Zach Barash

Senior Writer

@ImproPhilo

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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: Halfway There!

Three assignments are in the books, and only three remain before the start of GDS3! Great Designer Training has even more design challenges to get you ready!

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Great Designer Training: Multiple Choices & Designs

One week down, five to go! Great Designer Training is back with even more questions and design homework.

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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!

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Where Has All the Magic Gone?

Zach took a month off of Limited for the first time ever. What’s wrong with Magic and Ixalan?

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There and Gone in an Instant

Iconic Masters is here, as are four other products this month! Iconic Masters seems to be failing on arrival. Here’s why, and what Magic can do to prevent this.

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How to Draft Iconic Masters

Iconic Masters is coming! We’ve drafted it. We’ve studied it. We’ve Sealed it. Here’s everything you need to know to take down release weekend.

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Perniciously Powerful Energy

Energy is the most powerful mechanic in Standard. Here’s why, and why Energy’s dominance was nearly unavoidable.

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Design of a Card: Dive Down

Zach takes a deep dive into an unassuming combat trick. Why is Dive Down so good in Ixalan Limited?

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Should I Play This Land?

When is it correct to play your last land? When is it correct to sandbag multiple lands? Zach tells you what to think about when answering these questions.

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We’ve Been Here Before

Zach thinks the Ixalan Limited format kind of bad. Why is this so? Why is this a development problem? And what’s the deal with Explore?