The EDH Battle Royale III: Matches 21 and 22

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Hello and welcome once again to another edition of The EDH Battle Royale III! When last we left the event, we had three strong showings from Edric, Spymaster of Trest, and last year’s finalists Maelstrom Wanderer and Azami, Lady of Scrolls; who will win here today and advance to the quarterfinals to join them?

Today, we have two huge matches, and our first one features three blue/white decks:

Match 21: Rasputin Dreamweaver vs. Bruna, Light of Alabaster vs. Roon of the Hidden Realm

Who will win today and advance to the quarterfinals? It’s time to find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale III: Matches 18, 19, and 20

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Hello, and welcome back to The EDH Battle Royale III! When we last left the event last week, we had three new winners, as Kodama of the South Tree‘s tribal Spirits from the awful Kamigawa block pulled off a huge upset, while Sakashima the Impostor and Kaalia of the Vast also won and advanced to the quarterfinals as well. Today, we have three more matches for you, and this is the first match:

Match 18: Ezuri, Renegade Leader vs. Azami, Lady of Scrolls vs. Tariel, Reckoner of Souls

Who will win here today to advance to the quarterfinals? It’s time to find out!
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Hidden Gems #17: A followup on Wrath effects

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Hello, and welcome to another edition of EDH’s Hidden Gems! In today’s followup edition of EDH Hidden Gems, I will be tackling Wrath of God variants, and hopefully shedding some light on sweeper spells that nobody uses.

I believe that Wrath effects are a hugely important thing to have access to in multiplayer. EDH is a format where powerful creatures routinely hit play, and players can develop nearly unstoppable boards full of monsters. In cases like this, a timely Wrath effect to reset the board is a necessity. My EDH decks generally pack a wide variety of Wrath of God effects, with commonly-used ones being: the original Wrath of God and its black counterpart Damnation; the colorless trio of Nevinyrral’s Disk, Oblivion Stone, and All is Dust (three ways for black and red to destroy problem enchantments as well as creatures); the utterly destructive trio of Akroma’s Vengeance, Austere Command, and Planar Cleansing; and, of course, the mighty Living Death.

Back in Hidden Gems #5, I went over lesser-known Wrath effects that can be excellent in EDH. In part one, I went over Wraths that double as creatures, and in part two, I went over sweeper spells.

Since that time, Wizards has printed more and more Wrath variants, each of which has its own place in the format as well. Let’s take a look at these new Wraths!
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The EDH Battle Royale III: Matches 15, 16, and 17

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Hello, and welcome back to The EDH Battle Royale III! Our event rolls on in grand style, with our last matchup ended by the power of pure evil as Maga, Traitor to Mortals defeated his two foes in an epic grudge match, moving on to the quarterfinals to face Karona, False God‘s five-colour Angel tribal deck.

Today, we have not one, not two, but three matches for your viewing pleasure in the Battle Royale arena! Our first match is an odd one:

Match 15: Kodama of the South Tree vs. Brion Stoutarm vs. Kongming, “Sleeping Dragon”

Who will advance today? It’s time to find out!
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The Fate Reforged Prerelease

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This past weekend was the prerelease for the latest Magic set, Fate Reforged, the sequel to Khans of Tarkir. With the rerelease of the fetchlands in Khans, and scads of new and powerful gold cards, Khans was a mega-hit; thus, for Fate Reforged, everyone’s excitement level was high once again, and I took a carload of people up to a local store to crushinate noobs and win their prizes. How did my prerelease end up? Did we win? And most importantly, did I get to punch some bears again?

Well, the answer to all that may surprise you…
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The EDH Battle Royale III: Match 14

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Today, we return to The EDH Battle Royale III arena, where we are about to witness a titanic tussle between three heavy hitters, who have been unfortunately paired up today:

Match 14: Maga, Traitor to Mortals vs. Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger vs. Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter

All three of these fighters have proven their strength in past Battle Royale events, and have something to prove here today. Which of these mighty gladiators will prove strongest and win this match today? It’s time to find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale III: Matches 12 and 13

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Welcome back to the Battle Royale arena, where legends are made out of Commanders and crazy upsets are commonplace! Today, we have not one, but two matchups for you, and our first match today features one of the strongest decks in the entire tournament, and the best all-around performer in EDH Battle Royale history:

Match 12: Oona, Queen of the Fae vs. Saffi Eriksdotter vs. Anowon, the Ruin Sage

That’s right, Saffi Eriksdotter, finalist from the original EDH Battle Royale and winner of last year’s EDH Battle Royale II, is in action today! She takes on two newcomers to the arena, with two completely untested decks, so who will walk away victorious? It’s time to find out!
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Fate Reforged: First Impressions, Part Two

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Fate Reforged previews roll on, and by all accounts, this looks like quite a Magic set!

Last year was an excellent one for multiplayer Magic, as we were given a lot of fun, shiny toys to play with: the strong Khans of Tarkir set, the mostly-mediocre Theros block (which did have a ton of EDH cards in it), a very well-received Commander 2014 set of pre-constructed decks, and the underrated Magic 2015. From immensely fun cards like Villainous Wealth, to the into-play-tapped wedge tri-lands (ie. Frontier Bivouac), to the tri-colour generals (Sidisi, Brood Tyrant et al), to the planeswalkers of Commander 2014 that could be used as generals, 2014 had a ton of strong, interesting cards to play and build around, and was a good year in general for the EDH format and Magic as a whole.

Now the latest new set is being revealed: Fate Reforged, the second set of Khans block. This new set features Sarkhan going back in time to save Ugin, and lots of choice-oriented cards (something I love). As I write this, the full spoiler is up, meaning it’s time to take another look at what the set brings to the EDH table!

Will Fate Reforged continue the trend of strong Commander cards in 2015? Let’s take a look!
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The EDH Battle Royale III: Matches 9, 10, and 11

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We’re kicking off 2015 in style, as we go over the results of not one, not two, but three massive matches in The EDH Battle Royale III! This tournament rolls on in style, with lots of upset wins and crazy plays, and it’s time to see who moves on next. Today’s first matchup is:

Match 9: Gahiji, Honored One vs. Damia, Sage of Stone vs. Rakdos, Lord of Riots

Who will win this match and advance to the quarterfinals to face Thelon of Havenwood and Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch? It’s time to find out!
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Fate Reforged: First Impressions, Part One

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Welcome to 2015!

Last year was an excellent one for multiplayer Magic, as we were given a lot of fun, shiny toys to play with: the strong Khans of Tarkir set, the mostly-mediocre Theros block (which did have a ton of EDH cards in it), a very well-received Commander 2014 set of pre-constructed decks, and the underrated Magic 2015. From immensely fun cards like Villainous Wealth, to the into-play-tapped wedge tri-lands (ie. Mystic Monastery), to the tri-colour generals (Anafenza, the Foremost et al), to the planeswalkers of Commander 2014 that could be used as generals, 2014 had a ton of strong, interesting cards to play and build around, and was a good year in general for the EDH format and Magic as a whole.

Now, in the beginning of this New Year, we have the latest new set: Fate Reforged, the second set of Khans block. This new set features Sarkhan going back in time to save Ugin, and lots of choice-oriented cards (something I love). As I write this, the spoiler has 70/185 cards; more than enough to take a quick look at what the set brings to the EDH table.

Will Fate Reforged continue the trend of strong Commander cards in 2015? Let’s take a look!
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