Author: Scotia

THE MANA DORK—The Planeswalker Deck Challenge

  Pro Tour Aether Revolt has just wrapped up, in which the heavily-favoured Saheeli Rai / Felidar Guardian “Copy Cat” infinite combo… was thoroughly run over by aggressive Vehicle decks. How could this happen? An infinite combo that wins on Turn 4 is the stuff of Modern. Not only that—Wizards missed this combo entirely during development of Aether Revolt, as Sam Stoddard admitted in a recent column. So you’d think Copy Cat is a sure bet, right? Nope. 6 decks in the Top 8 were Vehicle decks, joined by an Energy deck and a Delirium deck. Copy Cat was nowhere to be found in the finals. People were able to prepare for a sorcery-speed combo that includes a Planeswalker who can be directly attacked, and Copy Cat’s results suffered accordingly. It just goes to show—plan for the metagame, folks. Run disruption. Run answers for the decks you plan to face. Strong cards do not make a strong deck. You need a strong strategy first, composed of threats and answers that you’ve carefully chosen from across the 1,400+ cards currently legal in Standard. … So guess what I’m not doing for Aether Revolt Game Day this weekend? THE CHALLENGE For Aether Revolt Game Day, I’m going to buy one of the set’s Planeswalker Decks and compete with it. I will use only the cards from the Planeswalker Deck and the...

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THE MANA DORK -In Defense of Magic’s Story

  Long, long ago, my father and I used to play Magic. He had a Blue-White fliers deck, and a classic Black discard deck with Dark Rituals, Hymns to Tourach, and Hypnotic Specters. I’d build whatever I could out of his leftover Green and Red cards, and we’d play each other. (“Do you know why this Hypnotic Specter is strong?” “… You can cast it after Dark Ritual?” “Not just that — it takes cards from your opponent’s hand. It takes options away from them. They can’t counter your spells if you took the counterspell away.” “OH!”  — 9-year-old me, learning about the metagame clock and card advantage instead of, y’know, how to catch fish and fix things.) I got so into the game that my dad picked up one of the earliest pieces of Magic lore ever published — Tapestries, a collection of short stories by leading fantasy authors of the time. It didn’t delve much into Urza, Mishra, and the Brothers’ War, but the authors did have an absolute field day with the idea that you spent the game summoning creatures and then just… leaving them there. The book was filled with classic fish-out-of-water stories and bildungsromans with a fantasy flair. Tapestries gave me my first taste of lore — that intoxicating concoction that turns a collection of numbers and game mechanics into an elf. Into something...

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THE MANA DORK SPECIAL EDITION: THE GIFT DORK

Are you looking for a gift for that special geeky someone, or family, in your life? Look no further. Hello, everyone! I hope your various holidays are going well for you, whichever you choose to celebrate. 😀 Usually, I write about Magic: the Gathering here on the site, but today, I figured I’d take a moment to help out anyone trying desperately to find a geeky gift within a particular price point. If you’re that person, welcome! I hope the following info is helpful. We’re going to look at ten different gifts today — one for each price point from under $10 to above $100. Most of these are going to be board games, since they don’t need any extra accessories and they’re easy to wrap. Ready? Let’s go! * * * 1. ORNAMENTS FOR WINNIPEG HARVEST ($3)   Pictured above, these lovely dice ornaments are available from the store for $3 each. $1.50 from every ornament goes to help out Winnipeg Harvest, making them perfect for the socially-conscious gamer. (Or, really, anybody who’s having some particularly bad rolls in their Dungeons & Dragons game and needs some new dice from off the tree!) * * *   2. CRAFTS FROM LOCAL ARTISTS ($10-$35)   A Muse N Games always has art from local artists on display, but they’ve got several items in especially for the Christmas season. Make...

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1783 Portage is NOW OPEN!!!

Come visit us at our new location we’re still moving in over the weekend but it’s getting close 🙂 Please come and visit us and check out our new digs! Thanks to everyone for your patience through this process and for all the help and love, it is truly appreciated. Thanks, Scotia and...

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