I had such a massive board, I could have just passed turn and easily won next turn. Instead, I deck myself with my own storm card. Out in a fiery blaze of glory. A+ from Dean Nassari.

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It was very late in the game at this point and all five players were still in, so I got 40 mana off the geyser and just started going off. By the end of combat phase I had about twenty cards in hand, killed two of my opponents, and had a storm count of 28, which I built up to cast Fiery Encore thinking I’m about to kill the other two players. Then I read the card to the table and realized I misread it as “creature or player” in my excitement over my turn and it already having been a long game.

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I did the most red mage thing ever last night. Got to play first in person commander game since last February. Since there were 5 of us, we each played a C21 deck, I was on Prismari.

We’d already been playing about three hours. I spent most of the game doing nothing because I didn’t draw a land until turn 15 or so and someone blew up my mana rocks. I finally managed to get out Charmbreaker Devils and next upkeep got back Mana geyser.

MH2 

The showcase cards have parts of the art brief as flavortext

I’m going to be part of a mental health awareness month charity stream tomorrow and giving away a full Daretti commander deck. twitter.com/goblinlorepod/stat

MH2 

magic.wizards.com/en/articles/

A legendary creature designed around the fact that its name is too long to leave room for a casting cost

MH2 

So Garth One-Eye is getting a card

I hope that makes other parts of Arena canon too. Like how Dominaria used to have "a card game that represents wizards' duels."

arxiv.org/pdf/1904.09828.pdf

Bringing back this paper that shows that Magic the Gathering is at least as complex as a Turing machine, and that determining who wins a game can be represented by the halting problem

twitter.com/cubeapril/status/1

Twitter convo about Wastes/glass mana

The upshot: good idea, needs to show up more to actually be worth something

I think we need non-Eldrazi implementations for that to happen. Like a Thran set, or somewhere else where tech is taking over from magic. Include it in pseudo-multicolored costs, like

Frost-Resistant Tomato 1GC
Creature -- Plant
Defender
Ward 1
0/2

uncounterable spells are an edge case I'm happy to leave out of my mental quick reference

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update: in response to being reminded that menace is equally confusing, I'm trying to reframe Ward the way I think about menace

Menace reminder text: this creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures

How I remember menace: if this creature is blocked, it must be multiblocked

Ward reminder text: When this becomes the target of a spell/ability, counter it unless its controller pays X

How I'll remember ward: anything that targets this creature costs X more.

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tfw they introduce an evergreen keyword out of nowhere, in the one set you skipped, and it works the opposite of how you expect from evergreen keywords

that unless clause in the Ward flavortext is really throwing my brain for a loop and I'm kinda feeling alone in being confused by it

The basics of creation are Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest.

If you want to argue for Wastes, you must do it in only 1, or 2, comments.

Art: rkaneproductions.com/artwork/

Stuff in fantasy games like creatures made of ice being resistant to cold-type damage always makes me wonder if humans should be resistant to being hit with meat.

...oh is this why unarmed attacks default to nonlethal damage in d&d/pathfinder

WotC announcements 

magic.wizards.com/en/articles/

Highlights:
- Urza's Saga as a Saga
- Basic lands with box text
- Tiamat as a 5c dragon tribal legend (with a very short name for a legendary creature card; she's just Tiamat! I was sure she'd have titles.)

Lowlight: Having Tiamat in the D&D set makes me about as anxious as having Vorinclex on Kaldheim. Then again, she also makes me want to brew for Commander.

Modern Horizons 2 

Apparently they're printing a Saga card called Urza's Saga

I can just hear someone at the back of R&D going "this is why we called them sagas, right?"

I think the Tau were supposed to be good guys when they were introduced, a race of people willing to sacrifice and work together for the good of everyone who worked with them, but they've decided that they are actually creepy and exploitative. Which makes me sad.

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