTG Keywords Explained: Menace

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Creature combat is a fundamental part of Magic: The Gathering gameplay. It’s the most consistent way to win games, and well-planned attacks and blocks can make the difference in a game. But there are some rules of Magic that make attacking and blocking slightly more complicated. Today, we’re going to discuss a keyword ability that will help ensure your creatures …

MTG Keywords Explained: Prowess

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There are many ways to build an aggressive deck in Magic: The Gathering. Some players load their decks with as many efficient creatures as they can, sometimes taking advantage of creature type synergies. Others try to knock an opponent’s life total down early with creatures and finish the job with burn spells. These latter strategies — like Burn and Tempo …

MTG Keywords Explained: Equip

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Zendikar can be a dangerous place, where the land itself could strike at any moment. To survive here, the denizens of this plane have forged a number of tools that you might find helpful. Whether you’re in the market for a kitesail to help you get around, a pick-axe to help your scale the cliffs, or a hammer to defend …

MTG Keywords Explained: Prowl

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The new Magic: The Gathering set, Zendikar Rising, features the return of the game’s sneakiest creature type: rogues! Just like in D&D, rogues in Magic are known for their stealth; they may be small, but they’re often difficult to block in combat. Build a deck full of rogues, and the damage can add up quickly. But that’s not all! When …

MTG Keywords Explained: Kicker

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This week, we’ll return to the world of Zendikar with the release of the newest Magic set, Zendikar Rising. Each time we return to a favorite plane, we get to experience a mix of old and new elements; oftentimes, Wizards will design cards that use Magic’s mechanics in new and unexpected ways. Like, say, putting the kicker ability on a …

MTG Keywords Explained: Banding

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We’ve been producing keyword ability primers for a couple months now on the CK Blog and on our YouTube channel. Our goal with this series has been to educate new and returning Magic players about the mechanics they’re most likely to run into while playing the game. But every now and then, we get a request from our audience that …

MTG Keywords Explained: Flash

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One of the best things about Magic: The Gathering is how interactive it can be. When you and your opponent and playing cards in response to one another, it really can feel like you’re two wizards locked in spell-casting battle. Thanks to cards like instants, you can react to anything your opponent does: counter their spells, destroy their creatures, or …

A Guide to Full-Art Lands

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As Zendikar rises, the land falls. That’s right, we’re back on the plane where lands matter. And I’m not just talking about how many times you can trigger landfall. The very lands we put in our decks also matter, including the basic Plains, Islands, Swamps, Mountains, and/or Forests we choose to express ourselves with. While there are many choices for …

MTG Keywords Explained: Haste

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One of the first things new Magic: The Gathering players learn is that creatures can’t attack the turn they come into play. This rule is commonly referred to as “summoning sickness,” and it afflicts all creatures, from the tiniest insects to the mightiest beasts. Well, almost all creatures, that is! There’s one keyword ability in Magic that will allow your …

MTG Keywords Explained: Flying and Reach

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Most of the time, a game of Magic: The Gathering is a race to see who can deal 20 damage to another player the fastest. You add creatures to your board and attack with them as often as you can, hoping that you’ll be the one to deal the final blow. Sometimes, your plan works out, and you overwhelm your …