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The Golgari Conundrum

Yet again, the Golgari are powerful in Constructed but constrained in Limited. Today, let’s investigate why this might necessarily be the case.

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The Designs of Guilds of Ravnica

Why has Skyknight Legionnaire been printed in every Ravnica block? Zach answers this and more in a deep dive into Guilds of Ravnica design.

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Surveil is Brilliant

Surveil seems weak, simple, and unexciting. That’s exactly what House Dimir *wants* you to think, because Surveil is actually outstanding design.

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The Mechanics of Guilds of Ravnica

Guilds of Ravnica has five mechanics, four of which are brand new and three of those are quite familiar. Zach’s here to review all five!

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Saying Thanks

How do you respond to compliments? Zach shares his experience.

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Preparing for the Moment

Sometimes, life just makes you sad when you should be happy. Today, on the eve of Gen Con, let’s talk about that.

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The Road to Gallant Cavalry

It seems like white’s been making pairs of 2/2s forever, but in fact, it’s a recent innovation. Today, let’s dive into the surprisingly brief history of Gallant Cavalry!

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The Designs of Magic 2019

Zach gives some quick hit analysis of Magic 2019 card designs.

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Winds of Change

Zach reviews the past year of Magic. What’s working? What’s been lackluster? How good or bad has it been? And most importantly, what does it suggest about the future?

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The Secrets of Excellent Design

Dominaria is one for the ages, a design masterpiece. What about its design makes it so good relative to everything else? Find out here!

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Raff Capashen, the new Skymark Roc on the Block

Dominaria is a world of such history that legendary creatures can be uncommon. Let’s take a deep dive on one: Raff Capashen, Ship’s Mage.