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All about M12

Hi all, I hope you had a splendid prerelease this weekend, if you went to one (or two). I really had a great time with Rick and Robert. For today, I want to give a quick recap of the prerelease, including the most epic sequence of plays I have made in recent memory, and then go over the spoiler for some good gems in there. It’s not really a set to spring a lot of ideas, in my opinion, but there’s surely one nut in there that’s been really hard for me to crack. I cracked it a dozen times, only to find out it didn’t work. On to it! Continue reading


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Eleven Karns and double the Anticipation

Wow, that was fun. Last afternoon (I’m writing this the next day) and night Robert and I cracked a lot of New Phyrexia packs, for his to-be shop. Ten boxes, to be precise. We managed to slug out 35 one-of matches with a mixture of Pack Wars and Type 5 Draft, with Robbert beating me 18-17. The numbers, how impressive and gigantic they may sound, where just the basis for half-a-day filled with pure fun and genuine little-kids’ excitement. That little boy present in each and every one of us just wants to crack a pack and open a big, expensive, and possibly foil card. Today, I’m gonna give a recap of that day, and afterwards I’m gonna do something new. Sounds interesting? Read on! Continue reading


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Self-fulfilling prophecy

“Let my sealed pool just be bomby, that’s all I’m asking.”

These were among my closing words from last week. They did prove to be correct, but that was about as much fun as I had last Saturday. I went to Eindhoven with Robert, to battle with an above-average group of players. For example, renowned pros Frank Karsten and Jeroen Remie visit each prerelease, while there is also a whole slew of up-and-comers and grinders there to slug it out. So while the competition would prove to be fierce as usual, and while my deck seemed above average as well, things all went downhill from here. Continue reading


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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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On Mirrodin Besieged

(If you don’t want to read about new cards from Mirrodin Besieged, you will want to skip this post. But come back after the prerelease, okay?)

One week from now I’ll be at the Mirrodin Besieged-prerelease defending the home turf from those Phyrexian nasties. While I fear that Phyrexia will submerge as the victor in the third part of the Scars of Mirrodin-trilogy, I’ll try to beat those vile poison counters using my favorite type of counters: charge counters. What I’m gonna do here is take a peek at the official visual spoiler and comment on the cards I could see myself sleeving up some time. No metagame talk or new secret tournament tech, just cards I enjoy. Gotta love having your own blog! Continue reading