Return to Ravnica Prerelease – Part 1: Preparation

I love prereleases. Everyone’s excitement level is off the charts, for the shiny cards of the new set, and Sealed games in general are just a lot of fun. Going into the Return to Ravnica prerelease, the hype and excitement for this set was insane, and I was no exception; I was pumped to play this set!

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A Eulogy for Primeval Titan

So. The jolly green giant is finally banned in EDH.

 

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I agree totally with the decision to give him the axe. I have played many a game where someone else will play a Primeval Titan, it goes unanswered for a few turns, they get too far ahead on mana, and win the game directly because of their huge mana advantage. This can be extremely frustrating to be on the receiving end of. On the other hand, I have enjoyed playing Primeval Titan; getting yourself any two lands (thus putting yourself ahead of your opponents mana-wise, and thinning out your deck of lands) can be very fun.

 

Often, with Adun Oakenshield, Maelstrom Wanderer or Mayael, Primeval Titan was the first target I looked for with spells like Tooth and Nail, Defense of the Heart, Survival of the Fittest, or Birthing Pod. There are many great creatures to Tutor for in both those decks, but the mana advantage Prime Time gives you is often insurmountable, so he was the first target.

 

I did not use a lot of land combos, or multi-mana lands in decks with Prime Time (ie. no Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth combo, or Gaea’s Cradle for me). I did not fetch powerful utility lands like Maze of Ith, or Strip Mine. Instead, my Titans would fetch me Ravnica bounce lands (ie. Boros Garrison), or Lorwyn-block hideaway lands (ie. Mosswort Bridge or Spinerock Knoll). The hideaway lands were insidiously good, because it meant every time Prime Time was played, he secretly had a spell tacked onto him, hidden under that land. Even when I would just go and fetch out some lands that came into play tapped (ie. Savage Lands), that was often good enough, as I’d be up two lands.

 

And don’t even get me started on the insanity that would happen if someone got a Primeval Titan unanswered on a Mimic Vat, or copied it with Rite of Replication.

 

Rationally, I can understand why they banned the big green guy, and I do agree with it. I will miss playing Prime Time and getting lots of land with him, though. He was my favorite green creature to play at six mana.

 

I am glad he was banned now though, before I picked one up for every one of my green decks like I was planning to.

 

RIP. Primeval Titan. We hardly knew ye.

Return to Ravnica: First Impressions, Part Three

You can read part one here, and part two here.

So, the full spoiler is out for Return to Ravnica, the prerelease is under a week away, and I am very hyped up for this set. There are a ton of cards I can see being fantastic in every format (Standard, Legacy, Cube, EDH, casual, etc…) and I cannot wait to update all my EDH decks with the shiny new cards.

In part one and two of my first impressions articles, I went over the cards that I liked, and cards that I guarantee will be tried in my EDH decks. For part three, I will be going over the rest of the cards from the spoiler that have been spoiled since; same criteria, cards that I really like or cards that will be going in my EDH decks.

Here we go!

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Hidden Gems #8: Recursion spells

As EDH is a format of singletons, logic dictates that people would want their decks to be full of powerful spells and creatures for multiplayer. One of the drawbacks of a Highlander format is that once you have used your spell or had your creatures killed, that’s it, they are gone.

 

…Unless you are playing recursion spells. Recursion, quite simply, is a spell or permanent that lets you recur and reuse something else. In a Highlander format, since the power level of each spell is very high, recurring a powerful spell or creature thus makes it twice as strong. Recurring a spell like Time Stretch, or Tooth and Nail can be game-ending.

 

That is what we will be taking a look at today – various recursion spells that I have used or seen used in EDH, that can be used to good effect. So here we go!

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Return to Ravnica: First Impressions, Part Two

Earlier this month, I went over my initial thoughts on the Return to Ravnica set after the first batch of spoilers from PAX (you can read the first review here). My thoughts at the time were that Return to Ravnica thus far looked amazing. There were roughly 40 cards spoiled at that time, including the original cycle of Ravnica shocklands, and all of the new cards looked powerful and fun to play. There were a lot of cards for EDH, Cube, Standard, and even a few for Legacy! To say that I was hyped for this set was an understatement.

Now (when I wrote this) there are over 100 cards spoiled, so I figured it was a good time for part two of my Return to Ravnica first impressions. Here we go!

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Vintage Article: The Superdraft


For today, I have decided to do something a little different. Even back in 2003, I was a wacky player, and loved to do different casual events on the side of tournaments. This is an article that I had written back on 10/07/2003 about my experience running an event called ‘The Superdraft’, where I ran a giant booster draft with packs from every set we could get our hands on, and it ended up being a lot of fun.

Reposted with permission from starcitygames.com.

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Vintage Article: Top 4 with Battle of Wits

For today, I have decided to do something a little different. Back in 2006, I was a fierce Standard player, but I always enjoyed playing things that were a little bit different than the norm. This is an article from 06/01/2006 about my experience playing Battle of Wits at Champs, making top 4 with it and qualifying for Canadian Nationals that year. (The original Ravnica block was legal at the time, so this is more or less relevant).
Reposted with permission from starcitygames.com.

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Return to Ravnica: First Impressions After PAX

This past weekend was PAX (Penny Arcade Expo), where WotC hosted a Return to Ravnica party and previewed a pile of cards from this fall’s large set of the same name. I was already pretty hyped up for this set leading into the previews; the original Ravnica block was my favorite block of all time, for drafting, casual, EDH, and Standard; and I played the hell out of it at the time. I had high hopes that RTR would be able to live up to the high standards that Ravnica had set. This is a summary of my initial reactions after the PAX previews; needless to say, I am already pretty impressed and excited for the set.

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