Category: Card of the Week

Card of the Week: Chandra Ablaze

Once again, the CotW feature was moved to Tuesday.  Might have to make this a permanent thing!

Today’s card is our first red card featured, and it’s a hot little Planeswalker number that I’ve put into every deck I own with Mountains.  That card is Chandra Ablaze.

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Cardz of the Week: Colorless Card Drawing

I’m reversing the schedule this week because this article is done and the other one isn’t.  Deal widdit.

Is your deck having a hard time drawing cards?  For the most part, card drawing is limited to blue and black, with a little bit sprinkled here and there in other colors.  White in particular has a very difficult time drawing cards, and Red tends to have to discard as many cards as they draw (though that’s not necessarily a bad thing).  Well, there is help out there, but it can be hard to come by.  There aren’t a lot of card advantage cards with brown (or grey) borders, but here is a list of all of them I can find with my pearls of wisdom scattered throughout.  Enjoy!

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Card of the Week: Long-Term Plans

Last time I said I was making a conscious effort not to talk about only blue cards, but this one’s caught my eye after it worked its way into my new Bruna, Light of Alabaster deck.  I also happen to think this format suffers from the use of too many tutors, and this card is a tutor, but it’s definitely a tutor with a twist.  It’s a strange rare from Scourge called Long-Term Plans.

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Card of the Week: Lotus Cobra

After a couple of cardz of the week, we’re back to a single-card column today.  I’m trying to rotate through all the colors so I don’t just talk about blue cards and artifacts all the time, so let’s move on to everybody’s favorite Commander color, green.  Today’s card is a great little mythic from Zendikar: Lotus Cobra.  I think this card is quite underplayed in Commander and I think he’s a great little dude.

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Cardz of the Week: Sweepers!

This Friday’s CotW is a bonus feature covering ALL the sweeper removal in Magic!  Well, most of it, anyway.  It’s a pretty broad category, and some cards can only be considered a sweeper if you stretch the definition somewhat.  The definition I intend to use for this article is that a sweeper is a card that removes (destroys, exiles, bounces, etc.) all permanents of a certain type, even if there is a condition attached, and that does so by not targetting them or dealing damage.  The condition is often based on converted mana cost (e.g. Pernicious Deed).  As such, Mutilate is a sweeper, but Violent Ultimatum is not.  The definition is pretty fuzzy, as Overwhelming Forces can either be a sweeper or not by these criteria, but you get the idea.  It’s mostly a “feel” thing.

I’m going to go in categories based on what card type the sweeper removes.  The goal is to give everybody an idea of all the options they have in certain colors to get rid of all kinds of permanents at the same time, which is obviously a great thing to do.  Using one card to get rid of a whole bunch is just Good Magic.  I’m also going to leave out Planeswalker ultimates, because, well, they never happen.

Monday’s column will be a strategy article on just how many of these type of cards to include, to tie in with this one.  With that said, here we go!

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Cardz of the Week: M13 Set Review

Hey folks, I thought I’d do something a little different today and rather than going deeply into one card, talk about the highlights for Commander players from the newest release, Magic 2013.  I won’t talk about every card, just the ones I think are interesting or could find a home in a lot of Commander decks.

I’m more excited about this core set than I’ve been about a core set maybe ever.  (Of course, if I’d realized just how good the Titans would be, that set would have been worth getting excited over!)  They’ve printed a cycle of new (potential) Commanders, two new planeswalkers, and a slew of interesting cards.  There’s even some utility spells worth adding to decks which I find rare in new core set cards.  So, let’s get started!  For the most part, I’m only going to talk about new cards and not reprints (functional or identical).

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Card of the Week: Braids, Cabal Minion

Happy Friday everybody!  Today’s CotW brings you some end of the week cheeriness with an unmistakeable grin:  Braids, Cabal Minion.  She continues a streak of favorite cards of mine, an affair dating back to my first foray into competitive Magic during Odyssey block.  There she fell naturally into a powerful mono-black control archetype along with Cabal Coffers, Cabal Therapy, Faceless Butcher, and Chainer’s Edict (most of which find homes in many decks sporting black still).

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Card of the Week: Grim Monolith

The second installment in this series is going to feature another pet card of mine:  Grim Monolith.  This is one my favoritest artifacts from one of my favoritest blocks.  On its face, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher, as over time, it’s net mana loss.  But when you dig deeper, it’s super-abusable!

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Card of the Week: Fact or Fiction

Howdy!  This is the first installment of the (hopefully) weekly feature wherein I discuss the merits, detriments, and other fancy things about a particular card.  Again, feel free to leave a comment to suggest future cards for the feature.  I’m keen on discussing not only hidden gems, but well-known powerhouses, overrated cards, and staples.

What I hope you will get out of this feature is not only an appreciation for the ins and outs of particular cards but a deeper understanding of card selection and analysis to help with your deck building.

With that said…

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