We continue to fall into the good graces of the Wizards of the Coasts PR gods and have recieved 3 spoiler cards for the upcoming Magic: The Gathering 11 set. With Origins in full swing and Gencon just a mere 40 days away, Magic fever should be at an all time high. What better time to give you a sneak peek of a common, uncommon, and rare you can expect to see in the next set. As a fan of red/green decks, I couldn’t be happier with Fiery Hellhound and Obstinate Baloth. While I have been out of the game for quite some time, it seems that the Crystal Ball artifact may find itself right at home in any blue control deck. Our resident MtG writer, Kyle Boddy, may just have to step in here and let us know exactly how good each card is and where it may find a place in tournament play. Hit the jump for a complete view of all three cards!
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PNG Bro-Down Episode 39 – Amateur Hour Cast: James, Dave, and Logan Slowly, we rebuild the PNG Bro-Down to the oppressive and unsympathetic giant of the podcasting world with an appearance by old school caster Logan Persons. In this episode, we talk about Warmachine … Continue reading
We heard you crazy kids liked Magic. We also heard you really like seeing spoiler cards and artwork, so we got you some. We have 6 spoiler cards and a bunch of artwork from the upcoming expansion, Rise fo the Eldrazi, after the break. I must say, it Wizard’s is pumping out some gorgeous and impressive artwork. This is of course in my professional opinion as a gaming blogger.
Wizard’s announced the next set in the Zendikar block’s name as you can see in the large logo above. It’s scheduled release date is April 23rd, 2010 with pre-release event dates of April 17th – 18th, 2010 and the launch party dates of April 23rd – 25th, 2010. Previews should start going up on MagicTheGathering.com on April 5th, 2010. You can find more information in the official Rise of the Eldrazi press release. Hit the jump to see the Rise of Eldrazi symbol and some artwork.
So we hear you guys like yourself some Magic spoilers, eh? Do you dig tapping that land, walking those planes, and casting those spells? Are you dying for a sneak peak at the next expansion for Magic the Gathering? Well Pixels and Grids hit the mother load thanks to Wizards and their PR firm and got hooked up with spoilers for 11 cards for Magic’s upcoming expansion, Zendikar. Zendikar also marks the beginning of a new block and has an emphasis on lands. In the spoilers you’ll see examples of a couple of new mechanics and types of cards such as Landfall (Plated Geopede -R) and Trap (Windfall Trap – U). In addition to some gorgeous artwork for the lands, you should definitely look at potentially powerful cards such as Teetering Peaks (land) and Oran-ReifSurvivalist (G). Zendikar is scheduled to hit a game and hobby shop near you on October 2nd, 2009. Hit the break for those hot new pics!
This is the reason why Magic sucks.
Fellow PNG writer Logan Persons shot me an email about 30 minutes ago with the following content:
whose dick do i have to suck to get some MTG posts? Just point me in the right direction.
Since I’m married and I don’t want it to have to get to that, here’s a small update with my thoughts about Magic in its current incarnation: It sucks.
Sorry, but those are my feelings about it. I’ll get around to it after I explain what I’ve been doing for the past few months since my last update.
In May, I prepared for Grand Prix: Seattle, where I placed 49th and won $200 and a pro point for my troubles. Here’s my list of opponents and the decklist I played:
R1-R3: Byes due to a GPT win.
R4: David Dobis – U/W Reveillark w/ Borderposts. Win 2-1.
R5: Steve Sadin – Jund Aggro. Loss 1-2.
R6: Tom Martell – Swans Cascade. Loss 0-2.
R7: Joseph Peters – Bloom Tender Reveillark. Win 2-1.
R8: Kevin Rand – 5cc Planeswalkers. Win 2-1.
R9: Doug Potter – Faeries. Win 2-0.
R10: Brandon Willis – B/W Tokens. Win 2-0.
R11: Stan Bessey – 5cBloodbraid. Loss 1-2.
R12: Mauricio Blanco – B/W Tokens. Win 2-1.
R13: Cristian Calcaro – Faeries. Loss 0-2.
R14: Gabriel Nassif – Jund Aggro. Win 2-1.
R15: Thomas Huteson – Faeries. Win 2-1.
Final record: 11-4 (8-4 in matches).
Decklist follows after the cut…
Do you enjoy Magic? Millions across the world do, and this September Wizards of the Coast is releasing their newest iteration of the popular card game called Magic the Gathering: Planechase. I was extremely fortunate over the weekend to get a sneak peak of their newest edition while at Gencon. Before we get right into things, let me give you exactly what you want to know right here, right now.
Magic the Gathering: Planechase will launch on September 4th 2009, and each deck will retail for $19.99. Here is what you’ll get inside the box…
- 10 all-new Plane cards
- Ready-to-play 60-card deck
- Six-sided planar die
- Planechase strategy insert with multiplayer rules
Check out my impressions and more details after the jump…
Before I get into my impressions, let me give you some of my history with Magic. I’ve been out of the game for a good 6 or 7 years now, but that itch just never really went away. You see, Magic the Gathering was, for the most part, my first foray into non traditional gaming. I remember my older half-brother bringing home a bunch of Revised Edition commons and building some crappy starter decks for my younger brother and I back around 1996. As I got older, I kept playing and got pretty decent at deck building and the strategy that is inherent to the game. There was nothing better than rummaging through your shoe boxes of cards, making strategies with friends, and trying to come up with unstoppable combos and plays. Unfortunately, playing the actual card game takes time and money, things that at certain times in everyone’s life they may not have to spare. Magic Online released back in June of 2002 and helped alleviate the time restraint. You weren’t really tied down to scheduled tournaments at libraries and hobby shops anymore, but you were spending just as much on virtual booster and tournament packs with nothing physical to show for the money spent.
Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers alleviates both the time and the money concerns but by sacrificing what makes Magic fun in the first place.
I’m actually a little bit surprised that Mr. Boddy didn’t make a post here yet about this. Our very own Kyle Boddy managed to get his mono red deck put up as the Deck of the Day for April 21st, 2009 over at Wizards of the Coasts Daily MTG section of their site. Congrats sir.
For those of you that have been contemplating jumping back into Magic or even giving it a shot for the first time, Wizards of the Coast is giving away free decks here. You’ll have to wait 6 – 8 weeks for the deck so I hope you weren’t looking to start anytime soon. But hey, one can not argue with the price.
EA, you are no longer the hellish company that the majority of the gaming population used to despise. I yoinked this from Joystiq but pretty much every online news outlet and blog has a post up about it. Godfather II will have a day one patch that adds in a new multiplayer mode for FREE! Take that Capcom!
Mountain Dew is at it again with their gamer targeted marketing. Giant Bomb has a post up detailing World of Warcraft and Mountain Dew’s joint venture to get you to pour some gamer fuel down your gullet. You’ll find the news post along with drink mixing recommendations here.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m still trying to sleep off my excess of irish spirit.