Zach Barash

Senior Writer

@ImproPhilo

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The Mechanics of Oath of the Gatewatch

All of Oath of the Gatewatch’s mechanics have been spoiled, and we’ve got the lowdown on all of them: what they can do, what past mechanics they resemble, and what we can expect of their cards.

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A Gentle Reminder About Vintage Cube

There’s one card in Vintage Cube that people consistently and mind-bogglingly undervalue: Library of Alexandria. You should pick it first, and here’s why.

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AAAAARGH!

Zach breaks apart his own mind to investigate a stream of losses. The results? Comical and crazy.

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Team Draft League Party, or Playing Magic with Friends is Fun!

Sometimes, you’ve got to drop everything and draft the original Ravnica block and cube. Zach did, and he’s says sometimes we just need to play for fun.

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The Jace Cycle

Five years ago, Jace was the best and most expensive card in Standard. The same is true today. Zach explains why it’s not worth buying in.

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Wastes Land

Zach examines some recently-leaked potential Oath of the Gatewatch spoilers, including a land called Wastes.

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Overly Meta

Is green *really* as bad as black was in Avacyn Restored? Is the metagame unbalanced to the point that green is underdrafted? Let’s find out!

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Cubic Command 2015

Commander 2015 isn’t just for Commander players, it contains new options for Cube creators, as well. Zach’s here with the Cube breakdown of the new Commander additions.

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Making the Unfortunate Adult Choice

No one writes about why *not* to attend a tournament. We assume everyone is about Magic first and foremost. Well, we don’t necessarily subscribe to that, and here’s why.

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Gender Representation in Zendikar

We did a statistical analysis of Battle for Zendikar and our findings were surprising. Why aren’t Zendikari women allowed to fight and die?

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We’re Not Going Back to Kamigawa

It’s that time of year where folks are clamoring for a Return to Kamigawa. We’re sorry to say it, but it’s just not going to happen (now), and here’s why.

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Turn Against the Hype

Turn Against is the brand new mythic uncommon Ray of Command we’ve all been waiting for! …right? No. Not exactly. Here’s why it’s good, but not insane.