Zach Barash

@ImproPhilo

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Design of a Card: The Walking Dead

Zach reviews the card designs on display in Secret Lair: The Walking Dead.

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The Brilliance of Zendikar Rising

Zendikar Rising takes mini-mechanics in a bold, new, and awesome direction.

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Plains Improvement: The Worst Color in Limited Grows Up

After years of suffering in Limited, white has branched out in new directions.

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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.