Zach Barash

Senior Writer

@ImproPhilo

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Preparing for the Moment

Sometimes, life just makes you sad when you should be happy. Today, on the eve of Gen Con, let’s talk about that.

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The Road to Gallant Cavalry

It seems like white’s been making pairs of 2/2s forever, but in fact, it’s a recent innovation. Today, let’s dive into the surprisingly brief history of Gallant Cavalry!

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Subtlety Hidden within Simplicity

For a supposedly simple format, there’s a lot going on in M19. Thread the needles properly and you can draft some truly excellent control decks.

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The Designs of Magic 2019

Zach gives some quick hit analysis of Magic 2019 card designs.

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The Triumphant Return of Core Sets

Magic 2019 is a core set with potentially the largest audience ever. Find out who it’s for, who it might not be for, and why its design is so fascinating!

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Stealing Life for Fun and Profit in Magic 2019

Zach has FOUR Magic 2019 previews this week, all showcasing off what white/black is about: abusing lifegain!

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Winds of Change

Zach reviews the past year of Magic. What’s working? What’s been lackluster? How good or bad has it been? And most importantly, what does it suggest about the future?

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Mono-Red Jund

Despite being public enemy number one, Goblin Chainwhirler has taken PT Dominaria and Standard by storm. Why is Red so good and why has it been so good for so long?

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The Challenges of Ravnican Design

We’re returning to Ravnica! This is very cool news, yet it highlights an important design challenge: how does Magic return to its worlds? And what unique to Ravnica makes it harder to revisit?

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The Secrets of Excellent Design

Dominaria is one for the ages, a design masterpiece. What about its design makes it so good relative to everything else? Find out here!

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The Triumphant Return of Blocking

Blocking is back and better than it’s been in a long time! How does a Limited format change when you can profitably block, and why is this so? Find out here!