Author: AMNG

THE MANA DORK – Magic Announcement Week, Literally Everything Amazing Ever

This last week was Magic Announcement Week, where Wizards of the Coast announced the next six months or so of products — including the initial celebrations for Magic’s 25th anniversary next year! And, holy crap, was there a lot of stuff announced! Magic Announcement Week also featured some news for how Magic releases will change starting in 2018, as well as a new Banned & Restricted announcement. So let’s have at ‘er! IT’S THE CORE NECESSITIES, THE SIMPLE CORE NECESSITIES First things first: core sets are coming back! In his column last week about the Magic Announcement Week, Magic head designer Mark Rosewater announced that core sets will be making a return, starting with what is currently called “Core 2019” next year. He explains that they serve a vital purpose in Magic — they’re a home for everything useful in Standard that’s difficult to reprint in Standard-series expansions, like generic answers, and creatures that can give decks new life. He also says they’ll be revamped significantly — although just what that means is up in the air. He also explains that small sets, as well as the concept of blocks, will be going away — instead, Magic will simply do three large sets a year, plus Core sets. He says that small sets unnecessarily complicated draft environments, and that they were always less popular than drafting 3x of a...

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THE MANA DORK—Tools of the Trade: EDHREC

We’re in a bit of a lull here at the Mana Dork—we’re working on the Amonkhet Planeswalker Deck Challenge behind the scenes, and Amonkhet League 2 launches this weekend—so for today, I figured I’d take the time to walk you guys through one of the tools I use when building EDH decks! Wizards maintains an official database for every Magic card ever printed, called Gatherer. But Gatherer has a few drawbacks. Among other things, you can’t find out what other people are using in their decks—you can’t build off of the collected wisdom of the online EDH community. That’s what EDHREC is great at. EDHREC analyzes decks that have been posted to TappedOut or DeckStats to find out which cards people are using with which commanders. It then aggregates all that data into a set of card suggestions for that commander. In plain language, EDHREC tells you what the most popular cards are for any given commander or it can tell you which commanders work best with a certain card. What this does is provide you with a ready-made list of suggestions for the latest legendary creature that has caught your eye, stretching all the way back to the beginning of the game! To see how it works, let’s look Athreos, God of Passage, the commander for a deck I’ve spent a lot of time tuning lately, my Athreos...

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Hour of Devastation Release Weekend

Hour of Devastation, the latest Magic the Gathering set, will be here on July 14th, 2017! Here is what we have scheduled for the release weekend: Friday, July 14 Noon: Hour of Devastation Draft Players receive 2-packs of Hour of Devastation & 1-Pack of Amonkhet, and draft the best 40 card deck they can. Entry Fee $20 Prizing: 1.5 Packs per player into the prize pool. Each player playing through all swiss rounds receives a booster pack from the prize pool! 3:30 pm: Hour of Devastation Draft Players receive 2-packs of Hour of Devastation & 1-Pack of Amonkhet, and draft the best 40 card deck they can. Entry Fee $20 Prizing: 1.5 Packs per player into the prize pool. Each player playing through all swiss rounds receives a booster pack from the prize pool! 6:30 pm: Hour of Devastation Sealed Players receive an Hour of Devastation Prerelease kit (while supplies list). These includes a Foil Promo, Spindown Counter, 4-Packs of Hour of Devastation and 2-Packs of Amonkhet. Entry fee $36 Players will enjoy 4 rounds of swiss. Prizing: 1.5 Packs per player into the prize pool. Each player playing through all swiss rounds receives a booster pack from the prize pool! 7:30 pm: Commander Both casual and Competitive pods as usual. Entry fee $6 Prizing: Casual Players each receive a Booster Pack for participating. Competitive Players – prizing to...

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Hour of Devastation Prerelease Weekend July 8-9

A Muse N Games is hosting 4 Hour of Devastation Prerelease events for the newest Magic: the Gathering set! Midnight, Noon, and 5 pm on Saturday, July 8 and then 6pm on Sunday,July 9. Hour of Devastation prerelease events will start promptly with deck construction at the listed start times. Early Bird registration $35 taxes in if you register before 10:00 pm Wednesday, July 5. Regular registration is $40 taxes in. Each participating player will receive a special prerelease pack containing 4-packs of Hour of Devastation, 2-packs of Amonkhet, a spindown life counter, and promotional foil card! Two Hour of Devastation booster packs per player will be placed into the prize pool. Any player who plays through all four rounds of swiss receive at least one Hour of Devastation booster pack from the prize pool. Further prizing information will be announced closer to the date of the Hour of Devastation prerelease. You can preregister now in store or online below. Midnight Powered by Eventbrite Noon Powered by Eventbrite 5:00 pm Powered by Eventbrite Sunday Powered by...

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THE MANA DORK – Native Planeswalkers and Legendary Creatures

Native Planeswalkers and Legendary Creatures Well, that’s a wrap! Pro Tour Amonkhet is in the books, and surprising absolutely nobody, Mono-Black Zombies won the whole wait whaaaaaaaaaat It’s true, though. Gerry Thompson, rocking his sweet Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sleeves and deckbox, piloted this list to his first-ever Pro Tour win. No Gideons, no planeswalkers at all in the mainboard — and speaking of which, his entire mainboard consisted of cards that were $6 or less per copy when Amonkhet released! He cruised through much more expensive decks, the sheer consistency of his zombs swarming over Temurworks Marvel and Mardu Vehicles lists with ease. It was refreshing to see. Pricy, greedy combo decks have been running the tables in Standard play for the last few months (though thankfully we still saw a LOT of creative homebrews at the store!), so having a traditional, inexpensive aggro list take Pro Tour Amonkhet says a lot, I think, about the viability of new brews, and how you can win an event without reducing your wallet to weeping openly and listening to “Hide and Seek” on repeat. I mean, like, it’s a great song. But I’ve definitely heard Imogen Heap singing in the back of my head when I looked at the price on some of those four-colour Saheeli combos and older Mardu Vehicles lists. Mmm, what’d you say? Mmm, that you only meant...

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