Zach Barash

@ImproPhilo

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Design of a Card: Ecologist’s Terrarium

The latest descendent of Braidwood Sextant humbly impresses by doing things we’ve seen hundreds of times before in a never before seen package.

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Design of a Card: Moon-Circuit Hacker

Moon-Circuit Hacker is powerful, nuanced, and a microcosm of current Magic’s strengths and weaknesses.

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Design Callbacks in Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty is chock full of mechanics hiding in plain sight without their identifying keywords.

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2021 Mechanics in Review—Kaldheim

We finish out our series on all the new premier mechanics of 2021 with the set that started it all: Kaldheim.

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2021 Mechanics in Review—Strixhaven

There’re Lessons to be Learned as examine the inner workings of Magecraft.

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Design of a Card: Key to the Archive

Zach finally got to play with Arena’s newest mechanic—spellbooks—thanks to Arena Cube.

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2021 Mechanics in Review—Crimson Vow

Blood, Training, and Cleave go under the spotlight.

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2021 Mechanics in Review—Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

Opinions range all over the map—or is it a dungeon—in this reconsideration of the summer set’s mechanics.

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Design of a Card: Fleeting Spirit

Fleeting Spirit is a member of a tiny club of powerful, defensive 3/1s for two. We break down what makes them tick.

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Evaluating Exploit, Part 2

We complete our deep dive in Exploit, exposing exactly what extinguishes its expected potential.

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Evaluating Exploit, Part 1

Exploit underperforms in Crimson Vow, which raises the question: why?