Zach Barash

@ImproPhilo

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Mechanics in Review: Dominaria

With Dominaria Uniting later this week, nit’s time to look back at the mechanics of 2018’s Dominaria.

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Design of a Card: Blur

Don’t blink or you could miss the wonderful textural differences among flicker effects.

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The State of Magic in 2022

State of Design 2022 is out, and the year was defined by communication issues.

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Mechanics in Review: Streets of New Capenna

It’s time for the verdict on Streets of New Capenna’s mechanics. How do the five families’ strategies measure up?

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Reevaluating Fetchlands in Vintage Cube

As time has gone on, the fetchlands have become even more powerful, while the mighty Alpha dual lands have somehow lost ground.

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Design of a Card: Cryptic Spires

Cryptic Spires is an absolutely out there design, using surprisingly familiar components to achieve a common goal in an unheard-of manner.

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Design of a Card: Jeskai Elder

Jeskai Elder is one of the most fascinating almost-good enough designs of all time.

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New Masters Sets, Same as the Old

With Double Masters 2022 coming around the bend, there’s discourse in the air.

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State of Play 2022

With another year of Premier sets in the books, now’s as good a moment as any to take stock of the game.

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Design of a Card: Anticipate

Anticipate is strictly weaker than Impulse, but still a worthy design in its own right.

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Design of a Card: Noble’s Purse

Charge counters are almost as old as Magic, yet they still continue to be explored in 2022.