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The Feeling of Hopelessness

This week, Zach delves into the worst feeling Magic: hopelessness. Why have been games felt hopeless, how is RoI culpable, and is this likely to change in the future?


Champion of the Cherished

Rob discusses the powerful stories that Magic cards like Cherished Hatchling can tell.

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Great Designer Training: Design Critique

Hundreds of custom cards were submitted for for week two of Great Designer Training. Here’s a select bunch of them with commentary.

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Great Designer Training: GDS3 Preamble

The Great Designer Search 3 is coming! This week, we’re introducing a new series, Great Designer Training, where we help YOU prepare for GDS3!

Dear Azami

Un-Inspired Designs

Levi looks at how mechanics from Unstable made their way into recent black-bordered cards.

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The Power of Exploring

Explore is one of the most nuanced mechanics in a while. It’s devilishly simple, obviously powerful, yet difficult to evaluate. Here’s why.

The Magic Minute

The State of Magic Design in 2017

Head Designer Mark Rosewater released his State of Design for 2017.


On Party Lines

Rob examines the history of Magic’s design through the lens of politics and party.

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Design of a Card: Bone Picker

There’s a new 3/2 flying for one and the block. Zach breaks down everything you need to know about Bone Picker.

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Design of a Card: Hazoret the Fervent

Gods are back, and they’re both very different and very familiar from Theros. Zach breaks down the design of our first new god, Hazoret the Fervent.

Hope Eternal

Point Counterpoint—Invocations

The new Amonkhet Invocations are stirring up controversy among the Magic player base. Kate and Rich debate the big issues.