Zach Barash

@ImproPhilo

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Party Time on Zendikar

Zendikar Rises this weekend, but just how good will it be to assemble a party?

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The New DFCs on the Block

Zendikar Rising introduces the first twist on double-faced cards, an innovation that breaks an ancient rule of Magic.

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Design of a Card: Spell Pierce

As Zendikar Rises, we reflect on its most famous counterspell.

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Design of a Card: Anointed Chorister

Anointed Chorister quietly broke one of white’s longest running restrictions: the +2/+2 ceiling.

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The Unusual State of Design

State of Design has been an annual window into the year’s biggest successes and lessons. This year’s edition fogs that window.

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2019-2020 Mechanics in Review

The last year featured some of the most surprising, delightful, dangerous, and disappointing mechanics ever.

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Bans Beget More Bans

Standard quietly hit a grim milestone: the most cards banned ever.

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The Right Magic for Right Now

Double Master spoilers aren’t focused on Limited. It’s unfortunate, but for good reason.

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Double Rare Drafting with Double Masters

Get ready to draft double the rares and play against them every game too.

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Design of a Card: Revenge of Ravens

Many Core Set 2021 Limited games are defined by Teferi’s Tutelage, but 2019 featured another often unbeatable uncommon enchantment.

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Jumpstarting Back to My Roots

Jumpstart and quarantine gave Zach something he hadn’t had since childhood: solo Magic.