The BOO Draft II: My Set — Mega Man 1, Part Two

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(This was originally published back in October of last year as a teaser of sorts for this year’s BOO Draft II. Since the second BOO Draft is fast approaching, I decided to rerun this today as a refresher. I’ll be highlighting Darby’s BOO set next week.)

 

Back in May, I posted about a Challenge format that I was preparing to run, based off of an old Noah Weil article on starcitygames.com about a “BOO Draft.” A BOO Draft, otherwise known as a “Build Our Own” Draft, is a format where you get 8 creative people together and have them create 45 Magic cards (or three packs’ worth) each, and then do a booster draft with the results. We had set up the first BOO Draft in May, ran the draft over the summer, and found the format to be immensely fun.

 

And now, it is time to do it all again. It is time for… The BOO Draft II: The Obligatory Sequel!
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The BOO Draft II: My Set — Mega Man 1, Part One

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(This was originally published back in October of last year as a teaser of sorts for this year’s BOO Draft II. Since the second BOO Draft is fast approaching, I decided to rerun this today as a refresher. I’ll be highlighting Darby’s BOO set next week.)

 

Back in May, I posted about a Challenge format that I was preparing to run, based off of an old Noah Weil article on starcitygames.com about a “BOO Draft.” A BOO Draft, otherwise known as a “Build Our Own” Draft, is a format where you get 8 creative people together and have them create 45 Magic cards (or three packs’ worth) each, and then do a booster draft with the results. We had set up the first BOO Draft in May, ran the draft over the summer, and found the format to be immensely fun.

 

And soon, it will be time to do it all again. It will soon be time for… The BOO Draft II: The Obligatory Sequel!
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Finishing the EDH Project: Building the missing Raka deck

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Back when I started this blog, I set up my EDH Project, which was going to be a compendium of at least one EDH deck for each of the various color combinations. Since then, I’ve added many, many decks to my EDH Project, but there was always one color combination that I’ve avoided building, and thus the Project has remained unfinished.

 

Raka (blue/white/red).

 

There are a few reasons why I’ve never bothered to build a Raka deck. First and foremost, I’ve never liked any of the generals, and I was hoping that Wizards would do me a favor and print a new Raka general in the latest batch of Commander decks back in November. November came and went, and no new Raka general. So, I’ve decided the time has come for me to finish off the EDH Project and finally build a R/W/U deck. Today, I’ll be telling the story of how that deck came to be.

 

The story of Zedruu the Greathearted.
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Building two Single-Set Cubes

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I’ve always liked drafting, and hence the idea of a Cube (a controlled Limited environment where you get to draft lots of powerful cards) is something that has always appealed to me. I’ve held off on building a Cube of my own for years, not wanting the hassle of finding certain cards (namely, the P3K ones like Burning of Xinye or Ravages of War). If I was going to build a traditional Cube, I’d also want it to be powered up with the Power 9 (Black Lotus etc); even though I have never enjoyed powered Cubes, I’d finally have a place for Power.

 

But I digress. This past September, I finally decided to start building a Cube. The reason? I’d found the idea of a single-set Cube, where you pick a set and build a Cube out of it to draft with, to be a fantastic idea. So I decided to build not one, but two single-set Cubes to draft with.

 

This is their story.
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New EDH format: Building a deck for Commander ’95

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Back in November, I read an article by Abe Sargeant about a format that he’d engineered called ‘Commander ’95.’ In a nutshell, the format was all cards that would have been printed up to 1995 (making Homelands the cutoff set), and you would build EDH decks with this pool of cards and do battle.

 

As an old-school player, this idea really resonated with me, and I resolved to give it a try at some point. Sadly, I also have the memory of a goldfish, and so had forgotten all about it until a short while ago.

 

Abe revisited this a short while ago, which jogged my memory and made me want to build a deck for it all over again. Today, we’ll be brainstorming a list for the format. As the Magic geezer, how will I go about building a deck for an EDH format based on geezeriness?

 

Let’s find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale II: The Finals!

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Two months ago, I started a large-scale EDH tournament to see which deck was the best in a series of four player games. I envisioned this year’s EDH Battle Royale as being the biggest yet, certainly bigger than last year, with a whopping 64 decks competing (many put together just for this event). Six thousand plus cards and many hours of gaming later, we have our top 4 set and ready to go, and we know who will be facing who in a bid for the gold.

 

It’s been a long, hard road to get to the top four for each of these decks, but the prize is in sight: the EDH Battle Royale II championship. The final matchup in the EDH Battle Royale II, for the title, is:

 

Finals: Saffi Eriksdotter vs. Homura, Human Ascendant vs. Azami, Lady of Scrolls vs. Maelstrom Wanderer

 

After two months, who will end up as our EDH Battle Royale II champion? It’s time to find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale II: The next two quarterfinals

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A month and a half ago, I started a large-scale EDH tournament to see which deck was the best in a series of four player games. I envisioned this year’s EDH Battle Royale as being the biggest yet, certainly bigger than last year, with a whopping 64 decks competing (many put together just for this event). Six thousand plus cards and many hours later, we have our top 16 set and ready to go, and we know who will be facing who in a bid for the gold.

 

It’s been a long, hard road to get to the top 16 for each of these decks, but the prize is in sight: the EDH Battle Royale II championship. On Tuesday, Saffi Eriksdotter and Homura, Human Ascendant were able to punch their ticket to the finals. Who will be next to win a quarterfinal matchup, and move on to the final four?

 

Our first batch of competitors today are:

 

Quarterfinal match 3: Mayael the Anima vs. Azami, Lady of Scrolls vs. Nath of the Gilt-Leaf vs. Karn, Silver Golem

 

Who will win this match, and move on to the finals to join Saffi and Homura? It’s time to find out!
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