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Status Update

Hi everybody!  Hello in particular to everybody who’s come over from the very generous and much appreciated plug from Commandercast.net!

Ironically, things have been very turbulent for me lately as I’ve just started my second year of law school.  The first month is probably the most hectic as everybody is bending their will toward (trying) to get a job.  As such, updates have been a little sparse!

Hopefully by next week I’ll have some time to get some games in and write some new articles.  I do have a feature planned right now based on something by playgroup is trying, called Pauper Guildmage Commander.  The idea is, we can use any card that has ever been printed at common rarity, and our Commander must be either a Guildmage (from Ravnica or Mirage) or a Battlemage (from Invasion or Shards of Alara).  We’re all super excited for this format because the meta-game is going to be turned 100% upside-down.  No sweepers, poor card drawing and card advantage, and much reduced land-ramp shenanigans!  Right now I’m leaning a bit toward Sunscape Battlemage, but Ana Battlemage, Izzet Guildmage, and Dimir Guildmage also have my attention.  Naturally, the release of new guildmages from Return to Ravnica might change my tune as well!

In the mean time, I’d encourage you to subscribe to the RSS feed (link on the right hand side) to get notifications for my sporadic updates in the next couple of weeks!  After that, things should return to normal.

Thanks for reading!

Here’s how this is gonna go

Monday will feature either a strategy article or a deck creation article (like the Dralnu series).  Wednesday will be a Deck Doctor article, provided you people send me enough material, or an editorial* or miscellaneous if not.  Friday will be the Card of the Week feature.

Hooray!

* This feature is tentatively entitled either “Why I Hate You” or “Here Is Why Your Ideas Suck”.

Exhume!!!

Just like the Primeval Titan you can’t get rid of, I’m baaaaaack!

My exceptionally long hiatus was due to two things.  The first is that I had to finish my semester of law school and I had zero time for Magic at all, much less writing about it for you folks.  The second is that once I got my time back, I had to rekindle my interest in the game.  That took longer than expected.  I think I’ve played less than 10 games of Magic since March.  Egads.

Then the bug bit again (pun intended, as you’ll see).  I was looking over an unholy legacy Show and Tell deck featuring the hep new cat Griselbrand and I said to myself: I need to do that.  I NEED to do that!!  The wheels started turning on a rather disgusting seeming BUG deck (see? get it?) which is tentatively entitled “Draw ALL the cards!”

Just yesterday, I went out and picked up an Entomb and a Griselbrand.  Then I read today that he’s now more accurately called “Griselbanned”.  In the first banning since Emracool, the Aeons Hip, Sheldon and the RC gave the axe not only to my new fast friend but to Sundering Titan as well.  I guess I get why they axed that sick 7/7 — usually when I get excited about something, it’s a sign nobody else at the table is going to have any fun.  Banning ol’ Tits is fine too.  I don’t play him and generally don’t have any fun when anybody else does either.

I think the deck is still do-able and will still be good, it’s just … sad.  And incredibly ironic, really.  I intend to do another deck-building feature on here for it.  Maybe I’ll go less cutthroat and more thematic with it.  Should be fun, right?

So that’s plan #1.  The next plan involves two new weekly features I’d like to add to the site.  The first is to do a “Card of the Week” sort of thing.  You know, the usual.  I’ll talk about some choice sleeper, or some overrated thing, or whatever.  Feel free to submit recommendations for cards you’d like to see talked about, too.  The second is to do a Deck Doctor sort of thing, where you lot can submit a deck to me and I’ll dissect it, talk about card choices, and make recommendations.  FUN!  INTERACTIVE!  WEB 2.0!

Also, with Land Tax now unbanned in Legacy, it might be a good time to pick a few up, along with its comrade-in-arms, Scroll Rack.  Both are EDH staples that will probably get more expensive.