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New Phyrexia, Old Decks

Hi all and welcome back to another installment of my writing attempts. This week I want to take a look at the New Phyrexia spoilers, a lot of cards which we’ll be seeing in flesh for the first time tomorrow. At least I am! However, my article today will not be a 1 to 175 card-by-card set review. Instead, I’d like to focus on the cards that got me excited, cards that can supplement old decks or cards that will inspire new ones. Strap your goggles on real tight, ’cause we’re diving straight in! Continue reading


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Tainted and touched by death

Welcome back here! Today’s decks are two decks you have already seen: Galvanotherapy and Sisters Of Life And Death. You see, after I finished my article last week, and even before I played against Rick the next day, the deck had already changed in a few slots. And after our games, it became even more clear that changes had to be made, much to my dismay. Continue reading


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Galvanotherapy and Galvanorehab

Hi all and welcome back here. Last week I hinted at new developments. Well, today, before I start my article, I want to share an announcement with you. About a week ago, my attention was pointed to a fellow Twitter-user who was looking for Magic-authors. I was very interested, contacted this person, and long story short, you are looking at one of the writing staff at http://www.redsitewins.wordpress.com, a new Magic blog initiative. I’m very excited to be doing this, trying to reach out to as many people as possible. This doesn’t mean a lot for you, my readers. There will be a new article each weekend, as I’m posting first on RSW and a day later here. Give RSW a look and subscribe there as well, we have a varied arsenal of writers there. And just keep coming back here! Continue reading


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The crab that could(n’t)

Last summer I started working on a deck with Hedron Crab. I saw it posted on wizards.com – Landmill 2.0 – by Noel DeCordova and was enchanted, but as always, I wanted to give my own spin on it. The deck was already quirky as-is, but not enough for my taste. Also, it contained a card from Unhinged. Ugh. Then someone on MTGSalvation’s Casual forums posted a similar decklist and I just couldn’t resist anymore. Sadly, the Crabs couldn’t hold their own and neither did the deck. Today I tell the story of the little crab that couldn’t, and how I’m looking to ditch the n’t. Continue reading


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Four tidbits

Working on some new decks, it’s funny how I subconsciously started thinking about a lot of the flashier cards I mentioned two times during Mirrodin Besieged-previews. Maybe writing about it did this, maybe it was a natural course of events. There’s the Tezzeret-deck with the singleton Spine of Ish Sah. In more recent developments, I can now write about Shimmer Myr, Galvanoth and Glissa, the Traitor in the context about both new and familiar decks. Continue reading


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Mirrodin Besieged: Mawre Cards!

Hurray, the Mirrodin Besieged-spoiler is complete already! This is a continuing trend from recent sets, where the spoiler goes up on wednesday instead of the night before the prerelease. Anyhoo, I decided to round up my personal thoughts on the new set with giving the new cards a look. Just the cards that interest me, mind you. Let’s get to it. Oh yeah, you can find my first review here. Continue reading