Battle for Zendikar: First Impressions, Part One

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It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to look at a new set, but the set coming up, Battle for Zendikar, certainly looks like a good one so far, so this is a great chance to get back into things, and see what new cards we get to work with.

Last year was an excellent year for multiplayer Magic, as we were given a lot of fun, shiny toys to play with: the strong Khans of Tarkir set, which had tons of fun multiplayer cards in it, a very well-received Commander 2014 set of pre-constructed decks, and the final core set, 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, to the transform planeswalkers of Magic Origins, 2014/2015 had a ton of strong, interesting cards to play and build around, and was a fun year in general for the EDH format and Magic as a whole.

Now the latest new set is being revealed: Battle for Zendikar, which both starts off the new two blocks in a year MTG structure, and is the sequel to the popular Zendikar block. (Fun fact: Zendikar block was when I started dating my now-wife, so it’s always held a special spot in my heart.) Zendikar II opens with Gideon and other planeswalkers trying to stop the Eldrazi monsters from destroying Zendikar, and should be an interesting fight to see play out.

As I write this, the spoiler is sitting at 40/274 cards, giving us a strong foundation to work with. Thus, it’s time to take a look at everything the set will bring to my EDH table. Will Battle for Zendikar continue the trend of strong Commander cards in 2015? Let’s take a look!
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Getting back into MTG after time away

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Like I said on Monday, I’ve been away from MTG (with the exception of the occasional EDH night) for some time. I took roughly two and a half months off from this blog for my wedding, and I’ve been busy hanging out with my family since then. Now, with Zendikar II on the horizon and my family all headed home, it’s time to get back into the game.

It’s a strange thing, to have put down this game that I’ve known and loved for so long, then to finally pick it back up again. Though I attended (and won) the prereleases for both Magic Origins and Dragons of Tarkir, I don’t have a lot of singles from either set, and thus I haven’t really updated my EDH decks in a long while.

So, what is on my agenda in the coming year? I’m glad you asked.
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Single Card Discussion: Chandra’s Ignition

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It’s been a long time.

I took some time off from the website for my wedding, and thus this is my first piece in quite a while. The wedding went well, everyone had a great time, and I enjoyed seeing my extended family and getting married. Now, with the exciting Battle for Zendikar set on the horizon, it’s definitely time to get back into things and look at some EDH cards!

So once again, hello, and welcome back to the Single Card Discussion series! After my pieces on Hua Tuo, Honored Physician and Reaper from the Abyss, it’s time to take a look at yet another multiplayer gem.

Today’s card is one that I’ve liked since it was first spoiled, and I’m surprised that it hasn’t received more love from EDH groups: Chandra’s Ignition, from Magic Origins. That this card doesn’t get more press is kind of crazy, since it’s often a one-sided board wipe for all of your opponents.

Let’s take a deeper look at this powerful red card!
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